Research projectsValues and identities of the Visegrad countries' capitals
Principal investigator: Institute for Evaluations and Social Analyses (INESAN) [CZ]
Investigators from the Institute for Sociology of SAS: PhDr. Magdaléna Piscová, CSc., Mgr. Ing. Miloslav Bahna, PhD., Mgr. Ľubomír Šottník
Co-investigators: Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw - Faculty of Christian Philosophy [POL], Eötvös Loránd University – Faculty of Social Sciences [HUN]
Project: Visegrad Grant No. 21830029
Duration: 1.2.2019 – 31.3.2020
This project focuses on values and identities connected to the concept of a nation in the V4 capitals. Capitals are perceived as centres of national pride and at the same time they are multicultural environments where diverse people interact daily. Voting behaviour in V4 capitals differs from the remaining populations where they vote significantly less for parties that use nationalist rhetoric (see SPD (CZ), Fidesz, Jobbik (HUN), ĽS-NS (SVK), PiS (POL)). This indicates that the nationalistic rhetoric is not so efficient in these places. The goal of the project is to moderate the extreme use of national identities topics in public, both through accelerating discussion and public education. This project 1. updates knowledge of national identity and associated values (after the African and Middle-East immigration wave); 2. deepens knowledge of the formation and expression of national identities and values in the capitals; 3. based on the findings, provides information on how to deal with the public narratives and problems linked to national identity to moderate its extreme impacts.
The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund [ www.visegradfund.org ]. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.