Category Archives: Call for Papers

CFP – Porcine Futures 1: Re-negotiating “Wilderness” in More-than-human Worlds

Organized by
the team of Bewildering Boar project at CEFRES – Aníbal Arregui, Luděk Brož, Marianna Szczygielska, Virginie Vaté and Erica von Essen (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)
: 16-17 October 2018
Where: Prague, ÚDU AV ČR, Husova 4, Prague 1
Language: English

Popular media reports reveal that in many places of our planet animals considered “wild” attract significant public attention as they (re)enter into what we used to think were almost exclusively human habitats. Continue reading CFP – Porcine Futures 1: Re-negotiating “Wilderness” in More-than-human Worlds

Double Others? Non-human Migrants and Changing Moral Economies of Hunting – CfP for EASA 2018

Deadline: 9 April 2018
Convenors: Ludĕk Brož (The Czech Academy of Sciences and CEFRES) and Erica von Essen (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences)

To propose a paper go to:

We are pleased to announce that our TANDEM team have succeeded in proposing a panel for the 15th EASA Biennial Conference titled “Double Others? Non-human Migrants and Changing Moral Economies of Hunting”! Call for papers for the panel is opened till 9 April.


Dystopias of invasion feature prominently not only in popular conceptualisations of human migration e.g. during the so-called refugee crises and its aftermath. Hunting cultures across Europe have been for long time subscribing to strikingly similar imagery describing migrating non-human animals as transgressing physical, symbolic and moral boundaries. It seems obvious that processes of globalization and climate change induce changes in the spatiality and logic of interspecies coexistence across these borders. Yet, how are those modes of coexistence established, maintained or challenged on the ground? When are animals treated as ‘legitimate returnees,’ ‘precious visitors,’ welcome extensions of the list of game animal species, or are simply ignored by human gamekeepers, and when (and how?) do they become invading intruders to be eradicated? Such unwelcome animal migrants become double others – other to humans and other to indigenous animal inhabitants of a particular territory, in comparison to who they lead life of ‘animal sacrum’ (after homo sacer, a kind of outlaw).

In this panel, we invite submissions that explore along which new boundaries and axes non-human species are excluded and ‘othered’, what sorts of ethical regimes these reflect, and what the non-human and human cases of migration have in common. We further invite panellists to empirically engage with and theoretically conceptualize how migration of animals imparts changes in the moral economy of wildlife and in the necropolitics – the (in)formally coded decisions of what lives or dies – pursued in contemporary hunting cultures.

Illustration: Courtesy of Matěj Macháček –

Debating the Norms of Scientific Writing

International Workshop for Young Researchers

Dates and place: 23rd-24th of May 2018, Prague
Deadline for proposals: 2 April 2018
Organizer: Julien Wacquez (EHESS, CESPRA, CEFRES)
Orgnized in collaboration with: CEFRES, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, EHESS (Paris) and Charles University
Language: English

This workshop is open to young researchers (PhD students and Post-Doc) from diverse disciplines from France and from Visegrád countries as well as the CEFRES team. Please send a short CV, title and 300 word-long abstract to Julien Wacquez:

Day 1 (Wednesday, May 23) will bring together researchers from France and from Visegrád countries to tackle these questions and identify by which ways the norms of writing are negotiated. Do those debates about the forms of scientific writing impact our way of writing or of doing science?

Day 2 (Thursday morning, May 24) will be devoted to the question of how we encounter and solve writing problems in the course of our investigations. Professors and young researchers will be invited to share their own writing experiences.

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When All Roads Led to Paris. Artistic Exchanges Between France and Central Europe in the 19th Century

Deadline for applications: 18 March 2018
Organizers: Kristýna Hochmuth (ÚDU FF UK, NG) and Adéla Klinerová (ÚDU FF UK, EPHE, CEFRES)
When & Where: 26-27 June 2018, AV ČR, Národní 1009/3, Prague 1, room 205
Languages: French and English

Practical Details

This workshop, organized by CEFRES, the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚDU AV ČR), the National Gallery in Prague (NG) and the Institute of Art History of the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University (ÚDU FF UK) is open to PhD students, post doctoral students and young researchers. Our discussions will be initiated by a keynote speech by professor Marek Zgórniak, Institute of Art History, Jagiellonian University, Kraków. A complementary program will be open to active participants and public. Travel and accommodation costs will not be covered. On the other hand, we will help with hotel bookings in Prague.

