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Joseph Neal Mangarella : Research and CV

Research area 3 – Objects, traces, mapping : evereyday experience of spaces

Joseph holds a PhD in political anthropology from Leiden University (2019). His research interests include the intersections of extraction, environment, climate change and governance in and around the Congo Rainforest and Basin. As the 2nd largest tropical rainforest in the world, The Congo Basin is critical to global ecological systems and the longevity of human life on Earth, yet the Basin remains under threat. While six different states—Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon—occupy the Congo Basin, all pursue extractive and conservationist policies to quite varying degrees.

How and why do these policies and attitudes evolve? How does the past inform the present, and hopefully the future? Last but not least, which ethnological, political anthropological, and political economic approaches can best help us understand the path to global resilience and sustainability?

Joseph is also working with CEFRES and Charles University to help build CUNI’s study of, and research capacities for, African Studies. Africa’s importance to world affairs has grown with trends in immigration, climate change, demographics, and renewed scrambles for African resources in the past decades, and CUNI is well placed to potentially become a leader in these fields. Please contact Joseph if you are interested in joining the Africa-Charles Project.


Refereed Publications

“Rural Rentierism? The Rentier State Theory and Its Applicability to Local Spaces in Gabon.” In Oil-Age Africa, pp. 59-83. Brill, 2022.

“The Pitfalls of conservation in an African rentier state: The case of Gamba, Gabon (1960s-2015).” The Extractive Industries and Society 8, no. 4 (2021): 100995.

“Workshop Report: Tracing Legacies of Violence in French Equatorial Africa.” Africa Spectrum 54, no. 2 (2019): 162-172.

“Equatorial Guinea.” In Africa Yearbook Volumes 11-18. Brill, 2015-2022. (8 chapters)

“Equatorial Guinea Country Report.” Bertelsmann Transformation Index (2020,2022). (2 reports)


Blog Posts

“Neoliberalism and the March of Impunity in Equatorial Guinea.” Africa is a Country, July 2019.

“Tropical Oppressors: State Violence in Equatorial Guinea.” ASCL Africanist Blog, 27 May 2019.


Professional Background

Liaison Officer, Project Rethink, Czech Business Council for Sustainable Development—Prague (2021-2022)

Guest Researcher, Leiden University (2019-present)

Country Expert, ViEWS, A Political Violence Early-Warning System, Uppsala

University (2019 – 2021, Remote)

Lecturer of Academic Writing, University of Regensburg (2018)

Lecturer of Business and Economics in Africa, Institut National Supérieur des Etudes Economiques et

Commerciales – Paris (2013-2016)

Lecturer of Legal English, Université de Panthéon-Assas Paris 2 (2013-2017)

Lecturer of Legal English, Université de Panthéon-Sorbonne Paris 1 (2013-2015)



Výzva – Samuel Beckett in Central Europe

Stagings and reception beyond censorship

Date: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2023 December 2022, 17:00
Location: CEFRES library and Charles University
Organizers: CEFRES in partnership with La Sorbonne Paris, Bordeaux University and Charles University
Language: English
Main interlocutors: Alice Clabaut, Charles Guillorit

  • Proposal to be sent to: (deadline 31st January300 words + biographical notice, please tell us if you need an accommodation for two nights)

Researchers working on Beckett or on theatre in Central Europe are invited to meet in April  at the CEFRES and at Charles University. The aim will be to examine the political and aesthetic, and sometimes legal and social, issues that certain dramatic texts may embody, taking Beckett’s theatre as a case study. 


From the 1950s onwards, Samuel Beckett’s theater has been a fixture on all international stages. Plays such as Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days have become canonical, and both Beckett’s texts and their influence can be found in most theaters. While Beckett was considered “absurd” in his early days, on the fringes of traditional theater and a self-confessed avant-gardist, he is now viewed as a repertoire playwright. Behind the Iron Curtain, however, Beckett was a persona non-grata, sometimes heavily censored, in most of the countries until very recently This political censorship — the extent of which depended on the country — slowed down the arrival of Beckett’s works and the delay undoubtedly had some impact on the reception of his theatre. To what extent was the arrival of Samuel Beckett’s work prevented, concealed and delayed in the former communist countries of Central Europe? To what extent can it still be perceived and understood in staging and in readings of his plays? 

Unlike the (self)censorship of Beckett’s work in France and England, Beckett’s theatre was never subject to official political censorship. However, it suffered from an institutional and aesthetic rigour the playwright imposed himself. During his lifetime, Samuel Beckett did not hesitate to ban any production that did not correspond to his idea of how his plays must be performed. His heirs, through the Beckett estate, continue to perpetuate this aesthetic ‘rigorism’ until today, raising many questions about the intellectual property of theatrical works. Are Beckett’s theatre productions only tainted by the now traditional aesthetic inherited from the 1950s? Stage directors struggle to propose radically new stagings without risking a performance ban — is this a form of censorship of the stagings? However, in Central Europe, the Beckett estate has had less power over productions. Radically different stagings are emerging alongside more traditional stagings. What weight does the traditional staging of Beckett’s theatre have in Central European theatres? To what extent do these code-breaking stagings renew or broaden the reading of Beckett in Europe today? Finally, is the distinction between Eastern and Western Europe still relevant after the post-communism transition?

NANO: Nature(s) & norms

A project carried out within the framework of the research program SAMSON: Sciences, Arts, Medicine and Social Norms, developed by Sorbonne University (Paris), the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (Prague), Warsaw University and CEFRES.

The project “Nature(s) and Norms” implemented in cooperation between the Institute of Polish Culture and the UMR 8224 EUR’ORBEM, in partnership with the French Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague intends to conduct a series of seminars and workshops, the guiding principle of which is to analyse the process of formation of social norms. The aim is to examine the normative order of modernity, the representations and concepts of which will be explored at the intersection of art, literature, social and natural sciences, and medical discourse. The focus is on Central and Eastern Europe, including Russia and its normative processes in a period of intensive modernisation. The studied period is a crucial one for the development of European modernity, from the second half of the 18th century to the second half of the 20th century.

Pokračování textu NANO: Nature(s) & norms

Výzva: CEFRES hledá asistenta/asistentku ředitele

Typ smlouvy: na dobu neurčitou s 3 měsíční zkušební dobou
Plný úvazek
:  37 hodin týdně
Datum nástupu: co nejdříve
Místo výkonu práce: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Praha 1
Hrubá mzda: 33 607,- Kč
Lhůta pro podání přihlášek: 30. září 2022 (Výzva je uzavřena).

Asistent(ka) ředitele bude pod vedením ředitele CEFRESu pomáhat řediteli a zátupkyni řediteli ve výkonu jejich funkce. Pokračování textu Výzva: CEFRES hledá asistenta/asistentku ředitele

Laura Brody: vу́zkum a CV

Memories of Imvros: Transformed Spaces of Identity and Belonging on an Aegean Island

Research Area 1 – Displacements, “Dépaysement” and Discrepencies: People, Knowledge and Practices

Research Area 3 – Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces

Contact: laura.brody(@)

Fitting into the wider context of studies on diasporic transformation, the purpose of this research is to investigate intergenerational differences in the relationship that members of the Greek-speaking Imvriot diaspora have to Imvros (Gökçeada), one of the islands ceded to Turkey in the aftermath of WWI. The project seeks to take an alternative approach to understanding the experiences of ‘being Imvriot’ and ‘belonging to Imvros’ through an exploration of both the individual and collective relationships that members of the Imvriot diaspora exhibit towards both the island as a whole and to specific sites across the island.

Pokračování textu Laura Brody: vу́zkum a CV