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CFA: Executive Assistant of CEFRES

Deadline for applications: 13 June 2020, 5 pm
Fixed-term contract (1 year) with the possibility of extension
Full time (37 hours per week)
Start date: 1st September 2020
Place of work: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1

The Executive Assistant will assist CEFRES Director in the performance of his office.

Job description
  • Participation in the organization of CEFRES scientific activities in cooperation with Czech and foreign partners;
  • Help with the running of the daily operations of CEFRES (correspondence, accounting, etc.);
  • Administration of electronic communication networks (CEFRES website, newsletter, Carnet de recherche blog, Facebook, etc.);
  • Translation of texts (Czech-French/French-Czech);
  • Providing administrative support to CEFRES and its academic partners;
  • Participation in the management of CEFRES interns;
  • External visitor reception.
Requirements
  • Master degree in humanities or social sciences;
  • Experience with administration related to the organization of scientific activities and projects in the Czech Republic;
  • Knowledge of the Czech higher education system and its institutions;
  • Responsibility, diligence, curiosity, accuracy, excellent written skills;
  • Native language Czech or Slovak, excellent knowledge of French and English;
  • Computer skills (MS Office, website administration, etc.).

Applications (cover letter and CV) have to be sent to Jérôme Heurtaux, CEFRES Director (jerome.heurtaux@cefres.cz) by 13 June 2020. The pre-selected candidates will be invited to an interview during June.

CEFRES Mobility Grants Winners – 2020-2021

The interdisciplinary selection jury of the CEFRES mobility grants auditioned 12 candidates on May 27, 2020. It congratulates all the candidates for the high quality of their file and their hearing.

After deliberating, the jury have decided as follows:

Platform CEFRES Grants
  • Ekaterina Zheltova (Charles University, FSV): Between the Northern Epirus and Chameria: Political, cultural, and linguistic imaginaries in the Albanian-Greek borderlands
Young Fellows Grants
  • Felipe Kaiser Fernandes (EHESS): Le marché au quotidien : les défis d’une ethnographie du « marché »
  • Mert Kocak (CEU): Transnational Governance of Displacement, Sexuality and Gender Identity: UNHCR as the Main Actor in Creating a Legal Basis for Asylum-Seeking for LGBT Refugees in Turkey
Waiting list
  • 1. Nikola Ludlová (CEU): Roma as an Object of Science and State Polices. Knowledge and Citizens in the Making in Post-war Czechoslovakia, 1945–1989
  • 2. Véronique Gruca (Univ. Paris-Nanterre): Chamanisme, mort et mines en Mongolie post-communiste
The following candidates are proposed to become « associated fellows » to CEFRES for the year 2020-2021:
  • Adrien Beauduin (CEU): Réarticulations de genre, sexualité, race et classe dans la droite radicale
    populiste en Tchéquie et en Pologne
  • Véronique Gruca (Univ. Paris-Nanterre): Chamanisme, mort et mines en Mongolie post-communiste
  • Lukáš Kotyk (Charles University, FSV): Nonhierarchical Model of Project Governance
  • Nikola Ludlová (CEU): Roma as an Object of Science and State Polices. Knowledge and Citizens
    in the Making in Post-war Czechoslovakia, 1945–1989
  • Tereza Sedláčková (Charles University, FSV): Multiple bodies in the context of vaccination as a medical practice

CFA: International PhD Contract on the Construction of the Orphan in 20th Century East-Central Europe

CFA: International PhD Contrat “All Alone” in East-Central Europe: Reinventing the Orphan from the Fascist to the Socialist Era

Deadline for submission (on Portail Emploi): 30 June 2020
Interviews (videoconference): 6-8 July 2020
Start date of the thesis: 1st October 2020
Contract period: 36 months
Remuneration: 2 135,00 € gross monthly

The selected candidate will be enrolled in the PhD program “Civilizations, Cultures, Literatures and Societies” (ED 4), within the Faculty of Arts of the Sorbonne University. They will be a member of the research group Eur’ORBEM “Cultures and Societies of Eastern, Balkan, and Central Europe” (CNRS, Sorbonne University, UMR 8224). Eur’ORBEM is an interdisciplinary research unit in social sciences and humanities which gathers experts on Eastern, Central and South-Eastern Europe. The PhD project is part of two research areas proposed by Eur’ORBEM: “History, Memory, Identities and Conflicts“ and “Arts and Transculturality”. The PhD student is expected to take full part in the scientific life of the research team. The PhD shall be supervised by Doc. Clara Royer, PhD, a specialist of East-Central European cultures at Sorbonne University (http://eurorbem.paris-sorbonne.fr/IMG/pdf/2019_cv_clara_royer_fr.pdf). The PhD student shall take part in the scientific life of the research team.

The PhD contract requires a mobility period in East-Central Europe. The PhD student should spend preferably 3 months per year gathering the necessary sources of their research. According to the focus of their PhD dissertation, the PhD student may do fieldwork in at least one Visegrad country (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia). For this research period, they will be welcomed by the French Research Centre in Social Sciences (CEFRES – USR 3038 CNRS-MEAE) in Prague, Czech Republic CEFRES is part of the network of French Research Institutes Abroad (UMIFRE). CEFRES is therefore under the tutelage of both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). The Center will provide the PhD student with administrative and logistic support while allowing a stimulating scientific environment thanks to its research Platform with The Charles University and the Czech Academy of sciences, but also through its scientific network spread in other Visegrad countries.

See further information on CNRS websitehttps://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/UMR8224-CLAROY-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN

En françaishttps://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/UMR8224-CLAROY-001/Default.aspx

300 days of detention for Fariba Adelkhah

We’ve been in lockdown for 20 days. Fariba Adelkhah, a researcher at the International Research Centre of Sciences Po Paris, has been in prison for 300 days in Iran. By posting her face on the websites of academic institutions and research teams in Europe and elsewhere, we want to show the support of the scientific community and urge the French government to do everything possible to secure her release.

Fariba Fariba is in danger. We must act urgently for her.

©Stéphanie Samper

CFP: Shaping the ‘socialist self’? The role of psy-sciences in communist states of the Eastern Bloc (1948–1989)

International Workshop

Venue: Prague
Date: 6 November 2020
Deadline for applications: 30 June 2020
Contacts: jakub.strelec@fsv.cuni.cz
Organizing institutions: CEFRES, Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Collegium Carolinum in Prague

The history of psy-sciences under communist rule in the former Eastern Bloc has been widely perceived as a mirror image of state socialist mental health policies. In the last years, however, the situation has changed: the history of psy-sciences in communist Europe has become an evolving field of research dealing with a variety of topics ranging from the transnational history of psychiatry to the history of social control and criminality. Following post-Foucauldian ideas, many historians and other scholars started to turn their attention to the relation between psy-sciences and distinctive communist art of governing. The role of psy-sciences in communist dictatorships came to be perceived within a broader framework of biopolitics and technologies of the self. Furthermore, drawing inspiration from science and technology studies, many of these works aim to analyse knowledge and practices of psy-sciences in relation to complex networks of agents and objects.

Following these newest developments, this workshop aims to bring together researchers dealing with the history of psy-sciences in communist Europe. The main aim is to (1) discuss contemporary approaches, topics and themes in current research about the role of psy-sciences in the communist states of the Eastern Bloc and to (2) outline possible questions and issues relevant for future research in this field.

We are interested in papers from various methodological backgrounds dealing with the history of psy-sciences in communist Europe. We especially welcome papers focusing on aspects and questions such as:

Psy-sciences between East and West: circulation of ideas and practices
  • How did the production of knowledge and practices of psy-experts look like in Eastern Europe?
  • Were psy-experts involved in discussions with their colleagues from other parts of Europe or were they working in isolation?
  • Were psy-experts in Eastern Europe more influenced by their national scientific traditions or by globalising trends in the field?
  • Was there any forum for exchanging ideas and theories?
  • What kind of role had international conferences in shaping the knowledge of psy-experts?
Creating the ‘socialist self’: psy-sciences, identity and politics
  • How did the knowledge and practices of psy-sciences form the ‘self’ of people under the communist rule?
  • How was the concept of ‘socialist personality’ constructed and where was it operating (e.g. in mental health institutions, at schools or in the military)?
  • Was the discourse of psy-sciences subjugating or empowering?
  • What kind of ‘techniques of the self did psy-sciences produce and to what extent did people internalize them?
  • How did psy-sciences shape the communist art of governing?
Regulating the socialist society: psy-sciences, security and social control
  • What was perceived as ‘abnormal’ or ‘anti-social’ behaviour and how was it treated by psy-experts and the state?
  • How did the knowledge and practices of psy-science influence socialist criminology and penology?
  • How was the ‘medicalisation’ of crime integrated into the socialist criminal justice system?
  • To what extent did psy-sciences get involved public health campaigns propagated by the socialist state?  

