Category Archives: CEFRES Team

Honore Banidje : research & cv

Honoré Banidjè is a PhD student in history at the Pedagogy department 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” in Central Europe, Czechoslovakia in particular, born after the dislocation of Central Powers.

Contact : honore.banidje(@)


  • Master of Human Rights and Democracy, UNESCO chair  (Abomey-Calavi) University
  • Master in Contemporary African History (Abomey-Calavi)
  • Diploma in Secondary Education (Abomey-Calavi)

bernhard struck: cv & research

Esperanto and Internationalism, 1880s-1920

Research Area 3 : Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday experience of spaces

Contact: bernhard.struck(@)

Dr Bernhard Struck, Reader / Associate Professor in Modern European History, School of History, University of St Andrews, Founding Director of the Institute for Transnational & Spatial History. His research focuses on German, French, Polish History, the history of travel, borderlands, cartography and space. He is author of Nicht West – nicht Ost. Frankreich und Polen in der Wahrnehmung deutscher Reisender, 1750-1850 (2006) and Revolution, Krieg und Verflechtung.Deutsch-Französische Geschichte 1789-1815 (2008) (with Claire Gantet). He is co-editor of Shaping the Transnational Sphere. Experts, Networks and Issues from the 1840s to the 1930s (2015).

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astrid greve kristensen: research & cv

Strangers in a strange land

The Returns of Orphans in German and Czech Literature of the 2000’s. A comparative study of the works of Jáchym Topol, Radka Denemarková and W. G. Sebald.

Research Area 3: Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday experience of spaces

contact : astrid.greve(@)

The main objective of this project is to bring forth a new understanding of the orphan as a literary and cultural figure as it is presented in modern historical fiction. The focus is on fiction that in particular tells the story of orphans in the Czech lands between the 1940’s and 1960’s, encompassing the two dominating isms of the 20th century, Fascism and Socialism. The texts I have initially chosen to compare are Peníze od Hitlera ([Money from Hitler] 2006) by Radka Denemarková,Austerlitz (2001) by W. G. Sebald and Kloktat dehet ([Gargling with Tar] 2005) by Jáchym Topol. By comparing texts that differ widely in their approach to representing trauma and loss, I believe the orphan narrative gives a variety of voices. My theoretical approach will be interdisciplinary and based on a combination of literary possible worlds theory and space/memory theories.

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Lukáš Kotyk: Research & CV

Non-hierarchical Model of Project Governance

Research Area 2: Norms & Transgressions

Contact: lukas.kotyk(@)

In my dissertation, I study non-hierarchical models of project governance within the context of social movement studies. I focus on projects that, with the help of engaging in prefigurative politics, re-evaluate the possibilities of the arrangement of interpersonal relationships, aiming to achieve a horizontal distribution of power. A notable example is squatting in the form of autonomous social centers. I interpret these projects as a radical social movement organization, whose inner structure is created as an experiment. Its aim is to overcome incorporated inequalities by giving individuals the possibility of experience in a community based on decentralized network structures.

I analyze this following research question:  how is horizontality constructed in everyday life, within concrete cases?  Following this question, I’m studying the tension between this declared goal of horizontality and the difficulty of its achievement. I’m focusing on the methods and mechanisms that are used to underlie non-formal hierarchies constructed in order to reach equality. Assuming that, as a repertoire of contention, these methods and mechanisms represent a shared knowledge of a wider movement, I presuppose them as basic to the experience of ordinary movement members. To describe this praxis and its actual forms, I use an ethnographic field of research. This paper’s focus, on projects that are non-hierarchical, systematically investigates alternative forms of coexistence and analyzes shared knowledge about how to govern complicated and complex projects without a hierarchical form of leadership.

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mert koçak: research & cv

Transnational Governance of Displacement, Sexuality and Gender Identity: UNHCR as the Main Actor in Creating a Legal Basis for Asylum-Seeking for LGBT Refugees in Turkey

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

Contact: mert.kocak(@)

My research focuses on the following question: how can LGBT refugees ‘legally’ register with migration authorities within a legal framework that does not recognize their very reason for seeking asylum? I study the case of LGBT refugees’ legal presence in Turkey. Demanding a refugee status in Global North countries (such as the USA, the UK, Canada and Germany), where sexuality and gender identity have been recognized as legitimate criteria for asylum-seeking, they have to be registered by Turkish migration authorities, a country where no such recognition has been granted.

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véronique gruca: research & cv

Shamanism, death and mining in postsocialist Mongolia

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

Contact : veronique.gruca(@)

My research focuses on shamanic and funeral rituals among the Buriat Mongols. I aim to study these practices in the context of Mongolia’s contemporary political and economic situation, in order (1) to understand how they have been influenced by the post-socialist, mining-based economy, and (2) to study how the relationships between humans, spirits and the dead are being reconfigured in this particular framework.

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