Resilience in times of crises: The Facets of Resilience conference seeks answers
21. 11. 2022
The Facets of Resilience international conference was held in Prague from 21 to 23 November 2022. The issue of social resilience was debated by experts from the fields of philosophy, political science, sociology, psychology, as well as a judge of the European Court of Human Rights and representatives of the non-profit sector. Discussions on resilience are gaining importance in the current post-pandemic era, during which we are facing the consequences of the war in Ukraine and the energy crisis. The conference, organised by the Czech Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the National Institute for Research on Socioeconomic Impacts of Diseases and Systemic Risks (SYRI), was held within the context of the Czech Presidency of the EU Council.
“Participants will have the opportunity to learn about concrete practices that promote social resilience,” said Alice Koubová from the Institute of Philosophy of the CAS, the conference co-organiser and one of the keynote speakers. “Our aim is to develop a framework for promoting policies, based on robust scientific knowledge, that bolster social resilience in the face of the most serious challenges affecting us today,” she emphasised.
The opening remarks of philosopher Alice Koubová and political scientist Petra Gausti at the conference.
The focus of the conference was on the topic of social resilience and its various layers and practical applications. Participants had the opportunity to learn about the principles of general resilience theory, the different areas for which the topic of resilience is relevant today, and the specific practices that can support and develop social resilience.
On the first day, the panels addressed the relationship between resilience and representative democracy, paradigm shifts within society, and the transformation of communities, organisations, and social norms. The keynote speech was delivered by Prof. David Chandler from the University of Westminster (UK).
The keynote speaker, David Chandler, Professor of International Relations at the University of Westminster, has long been researching the topic of social resilience.
The three-day event took place at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. It was possible to watch the conference via live stream on YouTube. The recordings of the conference can be found below.
More details can be found on the conference website.
Prepared by: Leona Matušková, Division of External Relations, CAO of the CAS
Photo: Jan Malý for the Czech Academy of Sciences
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The Czech Academy of Sciences (the CAS)
The mission of the CAS
The primary mission of the CAS is to conduct research in a broad spectrum of natural, technical and social sciences as well as humanities. This research aims to advance progress of scientific knowledge at the international level, considering, however, the specific needs of the Czech society and the national culture.
President of the CAS
Prof. Eva Zažímalová has started her second term of office in May 2021. She is a respected scientist, and a Professor of Plant Anatomy and Physiology.
She is also a part of GCSA of the EU.