In-Depth Interview with Boris Cyrulnik

In-Depth Interview with Boris Cyrulnik

This exclusive interview is 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 6:00 PM
Location: French Institute in Prague, Štěpánská 35, Prague 1
Langue: 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 evident that environmental deficiencies lead to brain dysfunction. When the environment is impoverished, the corresponding brain areas atrophy, causing individuals to perceive the world differently, often as hostile. All mammals can suffer from such disrupted development.

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The normalized, the normalizers and their cinemas

The normalized, the normalizers and their cinemas: Czechoslovak and Soviet Films of the 1970s

Created and moderated by Anastasia Mamaeva, PhD student at UMR Eur’ORBEM (Sorbonne University/CNRS, Paris), this webinar is organized with the support of Eur’ORBEM, CEFRES (Prague) and Charles University (Prague).
Location: CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 and online (to get the link, please register at
Date: May 13, May 27, June 4, 2024 at 4:30 pm (CET)
Language: English


Every session will take place from 4.30 to 6 PM Prague/Paris time and will include a presentation and a discussion.

Monday, May 13

The Squalid Charms of the Stagnation Cinematic Aesthetics
Igor GULIN (independent cultural historian, critic, poet)

Monday, May 27

Visitors and Insiders: The Normalisation-Era Career of Jindřich Polák
Jonathan OWEN (independent scholar of Eastern and Central European cinema, avant-gardes, and cult film; author, Avant-Garde to New Wave: Czechoslovak Cinema, Surrealism and the Sixties, 2011)

Tuesday, June 4

Czechoslovak public relations films for export
Lucie ČESÁLKOVÁ (editor-in-chief, Iluminace magazine; Charles University, Prague)


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Border Cases

A workshop organized by CEFRES PhD Students Filip Herza, Magdalena Cabaj and Katalin Pataki

Time & Venue: from 2 to 5 pm at CEFRES library, Na Florenci 3
Language: English

Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
A barber shaving a man who looks extremely fearful. Lithograph by L. Boilly after himself.
By: Louis-Léopold Boilly
Session I

Discussant: Sabine ARNAUD (Centre Alexandre Koyré, EHESS)

2.00: Filip Herza (Faculty of Humanities, Charles University – CEFRES): Faces of Normative Masculinity: Shaving Practices and the Popular Exhibitions of “Hairy Wonders” in the early 20th Century Prague

2:25: Magdalena Cabaj (Warsaw University / ENS Ulm – CEFRES): Dear Herculine, Dear Aaron: From the Angel to the Beast. On Two Cases of Hermaphroditic Writing

2:50: Discussion

— Coffee Break —

Session II


  • Veronika ČAPSKÁ (Department of Historical Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University)
  • Karel ČERNÝ (Institute for History of Medicine and Foreign Languages, First Faculty of Medicine, Charles University)

3.30: Katalin Pataki (Central European University – CEFRES): Medical Expertise in Service of Joseph II’s Monastic Reforms’

3:55: Adam Mézes (Central European University): ‘Seen and Discovered’ – the Diagnosis of Vampirism in 1730-1750’s Habsburg Empire

4.20: Discussion