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International Projects

REDACT - Researching Europe, Digitalisation and Conspiracy Theories

Digitalizácia a konšpiračné teórie

Duration: 1. 11. 2022 - 30. 10. 2025
Program: ERANET
Project leader: Mgr. Mrva Marianna PhD.
Annotation:Digital communication technologies enable the exchange, adaptation and adoption of conspiracy theories at an unprecedented speed and scale, facilitating the creation of counter-publics connected by a propensity for mis- and disinformation. The REDACT project will analyse how digitalisation shapes the form, content and consequences of conspiracy theories, including online sociality and offline actions and effects. Rather than see digitalisation as a process that has universal outcomes, or conspiracy theories as the same over space and time, REDACT considers online conspiracy theories and counter-publics in different European regions (Western Europe, Central Europe, the Baltics and the Balkans) in order to make robust and nuanced recommendations about conspiracy theories – a particularly durable form of mis- and disinformation – for policy makers, media regulators, fact-checking and extremism-monitoring organisations, as well as the internet companies themselves.
Project web page:https://chanse.org/redact/

ENIS - European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice

Európska sieť o medzinárodnej mobilite študentov: Spájanie výskumu a praxe

Duration: 5. 10. 2021 - 4. 10. 2025
Evidence number:CA20115
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.

UKR - Social survey of Ukrainian migrants in Slovakia

Spoločenská sonda ukrajinských migrantov a migrantiek na Slovensku

Duration: 1. 9. 2023 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: Bilaterálne - iné
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.

SHiFT - Social Sciences and Humanities for Transformation and Climate Resilience, SHiFT

Spoločenské a humanitné vedy pre transformáciu a odolnosť voči zmene klímy, SHiFT

Duration: 26. 9. 2022 - 25. 9. 2026
Evidence number:COST OC-2021-1-25566
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Strapcová Katarína PhD.
Annotation:The COST Action: Social Sciences and Humanities for Transformation and Climate Resilience (SHiFT) project is designed to take advantage of networking and collaboration opportunities between partner institutions. It is an ideal avenue to strengthen existing SSH expertise and transdisciplinary experience of stakeholders and to actively create new and innovative alliances and research pathways in the short and long term. This trajectory is closely aligned with COST's mission and policy of 'bridging the gap', which remains an obstacle to knowledge integration between science, policy-making and society. The project aims to create a transdisciplinary hub to address existing challenges in supporting early societal transformation in the context of climate change. The SHiFT HUB - Centre will consist of a group of transdisciplinary SSH researchers and practitioners and their other networks of social contacts, with a focus on developing shared benefits for transformation across different social, political, economic, environmental and technological contexts. The SHiFT project aims to address the challenge of creating innovative and feasible pathways through engaging with the transformative dimension of 'critical practice'. The 'critical practice' approach explores transformative processes in practice across a range of dimensions that include research, policy, business, community and individual practice.

DecolDEV - Decolonising Development: Research, Teaching, Practice

Vývoj dekolonizácie: výskum, výučba a prax

Duration: 1. 9. 2020 - 30. 8. 2024
Evidence number:COST Action CA19129
Program: COST
Project leader: Drążkiewicz Elżbieta PhD.
Project web page:https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19129/#tabs|Name:overview

National Projects

GEOPREF - GEOPREF: New measurements and methods for the study of individual geopolitical preferences in Central and Eastern Europe.

GEOPREF: Nové merania a metódy pre štúdium individuálnych geopolitických preferencií v strednej a východnej Európe.

Duration: 1. 1. 2024 - 31. 12. 2026
Evidence number:2/0053/24
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Torres-Adán Ángel PhD.
Annotation:GEOPREF aims to further the current knowledge on individual geopolitical preferences by using Slovakia as a case study. Individual geopolitical preferences are a branch of foreign policy preferences that focuses on individual positions regarding which geopolitical bloc (the EU, NATO, Russia, China, etc.) their country should be closer to. In a context in which the war in Ukraine has made geopolitics more relevant in the social and political lives of European countries, this project has two main goals. First, we aim to uncover how different measurements of geopolitical preferences could potentially affect our understanding of the public’s perceptions of EU and Russia as partners. Second, we will continue working on the identification of potential factors that influence geopolitical preferences in the CEE context. We also expect to rely on the scarcely used (in this field) survey-experiment methodology to identify causality paths between variables such as party cues and geopolitical preferences.

Innovation, disruption, prophecy: Charismatic authority in contemporary capitalism

Inovácia, disrupcia, proroctvo: Charizmatická autorita v súčasnom kapitalizme

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2025
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Želinský Dominik PhD.

