Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students from France and the Visegrad countries
Deadline for submission: 31 March 2020
Duration: 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021
CEFRES offers year-long fellowships at the center to 2nd year and above PhD students from France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 20 000 CZK per month during 12 months. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and take part in the center’s scientific life.
Call for applications for 2nd year and above PhD students at the Charles University or the Czech Academy of Sciences
Deadline for submission: 31March 2020 (5 pm)
Duration: 1 September 2020 – 31 August 2021
In the frame of its Platform, CEFRES offers a year-long fellowship to PhD students enrolled at the Charles University and/or working as fellows at the Academy of Sciences in the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 10 000 CZK per month during 12 months. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and take part in the center’s scientific life. Continue reading CEFRES 2020 Platform PhD Fellowships→
At the end of two years of preparation, the “Tandem” team from CEFRES Platform, led by the anthropologists Luděk Brož and Virginie Vaté, acquires the prestigious “Consolidator grant” of the European Research Council (ERC). This success illustrates the excellent quality of the Franco-Czech cooperation in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences research, and highlights the central role played by the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (CEFRES) as an incubator of European projects.
On the 10th of December 2019,
the European Research Council has published the list of research projects
receiving the prestigious “Consolidator grants”. The anthropologist Luděk Brož,
researcher at the Ethnologic Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences and at
CEFRES, has obtained two million of euros to finance his project about the
relationships between hunters, boars and the sanitary security.
This project, set up in collaboration with
Virginie Vaté, researcher at the CNRS, is a result of the close partnership between
CEFRES, CNRS, Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University, associated in
“CEFRES Platform”, whose convention had been extended on the 6th of
November 2019. Winners of the first team “Tandem”, Luděk Brož and Virginie
Vaté, have prepared this project for two years (2018–2020), setting up an
international network and organizing various international scientific events.
The veterinary medicine, the hunt and the
boars are in the center of this research project. During the next five years,
Luděk Brož will firstly study with his team the conflicts provoked by the
proliferation of boars in Europe, and then by the contagion risks of the
African swine fever.
The African swine fever is considered as
one of the most serious animal diseases of our time. If it could not be spread
to Human, it leads to the death of contaminated pigs, whether they are wild or
domestic. This very resistant virus is transmitted in a relatively easy way, by
direct contact with an infected animal, with their corpse or their moods. Still
no vaccine exists against this disease which threatens farms all over the
world, and so various countries’ economies.
In 2007, it is from Georgia that the
illness has been disseminated to Europe and Asia. Nowadays it has been spread
from China to Poland and has provoked geopolitical transformations. Last year,
Poland was considering raising a fence all along her frontier with Ukraine and
Bielorussia; Denmark is currently finishing the construction of a palisade on
his border with Germany. As Luděk Brož notices, “on behalf of sanitary
security, thirty years after the dismantling of the Iron Curtain, some fences
appear on boundaries inside Schengen Area”.
In the framework of this project, Luděk
Brož will look after the impact of this threat on hunters’ community. Today, in
Europe, it is seven million of hunters, most of the time amateurs, who are
looking for redefining their role and to renew the terms of their
acceptability, in touch with the veterinary epidemiology.
According to his author, the project “opens
new empirical and theoretical perspectives on the hunt phenomenon”, because the
threat that represents the African swine fever has transformed boars into
“Trojan horse”, carrying contagion all over the European continent. In this
context, the concurrency between the Human and the boar for the control of the
territory, as well for its resources, is converted into a boar war with mass
slaughter, closed zones and border fences”.
The biannual program of CEFRES Platform named Tandem has acted as incubator for this project. It associates two researchers, one from the Czech Academy of Sciences and one from the CNRS, for the preparation of an ambitious project. Charles University strengthens the team by a financial support for one post-Ph.D. student. In 2020, a new Tandem team will settle at CEFRES for two years and will gather Michèle Baussant, anthropologist, research director at CNRS and specialist of migrations; Johana Wyss, Ph.D. from Oxford University and anthropologist at the Czech Academy of Sciences; and Maria Kokkinou, post-Ph.D. Their project entitled “The Europe of Resentment. A Confederation of the Vanquished” will study memorial practices of various national minorities and displaced people in Europe, after a war or decolonization. This project fits perfectly within the scientific politic of CEFRES. It echoes as well to the European contemporary migrations’ actuality.
is presently researcher at the University of Barcelona, Department of Social Anthropology, and at the University of Vienna, Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology, and associate researcher at CEFRES. In 2018, Aníbal Arregui was post-doctorant at CEFRES financed by Charles University. His research project, entitled Animating the Wild Pig: Bows and Arrows in European Ecopolitics, is developed within the TANDEM research program “Bewildering Boar” and contributes to CEFRES’s research area 2.
