about the project

Proceeding from a broad conception of power as the heteronomous reduction of individual and collective autonomy which can be effected through military, economic, ideological, and political means, the project “Power and Strategies of Social and Political Order” will address a range of questions pertinent to the study of various Asian and Middle Eastern societies from the ancient past to the present. Additionally, it is designed to contribute to an improved historical, sociological, cultural, and anthropological understanding of the emergence, stability and transformation of political and social structures more generally. In this sense, the project promises to foster a fruitful exchange with scholars who pursue research on other than sinophone cultures and in other fields of specialization, including such disciplines as sociology, intellectual history, philosophy, archaeology, and anthropology. The project will also prove to be highly relevant to the pressing issue of understanding contemporary societies, though not from the perspective of a shallow presentism but, instead, through a methodologically and theoretically informed study of the longue durée based on a close examination of primary sources. The project is devided into three closely interconnected research panels exploring the topic from different perspectives: Foundations of Power, Representations of Power, and Structures of Power.

Events

15/12/2017

Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies: Prof. Lee Ming-huei

Distinguished Research Fellow Professor Lee Ming-huei from the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy of Academia Sinica will be the speaker...

14/12/2017

Roundtable on “Reconciliation with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparing Taiwan and Czechia”

Taiwan and the Czech Republic share a legacy of troubled past. Although their transitions to democracy have been successful in many respects, in...

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Taiwan Lecture on Chinese Studies: Prof. Lee Ming-huei

15/12/2017 Ondřej Klimeš

Distinguished Research Fellow Professor Lee Ming-huei from the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy of Academia Sinica will be the speaker...

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Roundtable on “Reconciliation with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparing Taiwan and Czechia”

14/12/2017 Ondřej Klimeš

Taiwan and the Czech Republic share a legacy of troubled past. Although their transitions to democracy have been successful in many respects, in...

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Symposium “Minorities in Their Own Lands: Cultural Security among Ethnic and Cultural Minorities across Asia”

08/12/2017 Ondřej Klimeš

The 3rd International Symposium on Cultural Inclusion entitled Minorities in Their Own Lands: Cultural Security among Ethnic and Cultural Minorities...

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