Institutional conditions for the performance of work and institutional work

Inštitucionálne podmienky pre výkon práce a inštitucionálna práca

Duration: 1. 1. 2024 - 31. 12. 2027
Evidence number:2/0088/24
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Mezihorák Petr PhD.
Annotation:The subject of the project is the relationship between the conditions for the performance of work and the relevant institutional frameworks that shape, enable, but also regulate and constrain that work. The perspective of institutional work allows us to grasp the ongoing interactive processes between the stabilising, structuring and regulating functions of institutions on the one hand, and the mechanisms for achieving gradual institutional change on the other. The complexity of the relationship between stability and dynamics will be highlighted by the choice of empirical cases that are at different stages of their (re)institutionalization. Through institutional work and other concepts of institutional and organisational theory, the project aims to analyse such actions of individual and collective actors that either have the ambition or in their consequences contribute to the creation, maintenance or disruption of those institutions that constitute the conditions of work performances in the analysed areas.


Konflikty o tom, čo je pravda na Slovensku a v Poľsku

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:VEGA 2/0133/22
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Drążkiewicz Elżbieta PhD.

Power, control and vulnerability in intimate relationships - digital technologies and care

Moc, kontrola a zraniteľnosť v intímnych vzťahoch – digitálne technológie a starostlivosť

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:VEGA 2/0063/23
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Sekeráková Búriková Zuzana PhD.
Annotation:The key objective of this project is to study the dynamics of the relationship between power / control / vulnerability and care via research on the use of digital technologies within the field of intimate partner relationships. The theoretical background draws on the feminist ethics of care, digital anthropology, and science and technology studies.The project is exploratory in nature and combines quantitative and qualitative research methods: omnibus survey, focus groups with experts in the field of IT and practitioners (e.g. helping professions), along with in-depth interviews with people living in intimate relationships. We will examine practices, as well as their interpretations focusing on when - in which relationships and situations - digital technologies are interpreted as manifestations of care and tools of protection, and when they are interpreted as interfering with the autonomy of the individual, or tools of control and manifestations of violence.

NAPONET - Nationalism, populism and social networks in a comparative perspective

Nacionalizmus, populizmus a sociálne siete v komparatívnej perspektíve

Duration: 1. 7. 2023 - 30. 6. 2026
Evidence number:APVV-22-0242
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Ing. Bahna Miloslav PhD.
Annotation:The project will provide new insights into the links between the three phenomena under study – nationalism, populism in politics and the use of social networks in political and civic participation. The analysis of these three related themes will take place both in a local Slovak and a comparative context. The comparative context of the project will be provided by data collection within the framework of two international comparative research programs – the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) and the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) – in which the members of the research team have been active for a long time. The implementation of the modules ISSP 2023 National Identity and Citizenship, ISSP 2024 Digital Societies and module 6 of the CSES research series will allow both to analyze the phenomena studied in the framework of the submitted project and to ensure the presence of Slovakia in the analyses of foreign authors dedicated to these topics working with the ISSP and CSES datasets. The project will empirically analyze the relationship between nationalism and populism, the nature of which is disputed in the literature. Populist attitudes and the determinants of demand for populist parties and politicians will also be analyzed. The aim will also be to understand the relationship between the use of social networks and indicators of civic engagement. The project will also look at the relationships between digital civic participation, societal polarization and the erosion of social and institutional trust in political institutions. The datasets generated during the project will be made freely available both through the Slovak Archive of Social Data (SASD) and as part of ISSP and CSES integrated datasets in the GESIS archive.
Project web page:https://sociologia.sav.sk/vyskumne_projekty.php?id=3305

Climate Concerns, Environmental Protection, Green Consumption: Environmental Topics and Public Opinion in Slovakia

Obavy o klímu, ochrana životného prostredia, zelená spotreba: environmentálne témy a verejná mienka na Slovensku

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:2/0111/23
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Strapcová Katarína PhD.
Annotation:Concerns about the negative effects of climate change are also increasing among the people of Slovakia, while the consequences are increasingly perceived as direct and tangible (health, property). We know from the available data that the vast majority of Slovakia's population considers climate change to be a very serious problem. The risks accompanying technological progress, which Ulrich Beck described as the "back staircase of industrial society and the" black passenger of consumption ", have become a daily reality today, with a significant impact on the wider social, economic and political context. Today sociologists are able to describe relatively accurately how environmental risks are produced by new types of social conflicts, new value dilemmas and new types of social inequalities. One of the main goals of the project is to examine in more detail how the public reacts to the new environmental dilemmas and how deep the concerns of the population in Slovakia are about the ongoing climate change, through the amount of available international comparative data.


Pandemické pravdy: Porovnávacia štúdia konfliktov o konšpiračných teóriách v krajinách Vyšehradskej štvorky

Duration: 1. 7. 2022 - 30. 6. 2026
Evidence number:APVV-21-0394
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Želinský Dominik PhD.

Forms and mechanisms of differentiation and reconfiguration of public and political life. Collective actions and political attitudes.

Podoby a mechanizmy diferenciácie a rekonfigurácie verejného a politického života. Kolektívne akcie a politické postoje.

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2026
Evidence number:2/0068/23
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc., Mgr. Tížik Miroslav PhD.
Annotation:Political activities are limited by the existing disputes and they also play their part in specific historical developments. Over about the past hundred years, Slovakia has undergone a few radical political changes. These have been associated with medium-term periods, when one generation could experience life in two or more types of political regimes and constellations. During each generation, new forms of political and public life were created. This has led to significant changes in self-definition not only in politics but also in other spheres of public life, including culture and science. Ideologies provide a strong impetus for fundamental transformation for they reframe the evaluation of the past and the definition of others, creating new fields of collective imagination. The project aims to perform a series of analyses of political, public and academic discourse to see how the power and ideological influences of the time pan out to create a morally defined self-image and the image of others.

REPRO-150 - Reproductions of Religious and Worldviews Structures in Slovakia. A Hundred and Fifty Years of Change

Reprodukcie náboženských a svetonázorových štruktúr na Slovensku. Stopäťdesiat rokov zmien.

Duration: 1. 7. 2023 - 30. 6. 2027
Evidence number:APVV-22-0063
Program: APVV
Project leader: doc., Mgr. Tížik Miroslav PhD.
Annotation:In 2021, the 15th census of the population in Slovakia took place. Twelve of them have indicators of religion and worldview. This time series enables a unique way of analysing changes in the worldview profiles of society at the level of municipalities, regions, or specific religious groups. After 1989 a gradual pluralisation of the worldview structure began. However, only since 2011 has the proportion of those who claim to belong to small religious groups and those with no religious affiliation been growing significantly. The not-yet-detailed results of the 2021 census already point to some forms of change in all worldview groups. Setting the latest census results in a 150-year-long chain of censuses also raises the question of what factors, and in what form, influence the ability of some worldview structures to reproduce and grow, while others stagnate or gradually disappear. By describing the basic trends in the development of worldview structures from 1869 to the present and combining further quantitative and qualitative analyses, the project aims to explain the underlying factors that have influenced the reproduction of different worldview structures. Setting the analysis in the context of current international research on the reproduction of worldview systems will help not to neglect the influence of basic civilizational trends on these processes in Slovakia. The achievement of three partial objectives will lead to the fulfilment of this goal: 1. To analyse the historical dynamics of change in the structure of the Slovak population in terms of worldview. 2. To critically assess the methodological risks of measurement and to indicate the possible effects of measurement on specific results. 3. To show the possibilities of reproduction of different confessional and worldview structures in the crucial periods of modern history - at the time of signitificant modernization of Slovakia (1948-1989) and in the following period of building a pluralistic and market system.

Social Morale and Value Dilemmas in Political Discourse

Spoločenská morálka a hodnotové dilemy v politickom diskurze

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:2/0110/23
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Kusá Zuzana CSc.
Annotation:The project complements the research of value orientations and moral ideas carried out in Slovakia by examining the "discursive existence" of values and morals in relation to governance. The aim is to reduce the cognitive and methodological debt in this area and contribute to the clarification of value disputes and dilemmas marking political discourse and Slovak society. Within this project we will (a) deal more systematically with sociological perspectives on relationship of moral reasoning and construction of moral community and on value legitimization in political discourse; (b) examine, through case studies, how politicians in their argumentation connect social problems with the level of social morale and how they use values to legitimize decisions that lead to restrictions on rights and freedoms or variants of a possible future; c) prepare a book on critical discourse analysis that will be demonstrated on the examples from the case studies to suggest CDA as important tool of sociological research.

Social context of generalized and institutional trust in Slovakia

Spoločenské súvislosti všeobecnej a inštitucionálnej dôvery na Slovensku

Duration: 1. 1. 2022 - 31. 12. 2024
Evidence number:VEGA č. 2/0068/22
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Klobucký Robert PhD.
Annotation:The importance of trust for society has long been emphasized by social sciences, but today we are witnessing processes that have perhaps never been more significant, such as the polarization of society, various forms of extremism, populism, or omnipresent conspiratorial thinking. These are phenomena that may be related to the prevalence of distrust in society - whether distrust towards other people or distrust in institutions. The aim of our project is to test the hypothesis that one of the common denominators of these phenomena is trust, which, according to international research, has long been very low in Slovakia. Through our project, we will therefore try to uncover the broader social context of trust, focusing not only on its consequences but also on its determinants.

Elections to the bodies of communal self-government in Slovakia

Voľby do orgánov samosprávy obcí na Slovensku

Duration: 1. 1. 2023 - 31. 12. 2025
Evidence number:2/0115/23
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Zagrapan Jozef PhD.
Annotation:Elections are one of the most important features of democratic regimes and one of the key sources of legitimacy for governing officials. While the results and characteristics of parliamentary elections, along with the electoral system, parties, and candidates involved in the competition at the country level are well-studied, our knowledge about the local electoral arena in Slovakia is surprisingly limited, mainly when it comes to elections of members of bodies of communal self-government. The goal of this project is to fill in this significant gap in the research on municipal elections in Slovakia. Firstly, our aim is to manually collect unique complete data about candidates and electoral results, which are otherwise unavailable and not published by any of the central bodies. Secondly, based on these data we will draw conclusions about competition in elections, electoral turnout, candidates and other characteristics of the electoral system that is not widely used in the world.

Projects total: 18