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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:

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!

Committee’s Composition 2018-2019

Statutory Members

  • Pavel Baran, Vice President in charge of Research Area III. Humanities and Social Sciences of AV ČR
  • Lenka Rovná, Vice-Rector for European Affairs of UK
  • Jérôme Heurtaux, director of CEFRES

UK Representatives

AV ČR Representatives

CEFRES Platform obtains a “Consolidator grant” from the European Research Council (ERC)

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.

Luděk Brož, Researcher of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Institute of Ethnology) and CEFRES

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.

International Conference ” Emigrating Animals and Migratory Humans: Belonging, Prosperity and Security in More-Than-Human World”, 10-11 September 2019, CEFRES (Prague). Jérôme Heurtaux, CEFRES Director, Virginie Vaté, Researcher et CNRS and CEFRES, Giovanna Capponi, Post-doctoral Researcher of the “Tandem” team.

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.


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

  • Václav Janeček (Charles University and Oxford University), for his article “Ownership of personal data in the Internet of Things.”

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

  1. Lucie Drechselová (Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague): Women and local power: processes of mobilization and female political pathways in Turkey
  2. Vojtěch Kaše (Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno): Tracing the Origins of Eucharistic Magic : On the Role of Cognitive Attraction in the Cultural Transmission of Collective Rituals
  3. Ľudmila Lacková (Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc): Linguistic Approach to Protein Folding. Towards a Semiotic Description of Living Systems

The award ceremony took place on 26 June 2019 at the National Theatre in Prague in the presence of  the Ambassador Roland Galharague and one Nobel Prize laureate: Jean-Marie Lehn. The prizes were supported by Mgr. Karel Janeček, PhD., MBA.

CFA: TANDEM Program, CNRS / AV ČR, 2020-2022

This year, the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (CEFRES, USR CNRS 3138), CNRS, and the Czech Academy of Sciences (AV ČR) are launching the second call for applications for the “TANDEM” incubator program. “TANDEM” is a program of the CEFRES Platform and endeavors to excellency in social sciences and humanities.

The aim of the TANDEM program is to associate two researchers, one from the AV ČR, one from the CNRS (French National Research Center), around a joint research project leading to the submission of an ERC project (Synergy grant, but also Starting, Consolidator, or Advanced grant).

Continue reading CFA: TANDEM Program, CNRS / AV ČR, 2020-2022

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.