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International Projects

DIECE - Disitegration and Integration in East-Central Europe

Dezintegrácia a integrácia v strednej a východnej Európe.

Duration: 1. 1. 2012 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: EAC (Education and Culture)
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Goněc Vladimír DrSc.
Annotation:Ideas, projects and realisation of European integration in Central and East European space.

Good and bad neighbourhoods

Dobré a zlé susedstvá

Duration: 1. 7. 2014 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: Iné
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Goněc Vladimír DrSc.
Annotation:Confrontation of historical, politological and sociological researchs on theme of forming mutual relationships among societies which live abreast.

EU3D Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy

EU3D Differentiation, Dominance and Democracy

Duration: 1. 2. 2019 - 31. 1. 2023
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: Mgr. Navrátil Matej PhD.
Annotation:EU3D is an EU-funded international research project coordinated by Prof. John Erik Fossum at ARENA. It brings together eight universities and two think tanks based in ten European countries. The starting point for EU3D is an increasingly differentiated European political order. There is more uncertainty about the EU's future development, not only because of Britain's decision to leave the Union, but also surrounding the EU’s ability to undergo necessary reforms after the financial crisis and other recent crises. It is widely recognised that the EU that emerged from the crises is more differentiated, but it is not clear if differentiation is part of the problem or part of the solution. All political systems are differentiated, but the EU is distinct in the way it is structured, and in the way in which the process of integration is structured and conducted. EU3D’s main objective is to develop a theory of differentiation that specifies the conditions under which differentiation is politically acceptable, institutionally sustainable and democratically legitimate, and the conditions under which it is not, for example when conditions of dominance prevail. EU3D does that through comprehensive analyses of the multilevel EU’s institutional and constitutional make-up across a range of policy areas. The project aims to provide research-based recommendations pertaining to the political reforms that the EU can and should opt for.
Project web page:https://www.eu3d.uio.no/

Slovakia and the Slovak Community of Vojvodina: Intraethnic Relations and Boundaries

Slovensko a slovenská komunita vo Vojvodine: vnútroetnické vzťahy a hranice

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: Medziakademická dohoda (MAD)
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:The project deals with the relations between Slovakia and members of the Slovak community in Serbia. The consequences of political and economic transition after 1989, along with mass migration, affect the identification processes of members of this community on multiple levels – besides ethnicity, also their perception of the region, locality, and homeland. They contribute to changing the character of this community from primarily territorial to transnational, living simultaneously in several countries. The aim of research is to examine the phenomenon of the transnational community on several aspects. It includes the consequences of migration for the life of the Vojvodina Slovaks, changes in cultural practices caused by the growing interactions between community members and Slovakia, the role of new media and social networks in the migration situation of members of this community and the historical dimension of transnationalisation processes. The interdisciplinary composition of the team allows a multi-perspective view on the manifestations of the same phenomenon in both countries.

National Projects


Cesta Slovenska k samostatnému štátu (1989-1993)

Duration: 1. 11. 2018 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: Iné projekty
Project leader: PhDr. Pekník Miroslav CSc.

Dr. Ivan Markovič and his generation in Slovak politics

Dr. Ivan Markovič a jeho generácia v slovenskej politike

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PhDr. Goněc Vladimír DrSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to contribute, based on the research into the political, journalistic and educational work of Ivan Markovič himself and of his generation, to the broadening and deepening of the scope of knowledge of Slovak politics of the 19th and 20th centuries - the history of Slovak political thinking and Slovak political figures, particularly of the phenomenon of Slovaks in the Czechoslovak Legions.

Myth and cult of the Slovak State in historical and social discourse after 1945 (birth, development trends and reflections in political culture)

Mýtus a kult Slovenského štátu v historicko-spoločenskom diskurze po roku 1945 (zrod, vývojové tendencie a odrazy v politickej kultúre)

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Kmeť Norbert CSc.
Annotation:The aim of project is to identify the anatomy of mythic narrative and cult of the Slovak State (1939-1945), which essentially influence the historical awareness of Slovak society up to these days. It is the very first effort to analyze the process of their construction, evolution tendencies and metamorphoses in Slovakia and exile after 1945. The research team, composed of historian, literary historians and political scientists, intends to focus on aspects of Slovak State, which are subject of persisting controversies in historical and social discourse (making-of the cult of personality of Slovak State´s leaders, making of the regime´s narrative, ideological pillars, as well as the social, economic and ideological myths). Additional value is, that besides comparative reflection of mentioned aspects in transnational perspective, the project bridges the past with present and analyzes, what role did the myth and cult of the Slovak State play in historical and social discourse and political culture after 1989.

