Upcoming Events

  • 22. 11. – 23.11. 2019 Czech Society of Film Studies invites you to attend a conference Screen Industries in East-Central Europe VIII: Public Service Media’s Online Strategies: Industry Concepts and Critical Investigations. The conference will be held on 22. 11. – 23.11. 2019. More details here: SIECE_VIII_Poster
  • 14. 11. – 16. 11. 2019, Institut of Economic and Social History invites you to attend an international workshop Working all night: modernity, night shifts and the temporal organization of labour across political and economic regimes. Details here: Call4Abstracts w Poster To Go-2-3-1 Call4Abstracts w Poster To Go-2-3-2. Call4Abstracts w Poster To Go-1
  • 14. 11. 2019 The KREAS project and the Centre for Irish Studies, Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, invite you to the lecture “Minor, National or Global? Perspectives on Modern Irish-language Literature” by Professor Máirín Nic Eoin (Dublin City University). The lecture will be held on Tuesday 12 November, at 12:30 –14:00 in Room C49 (Celetná). All welcome.

Past Events

  • 6. 11. 2019 You are cordialy invited to attend a lecture by Professor Murray Pittock (University of Glasgow): “Edinburgh and Other Smart Cities of the Enlightenment: The Analogue Age of Data, Diversity and Adaptability, 1660-1750”. The lecture will take place on Wednesday 6 November at 14:00 in Room 111 (Faculty of Arts main building, nám. Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1). More details here.
  • 5. 11. – 6. 11. 2019, Centro de Estudios Ibero-Americanos invites you to attend an international congressLA UTOPÍA Y EL NUEVO MUNDO“. Details here: UTOPIA_PROGRAMA Utopía_poster_ES  Utopía_poster_EN 
  • 5. 11. 2019 The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures cordially invites you to a guest lecture ” Stevenson, Wilde, and the West of the Imagination” by Professor Caroline McCracken-Flesher (University of Wyoming). The lecture will be held on Tuesday 5 November in Room 200 at 14:10. More details here.
  • 31. 10. 2019 The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures invites you to a workshop on ‘Byron’s Manfred: Necessity and Emancipation’ by Dr Alan Rawes (Manchester) and Dr Mirka Horova (Charles). The workshop will be held on Thursday 31 October at 15:50 in Room 111. All welcome. More details here.
  • 30. 10. 2019 The Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures invites you to a guest lecture ‘Alfieri, Byron and the Politics of Tyranny’ by Dr Alan Rawes (Manchester). The lecture will be held on Wednesday 30 October in Room 111 at 14:10. All welcome. More details here.
  • 19. 10. 2019, The Institute of Information Studies and Librarianship and New Media Studies kindly invite you to attend a conference New Media Inspiration: Digital Humanities on October 19, 2019. More details here:  NMI_program
  • 17. – 19. 10. 2019, KREAS and The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies kindly invite you to attend an international conference From the Paris Lectures to the Carstesian Meditations. The Legacy of Husserl’s Transcendental Phenomenology. The conference will be held on October 17-19, 2019, Vila Lanna,  Sadech 1/1, 160 00. More details here: Husserl POSTER, Final Program
  • 26. and 27. 9. 2019, an international symposium “1519 – 2019, 500 años de La Habana. Colonialismo, Nacionalismo, Internacionalismo”.
  • 26. and 27. 9. 2019,  a workshop „Latinské Amerika na švu velkých epoch“.
  • 26. – 27. 9. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a workshop Neighbours in the Landscape of Memory. Details here: Poster-Neighbours_in_the_Landscape_of_Memory
  • 23. – 26. 9. 2019 Project KREAS and the European Joint Doctorate MOVES invite everyone interested to a lecture series on Migration and Intercultural Communication. All lectures start at 9 am in Room 104, first floor, Main Building of the Faculty of Arts, Prague 1, Jana Palacha 2. More details here.
  • 25. 9. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a conference Communist Europe and the Caribbean during the Cold War: Diplomacy, Espionage, Migrations and Other Forms of Mutual Engagement. More details here: CaribbeanConference
  • 24. 9. 2019 Abstract: The lecture of Professor Ulf Hannerz will be an account of four field studies – in a Black American neighbourhood in Washington, DC, in the 1960s, in the Cayman Islands in 1970, in a Nigerian town in the 1970s and 1980s, and a multi-site study of the life and work of newsmedia foreign correspondents in the 1990s. These are fields with different characteristics, at different points in history, requiring different research approaches.
