The Colloquium ‘Stages of Ethnic and Nationalist Violence: Perspectives of the Global “North” and “South”’, which took place on 1 November 2019 at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic, succeeded in bringing together researchers and practitioners from various institutions and introducing cases of ethnic violence occurring in parts of the world that may usually escape the focus of public and scientific discourses dominating the transatlantic space. In order to ensure the materialisation of this idea, four contributing research centres joined forces in organising this event: the Malach Centre for Visual History, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; the Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa; BOHEMS – Beyond Hegemonic Narratives and Myths, Charles University, Prague; and VITRI, Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice , Charles University, Prague. The participating speakers were: Luis Escobedo (keynote) - Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice (formerly Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice), University of the Free State, South Africa; Marek Jandak - VITRI The Center for the Transdisciplinary Research of Violence, Trauma and Justice, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; Carolina Davis - Centre for Ethics as Study in Human Value, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic; Jakub Mlynář - Malach Center for Visual History; Ileana Selejan - UCL Anthropology, University College London, UK; and Arnab Dewan - independent film-maker, Denmark.
See the event website at: https://ufal.mff.cuni.cz/malach/en/malach-centre-colloquium
PRIMUS BOHEMs together with VITRI has held the second colloquium on how to get published. This time, we have mostly focused on how to turn a dissertation into a book and how to write book proposals. Two distinguished international speakers shared with us their takeaways from their extensive experience with publishing with the best UK and US publishing houses. The first speaker, having more than two hundred articles on his account, was David Chandler (University of Westminster), Professor of International Relations and editor of the journal Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses and of Routledge book series Studies in Resilience and Advances in Democratic Theory. The second engaging speaker was Steven Feldman (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), Book Publications and Emerging Scholars Program Officer.
See the program at: https://www.vitriresearchcenter.org/events
PRIMUS BOHEM, the Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions (CUNI) and VITRI held a colloquium on publishing strategies and opportunities with Editors in Chief of prestigious foreign and Czech academic journals such as Florian Bieber, John Peterson, Joseph Feinberg, Marek Skovajsa and Hana Kubátová. They discussed main drawbacks of the Czech academic evaluation system, whether one should opt for catchy or searchable titles, how we the information about articles can be disseminated most effectively, and a lot more.
On February 19, PRIMUS BOHEMS held a colloquium on marketing strategies and their applicability in academia. The distinguished speakers were Alex Braun, an award-winning strategist who has provided counseling to several world leaders and political parties around the globe, and Petr Topinka, a well-known figure of Czech political marketing and master mind of the creative platform "Future Bakery". They shared with the participants their insights on marketing in the academic sphere.
PRIMUS BOHEMS in cooperation with the CUNI Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions (WG: Research of Collective Memory in European Semi-Peripheries) held a seminar "Representing History: Don’t Write a Dissertation, Write a Book" lead by a distinguished American professor David K. Dunaway. At first, prof. Dunaway spoke about memory and methodology of oral history interviews. In the second half of the seminar, he shared with participants his experience with academic career at US universities and valuable recommendations regarding publishing in peer reviewed journals.
Jessie Hronešová from Oxford University was invited to introduce and discuss current technical and software tools useful for research and academic practice.