RP3 Strategic Regions

The project is based on the situation in present-day Europe which – as a continent and civilisation entity – faces enormous challenges related to movement of people and ideologies in the interconnected world. The key topic of the programme is “encounters” between cultures in synchronic and diachronic perspective and in two contexts: global (Europe versus non-European world), and local (various locally or socially located cultures in Europe). It consists of three mutually permeable clusters: (i) encounters with “the other” and formation of identities, (ii) migration, and (iii) interaction. It approaches culture as a system of values, ideas, and practices formed in permanent process of reconfigurations and creative adaptations which take place in conflicts and in sharing of locally situated experience. In this approach, the topic of encounters is complementary with the concept of autopoietic systems elaborated on in RP1 Creative Laboratory. The topic is examined in historical perspective and one of its lines traces how identities are formed and transformed in culture-shaping encounters. In this respect, it broadens the study of adaptation processes and their importance for the transformation of identities explored in RP2 Socio-Cultural Adaptation by examining the area of global interaction and the topic of changing centres and peripheries. The topic is approached in a broad comparative perspective which connects historical, philological (language and literature), philosophical, and social sciences methods. On different levels, the project takes into account language diversity (including such languages as Arabic, Chinese, Asian languages), from the point of view of linguistic mediation and construction of reality, and also from the perspective of intercultural communication and intercultural translation.

The applied research focuses primarily on suggestions and strategies for state institutions, state administration bodies, NGOs, schools, and other institutions which have to deal with the topics of global migration and cultural encounters and related problems, co-existence of cultures, and cultural and social transformations. One of the results of the applied research will be activities that fulfill the public role of the university (popularization of the results in the form of articles, lectures for the public, and educational exhibitions). Similarly to RP1, one research aim focused on practical application in the area of digital humanities is the development of linguistic corpora and analyses of data from the internet which document cultural changes and changes of media and social behavior structures, focusing on global connections and current threats.

Milestones

International conference Regions of strategic importance: geographic space, cultural and political construct, analytical tools. Introducing the Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions; formulating a methodological framework for further research. For the entire RP3 and in relation to RP1 and RP2 (12/2018).

WP3.1 Identity

Aim: Using historical examples in both global and European perspectives, the work package aims at capturing the processes of identity formation as a result of a culture clash (emergence of new identity paradigms). In this context, the problem of the provincialization of Europe will also be addressed. The objective is to advance the analysis of identity as such (on various scales, i.e. Czech, Central European, general European), including its proclaimed values.

People: Barša Pavel, Binková Simona, Brenišínová Monika, Buben Radek, Gabrhelíková Kateřina, Hesová Zora, Koubek Martin, Křížová Markéta, Opatrný Josef, Perutka Lukáš, Šima Karel, Slačálek Ondřej, Walach Václav

3.1.1 Tasks

T1.1 Building on the cooperation with other RP3 participants (WPs within RP3), the aim is to find new methodologies useful for trans-disciplinary area studies, with special regard to the methodology of the study of (regional) identities.

T1.2 Study of the relationship between the Czech milieu and the events outside Europe and the formation of collective identities in relationship to Others.

T1.3 In cooperation with WP3.3. (T3.4), research of theoretical topics related to the phenomenon of Orientalism in Central Europe and Bohemia from the 19th to the first half of the 20th century ‘Orientalism without colonies’, including regions other than Asia.

T1.4 Study of the broader area of the Caribbean, mainly Cuba and Venezuela, focusing on the history and context of the contemporary global political-economic processes.

T1.5 Study of colonization of the overseas regions and the formation of Europe.

T1.6 Research of the clash of different cultures, taking the perspective of the State, its rituals, and its political system.

T1.7 Study of the formation of the collective European identity and particularly Central European nations in relation to Other Europe and its Others.

T1.8 States, ideologies, and religions.

T1.9 Establishing the Ideology and Identity study group.

