University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Institute of History
Feud and Vengeance in Pre-Modern Latin America
Topic Overview:

Feud and vengeance belong to the concepts that are widely researched in the framework of European history. The topic has  been explored from different standpoints for a long time and furthermore, an important intercultural perspective has been  frequently applied recently. However, the research space for conducting such approach in the field of pre-modern Latin American history seems still unused.

Task:

The supervisor offers his experience and knowledge of research approaches   to the topic. He will provide an applicant with methodological texts and   assist him/her with the research.The applicant will be expected to get acquainted with the provided  theory and methodology and then to work on the issue on his/her own applying the aforementioned approaches with the use  of the Latin American scholarly literature and archives. The research output shall be published in English in the form of a  journal article (percentage of supervisor´s and applicant´s share on the result is open for their common agreement after  specification of the research scope).

Requirements:

Early modern history, history of political thought, social history.

Outcomes:

Article.
University of South Bohemia, Faculty of Economics, Department of Applied Economics and Economy
Traffic Flow Speed – Influencing Factors
Topic Overview:

The general topic and aim of research are to analyse vehicle drivers behaviour, their reaction time, soft factors which influence traffic flow speed.

Task:

On side (street) data collection, statistical data collection, literature survey.

Requirements:

English knowledge, basic statistical knowledge, interest in topic.

Outcomes:

Paper.
Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Sociology, Department of Public and Social Policy
COVID-19 Measures Applied to Divorced-Parents Families Sharing Care of Their Child/ren in EU Countries
Topic Overview:

COVID-19 measures differed across particular countries but quarantine or other kind of move limitation was experienced perhaps in all of them. Due to quarantine measures many individuals and families had to change their routines and find new ways of functioning – this applies specifically to divorced-parents families sharing care of their child/ren which had to cope with the idea of an isolated household. In this situation the governments could implement recommendations dealing with situation of D-P families – some of them did some of them did not. The task of the internship would be to gather evidence about particular EU countries strategies regarding COVID-19 measures and D-P families or more general code of conduct of families with children.

Task:

The particular task would be discussed with the intern in order to find the scope that would be convenient to both of us. In my eyes, the internship could include following tasks:
a) Address ministries/departments of health care in EU countries and ask them about COVID-19 measures applied to divorced-parents families sharing care of their child/ren;
b) Gather their responses, describe them and try to systemize or classify them;
c) Write a report.

Requirements:

To be interested in the proposed topic.

Outcomes:

Report.
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Analytical Chemistry
Role of GPs Within the Healthcare Systems
Topic Overview:

GP’ (General Practitioner) may be seen as „a doctor based in the community who treats patients with minor or chronic  illnesses and refers those with serious conditions to a hospital “(Oxford Languages) or a backbone of the healthcare  system. The part of the healthcare system where GPs are acting is called primary health care (PHC). According to the WHO, primary health care is important because it is the foundation of a strong health system. It leads to more equitable health across the community and leads to greater patient and health worker satisfaction. It means that the role of GPs is crucially important - it influences the access to health care and the quality of health care.  The role of GPs varies from one country to another. The aim of the proposed cooperation is to study these variations: it  means to identify them, to classify them and to discuss their consequences.

Task:

The concrete task would be discussed with the intern in order to find the scope that would be convenient to both of us. In my  eyes, the internship could include following tasks:
a) Identify roles of GPs within the selected healthcare systems (the choice of countries would be discussed);
b) Describe different models of PHC;
c) Propose a set of attributes characterising the PHC  models;
d) Apply them and classify the studied systems;
e) Discuss the consequences of different role of GPs for the system  and for the patient

Requirements:

To be interested in the proposed topic; French language would be a plus.

References:

Find more i.e., HYPERLINK "https://www.who.int/health-topics/primary-health-care#tab=tab_1"here.
University of Pardubice, Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology
Chinese Community in Brasil
Topic Overview:

Field research on Chinese diaspora or Chinese migration as a part of wider research on Chinese overseas activities. The specific topic of the internship can be specified according to student’s wishes (e.g. chinese cusine culture in host country, migrations studies of Chinese diaspora, spatial patterns of Chinese communities, Chinese visual presence in host culture).

