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Interdisciplinary perspectives on science fiction literature

Andrew Lincoln Nelson, “Plantimal 4”, 2016

Date and place : every Thursday at 9h10, room C17, Sociology Department, Charles University (Celetná 13, Praha 1)
Lecturer : Julien Wacquez (CEFRES/EHESS Paris)
Language : English

During the last decades, scholars within the Humanities and social sciences have shown a growing interest in science fiction literature. Unlike most overview studies concerning science fiction literature, in this course we will treat science-fiction not only as an object of investigation (is it possible to embrace the huge diversity of stories published under the label ‘science fiction’ as a whole? Is it possible to grasp it as just a ‘literature’ or should it be considered as a ‘culture,’ a ‘social movement?’ What is its relation to science?) but also as a field to work with, as a tool to produce new concepts which would help us to better understand our reality.

Throughout the semester, and through the lens of science fiction literature, we will explore a vast range of current and urgent themes on which much research in Humanities and social sciences is focused on, such as the Anthropocene, Feminism, Posthumanism, Postcolonialism, Science, and Technology.

For each session, two kinds of readings will be assigned: 1) a text by a scholar (or two) who uses science fiction narratives in her/his theoretical research, and 2) some science-fiction novels that allow to reflect upon a particular theme (animals, gender roles, climate change, etc.) We will observe how this scholar reads the stories, and which place (or function) s/he gives to these stories in her/his work. This method of investigation will enable us to think in two directions:

(i) what can we learn about science fiction literature through its usage by scholars coming from different fields of study?
(ii) what can we learn about academic research through these practices of reading science fiction stories? What does it mean to read science fiction as a scholar working on the Anthropocene, feminism, postcolonialism?

Since one of the aims of this course is also to introduce science fiction to those students who are not familiar with this literary field, we will mostly focus on the classics and the most renowned authors (Karel Čapek, Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Olaf Stapledon, H. G. Wells), chosen from among different genres of science fiction (Hard Science, Cyberpunk, Space Opera, Climate Fiction), from the 19th century to today. The course also aims to give students the basic tools to undertake their own research on science fiction, be it in Humanities or social sciences.


– Class participation. Students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes. (20 % of the final grade)
– One short presentation of the assigned readings (10 minutes) for each student. The presentation should provide a summary of the texts, backed up by a critical analysis. (35 % of the final grade)
– Final paper. (50 % of the final grade)

Johana Wyss: Research & CV

Europe: a Resentful Confederation of Vanquished Peoples? Raw and Lapsed Memories of Post-Imperial (European) Minorities

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices


Johana Wyss is a researcher at CEFRES and the Institute of Ethnology, the Czech Academy of Sciences since February 2020. Currently she works with Michèle Baussant on the TANDEM project ‘Europe: a Resentful Confederation of Vanquished Peoples? Raw and Lapsed Memories of Post-Imperial (European) Minorities’. She is also a research member of the V4 Network at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale in relation to her individual postdoctoral project ‘Memory and Commemoration in Czech Silesia’.

Johana completed her doctoral research at the University of Oxford in 2018 with a thesis entitled Silesian Identity: The Interplay of Memory, History and Borders. Where she provided an ethnographic account of contemporary Opavian Silesian identity (or identities) and its negations. In particular, her thesis concerned the question of how Silesian identity is being negotiated by various social actors in and between the town of Opava, inhabited by ‘Císaráci’, and the neighbouring area of Hlučín, inhabited by ‘Prajzáci’. The competing representations of Silesian-ness and competing reconstructions of the past related to it were considered through Gerd Baumann’s theoretical framework of ‘dominant v. demotic discourse’ and Sharon Macdonald’s ‘difficult heritage’.

In the academic year of 2017-18, Johana was a Mellon-Sawyer Postgraduate Fellow, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Within this post, and as a member of an interdisciplinary team, she co-organised Mellon-Sawyer Seminar Series throughout the academic year. The Post-War: Commemoration, Reconstruction, Reconciliation Seminar Series were held jointly at the Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. A publication based on the Seminar Series named On Commemoration (eds. Gilbert at al., Oxford: Peter Lang) is forthcoming.




