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CFA – 2024 CEU-CEFRES Mobility Grants at CEFRES

Call for application for 2nd year and above PhD students enrolled at the Central European University (CEU)

Deadline for submission: 17 March 2024 (call open)
Duration: 2 to 10 months between May 1, 2024 & June 30, 2025

Central European University (CEU) & the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES) offer mobility grants at CEFRES in Prague to 2nd year and above PhD students enrolled at the CEU.


An envelope of 5 000 € will be granted for stays ranging from 2 to 10 months (500 € per month). Continue reading CFA – 2024 CEU-CEFRES Mobility Grants at CEFRES

Ivanna Tsar – Research & CV

Language Behavior of Ukrainian Youth during the Russian-Ukrainian War

Research Area 1. Displacements, “dépaysements”, discrepancies

Contact : vakavaka7[@]

Ivanna Tsar has been working as a researcher in the department of Stylistics, Language Culture and Sociolinguistics of the Institute of Ukrainian Language of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (group of sociolinguistics) since November 2017. She holds a PhD in philological sciences, and is head of the Council of Young Scientists of the Institute. Tsar studied at Ivan Franko L’viv National University and undertook postgraduate studies at the Institute of the Ukrainian Language of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Continue reading Ivanna Tsar – Research & CV

Valeria Korablyova – Research & CV

A Subaltern That Sings:
From Sound Resistance to Musical Diplomacy in Wartime Ukraine

CEFRES Research Area 1: Displacements, “dépaysements” & discrepancies

Contact: valeriya.korablyova[@]

Dr Valeria Korablyova is a sociologist and political theorist working on post-Soviet transformations in Ukraine and the region, with the research focus on performative politics and entangled imperial/colonial legacies. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Russian and East European Studies and the Leader of the Research Centre “Ukraine in a Changing Europe” at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. Dr Korablyova received her habilitation (D. of Sc. degree) in 2015 from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, with the book Social Meanings of Ideology (Kyiv University, 2014) that covers transformations of the European modernity, where the ethos of solidarity underpinning the Maidan uprising stands as a specific case in point. She has held fellowships and visiting professorships at Stanford University, the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, the University of Basel, Justus Liebig University Giessen, and other institutions. Most recently, she has presented on broader implications of the Russian war of aggression for European political imaginary and structures of knowledge production. Her latest publications on the matter include: “Fighting Russia’s ‘Dark Power’: The ‘Bright Power’ of Enacted Values” in Putin’s Europe. Russian Influence in European Democracy (European Liberal Forum, 2023); ‘Why Is Ukraine Important? Challenging the colonial and Cold War legacies in European social sciences’ in Soziologie (vol. 52, no. 3, 2023); ‘Russia vs. Ukraine: A Subaltern Empire Against The “Populism of Hope”’ in Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Studia Territorialia (# 2 2022); and editing the special Topos issue “Transformations of Society and Academia in the Wake of the Russian War in Ukraine: Urgent Notes” (#2 2022). 

Continue reading Valeria Korablyova – Research & CV

Attack at FF UK | CEFRES Declaration

Dear colleagues and friends of CEFRES,

Yesterday, a horrific attack took place at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts. At least 14 people were killed and dozens injured. The entire university community is deeply traumatized.

We wish to express our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims.

Our closest partners, historians, literary scholars, musicologists, philosophers and other representatives of the humanities and social sciences have been targeted. We have always worked together within the CEFRES platform, the 4EU+ university alliance and the Prague research community. We have always been a family.

Our hearts go out to you and to your loved ones, dear colleagues, dear partners, dear friends.

On behalf of the entire CEFRES team, our deepest thoughts, our unwavering solidarity, and our heartfelt and unconditional support.
Mateusz Chmurski


All the successive directors of CEFRES, deeply shocked by the shooting at Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, associate themselves with the letter from the current director.

They express their support for the Rector, the Rectorate of Charles University, all its members, the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and the entire university community.

They stand in solidarity with the university’s teaching staff in their profound trauma. They wish to express their condolences to all the families affected by this tragedy.

Marie-Elizabeth Ducreux
Françoise Mayer
Antoine Marès
Georges Mink
Christian Lequesne
Marie-Claude Maurel
Clara Royer
Jérôme Heurtaux

Aysha Farhana Chakkampully – Research & CV

“Doctoral project: Embodiment in Islam: the everyday menstrual experiences of Hyderabadi Muslim Women in India.”
Research area: 1 & 2
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My doctoral dissertation project explores the intricate relationship between menstruation, religion, societal norms, and the consequences of religious adherence and transgressions in menstrual management among married Muslim women in Hyderabad City, South India. It focuses on menstruation as a practice-oriented phenomenon to understand the gendered behavioral attributes within communities.