Daniel Baric studied History and completed German, Slavic and Hungarian studies in Paris, Berlin and Budapest. A former associate professor at the Department of German studies of Tours University, he is currently working at the Department of Slavic studies of Sorbonne University and is since January 2019 associated to CEFRES. His researches focus on cultural transfers and interculturality in Central Europe, especially within the Habsburg Empire and contributes to research areas 1 and 3.
is from January 2019 until December 2019 a postdoctoral researcher at CEFRES benefitting from the support of the Charles University in Prague. Her research project, entitled Perceptions and politics of wild boar management in Central Italy, is developed within the TANDEM research program “Bewildering Boar” and contributes to CEFRES’s research area 2.
has been since January 2018 a post-doctoral researcher at CEFRES and since March 2018 at the Department of German and French Philosophy of Charles University. His research, entitled Derrida’s Europes: Deconstruction, Marxism,Democracy, is developed within the research program on “Archives and Interculturality” and contributes to research area 1.
is from January 2019 a post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and an associate researcher at CEFRES. Her research project, entitled « A Transnational Perspective on Czech Social Photography. A Case Study of Czech International Exhibitions from 1933 to 1934 between Germany, France and the USSR » contributes to CEFRES’s research area 1.
is since 2018 an associate researcher at CEFRES within the TANDEM research project “Bewildering Boar“. She is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Department III Artifacts, Knowledge, Action. Her research project is entitled Wild Pigs and Proud Elephants: Engendering Wildlife in Central Eastern Europe.
is a CEFRES senior researcher from January 2017. She works on “Hybridations of Paradigms and Circulation of Traditions in the Writing of Contemporary Philosophy” looking through the manuscript archives of such philosophers as Jan Patočka and Aurobindo Ghose. Her research is embedded in CEFRES research area 1.
Post-revolutionary hopes and disillusions. Interpreting, promoting and disqualifying revolutions.
International Conference – Doctoral and student workshop
Date: 6 & 7 December 2019 Venue: Prague Deadline for the applications : 30 October 2019 Organizers: CEFRES, Faculty of Arts of Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the ERC Project„Tarica“ In partnership with: French Institute in Prague, Centre of French civilization and francophone studies (CCFEF) of the University of Warsaw, Centre of Polish Civilization of Sorbonne University, Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Paris, CNRS research unit LADYSS (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and Polish Institute in Prague Language: English
Under the frame of the international conference “Post-revolutionary hopes and disillusions. Interpreting, promoting and disqualifying revolutions” is organized a special workshop for PhD students and Master students to debate about issues and perceptions of post-revolutions’ situations in Central and Eastern Europe or elsewhere. This session will be held beside an academic debate, as well as a large public discussion about the topic.
2019 represents an important symbol and a major commemorative moment in Europe.
Marking thirty years since the collapse of the communist regimes of Central and
Eastern Europe, as well as fifteen years since their European integration, this anniversary gives rise to political, memorial and academic
initiatives throughout Europe. In a way, it does undoubtedly crystallize the
tensions and controversies surrounding the “1989 event” interpretation,
as it renews the assessment of countries transformations in the region since
the Velvet Revolution.
The political landscapes of post-communist countries provide contrasting
situations. Democracies and the rule of law have emerged everywhere in a
context of universalization of political and economic liberalism in Europe.
Nevertheless, several societies are experiencing current upheavals, which are
often described as illiberal, authoritarian or populist, or even as
Hence, the scientific production on the concerned societies, based on
tried methods of investigation and analysis, invite us to think and rethink the
“1989 event”, which remains a major moment in our contemporary
history, and the transformations that Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the
other European countries and the European Union, have undergone since the
collapse of communism.
This thirtieth anniversary is a unique opportunity to think about
revolutionary experiences and regime change in various historical contexts. Thereby, this conference aims at offering wider and new academic
perspectives on regime transformations and democratic transitions, through a
comparative approach. Post-Communist Europe will undoubtedly be one of our
focus, as well as the Arab world following the 2011 uprisings or the political
transitions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Thus, this unprecedented proposition is to offer
an equal value of those revolutions in our comparative analysis, without any
ranking based on success of failure.
