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Between Disciplines and Areas – Monthly Research Seminar IMS FSV UK-CEFRES


Academic work has long been divided according to disciplines, which can be considered as the major reference frame of the university. Despite this long-lasting management of scientific activities, many researchers consider such a frame a contrived constraint, especially since scientific objects themselves proceed from the defining of a specific problematic, to which a proper methodology is to be applied to solve it. The uneasiness surrounding the debate on disciplines is increased by two factors: their growing fragmentation into subdisciplines and the rise of the new paradigms of trans- and interdisciplinarity within all research fields.

The research seminar Between Disciplines and Areas aims at discussing this development through the presentation of the research with which scholars of IMS and the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES) are engaged. Indeed, they are used to working within two frames: the area (or “territory”), which places the research object in a specific context, and the discipline, which constitutes the theoretical backbone of the inquiry. Traditionally area and discipline are divided along the line drawn between empirical and theoretical approaches. This border prompts two main questions: To what extent does a theoretical frame fit to objects in context? And on the other hand, can empirical outcomes provide a more comprehensive understanding?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed at our seminar. By presenting their research in situ, scholars are invited to reflect upon the connection between their discipline(s), object and research field. They should therefore elaborate on the methodological inputs and theoretical framework of their researches.

See the Seminar programme on CEFRES agenda.

Czech-French Seminar in History – FF UK & CEFRES

Since 2007, CEFRES has teamed up with the Institute of Czech History of the Faculty of Arts (Charles University in Prague) around  a weekly seminar in history. Open to Prague’s French-speaking  students and to Erasmus students from France, the seminar hosts French historians around a unifying theme chosen every semester.

The theme for Winter Semester 2015-2016 is: “Travel and  Communication”.

See the program for the seminar and the workshop.

See the program of CEFRES sessions.

See on FF UK’s website.

Research Forum in the Czech Republic

In April and May 2015 the “CEFRES Platform” organized a


The forum contributed to draft the CEFRES’s scientific policy and to set in motion European scientific cooperations.
The CEFRES is writing a new page of its history in the wake of the Cooperation Agreement signed on 21 November 2014 between the Embassy of France in the Czech Republic, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), the Charles University (UK) and the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AV ČR). A Czech-French cooperation platform in the humanities and social sciences, the “CEFRES Platform” was thus initiated between the CEFRES, the UK and the AV ČR. The CEFRES’s scientific policy, that is, its three research orientations, needed be defined after close consultation with its partners in the Czech Republic. Continue reading Research Forum in the Czech Republic