3.1.2 Results and Deliverables

The team members will build on the particulars of their fields of expertise and will produce several types of deliverables: monographs, including collective monographs prepared in collaboration with foreign contributors and published in foreign languages; articles published in international and, in part, domestic peer-reviewed journals included in major international databases; the minority of the deliverables will be published in journals with IF (over 50% of the publications will be published in peer-reviewed journals abroad). In addition, conferences, symposia, seminars, and workshops with international participation will be organized, research centers will be established, and, possibly, collaboration with the public sector will be initiated.

3.1.3 Milestones

M1.1 International conference Fifty Years of Center for Ibero-American Studies – Fifty Years of Complicated History of Latin America (02/2018)

M1.2 International conference Caribbean: Strategic Region of Global Importance (09/2019)

M1.3 Publication of the collective monograph Caribbean: Strategic Region of Global Importance (02/2021).

M1.4 Establishment of the Ideology and Identity study group, the workshop Tradition and modernity: religion, ideology, identity (09/2018).

M1.5 International workshop European Nations and Their Others (10/2019).

M1.6 Monograph Orientalism in Central Europe will map a hitherto neglected topic, following up on the recently revived discussion on the phenomenon of Orientalism, especially as seen from the perspective of nations without a colonial past; linked to WP3 and T1.11, in part to T1.12 (11/2021).

M1.7 Collective monograph European Nations and Their Others (09/2022).

WP3.2 Migration

Aim: This work package studies the effects of migration on human civilization from the historical perspective and from different analytic points of view. It involves the research of population movement and its impact on the society, as seen in ancient civilizations, and also the cultural and intellectual transfers in recent history, which shed light on the dynamics of the relationship between ‘cultural powers’ and small nations, as well as between different peripheral cultures. The goal is to consider the topic of migration as a natural component of human civilization since times immemorial, including migration as the precondition for cultural transfer and for creative adaptation of various stimuli which take part in the dynamic self-transformation and viability of cultures in both short- and long-term perspectives.

People: Bareš Ladislav, Březinová Helena, Dlask Jan, Humpál Martin, Janák Jiří, Landgráfová Renata, Míčková Diana, Middleton Guy, Sedláčková Lucie, Stahr Radka, Štěříková Hana

3.2.1 Tasks

T2.1 Discussion of the innovation of methodological procedures suitable for trans-disciplinary area studies.

T2.2 Professor Arnošt Kraus (1859-1943) and the beginnings of Czech Scandinavian studies from the perspective of the migration of cultural stimuli between two peripheral cultural environments.

T2.3 Scandinavian literature migrates to Europe –  1850-1920.

T2.4 The image of the North in the contemporary European and, by extension, Czech cultural consciousness and its roots.

T2.5 Cultural transit between Nordic and other European countries.

T2.6 Migration of the Northerners to other countries and linguistic borrowings (e.g. between Scandinavian languages and Russian or English).

T2.7 Distribution-of-Bond events during middle Holocene and their influence on the historical processes, with particular attention to migration.

T2.8 Mechanisms of the reaction to the first globalization of the world in 6th century BC and the role of the 26th dynasty in forging a new identity for the Ancient Egyptian civilization.

T2.9 History and diachrony of the cyclical and linear concepts of the meaning of history and their basis in interdisciplinary research.

T2.10 The mechanism of the first known great migration in the 12th century BC in the context of historical dynamics and specific adaptations to climate change.

T2.11 Migration-initiated processes within a particular community with migration taken in its broadest sense (of people, ideas, values).

T2.12 Study of the role of migrations and historical discontinuities in the historical process.

3.2.2  Results and Deliverables

The team members will draw on the specific aspects of their particular areas of expertise and will produce several types of deliverables: monographs, including collective monographs prepared in mutual cooperation as well as with foreign contributors and published in foreign languages; individual articles published in international and, partly, domestic peer-reviewed journals, which are indexed in major European or world databases; the minority of outputs can also be published in impacted journals (over 50% of deliverables will be published in publishing houses in scientific journals with IF abroad).

3.2.3 Milestones

M2.1 Northern Europe, migration, and the questions of identity. A collective monograph with a link to WP3.1 (12/2020).

M2.2 In place of clashes: strategies of understanding. A collective monograph with the participation of all WPs in RP3 and with a link to RP1 and RP2  (09/2022).