Please send both organizers your paper proposal up to 3,600 characters, in French or English, by 18 March 2018, within the fulfilled application form. The selection committee will contact selected candidates by 20 April 2018. Papers should be no longer than 25 minutes and will be followed by a discussion. A publication is planned.

Download the application form here


The workshop focuses on the question of artistic exchange between France and Central Europe (viewed broadly as the region from Germany to Russia) during the 19th century (1789–1914). Back then, Paris was regarded as one of Europe’s most important cultural hubs, and that was also the reason why so many Central European artists wished to visit it. In Central Europe, France had a reputation of a prosperous and culturally progressive country and Paris was the scene of splendid architectural wonders (such as the newly raised Opera Building). At the same time–and more to the point–France was also becoming the birthplace of new and innovative artistic styles.

The goal of the workshop is to look at French art history from the viewpoint of the cultural transfer theory. It will touch upon various aspects of the spreading of French culture and art (painting, sculpture, architecture, applied arts) but also the fields of museology and cultural heritage protection.

First, as we examine the French cultural milieu, we need to identify the phenomena that caught the interest of foreign artistic communities and triggered cultural exchanges, which consequently led to the circulation of models, knowledge, ideas, patterns, forms, or to the appropriation of institutional structures.
Furthermore, we need to study the network of social connections that enabled this kind of artistic exchange in the first place–locations, individuals, or institutions playing the role of intermediaries. In this context, we shall emphasize the roles played by studios, museums, art colonies, papers and journals, social clubs, salons, and intellectual circles in general. Mediators often included art dealers, patrons, gallery owners, as well as art critics and scholars.
Lastly, the receptions, appropriations, and reinterpretations within the receiving culture must be looked into. In each particular case, we need to take into consideration the economical and political situation of the country in question, the degree of openness towards cosmopolitan practices, the emphasis put on the national identity, and finally, the nature of the local institutional frameworks.
In many aspects, 19th century witnessed the emergence of new institutions–such as museums, art galleries, cultural and professional clubs, and art journals–as well as the growth of the art market and the gradual institutionalization of historical monument protection. At the same time, the 19th century was a time of significant transformations; a time when European cities went through radical metamorphosis, which, among other things, turned large urban areas into construction sites. The architecture was to respond to the new needs of the population. Furthermore, the traditional patrons of art and architecture–the European aristocracy–were now in this aspect joined by the newly emerged bourgeoisie. Lastly, it should be pointed out that in the context of cultural exchange, there’s always a duality between inclination towards local traditions and desire for innovative impulses coming from outside.

The contributions may explore one of the following topics:

Art education: The problem of art education is twofold. On the one hand, a certain degree of familiarity with the history of French art and art education, especially with regard to European Academies, could be acquired, but at the same time, we would rather focus on the appeal of French education, especially when it comes to the Academie des beaux-arts or private Paris studios. This is why we are interested in a sociological analysis of the students of these establishments, as well as their day-to-day operations. What might be considered helpful are the various educational aids, such as publications, templates, or models.

Artistic migration: Artistic migration plays an important role in the process of cultural exchange. Apart from education (which we have already mentioned), it was fueled by other phenomena, like foreign commissions, major exhibition projects (such as the World’s Fairs), influence of the major artists, scholars and other specialists, or the contemporary artistic tendencies. There are different types of artistic migration, from short-term trips through longer sojourns up to permanent residency in the foreign country. The contributions should assess the evidence of said migrations, such as travel journals, letters, sketch books or exhibition catalogues.

Style and artistic expression: Which innovative methods sparked the interest in French cultural scene? How exactly did the subsequent cultural exchange influence the art in the Central European countries? How were these echoes of the French art viewed in France itself? What was their meaning? How did this phenomenon change as new generations took over?