We welcome all contributions in different phases of research (e.g. an outline of research, a presentation of a chapter/article or finished research). Please send us a short biography (ca. 150 words) and an abstract of your paper (up to 400 words for a 20-minute presentation) before 30 June 2020. The workshop will be held in English.

Participants who are not able to secure funding for travel and accommodation will have the possibility to apply for financial assistance.

Organisation: Jakub Střelec (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University / Cefres PhD Fellow)

Scientific Committee

  • Jérôme Heurtaux (CEFRES Director)
  • Adéla Gjuričová (Senior Researcher, Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Martin Schulze Wessel (Institute Director of Collegium Carolinum)

CFA: 2020 CEFRES Platform Award

for Best Article (published in English or in French) in Social Sciences and Humanities

Deadline for applications: 26 April 2020 (midnight)
Prize Amount: 213 CZK (i.e. 9.261 CZK)
Official Award Ceremony:  24 June 2020
Language of application: English

This award is included within the Jacques Derrida Award organized by the French Embassy in the Czech Republic and Mgr. Karel Janeček, PhD., MBA, which rewards the best PhD research work in social sciences and humanities in the Czech Republic.

Born from the desire to support young researchers from the Czech Republic who endeavour to embed their research within the European and international networks, this initiative from the CEFRES Platform aims to award an article in social sciences and humanities published in a high-level peer-reviewed academic journal.

Since 2014, CEFRES Platform gathers the French Research Center in Social Sciences in Prague, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Prague.

Young researchers from all disciplines in social sciences and humanities from the Czech Republic may apply to the CEFRES Platform special award, whatever the topic of their research may be. Applications must be sent directly by young researchers themselves to the following address: platformaward@cefres.cz.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • to be a Czech or Slovak PhD student or doctor who defended the PhD thesis at the earliest in 2012 in a university of the Czech Republic (so-called “cotutelle” PhDs are eligible)
  • to submit to the award competition an article in English or in French published in a peer-reviewed academic journal recognized by such databases as Web of Science, Scopus, or by the European Reference Index for the Humanities and Social Sciences (ERIH plus)
  • to have published the afore mentioned article between 2017 and 2020 (articles accepted for publication will be excluded, the award being renewed yearly)
  • to submit one article only: applications including two or more articles will be excluded from the competition

Application Package

The following information completed:

  • Name and Surname:
  • Date and place of birth:
  • Personal email:
  • Personal phone number:
  • Personal address:
  • Professional email:
  • Professional phone number:
  • Professional address:
  • Subject of Thesis:
  • Date of (past or forthcoming) defence:
  • Year and Faculty of registration:
  • PhD supervisor(s):
  • Discipline(s):

The application should also include:

  1. An academic curriculum vitae, including a list of publications
  2. An off-print of the submitted article for the Prize. NB: only one article will be considered; applications including two articles will be excluded
  3. The complete bibliographical references and a short summary of the submitted article in English or French. Please specify which database mentions the journal (Web of Science, Scopus, or ERIH plus)
  4. A letter explaining the originality and prospects of the research involved in the article

It is possible to submit a paper written by more than one person, provided that each co-author meets the eligibility requirements.

Should a co-written article be declared winner, the prize will be awarded to the candidate who submitted the application, to be distributed among the co-authors.

An interdisciplinary jury presided over by the director of CEFRES and representatives from the CEFRES Platform will select the laureate. The laureate will be notified by 12 June 2020 and will have to be available for the award ceremony.

Supported by Mgr. Karel Janeček, MBA, PhD., the award will be given at the French Embassy in Prague on 24 June 2020 along with the other scientific awards of the French Embassy.

To apply to the Jacques Derrida Award, see the conditions here!