CEFRES–EHESS workshop dynamics of political participation

Dynamics of Political Participation: Disciplinary Knowledge through the Prism of “Area Studies”

This PhD Students Workshop is organized withing the cooperation agreement signed by EHESS, CEFRES, Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Organizers and chairs of the workshop: Lucie Drechselova (CETOBAC, EHESS), Falk Bretschneider (Centre Georg Simmel, EHESS), Mateusz Chmurski (director of the CEFRES)
Time and place: 26 September 2023 (9:00 – 18:30) – CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1. It is also possible to participate online. For online participation, please follow this link : https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84781174864
Language of the workshop: English

Keynote by Olga Lomová, Charles University et Tomáš Weiss, Charles University.

The thesis of the workshop is available on the page of the CFP.

Schedules  :

9:00-9:10 Welcome Address: Mateusz Chmurski, director of CEFRES & Falk Bretschneider, EHESS

9:10-10:10 Dialogical Keynote

Olga Lomová, Centre for Strategic Regions & Professor of Chinese Literature at the Faculty of Arts (Charles University): “The Elusive Nature of „area studies” and Czech Academic traditions”


Tomáš Weiss, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences (Charles University): “Area Studies Today: Between Academic and Political Use”

10:10-10:20 Coffee Break

10:20-12:15 PANEL 1 Area Studies through the Prism of Other “Studies”: Gender, Decolonization and Researchers’ Positionality

Discussant: Pelin Ayan Musil, Institute of International Relations, Prague

Alex Alexis, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: Law from One Geographical Area to Another: Decolonizing Legal Transplants through Political Participation

Rebecca Saab Saade, EHESS: The Orientalism of Sexual Desire and the Omnipresence of the White Gaze. How Desiring Arabs Travels Between Spaces

Anna Huláková, Charles University: Women’s Political Participation in the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament

Szilvia Nagy, CEU Vienna: Situating the Global East: Positionality in the Shadow of the Epistemic ‘Grey Zone’

12:15-13:15 Lunch Break

13:15-14:15 PANEL 2 Area Studies viewed from the Perspective of Central Europe

Discussant: Tomáš Petrů, Oriental Institute (Czech Academy of Sciences) & Faculty of Arts (Charles University)

Monika Stachová, Charles University: “O Roma hi čačes a po névo droma.” Slovak Roma in the State Socialism and Early Post Socialism

Aleš Michal, Charles University: Liberal Democratic Representation Facing New Triangle Polarization: Lessons from the Central Europe

14:15-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-15:30 PANEL 3 Area Studies: the Challenges and Prospects of Interdisciplinarity

Discussant: Radek Buben, Centre for Ibero-American Studies, Faculty of Arts (Charles University)

Anne Goerens, Centre d’Etudes Politiques Et sociales (CEPEL), Montpellier: Towards political participation through citizen empowerment? The case of energy policy in Guadeloupe

Noelia Noya Iglesias, EHESS: A reflection on interdisciplinary bridges to consider the roles of territorial intermediation in Latin America

15:30-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-18:15 Collective Master Class led by Antonella Romano (EHESS-Centre Alexandre Koyré): “Area Studies and Social Sciences: Place, Position, Positionality” & General Discussion

18:15-18:30 Closing of the workshop: Lucie Drechselová, CETOBaC (EHESS)

19:00 Workshop dinner for invited researchers