The Image of the

Obraz „Iného“ v slovenskej politike po roku 1989

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to analyse political discourse in Slovakia using the theory of symbolic power (P. Bourdieu) and the theory of social dominance (Sidanius - Pratto). The process of "othering" by means of external construction of the identity of individual actors, i.e., by categorization, is considered one of the key aspects of the formation and reproduction of the hierarchical relations in the domestic and foreign policy of Slovakia. Our aim is to identify the role of the "othering" in the political interaction. Project is focused on the formation of the relations of symbolic power and on the tools applied in its framework. We will analyze the influence of categorization of particular groups on their role in the public life. Research team will be focused on the question, to what extent is the creation of "Other" relevant in political interactions and to what extent does it affect the relations of symbolic power? Our research will be conducted on the levels of domestic and foreign policy of Slovakia.

Leading figures of Slovak politics and extremism.

Osobnosti slovenskej politiky a extrémizmus

Duration: 1. 9. 2017 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: Iné projekty
Project leader: PhDr. Pekník Miroslav CSc.

POSOHU - The place of social sciences and humanities in society: their limitations and possibilities

Postavenie sociálnych a humanitných vied v spoločnosti: ich možnosti a limity

Duration: 1. 7. 2019 - 30. 6. 2023
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Kmeť Norbert CSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to demonstrate the benefits and relevance of selected social (sociology, economics) and human sciences (philosophy, historiography, literary science) and to analyze their place in culture and society. Four major hypotheses will be tested in each of the participating discipline in order to achieve the integrative goal. The project aims to clarify the relationship, interaction and communication of these disciplines with society, and to explicitly state the possibilities and limits of social and human sciences in the process of thematising current socio-cultural challenges.

ENERGIES - Priorities of the Central and Eastern European Countries in the Context of the Energy Union

Priority krajín strednej a východnej Európy v kontexte Energetickej únie

Duration: 1. 7. 2017 - 30. 6. 2021
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Marušiak Juraj PhD.
Annotation:Project ENERGIES (Energy Priorities) studies positions of Central and Eastern European EU member states toward the Energy Union proposal that is European Commission's project aiming to unite currently fragmented EU energy policy. Member countries have a key position when it comes to further development of energy policy at the EU level as they decide about support of individual proposals presented within the Energy Union. The main research question studies the determinants of member states‘ support of the Energy Union. ENERGIES project has three main aims: a) to analyse the development of integration in energy policy area at the EU level in connection to Energy Union proposal; b) to examine positions of Central and Eastern European countries in this area and c) to study the sources of these countries’ preferences (support or opposition) towards Energy Union. The project will analyse issues connected to the Energy Union that are crucial for the Central and Eastern European countries. In order to fulfil the objectives of the project primary empirical research will be conducted. Semi-structured expert interviews will be conducted with representatives of member states at the domestic level as well as at the level of permanent representations in Brussels and with the representatives of EU institutions VV 2016 Základný výskum APVV-16-0062 Akronym: ENERGIES 01.06.2017 10:40 Strana/Page: 2 (especially the European Commission, but also the Council of the EU and the European Parliament). The project will aim to publish its result in high-impact peer review international journals, but will also focus on policy-relevant outputs. The knowledge in energy policy area gained during the execution of the project will be used in the midterm period as the EU faces several energy-related challenges connected to changes in supply of energy sources to the EU (termination of transit through Ukraine and Brotherhood pipeline, building of Nord Stream 2 and/or Turkish stream pipeline) as well as in connection with further development of renewable sources of energy and co-calle.

Developmental trends in contemporary capitalism - contradictions and conflicts

Tendencie vývoja súčasného kapitalizmu – protirečenia a konflikty

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Dinuš Peter PhD.
Annotation:As a rule, the current system of organizing society has been defined as capitalist not only by the Marxists or by other critical authors; this circumstance also determines one’s approach to understanding the problems of its workings and development as well as the ways of how these problems are tackled. Based on the fact of the system’s existence, the project will aim to grasp its contradictory nature. In examining the contradictions of capitalism, historical materialism and other, more recent, socio-critical theories also apply the aspect of their class conditioning, which evolves in conjunction with the changes in economic, political and cultural life of society. This will provide a basis for the analysis of ever-deepening socio-economic and political contradictions of global capitalism with strong neoliberal orientation, and of the escalating conflict in these areas of social life. The analysis constitutes part of a comprehensive examination of the current state of affairs and of developmental trends.

Projects total: 12