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CFA: Two Post-doctoral Positions at CEFRES – Charles University

Deadline for submission: 29 July 2021 (midnight)
Period: 1st January 2022—31st  December 2023
Application Language: English
Address for submission: (please copy the email to

Two post-doctoral researchers will be recruited from 1st January 2022 for two years at CEFRES. They will be both affiliated to CEFRES and to a relevant department for their research at Charles University. Both post-doctoral researchers will be recruited on the basis of the quality of their research project. The results will be published in October 2021. 

1. CEFRES research areas

The first post-doctoral position is intended for researchers whose research project can be part of one of CEFRES’s three research areas:
Research area 1 – Displacements, “Depaysements” and Discrepancies: People, Knowledge and Practices
Research area 2 – Norms & Transgressions
Research area 3 – Objects, Traces, Mapping: Everyday Experience of Spaces
Research projects whose object is located in Central Europe, connected to this area and other areas or in comparison with other “cultural areas”, will be prioritised.

2. Research project: TANDEM program

A specific competition aims at recruiting a second post-doctoral researcher whose work covers the topic described below. The selected candidate will work in association with a researcher from the Czech Academy of Sciences (CAS) and a researcher assigned by the CNRS within the TANDEM program.

CEFRES is looking for a PhD holder to conduct research (qualitative case studies) and actively engage in networking (organizing seminars, workshops) and dissemination activites within the Tandem project “Home beyond species”. The focus of the project is on the theoretical and practical implications of acknowledging and studying more-than-human domesticity and the interplay of humans and non-humans related to the everyday practices, ideas as well as lay and scholarly concept of home.

The post-doctoral researcher is expected to have demonstrable experience with independent research (e.g. in the form of individually led research project, major publications, courses taught, etc.) in the relevant areas of social science, i.e. anthropology, social and cultural geography, sociology and/or related disciplines and/or studies.

Applicants may contact Mr. Petr Gibas before applying for any relevant questions on their application at petr.gibas[at]

Application Package

Applicants must submit the complete application package consisting of the following elements:
The application form duly filled in: download here. The application form includes the description of the research project which must:

  • specify the name of the TANDEM research project or the CEFRES research area you want to apply to and explain how your research befits it.
  • include an explanation on the methodology and inputs of your own research, as well as a selected bibliography (max. 1 page-long)
  • include expected outcomes (publications, conferences, and so forth).
    • A letter of reference from the former PhD supervisor: download here. The letter must mention the title of the PhD, the date of defence etc.
    • A detailed CV
    • A list of publications
    • A copy of the PhD diploma

Application packages must be submitted by 29 July 2021 electronically in an email entitled “YOUR LAST NAME_CEFRES-UK” at: (send a copy to: Please send the application form in both PDF and as a Word-document. Applicants are welcome to contact the PIs of the research projects they apply to before sending their application.

Eligibility Criteria

  • be high-level young researchers from abroad (non-Czech), who defended their PhD no more than 10 years prior to the application deadline in a university outside the Czech Republic
  • conducting a research befitting one of the research projects described above (or CEFRES research areas)
  • good command of English is mandatory

Framework of the Charles University (UK) and CEFRES co-financed post-doctoral position

As a partner of CEFRES Platform, Charles University recruits two high-quality post-doctoral research fellows who are non-Czech and you have defended their dissertation outside the Czech Republic. They will be assigned to CEFRES, within the frame of the Charles University’s International Post-Doc Research Fund. These two positions are renewable one-year fixed-term contracts and start on 1 January 2020 at CEFRES. The gross monthly salary is 32 000 CZK. UK-CEFRES post-doctoral researchers will be affiliated to both CEFRES and a relevant department of one of the faculties in social sciences and humanities of the Charles University according to their main discipline. They are expected to:

  • contribute through their own research to the research project they apply to
  • take part in the scientific life of CEFRES
  • submit a yearly report on their research advances to the director of CEFRES
  • come to live in Prague from 1 January 2022.

Calls for applications has been published on Charles University’s website. CEFRES will be amongst the hosting institutions of the University Post-Doc Research Fund.

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).

Link to its current research

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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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