“Grand entretien” with Antoine Compagnon. “If you don’t innovate, you die”

Grand entretien with Antoine Compagnon : « If you don’t innovate, you die »

CEFRES and the French Institute in Prague invited Antoine Compagnon to give a “Grand Entretien” on the occasion of his participation in the conference Proustian perspectives organized by the Departement of Czech and Comparative Literature and the Department of Romance studies of the Faculty of Arts, Charles University (ÚČLK & ÚRS FF UK) in partnership with CEFRES.

Where: French Institute in Prague
: Wednesday, March 22nd 2023, 6pm
Language: Czech and French (simultaneous interpretation)
: cefres[@]cefres.cz

Antoine Compagnon (Collège de France / Académie française)
Modération: Eva Voldřichová-Beránková (UK)

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“Grand Entretien” with Ghassan Hage: Bourdieu and the Politics of Viability

On the occasion of the publication, in Czech language, of Pierre Bourdieu’s Pascalian Meditations (Karolinum Press; translated by  Jan Petříček) and within a series of workshops dedicated to Pierre Bourdieu’s legacy organized by CEFRES, Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, Professor Ghassan HAGE will give a “Grand Entretien” at the French Institute in Prague.

Date: Thursday 1 December 2022, 17:00
Location: French Institute in Prague, Štěpánská 35, Prague 1
Organizers: CEFRES in partnership with the French Institute in Prague
Language: English
Moderation : Yasar Abu Ghosh (Faculty of Humanities, Charles Universities)

Ghassan Hage is a Lebanese-Australian anthropologist, professor at the University of Melbourne and currently visiting professor at Max Planck Institute in Halle. After graduating at Macquarie University and the University of Nice, he collaborated with Pierre Bourdieu at EHESS.

Specialized in comparative studies on nationalism, racism and multiculturalism, he devoted his fieldwork to Libanese diaspora, Middle East and Australia, and is renowned for his analyses of the construction of white populations’ social and cultural identity.
His conceptual work on the political dimension of critical sociology draws on Bourdieu’s oeuvre.

Among his publications:

  • The Diasporic Condition, University of Chicago Press, 2021.
  • Decay, Duke University Press, 2021.
  • Is Racism an Environmental Threat?, Polity Press, 2017.
  • Alter-Politics: Critical Anthropology and the Radical Imagination. Melbourne University Press,  2015.
  • White Nation: fantasies of White supremacy in a multicultural society, Routledge, 1998.

US and Canadian Native people in historical perspectives

From popular imagery to contemporary realities: US and Canadian Native people in historical perspectives


When: Monday 25 April 2022 at 6 p.m
Where: Moravian regional library, Brno www.mzk.cz
Language: English
Host: Emmanuel Désveaux (EHESS)

Since the end of XIXth century, the Indians of North America have occupied a special place in the imaginary of Europeans : they were alltogether fierce and cruel, autonomous and rebellious, half-nude and covered with feathers or beaded dresses, war-like and friendly, etc. All these clichés derive from the Plains Indians and their specific way of living based on bison hunting and horse riding. First, it must be acknowledged that this representation is far too restrictive of the various cultures of the Northern part of America. The role of anthropology, specially that of Franz Boas and his followers, was instrumental to document life styles, social organisations and languages that extend from the Atlantic  to the Pacific Ocean and from the Arctic See to the Gulf of Mexico. In the second part of the talk, il will be discussed how Native people in the US and the Canada have been struggling  — and are still struggling — to adjust to a continuous process of colonialization that, if it did not always killed them systematically, impoverished them dramatically and tried to deprive them of their culture and religion. The conference can be understood as a tribute to their enduring resistance.”

Tandem Kick-off: Home beyond species

Home beyond species. More-than-human dwelling in the age of crises

Launch of the 2022–2024 Tandem project, supported by CEFRES, CNRS and the Czech Academy of Sciences

When: Tuesday 19 April 2022, 1–3 pm
Where: CEFRES and online (ask for the link at claire(@)cefres.cz)
Language: English
Convenors: The 2022–2024 Tandem team
Petr Gibas (CEFRES / Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences) and
Chloé Mondémé (CEFRES / Triangle, CNRS)

With a key-note lecture delivered by :
Birgit Müller (EHESS)

