Academic program

July 13th - July 20th 2019

Lectures and workshops 2018

Special guest lecture: The Great Movement of Nations: Into the Digital

Tomáš Sedláček

Is mankind just a transitory state of next evolutionary step – the digital? A biological creator of the artificial? How much of you have already moved into a Cloud? How will the economy look like in the abstract place called Internet where time-space has collapsed and there is no scarcity? Does a man live abstractly? And what is the digital world taking from us, what is its price? Has mankind created something that will devour him? Have advertisements taken the role of romantic poets? And what does desire want - fulfilment or replication? How to become pitiless censors of oneself now that all the Great Limitors are vanishing? What are we loosing with every advance? What logic, what will, which purpose will guide us into the future? What is the wealth of nations? What philosophy and which beliefs have forged the modern global ecumenic religion of economics? What is its logic and how does it treat values, which have no economic meaning? Are we on the defensive? How will the economy change and why do we Europeans so much fear Europe? And in which way do we live in the most ideological time of all? And is economy much more than mathematics combined with pure ideology?

European security and defence: Will there be an EU army soon?

Tomáš Weiss

During the past year, European security and defence policy has been boosted by a number of new initiatives. The European Defence Fund will increase the presence of the EU in research and development, the Coordinated Annual Review on Defence will offer additional information on the member states’ defence procurement, and the Permanent Structured Cooperation will provide an institutional framework for closer cooperation among the member states. Are we witnessing a creation of an EU army that some European politicians call for? Or is this just another futile attempt to increase the effectiveness of European security and defence policy that is doomed to fail? The lecture will introduce the logic of European security and defence cooperation, offer an overview of its context, analyse the added value of the new initiatives, and discuss the possible paths for future developments.

Brave and new, old and fearful?

Lucia Najšlová

European integration has been shaped by various types of migration from its very onset. Enabling some, preventing the others, the right to move freely has been both celebrated and shunned. The 2015 “crisis” is inscribed in European memory as something new and unprecedented, but has this been the case? And how will the emerging migration policy architecture reshape EU’s relations with neighbors and its “own” societies?

Cyber security: Top international security challenge

Lucie Kadlecová

Cyber security is one of the most discussed areas of national security and the 21st century’s top international security challenge. Cyber crime, espionage, sabotage, cyber attacks against critical infrastructure, ransomware, data theft... These are only few problems of cyber space which the international community needs to face on a daily basis. This lecture covers the fundamentals of cyber security, focusing mainly on the legal and political aspects as well as touching upon conceptual and historical attributes. After providing the students with an overview of various cyber threats, the lecture introduces the main challenges which the European Union faces in particular.

Post-Brexit EU: (un)expected developments

Ivo Šlosarčík

What will a post-Brexit European Union look like? And how will the UK cope with leaving the bloc? With Brexit negotiations being well under way, an abundance of questions arises of how will this unprecedented departure of a member state affect the future of the Union as well as its further relations with the UK. How will the EU as well as Britain adapt? What new arrangements will be necessary to take? Will this major change provide a momentum for some fundamental reforms? This talk will discuss the potential and predicted developments of the EU after Britain leaves the Union.

The European Union as a geopolitical actor at the beginning of the 21st century

Michael Romancov

State of the World and geopolitical challenges for the EU. What has been retained from the Cold War system and what has changed? How the emerging powers redefine global competition (and power structure) in the 21st century. Searching for Global Balance – Global Imbalance as a result?

The concept of solidarity in the EU and the Juncker’s scenarios

Lucie Rivera

This first talk is essentially divided into three parts that are interrelated. The first part deals with the socio-economic implications of the solidarity concept and its main articulations in the current EU policy framework. The second part explores the main political traditions and streams that contributed to shaping the current views of solidarity in the EU as a political concept and characterising its main rationale. Finally, the third part of the talk will introduce the scenarios prospected by Jean-Claude Juncker as “Carrying On”, “Nothing But The Single Market”, “Those Who Want More Do More”, “Doing Less More Efficiently”, and “Doing Much More Together”, these will be explored from the perspective of the political traditions previously discussed and their relationship with solidarity in the European Union.

“Future of Europe: reflections and scenarios for the EU27” explored from an ethical perspective

Stefano Cavagnetto

In this talk the scenarios prospected by Jean-Claude Juncker and depicted in the white paper “Future of Europe, Reflections and Scenarios for the EU27” will be evaluated form an ethical point of view by taking into consideration ethical normative frameworks. In particular by following the classic Richard Dworkin’s matrix based on the dimensions of policy and principle on one side and individual and collective on the other side, the five different scenarios will be analytically considered and presented in terms of the consequences for the concept of solidarity in Europe. The talk will be aiming on one side at the clarification of the genesis of the concept of solidarity by taking a philosophical point of view on its socio-historical and political legacy. On the other side, it will provide a set of philosophical tools to investigate the issue of solidarity across member states.

Class activity: Design for an alternative EU framework and scenarios development

Lucie Rivera and Stefano Cavagnetto

In this session students will work in teams to develop their ideas for Europe in transition and carry out activities for designing the new European Union according to Juncker’s suggestions. In particular students will be addressing new possible scenarios and implications for the concept of solidarity and its further implementation across the EU 27.

Debating workshop: Introduction to debating and argumentation

Tereza Vicková

The students will learn the theory and practice of debating according to the Oxford-style rules. First, they will explore the basic concepts of proper argumentation as well as what is considered to be argumentation fallacies. After the indtructory part, they will be divided into small groups and will get the chance to try their newly gained skills in practice. Afterwards, they will share their views on what went well and what could have been done better in order to learn the most from the workshop. This activity will enhance students’ key transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis of facts and formulation of arguments and public speaking.


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