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CFP – Displacements. Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and Southeastern Europe

Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and southeastern Europe. Emancipatory Experiences and Transnational Trajectories?

Organizers: Mateusz Chmurski, Clara Royer, Lola Sinoimeri
Time and Place: March 16-18, 2023 – CEFRES (CNRS-MEAE), Prague
Proposal Deadline: October 15, 2022
Languages of the conference: French, English

Scientific Committee:
Anna Borgos (Magyar Tudományos Akadémia), Libuše Heczková
(Univerzita Karlova), Luba Jurgenson (Sorbonne Université), Iwona Kurz (Uniwersytet Warszawski), Jasmina Lukić (Central European University), Markéta Theinhardt (Sorbonne Université)

Partners: EUR’ORBEM (CNRS-Sorbonne Université) – CEFRES (CNRS-MEAE) – Ústav české literatury a komparatistiky, Filosofická fakulta, Univerzita Karlova – Instytut Kultury Polskiej, Wydział Polonistyki, Uniwersytet Warszawski

Using a transnational approach, this conference tries to bring together and confront the polysemic category of dépaysement (exile, uprootedness, dislodgement – hereinafter coupled with its imperfect English equivalent, displacement) with the literary and artistic trajectories of Central European women. It is an attempt to see how the experience of dépaysement/displacementin its variety of meanings (exile, disorientation, dislocation, but also ec-centric creativity or transfer of marginalized traditions) — fuels the creative and writing practices of women from a region that has been torn between different imperial structures (Bartov & Weitz 2013), marked by mass violence (the Holocaust, forced migrations, war crimes) and where culture has always been permeated by a strong dialectical relationship between norms and transgressive gestures – with the later themselves tending to gain strong normative undertones (Royer 2019). The starting point of this conference is that the social, political, and cultural engagements prodding women artists from a variety of fields — artists, photographers, musicians, actresses, directors, literary figures (authors, critics, translators, etc.) — to reinvent themselves elsewhere requires a type of historical analysis that pays attention to the variety of practices of dépaysement: displacement that could be as much geographical as creative or even epistemic. Continue reading CFP – Displacements. Women’s Writing and Creative Practices in Modern Central and Southeastern Europe

CFP – Truth and Untruth. Transmission of Memories of War

Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Workshop

When: 4 – 5 November 2022
Where: Prague, Czech Republic
Deadline for submission: 9 September 2022
Astrid Greve Kristensen (Sorbonne University)
Rose Smith (Charles University & University of Groningen),
Emina Zoletic (University of Warsaw)

A Workshop organized by 4EUPlus with the collaboration of CEFRES.

We kindly invite Ph.D. students in the field of Humanities and Social Sciences to apply for our one-day workshop ‘TRUTH AND UNTRUTH. TRANSMISSIONS OF MEMORIES OF WAR’. With memory studies as the theoretical focus of this workshop, we will host a varied interdisciplinary workshop consisting of presentations and discussions among young scholars in Prague this November 2022. We will tackle the transmission of memories of war, inviting scholars to present their research on this topic in different media, such as oral/family history, museums, literature, film, the arts, news media, et cetera, with a focus on the kitschification of the past.

As war once again ravages a European country, it is hard not to persist with clichéd phrases to describe the horrors we are observing. Our collective struggle to understand is palpable in repeated phrases such as: How can this be happening – again? But inherent in language clichés is also the danger of inertia and falsehoods. As Czech writer Karel Čapek put it in a 1933 article: “The cliché blurs the difference between truth and untruth. If it were not for clichés, there wouldn’t be demagogues and public lies, and it wouldn’t be so easy to play politics, starting with rhetoric and ending with genocide.” The dangerous use of clichés, as well as kitsch and nostalgia in media representations of the past, lies at the core of this workshop. The aesthetic kitsch of Nazi propaganda or the aim to recover a lost Russian city in Kyiv constitute examples of this. To better understand what is transpiring in Ukraine, one is compelled to look to the past for answers. Continue reading CFP – Truth and Untruth. Transmission of Memories of War

PhD Fellows Team 2021–2022

PhD Fellows Team 2021–2022

Véronique Gruca

Contact: veronique.gruca(@)

is a PhD student at Paris-Nanterre University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled Family Stories. Sociability, Rituals and Everyday Life among the Mongolian Buryat Herders, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Jan Kremer

Contact: jan.kremer(@)

is a PhD student at Charles University in Prague. His PhD dissertation, entitled The Digital Game as a Historical Representation – Medievalism and Czech Historical Culture, contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Nikola Ludlová

Contact: nikola.ludlova(@)

is a PhD student at the Department of History of the Central European University in Budapest. 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. 

Vojtěch Pojar

Contact: vojtech.pojar(@)

is a PhD student at the Central European University in Budapest. His PhD dissertation, entitled Experts in Post-Imperial Transitions: Entanglements and Diverging Trajectories of Eugenicists between the Habsburg Empire and the Nation States, 1912-1939 contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Agnieszka Sobolewska

Contact: agnieszka.sobolewska(@)

is a PhD student at the Warsaw and Sorbonne University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled Between Self-Analysis and Autobiography. Everyday Writing Practices of Freud’s First Disciples and the importance of intimate documents for the developpement of Freudian theory, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Associated PhD students 20212022

Honoré Banidjè

Contact: honore.banidje(@)

is a PhD student in history at the Faculty of Education 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” born after the dislocation of Central Powers in Central Europe, Czechoslovakia in particular.

Adrien Beauduin

Contact: adrien.beauduin(@)

is a PhD student at the Central European University in Budapest. 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.

Alice Clabaut

Contact: alice.clabaut.billier(@)

is a PhD student in cotutelle between Charles University (Prague) and Sorbonne Université (Paris), under the supervision of Florence Naugrette, Elisabeth Angel-Perez, and Petr Christov. Her dissertation, entitled Staging and reception of Samuel Beckett’s theatre in France, Germany and the Czech Republic after the fall of the Berlin Wall, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

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.

Felipe Kaiser Fernandes


is a PhD student at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Institute of Anthropology of the Contemporary (IIAC), under the guidance of Sophie Wahnich. His dissertation entitled Rise of a Merchant Nation: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Bazaar Economy in Central Europe, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Adéla Klinerová

Contact: adela.klinerova(@)

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.

Barbora Kyereko

Contact: barbora.kyereko(@)

is a PhD student at the Charles University in Prague. Her PhD dissertation, entitled Ghana in Cocoa, Cocoa in Ghana: A Study of Theobroma Cacao L. within its Parameters of Time, contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Dušan J. Ljuboja

Contact: dusan.ljuboja(@)

is a PhD student at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. His dissertation, entitled The State, Nationalism and Pan-Slavism in the “Age of Metternich” (1815–1848) — The Case of the Serbs of Pest and Buda, contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Yuliya Moskvina

Contact: yuliya.moskvina(@)

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

Arthur Pérodeau

Contact: perodeau.arthur(@)

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 CEFRES research area 3.

Pascal Schneider

contact: pascal.charles.schneider(@)

is a co-supervised Phd student at Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV) and Saarland University, under the supervision of Johann Chapoutot and Dietmar Hüser. 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.

Florence Vychytil-Baudoux

Contact: 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


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.

CNRS International Emerging Action / AVČR Mobility Plus – CFA 2022

CNRS International Emerging Action (IEA)

International Emerging Actions are PI-to-PI projects whose purpose is to explore new fields of research and international partnerships through: short-term mobility of scientists, the organisation of working meetings, and the initiation of early-stage joint research works for shared scientific projects. These actions have a duration of two years.

As a complement to the resources provided directly by participating teams, International Emerging Actions receive funds earmarked by the CNRS for international mobility between the laboratories
involved, for organising working meetings, and implementing field assignments between partners, for a total amount comprised between €10,000-€14,000 over the duration of the project.

See the presentation of the Programme on CNRS website here
and read the complete 2022 call on CNRS website here.

In the Czech Republic, the partner institution of the programme is the Czech Academy of Sciences.

See the terms and condition on the website of the Czech Academy of Scieces here.

In 2022, the calendar of the programme was as follows:

  • Launch date of the call for proposals: CNRS: June 22, 2022, CAS: June 27, 2022
  • Closure date of the call for proposals: September 16, 2022
  • Release of the results: December 2022
  • Start date of the projects: January 2023

2022 Winner of CEFRES Platform Award

We are happy to announce the name of the winner of the sixth CEFRES Platform Award for best article in social sciences and humanities in an international peer-reviewed journal (see the CFA here):

  • Martin Tremčinský (PhD candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University) for his article: « Labour, control, and value: Marx meets Negri in Bitcoin mining » published in Dialectical Anthropology Vol. 46, n° 1, 2022.

The jury warmly thanks all the applicants for the outstanding quality of the scientific works they submitted.