Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions, Charles University

Centre profile

The Institute (ISSR) serves as a university platform for excellent transdisciplinary research topics related to the global interconnectedness of the contemporary world, which is witnessing migration of people and ideas in addition to unprecedented cultural blending and conflicts that have inevitably provoked changes to Europe as a whole. The aim of the Institute is to bring together high-level research in relevant topics from social sciences and the humanities that Charles University’s institutes have conducted for many years, albeit in a rather isolated fashion; therefore, conditions are created for fruitful dialogue between the broadly conceived area-based approach on the one hand and disciplinary and highly theoretical approaches on the other. The rich transdisciplinary discussion growing out of this background, including international cooperation, helps foster a work environment conducive to the career development of doctoral students and young scholars affiliated with Charles University.

Given the topical nature of the issues addressed by the ISSR, one of the Institute’s missions is to publicize the research results, reaching out to a wider specialist community as well as the general public, thereby fostering a debate – involving all members of society – on the state of today’s world.

ISSR’s activities are guaranteed by a board composed of leading scholars from several Charles University faculties, from the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and from outside the country. Their specializations represent a wide spectrum of disciplines centred on the study of cultural, historical and social aspects of the Near East, Central Asia, East Asia and Latin America, political science, philosophy, demographics and social geography and economics. The Institute plans to extend the scope of its interests to include other regions (the Balkans, Russia, Africa) and narrowly specified topics.

ISSR was created by the Rector’s Decree No. 11/2016

Full-text of the Decree in Czech:

Members of the Board:

  1. Prof. Johann Pall Arnason (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Department of Historical Sociology)
  2. Prof. Dr. Pavel Barša, M.A., Ph.D. (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Department of Political Science)
  3. Mgr. O. Beránek, Ph.D. (Oriental Institute, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Director)
  4. Doc. D. Berounský (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Department of South and Central Asia)
  5. Doc. RNDr. Dušan Drbohlav, CSc. (Faculty of Science, Charles University, Department of Social Geography and Regional Development)
  6. Doc. Mgr. Markéta Křížová, Ph.D. (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Centre of Ibero-American Studies)
  7. Prof. O. Lomová (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Department of East Asian Studies), Chair of the Institute’s Board
  8. Doc. J. Malečková (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Department of Near Eastern and African Studies)
  9. Prof. Ing. Michal Mejstřík, CSc. (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Institute of Economic Studies)
  10. Prof. Charles Ramble (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris; Oxford University)
  11. PhDr. Pavel Sitek, Ph.D. (Faculty of Arts, Charles University), ISSR’s Executive Secretary
  12. Doc. P. Sládek (Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Department of Near Eastern and African Studies)
  13. Prof. Mgr. Martin Slobodník, PhD. (Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, Bratislava, Department of East Asian Studies)