Values and identities of the Visegrad countries‘ capitals

 

 

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for  sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

 

 

About project

The project focuses on values and identities connected to the concept of a nation in the V4 capitals. Capitals are perceived as centres of national pride and at the same time they are multicultural environments where diverse people interact daily. Voting behaviour in V4 capitals differs from the remaining populations where they vote significantly less for parties that use nationalist rhetoric. This indicates that the nationalistic rhetoric is not so efficient in these places.

The goal of the project is to moderate the extreme use of national identitites topics in public, both through accelerating discussion and public education. The project is based on the idea of plurality of identity.

This project 1. updates knowledge of national identity and associated values (after the African and Middle-East immigration wave); 2. deepens knowledge of the formation and expression of national identities and values in the capitals; 3. based on the findings, provides information on how to deal with the public narratives and problems linked to national identity to moderate its extreme impacts.

 

Project coordinator

Ivan Jarabinský (INESAN)

ivan.jarabinsky@inesan.eu; +420 724 940 735

 

Partners and Research team

 

Institute for Evaluations and Social Analyses (INESAN)

Ivan Jarabinský is a Research Associate at the Institute for Evaluations and Social Analyses (INESAN) focusing on the topics of national and global identities. He runs an internal project on identities of the Czech population and he is the coordinator of the project Values and identities of the Visegrad countries‘ capitals.

 

Eötvös Loránd University – Faculty of Social Sciences

Prof. Antal Örkény and prof. György Csepeli are among the most experienced scholars in Hungary, as well in the region, concerning the topic of the project. They have written several books (e.g. with Székelyi “Grappling with National Identity. How Nations See Each Other in Central Europe”, or with Székelyi and Barna “A siker fénytörései” (Success in Regraction), etc.), in both English and Hungarian. They have also published more than a hundred articles focused on national identity, minorities research, etc.

 

Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, Faculty of Christian Philosophy

Dr. Ewa Topolewska-Siedzik works on the topics of identities and their formation. She publishes on these topics in Poland and abroad in respected, high-quality journals. Her work on circumplex of identity formation is worth mentioning. She is experienced with simile kinds of projects funded by the EU and she can also provide knowledge and contacts for some of the outcomes.

 

Institute for Sociology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences

Dr. Magdalena Piscová and dr. Miloslav Bahna are researchers from the leading institution in the research on national identities in Slovakia. They have worked as a team before and published in topics connected to national identity and self-identification since the 1990s.“

 

Events and Outcomes

 

Workshop on values and identities in Central European capitals (DEC 2019–JAN 2020, Prague)

Series of Articles: National Values And Identities in Central European Capitals (FEB 2020)

Popularizing articles (FEB–MAR 2020)

Video production (MAR 2020)