Post-Doctoral Position in Anthropology and Related Disciplines at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague

Deadline for applications: 20 August 2018
Duration: January 2019—December 2020
Where: Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague in cooperation with CEFRES
Salary: around 30.000 CZK (gross-monthly)

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow who would enrich
our international Prague-based team working on the project titled Bewildering Boar:
Changing Cosmopolitics of the Hunt in Europe and Beyond.

Eurasian wild pigs (Sus scrofa) feature regularly in European public discourse, for their numbers have been rising spectacularly across the continent. While in some parts of Europe this by now synanthropic species generates sympathy, in other places humans have declared war on wild boars for causing extensive damage to landscapes, agriculture, transportation networks and so on. In this context we are asking how the Eurasian wild pig has featured in human lives, and vice versa, in dynamically changing socio-environmental contexts. We expect our new colleague to join our efforts in focusing empirically on human-pig (wild or domestic) relations. We are open-minded and ready to take on board any relevant perspective from anthropology of science to legal anthropology or indeed from related disciplines. More info about the project and its members could be found at


The candidate should have obtained her/his PhD degree in anthropology or another closely related fieldno earlier than 30 September 2016 and no later than 30 September 2018. (Exception could apply to those who spent time at parental leave or placement abroad – relative to the country where they received their PhD.) Please get in touch to consult the details.

We expect the successful candidate to reside in Prague and pursue the fieldwork anywhere in Europe or beyond. Note however, that our research funds are limited and you might need to rise extra research funding. 

If interested please send your CV and a short project description (max. 500 words) stating how your research agenda could be integrated into the Bewildering Boar project by
20 August 2018. If you have any question do not hesitate to contact us!


Ludek Broz

Virginie Vate

Anibal Arregui


2018 Winners of CEFRES Platform Award and Derrida Award

We are happy to announce the names of the winners of the second CEFRES Platform Award for best article in social sciences and humanities in an international peer-reviewed journal (see the cfa here):

  • Michal Sipos (Institute of Ethnology AV ČR), for his article “Informal practices and the street-level construction of migrant deportability: Chechen refugees and local authorities in Polish accommodation centres for asylum seekers”

The second Derrida Social and Human Sciences Prizes rewarded three PhD students:



  1. Josef Wilczek (Faculty of Philosophy of Masaryk University): New approaches for the acquisition, systematisation and interpretation of archaeological artefacts
  2. Radek Janhuba (Faculty of Social Sciences UK, CERGE-EI AV ČR): Essays on Sports Economics
  3. Jana Fabová (Faculty of Philosophy of Palacký University): Language varieties based on Italian language and their use in Nova Trento and Nova Veneza in Brazil

The award ceremony took place on 20 June 2018 at the French Embassy in Prague in the presence of  the Ambassador Roland Galharague and three Nobel Prize laureates: Jean-Marie Lehn, Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Serge Haroche. The prizes were supported by Mgr. Karel Janeček, PhD., MBA.

CFP – Porcine Futures 1: Re-negotiating “Wilderness” in More-than-human Worlds

Organized by
the team of Bewildering Boar project at CEFRES – Aníbal Arregui, Luděk Brož, Marianna Szczygielska, Virginie Vaté and Erica von Essen (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
: 16-17 October 2018
Where: Prague, ÚDU AV ČR, Husova 4, Prague 1
Language: English

Popular media reports reveal that in many places of our planet animals considered “wild” attract significant public attention as they (re)enter into what we used to think were almost exclusively human habitats. Continue reading CFP – Porcine Futures 1: Re-negotiating “Wilderness” in More-than-human Worlds

Double Others? Non-human Migrants and Changing Moral Economies of Hunting – CfP for EASA 2018

Deadline: 9 April 2018
Convenors: Ludĕk Brož (The Czech Academy of Sciences and CEFRES) and Erica von Essen (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

To propose a paper go to:

We are pleased to announce that our TANDEM team have succeeded in proposing a panel for the 15th EASA Biennial Conference titled “Double Others? Non-human Migrants and Changing Moral Economies of Hunting”! Call for papers for the panel is opened till 9 April.


Dystopias of invasion feature prominently not only in popular conceptualisations of human migration e.g. during the so-called refugee crises and its aftermath. Hunting cultures across Europe have been for long time subscribing to strikingly similar imagery describing migrating non-human animals as transgressing physical, symbolic and moral boundaries. It seems obvious that processes of globalization and climate change induce changes in the spatiality and logic of interspecies coexistence across these borders. Yet, how are those modes of coexistence established, maintained or challenged on the ground? When are animals treated as ‘legitimate returnees,’ ‘precious visitors,’ welcome extensions of the list of game animal species, or are simply ignored by human gamekeepers, and when (and how?) do they become invading intruders to be eradicated? Such unwelcome animal migrants become double others – other to humans and other to indigenous animal inhabitants of a particular territory, in comparison to who they lead life of ‘animal sacrum’ (after homo sacer, a kind of outlaw).

In this panel, we invite submissions that explore along which new boundaries and axes non-human species are excluded and ‘othered’, what sorts of ethical regimes these reflect, and what the non-human and human cases of migration have in common. We further invite panellists to empirically engage with and theoretically conceptualize how migration of animals imparts changes in the moral economy of wildlife and in the necropolitics – the (in)formally coded decisions of what lives or dies – pursued in contemporary hunting cultures.

Illustration: Courtesy of Matěj Macháček –

French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague