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11. 11. 2020 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Antropocén, ožehavá věc [Anthropocene, a delicate thing]

Presentation for the online seminar of the Sociology Dept, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

In Czech only
18. 8. 2020 ::::

"Bad things" and the politics of being critical - cancelled

Paper intended for the EASST+4S conference, Prague, August 18-21, 2020; after the organizers announced that the conference would take place in a virtual, corona-virus-free space, i.e. completely online, I cancelled my participation

In our project “Vulnerable residents in fragile residences: An inquiry into tensions of residential care” we focus on a double object: people and buildings. More precisely, we study (a) caring of people and (b) maintenance of their residences IN RELATION. There are many reasons for such a focus. I want to discuss one specific motivation related to the politics of critique in STS. How to be effectively critical? How to confront “bad things” and help “good things” happen? To be critical of something, we often try to show it as obviously and objectively stupid, irrational, and absurd. If we eventually associate “bad things” (such as climate change denial, technocracy in politics or resistance toward humanization of residential care) with some rationality, meaningfulness, and relevance, we risk being accused of standing on the wrong side and of unacceptable “relativization”... I believe that this way of being critical is unfortunate, since it underestimates our enemies. It implies that “bad things” are based on weak fundaments. As social scientists we should instead try to support our warnings by showing “bad things” as making relatively good sense in a number of ways, being well-integrated into rather reasonable and routinely accepted arrangements – this is, after all, why they are such a difficult enemy: strong, widespread and persistent. Studying objects in relation, such as in our research, where divergent or even contradictory values are at stake, can be taken as a useful heuristic tool for being critical in this more effective way.
20. 6. 2020 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Latour o antropocénu: složité vztahy mezi intelektuálním a politickým radikalismem [Latour on anthropocene - complicated relationhsips between intellectual and political radicalism]

Presentation for the 57th outdoor workshop of CTS, June 19-21, 2020

In Czech only
5. 12. 2019 ::::

Zelená totalita: Přichází? A poznáme to? [Green totalitarianism: Is it coming? How do we know?]

Participation in a discussion Enviro Meetup, organised by Paralel Polis, Dělnická 43, Praha 7; 18:30-20:00

1. 11. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Religion in action: How private apparitions may become true/real

Presentation for the workshop with Tanya Luhrmann, CEFRES Library, Na Florenci 3, Praha 1

When studying mediations by which a fragile and untrustworthy personal experience of two children in Litmanová, 1990, gradually turned into a widely recognized and shared, authentic religious miracle or a true religious phenomenon, one quickly gets somewhat more complicated picture of religiousness than the one offered by Latour in his numerous writings on the topic. On one hand, the apparition in Litmanová was enacted in many ways as making the Blessed Mother present, here and now, to all the worshippers – to Latour’s joy, one would say. On the other hand, equally frequently, the apparitions were articulated, examined and recalled as matter-of-fact historical events, i.e., false or true according to quite different sets of criteria than those imagined by Latour for his religious mode of existence. The two modalities not only co-existed (our interviewees often switched quite smoothly between them in their accounts), but they did their work together, they constituted each other. Nonetheless, Latour’s point about the nature of religion does hold – in a way: it can be observed in our data that while matter-of-fact articulations of the apparition were prevailing and decisive in the beginning of the entire story, their importance decreased as the religious authenticity of the apparition was becoming more and more established. Thus, Latour’s characterization of religion makes sense only if we look at it in its ready-made, accomplished form. If we want to understand religion in the making, however, the picture is much less pure.
8. 6. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Zranitelní obyvatelé v křehkých obydlích [Vulnerable residents in fragile residences]

Presentation for the 21th working conference of Biograf, June 7-9 2019, Mohelno

(only in Czech)
9. 5. 2019 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Radek Carboch, Dana Hradcová & Michal Synek: Péče a údržba - dvojí starost pobytových služeb [Care and maintenance: An inquiry into tensions of residential care]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
28. 1. 2019 ::::

