Political Science Reading Group
The reading group of political science section is focused on sharing knowledge, research methods and new theoretical approaches in studying politics, economics and cultural aspects of contemporary Sinophone world and its perception of the Western society. The members of the reading group are trained in various academic disciplines and theoretical traditions. In the research, they also apply different methodologies, ranging from qualitative case studies, cultural and critical approaches, or historical analysis to analysis of discourse, quantitative textual analyses or econometrics.
Within the reading groups, these theoretical approaches and analytical tools are shared in order to improve the groups understanding of the Sinophone world, especially the PRC, and its interactions with other regional countries such as Taiwan, ASEAN countries, Japan, Central Asia or Russia or other international players, such as the U.S., E.U. or various international organizations. Internationally, a special attention is paid to the dynamic development of relations between the PRC and Europe, especially the central and eastern parts of Europe. Domestically, the situation of PRC’s minority groups, the state-society relations and its authoritarian governmentality is of our focus.
The reading group is also a platform for cooperation with others academic institutions and researchers that are frequently invited to give a lecture or cooperate in the project’s research activities. The reading group is also a place to coordinate its members’ activities beyond the academia, such as operating a think tank (the Central European Institute of Asian Studies), participating in various public discussions (on issues related to the research project), or mediating knowledge for media and participating in policy making events.