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Jaroslav Stanovský: Research & CV

Enlightenment in Moravia and French Culture (1750–1820): continuity or discontinuity?

Research Area 1 – Displacements, « Dépaysements » and Discrepancies. People, Knowlege and Practicies

The aim of my project is to examine the various manifestations of French culture in Moravia from the turn of the Baroque, during the age of Enlightenment and until Romanticism.

The project will identify general trends in the reception of French culture in Moravia, the impact of the cultural and philosophical impulses of the Enlightenment and their development over time.

I am thus interested in the reception of French culture (through the importation of books) but also in the use of French in Moravian society, through the production of books (published or not) and private communication (correspondence). I also explore the relatively few, but not insignificant, networks of contacts between Moravia and the French milieu and thus examine the status of French as a means of communication for the elites of the time. The essential theme of the project is the book culture of this period and therefore I examine the noble libraries and their French holdings. Particular emphasis will be placed on the period after 1789, on revolutionary and counter-revolutionary literature and its distribution.

This theme is part of a larger research framework of the Department of Early Printed Materials of the Moravian Library in Brno lead in collaboration with other institutions, among which is CEFRES.



Since 2020: researcher at the Moravian Regional Library, Brno, Department of Old Prints

Since 2016: Teaching assistant at the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno (seminar “Narration au XIXe siècle entre la fiction et l’histoire, Balzac et la Comédie humaine”)


2021 – PhD in Lettres modernes, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno/Université Paris-Est (cotutelle, title of the thesis: La fonction esthétique et l’image de l’histoire – les guerres de Vendée et de Bretagne dans la littérature du XIXe siècle)

2017 – Master in French language and history instruction, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno

2016 – Master in French Philology and History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno/Université Paris-Est

2013 – Bachelor in French Philology and History, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno

  • „Un roman historique minoritaire. La Bataille de Kerguidu de Lan Inisan“, in: Carmen González Menéndez, Daniel Santana Jügler and Daniel Hofferer (eds.): Literature in a globalized context. 11th International Colloquium in Romance and Comparative Literature (Universities of Brno, Halle and Szeged). Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Promotionsstudiengang an der Internationalen Graduiertenakademie, 2020, p. 75-86.
  • „La guerre de Vendée comme un « mémoricide » ? Point de vue littéraire sur un différend historique.“ Svět literatury : časopis pro novodobé literatury. Univerzita Karlova, 2020, XXX, 62, p. 80-91.
  • Temný stín brněnského vězení. Obraz Špilberku ve francouzské literatuře 19. století.“ Sborník muzea Brněnska, 2019, p. 22-39.
  • Chouan dans la littérature du XIXe siècle comme une figure de l’ancien monde.“ In: Homme nouveau, homme ancien : autour des figures émergentes et disparaissantes de l’humain. Szeged: Jate Press, 2019.
  • Roman au XIXe siècle et (re)construction de l’Histoire : Les Bleus et les Blancs d’Etienne Arago. Acta Romanica Quinqueecclesiensis, Pécs, 2019, VI, p. 213-239.
  • “Plus quam civilia bella” (Victor Hugo): Animalité et cruauté dans le roman de l’Ouest. Ostium: časopis pre humanitné vedy, Bratislava: Ostium, 2018, roč. 2018, n. 2, p. 110-125.
  • Tableau de la France de Jules Michelet: espace géographique, historique ou poétique? Echo des études romanes, Gallica o.s., 2018, XIV, 1-2, p. 59-69.
Contributions to conferences and seminars
  • „L’histoire manque aux Chouans (Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly): l’enjeu historique des Romans de l’Ouest“, Conference „Vers un dépassement de la dialectique de l’histoire et de la fiction“, université Lille 3, 9-11 October 2017
  • „Fiction et histoire à l’époque romantique : le roman de la Vendée au XIXe siècle“, XXVIIth Conference AFUE „La recherche en études françaises : un éventail des possibilités“, Universidad de Sevilla, 9-11 May 2018
  • « Le Roman de l’Ouest sous la Restauration : entre la littérature, l’histoire et la philosophie contre-révolutionnaire », seminar; Laboratoire „Lettres – idées – sociétés », Université Paris-Est, 11 March 2019
  • « Œuvre littéraire comme une structure dynamique. Pour une analyse fonctionnelle de la fiction historique », Workshop “Roman francophone et Histoire. Renouvellement des formes d’écriture littéraire de l’événement historique”, EA 1337 (Strasbourg) et EA 3945 (Metz), 23 March 2019
  • Sous la hache, un roman vendéen exemplaire ?” Workshop on French19th-century literature, conference « Elemir Bourges », université Paris-Sorbonne, 19 April 2019
  • Le roman de l’Ouest républicain au XIXe siècle : une contre-mémoire de la Guerre de Vendée ?“, Conference « Mémoire des guerres civiles », Cholet, (coorganisé par les universités de Nantes et d‘Angers), 11-12 June 2021
    Scientific Awards
    • 2016 – Award of the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno, for the best MA thesis : „Jules Michelet : narration historique ou narration littéraire ?“.
    • 2019 – Prix Gallica for the best MA thesis : „Dimension médiévale des recueils ésopiques : les Fables de Marie de France“.
    • 2021 – Award of the Rector, Masaryk University, Brno, for the best PhD thesis.

Ronan Hervouet: Research & CV

A Socio-Historical Reflection on Everyday Life and Everyday Politics in Post-War Communist Europe (1945–1991)
Investigation of the various modalities of politicization in contemporary Belarus, in a context of protest and mass repression

Research area 2 – Norms and Transgression

Contact: ronan.hervouet(@)

Ronan Hervouet is a Professor of sociology at the University of Bordeaux and a member of the Centre Émile Durkheim (UMR 5116), of which he was Deputy Director from 2016 to 2019. Holding an “Agrégation” in economics and social sciences (1998), and a PhD in sociology from the University of Bordeaux (2004), he defended his HDR (higher doctorate with accreditation to supervise research) in social sciences at ENS-Paris Saclay in 2018. In Belarus, he taught at the Franco-Belarusian Faculty of Political Science and Administrative Studies of the European Humanities University in Minsk (1999-2001), and was co-director of the Franco-Belarusian Centre for Political Science and European Studies (from 2009 to 2012). In Bordeaux, he was a lecturer at the Faculty of Sociology at the University of Bordeaux from 2005 to 2020. He also carried out teaching assignments at the French University College in St Petersburg (2018) and Moscow (2019).

His research focuses on the everyday life of authoritarian regimes. Adopting an ethnographic approach, he has published two surveys on contemporary Belarus: Datcha blues. Existences ordinaires et dictature en Biélorussie (Belin, 2009), and Le goût des tyrans. Une ethnographie politique du quotidien en Biélorussie (Le Bord de l’eau, 2020) – translated into English as A Taste for Oppression. A Political Ethnography of Everyday Life in Belarus (Berghahn Books, 2021).

At CEFRES, his research will focus on two aspects: a socio-historical reflection on everyday life and everyday politics in post-war communist Europe (1945-1991), and an investigation of the various modalities of politicization in contemporary Belarus, in a context of protest and mass repression.

His project is consistent with the scientific context of CEFRES, and in particular with two of the three priority focuses of the laboratory. It is linked to the questions raised within Focus 2 entitled “Norms and transgressions”. On the one hand, his work on everyday politics in communist Europe, on the displacement and modes of distancing and disengagement from the normative and normalizing ambitions of the state, resonates with the reflections carried out in this focus. On the other hand, the discussions of the reasons for the protests in Belarus call into question the performative ambition of the norms promoted by Lukashenko’s regime. The project is also linked to CEFRES Focus 3: “Objects, traces, maps: spaces of everyday life”. Everyday politics in communist Europe reveal forms of oblique attention to the political discourses disseminated on a large scale throughout the territory. These forms of political avoidance are sometimes expressed in what might be called third places, where the expression of a “quant-à-soi” (“apartness”) is more easily found: kitchens in Soviet flats, places for discreet, sometimes transgressive and oppositional discussions; gardens, vegetable gardens and dachas, which are seen by city dwellers as appropriate places for the expression of subjectivities and a sense of dignity; forests, rivers and mountains where people camp, sing, study, interact and debate, far from urban centers where people are more regularly and routinely exposed to the normalizing and disciplinary gaze of power, etc. These are examples of a specific geography of such forms of political avoidance, which could be discussed in this focus. The spatial dimension of the protests in Belarus (symbolic reversals of spaces that have become political: building courtyards, balconies; politicization of urban spaces: major roads, public squares), could also be informed by the discussions carried out within this focus

  • A Taste for Oppression. A Political Ethnography of Everyday Life in Belarus, Oxford et New York, Berghahn Books (« Anthropology of Europe ») 2021 .
  • Le goût des tyrans. Une ethnographie politique du quotidien en Biélorussie, Lormont, Le Bord de l’eau (« Documents ») 2020.
  • Charles-Henry Cuin, François Gresle et Ronan Hervouet, Histoire de la sociologie. De 1789 à nos jours, Paris, La Découverte (« Grands Repères / Manuels »), quatrième édition entièrement refondue et mise à jour, 2017.
  • Datcha blues. Existences ordinaires et dictature en Biélorussie, Paris, Belin (« Europes centrales »), 2009. [1ère édition : 2007, Montreuil, Aux lieux d’être (« Mondes contemporains »)].
Edited Monographs
  • Charles-Henry Cuin et Ronan Hervouet (dir), Durkheim aujourd’hui, Paris, PUF (« Le lien social »), 2018.
  • Elisabeth Gessat-Anstett, Caroline Dufy et Ronan Hervouet (dir.), Quelles hiérarchies sociales en Europe ?, Paris, Pétra (« Europes : terrains et sociétés »), 2009.
Edited Special Issues of Scientific Journals
  • Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, « Mondes ruraux et marchés dans l’Europe post-communiste » (dossier – numéro double – coordonné par Caroline Dufy et Ronan Hervouet), vol. 48, n° 1-2, 2017.
  • Agora. Débats / jeunesses, « Jeunes générations en Europe : regards croisés Est-Ouest » (dossier coordonné par Pierre-Marie Chauvin, Caroline Dufy, Elisabeth Gessat-Anstett et Ronan Hervouet), n° 45, 2007.
Peer-reviewed articles
  • « The Moral Economy of the Kolkhoz Worker, Or Why the Protest Movement in Belarus Does Not Seem to Concern the Collectivized Countryside», Slavic Review, vol. 80, n° 1, 2021, pp. 61-68.
  • « A Political Ethnography of Rural Communities under an Authoritarian Regime. The Case of Belarus », Bulletin de méthodologie sociologique / Bulletin of Sociological Methodology, vol. 141, 2019, pp. 85-112.
  • « Socialisme de marché et gouvernement des campagnes en Biélorussie », Revue d’études comparatives Est-Ouest, vol. 48, n°1-2, 2017, pp. 85-110 (avec Alexandre Kurilo et Ioulia Shukan).
  • « Des épouses dominées ? Mariages transnationaux, inégalités dans le couple et parcours de vie en France de femmes russes, biélorusses et ukrainiennes », Recherches familiales, n° 14, 2017, pp. 95-106 (avec Claire Schiff).
  • « The Heritage of Soviet Paternalism in the Belarusian Countryside : The Moralization and Folklorization of the Social World », Mir Rossii [The Universe of Russia. Journal for Sociology and Ethnology – Moscou], vol. 25, n° 4, 2016, pp. 30-51 (avec Alexandre Kurilo).
  • « Usages du passé et ordre social en Biélorussie. L’histoire d’un prêtre charismatique aux prises avec son passé criminel », Ethnologie française, vol. 44, n° 3, 2014, pp. 409-420.
  • « Le ‘socialisme de marché’ dans la Biélorussie de Loukachenko : égalitarisme, néopatrimonialisme et dépendance extérieure », Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, vol. 20, n° 3, 2013, pp. 97-113.
  • « Travailler ‘bénévolement’ pour la collectivité : les subbotniki en Biélorussie postsoviétique », Genèses. Sciences sociales et histoire, n° 78, 2010, pp. 87-104 (avec Alexandre Kurilo).
  • « Datchas et mémoires familiales en Biélorussie », Ethnologie française, vol. 37, n° 3, 2007, pp. 533-540.
  • « L’économie du potager en Biélorussie et en Russie », Études rurales, n° 177, 2006, pp. 25-42.

Chapters in collective monographs

  • « La postérité de l’œuvre de Durkheim (1858-1917) cent ans après», in Cuin Charles-Henry et Hervouet Ronan (dir.), Durkheim aujourd’hui, Paris, PUF (« Le lien social »), 2018, pp. 1-20 (avec Charles-Henry Cuin).
  • « The Metamorphoses of the Dacha : Some Processual Thinking », in Dépelteau François et Savoia Landini Tatiana (dir.), Norbert Elias and Empirical Research, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014, pp. 179-196 (avec François Dépelteau).
  • « Les datchas en Biélorussie et en Russie dans les années 1970 et 1980: accès, formes et usages différenciés », in Nadège Ragaru et Antonela Capelle-Pogacean (dir.), Vie quotidienne et pouvoir sous le communisme. Consommer à l’Est, Paris, Karthala (« Relations internationales »), 2010, pp. 427-456.
  • « Biélorussie. Mémoires et ruptures de vie de citoyens soviétiques », in Jérôme Heurtaux et Cédric Pellen (dir.), 1989 à l’Est de l’Europe. Une mémoire controversée, La Tour d’Aigues, Editions de l’Aube (« Monde en cours »), 2009, pp. 203-227.
  • « ‘Être à la datcha’. Éléments d’analyse issus d’une recherche exploratoire », in François Dépelteau et Aurélie Lacassagne (dir.), Le Bélarus : l’état de l’exception, Québec, Presses de l’Université Laval, 2003, pp. 257-317.

Book reviews

  • Gouverner la vie privée. L’encadrement inégalitaire des séparations conjugales en France et au Québec d’Émilie Biland (ENS Éditions, 2019), Revue française de sociologie, volume 61, n° 3, 2020, pp. 483-486.
  • Sociology in Russia. A Brief History de Larissa Titarenko et Elena Zdravomyslova (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), Revue française de science politique, volume 69, n° 1, 2019, pp. 184-186.
  • Une paradoxale oppression. Le pouvoir et les associations en Russie de Françoise Daucé (CNRS éditions, 2013), Le Mouvement Social, n° 260, 2017, pp. 157-160.
  • On a mangé nos moutons. Le Kirghizstan, du berger au biznesman de Boris Pétric (Belin / Editions de la MSH, 2013), Revue française de science politique, volume 63, n° 6, pp. 1228-1229.
  • « La Biélorussie, dernière dictature d’Europe » [lecture critique de : Brian BENETT, The Last Dictatorship in Europe. Belarus under Lukashenko, Londres, Hurst & Company, 2011 ; Valéri KARBALEVITCH, Le satrape de Biélorussie. Alexandre Loukachenko, dernier tyran d’Europe, Paris, François Bourin Editeur (« Les moutons noirs »), 2012 ; Andrew WILSON, Belarus. The Last European Dictatorship, New Haven et Londres, Yale University Press, 2011], Revue française de science politique, volume 63, n° 3-4, 2013, pp. 684-687.
  • Crisis and the Everyday in Postsocialist Moscow d’Olga Shevchenko (Indiana University Press, 2009), Europe-Asia Studies, volume 65, n° 4, 2013, pp. 774-776.
  • Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia’s Countryside de Melissa L. Caldwell (University of California Press, 2011), Cahiers du Monde russe, volume 51, n°4, octobre-décembre 2010, p. 740-743.
  • Le troc dans le marché. Pour une sociologie des échanges dans la Russie post-soviétique de Caroline Dufy (L’Harmattan 2008), Genèses. Sciences sociales et histoire, septembre 2009, n° 76, pp. 164-167.
  • L’étreinte soviétique de Nicolas Hayoz (Droz, 1997), Revue Française de Sociologie, janvier-mars, volume 41, n° 1, 2000, pp. 181-183.


Jan Kremer: Research & CV

The Digital Game as a Historical Representation – Medievalism and Czech Historical Culture 

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


My main research focuses on representations of the past in digital games, how they are constructed by developers and perceived by players. About 56% of the Czech population regularly play digital games; the average age of a player is 33 years and the share of female players is over 30%. Titles set in the past or inspired by history regularly top the sales charts. However, the content of games is not much talked about in mainstream media, and academic historians have so far ignored them. Recent research shows that the digital games have become an influential historical medium due to their interactivity, performativity and immersion. This new form of popular history actually reflects and influences our historical culture, i.e. ‘how we both collectively and individually think about, understand, negotiate and talk about that past in the present’. Continue reading Jan Kremer: Research & CV

List of PhD Fellows

PhD Fellows Team 2020-2021 

Véronique Gruca

contact : veronique.gruca(@)

is a PhD student at Paris-Nanterre University. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Shamanism, Death and Mining in Postsocialist Mongolia, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Nikola Ludlová

contact : nikola.ludlova(@)

is a PhD student at the Department of History of the Central European University. 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. 

Ekaterina Zheltova

contact : zheltova(@)

is a PhD student at the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, under the supervision of Kateřina Králová. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Between the Northern Epirus and Chameria: Political, cultural, and linguistic imaginaries in the Albanian-Greek borderlands, contributes to CEFRES research area 3.

Associated PhD students 2020/2021

Arthur Pérodeau

Arthur Pérodeau 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 the CEFRES research area 3.

Honoré Banidjè

contact :

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

Adrien Beauduin

contact : adrien.beauduin(@)

is a PhD student at the Central European University. 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.

Adéla Klinerová


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.

Mert Kocak

contact: mert.kocak(@)

is a PhD student at the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University. His PhD dissertation, entitled: 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, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Lukáš Kotyk

contact: lukas.kotyk(@)

is a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. His PhD dissertation, entitled: Nonhierarchical Model of Project Governance, contributes to the CEFRES research area 2.

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.

Yuliya Moskvina


is a PhD student at Charles University (Prague) under the supervision of Paul Blokker. Her dissertation in sociology, entitled: Squat, State, Society, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Pascal Schneider

is a PhD student at Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), under the supervision of Johann Chapoutot. 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.

Františka Schormová


is a PhD student at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures, in the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague, under the supervision of Justin Quinn. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: African American Poets Abroad: Black and Red Allegiances in Early Cold War Czechoslovakia, contributes to CEFRES research area 1.

Tereza Sedláčková

contact : tereza.sedlackova(@)

is a PhD student at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, under Dino Numerato’s supervision. Her PhD dissertation, entitled: Multiple bodies in the context of vaccination as a medical practice, contributes to CEFRES research area 2.

Jakub Střelec


is a PhD student at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, under the supervision of Rudolf Kučera. His PhD dissertation, entitled: How to Cure the War? The Development of Psychiatric Knowledge and its Impact on the Construction of Social Norms in Europe between 1945 and 1968, contributes to CEFRES research areas 1 & 2.

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

Agnieszka Sobolewska: research & cv

Between Self-Analysis and Autobiography. Everyday Writing Practices of Freud’s First Disciples

Research Area 2 – Norms & Transgressions


My research focuses on the everyday writing practices of the first Freudians and the impact of life writing documents on Sigmund Freud’s theory. In my project, I reflect on the development of the psychoanalytic discourse on sexuality, the transmission of the psychoanalytic thought in Central and Eastern Europe before 1939, the displacement of the first psychoanalysts, the social exclusion based on anti-Semitism, homophobia, misogyny, and the heterogeneity of the psychoanalytic discourse. My aim is to explore the interference between literature, art, and psycho-medical discourses between the 19th and 20th centuries. Continue reading Agnieszka Sobolewska: research & cv

Barbora Kyereko : research & CV

Ghana in cocoa, cocoa in Ghana: a study of Theobroma cacao L. within its parameters of time

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


I approach the complex history, present and future of cocoa through the lens of a local scientific institution, applying the methods of symmetrical anthropology. Cocoa in Ghana has gradually reshaped not only the landscape, but also the kinship structure, from matrilineal to patrilineal. This transformation of Ghana through cocoa cultivation (but also of cocoa through Ghana) was driven fundamentally by global capitalism in its colonial form. While taking the otherness of a plant seriously, I will observe the general principles of objectification that weigh upon our common thought process and understanding of the world and the other. Through this approach I can better address not only postcolonial relationships and glocal scientific processes, but specifically also human prejudices about the world. The overall aim of the project will be to offer an original insight into the complex world of cocoa – the plant, crop and substance, without which “we cannot live”. Continue reading Barbora Kyereko : research & CV