Category Archives: CEFRES Team

Laura Brody: Research & CV

Memories of Imvros: Transformed Spaces of Identity and Belonging on an Aegean Island

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

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

Contact: laura.brody(@)

Fitting into the wider context of studies on diasporic transformation, the purpose of this research is to investigate intergenerational differences in the relationship that members of the Greek-speaking Imvriot diaspora have to Imvros (Gökçeada), one of the islands ceded to Turkey in the aftermath of WWI. The project seeks to take an alternative approach to understanding the experiences of ‘being Imvriot’ and ‘belonging to Imvros’ through an exploration of both the individual and collective relationships that members of the Imvriot diaspora exhibit towards both the island as a whole and to specific sites across the island.

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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


Ciro Porcaro: Research & CV

Metonymy and Stereotypes: theoretical perspectives and immigration discourse in German language

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

Contact: ciro.porcaro(@)

The project has as its object metonymic phenomena in German Language. In the project, special attention is paid to the German migration discourse and to the metonymic models underlying social stereotypes (cf. Lakoff 1987). More specifically, metonymic phenomena which contribute to the stereotypical comprehension of the category of “migrants” (understood as category of practice in the migration discourse) are identified and analyzed, with particular reference to the tabloid Bild-Zeitung and to the news magazine Der Spiegel. In order to analyze the topics of displacement and migration, the methods and the instruments of Cognitive Linguistics are adopted as part of a discourse-analytical approach (cf. Ziem 2013).

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Emina Zoletic: Research & CV

Intergenerational transmission of the memory of the war: The Cases of Families in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Bosnian diaspora in Europe

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


The doctoral research project deals with the intergenerational transmission of memory, with the focus on the first generation of Bosnians who experienced the 1992-1995 war and their children, born after the war in Sarajevo and currently living in the EU countries, UK and the U.S. The study of war memory transmission has great social and political significance. The past does not simply disappear; lived experience eventually becomes a narrative curated among one generation and passed on to another. What is more, collective memory may lie dormant ready to emerge generations or even centuries later. The principal aim of this project is to explore the dynamics of intergenerational transmission of the memory of war among families living in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the EU Bosnian diaspora, with particular focus on how the past is remembered, e.g., selection, emphasis, recalibration, and for what purpose, e.g., identity construction, esteem needs, empowerment, social change etc.

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Olga Kalashnikova: Research & CV

Preaching the Passion in 14th-century Bohemia: The rhetoric of Good Friday sermons

Research Area 2 – Norms and Transgressions

Contact: olga.kalashnikova(@)

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My dissertation aims at shedding light on the nature of late medieval Bohemian piety by tracing the evolution and peculiarities of preaching techniques for Good Friday in fourteenth-century Bohemia, from the 1330s till the end of the century. Good Friday sermons were one of the most elaborated forms of late medieval preaching and became crucial in shaping the devotion and religious experience of the time, which increasingly focused on intensified forms to actively commemorate the Passion of Christ. The main goal of the dissertation is to examine the theological and communicative methods of composing and presenting Good Friday sermons, the peculiarities of Bohemian preaching styles, and possible reasons for these characteristics.

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Arthur Thevenet: Research & CV

The impact of the environmental crises upon international law


Research Area 2 –Norms and Transgression

Contact: arthur.thevenet(@)

The environment is a recent concept in the legal sciences. Because it is part of the human sciences, law has not escaped the fact that it has evolved over the centuries, reflecting the major issues facing humanity.

From a legal point of view, international texts began to take environmental protection into account in the 1970s and 1980s (Stockholm Declaration, Montreal Protocol, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change).

Nevertheless, acts harmful to the environment on an international scale are not yet clearly punished. The issue of the crime of ecocide, recognised only in a dozen of States, has not yet emerged at the international level and is not included in the category of international crimes recognised before the International Criminal Court.

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