  • 18. – 21. 9. 2019  Project KREAS kindly invites you to attend a conference Narrativity and Self-Creating Forms:Autopoiesis in Perspective. More details here: narrativity.
  • 16. 19. 9. 2019 The Institute of Comparative Linguistics and project KREAS kindly invite you to attend a conference Sign, Speech and Society in the Ancient Near East: 100 Years of Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Prague. More details hereSign-Speech_program_2019.
  • 11. 6. – 13. 6. 2019. You are kindly invited to attend an international workshop  Wittgenstein and Hegel – Negativity and Language.  More details here. The aim of the workshop is to foster a modern philosophical dialogue capable of integrating the disconnected philosophical traditions which followed Hegel in the nineteenth century and Wittgenstein in the twentieth. The event, which is taking place at Charles University in Prague between 11 and 13 June 2019, will focus on the topic of negativity and language in Hegel and Wittgenstein, and compare differences and similarities in their approaches.The workshop will also continue the discussion begun at the Wittgenstein–Hegel conference at TU Dresden in June 2017. We will be introducing the new volume Wittgenstein and Hegel – Reevaluation of Difference (edited by Jakub Mácha and Alexander Berg), in which twenty-three contributors explore new understandings of the relationship between Wittgenstein’s and Hegel’s philosophy. The volume is being published by De Gruyter (Berlin) and is due to be released in June 2019.
  • 12. 6. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a lecture of  Darina Martykánová (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) titled “Global Engineers: Building Global Capitalism from the Periphery”, the lecture will be held on 12 June at 9:00,  (Hybernská 3, Praha 1), room no. 303. Details here.
  • 10. 6. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a lecture titled Persistent Collecting Networks:  Explaining the History of Hamburg’s Central American Textile Collections” by Glenn Perry (Univeristy of Iowa/Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin). The lecture will be delivered on 10. 6. 2019, 14:00, room no. 303, Hybernská 3.Abstrakt: The lecture will explain how German museums, and many others, were filled with objects by networks of collectors, in many cases, multi-generational, the collecting process continuing for unexpectedly long time. A case study of the extensive collections of Guatemalan textiles in the Hamburg ethnological museum (the largest collection outside Central America) will be used as a starting point to talk about how collecting networks established around 1900 persisted across the twentieth century despite the world wars, regime changes, and radical political ruptures in Europe and Central America.
  • 5. and 6. 6. 2019 KREAS and Department of Psychology cordially invite you to attend a lecture and workshop titled Temperament: Measurement, Structure, Stability and Cultural Correlates”, by Prof. Samuel Putnam (Bowdoin College, USA). Details here: pozvanka_Sam_Putnam_prednaska_workshop
  • 30. 5. 2019 KREAS, Institute of Greek and Latin Studies and The Union of Classical Philologists kindly invite you to attend a lecture Enclosed and wrapped about with dust’: Latin and English in the material history of the Bible in England, 1200-1553,by Dr. Eyal Poleg (Queen Mary University of London). The lecture will be delivered on 30 May at 18:00, room no. 147, FF UK, Celetná 20, Praha 1. Poleg_květen 2019
  • 30. 5. 2019, You are invited to attend a lecture by MELISSA FEINBERG (Rutgers University) titled “Is It Democracy If The Husband Makes Decisions Autocratically?” Gender, Citizenship and the Meaning of Democracy in Interwar Czechoslovakia. Details here: Feinberg.poster
  • 29. 5. 2019 The Department of Ethnology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, is pleased to invite you to the lecture “The Anthropologist as Spy? Notes on a Secret Police File” by Prof. Katherine Verdery (Graduate Center, City University of New York). The lecture will be delivered on May 29, 16:00, Faculty of Arts (Charles University), Celetná 20, room no. 138. Details here:
  • 23. 5. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a lecture by Prof. G. Daniel Cohen (Rice University) “Good Jews. Philosemitism in Post-Holocaust Europe”. The lecture will be held on May 23, 6:00 PM, Faculty of Arts, Jana Palacha 1/2, Praha, room 300. More details here: cohen-poster
  • 20. 2. – 22. 5. 2019 The Institute of Classical Archaeology invites you to attend the lecture series “Current Issues in Archaeology. On Wednesdays from 20.2.2019 to 22.5.2019 (except for 24.4., 1.5. and 8.5.), Celetná 20, room no. 49, at 16:00.