The chosen perspective is to question
the object “revolution” in terms of contradictory investments that it
is the object of a variety of actors. To analyze the multiple interpretations
that the revolution raises: promotion, even sublimation; but also
disqualification, even outright rejection.
In fact, the expressions of
disillusionment that accompany a revolutionary episode is far from rare. If
there is a law of revolutions, it may be this one. The narrative of
disappointment occurs almost constantly, despite the great diversity of regime
change trajectories. It emerges from democratic regressions led by new
political actors, from the recycling of the old regime, a counter-revolutionary
process, the lack of any major social changes, or merely because the hopes
carried by the revolution were not translated into political acts. Yet common
in the public space, expressions of disappointment have barely been the object
of academic research.
Thus, here are some exciting questions that fully justify a comparative examination:
I-Describing and representing hopes and disappointments
Expressions of hopes, expectations, disappointment, disenchantment, disillusion, are multiple: discursive and political, as well as artistic, literary and cinematographic. What forms do they take in the Eastern European, Arab of African context? What are their lexical and moral registers?
How is shape disillusion following the so-called “Old regime return”? Are these objective or ideal facts?
What is the impact of social inequalities persistence, economic reform lack, fading of sovereignty?
Which individuals, professional and social groups are more like to express hopes and disappointment? Are hopes and disappointment expressed individually or collectively?
What are the post-revolutionary disappointment temporalities: immediate or differed?
Are all kind of disappointments expressed?
II-Understanding and explaining hopes and disappointment
It goes without saying that the expression of hope or disappointment is not only a matter of individual and collective psychological mechanisms.
What are the mechanisms by which hope and disappointment is built? What are the specific actors, strategies, circumstances into play? What are the particularities of the moral, ethical and political framework from which disenchantment is deployed?
As Bronislaw Baczko mentioned, recalling the “emotional climate created by the revolutionary fact, the upsurges of fears and hopes (which) necessarily drive the production of social imaginaries”, to what extent is emotional over-investment part of political effervescence?
Is disillusionment only the natural product of prior illusion? Disappointment would then impose itself as a mirror of revolutionary hope, but it is not reduced to it as long as one is not the natural consequence of the other: it is the moment where some create and exploit the disappointment that must be the object of the investigation.
What is the materiality of disappointment? How do political, emotional, psychological, social vectors articulate themselves?
III- Uses and Effects of Disappointment
What are the social and practical practices of disappointment? Does all or part of society share it? How do some political entrepreneurs exploit it as a strategy?
What are the disappointment consequences on scholars and experts’ perception of the post-revolutionary process?
Thanks to the richness and diversity of these
questions, this conference will gather specialists from several disciplines of
social sciences and humanities without borders, neither temporal nor spatial. We
will still be dedicated to contemporary Central Europe, the Arab world and sub-Saharan
Africa. The papers will have to mobilize original sources and be based on a
clearly exposed method (literary analysis, oral history, political sociology,
social psychology, etc.). PhD students and young researchers are particularly
encouraged to propose a paper.
Deadline for paper proposals (max 500 words) : 30 October 2019
Selection of contributions and feedback from the conference organizers: 10 November 2019
international conference is organized by CEFRES, the Faculty of Arts of Charles
University, the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, the Institute
of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and the ERC
In collaboration with the French
Institute in Prague, the Centre of French civilization and francophone studies
(CCFEF) of the University of Warsaw, the Centre of Polish Civilization of
Sorbonne University, the Scientific Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences in
Paris, the CNRS research unit LADYSS (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) and
the Polish Institute in Prague.
This conference is the third in the framework of a cycle of three
conferences, entitled “1989-2019: Beyond the Anniversary, Questioning 1989”,
held consecutively in Paris, Warsaw and Prague, coordinated by Maciej Forycki
(Scientific Centre in Paris of the Polish Academy of Science), Jérôme
Heurtaux (CEFRES–French Research Centre in Humanities and Social Sciences),
Nicolas Maslowski (Centre for French Studies (CCFEF), University of Warsaw) and
Paweł Rodak (Centre of Polish civilization, Sorbonne University).
Due to limited funding, the organizers will be able to support some
prospective or underfunded participants. Hence, conference attendees are
advised to start exploring financial support from their home institutions or
Jérôme Heurtaux, Cefres
Michal Pullmann, Charles University
Miroslav Vaněk, Czech Academy of Sciences
Pavel Mucke, Czech Academy of Sciences
Eliška Tomalová , Charles University
Alia Gana, ERC « Tarica »
French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague