Archives Stories: Writing thinkers and their archives

Archives stories: Writing thinkers and their archives

The conference aims at fostering a collective reflection about methodologies and digital tools that could enable us to better perceive, beyond and through the manuscripts, the intellectual figures and their transcultural trajectories, the stories and their roots in cultural contexts, the networks and the collective practices they have been grounded in. Besides giving a different image of the history of ideas, such approach could also produce more intuitive narrations, enabling these materials to reach – thanks to their digital representation – a broader public and a non-scholar audience. The event will gather all the major actors of the network « AITIA – Archives of International Theory, an Intercultural Approach ».

Date: December 12, 2024, from 9:30 a.m.
Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague, and online
Language: English

Provisional program


Morning: Writing Thinkers

Jan Frei, Jan Patocka Archives, Prague

Julia Jensen and Emanuele Caminada, Husserl Archives Lewen

Ladislav Hejdanek Archives*, Prague

Benedetta Zaccarello, ITEM (CNRS/ENS) (on dialogues in philosophical manuscripts)

Afternoon: Displaying Literature

Museum of Literature (ML PNP) Prague*

Archives et Musée de la Littérature*, Brussels

The School for Cultural Texts and Records*, Jadavpur University Kolkata (on Tagore’s digitalarchive “Bichitra”) (will be held online)

Mateusz Chmurski, director at CEFRES (CNRS/MEAE), Prague (on a facsimile edition)

Round table: “interpreting and (digitally) archiving intellectual manuscripts”, a dialogue with Alois Pichler*, Wittgenstein Archives at the Bergen University, followed by a round table on the topic.

Conference dinner


Morning: Archiving Research

Lucie Merhautová and Milan Hanis, on the collections at “The Masaryk Institute and Archives of the CAS”

Sylvie Archaimbault, Eur’ORBEM (CNRS/Sorbonne Nouvelle), on « Numerislav » digital archive

Nirmalya Chakraborty (Professor of Philosophy, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata) and Madhucchanda Sen (head of Philosophy Department, Jadavpur University Kolkata), on Darshan Manisha Digital Library (Sanskrit Philosophy) (will be held online)

Daniel Raveh, Professor of Indian and Comparative Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, on Daya Krishna digital archive online

Afternoon: when research shapes the archives

Emmylou Haffner* and Christophe Eckes* (ITEM, CNRS/ENS), on Banana ANR project, digital archives of “Nicolas Bourbaki” (mathematics collective manuscripts) (will be held online)

Venkat Srinivasan*, National Centre for Biological Sciences Archives, on the making of NCBS archives and collections (will be held online)

Institut Français de Pondichéry*, CNRS/MEAE, on the making of their own archives (Indology, Ecology, Indian Traditional Medicines) and the history of their French-Indian institution (will be held online)

Round table: Archives on the make, the making of archives – a dialogue with Laetitia Zecchini* (THAMIL, PI IRN Postcolonial Print Cultures), on the Pen India archives, followed by a round table on the topic.

CEFRES Review of books – June 2023

The next edition of CEFRES Review of Books will take place on Friday, June 21st, at 3:00 pm at CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1

This informal meeting gathers CEFRES team, the library readers, and professionals from libraries and publishing. The aim of our Review of Books is to make better known the publishing landscape in humanities and social sciences. Each book is presented in French and in no more than 10 minutes, so to stress its originality and stakes.

So far, the following presentations are announced:

  • Lise Foisneau : Kumpania. Vivre et résister en pays gadjo (Marseille : Wildproject, 2023) by Yasar Abu Ghosh
  • Christelle Taraud (dir.) : Feminicides. Une histoire mondiale (Paris : La Découverte, 2022) by Hélène Martinelli
  • Hyacinthe Ravet : Musiciennes. Enquête sur les femmes et la musique (Paris : Autrement, 2011) by Louisa Martin-Chevalier
  • Baptiste Morizot : L’inexploré (Marseilles : Wildproject, 2023) by Hana Fořtová

Central-European Masculinities

Central-European Masculinities in a Comparative Perspective – International workshop and conference

A project developed by the Institute of Literary Studies at the University of Silesia in Katowice (IL WNH UŚ), the Department of Czech and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (ÚČLK FF UK), the Institute of Czech Literature at the Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚČL AV ČR), the Institute of Polish Culture at the Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw (IKP WP UW), the Institute of Slovak Literature at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (ÚSL SAV), the Center for Social Sciences – Sociology Institute (HUN-REN TK SZI), and the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences, Prague (CEFRES, CNRS-MEAE), supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research through the PARCECO program.