Topography of cultural transfers: Another important task is to model the geographical trajectories of cultural transfers, especially in respect to the major European cultural metropolises. Paris, Vienna, Berlin, or Munich can be considered both cultural centers and important transportation and information hubs.

Selective bibliography:

  • BIRKE Ernst: Frankreich und Ostmitteleuropa im 19. Jahrhunderts. Köln/Graz 1960.
  • CHARLE Christophe: La Dérégulation culturelle. Essai d’histoire des cultures en Europe au XIXe siècle, Paris 2015.
  • CHARLE Christophe (ed.): Le temps des capitales culturelles. XVIIIe-XXe siècles, Seyssel (Ain) 2009.
  • ESPAGNE Michel, WERNER Michaël (eds.): Transferts. Les relations interculturelles dans l’espace franco-allemand (XVIIIe et XIXe siècle), Paris 1988.
  • FERENČUHOVÁ Bohumila (ed.): La France et l’Europe centrale. Les relations entre la France et l’Europe centrale en 1867-1914. Impacts et images réciproques, Bratislava 1995.
  • FERENČUHOVÁ Bohumila, GEORGET Jean-Louis (eds.): Politické a kultúrne transfery medzi Francúzskom, Nemeckom a strednou Európou (1840-1945). Prípad Slovenska, Bratislava 2010.
  • HUEMER Christian: Paris – Vienna. Modern art markets and the transmission of culture, 1873–1939, Dissertation, City University of New York 2013.
  • HORSKÁ Pavla: Prague – Paris, Praha 1990.
  • HORSKÁ Pavla: Sladká Francie, Praha 1996.
  • MARÈS Antoine (ed.): La France et l’Europe centrale. Médiateurs et médiations, Paris 2015.
  • NERLICH France: La Peinture française en Allemagne, 1815-1870, Paris 2010.
  • NERLICH France, BONNET Alain (eds.): Apprendre à peindre. Les ateliers privés à Paris, 1780-1863, conference proceedings (Tours juin 2011), Tours 2013.
  • NERLICH France, SAVOY Bénédicte et al. (eds): Pariser Lehrjahre. Ein Lexikon zur Ausbildung deutscher Maler in der französischen Hauptstadt, Bd II, 1844-1870, Berlin/ Boston 2015.
  • SAVICKÝ Nikolaj: Francouzské moderní umění a česká politika v letech 1900-1939, Praha 2011.
  • ZGÓRNIAK Marek: Wokół neorenesansu w architekturze XIX wieku, Kraków 1987, reprint Kraków 2013.
  • ZGÓRNIAK Marek: Polscy uczniowie Académie Julian do roku 1919 / Polish students at the Académie Julian until 1919, in: RIHA Journal, August 2012.

Illustration: Viktor Barvitius, Place de la Concorde in Paris, study, detail, 1866, NG Prague

Voltaire between the Rhine and the Danube (18th-19th centuries)

Voltaire Days

Deadline for applications: 20 February 2018
Organizer: Guillaume Métayer (CELLF – CNRS)
Partners: CELLF (UMR 8599), Société des Études Voltairiennes, CEFRES, CERCLL (Jules Verne University, Picardie)
When & where: 22-23 June 2018, Paris-Sorbonne University
Language: French and English


No-one among the Enlightened French writers and philosophers  entertained such extensive relations with the German-speaking world as Voltaire. Besides his many stays in Germany, and his well-known appointment as chamberlain to Frederick II at the Prussian court, Voltaire stayed in Gotha and Aix-la-Chapelle. His visits, relationships and above all his readings sparked many works of various genres, most famously, but not only, Candide (1759). Westphalia was also the philosophical and imaginative inspiration for an important chapter of L’Essai sur les Mœurs (“Essay on Universal History, the Manners, and Spirit of Nations”, 1756) and Voltaire wrote another, more detailed historical account, at the request of the Princess of Saxe-Gotha, entitled Les Annales de l’Empire (“Annals of the Empire”, 1753). L’Histoire de la guerre de 1741 (merged and adapted within the Précis du Siècle de Louis XV, “Short history of the Age of Louis XV) also takes account of this political and cultural unity with its changing borders. As a historian, Voltaire addressed crucial topics such as the struggle between temporal and spiritual powers, in particular between papacy and the Holy Empire; the Reformation; or more widely, Europe’s political and religious identity.

