Franco-Czech historical seminar

CEFRES has resumed the partnership with the Institute of Czech History of Faculty of Arts (Charles University in Prague) to organise a historical seminar. This weekly seminar, which is open to Czech francophone students and French students on the Erasmus programme, invites French researchers to speak about a unifying topic chosen each semester.

Date and time: Thursdays, from 9am to 12:30am
Venue: Faculty of Arts, Charles University (nám. J. Palacha 2, hall no. 201). Due to sanitary restrictions, the seminar is presently held online. To register, please contact Jaroslav Svátek: jaroslav.svatek(@)
Language: French
First semester topic: Alterity

Presentation of the seminar:
The societies in the face of alterity and diversity

Every year, the Franco-Czech seminar and the historical science workshop focus on a transversal and interdisciplinary topic. In 2020, the seminar will study how the societies, in different historical and cultural contexts, face, grasp and deal with alterity and diversity. Through the examination of several cases, we will be asking in particular how the relationships between different religions (for example between Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics), but also the relationships with different “minorities” (religious, national, sexual and others), have been perceived in history.

Several areas for reflection could be followed on:

  • The categories of alterity: the fool, the foreigner, the immigrant, the refugee, sub-national or extra-national alterity, real or imagined;
  • The operations of construction of alterity, categorization and labeling, marking, qualification and disqualification;
  • The management systems of alterity: edicts of tolerance and systems of religious coexistence, migration and integration policies, policies of diversity, policies of exclusion, state racism;
  • The lived realities of alterity: discrimination, racism, stigmatization, indifference;
  • The conflicts which involve alterity: fights, pogroms, ethnic conflicts, genocides.

Program of Fall Semester 2020

October 1st

October 8th
Jaroslav SVÁTEK
Visit of students in CEFRES

November 5th
Fedora PARKMANN (Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences / CEFRES)
Alterity, class relationships and photography

November 12th
Foreigners without remission and exiles from colonial worlds

November 26th
Bernhard STRUCK (University of St Andrews / Associate at CEFRES)
Did Prussia have an atlantic history or how to write a global history of 1772?

December 3rd
Normality and alterity in the speech of Tomio Okamura‘s Freedom and Direct Democracy party (SPD) in the Czech Republic

December 10th
Who is „the other“? Reflections from an anthropological perspective

January 7th, 2021
Final test

Please consult the website of the Faculty of Arts for more information.


French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences – Prague