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Jan Kremer: Research & CV

The Digital Game as a Historical Representation – Medievalism and Czech Historical Culture 

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


My main research focuses on representations of the past in digital games, how they are constructed by developers and perceived by players. About 56% of the Czech population regularly play digital games; the average age of a player is 33 years and the share of female players is over 30%. Titles set in the past or inspired by history regularly top the sales charts. However, the content of games is not much talked about in mainstream media, and academic historians have so far ignored them. Recent research shows that the digital games have become an influential historical medium due to their interactivity, performativity and immersion. This new form of popular history actually reflects and influences our historical culture, i.e. ‘how we both collectively and individually think about, understand, negotiate and talk about that past in the present’. Continue reading Jan Kremer: Research & CV

List of PhD Fellows

PhD Fellows Team 2020-2021 

Véronique Gruca

contact : veronique.gruca(@)

is a PhD student at Paris-Nanterre University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Shamanism, Death and Mining in Postsocialist Mongolia, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Nikola Ludlová

contact : nikola.ludlova(@)

is a PhD student at the Department of History of the Central European University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Roma as an Object of Science and State Polices. Knowledge and Citizens in the Making in Post-war Czechoslovakia, 1945–1989, contributes to CEFRES research area 2. 

Ekaterina Zheltova

contact : zheltova(@)

is a PhD student at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, under the supervision of Kateřina Králová. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Between the Northern Epirus and Chameria: Political, cultural, and linguistic imaginaries in the Albanian-Greek borderlands, contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Associated PhD students 2020/2021

Arthur Pérodeau

Arthur Pérodeau is a PhD student at the EHESS (Paris) and at Charles University. His dissertation focuses on
the Chronicle of the Czechs by Cosmas and its influence on practices and uses of History till the beginning of the 13th century and contributes to the CEFRES research area 3.

Honoré Banidjè

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Honoré Banidjè is a PhD student in history at the Pedagogy department of Charles University in Prague. His researches focus on “The national construction in Benin (1894-1975) through the central-european prism” and aims to compare national processes in African states established after decolonial movements, specially Benin, with “successor states” in Central Europe, Czechoslovakia in particular, born after the dislocation of Central Powers

Adrien Beauduin

contact : adrien.beauduin(@)

is a PhD student at the Central European University. His thesis focuses on the ideas and members of new right-wing political parties in Czechia and Poland and contributes to the CEFRES research areas  2 and 3.

Adéla Klinerová


is a PhD student in cotutelle between the Charles University (Prague) and the École pratique des hautes études (Paris), under the supervision of Richard Biegel and Sabine Frommel. Her dissertation, entitled: Modern French Architecture in the Context of Czech and East-Central European Nineteenth-Century Architecture, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Mert Kocak

contact: mert.kocak(@)

is a PhD student at the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University. His PhD dissertation, entitled: Transnational Governance of Displacement, Sexuality and Gender Identity: UNHCR as the Main Actor in Creating a Legal Basis for Asylum-Seeking for LGBT Refugees in Turkey, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Lukáš Kotyk

contact: lukas.kotyk(@)

is a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. His PhD dissertation, entitled: Nonhierarchical Model of Project Governance, contributes to the CEFRES research area 2.

Astrid Greve Kristensen

contact: astrid.grevekristensen(@)

is a PhD student at Sorbonne University, Paris, under the supervision of Clara Royer. Her dissertation is entitled Strangers in a Strange Land: Orphans of East-Central European Literature and the Turn towards the Village,  and contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Yuliya Moskvina


is a PhD student at Charles University (Prague) under the supervision of Paul Blokker. Her dissertation in sociology, entitled: Squat, State, Society, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Pascal Schneider

is a PhD student at Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), under the supervision of Johann Chapoutot. His dissertation in contemporary History, entitled: NSDAP Member’s Sociology: the Germans Workers National-Socialist Party in the Annexed Territories of the IIIrd Reich (Alsace, Moselle, Eupen-Malmédy, Sudètes) from 1938 to 1944, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Františka Schormová


is a PhD student at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, in the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague, under the supervision of Justin Quinn. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: African American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Tereza Sedláčková

contact : tereza.sedlackova(@)

is a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, under Dino Numerato’s supervision. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Multiple bodies in the context of vaccination as a medical practice, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Jakub Střelec


is a PhD student at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, under the supervision of Rudolf Kučera. His PhD dissertation, entitled: How to Cure the War? The Development of Psychiatric Knowledge and its Impact on the Construction of Social Norms in Europe between 1945 and 1968, contributes to CEFRES research areas 1 & 2.