  • 20. 2. – 22. 5. 2019, Department of English Language and ELT Methodology invites you to attend the course “Medieval Thought: An Interdisciplinary perspective”. The lectures take place in Room 104 of the Faculty main building (náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Prague 1) on Wednesdays between 3.50 and 5.20 p.m., with one exception: the first session in may will take place on Monday 6 May. medieval_thought_A3_s_edit
  • 15. 5. 2019 Department of Ethnology, Charles University, is delighted to welcome Prof. Maria Todorova (Department of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), who will give a lecture What is Useful about the “post-” in East European Studies? On post-colonialism, post-socialism, and historical legacies. The lecture will be held on May 15, 14:00, Faculty of Arts (Charles University), Celetná 20, room no. 138. Details here:
  • 14. 5. 2019. We are pleased to invite you to the lecture given by Professor Adam Ledgeway (Cambridge, UK): Changing Patterns of Configurationality in the Passage from Latin to Romance on 14 May 2019, at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Arts, Department of Romance Studies, Room n. 116 at 9:00. Details here: Ledgeway-lecture-Prague
  • 13. 5. 2019. You are kindly invited to the lecture given by prof. Timm Lampert (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) Theory of Formalization: An Iconic Alternative. Details here:Lampert_poster
  • 2. 5. 2019, Centro de Estudios Ibero-Americanos invites you to attend an international one-day workshop Latin American Crafts: Biocultural Heritage, Women´s Work and Neoliberal socionatures”.
  • 24. 4. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a workshop Arnošt Kraus, germanista a skandinavista. 24. 4. 2019 from 15:50 to 17:20, room no. 319 the main building of the FF UK. Details here:  Workshop Arnošt Kraus_duben 2019
  • 3. 4. 2019 The Department of Ethnology invites you to attend a lecture “State Modernism and Village Traditionalism: Conflict and Value in a Cretan Village” by prof. Michael Herzfeld (Department of Anthropology, Harvard University). The lecture will be delivered on 3 of April , at 16:00 in Celetná 20, room no. 138. More details here.
  • 2. 4. 2019 – 3. 4. 2019, The Prague Centre for Jewish Studies invites you to attend a workshop “Difficult Neighbours? Jews and Christians in Medieval Legal Texts”. Abstracts here
  • 2. 4. 2019 The research group Hegel in Interdisciplinary Perspective invites you to attend a lecture of prof. Anton Koch (Universität Heidelberg) called Hegel and the Greeks, the lecture will be held at 17:30, room no. 313, the main building of the FF UK. Details here:Koch_poster
  • 1. 4. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a lecture of  Simone Neuber (Universitat Heidelberg) called Sartre on mauvaise foi. The lecture will be delivered at 12:30, room no. 317, the main building of the FF UK. Details here: Neuber_poster
  • 28. 3. 2019 You are kindly invited to attend a lecture of prof. Timothy Power (Latin American Centre Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford) titled “Bolsonaro and the Rise of Right-Wing Populism in Brazil“. The lecture will be delivered on 28 of March 2019, at 15:50, room no. 300, Nám. Jana Palacha, 2. Details here: Power

Resume: The election of Jair Bolsonaro in October 2018 surprised many observers. This presentation argues that Bolsonaro’s election was only possible due to a confluence of several severe and simultaneous crises, including a massive economic recession, a corruption scandal, the political polarization following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff in 2016, and a worsening of public security. The presentation also analyzes trends and issues emerging in Bolsonaro’s first 100 days in office.

