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Selected projects | CEFRES Non-residential Fellowships for Ukrainian Researchers

CEFRES fellowships for Ukrainian researchers in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2023. Selected projects

CEFRES received 220 applications representing all regions of Ukraine and almost all disciplines of humanities and social sciences.

On behalf of CEFRES as well as the institutions gathered in the CEFRES Platform, the CNRS, the Czech Academy of Sciences and Charles University in Prague, we are pleased to announce that 16 grants have been awarded so far. The evaluation process was as follows: Continue reading Selected projects | CEFRES Non-residential Fellowships for Ukrainian Researchers

CFP – Dynamics of Political Participation. A PhD CEFRES–EHESS workshop

Dynamics of Political Participation: Disciplinary Knowledge through the Prism of “Area Studies”

This PhD Students Workshop is organized withing the cooperation agreement signed by EHESS, CEFRES, Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Organizers and chairs of the workshop: Lucie Drechselova (CETOBAC, EHESS), Falk Bretschneider (Centre Georg Simmel, EHESS), Mateusz Chmurski (director of the CEFRES)
Time and place: 26 September 2023 – CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 (with a possibility of online participation)
Proposal deadline: 25 May 2023
Deadline for submission of the final papers: 15 August 2023
Language of the workshop: English
Limited budget is available to support accommodation and travel costs of selected participants.

Keynote by Antonella Romano, EHESS

Eligibility: PhD students (and advanced Master’s students) in humanities and social sciences affiliated with CEFRES, EHESS, any university in the Czech Republic or based in Central and Eastern Europe understood broadly are invited to apply. Continue reading CFP – Dynamics of Political Participation. A PhD CEFRES–EHESS workshop

CFA – Research and teaching stay at the EHESS in Paris in 2023

Call for applications: One month visiting professor at École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris

As part of the cooperation agreement between EHESS, CEFRES, Charles University in Prague and the Czech Academy of Sciences and the partnership between EHESS and CEFRES, concluded with the aim of intensifying Franco-Czech scientific exchanges in the field of humanities and social sciences, EHESS proposes the hosting of a teacher/researcher from a Czech academic institution for one month between September and December 2023.

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CFA – TANDEM Program, CNRS / AV ČR 2024-2025

The French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences in Prague (CEFRES) in Prague, the French National Research Center (CNRS), and the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS)  are launching the fourth call for applications for the TANDEM incubator program of the CEFRES Platform. TANDEM program endeavors excellency in social sciences and humanities by bringing together Czech and French colleagues to intensify scientific collaboration between our countries in the frame of European Research Area.

The aim of the program is to associate two researchers, one from the CAS and one from CNRS or affiliated to CNRS (i.e. member of an UMR) around a joint research project leading to foster joint Czech-French scientific collaboration through the submission of a project proposal:


One TANDEM team will be selected and will work for two years, starting in February 2024 and it will be based at CEFRES in Prague.

  • The CAS researcher of the TANDEM team will be appointed for 50% of his/her work time at CEFRES with extra salary
  • The researcher from CNRS will benefit subsequently:
  • The TANDEM team will also recruit a post-doctoral researcher co-funded by CEFRES and the Charles University for 2 years (2024-2026). The call will be announced on both Charles University and CEFRES websites.

During the common research period the recipients:

  • will be expected to organize one Czech-French and (Central-)European scientific event at the CEFRES per year (workshop, seminar, conference)
  • will be advised to participate in the common ERC pipeline launched by Charles University & the Czech Academy of Sciences
  • will be offered the support of the Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences of the CNRS in developing European research applications.


The selection will be based on the potential of the team to submit a successful project proposal. Members of the selection committee are representatives of the CAS, CEFRES, CNRS and Charles University.

Project proposals in English (preferred) or in French must be completed and submitted within the stated deadline. Knowledge of English is enough for those interested (the aim of the program is not only to support French-speaking applicants).

It is highly recommended the applicants contact the program coordinators on the behalf of CAS & CEFRES before submitting their proposal: an ad-hoc webinar to discuss both scientific and practical issues may be organized if needed.

IMPORTANT: Information on the TANDEM program is published by the CAS (for researchers from the CAS) and at the same time by the CEFRES (for researchers from the CNRS).

