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.

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

Read more about the project.

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 (at CEFRES)

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 At 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


You can download the program here.

Racializing Romani People in the 19th Century

Racializing Romani People in the 19th Century

A conference, jointly organized by the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History, the Czech Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with Gonzaga University, the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, and the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences, and supported by Strategy AV21 (Research Programme: Identities in the World of Wars and Crises), Lumina Queruntur award (LQ300582201), and Gonzaga University.

Date: 20-21 May, 2024 at 12:45pm
Location: Villa Lana, V Sadech 1/1, 160 00 Praha 6-Bubeneč
Conclusive public roundtable discussion (21/5/2024): CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1
Language: English

CEFRES welcomes in its premices the last public roundtable discussion, 21 May 17h00-18h30 Round-table discussion

  • Chair : Vita Zalar 
  • Speakers: Margareta Matache, Sunnie R. Chang 

Participants of the conference

  • Rafael Buhigas JIMÉNEZ (member of  the History and Commemoration department of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, ERIAC)
  • Maria CHIOREAN (PhD candidate at Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu)
  • Martin FOTTA (head of the Department of Mobility and Migration at the Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences – EÚ AV ČR)
    Carolina García SANZ (associate professor in the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Seville)
  • Margareta (Magda) MATACHE (lecturer at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  • Dezso MATE (Romani Rose Fellow at the Research Centre on Antigypsyism at the Heidelberg University’s Department of History)
  • Verena MEIER (PhD candidate at the Research Centre on Antigypsyism at the Heidelberg University’s Department of History)
  • Sunnie RUCKER-CHANG (associate professor at the Ohio State University)
  • Laura Soréna TITTEL (postdoctoral researcher at Justus Liebig University Giessen)
  • Tom TYSON (PhD on the history of Gypsies in early modern Scotland at Cambridge University)
  • Dalen WAKELEY-SMITH (assistant professor of history at Washington University in Saint Louis)
  • Egemen YILGÜR (professor of anthropology at Yeditepe University)

Complete Program

Monday, May 20th

12:45 Welcome 

Ann Ostendorf and Vita Zalar 

13:00-15:00Keynote session 

  • Chair: Ann Ostendorf 
  • Margareta Matache: The Racialization of Romani People Across Time and Geographies: Patterns and Mechanisms.
  • Sunnie R. Chang: Relational Perspectives on the Origins and Uses of ‘Blackness’ in Roma and African American Communities 

15:00-15:30Coffee break 

15:30-17:30Panel I: Intellectualizing Race 

  • Chair: Tina Magazzini 
  • Dezso Mate: History of the Gypsy Lore Society
  • Martin Fotta: Race, Nation, and Lusophone Gypsylorism 
  • Tom Tyson: Antiquarians, Missionaries, and the ‘Romantic Gypsies’ of Scotland 

Tuesday, May 21 

10:00-12:30 Panel II: Racializing Nations 

  • Chair: Martin Fotta 
  • Rafael Buhigas Jiménez: ‘Gitanos’ from Working-Class Neighbourhoods in the (Proto)Gossip Magazines: Racialization and Criminalization in Madrid (1850- 1900) 
  • Dalen Wakeley-Smith: ‘A Very Undesirable Class of Immigrants’: Immigration Officials, Race, and ‘Gypsies’ in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era Egemen Yılgür: Ethno-racialization of the ‘Gypsy’ in the Modern Ottoman Censuses 
  • Carolina García Sanz: Constructing the ‘Racial Enemy’ against the Spanish Colonial Crisis: The Civil Guard and the ‘Gypsies’ 

12:30-13:00 Lunch break 

13:00-15:00 –  Panel III: Contradictions and Critiques of Racialization 

  • Chair: Renata Berkyová 
  • Verena Meier: Antigypsy Special Legislation in Germany: Labels for State Repression and the Ambivalences of Definition 
  • Laura Soréna Tittel: Marx’s Critique of Vagabondage and the Policing of Roma in the Nineteenth Century 
  • Maria Chiorean: Racialization in Abolitionist Fiction: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Măriuca’s Cabin, a Comparative Case Study 

17:00-18:30Roundtable discussion hosted by the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES), Na Florenci 3, Prague. The event is open to the general public. No prior registration needed.

  • Chair: Vita Zalar 
  • Speakers: Margareta Matache, Sunnie R. Chang 


The scholarly study of race, racism, racialization, and racial capitalism on a global scale has significantly reframed our understanding of the nineteenth century. It has been established that ideas about race influenced the thoughts and experiences of all people who lived in the nineteenth century. Racial thinking permeated law, politics, science, and diplomacy. It supported colonizing projects, caused removal from traditional homelands, diminished access to resources, limited citizenship rights, criminalized individuals, and dislocated countless people around the world.

This two-day conference brings the scholarship on nineteenth-century racecraft into conversation with Romani history. The organizers invite contributors to consider the impact of racialization on Romani communities in the nineteenth century.

The intimate two-day conference will be centered around panels consisting of 20-minute presentations with extensive discussion. Scholars from all disciplines were encouraged to apply. We particularly welcomed applications from Romani scholars and early-career scholars.

The conference is an in-person event only. Interested attendees should contact Marek Jandák ( to register.

For further details regarding the discussion content, please visit the Program Forum for Romani Histories website.

Art within reach: photomechanical reproductions of works of art

Art within reach: photomechanical reproductions of works of art from print to digital

This conference is part of the project The Matrix of Photomechanical Reproductions: Histories of Remote Access to Art, which is being implemented at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, supported by the Lumina Quaeruntur fellowship.

Location: Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences & CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague, and online.
Date: 5-6 December, 2023
Language: English

Organizing committee (Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences)

  • Camilla Balbi
  • Hanna Buddeus
  • Katarína Mašterová
  • Fedora Parkmann

Keynote speakers

  • Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel (Université de Genève)
  • Megan R. Luke (University of Southern California)
  • Jens Ruchatz (Phillips-Universität Marburg)

Scientific committee

  • Geoffrey Belknap (National Museums Scotland)
  • Lenka Bydžovská (Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Geraldine A. Johnson (University of Oxford, UK)
  • Petra Trnková (Czech Academy of Sciences)

Conference programme here.
To see the scientific argument of the conference, click here.

Cultural Transfers in the Habsburg Monarchy in 18th Century

IX. Biennial Conference of the Czech Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies

Date: 22–23 November 2023
Location: Institute for Czech Literature, Czech Academy of Sciences, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 (Higher Hall, entrance C, 3rd floor)
Languages: English, German
Organizers: Czech Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ČSVOS),
with the support of the French Research Center in Humanities and Social Sciences (CEFRES)
and the collaboration of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (FF UK) and the Institute of Czech Literature of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ÚČL AVČR).

Download the theses of the conference
and the abstracts of the contributions to the conference.

Wednesday 22 November 2023

9:30 – Opening of the conference Continue reading Cultural Transfers in the Habsburg Monarchy in 18th Century