Center of Global Studies

Activities of the Centre of Global Studies

The Center of Global Studies is a joint center of the Institute of Philosophy at the Academy of Sciences.

Aims of the Project

The Center of Global Studies focuses on an interdisciplinary research in the fields of philosophy and social science, and develops the Czech research in the European and world framework. It explores contemporary political, social and cultural changes which, as a consequence of the ongoing process of globalization, influence the lives of individuals and whole societies. It studies these contemporary themes in the Czech, European and global contexts. The results of this scientific project are usable not only in the area of philosophical and social scientific research but also in the state administration and the public sphere.

The project helps to develop a critical thinking and a co-operation between several so far rather separate scientific disciplines in order to articulate new issues and themes, and to elaborate theories which are linked with them. It focuses mainly on themes of justice, legitimacy, participation, and democracy in the contemporary global age in terms of social, political and cultural philosophy, political science, sociology, and cultural studies.

Partial Aims of the Project

Pillar 1: Justice, legitimacy, participation and democracy.

The research of justice, legitimacy, participation, and democracy mainly in a connection with the key paradigmatic approaches to global issues, especially with national, cosmopolitan, and libertarian approaches.

Pillar 2: Recognition of cultural differences and social integration.

The research of recognition of cultural differences and social integration mainly in the context of a relation between autonomy and plurality, and with a relation between freedom and equality – in the cultural and intercultural frameworks.

Pillar 3: Human rights, state sovereignty, and intervention.

The research of a principle of sovereignty as a contemporary principle of the legal and political system of the international community of the independent states in a connection with its violation and with human rights.

Forms of Results

The members of the Center of Global Studies make and present the research by:

(a) organizing of seminars, workshops and conferences with the Czech and international participation;

(b) a participation in similar activities in the Czech and international contexts;

(c) a publication of articles, collections of papers, monographs, and other texts, and a publication of translations of key foreign works;

(d) a pedagogical participation in BA, MA, and PhD studies at universities;

(e) a presentation of research results in mass media open also to the public sphere;

(f) an offer of research results to the state administration in a form of expertise report.

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Centre of Global Studies
Czech Academy of Sciences
Jilská 1
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic
Tel.: (+420) 221 183 350
E-mail: cgs(et)

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