  • 27. 3. 2019. You are kindly invited to attend a lecture of Abhimanyu K. Sharma (University of Cambridge) – Categories of Differentiation: A New Theoretical Paradigm for Language Policy Research. The lecture will be delivered at 14:10, room no. 419, the main building of the FF UK. Details here: Poster_Sharma
  • 26. 3. 2019 The research group Hegel in Interdisciplinary Perspective invites you to attend a lecture of Christian Schmidt (Universitat Leipzig) called Right and the Ethical Life , the lecture will be held on 26 March 2019 at 17:30, room no. 313, the main building of the FF UK. Details here: Poster_Schmidt
  • 26. 3. 2019 WP3 research group invites you to attend a lecture of prof. Marjatty Hietaly : Key factors behind the innovativeness and creativity in Finnish towns. The lecture will be held on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 17:30; room no. 104, the main building of the FF UK. Details here: Hietala_Poster_2019(1)
  • 22. 3. 2019, Department of Ethnology invites you to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of publishing of the book Ethnic Groups and Boundaries and presentation of the book “Ethnic Groups and Boundaries Today: The Legacy of 50 Years”. This event take places 22.3.2019 from 13:00 in room no. 301 at the Faculty main building.

  • 21. 3. 2019, Institute of Economic and Social History and Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute invite you to attend a lecture of Filip Novokmet, Ph.D. from the University of Bonn, Germany, “The long-run evolution of inequality in the Czech Lands” The lecture will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 2 p.m.CERGE-EI, Politických vězňů 7, Praha 1 2nd floor, room no. 6. Poster_Thursday_2019_Novokmet (2) (1)
  • 12. 3. 2019, The KREAS Project and the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures were pleased to invite you to a workshop “Frankenstein: Emancipatory Narrative and the Role of the Reader. Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 14.00-17.00, Room 111

  • 30. 1. – 2. 2. 2019, an international conference “Things in Poems – Poems of Things” is taking place at the main building of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Jan Palach´s sqaure), in the room n. 104.
  • 14. 1. 2019, KREAS hosted an international workshop “Crossing boundaries in time, space, and culture: global and local balancing acts”, with four guest presentations by prominent researchers from Brown University (Shankar Prasad, James Allen, Adam Teller, Matthew Guterl). The gathering was a kick-off discussion about specific ways of engaging in integrative international research through Brown-KREAS mini-teams. The rich discussions revolved around the concepts of borders, identity, migration, communication, transregional connection, and cultural contextualization. PROGRAM: Brown workshop – program
  • 11. 1. 2019, 14:15, at room n. 217, nám. Jana Palacha 2 – HIP (Hegel in Interdisciplinary Perspective) invites you to attend a workshop, this time under a quote taken from passages of Hegel’s interpretation of Antigone in the Phenomenology of Spirits “Womanhood – Irony of the Polis”. Program here.
  • 9. 1. 2019, FF, KREAS and DHIW invite you to attend a lecture: prof. Dr. Daqing Yang (Washington ): “History Dialogue for All? Joint Historians’ Commissions in Europe and East Asia”. January 9th, 2019, Charles University, 14:10 – 15:40, venue Faculty of Arts, Jana Palacha 2, room 201. kreas.Daqin_Yang_Lecture_JAN_2019_v21

While the ethnographic method produces empirical material of outstanding quality, it tends to thrive on small surfaces, and its shortcomings have become evident in an increasingly large-scale, intertwined, globalised world. How can anthropologists connect their high-octane, small-scale data with the grainer, but more encompassing data of quantitative social sciences? Prof. Eriksen will draw on his own research in Australia, published in the recent monograph Boomtown (Pluto Press 2018), while discussing this problem.

  • 26. 11. 2018
  • 23. 11. 2018, International conference at Metropolitan University Prague Multiple Modernities in Latin America. Discourse on modernity and antimodernity in the political and identification processes from 19th-21st century“. Multiple Modernities in LA_programme_FINAL_2018
  • 16. 11. – 18. 11. 2018 colloquium “Rage Against the Algorithm”. 