Task:

Student is required to conduct his/her own field research and collecting field data on specified topic. The supervision will be provided mainly to develop student’s knowledge about methodology of anthropological field research and interpretation of field data (both qualitative and quantitative).

Requirements:

Enthusiasm, previous contact with/interest in Chinese community is a plus.

Outcomes:

Student is welcomed to collaborate on research paper submitted to JCO -Journal of Chinese Overseas or similar journal.
Palacký University in Olomouc, Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology
Work Team Development
Topic Overview:

In this topic we focus on conditions of teams’ development. The main research question is, what developmental needs are perceived as important by team members. The subtask which could be solved by this internship is literature overview on the topic of team development and suitable conditions to develop and keep team working. 

Task:

The task of the intern is to perform a literature review aimed at these keywords: team work, team development, team developmental needs and similar. The conclusion should present valid indicators of successful teams, conditions which should be met to keep the team working and needs which have to be addressed to support the team development.

Requirements:

Basic knowledge of literature review approach is welcomed, English on appropriate academic level for understanding the text seems to be necessary. Systematic and conscientious personality would be great.

Outcomes:

Literature review (at least), rest depending on the work outcomes.
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Institute of History
The Concept of Republic in the Early Modern and Modern Political Thought
Topic Overview:

The question what the republic is has been almost covered in the 20th   century with the contribution of the modern political science that classifies this system of government as the opposite to monarchical constitution. However, such approach totally neglects diverse meanings of the term   “republic” which were linked to the broader tradition of republicanism in the   early modern period from the 16th to the 19th century. If one takes this historical tradition of republicanism into consideration, it is necessary to admit that the concept of republic – based   on the idea of popular sovereignty and the  revival of ancient values – played   a significant role in the struggle of European societies towards their   political  emancipation since the ideals of citizenship, political virtue and   participation helped to transform the centralized absolutist systems into   modern national and democratic states. In this regard, the question of possible link between the idea of republic and national as well as political emancipation in the environment of the Latin America is highly intriguing, since there might be important similarities between its social and political development in the 19th century with the trends identified in the space of Central and Eastern Europe.

Task:

The supervisor who has conducted systematic research of the Central European political thought from the 16th to the 19th century with the special focus on the history of republicanism will train the   applicant concerning the skills of history of ideas,  contextualist approaches   based on the methodology of the Cambridge school and discourse analysis. The applicant will work on his/her own research of the republican political thought either in the context of Latin American political discourse or in the comparative framework with the emphasis on the European milieu (both options are possible and negotiable). As the main result of the research activity one can consider a journal article in English ready to be published in a renowned scientific journal (this article is supposed to be the common output of the supervisor and the applicant).

Requirements:

Early modern history, history of ideas, political theory and philosophy.

Outcomes:

Article.
University of Hradec Králové, Philosophical Faculty, Department of Politics
Threats to Academic Freedom in Brazil
Topic Overview:

The academic freedom has become a hot topic in Brasil when the actual government of Jair Bolsonaro announced its plans to dramatically cut down the budget of Universities with respect to social sciences. These political intentions to restrict leeway of  Universities and getthem under the political control is not exceptional to Brasilian context, considering the highly restrictive  measures of Hungarian government towards Central European University in Budapest. That is why this internship will ask the  students to work with legal measures of actual government that aim at functioning of universities and their research activities. We are mostly interested in the governmental efforts to restrict academic freedom be it limitations on budgets or more indirect forms such as career limitations for politically critical academics and so on.

Task:

Looking for direct and indirect forms of limitation of academic freedom from the part of Brazilian government. Looking for all kinds of restrictions against Universities with respect to social sciences.

Requirements:

This internship is generally suitable for students of political science (or law).

Outcomes:

Reviews of literature/documents, governmental decrees and legal measures, rules and restrictions of academic freedom; possible cooperation on publication.
Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy
Brazil and Central Europe: The Jewish Connection
Topic Overview:

Examining the Central European Jewish presence Brazil in historical perspective, focusing mostly on the interwar/post-war experience, politics of Vargas regime etc.