Ivo Čermák, Zdeněk Konopásek, Hedvika Novotná & Klára Šeďová: Rozprava o kvalitativní metodologii [A round table on qualitative methodology]

Presentation for the QAK Conference, České Budějovice, January 28-29, 2019

30. 11. 2018 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co je translace, sociologicky vzato [What is translation, taken sociologically]

Presentation for the conference of Czech Sociological Association, Hradec Králové, November 28-30. 2018

In Czech only
25. 7. 2018 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek, Michal Synek & Radek Carboch: Making clients to decide for themselves: turning people with learning difficulties into "modern subjects"

Presentation for the EASST conference "Meetings – Making Science, Technology and Society together" in Lancaster (UK), July 25-28, 2018

In our study of social services for people with learning difficulties we focus on efforts aiming at their emancipation, i.e. at making them as independent on institutions and professionals as possible. Emphasis is being put on what is called "autonomous decision-making" about one's life - what to do, what to buy, where to go and when. These decisions are to be based on authentic and unrestricted expression of clients' desires and passions. Professionals are instructed and trained to move from making decisions on behalf of their (passive) clients to providing sensitive support for the activity of decision-making, performed preferably by the clients themselves. But how to make clients to "decide for themselves", co-creating a world for them, which would resemble the world of all other people? How to de-attach them from professional assistance? Sometimes it may seem that a simple redistribution of passivity and activity among professionals and their clients suffices. Even the official instructions and guides often imply that the less support from the others is offered, the more free and autonomous ("normal") decision is made by the client - an ideal, desirable, but not always achievable situation. However, a closer look at the emancipating practices reveal that: (a) a lot of carefully orchestrated professional action, including enormous amount of paperwork, is mobilized to make one do things; (b) it is the quality of particular attachments - and not a reversal of activity/passivity - what makes a desirable difference. Misunderstandings about this may bring about perverted results.
6. 10. 2016 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Latour o “modech existence” [Latour on modes of existence]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
8. 4. 2016 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Konstruktivismus, sociologie plná nedorozumění: pohled zevnitř [Constructivism, a sociology full of misunderstanding]

Presentation for the colloquium "Social constructivism after 50 years", organized by the sociological theory section of the Czech sociological society

(only in Czech)
17. 3. 2016 ::::

Debate on approaches to research on normalisation

Discussion meeeting organised by The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, with participation of Petr Bílek (FFUK), Irena Reifová (FSV UK) and others. Praha, FF UK, Náměstní Jana Palacha 2, 17.30, room 201

24. 9. 2015 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Co všechno děláme, když "papírujeme" [About the social practice of paperwork]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS - a seminar to celebrate 25th anniversary of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
11. 12. 2014 ::::

Zdeněk Konopásek: Ztraceno v překladu: nové demokratické způsoby na postupu [Lost in translation: Spreading the new democratic procedures]

Presentation for Thursday seminars of CTS, Husova 4, Praha 1, 3rd floor (the seminar room)

(only in Czech)
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Zdeněk Konopásek: Antropocén, ožehavá věc [Anthropocene, a delicate thing]

Presentation for the online seminar of the Sociology Dept, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague

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POKORNÝ, P. & KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020, in press): Lítáme v tom: Dialog o klimatu na pomezí vědy, politiky a aktivismu [We're in: Climate dialogue at the edge of science, politics, and activism]. In: A. Vondra, ed: Musí být ekologie alarmistická? Hledání realistických odpovědí [Does ecology have to be alarmist? Finding realistic answers]. Brno: Books & Pipes. Pp. 63-101

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KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020): Latour o antropocénu: Složité vztahy mezi intelektuálním a politickým radikalismem [Latour and anthropocene: Complicated relations between intellectual and political radicalism]. Vesmír, 99 (512): ??-??

Discussion paper

KONOPÁSEK, Z. (2020, in press): Antropocén: Více než jeden, méně než dva [Anthropocene: More than one, less than many]. In: P. Pokorný & D. Storch, eds: Antropocén. Praha: Academia. Pp. 32-50

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