  • 2014-2018: University of Oxford, United Kingdom, D.Phil in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • 2012-2013: University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, MSc in Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • 2008-2012: University of Aberdeen, Scotland, MA joint honours in Anthropology and Sociology


  • Wyss, J. (forthcoming 2020) Stones Do Not Forget: the Symbolic Struggle Between Forgetting and Being Forgotten. In: Gilbert, C. (Ed.) On Commemoration. Oxford: Petr Lang
  • Janak, D. and Wyss, J. (2018) ‘Ernest Gellner’s Habsburg Dilemma’. In Pepe, W. and Subrt, J. (eds.) Mitteleuropa denken: Intellektuelle, Identitäten und Ideen Der Kulturraum Mitteleuropa im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert [Thinking Central Europe: Intellectuals, Identities, and Ideas – The Cultural Space of Central Europe in the 20th and 21st Century]. Cologne: De Gruyter
  • JASO: Laura Pountney and Tomislav Marić, Introducing Anthropology: What Makes Us Human? Cambridge: Polity Press 2015, 330 pp. ISBN 9780745699783

Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

  • 2019/2021 Max Planck Society Scholarship
  • 2017/2018 Mellon-Sawyer Scholarship
  • 2015/2016 Scatcherd European Scholarship Award
  • 2015/2016 Peter Lienhardt and Philip Bagby Research Travel Grant

Workshop Co-organisation

  • The Rest is Silence: Panel-Led Workshop, Oxford, 19 May 2018
  • Music and Memory: Panel-Led Workshop, Oxford, 28 April 2018
  • Gravestone: Panel-Led Workshop: Oxford, 3 March 2018
  • Museums and National Identity: Panel-Led Workshop, Oxford 21 February 2018
  • Conflict and Community: Panel-Led Workshop, Oxford, 11 November 2017
  • Poetry and Life-Writing: Panel-Led Workshop, Oxford, 21 October 2017

Conference Co-organisation

  • Hegemonic Narratives, Oxford, 18 May 2020
  • Post-War: Remembrance, Recollection, Reconciliation, Oxford, 26 May 2018
  • Creativity and Commemoration, Oxford, 10 March 2018

Selected Conference Presentations

  • 2019 Paper Presented: Fighting on the Wrong Side: a Case Study of Non-German Wehrmacht Soldiers and Their Commemoration, Conference: 118th American Anthropology Association, Vancouver, Canada, 20-24 November.
  • 2019 Presented paper: Heritage of Silenced Memories, International Workshop: No Neighbors’ Land, Deutsches Historisches Institute Warschau and the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, 23-25 October.
  • 2019 Presented paper: Anthropology of Memory: Past and Future Trajectories, Conference: Epistemologies of Memory, Kings College, London, 12-13 September.
  • 2019 Presented paper: The Tourist Taste: Cooking Identity, Cultural Heritage, and Silesian-ness, Conference: 20th Cambridge Heritage Symposium: Cooking Identities & Tasting Memories: The Heritage of Food, Cambridge Heritage Research Centre, Cambridge, 10-11 May.
  • 2019 Presented paper: National History and Vernacular Memory, Conference: 29th Annual ASEN Conference, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 27-28 March.
  • 2018 Presented paper: Remembering the Present, EASA Conference: Staying, Moving, Settling, Stockholm University, Sweden, 14-17 August.
  • 2018 Presented paper: A Hundred Years of What?, Conference: Czechoslovakia 100, The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, Cardiff University, UK, 11 May.
  • 2018 Presented paper: Contemporary Czech Nationalism, Conference: 28th Annual ASEN Conference, London School of Economics, London, 27-28 March.
  • 2017 Presented paper: Revenge, Silence, Guilt, Reconciliation?, Conference: 2nd Memory Studies Association, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 14-16 Dec.
  • 2017 Presented paper: Negotiating the Past and Forming the Future, Conference: 116th American Anthropology Association, Marriott Hotel, Washington DC, USA, 29 Nov.-3 Dec.
  • 2016 Presented paper: Performative Identity, Conference: Ambiguity, Charles University, Czech Rep., 30 Sept.-1 Oct.
  • 2016 Presented paper: Negotiating the Past/Negotiating the Present, Conference: Anthropological Legacies and Human Futures, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, 20-23 July.
  • 2015 Presented paper: Collective Amnesia as a Solution to Difficult Heritage, Conference: Visual Anthropology and European Cultural Heritage, University of Warsaw, Poland, 21-26 Sept.
  • 2015 Presented paper: Silencing German Memories, Conference: Utopias, Realities, Heritage: Ethnographies for the 21st Century, University of Zagreb, Croatia, 21-25 June.