Task:

Collection and digitalization of ego-documents and archival materials; literature review; possibly conducting interviews with Holocaust survivors and their families.

Requirements:

Empathy, reliability, basic computer skills.

Outcomes:

Publication; conference paper.

References:
Ritchie, D. A. 2014. Doing Oral History : A Practical Guide. New York: Oxford  University Press.
Blay, E. A., 2014. O Brasil como destino: Raízes da imigração judaica contemporânea para São Paulo. São Paulo: Editora Unesp.
Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies
Traditional Indigenous Knowledge Protection in the Brazilian Amazon
Topic Overview:

The study will focus on the selected ethnic group living in the Brazilian Amazon (e.g., Jíbaro) and the possibilities of its traditional indigenous knowledge protection.

Task:

Participation in the preparation of joint research papers (systematic literature reviews, data analysis, translations, referencing etc.).

Requirements:

Basics in qualitative methodology, English (B2), Spanish (optional).

Outcomes:

Poster, scientific paper/conference proceeding/book chapter.

References:

https://mendelu.academia.edu/miros_horak
Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Intention-Behaviour Gap in Sustainable Consumption: The Moderators
Topic Overview:

Researchers in the field of sustainable consumption typically assume that actual behaviour is preceded by behavioural intention. However, it is generally accepted that there is a difference between intention and behaviour, the so-called Intention-Behaviour Gap (IBG). Closing this gap will help increase the real level of sustainable consumption for people who choose to do so. Recent studies have identified several isolated moderators affecting the IBG size. Based on review from other fields, it is obvious that a list of such moderators is still not complete. Therefore, we aim to explain the Intention-Behaviour Gap in the context of sustainable consumption.

Task:

Options available based on the intern’s interests/preferences or needs of the research team at the time of the internship:
1) Data collection for a systematic review: a meta-analysis. Therefore, reviewing set of articles (in English) obtained from article databases;
2) Text mining (using appropriate software): the development of opinions within  sustainable consumption;
3) Review of underlying theoretical models.

Requirements:

An experience with a text-mining tool would be an advantage for option (2), otherwise no special skills are needed.

Outcomes:

1) Dataset yielded from coding the set of the articles;
2) Analytical results to be included in a publication;
3) Literature review report. The intern would be co-author of resulting publications.
Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Collective Memory of the Traditional People and Their Descendants in Brazilian Amazonia
Topic Overview:

The search of the collective memory of traditional people and their descendants in Brazilian Amazonia is part of a wider project of our department, “Center  and Periphery”.  The project focuses the process of deperiferization and autonomization of different literatures provided from historically colonized territories and their fight for cultural  identity. Mapping the process of maintaining and recreating of traditional Amazonian people cultural identity (mainly indigenous people and ribeirinhos) takes place in the search dedicated to Brazilian literature.

Task:

Mapping the current situation in Brazilian Amazonia in terms of preservation and developing of cultural identity of the communities of traditional people and their descendants:
a) how the communities in different areas (rural, urban, villages in the rainforest) preserve and disseminate their collective memory;
b) what kind of institutions support and defend their initiatives;
c) what kind of negative influence or risks are the communities facing;
d) how the situation has changed since 2019 (with the new Ambiental  policy of Bolsonaro´s government).

Requirements:

There is no language requirement, the cooperation will be developed in Portuguese.
Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Management, Institute of Management
Home Office Working of Managers & Employees During COVID-19
Topic Overview:

In the course of the COVID-19 pandemic companies had to find new ways to work with their personnel. People who before had a daily office job had to work from  home (in a so-called home-office framework). By a monthly survey targeting the current perceptions of the respondee this research topic wants to find out how  perceptions change over time with regard to different segments of personnel. The comparison of the Czech Republic and Brazil, two of the high-incidence countries during some time, may provide further insight on potential patterns.

Task:

Acquisition of data from abroad (Brazil) with pre-prepared questionnaire on a monthly basis. If skills available: Statistical analysis of gathered data.

Requirements:

English language, basic knowledge on questionnaires, If possible: Statistical analysis skills.

Outcomes:

Sample may be presented on conference, Comparison of Brazil vs. Czech Republic shall lead to scientific article.
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