Florence Vychytil-Baudoux


is a PhD student at the EHESS (Paris) under the supervision of Nancy L. Green. Her dissertation in history, entitled: Between Citizenship, Ethnicity and the Politics of Exile: The Logics of Polonia‘s Political Integration in France, the United States and Canada, 1945-1980, contributes to CEFRES research area 1

Agnieszka Sobolewska: research & cv

Between Self-Analysis and Autobiography. Everyday Writing Practices of Freud’s First Disciples

Research Area 2 – Norms & Transgressions


My research focuses on the everyday writing practices of the first Freudians and the impact of life writing documents on Sigmund Freud’s theory. In my project, I reflect on the development of the psychoanalytic discourse on sexuality, the transmission of the psychoanalytic thought in Central and Eastern Europe before 1939, the displacement of the first psychoanalysts, the social exclusion based on anti-Semitism, homophobia, misogyny, and the heterogeneity of the psychoanalytic discourse. My aim is to explore the interference between literature, art, and psycho-medical discourses between the 19th and 20th centuries. Continue reading Agnieszka Sobolewska: research & cv

Barbora Kyereko : research & CV

Ghana in cocoa, cocoa in Ghana: a study of Theobroma cacao L. within its parameters of time

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


I approach the complex history, present and future of cocoa through the lens of a local scientific institution, applying the methods of symmetrical anthropology. Cocoa in Ghana has gradually reshaped not only the landscape, but also the kinship structure, from matrilineal to patrilineal. This transformation of Ghana through cocoa cultivation (but also of cocoa through Ghana) was driven fundamentally by global capitalism in its colonial form. While taking the otherness of a plant seriously, I will observe the general principles of objectification that weigh upon our common thought process and understanding of the world and the other. Through this approach I can better address not only postcolonial relationships and glocal scientific processes, but specifically also human prejudices about the world. The overall aim of the project will be to offer an original insight into the complex world of cocoa – the plant, crop and substance, without which “we cannot live”. Continue reading Barbora Kyereko : research & CV

Dušan J. Ljuboja: Research & CV

The State, Nationalism and Pan-Slavism in the “Age of Metternich” (1815–1848) – The case of the Serbs of Pest and Buda

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

Contact: dusan.ljuboja(@)

My research is focused on the interrelation between the ideas of Pan-Slavism and Nationalism, within the Serbian cultural circle in Pest-Buda, in the first half of the nineteenth century. I chose this specific Serbian community as a case study, due to their central importance for the Serbian “national awakening” in the aforementioned period. What made this community special was its access to the printing press of the Buda University, which made its members the leaders in the knowledge production and distribution among all the Serbs living in East-Central Europe. Moreover, they had close connections with the Pan-Slavic movement of this time and, above all, with its main protagonists, like Ján Kollár and Pavel Jozef Šafárik. Through my research I intend to show not only the interrelation between the two ideologies (Pan-Slavism and Romantic nationalism), but also how they were adapted and transformed in the Serbian context. Continue reading Dušan J. Ljuboja: Research & CV

Vojtěch Pojar: Research & CV

Experts in Post-Imperial Transitions: Entanglements and Diverging Trajectories of Eugenicists between the Habsburg Empire and the Nation States, 1912–1939

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

Contact: vojtech.pojar(@)

My dissertation explores the role of expertise in the process of post-imperial transitions. Drawing on the methods of intellectual history and history of science, my research project charts the epistemic communities in the Habsburg imperial context that linked experts across national divides. I argue that even though the trajectories these experts took after the collapse of the empire were divergent, they remained closely entangled. Apart from showing the persistence of these expert networks across the apparent historical break of 1918, I also argue for a striking continuity of their epistemic and political commitments formed by their shared experience of the empire. Continue reading Vojtěch Pojar: Research & CV