The Department of Contemporary Continental Philosophy (DCCP) is formed by an efficient and cohesive team that consists partly of leading figures in the current generation of Czech philosophers, working in the field of contemporary continental thought, and partly of foreign researchers from countries such as France and the U.S.A. The DCCP members conduct both long-term and short-term research projects that cover a wide spectrum of topics in contemporary continental philosophy, ranging from philosophy of the body, to philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of sociality, philosophy of psychiatry, performative philosophy and artistic research. These topics are dealt with from perspectives that are inspired mainly, but not exclusively, by German and French traditions of phenomenology, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, critical theory and post-structuralism.
Members of the DCCP aim to take an active part in current developments of continental philosophy within the global context and to contribute to present-day international discussions related to the field. The DCCP members succeed in publishing results of their research in high-ranking international publishing houses and peer-reviewed journals and in participating in international research projects and organizing international scientific events. The DCCP members have provided a substantial part of the overall Czech-written scientific production related to the field of contemporary continental philosophy over the last decade. The DCCP members have produced, besides a number of original monographs and articles, also several book-translations that made, for the first time, accessible the key works in philosophy of the 20th and 21st century to the Czech readership.
As a part of its scientific strategy, the DCCP seeks to create a platform for critical confrontation of different approaches and trends within contemporary continental philosophy. This confrontation is cultivated in regular working seminars (once a month) that provide the DCCP members constructive critical feedback, which is sometimes missing in the Czech academic milieu and is rarely provided by standard peer review mechanisms.
Last but not least, the DCCP members regularly lecture and supervise students at domestic and foreign universities. Besides, they aim to take an active part in the life of the academic community both in the domestic and the international context. This includes a proactive involvement in scientific commissions, evaluating panels and editorial boards, as well as regular reviewing for journals and publishers all over the world. Finally, as a part of the DCCP's mission its fellows strive to communicate the results of their research to the public mainly in terms of public lectures/courses, popularization publications and appearances in the public media.
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