Michèle Baussant: Research & CV

Europe: a Resentful Confederation of Vanquished Peoples? Raw and Lapsed Memories of Post-Imperial (European) Minorities

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices


Michèle Baussant is an anthropologist, research director at CNRS. She graduated in history and anthropology at Paris-Nanterre University and held a post doctorate position at Laval University (Quebec) between 2003 and 2005. Her research, since its beginnings, crossed an anthropological perspective and other disciplinary approaches (history, political sociology, geography, digital humanities) and a comparative and connected vision of her different fields. It allows her to grasp her main research topic: the role of memory as a resource for, on the one hand, creating solidarities based on a lived and/or transmitted past, and, on the other hand, producing mechanisms of rejection, exclusion and disaffiliation. This path is therefore characterized by the continuity of its fields of investigation, from Algeria in its links with France, to Egypt and Lebanon, and finally to the Israeli-Palestinian spaces.

This researches belong to the field of memory studies, based on the anthropological approach which has, since its very foundations, considered memory, as a practice, a discourse, a process and a content, as an integral part of the discipline. From 1993 to the present, her work considers this issue from a specific angle, that of the multiple displacements of populations made up, in whole or in part, of migrants who came to Islamic countries during the formation of the European colonial empires in the 19th and 20th centuries and then dispersed, after their independence, outside these countries. By adding other fields, this perspective then enabled her to initiate a larger reflection on the figure of the excluded third and the losers of history that she is carrying out within the framework of the Tandem programme conducted with Johana Wyss. It questions the imperial legacies of the old Europe, including the different forms of empires in a connected perspective – intra and extra-European – that have shaped the imaginations and current spaces of the “new Europe”.

This project is in line with the projects she has coordinated or is coordinating, including the ANR MRSEI “Silenced pasts: memories and representations of the past in migratory and collapsed societies”, the programme “Disrupted histories, recovered pasts/Histoires perturbées, passés recouvrés”, jointly funded by the AHRC (UK), Labex Passés dans le présent /Pasts in the present (France) (PI: Sian Sullivan Bath University and Michèle Baussant, CNRS).



  • 2020: Baussant Michèle, “Who gave you the right to abandon your prophets?” : Jewish sites of ruins and memory in Egypt. In Baussant Michèle, Miccoli Dario et Schely-Newman Esther, Israel : a diaspora of memories, special issue of Quest (n°16),
  • 2018: Baussant Michèle, Foscarini Giorgia, « Memories at stake : Sharing stories and exchanging experiences », Revue Ethnologies, 39-2, p.3-29. (in English and in French)
  • 2018: Basset Karine, Baussant, Michèle, « Utopies, nostalgies : approches croisées/ Utopia and nostalgia : at the crossroads of the present times », Revue Conserveries mémorielles, 22 (in English and in French)

Book chapters

  • 2019: Baussant Michèle, « Ce que les sciences sociales nous disent de la mémoire », in Anne de Mathan et Laurent Le Gall, Mémoires de la révolution française, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes (sous presse).
  • 2018: Baussant, Michèle, « Broken Histories, Silenced memories and reappropriations of the past: The Jews from Egypt and from islamic countries », in Anne BAZIN et Catherine PERRON (dir.), How to address the loss? Forced migrations, lost territories and politics of history in Germany and in Europe in the XXth century, Oxford, Peter Lang, p.179-198.
  • 2018: Baussant, Michèle, « Marginalisation sociale, marginalisation territoriale : ancrer la mémoire dans les lieux d’un « patrimoine negatif » », in Baussant, Michèle, Chauliac, Marina, Gensburger Sarah et Venel Nancy (dir.), Ethnographie de la mémoire. De Villeurbanne à Valparaiso Territoires, terrains et échelles d’observation, Nanterre, Presses de l’Université de Paris Ouest, p.95-98.
  • 2018 Baussant, Michèle , « Un territoire disparu : quels acteurs en gardent la mémoire ? L’exemple des Juifs d’Egypte », in Baussant, Michèle, Chauliac, Marina, Gensburger Sarah et Venel Nancy (dir.), Ethnographie de la mémoire. De Villeurbanne à Valparaiso Territoires, terrains et échelles d’observation, Nanterre, Presses de l’Université de Paris Ouest, p.153-170.
  • 2018, Baussant, Michèle, Chauliac, Marina, Gensburger Sarah et Venel Nancy (dir.), « Les terrains de la mémoire. Approches croisées à l’échelle locale », in Baussant, Michèle, Chauliac, Marina, Gensburger Sarah et Venel Nancy (dir.), Ethnographie de la mémoire. De Villeurbanne à Valparaiso Territoires, terrains et échelles d’observation, Nanterre, Presses de l’Université de Paris Ouest, p.9-20.

Editing of journal articles

  • 2018: Baussant Michèle, Miccoli Dario et Schely-Newman Esther, Israel : a diaspora of memories, special issue of Quest (n°16), Basset Karine, Baussant, Michèle, Utopies, nostalgies : approches croisées, Revue Conserveries mémorielles.
  • 2018 : Baussant Michèle, Foscarini Giorgia, Memories at stake: Sharing stories and exchanging experiences, Revue Ethnologies, 2018

Work direction

  • 2018: Baussant, Michèle, Chauliac, Marina, Gensburger Sarah et Venel Nancy (dir.), Ethnographie de la mémoire. De Villeurbanne à Valparaiso Territoires, terrains et échelles d’observation, Nanterre, Presses de l’Université de Paris Ouest.

Maria Kokkinou: Research & CV

The Europe of Resentment and Rubble: a Confederation of the Vanquished?

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices

Maria Kokkinou has recently completed a PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology in the IIAC (Institut Interdisciplinaire de l’Anthropologie du Contemporain) research lab at the EHESS school in Paris. At CEFRES she is postdotoral researcher within the TANDEM project entitled “The Europe of Resentment and Rubble: a Confederation of the Vanquished?”.

My PhD thesis focused on the political refugees of the Greek civil war (1946-1949) who fled to Bulgaria. This work aimed, among other objectives, to shed light on the lives of various categories and generations of refugees (including those born in exile), spanning a time period which includes the Cold War and continues long after it ended. The research was based on a multi-sited ethnography in Greece and Bulgaria, and on two types of sources: the archives of the Democratic Organisation for Culture and Education, the DOME, founded in 1962 by the Greek Communist Party officials present in Sofia, and in-depth interviews (life stories) conducted over three generations; refugees, their children and their grandchildren.

However, civil war refugees is not the only displaced population group in modern Greek and Turkish history. In 1923, following the signing of the Lausanne Treaty which dictated a population exchange between Greece and Turkey, the majority of Orthodox, GreekspeakingTurkish citizens (about 1,2 million people) were forcibly displaced to Greece, a group known in Greek historiography as the ‘Asia Minor refugees’. Conversely, Muslim Greek citizens (about 500,000) were displaced to Turkey. Both the Orthodox and the Muslim populations which were exchanged had already been inhabiting the Ottoman Empire and remained on its fragmented lands even after its dissolution which led to the creation of nationstates.

Even though the Lausanne Treaty deprived the majority of these populations of their place of origin, it eradicated neither the Orthodox element in Turkey nor the Muslim element in Greece, where the descendants of these displaced groups still reside as religious minorities. How did the subjects in both countries experience their forced displacement? With what memories do they associate their place of origin? What emerges when the subjects recall the period of their co-existence? Is it memory, or is it oblivion? How does forced displacement transform memory? How do these ‘minorities’ experience their present coexistence?

Using ethnographic data from in situ observation at the places of both origin and residence of the two minorities, combined with archival material, this research will attempt totrace the role of memory through the experience of displaced populations in two ethnographic areas, Greece and Turkey, where the descendants of these populations still live. The aim is to highlight the place of memory and oblivion in situations of forced movement, by establishing a comparative approach across other examples of forced displacements inscribed in different times and places. For this reason, throughout this post-doctoral research and at various stages of its development, group ateliers with the participation of researchers from both institutions will be pursued, while the completion of the research, along with its publication through articles and edited books, will be presented at a conference.



2019: PhD in Social Anthropology and Ethnology, EHESS, Paris, France. Instituer l’attente : la DOMÉ et les réfugiés de la guerre civile grecque en Bulgarie (1949-2010) (Institutionalizing expectation : the DOME and the refugees of the Greek civil war in Bulgaria, 1949-2010) Supervisor: Jean-François GOSSIAUX
2007: MA in History and Immigration, EHESS, Paris, France
“Political asylum in Greece, 1975-2005”. Supervisor: Nancy GREEN. Grade: Very Good (16/20)
2004: BA in Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean, Greece. Grade: Very Good (7, 5/10)
1997: Apolitirio, (Bacallaureat), Likio Astakou, Aitoloakarnania, Greece


2009-2011: Fieldwork in Bulgaria and Greece.
Research at the Archives of Contemporary Social History (ASKI), Athens, and at the ЦЕНТРАЛЕН ДЪРЖАВЕН АРХИВ (ЦДА), Archives State Agency, Sofia


  • “After Tashkent: ‘Albanophiles’, followers of Zachariadis and of Markos against the ‘orthodox’ Communists and the Greek Communist Party (GCP) in Bulgaria”. (“Μετά την Τασκένδη: ‘φιλοαλβανικοί, ζαχαριαδικοί, και μαρκιακοί’ αντιμέτωποι με τους ‘ορθόδοξους’ κομμουνιστές και το ΚΚΕ στην Βουλγαρία”) Arhiotaxio, journal of ASKI, vol.18, November 2016, pp.24-37.
  • “The political refugees of Greece in Bulgaria after the end of the Civil War (1946 – 1949). On the occasion of an episode in Greek history, a discussion of the term ‘refugee’”, Социологически проблеми, special issue МИГРАЦИИ И МОБИЛНОСТИ2012, n°1-2, pp. 275-292.
  • “How many meters does it take to change a country? Identity, borders and Migration in a Greek Minority village of Albania ”, Proceedings of the 3rd Summer School in Konitsa Balkan Border Crossings, LIT, 2014, p. 215-232
  • “The relationship with the ‘lost homeland’. Ideologies and memories of Greek political refugees in Bulgaria (1949-2010)”, Asylon(s), Expériences migratoires et transmissions mémorielles, N°12, juillet 2014
  • Translation (in Greek) of Maurice Godelier’s book Au fondement des sociétés humaines. Ce que nous apprend l’anthropologie, Albin Michel « Bibliothèque Idées », Paris, (in press 2019)

Conference Presentations

  • 2018: “Extraordinary Childhoods : Routes and experiences of displaced children from the Greek civil war to Bulgaria Presentation at the Symposium organized under the patronage of ECO-SUD, EHESS and IIAC entitled “Figures and displacement of the ‘Foreign’: Management of the bodies, uses of the words”
  • 2018: « Between Experience and Institution During the Cold War: The Refugees of the Greek Civil War (1946-1949) in Bulgaria». Presentation at the 23rd Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), Columbia University, New York
  • 2017: «The Institutionalization of the Greek civil war refugeedom in Bulgaria. Past and Present». Presentation at the 9th International graduate student conference in Modern Greek studies : « Work in Progress : new approaches » in SEEGER Center for Hellenic Studies, Princeton University, USA
  • 2016: “The Communist refugees in exile in Bulgaria through the prism of autobiography”. Presentation at the seminar: Southeast European societies of nineteenth-XXI century through the prism of individual trajectories (organised by Nathalie Clayer and Xavier Bougarel), EHESS, Paris, France
  • 2015 : Co-organization with Angeliki Drongiti of the multidisciplinary workshop Balkanς for doctoral students and young researchers (financed and supported by the Doctoral School of Social Sciences Paris 8, CSU and IIAC, Paris, France)
  • 2013: “Establishing the expectation of a future life: the case of DOME of the political refugees of the Greek civil war in Bulgaria (1949-2010) ”, Atelier Jeunes Chercheurs of the French School of Athens (EFA), Athens, Greece
  • 2012: Co-organization and participation in the 3rd Doctoral Days of IIAC- EHESS, “Critical Crises: a subject, a posture, a writing in dialogue”, Paris, France
  • 2011: “The “refugee” experience: thoughts on a first outline of a category”. Participation in the Annual Meeting of PhD candidates, organised by the Department of Social Anthropology and History, University of the Aegean
  • 2010: “How many meters does it take to change a country? Identity, Borders-Migration in a Greek minority village of Albania”. Participation in the 5th Konitsa Summer School, Konitsa, Greece
  • 2009: “The adventures of the term ‘Political Refugees’ in the Greek Legislation Concerning Political Asylum (1975-2005)”, 7th International Graduate and Undergraduate Student Conference of the Border Crossings Network, Balkans: The local, the national and the global-anthropological Perspectives, Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Naïs Virenque: Research & CV

Diagrammatic thought in the Middle Ages and in the Early Modern period

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practice

Her researches focus on the production, the dissemination and the formal and figurative characteristics of diagrams in school, university, scientific and devotional contexts in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance. Using the methods of cultural and social history, history of science and technology and visual studies, she investigates the pedagogical, propaedeutic, mnemotechnic and cognitive role that diagrams play in the development of the European thought.

Research themes
  • Art of memory, mnemotechnic theories and practices from Antiquity to nowadays
  • Arborescent or tree images, schemes, diagrams
  • Comparative iconology (Latine, Slavic, Arabic and Graeco-Byzantine areas)
  • Visual culture of knowledge in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance
  • History of the medieval and modern image
  • History of the Italian painting
  • History of knowledge, science and technology in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance
  • Visual studies
  • Codicology



2020: Associate Researcher to the Center of Advanced Renaissance Studies (UMR 7323), Tours
2019: PhD in Medieval and Early Modern Art History (University of Tours)
2013: Master’s degree (2nd year) in Renaissance studies (University of Tours) and Master’s degree in History of Sciences, Technologies, Societies (EHESS Paris)
2012: Master’s degree (1st year) in Renaissance studies (University of Tours) and Master’s degree (1st year) in Philosophy and Contemporary criticism of Culture (University of Paris 8)
2011: Bachelor’s Degree in Art history (University of Lyon 2) and Bachelor’s Degree in History (University of Lyon 3)

