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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)



Běla Sýkorová

Vystudovala religionistiku a francouzštinu (překladatelství-tlumočnictví) na Filozofické fakultě UK v Praze. Věnuje se práci s textem, od překladu (z francouzštiny a angličtiny) přes tvorbu textového obsahu až po korektury. Spolupracuje či spolupracovala s nakladatelstvími jako Grada (Metafora) nebo Karmelitánské nakladatelství. V CEFRES pracuje od října 2022.

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

Mateusz Chmurski

Mateusz Chmurski is since September 2022 the director of the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague. Associate Professor of Polish and Central-European Literatures at Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université and Codirector of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Central Europe (CIRCE, UMR 8224 EUR’ORBEM, with Clara Royer, 2018-2022)

He graduated in Polish Literature, Art History and Slavonic studies at the Universities of Warsaw and Paris-Sorbonne. Humboldt Research Fellow at the Humboldt Universtät zu Berlin (2017-2018), International Postdoctoral Fellow at the Université libre de Bruxelles (2016-2017), twice awarded by the START Stipend by the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP, 2015, 2016).

Recent publications include the monograph Journal, fiction et identité(s). Modernités littéraires d’Europe centrale (1880-1920) à travers les œuvres de Géza Csáth, Karol Irzykowski et Ladislav Klíma (Paris 2018, Polish ed. in print), coeditor of ten collective volumes incl. Problemy literatury i kultury modernizmu w Europie Środkowo-Wschodniej (1867-1918) (vol. 1-3, Warsaw 2017), Modernizm[y] Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej (Warsaw 2013).

See Mateusz Chmurski’s complete CV here.

CFA – “Home beyond species: More-than-human dwelling in the age of crises”

Call for applications twoyear postdoctoral research position at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology in an international TANDEM project

Deadline for submission: 27 March 2022, online interview 28 March – 1 April 2022
Duration:  2 years – Starting summer 2022
Salary: up to 600.000 CZK per year (e. ca EUR 1.900 per month gross)

We are looking for an earlycareer postdoc researcher (no longer than two years after obtaining their Ph.D.) who would like to become part of our TANDEM research team for the time of up to 2 years, starting in summer 2022. The TANDEM collaboration is between Dr. Petr Gibas (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Dr. Chloé Mondémé (CNRS/CEFRES) based at CEFRES, Prague, Czech Republic.

Pokračování textu CFA – “Home beyond species: More-than-human dwelling in the age of crises”

Alessandro Testa: Výzkum & CV

Výzkumné osy 1 a 3 – Přemístění, vykořenění, odchýlení: Lidé, vědění, praktiky & Věci, stopy, mapování


Dr. Alessandro Testa, Ph.D. je Senior Researcher a Odborný asistent na Fakultě sociálních věd na Karlově univerzitě a absolvuje habilitaci v oboru Etnologie na Masarykově univerzitě. Je historikem, etnologem a religionistou a specializuje se na rituály, společenské identity, a náboženství v evropských společnostech, jak v minulosti tak i v současnosti. Je editorem čtyř svazků, autorem čtyř knih a zhruba 70 článků. Než se přestěhoval do České republiky, kterou miluje, studoval a pracoval v Itálii, Francii, Španělsku, Estonsku, Německu a Rakousku.

Obsáhlehší prezentaci jeho práce najdete v anglickém jazyce zde a ve francouzštině zde.