CAS researchers should submit their applications exclusively via the KIS online application ( An approval of the CAS Institute Director is necessary in the KIS application.

CNRS researchers should send their applications to Mr Mateusz Chmurski, Director of CEFRES (please find the contact below).


Opening of the call: March 10, 2023
Deadline for submissions: August 25, 2023, 23:59 CET
Selection of the team by the CAS-CEFRES Committee: September 2023
SMI & delegation / affiliation applications (CNRS): October 2023 / February 2024
Launch of the selected project: February 1, 2024



Please send any inquiries related to your TANDEM application to the following coordinators:

  • Mateusz Chmurski, Director of CEFRES: CEFRES may help CNRS (or CAS) applicants to find potential CAS (or CNRS) research partners, tel.: (+420) 224 921 400
  • Jana Whalen, CAS, Division of International Cooperation, Národní 3, 117 20 Prague 1, , tel.: (+420) 221 403 354


CFA – 2023 Slovak PhD students mobility grants at CEFRES

Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students enrolled at the Slovak Academy of Sciences or the Faculty of Arts, Comenius University.

Deadline for submission:  April 15, 2023 (call open)
Duration:  September 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024

The Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS), the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University (FiF UK), the French Institute Slovakia (IFS) & CEFRES offer nine-months-long mobility grants at the CEFRES to 2nd year and above PhD students enrolled either at the SAS or the FiF UK. The amount of the mobility grant is of 4500 € per period of  9 months, cumulative with the PhD scholarships at SAS / FiF UK. Good command of English is mandatory, command of French is appreciated. The selected PhD fellows will join CEFRES team and actively take part in the center’s scientific life. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas.

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Josef Šebek: research & CV

Sexuality and social transformation in the  writing of the self

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions


Josef Šebek is an assistant professor at the Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He specializes in cultural materialism, the sociology of Pierre Bourdieu and current French sociology of literature and works also on contemporary theory of discourse and rhetoric, media theory of literature, genres of life writing, and queer theory. He is the author of the book Literature and the Social: Bourdieu, Williams, and their Successors (Prague, FF UK, 2019), managing editor of the journal Slovo a smysl / Word & Sense and a member of the editorial team of Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics. 



 2016 Ph.D., Faculty of Arts, Charles University, history of literature and literary theory 

2010–2011 SSEES, University College London 

2008 MA, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Czech language and literature, aesthetics 


 Since 2018 – managing editor of the journal Slovo a smysl (Charles University) 

Since 2017 – researcher (since 2017) and assistant professor (since 2019) at the Institute of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 

2016–2018 – Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of theory 

Since 2008 – member of the editorial team of the journal Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, since 2020 Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics (Charles University – University of Helsinki) 

Since 2005 – translator of scholarly books and articles 

 Selected Publications 


  •  Literatura a sociálno. Bourdieu, Williams a jejich pokračovatelé. Praha, Filozofická fakulta, Univerzita Karlova 2019.  

 Edited books 

  •  Petr A. Bílek – Josef Šebek (eds.): Česká populární kultura. Transfery, transponování a další tranzitní procesy. Praha, Filozofická fakulta, Univerzita Karlova 2017. 
  • Richard Müller – Josef Šebek (eds.): Texty v oběhu. Antologie z kulturně materialistického myšlení o literatuře. Praha, Academia 2014. 

 Articles and chapters  

  •  ‘Sketch for a Self-Analysis’: Self-Reflexivity in Bourdieu’s Approach to Literature. In: Vojtěch Kolman, Tereza Matějčková (eds.): Perspectives on the Self: Reflexivity in the Humanities. De Gruyter, Berlin – New York 2022, pp. 209–227.  
  • The Author in the Making: Ethos, Posture, and Self-Creation. In: Vojtěch Kolman, Tomáš Murár (eds.): Devouring One’s Own Tail: Autopoiesis in Perspective. Praha, Karolinum 2022, pp. 152–172. 
  • ‘And Don’t Forget To Subscribe…’ Reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race mezi komplexní reprezentací queer identity a komodifikací individuality.“ In David Skalický, Jan Wiendl (eds.): Protřepat, nemíchat! Mezi literární vědou a kulturálními studii. K 60. narozeninám Petra A. Bílka. Praha, Univerzita Karlova, Filozofická fakulta 2022, pp. 229–245.  
  • Social Space, Physical Space, Representation of Space: Spatiality and Bourdieu’s Theory of the Literary Field. Brünner Beiträge zur Germanistik und Nordistik 35, 2021, no. 2, pp. 7–21. 
  • ‘Práce, o kterou se pokoušíte, se vám ani v nejmenším nedaří’: Reflexe psaní v povídkách Karla Miloty. Svět literatury 31, 2021, no. 63, pp. 41–58. 
  • Komunikace, roztok a medialita. K paradoxnímu charakteru Williamsova myšlení o médiu. In Richard Müller, Tomáš Chudý a kol.: Za obrysy média. Literatura a medialita. Praha, Karolinum, 2020, pp. 393–418. 
  • Richard Müller – Tomáš Chudý – Alice Jedličková – Josef Šebek – Stanislava Fedrová: Kroky k mediální teorii literatury. Závěrečná úvaha (polylog). In Richard Müller, Tomáš Chudý a kol.: Za obrysy média. Literatura a medialita. Praha, Karolinum, 2020, pp. 567–581. 
  • Komunikace a roztok. K pojetí média u Raymonda Williamse. Česká literatura 67, 2019, no. 5, pp. 684–710. 
  • Mezi sociální determinací a singularitou. Autorská postura podle Jérôma Meizoze. Slovo a smysl 16, 2019, no. 31, pp. 261–262.  
  • Postmoderna. In Ondřej Sládek a kol.: Slovník literárněvědného strukturalismu. Brno, Host 2018, pp. 540–549. 
  • Literární pole. In Jan Matonoha a kol.: Za (de)konstruktivismem. Kritické koncepty (post)poststrukturální literární a kulturní teorie. Praha, Academia 2017, pp. 318–332. 
  • Výjimečný stav. Násilí a válka v prózách Ladislava Fukse. In Vít Schmarc (ed.): Obraz válek a konfliktů. V. kongres světové literárněvědné bohemistiky. Válka a konflikt v české literatuře. Praha, Akropolis 2015, pp. 315–323. 
  • Motiv a intertextovost. Vztahy mezi texty v literárněvědných pracích Alexandra Sticha. Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Philologica. Slavica Pragensia 42, 2014, no. 3, pp. 211–221. 
  • Literárněvědná metodologie Alexandra Sticha. Česká literatura 55, 2007, no. 4, pp. 479–516. 

Conference papers 

  • Subversive ‘Realism’: Style, Latency, and Politics in the Novels of Ladislav Fuks, XXIII. Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Tbilisi, Georgia, 24.7.–29.7.2022. 
  • Literatura a společnost: Návrat sociologického pohledu?, VI. kongres světové literárněvědné bohemistiky, The Institue of Czech Literature of the CAS, Prague, 27.6.–1.7.2022. 
  • Le miroir impossible: Politique, sexualité et transformation sociale dans l’autobiographie de Ladislav Fuks. « Le Crépuscule des paradigmes ? » Les canons culturels en Europe centrale : transgressions et réhabilitations depuis la fin du XXe siècle, Faculté des Lettres, Sorbonne Université, Paris, 23.5.2022 – 25.5.2022. 
  • Literatura a sociálno: Číst literaturu „sociologicky“, nebo „v sociálním kontextu“?, ČSS 2021: sociologické reflexe | sociological reflections: Výroční konference České sociologické společnosti, online, Masaryk University, Brno, 23.6.2021 – 25.6.2021. 
  • „Moje zrcadlo“: Queer sebeprezentace Ladislava Fukse v nefikčních a fikčních textech, Teplé dějiny v českých zemích / Queering Czech History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, 29.11.2019 – 30.11.2019. 
  • “Sketch for a Self-Analysis”: Self-Reflexive Aspects of Contemporary Literary Theory, Narrativity and Self-Creating Forms: Autopoiesis in Perspective, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Praha, 18.9.2019 – 21.9.2019. 
  • Le « Je » chez Bourdieu : L’auteur littéraire et le sujet linguistique. Dire « je ». Atelier autour de la subjectivité linguistique, The Institue of Philosophy, CAS, Prague, 24.11.2017–24.11.2017. 
  • The Blurred Space In-Between: Repetition in Fiction and Affectivity. XXI. Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Vienna, Austria, 21.7.2016–27.7.2016.