CEASN - further information

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the Central European African Studies Network has been established and now we are working on its website which will be done during October. For more information please continue reading.




Central European African Studies Network (CEASN) is a research network primarily composed of the Central European countries of the Visegrad region (Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia) institutions and individuals conducting research in African Studies in all its sub-disciplines (and connecting disciplines) including history, anthropology, political science and international relations, archeology, linguistics and philology, sociology, development studies, and ethnography and other related research conducted in other social sciences such as economics, law, and geography with all their sub-disciplines. Despite is original focus on Visegrad region, CEASN is open to and welcomes institutions and individuals from all Central and Eastern European countries. 

CEASN has been created as a joint initiative of the respective research centers of three Central European universities, namely the University of West Bohemia, the University of Pécs and Jagellonian University of Cracow. CEASN has its seat at the Centre of African Studies in Pilsen, Czech Republic, which serves as the financial and communication centers. CEASN infrastructure is supported by regular annual contributions from its members and from ad hoc project/conference funding. 


Membership in CEASN can be:



Annual membership in CEASN allows members to become active participants of CEASN activities and to use the facilities of the organization. Institutional membership allows member institutions (departments, centers, and institutes) to become active participants in organizing conferences, summer schools, workshops and other events under the umbrella of CEASN. 

New members always have to be approved by CEASN chair and vice-chair, and the membership becomes valid after the payment of membership fee. Annual membership has to be renewed one year after the last payment of the membership fee. 

Annual contribution from each individual member (Ph.D. and more) is 30 euro, and for students (MA and Ph.D. students) it is 20 euro per year. Annual institutional membership is 100EUR. It has to be paid to the following bank account [will be activated until the end of 2013] and is valid for one year (365 days). Each member will be informed well in advance about the payment. 


Main objectives of CEASN are: 

- to promote research networking in Central Europe and beyond

- to develop research and education in African Studies in the region

- to disseminate Africa-related information among researchers of the region through CEASN channels

- to support its own Central European African Studies Review (CEASR) with the seat in Pécs

- to organize conferences, workshops and summer schools

- to become a significant voice of regional research within international networks (e.g. AEGIS)

- to cooperate closely with diplomatic institutions, cultural organizations, institutions of higher education in Africa, and to strengthen the role of Central European countries in Africa and African Studies


The CEASN is devoted to the development of African Studies in Central and Eastern Europe and to support younger generation of scholars in their desire to become specialists on African topics/issues. 

CEASN will organize rotating annual conferences, which can be hosted by any institution, which is a member of CEASN, after the proposal is evaluated and approved by the Executive Board of the network. 

All events organized by CEASN are open also to non-members but individual and institutional members of CEASN have an advantage of reduced fees and other rights that are related to membership. 


The founding structure of CEASN is composed of three universities, in Pilsen, Pécs, and Krakow. Center of African Studies in Pilsen in the official seat of CEASN and the financial center with all the duties and responsibilities that are associated with this role. In Pilsen, the official web page of CEASN is managed and maintained. Annual meetings of Executive Board will be held once in two years in Pilsen and in the intervening years at other member institutions so that the rotaing principle will be kept. Centre of African Studies in Pilsen has thus a permanent position in Executive Board of CEASN. 

University of Pecs is represented by the Africa Research Centre which will be the publishing center of all CEASN’s activities, primarily the Central European African Studies Review (CEASR). Collective volumes, which will come out of CEASN conferences and summer schools or other events, will be published there as well with financial contribution from CEASN. 

Jagiellonian University of Krakow will be the seat of a Ph.D. training center that will be hosting once in two years a MA/Ph.D. summer school in participation of members of CEASN. Summer schools will be co-financed by CEASN. In the intervening year, other institutions can host summer school after being elected by Executive Board of CEASN. 

All participating institutions can use the infrastructure of CEASN.  

EXECUTIVE BOARD (2014-2016):

Members of the Executive Board are elected for three years with two exceptions. Founding members of the Executive Board are selected from the three core institutes before the first Plenary meeting of CEANS. Second, Centre of African Studies in Pilsen, due to financial, organizing and managing reasons will have a permanent position of vice-chair in all Executive Boards in order to keep the responsibility for the budget of CEANAS. 

The Board implements the policies set by The CEANAS Board:

Robert Kłosowicz (Krakow)

Joanna Mormul (Krakow)

Alemayehu Kumsa (Prague)

Maciej Kurcz (Cieszyn)

Linda Piknerová (Plzeň)

Istvan Tarrosy (Pécs)

Judit Bagi (Pécs) 

Jan Záhořík (Plzeň)

At an annual meeting of Executive Board, at least 5 members of EB have to be present in order to reach legitimate decisions. 


With the aim to serve as the main supportive body for young Ph.D. students and scholars, CEASN will be offering annual research grants up to 1000euro for those researchers up to 35 years of age, who will deliver the best scientific outcome to be evaluated at each annual CEASN conference. 

Other occasional research and travel grants will be offered depending on financial situation of the organization. 

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