On the anniversary of the “Velvet Revolution,” an international meeting of artists, activists & theorists from diverse backgrounds will take in Prague to discuss & plan strategies & tactics for creative emancipation & insurgency under a global regime of algorithmic control & co-option. Subjects will range from Xenofeminism to Sinofuturism, Accelerationism, Alienism, the Anthropocene, Big Data & the “Technological Singularity.”  The three-day colloquium will be accompanied by a group exhibition presented simultaneously with alt’ai (Qiao Lin, Paul Heinicker, Daria Stupina, Lukáš Likavčan).

  • 15. 11. 17. 11. 2018, 15th International Conference of ESTSAuthor as Editor, Editor as author“. For more details click here
  • 15.11. – 16.11. 2018, “Resilience of Heritage in Resilient Cities”.

Organizers: Institute of Sociological Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, KREAS VP2WP3 “Adaptation in Historical Perspective” research team, and REACH project at the Institute of World History of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, the Czech division of the UNESCO–MOST Program.

Main Idea: The idea of the workshop is rooted in our project which observes adaptation processes in historical perspective in the context of accelerating urbanisation; focuses on the new important phenomenon of cultural heritage; analyses the role of experts in managing our society in various regions. All these research strands are reflected, to a varying extent and in different ways, in the context of changing but at the same time stable and resilient city, by means of a creative implementation of innovations and a strategic use of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. In approach to cultural heritage we are inspired by Graham and Howard (2008), understanding it as a result of negotiation through which some past is selected for protection and representation for the present and to leave message for the future. We focus mainly, though not exclusively, on European towns and cities for which the self-identification, historicity, stability of form, and a set of urban functions are more important criteria of urbanity than the number of inhabitants.

Resilience is a broad term (e.g. Bollig 2014) pointing to the capacity of the system to adapt to various external pressures and disturbances. In relation to cities it is most often used when the capacity of cities to resist or recover from natural and man-made catastrophes is explored – floods, earthquakes, war destructions. How can we explore adaptation of cities through resilience? How is it linked to sustainability? To resistance? How is resilience related to cultural heritage and cities? Is resilience limited to this perspective, or is there more? Who can influence the process of making the city’s heritage resilient?

The workshop is supported by KREAS and REACH projects.


Abstract: Prosody plays an essential role in conveying meaning in spoken communication. Research in diverse languages shows that prosody can be used to express illocutionary force, signaling the speaker’s intention to inquire, declare, express surprise, etc. Prosody is also described as signaling
information structure meaning, identifying how a word or phrase should be interpreted in relation to the prior discourse, e.g., referring to an entity previously mentioned, or new. Beyond these functions related to linguistic meaning, prosody also conveys paralinguistic information, about the
speaker’s attitude towards their interlocutor, and about the speaker’s immediate affective and emotional state. How do the linguistic and paralinguistic functions of prosody interact? In this talk I will present highlights from two studies on American English that investigate prosodic form (phonetic and phonological) in relation to linguistic and paralinguistic meaning. The first is a study
of prosodic entrainment between two speakers in a game-playing interaction, where comparison of acoustic measures of phrasal prosodic features between interacting speakers reveal distinct patterns of convergence and divergence depending on the communicative function of the utterance. The second is a study of how prosodic prominence relates to information structure, viewed from
the dual perspectives of the speaker (production) and listeners (perception). These studies reveal interactions between linguistic and paralinguistic factors governing prosodic expression, which call for new ways of thinking about the representation of prosody at the phonological and phonetic levels, and theoretical approaches that integrate linguistic and social functions of language.

  • 17. 10. 2018, Department of Ethnology invites you to attend a lecture „Boundaries between Anthropology and Autobiography“ by Judith Okely, Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Oxford. The lecture will be delivered  at 12:30 at room 138 (Celetná 20, Prague 1). The lecture is part of the „Ethnography and Theory“ series.

  • 27.9. 28.9. 2018, international symposium What Makes a Region?”.

