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Josef Šebek: research & CV

Sexuality and social transformation in self writing

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Contact: josef.sebek@ff.cuni.cz

Assistant professor at the Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. He specializes in cultural materialism, Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology and contemporary French sociology of literature. His research also deals with the discourse and rhetorical theory, the medium theory of literature, genres of self writing and the queer theory. He works as the executive editor of the Slovo a smysl / Word & Sense journal. He is also a member of the editorial team of Estetika: The European Journal of Aesthetics. Last but not least, he is the author of the monograph titled Literature and the social: Bourdieu, Williams, and their continuators (Prague, FF UK, 2019).

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Education

2016PhD, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, history of literature and literary theory

2010–2011SSEES University College London

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

 

Positions

since 2018 – executive editor of the Slovo a smysl / Word & Sense journal (Charles University)

since 2017 – researcher (2017) and assistant professor (2019), Department of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University

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

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

since 2005 – translation of scientific works

 

Selected publications

Monographs
  • 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, p. 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, p. 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, p. 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, p. 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, p. 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, p. 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, p. 567–581.
  • Komunikace a roztok. K pojetí média u Raymonda Williamse. Česká literatura 67, 2019, no. 5, p. 684–710.
  • Mezi sociální determinací a singularitou. Autorská postura podle Jérôma Meizoze. Slovo a smysl 16, 2019, no. 31, p. 261–262.
  • In Ondřej Sládek a kol.: Slovník literárněvědného strukturalismu. Brno, Host 2018, p. 540–549.
  • Literární pole. In Jan Matonoha a kol.: Za (de)konstruktivismem. Kritické koncepty (post)poststrukturální literární a kulturní teorie. Praha, Academia 2017, p. 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, p. 315–323.
  • Motiv a intertextovost. Vztahy mezi texty v literárněvědných pracích Alexandra Sticha. Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Philologica. Slavica Pragensia 42, 2014, no. 3, p. 211–221.
  • Literárněvědná metodologie Alexandra Sticha. Česká literatura 55, 2007, no. 4, p. 479–516.
Contributions to conferences and seminars
    • Subversive ‘Realism’: Style, Latency, and Politics in the Novels of Ladislav Fuks, Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Tbilissi, Géorgie, 24–29 juillet 2022.
    • Literatura a společnost: Návrat sociologického pohledu?, kongres světové literárněvědné bohemistiky, Institut de littérature tchèque, Académie tchèque des sciences, Prague, 27–1 juin 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, 23–25 mai 2022.
    • Literatura a sociálno: Číst literaturu „sociologicky“, nebo „v sociálním kontextu“?, ČSS 2021: sociologické reflexe | sociological reflections: Výroční konference České sociologické společnosti, online, Université Masaryk, Brno, 23–25 juin 2021.
    • „Moje zrcadlo“: Queer sebeprezentace Ladislava Fukse v nefikčních a fikčních textech, Teplé dějiny v českých zemích / Queering Czech History, Faculté des Lettres, Université Charles, Prague, 29–30 novembre 2019.
    • “Sketch for a Self-Analysis”: Self-Reflexive Aspects of Contemporary Literary Theory, Narrativity and Self-Creating Forms: Autopoiesis in Perspective, Faculté des Lettres, Université Charles, Prague, 18–21 septembre 2019.
    • Le « Je » chez Bourdieu : L’auteur littéraire et le sujet linguistique. Dire « je ». Atelier autour de la subjectivité linguistique, Institut de Philosophie, Académie tchèque des sciences, Prague, 24 novembre 2017.
    • The Blurred Space In-Between: Repetition in Fiction and Affectivity. Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association, Vienne, Autriche, 21–27 juillet 2016.

CFA – Cefres non-residential fellowships for ukrainian researchers

Cefres non-residential fellowships for ukrainian researchers in humanities and social sciences (Українська нижче)

The French Center for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES) in close collaboration with the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Embassy and Institute in Ukraine as well as Czech partner institutions launches a program of non-residential fellowships for Ukrainian researchers in humanities and social sciences.
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CFA – 2023 PhD Fellowships at CEFRES (France & Visegrad Countries)

Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students from France and the Visegrad countries 

Deadline for submission: 31 March 2023 (call open)
Duration: 1 September 2023 – 31 August 2024

CEFRES offers year-long fellowships at the center to 2nd year and above PhD students from France, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Fellows’ research should contribute to one of CEFRES’s research areas. The amount of the fellowship is 300 000 CZK per year. 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.

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Ange Pottin: Research & CV

Imaginary Ecologies: Futuristic Technological Dwellings, Persistent Residual Entanglements

Project TANDEM “Home Beyond Species”, with Chloé Mondémé and Petr Gibas.

Ange Pottin holds a PhD degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. His research focuses on philosophy of technology and Science and Technology Studies. It deals primarily with analyzing energy and chemical industries from the perspectives of their materiality and the imaginaries that they bear.

From the first methods of synthetic chemistry in the 18th century to the present-day discourse on circular economy, modern industry has often represented itself as evolving into a system independent of natural resources with an optimal externality management. By doing so, it has paradoxically brought about new cycles of waste extraction and proliferation. The principal hypothesis of the research project is that such imaginary ecologies can be studied as a confrontation between two conflicting sets of representations and practices of our technical and ecological household: futuristic technological dwellings on the one side, residual entanglements on the other. More specifically, the aim is to analyze two fields of investigation: certain promises of circularity advanced by the oil and petrochemical industries, and the imaginary associated with the maintenance and dismantling of certain nuclear power plants.

More information here.

 

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Education

2022: PhD, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, “Matière fertile. Le résidu radioactif, le capital fissile et l’écologie imaginaire de l’industrie nucléaire”.

2016: MA in History and Philosophy of Science, Université de Paris

2012-2018: Student at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris

 

Publications

French version: “Le pouvoir et les opérations : Simondon et les imaginaires de l’industrie nucléaire”, Revue d’anthropologie des connaissances, 15-2, 2021

English version: “Power and Operations: Simondon and the Imaginaries of the Nuclear Industry”, Trilogia, Ciencia Tecnologia Sociedad, 13-25.

Joseph Neal Mangarella: Research & 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.

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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). https://bti-project.org/fileadmin/api/content/en/downloads/reports/country_report_2022_GNQ.pdf (2 reports)

 

Blog Posts

“Neoliberalism and the March of Impunity in Equatorial Guinea.” Africa is a Country, July 2019. https://africasacountry.com/2019/07/neoliberalism-and-the-march-of-impunity-in-equatorial-guinea

“Tropical Oppressors: State Violence in Equatorial Guinea.” ASCL Africanist Blog, 27 May 2019.  https://www.ascleiden.nl/content/ascl-blogs/tropical-oppressors-state-violence-equatorial-guinea

 

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)

 

 

CFP – Samuel Beckett in Central Europe

Samuel Beckett in Central Europe. Stagings and reception beyond censorship

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. 

Date: Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2023
Location: CEFRES library and Charles University
Organizers: CEFRES in partnership with Sorbonne University, Paris, Bordeaux University and Charles University
Language: English
Convenors: Alice Clabaut, Charles Guillorit
Deadline for sending propositions: 31st January 2023

Abstract 

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?  Continue reading CFP – Samuel Beckett in Central Europe