International conferences

International conferences


  • Rethinking Representation in Times of Democracy’s Discontent
    • The universal feeling of democracy’s discontent and the number and extent of crises current democracies are confronted with, prompt many citizens and some scholars to question the ability of the elected representatives and institutions to come up with solutions or even to question the viability of representative democracy altogether. These challenges suggest the need to rethink the concept of representation and re-evaluate its relationship with democracy. The conference aims to serve as a platform for critically assessing these challenges.
  • The crisis of the Left in post-Communist Europe: reasons and consequences.
    • In the aftermath of the democratic transition of communist Europe, communist successor parties have emerged as major actors in the respective political scenes. Scholars of party politics have been interested in assessing their adaptation and survival strategies, as well as their ideological rebranding. Along with EU accession, research has later focused on Europeanization of party systems and political parties, measuring the effects of such a process on communist successors. Thirty years after the transition, communist successor parties still play a critical role in most of the region and represent one of the main legacies of the old Communist regimes. Formally defined as « leftists », successor parties represent nonetheless an extremely uneven party family: the Czech communists stick to Marxism-Leninism, while their Hungarian and Polish fellows are close to the political center; in Romania and Bulgaria, communist successors are catch-all parties. Albeit preponderant, communist successor parties are not the exclusive actors on the Left and are instead sided by restored pre-war social democratic parties. What is even more striking at a first glance is the high variance in the electoral performances of the Left, the main focus of the present call: in some cases, leftists are witnessing a steady and fast decline. The aim of this conference is to assess the reasons behind the crisis of the Left in Central and Eastern Europe and in the post-Soviet space. Emphasis on the comparative dimension of the question is encouraged, and in particular on the differences between the successful and the failing cases.
  • Africa on Geopolitical Crossroads
    • Strategic and Geopolitical Issue in the Contemporary World is an annual international conference organized by Geopolitical Studies section of Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. Since 2011, this conference brings together experts interested in study of geopolitics to meet in the beautiful city of Prague and talk about major issues in the field. This year´s topic is dedicated to the geopolitical position of Africa and its regions.
  • Workshop na téma "How to teach about Israel" jako doprovodná akce konference European Association for Israel Studies
    • For some time now, Israel has remained a subject of significant contention. Following Hamas’ October 7, 2023, attack and the subsequent Israeli military campaign in the Gaza Strip, it became even more difficult to teach about Israel. Amid rising tensions on academic campuses, navigating complex historical, political, and cultural narratives has possibly been more challenging than ever before. This special roundable features lecturers from diverse disciplines who teach in the US and Europe and aims to shed light on how they address these pressing issues in their classrooms. We are inviting speakers from various countries, each with their own unique challenges stemming from different cultural and institutional backgrounds, who have experience teaching in Israel, to share their insights on the topic. The invited speakers will take part in a workshop organized by the Herzl Center, which will take place before the start of the conference The topics discussed in the workshop will reflect the topics discussed in the workshop: - How do teaching experiences in Israel differ among educators from various countries, such as those from Europe, the USA, and other regions? - What are the implications of the politicization of Israel studies on teaching and academic discourse? - How to teach about Israel in the time when it became such a polarazing topic?
  • Workshop: "Detecting LGBTQI+ online disinformation: Technologies, techniques, and findings"
  • European Initiative for Security Studies (EISS) Annual Conference