Contributions & Publications

  • « Dendrites’ and preachers’ trees: a literary and iconographic study of mnemonic imageries », in Spiritual Vegetation: Vegetal Nature in Religious Contexts Across Medieval and Early Modern Europe, Guita Lamsechi et Beatrice Trînca (dir.), Göttingen, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, à paraître (2020).
  • « “Percutere aninum“. La percussion, un ressort mnémotechnique dans les rhétoriques grecque et latine », in Pallas. Revue d’études antiques, 112, 1, à paraître (premier trimestre 2021).
  • « Mémoriser dans la chambre de l’âme : la chambre dans la méditation et l’imaginaire mnémotechniques au Moyen Âge », à paraître.
  • « Mémoriser les vices et les péchés : démons, créatures démoniaques et arbres classificateurs à la fin du Moyen Âge », in Diabolus in littera : la parole démoniaque au Moyen Âge et à l’époque moderne en France et en Espagne, Catherine Nicolas et Fabrice Quero (dir.), Montpellier, Presses Universitaires de la Méditerranée, à paraître (début 2021).
  • « Matérialiser la mémoire. Opérativité et efficacité mnémotechniques des structures arborescentes au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance », in Matérialités et raisonnements, Françoise Briegel et Jean-Paul Bert (dir.), à paraître.
  • « “Ars æmula memoriae”. Les structures arborescentes, des outils rhétoriques dans la querelle du cicéronianisme », in Zeuxis redivivus. Art et émulation dans l’Europe du xive au xviie siècle, Ralph Dekoninck, Laure Fagnart et Mathilde Bert (dir.), Presses universitaires François Rabelais, à paraître (2021).
  • « Apulian Trees and the Democritean Tradition of the Art of Memory: at the crossroads of Latin and Graeco-Byzantine Rhetorics in the 14th Century Franciscan Culture », in The Surrounding Forest: Structuring Knowledge with Trees at the Time of the European Middle Ages, Michael D. J. Bintley et Pippa Salonius (dir.), Woodbridge, Boydell & Brewer Ltd., à paraître (2021 ou début 2022).
  • « D’une pensée à un art de la mémoire. Philosophie, rhétorique et médecine dans la mnémonique des présocratiques aux premiers chrétiens », in Il pleut sur Nantes. Colloque de philosophie sur la mémoire, Éric Delassus et Sylvie Lopez-Jacob (dir.), Paris, L’Harmattan, à paraître.
  • « Mémoriser des divisiones et des distinctiones par une structure arborescente : schémas, diagrammes et délinéations graphiques au Moyen Âge », in Thallos. Journal of Tree Studies, Antoine Paris, Sergi Sancho Fibla et Naïs Virenque (dir.), à paraître (2021).
  • « Les Arbores significantes beatitudinum ordines de Lambert de Saint-Omer : configuration et mnémotechnique d’un outil exégétique tabulaire et arborescent », in Thallos. Journal of Tree Studies, Antoine Paris, Sergi Sancho Fibla et Naïs Virenque (dir.), à paraître (2021).
  • « L’art de la mémoire au prisme de la méthode. De la nouveauté à l’imposture, histoire d’une pratique codifiée à l’époque moderne », in Produire du nouveau ?, Jérôme Baudry, Jan Blanc, Liliane Hilaire-Pérez, Marc Ratcliff, Sylvain Wenger (dir.), Éditions du CNRS, à paraître (automne 2020 ?).
  • « Une mnémotechnique de l’arbre anthropomorphique ? L’art de la mémoire et le corps dans les structures arborescentes au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance », in Thallos. Journal of Tree Studies, Antoine Paris, Sergi Sancho Fibla et Naïs Virenque (dir.), à paraître (2022).
  • « “Un arbore da dio è piantato / Lo quale amore è nominato” : l’arbre, garant mnémotechnique de la foi dans la peinture italienne des ordres mendiants aux xive et xve siècles », in Mnémonique et poétique. La figure et son lieu dans la peinture de la première Renaissance, Anne-Laure Imbert (dir.), Paris, Éditions de la Sorbonne, à paraître (fin 2020).
  • « Qui est celui qui apprend ? Figures de l’étudiant dans les traités d’art de la mémoire au Moyen Âge et à la Renaissance », in Motifs, 3, 2019, p. 19-28.
  • « Figurations visuelles du sonore et art de la mémoire dans les images d’arborescences à la charnière entre Moyen Âge et Renaissance », in Les figurations visuelles de la parole, du son musical et du bruit, de l’Antiquité à la Renaissance. Actes du colloque de Chartres (11-13 juin 2015), Sébastien Biay, Frédéric Billiet, Fabien Guilloux et Isabelle Marchesin, Paris, Sorbonne Université Presses-Institut de Recherche en Musicologie, à paraître (2020).
  • « Localiser et préserver la mémoire dans le cerveau. Rhétorique et médecine dans la mnémonique médiévale à partir du Tractatus […] de memoria de Matheolus Perusinus », in L’énigme de la mémoire. Études pluridisciplinaires, Fabienne Boissiéras and Régine Jomand-Baudry (dir.), Éditions du CNRS, Paris, 2019, p. 91-106.
  • « Art de la mémoire et voyage mental. Le motif iconographique de l’arbre comme invitation au voyage », in Itinérances spirituelles : mises en récit du voyage intérieur (xve-xviiie siècle), Françoise Poulet et Inès Kirschleger (dir.), Paris, Champion, à paraître (2020).
  • « “De la mémoire à la rhétorique“.Les arts de la mémoire à la charnière entre Moyen Âge et Renaissance », in Transitions historiques, Christel Müller and Monica Heintz (dir.), Paris, Éditions de Boccard, 2016, p. 109-124.


