International seminar “Modern Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia”

5 November 2021, 9.30pm–12.30pm
Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague
náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1

Islam is the religion with the largest number of believers in Southeast Asia, where Muslims make up 42 percent of the population. Their majority populations live in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei, but significant minorities can also be found in southern Thailand, the southern Philippines and other countries in the region. As a religion, Islam is characterized by enormous dynamism and influence on the culture, politics and overall character of local societies. The interaction of Muslim traditions with modernity, the connection of Islam with the political establishment, or the daily challenges of Muslims in a globalizing world will all be the topics of the international seminar Modern Muslim Identities in Southeast Asia, with presentations of anthropologists and orientalists from the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. The event is co-organized by the Platform for the Study of Southeast Asia of the Oriental Institute of the CAS and the Institute of Asian Studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, within the project Strategy AV21 Global Conflicts and Local Interactions.

Programme (PDF)

Video-conference “Containers and Waste: Ordering the Unruly”

25 October 2021, 4 pm
ZOOM (online)

The ‘container perspective’ charts a new territory for tracing the relations and effects containment might have in the world of discard. Being enclosed, concealed, protected and subsequently released, emptied, or just left open has a transformative potential both for the container and its content. Containment stretches across scales, modifies temporal regimes, transforms value, shapes entropy and order through classification. It offers a perspective on the relations and connections that were previously hidden or too obvious to be noticed.

Program (PDF)

International conference „Indo-Pacific: The Next Crucible of Geopolitics?“

9 September 2021, 9am
ZOOM (online)

Spanning in its most extensive imagination from the eastern coast of Africa towards the western coast of the Americas, the Indo-Pacific is a geopolitical concept in the making. This conference will bring together experts from the fields of Political Science, Security Studies and South Asian Studies to look from different angles at what is increasingly becoming the crucible of geopolitics.

The conference will be a hybrid event. Due to social distancing rules, only speakers may be
present at the venue. Members of interested public are most welcome to join online via
ZOOM. If you wish to receive the ID and the passcode, register at

Invitation (PDF)
Program (PDF)

New book ”Africa in a Multilateral World: Afropolitan Dilemmas”

Albert Kasanda, Marek Hrubec (eds.), Africa in a Multilateral World: Afropolitan Dilemmas. London, New York: Routledge, 2021. ISBN 9781032033891.

Albert Kasanda and Marek Hrubec, as the main authors and editors, has just published a book on Africa in multilateral and global interactions (London, New York: Routledge). The book analyses how Africans and Africa relate to other parts of the multilateral world, and to the world in general in Afropolitan ways, and how these relations stem from local, national and regional interactions in different parts of Africa, as well as Africa as a whole. It deals with traditional and modern politics, the current Jihadist organisations, the language ambivalence in relation to global interactions, and various interpretations of African social and political philosophy. This book will be of interest to scholars of African studies, global studies, political philosophy, political science, and demography.

A new book on “Basic Income in the World: Arguments, Experiments, History”

Marek Hrubec, Martin Brabec, Markéta Minářová: Základní příjem ve světě: argumenty, experimenty, dějiny. Prague: Epocha, 2021. ISBN: 978-80-278-0031-5.

Marek Hrubec, Martin Brabec and Markéta Minářová published a book on basic income, intended for the general public (Prague: Epocha publishing house). Especially during the pandemic, basic income has become a much-discussed topic among researchers, citizens and politicians who represent them, both in individual countries and at the UN. Providing a basic income would make it possible to meet the basic needs of citizens and unleash their creative potential for their further activities, which could significantly increase their standard of living.

Video-conference „Islamic thought and the epistemological challenge of modernity“

24 June 2021, 2:30 pm
ZOOM (online)

Photo: LBM1948 | CC BY-SA 4.0

Centre of Global Studies, The Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, invites you to a colloquium: Islamic thought and the epistemological challenge of modernity which will be held on June 24 in the ZOOM platform.

The colloquium’s argument and updated programme are to be found here.

Video-conference „African Philosophy in the Covid-19 Crisis“

15–16 June 2021
ZOOM (online)

The Centre of Global Studies IP CAS organizes the 8th annual Asixoxe conference on African philosophy which will be held at Zoom on June 15–16, 2021. This year, speakers from Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Benin, Portugal, Germany, Hungary, the UK, the USA, Qatar, and the Czech Republic will present their papers. Your can find the conference program here.

„Philosophy and Social Science“ Video-Conference

19–22 May 2021
ZOOM (online)

Map by Bill Rankin / Radical Cartography

The Philosophy and Social Science video-conference takes place in the ZOOM platform from Wednesday May 19 through Saturday May 22, 2021. 72 speakers from many countries of the European Union, the USA, Brazil and other countries will present their papers on relations among environmental issues, critical political economy, agency, representation, participation and deliberation in a community. The Centre of Global Studies IP CAS, Prague, is in charge of the event.

„Border control and the engineering of (re)displacement is a lucrative business“

The new podcast series Crossroads starts with an interview on migration, European policy of externalisation of border control, new surveillance technologies, and financial beneficiaries of border management.

Our first guest in the podcast series Crossroads is Professor Martin Lemberg-Pedersen is an associate professor at the Centre for Advanced Migration Studies (AMIS) at the University of Copenhagen and a research fellow in the Horizon 2020 project “Advancing Alternative Migration Governance” (AdMiGov). In his research he focuses on geopolitical and political economic analyses of actors and networks involved in EU border management. In particular, he studies border control technologies, the dynamics of securitization and externalisation of border control and the influence of private industrial actors on EU migration policies and institutions involved in border control. His work combines different disciplinary perspective including political philosophy, sociology, critical geography, postcolonialism, security and border studies.

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