M2.3  Punctuated equilibria and the dynamics of historical processes. A monograph focused on the role of migration in long historical processes (08/2022).

M2.4 The role of migrations and discontinuous history. A closing workshop with international participation to discuss the preparation of a new project on the basis of the research results (04/2022).

M2.5 Interdisciplinary international conference on the processes within a particular community caused by migration in a broad sense (i.e. of people, thoughts, values) (01/2021).

WP3.3 Interactions

Aim: Using the analysis of texts and images, the aim of this work package is to track interactions of different cultures and communities and of centers and peripheries; to capture the ways, the means, and the limits of mutual understanding; and to analyze the circumstances of conflicts and finding ways to avoid them.

People: Ebru Akcasu, Hála Martin, Hudeček Jiří, Chaloupková Lenka, Jakoubek Marek, Koláček Jakub, Lomová Olga, Malečková Jitka, Milička Jiří, Sládek Pavel, Suchomel Filip, Ťupek Pavel, Zádrapa Lukáš, Zemánek Petr

3.3.1 Tasks

T3.1 Discussion about the innovation of methodological procedures suitable for trans-disciplinary area studies.

T3.2 Institutional anchoring of the Strategic Regions Study Group in the form of a network of similarly oriented European Centers.

T3.3 Rudolf Dvořák (1860-1920) and the origins of Czech Oriental studies in historical and cultural contexts.

T3.4 Czech Orientalism in the 19th and 20th Century.

T3.5 Exploration of multicultural influences in Central European art and material culture, with special focus on the Far East from the early modern period to the 20th century.

T3.6 Traveling to exotic destinations, photographing, and collecting exotic objects in Bohemia at the end of the 19th century.

T3.7 Exploring the processes of identity formation and the image of the Other, of cultural transmission, adaptation, and transformation from the perspective of the Orient.

T3.8 The formation and persistence of cultural stereotypes and the ‘Orientalism without colonies’ in the period of building socialism with a shared anti-colonial ideology.

T3.9 The Circulation of Knowledge in the Early Modern Age as a source of mutual views of the majority and minority societies in Central Europe and the coexostence and conflicts between the majority and the minorities.

T3.10 Various forms of Islamic teachings and their reaction to the encounter with the West in modern times.

T3.11 The modernization process in the Far East from the perspective of the history of concepts, and from a comparative and historical perspective.

T3.12 Formulation of the general model of cultural conflicts with regard to the potential and limitations of universalism.

3.3.2 Results and Deliverables

Team members will draw on the specifics of their work in their specializations and will publish several types of deliverables: monographs, including collective monographs prepared in collaboration with each other and with international contributors and published in foreign languages; individual articles published in international and also domestic peer-reviewed magazines included in major global or European databases; some deliverables will also be available in impacted journals (over 50% of deliverables will be published with publishers and in peer-reviewed scientific journals abroad). Other deliverables will include the creation of linguistic databases, the organization of scientific conferences, symposia, seminars, and workshops with international participation, further development of the research center for the study of strategic regions, and various forms of collaboration in the public sphere, possibly museum-related activities.

3.3.3 Milestones

M3.1 Between the Orient and the Czech national awakening. An exhibition and eponymous monograph marking the 100th anniversary of Rudolf Dvořák’s death, reflecting the history of Czech Orientalism and the humanities at the Czech University at the turn of the 19th century; links T3.3, T3.4 and T1.11 (10/2022).

M3.2 Collective monograph Orientalism in Central Europe maps the previously neglected topic and follows up on the recently renewed discussion of the phenomenon of Orientalism, especially from the perspective of the experience of countries without a colonial past; links T3.4, T3.5, T3.6 and T3.8 and also relates to T1.11 and partly to T1.12 (04/2022).

M3.3 In place of clashes: strategies of understanding. A collective monograph in Czech. with the participation of all WPs within the RP3 and with a link to RP1 (09/2022).

M3.4 Establishment of an international working group for the study of strategic regions and the operation of an information portal (06/2018).