What are the historical circumstances and conjunctures in which the region emerges as a relevant category? Can we distinguish two kinds of regions – those stemming “from above”, i.e., from the projects of great powers and their clashes, and those emerging “from below”, from cooperation or rivalries between nations or societies themselves (or active subgroups thereof)? What role is played by the discourses that evoke – and thus create – a common identity denominator, be they ethnocultural (various “Pan”-discourses such as Pan-slavism, Pan-germanism or Pan-scandinavianism) or civilizational (e.g. “the West” or “Eurasia”). What are the political-economic variables that condition the processes of “regionalization” (i.e., the making of a region) – e.g. Wallerstein’s functional distinctions between core, periphery and semi-periphery in the development of modern capitalism. Are not some regions simply the remainders (and reminders) of empires that previously structured a given space – such as Central Europe after the collapse of Habsburg rule or the Balkans as the former European possessions of the Ottomans? Is there not a cycle of waxing and waning of regions: a region emerges at a certain point of history, then its relevance fades away and, at some future point, it re-emerges due to a new conjuncture and, usually, with new boundaries and “old-new” justifications? Can we trace the genealogy – various deaths and re-births – of a region?

We expect authors to use at least some of these questions as lenses through which they will look at a region, or processes of regionalization, of their choice. They might also follow a simpler and more schematic categorization of possible perspectives and look at a given region as a strategy (1), a contingent event (2) or an identity discourse (3).

(1)       The region as a political strategy by which certain actors strive to increase their power, relevance or legitimacy, e.g., a great power constructing its sphere of influence such as Naumann’s Mitteluropa before WWI or the framing of the post-communist region as a sphere of “special relationship” by today’s China.

(2)       The region as a historical event brought about by the concatenation of various contingent factors – e.g. “new Europe” (post-communist countries supporting the American war against Saddam Hussain in 2002-2003) or the Visegrad Group as a regional actor that emerged during the 2015 refugee crisis.

(3)       The region as a discourse, be it an academic one, which uses it as a category of “vision and division” of the world, or a political one through which a new collective “we” is formulated, modified or re-discovered, e.g. the various Pan-discourses of the 19th century or the Central Europeanist discourse of some Czech, Polish and Hungarian dissidents in the 1980s.

  • 20.9. – 22.9.2018, CEACS: Transnational Challenges to Canadian Culture, Society and the Environment”.
  • 17.7. – 18.7. 2018, workshop Coloniality of power, dependent integration and social movements in Central and Eastern Europe“. Two days of intensive discussions mostly about the applicability of the Wallerstein world-systems analysis to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, and also about the benefits and limits of concepts originating from postcolonial studies. The public part of the workshop consisted of a lecture by the Hungarian sociologist Agnes Gagyi, who focused on comparing Hungarian and Romanian social movements from the perspective of the world-systems theory, while the internal part of the workshop was concerned with a broad range of topics related to semi-peripheral situations.


  • 28.6. – 1.7. 2018, international symposium  Mapping China’s Footprint in the World“. China’s growing presence in the world is a complex phenomenon that defies traditional analyses with established tools of political science, international relations or area studies. What exactly do we talk about when we talk about the rise of China? A diverse group of academics and researchers from various regions exposed to China’s impact – Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, and Central and Eastern Europe – gathered in Prague to exchange notes, experience, and practical insights. (Organized in collaboration with the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation International Sinological Center.)


  • 24.5. – 25.5. 2018„Diversity and Local Contexts: Adaptation and Heritage”. The first international workshop of the RP2WP3 History of Adaptation, organized in cooperation with the project REACH, ISIS, and other bodies. diversity-poster diversity-program
  • 22.5. – 23.5. 2018Screen Industries in East-Central Europe: Online Distribution and Internet TV. The 7th Conference Screen Industries in East-Central Europe (SIECE 7) focused on several current trends in the field of online distribution of audio-visual content. Main topics included internet, television, and the strategies of the European Commission for a “single digital market”. The event, which was also a precursor to the major international conference ICA, was attended by many renowned experts in film and media studies, media sociology, cultural economics, and copyright. SIECE_VII_leaflet_fix