New book “Democracy Under Stress“

Petra Guasti, Zdenka Mansfeldová, Z. (eds.), Democracy Under Stress. Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement. Changing Perspectives on Democracy, Governance and Their Measurement. Prague: Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2018.

The book provides a range of perspectives on the study of democracy under stress. The authors, renown scholars of democratic theory and democracy in the Central and Eastern Europe, highlight the potential of different approaches – from comparative meta-assessment using indices and survey data, to case studies focused on understanding context and causal processes – for a better grasp of the loci of the stress.

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New book “Lifelong Learning and Transnational Public Policies”

Martin Kopecký et al., Lifelong Learning and Transnational Public Policies. Human Development in (Post)Crisis Era. Prague: Faculty of Arts of the Charles University, 2018.

Interdisciplinary book addresses all readers interested in the position and transformation of education, especially education of adults, during the last phase of the globalization process, which is distinctive for encounter with different types of crises. The book is an outcome of the research activity Moral Responsibility: Human Development and Public Conflicts.

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International conference “Feminist Re-Interpretations of Islam”

23 November 2018
The Czech Academy of Sciences, room no. 205
Národní 3, Prague 1

The conference will focus on the complexity of Muslim feminist approaches to Islam, on discourses about gender equality in the Qur´an and on various expressions of Muslim women fighting for emancipation from patriarchy to show that Muslim women have both the power and agency to change patriarchal settings in their societies and organizations.

Please register at by 21 November 2018.

Poster (PDF)
Program (PDF)

Multimedia event “Commemorating the Kindertransports 80 Years on”

19 November 2018, 6 pm
Maisel Synagogue
Maiselova 10, Prague 1

The Institute of Contemporary History Czech Academy of Sciences,USC Shoah Foundation and the Jewish Museum in Prague cordially invite you to a special event to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransports. This multimedia event will combine talks from experts in the field as well as well as clips of testimonies from the USC Shoah Foundation Visual History Archive, ncluding the testimony of Alfred Bader.


  • Laura Brade (Assistant Professor, Albion College),
  • Martin Šmok (USC Shoah Foundation and an independent researcher)
  • Yechiel Bar Chaim (currently an independent consultant on philanthropy who has worked with Dr. Alfred Bader for two decades)
  • Kateřina Čapková (Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences) will moderate the event.

The speeches will be in English with simultaneous translation. Free entry.

Invitation (PDF)

Seminar “Social Dimensions of Climate Change: Global Problem in Local Interactions”

19 November 2018
Akademic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

What are the local impacts of the global climate change and how is it perceived? The conference will aim at social aspects of the climate change from the perspective of social sciences. We will discuss the attitudes of the public and various interests groups towards the climate change, a problem which becomes more palpable even in Czechia. The conference will introduce the scientific research of the Czech climate skepticism, roles of the civil society and experts in the adaptation of the Czech landscape, social movements addressing the climate change, and will focus on the global and local linkages – both in Czech and transcultural contexts.

Programme (PDF)


Video from the seminar

International conference “The Belt and Road Initiative Following China’s Opening Up”

12–13 November 2018
Academic Conference Centre, Prague
15–16 November 2018
University of Constantine the Philosopher, Nitra

The conference analyzes the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) following the 40 years of transformation and opening of China. It focuses on the current role of China in a global context and its relations with other regions and macro-regions of the world, since 1978 especially with the USA and Western Europe, later with other parts of Asia and Central and Eastern Europe as well as with Africa and Latin America. The first two days of the conference are held in Prague, the next two days in Nitra, Slovakia. The conference is organized by the Centre for Global Studies IP CAS in Prague, Faculty of Arts at the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, and Institute of Political Science at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava.

Program in Prague

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Lecture “The Contemporary Tendencies of Turkish Foreign Policy in the Global Interactions”

1 November 2018, 3:30 pm
Conference hall of the Institute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Prague 1

The lecture will explore the relations of Turkey as a regional power to the other powers and neighbour countries, and also to the conflict in Syria. The lecture will be presented by H. E. Ahmet Bigali, ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Prague, who is terminating his mandate in the Czech Republic and will summarize his experience of the last period.

Invitation (PDF)

International seminar “Malaysia in Transition: Towards a Better Future?”

31 October 2018, 2 pm
Akademic Conference Centre
Husova 4a, Prague 1

The Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences cordially invites you to attend an international seminar entitled Malaysia in Transition: Towards a “Better Future”?, which will focus on the current political trends in this South-East Asian country, especially on the role of Islam in its political system.

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South Asian Platform seminar “Managing the ‘Others’: Governance and Control in Contemporary Xinjiang”

8 October 2018, 10 am
Main building of the Czech Academy of Sciences, room no. 206
Národní 3, Prague 1

The South Asian Platform organizes the seminar series on the topic “Government and rule: producing and engaging with authority since 19th-century in Central Asia” in order to contribute to a better knowledge of the strategically important region of Central Asia.

Program with abstracts (PDF)

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Workshop and presentation of the book “Critique of Arab Reason. Introduction”

20 September 2018, 3 pm
Boardroom of the Insitute of Philosophy, the Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1, Praha 1, 1st floor

Department of Moral and Political Philosophy and Centre of Global Studies, Institute of Philosophy at the Czech Academy of Sciences, invite you to a workshop and presentation of the newly issued book Mohammed Abed al-Jabri: Critique of Arab Reason. Introduction (Prague: Filosofia, edition Philosophy and Social Science, 2018)

Invitation (PDF, in Czech)

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