Toxic Worlds and the Power of Denial

Bureaucrats and politicians have long turned a blind eye to the accumulation of small toxic doses in soils, groundwater, oceans and in bodies. Toxic waste from industrial processes have been tolerated as a price to pay for living “progress” and “growth”. Anthropologists are interested in the capacity of humans to render invisible and deny the toxic evidence, and in the stubborn refusal to observe and understand the real material consequences of our economic and technical system. Denial makes the invisible traces and effects of the catastrophe disappear. A powerful weapon, it allows to normalize a situation in a way that reproduces rational logic while producing a deep abandonment to the evil of non-reflection. To speak of pollution is to recognize its immense power to render a hitherto familiar space uninhabitable. Continue reading Tandem Kick-off: Home beyond species

From Bohemia to the Adriatic Sea and Back: The Topography of Central-European Patrimony, between Imperial Paradigm and National Contingencies (1900-1940)

Lecture by Daniel Baric

Venue: Institute of Art History (Husova 4, Prague 1)
Date: 22nd May 2019 at 4.30 pm
Organizers: CEFRES, ÚDU AV ČR

Daniel Baric

Daniel Baric studied History and completed German, Slavic and Hungarian studies in Paris, Berlin and Budapest. A former associate professor at the Department of German studies of Tours University, he is currently working at the Department of Slavic studies of Sorbonne University.
His researches focus on cultural transfers and interculturality in Central Europe, especially within the Habsburg Empire.


To reflect upon the elaboration of patrimony policies and their endorsement by local actors means necessarily to take into account a wider context. The relationship of central imperial power with its Oriental circumferences is one of its major dimensions even more significant for the Austrian Empire.

There is a double aspect in Daniel Baric’s ongoing researches. They can be especially observed located among its geographical and historical boundaries. On the one hand, we can find a focus point on imperial Viennese institutions as they are considered to be an instrumental in the genesis of modern patrimony policies. On the other hand, there is a specific study revolving around the most peripheral provinces of Austria-Hungarian, Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Adriatic coast under Austria-Hungarian administration (1878–1918)

Our considerations will be concerned by the tremendous consequences due to the evanescence of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the domains of embellishment policy and cataloging process.

Archeologists had indeed to find new ways of protecting patrimony through the implementation of new museums and university chairs (i.e. Carl Patsch in Sarajevo and then Vienna, Anton Gnirs in Pula and then at Loket). This process had been achieved by overcoming imperial structures that had collapsed in 1918.

Both of them were scholars born in Bohemia and trained in Prague. In accordance with their acknowledged expertise, they were sent to the Slavonic speaking provinces in the South of Austria-Hungary. They also both finished their researches once they went back to Bohemia and Austria.

The mainstream archeological researches were modified due to political changes and their own departure from their first fields of excavation. De facto, studies on romanization and imperial latinity that were so strongly developed in the Austria-Hungarian period were no more dominant. A new interest emerged for all things medieval and national, giving way to a new paradigm in archaeology.

The tight ties between biography and topography shall be addressed, in regard with current researches based on (mainly autobiographical) manuscripts due to be published.

Daniel Baric’s bibliography

1. Langue allemande, identité croate. Au fondement d’un particularisme culturel, Paris, Armand Colin, 2013. (Croatian translation : Zagreb, Leykam, 2015)

As an editor
2. Identités juives en Europe centrale, des Lumières à l’entre-deux-guerres, with Tristan Coignard and Gaëlle Vassogne, Tours, Presses universitaires François-Rabelais, 2014.

3. Archéologies méditerranéennes, Revue germanique internationale, 2012.

4. Mémoire et histoire en Europe centrale et orientale, with Jacques Le Rider and Drago Roksandić, Rennes, Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010.

The two faces of contemporary nationalism

The two faces of contemporary nationalism

Lecture by Alain Dieckhoff, Director of CERI (Center for International Studies, Sciences Po, Paris)

Where: Pražské kreativní centrum (Staroměstské náměstí 4/1, 110 00 Prague 1, Studio)
When: 12 April 2019, 10 am – 12 pm
Organizers: CEFRES, Faculty of Social Sciences (Charles University), French Institute in Prague
Language: English


The idea of the “end of nationalism” has been shared by many after the end of the Cold War. However, it proved to be deeply wrong. Nationalism remains a strong historical either as separatism or as national-populism. And globalization is not, by essence, anti-nationalist, as proven by long-distance nationalism.

Moderated by Eliška Tomalová and Jérôme Heurtaux