The Contemporary World
Due to migration and globalization, diverse cultures constantly meet, and societal changes shape new subcultures. In this unprecedented contemporary situation it is more difficult to meet the requirements necessary to transbound these groups in a way that could facilitate a mutual dialogue. In particular, it is necessary not only to respect cultural differences but to transcend them.
Transcultural way to dialoque
A transcultural path to dialogue by means of Transcultural Communication (TC) examines the conditions that make this crossing possible. Therefore “in spite of ” cultural differences we try to find universal features that would allow meetings and dialogue across the cultures.
The branch is concerned with not only the specifics of individual cultures such as studying cultural anthropology, but together with the necessary philosophical anthropology asks also for universal human traits.
Attention is paid to the theories of ethics and their applications, for example in various meetings and clashes of civilizations.
These three perspectives are practically supported through personality and communication development and language skills.
Since a long time ago, it's not about whether we will live together, but about how
The first graduates completed their studies in May 2013. In contrast to foreign universities of Central and Western Europe or the USA, the Czech transcultural study programme is rather recent. Though, it is based on long-term creative and scientific activities of its lecturers.
Today’s world faces new demands and Transcultural communication is our current challenge.
We are always trying to improve
In 2020-2021 we implement the Borders & Dialogue project supported by International Visegrad Fund. The project is focused on Czech-Polish relations in the Broumov region and southern Silesia.
Zdenka Sokolíčková, conducts a field research on climatic-economic-social changes in the town of Longyearbyen in Svalbard. The two-year boREALIFE project has the MSCA Seal of Excellence and is funded by the OP RDE, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. The mentor of the project is Thomas Hylland Eriksen.
In 2019, Tomáš Petráček was the only one from the University of Hradec Králové to receive the best possible evaluation for his contribution to knowledge (according to the M17 + Methodology within Module 1). The university is excited and we are even more so! He was awarded for the book “Power and Exploitation in the Czech Lands in the 10th-12th Centuries: A Central European Perspective”, which was published in 2017 by the prestigious Dutch publishing house Brill.
Since 2018, David Bouma has been a member of the international team of the “Social cohesion in the context of migration” project (Erasmus+ program). In 2019 he actively participated in the project workshops in Vienna and Bolzano. In 2021 he will take part in a working meeting in Satu Mare, Romania, and Cologne, Germany.
A project called the “Innovation of Transcultural Communication and Implementation of Teaching in English” was implemented in the years 2012-2014. Our Department received funds from the ESF Operational Programme Education for Competitiveness. The project has organized trips, internships, teaching from foreign experts. It also developed a departmental library with publications in Czech and English etc. We are glad that thanks to European support we managed to move our study programme forward and ensure our students the highest quality education.
Department of Studies in Culture and Religion
The Department falls under the Faculty of Education of the University of Hradec Králové. It provides two undergraduate courses (Transcultural Communication and Religious Education) and the follow-up Master’s degree of Transcultural Communication (currently in Czech only).
The teachers have interdisciplinary backgrounds. An emphasis is placed on the critical analysis of contemporary social and cultural phenomena, both in teaching and in scientific research and publication activities. The scientific publication outputs include the department of the best workplaces across the University. Given that the field of transcultural communication in the Czech Republic is exceptional and that its concept responds to the current need to study and learn, therefore the Department, together with various partners, annually organizes specialized conferences.
Professors Tomáš Halík, Pavel Barša, Jan Sokol, Umberto Galimberti, Josef Freise, Thomas H. Eriksen, Václav Bělohradský and Manfred Spitzer have all lectured here.
For cooperation and support we have partnerships with universities in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Norway and the Slovak Republic. As regards domestic partners, besides many Czech universities and research institutes, we can mention the Agency for the development of the Broumov region, the Diocesan and Regional Charity of Hradec Králové etc.