Time and place: June 19th and 20th, 2024, at CEFRES, and November 14th and 15th, 2024, at the University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.
Language: French, English
Organizers: Wojciech Śmieja (IL WNH UŚ), Mateusz Chmurski (CEFRES/Sorbonne), Iwona Kurz (IKP WP UW), Richard Müller (ÚČL AV ČR), Josef Šebek (ÚČLK FF UK), Ivana Taranenková (ÚSL SAV)


  • Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice (IL WNH UŚ)
  • Institute of Czech and Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University (ÚČLK FF UK)
  • Institute of Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚČL AV ČR)
  • Institute of Polish Literature, Faculty of Polish Studies, University of Warsaw (IKP WP UW)
  • Institute of Slovak Literature, Slovak Academy of Sciences (ÚSL SAV)
  • Centre for Social Sciences Studies – Institute of Sociology (HUN-REN TK SZI)
  • French Centre for Research in Social Sciences, Prague (CEFRES, CNRS-MEAE)
  • Ministry of Higher Education and Research – PARCECO program

With the participation of:

  • Judit Acsády, Társadalomtudományi Kutatóközpont – Hun-Ren, Hongrie
  • Zsolt Mészáros, Petőfi Irodalmi Múzeum, Hungary
  • Marcin Filipowicz, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland
  • Peter Hallama, Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France
  • Libuše Heczková, Univerzita Karlova, Czech Republic
  • Antoine Idier, Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
  • Darko Ilin, Univerza v Novi Gorici, Slovenia
  • Iwona Kurz, Uniwersytet Warszawski, Poland
  • Zdeněk Sloboda, Univerzita Karlova, Czech Republic
  • Wojciech Śmieja, Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach, Poland

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Cartography and art history in dialogue

Cartography and art history in dialogue. Reflections on the functions of maps in Warburgian iconology

Fifth session of the 2023-2024 CEFRES Francophone Interdisciplinary Seminar The map and the border
In 2023, we would like to start by beginning by questionning the very act of bordering and representing (a territory, a period, a trajectory), in short, thanks to the interdisciplinarity of our respective disciplines, to question the map and the border.

Location: CEFRES Library, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1
Dates: Friday, June 14th, 10 – 11.30 am
Language: French

Speaker : Lara BONNEAU, Institute of Philosophy of Czech Academy of Sciences (FLÚ – AV ČR), associate researcher at CEFRES
Discussant : Danièle COHN, Université Paris 1 (to be confirmed)

Has the tendency towards ornamentation in the graphic gesture been an obstacle to the scientific development of cartography? In other words, has cartography had to liberate itself from the artistic dimension, which is too imbued with a sensitive end emotional life, to become a planimetric abstraction? These were central questions for the German art historian Aby Warburg, who saw the cartographic gesture as one of the ways of distancing oneself psychologically from the senses. By giving contours to what is presented as moving, changing, even chaotic in perceptual experience, by assigning it a place within an order (kosmos), and by presenting it in space rather than in time, mapping has a psychological function: it gives the subject points which help him to anchor himself and distance himself from reality. Nevertheless, as the demon-populated astrological natal charts demonstrate, cartography cannot totally abolish the dimensions of fear and desire of our relationship with the world and the universe. Maps have a sensitive “cosmetic” dimension, which is perhaps not directly opposed to the ambition to bring cosmic order. In order to study how these demons moved historically, providing lasting fertile ground for the iconographic tradition as much as for scientific attempts to conquer the space of thought, Aby Warburg was led to draw… maps. Maps of the migratory routes of motifs and styles, of the “formules of pathos” from Athens to Babylon, from Babylon to Southern and the Northern Europe. Drawing in particular on the recent work od Phillipe Despoix (2023), we shall try to present the function of cartography in Warburgian iconology.

Grand Entretien with Boris Cyrulnik

Grand Entretien with Boris Cyrulnik

Organized in partnership with the French Institute in Prague and the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 6 pm
Location: French Institute in Prague, Štěpánská 35, Prague 1
Language: French with simultaneous translation into Czech
Moderator: Alice KOUBOVÁ, Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences


Since the advent of neuroimaging, it has become readily apparent that environmental inadequacy results in cerebral dysfunction. When the environment is deprives, the corresponding cerebral areas atrophy, giving rise to a perception of a divergent, often hostile world. All mammals can suffer from such disturbed development.

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Renaissance Principles and Their Early Modern Receptions

Renaissance Principles and Their Early Modern Receptions:
European Currents and Local Appropriations

A Workshop organized by the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences (IAH CAS, Prague), within the program Strategie AV 21 of the Czech Academy of Sciences, and CEFRES (Prague) with the support of the École pratique des hautes études  (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Julius-Maximilians-Universität (Würzburg), Bayrisch-Tschechische Hochschulagentur (Regensburg), Politecnico di Torino, Universidad de Jaén, Charles University (Prague), National Gallery Prague.