This research aligns with Area 2 of CEFRES, which examines norms and transgressions, as it delves into the role of menstruation as a normative functional system regulated by religion. Menstruation is viewed as a complex societal system with imaginary boundaries that shape individual actions and carry profound consequences. The study aims to shed light on the multifaceted aspects of menstruation and its regulation by studying actions and outcomes, including techniques adopted to conform to or resist societal expectations.


This innovative approach challenges traditional perspectives on menstruation, moving away from viewing it as a mere individual management issue or an object of exotic fascination. Instead, it focuses on the subjective experience of menstruators and how menstruation shapes their emotional and spatial identities, tracing the intergenerational transfer of menstrual knowledge. By intertwining the research area’s emphasis on transgressions and the societal functions they embody (Area 2) with the exploration of displacements and imagined boundaries (Area 1), the study aims to uncover the profound influence of menstruation on both individuals and the societies they inhabit. This contributes to a broader understanding of menstruation beyond Western frameworks and Orientalist stereotypes, shifting the discourse from shame and taboo to viewing menstruation as a phenomenon involving actors, actions, and consequences.



2020-present: Ph.D. in Sociology, supervised by PhDr. Mgr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D. (ISS, FSV, UK).

2017-2019: Master in Sociology, University of Hyderabad, India.

2014-2017: Bachelor in Sociology, Farook College, University of Calicut, India.

Research Projects & Grants

2022-2024 (Principal Investigator): “Changing social meanings of menstruatio

n – the role of taboos, rituals, and agency and the experience of Indian women,” Grants Agency of Charles University (GAUK), Czech Republic.


2019-2021: Teaching intern at Blossom Public School, Tamil Nadu, India.

Recent Publications

Book review: “A Reflection on the Interventionist Approach to Menstrual Manag

ement in the Global South,” Gender and Research Journal, 22(2), 185-190.

  • 2020: “Menstrual hygiene and the flood apocalypse: gender and disaster management,” Amal College, India.
  • 2019: “Feminization of agriculture; plausible implications in sustainable farming,” Kerala Sociological Society, Kottayam, India.
  • 2019: “Digitalization, modernity, and inclusiveness: the case of special needs students in smart classrooms, a study at the University of Hyderabad,” New Government Degree College, Telangana, India.
  • 2015: “Challenges of people’s participation in local governance; experiences from Feroke Panchayath,” Kerala Sociological Society, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.


Jakub Zítko – Research & CV

“The relation of festivity and literature in Georges Bataille and Julia Kristeva”

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Research area : 2

I am a Ph.D. student of Semiotics and Philosophy of Communication at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University. The primary focus of my research is the philosophy of Georges Bataille, along with Alexandre Kojève and Pierre Klossowski. In my project, I attempt to interpret the notion of community from a Bataillean perspective. The concept of community was revitalized in 1983 through the debate between Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy. While both authors frequently refer to Bataille, it is their philosophical systems that emerge from the debate rather than Bataille’s own work. Consequently, his position remains somewhat uncertain. Drawing from various aspects and fragments of his work, I reconstruct Bataille’s stance by exploring different types of community, such as political community, community of lovers, community of writers, and even community of those who lack community. I examine the limitations of such communities, their relationship to transgression, and the norms beyond which they are experienced.

2015-2018: University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Arts. Bachelor degree from Sociology.2018-2020: Charles University, Faculty of Humanities. Magister degree in Semiotics.2020-since now: Charles University, Faculty of Humanities. Doctoral degree in Semiotics and philosophy of communication.
Research Projects:
2022-since now: The relation of festivity and literature in Georges Bataille and Julia Kristeva. GAČR, Charles University.

Sémiotika a ideologie [Semiotics and Ideology], Lenka Vojtíšková, Jakub Zítko (eds.), Togga, 2022.

Bataillova dvojí četba Hegela [Bataille’s Double Read of Hegel] (in:) Mladá Filozofia 2022, Alžběta Kuchtová, Marcel Šedo and Katarina Podušelová (eds.), FÚ SAV, 2022.

Conference papers:

V nadbytku není krása [There is no beauty in abundance], Ergot, FF UJEP, 2019.

Svrchovanost fašismu [Sovereignty of fascism], Sémiotika a ideologie, FHS UK, 2020.

Georges Bataille a nezavršený systém nevědění [Georges Bataille and the non-finished system of non-knowledge], Conference Think, ÚFAR UP, 2020.

Heterology and the sacrifice of knowledge, Arts, Ontology and Politics, University of Antwerp, 2021.

Bataillova četba Hegela: oběť, smrt a slavnost [Bataille reads Hegel: sacrifice, death and festivity], Mladá Filozofia, FÚ SAV, 2022.

Portrét, v jehož očích zříme hrůzu a utrpení [Portrait in whose eyes we see horror and suffering], Summer school of semiotics, FHS UK, 2022.