Category Archives: CEFRES Team

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 imaginary 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 always 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 bodies 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.




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



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.


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). (2 reports)


Blog Posts

“Neoliberalism and the March of Impunity in Equatorial Guinea.” Africa is a Country, July 2019.

“Tropical Oppressors: State Violence in Equatorial Guinea.” ASCL Africanist Blog, 27 May 2019.


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)



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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