Date: June 11-12, 2024
Locations: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, June 11, 2024, Institute of Art History, Husova 4, June 12, 2024, National Gallery, Prague, Waldstein Riding School; Prague Castle
: English


Tuesday, June 11

9.30 – 9.45 – Introduction

  • Claire Madl (CEFRES Prague)
  • Sabine Frommel (EPHE – PSL, Paris)
  • Eckhard Leuschner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg)
  • Taťána Petrasová (IAH CAS, Prague)

9.45 – 11.45 – 1st panel

  • Chair: Sabine Frommel (EPHE – PSL, Paris)
  • Miguel Ángel Carrasco Sánchez (University of Jaén), The Benavides Family as Promoters of Renaissance Architectural Language in the Old Kingdom of Jaén
  • Gabriel Pereira (University of Coimbra), The Different Stages of Renaissance Architecture: João de Castilho’s Work in Tomar
  • Jakub Kříž (Masaryk University, Brno), The Renaissance Portal of the Olomouc Town Hall and the Problem of the Antique Mode in Moravia in the 1530s
  • Pablo Ferri (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Medicean Villas in the Annunciation During the Italian Renaissance

11.45 – 12.00 – Coffee break

12.00 – 13.30 – 2rd panel

  • Chair: Valentina Burgassi
  • Felix Schmieder (PALAMUSTO, University of Warsaw), Living Between Cultures: Renaissance Residences of Catherine Jagiellon in Poland and Sweden
  • Lucía Pérez (EPHE – PSL, Paris), Diego Siloé and His Contemporaries: Some Thoughts on Funeral Chapels
  • Mariia Ovsianikova (EPHE – PSL, Paris), The Imaginary Temple: Constructing the Identity of the Christian Temple in Italian Painting of the 15th–16th centuries

13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00 – 3nd panel

  • Chair: Eckhard Leuschner (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg)
  • Clara Léoni (EPHE – PSL, Paris), The Hanged Man: A Visual and Discourse Exploration of Capital Punishment
  • Christina Hablik (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg), Transfer and Transformation of Pictorial Ideas: the Likeness of Julius II as a Means of Propaganda in the Conflict Between the Papacy and France (1510–1513)
  • Annemarie Graf (Julius-Maxmilians-Universität, Würzburg), The Prints of Previous Centuries: Collecting Renaissance Prints in the Second Half of the 17th Century

16.00 – 16.15 – Coffee break

16:15 – 18.15 – 4th panel

  • Chair: Taťána Petrasová (IAH CAS, Prague)
  • Corinna Gannon (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Material Hybridity of Rudolfine Kunstkammer Objects and the Notion of Universality
  • Tadeáš Kadlec (Charles University – IAH CAS, Prague), Count Michna’s Palace in Prague: Its Origins and Meanings
  • Robert Seegert (Julius-Maxmilians-Universität, Würzburg), Renaissance Paintings Collected by High-Ranking Clerics in Southern Germany during the 18th Century: The Example of the Würzburg Prince-Bishops
  • Adéla Bricínová (Charles University, Prague and EPHE – PSL, Paris). Projects for the Reconstruction of the Castle Bečov nad Teplou: Castles in the sky of Duke Alfred Beaufort-Spontin

18.15 – 18.30 – Closing remarks


Wednesday, June 12

9.30 – 10.15 Institute of Art History, Czech Academy of Sciences, collection of historical photography of Renaissance architecture, with its curator Petra Trnková, IAH CAS

10.30 – 12:00 CEFRES, 5th panel

  • Chair: Pedro Antonio Galera Andreu
  • Tomáš Murár (IAH CAS, Prague), Weltgeist or Weltanschauung? Search for the Meaning of Italian Renaissance in the Late 19th Century Art History
  • Lorenzo Fecchio (Politecnico di Torino), The Anglo-American Rediscovery of Italian Renaissance Gardens
  • Valeria Sedlerjonok (The Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice), The Art of Reception: Venetian Renaissance Painting as Seen in Early 19th Century Venice

12:00 – 13:30 – Lunch break

13:45 – 15:00 Exhibition From Michelangelo to Callot. The Art of Mannerist Printmaking, Waldstein Riding School, Malá Strana, metro Malostranská stop; guided tour with the main curator Alena Volrábová, National Gallery Prague and co-author Sylva Dobalová (IAH CAS).

15:30 – 18:00 Prague Castle, Summer House Belvedere, Ballroom and the context of Emperor’s gardens, with Richard Biegel (Charles University, Prague), Sylva Dobalová (IAH CAS).

18:00 – 18:15 – Closing remarks