Creation, coordination and edition of the « Trames arborescentes » project: Thallos. Journal of Tree Studies (first opus to be published in September 2020)

Organization of Scientific Events (selection)

Ongoing: co-organizer of the international group of research “Poétiques de la Nuit. Night Studies de l’Antiquité à l’époque moderne”


  • 2016-2017 and 2018-2019: Research and Teaching Assistant (University of Lyon 3)
  • 2014-2016: Teaching PhD Student (University of Tours)

Mátyás Erdélyi: Research & CV

Insurance, Banking, and Capitalist Modernity in the Late Habsburg Monarchy

Research Area 1: Displacements, “Dépaysements” and Discrepancies 

Mátyás Erdélyi explores the social and intellectual history of private clerks in the late Habsburg Monarchy, their battle for social legitimation, intellectual authority, and a middle-class identity between the 1860s and the onset of the First World War. He studies bureaucratic practices and knowledge production in banking and insurance in Budapest, Prague, and Vienna. Research questions include, how agents in the early capitalist urban environment negotiated and re-negotiated issues of public interest and defined what qualified as public good, why and who assigned meaning to hitherto non-existent social problems, and how agents in the private economy tried to assure and monopolize social authority against competition from outsiders and insiders. The rationale of this research is to provide an alternative narrative to the process of modernization and enrich our understanding of capitalist modernity through the history of a marginalized social group.



2019: PhD in Comparative History at Central European University, Budapest
2012: MA in Comparative History at Central European University, Budapest
2010: MA in Sociology at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

  • “Quantifying Mortality in Hungary: Actuaries and Statisticians (1860s-1910s)” Histoire et Mesure XXXIII, no. 2 (2018): 115–138.
  • “Társadalmi mobilitás és iskoláztatás a századelő Magyarországán: Sátoraljaújhely iskolai piaca (1898–1915)” [Social mobility and Education in Fin-de-siècle Hungary: The Market of Elementary and Secondary Schooling in Sátoraljaújhely (1898-1915)]. In Iskola, művelődés, társadalom [Schooling, culture, society], Csaba Sasfi and János Ugrai, eds, 232–49. Budapest: Hajnalkör, 2017.
  • “Crucial and local events in the long-term evolution of secondary schooling in Hungary (1867–1938),” InterDisciplines 7, no. 2, (2016): 95–124.
  • “Name Magyarization and Hungarianness: The Reception of Magyarized Names in the Dualist Period (1867-1919).” In Shifting Discourses on Central European Histories, Otčenášová Slávka and Csaba Zahorán, eds, 68–76. Budapest: Terra Recognita Foundation, 2015.
  • “A szabadság fogalma Sartre A lét és a semmi című munkájában”[The Concept of Liberty in Sartre’s Being and Nothingness], ELPIS 10. (2012): 72–99.