Yet, Voltaire’s intense interest for Germany is pervaded with ambiguity: he is interested in the Empire’s policy, history and contemporary hope for a forthcoming “philosopher king” in Berlin at the expense of German literature, language and arts, which he looked down on and readily derided. This inconsistency explains the complex and polemical nature of Voltaire’s reception in the German-speaking world. Supporters and epigones prevailed to begin with but were soon taken over, with a few exceptions (Schiller, Goethe, Heine), by the critiques of the representatives of the literary and philosophical German renewal. Even before Romanticism, Lessing set the tone for this harsh critical tradition, continued by August Wilhelm Schlegel. Only from the 1870s, with the re-evaluation of David Friedrich Strauss, Dubois-Reymond, and most of all Nietzsche, did the figure of Voltaire evolve into becoming a cornerstone of the European Enlightenment.

Such interaction in time between Voltaire’s German world-view and the German, and more largely Central European reception of the philosopher writer will be at the core of this conference, being held forty years after the Mannheim conference*. Papers dealing with reception, circulation, and translation studies, or seminal monographies—insofar as they attempt to deal with both dimensions of this hermeneutic Wechselwirkung—will be welcome. The fate of Voltaire’s thought in the Austrian hereditary possessions  (Hungary, Galicia) would also offer very interesting case studies.

* Voltaire und Deutschland. Quellen und Untersuchungen zur Rezeption der Französischen Aufklärung. Internationales Kolloquium der Universität Mannheim zum 200. Todestag Voltaires [Mannheim, 1978], Stuttgart 1979.

CFP – Disability, Health and Handicap in Social Sciences and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Workshop

Organizers: Kateřina Kolářová (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague – FHS UK), Martina Winkler (Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel), Filip Herza (FHS UK / CEFRES), Kamila Šimandlová (FHS UK)
: 17/2/2018
Where: Akademické Centrum, Husova 4a, Prague 1
Language: Czech
Deadline for submission: 20/12/2017

Concepts of disability, health, sickness, debility, biological precarity and stigmatization come to the foreground in recent debates in social sciences and humanities. This workshop wants to open floor for interdisciplinary exchanges between disability studies and other fields of social sciences and humanities. Calling for explorations of different methodological approaches, perspectives and theoretical conceptualizations of disability and difference, debility and biological precarity, body and corporeality, the workshop aims to deepen discussions of already established themes, as well as to strike new theoretical paths. We specifically encourage presentations working with intersectional approaches that link disability to other categories of difference and power, such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race, class, age, and other relevant categories.

Presentations may address:

  • Cultural representations, cultural practices and symbolical regimes of body, embodiment, health, sickness and disability
  • Symbolical regimes of disability (such as e.g. “compulsory able-bodiedness and abledmindedness”), their reproduction and disturbances past and present
  • Moral economies of disability and the concept of welfare state in the state socialism and the post-socialist period
  • Post-/colonial politics of disability
  • Transnational circulations and translations of disability theory and disability politics
  • Transformations of expert discourses in relation to health and dis/ability, alternative knowledges and forms of expertise between the 19th and the 21th centuries
  • Health as a moral imperative and platforms for emancipatory discourses and strategies
  • Politics of inclusion and (social) exclusion
  • Histories, politics and praxis of institutionalization and “deinstitutionalization”
  • Biopolitics of dis/ability
  • Intersectional methodologies

We kindly ask potential contributors to submit their proposals until 20 December 2017 at

Workshop is organized within the project “(Post)Socialist Modernity and social and cultural politics of disability” jointly funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), held by the Faculty of Humanities Charles University. The event is co-hosted by CEFRES and the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences.