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The Department has a strong and diverse program of research activities funded by internal as well as external sources. We provide funding for the publication or translation of texts written by our members and sponsor full participation in conferences or workshops. Members of the department as well as doctoral students participate in grants of all proportions, from the small, university funded research projects, through regional and national grant programmes, to European/international grant schemes. As a result, the Department constantly ranks among the most active and dynamic research institutions of our Faculty.

Please find below a short outline of our past and current research projects and a selection of publications written by our members. You can find more detailed accounts of the publication and research activities of individual members of the Department in their respective biographical sections.      

Current grants and research projects

Critical political sociology of (in)security: dramaturgical analysis of public events in the field of (in)security experts

Grantholder: Lubomír Lupták, Ph.D.

Grantprovider: Czech science foundation (GACR)

The project aims to analyse the academic segment of the field of security experts through investigation of security-related public academic events in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its conceptual core combines securitization theory, theory of social fields and analysis of symbolic behaviour. Methodologically, the project builds upon participative field research combined with understanding interviews and followed by dramaturgical analysis, triangulated by computer-assisted qualitative content analysis of texts produced by security experts. The main research field are security-oriented conferences as sites of specific dramatizations of symbolic behaviours where security knowledge and hierarchies are negotiated and reaffirmed. At the actor level, the emphasis will be on strategies of self-presentation, status symbols, and issues presented as security-related. At the structural level, the focus will be on organization of symbolic interaction and the ways in which the privileged status of security knowledge is performed.