Paul Bauer | CECS
Prague Area Studies | Faculty | University

Paul Bauer, Ph.D.

Paul Bauer holds a doctorate in geography from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris. He is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of West European Studies of the Institute of International Studies. His research interests cover the geography of borders and national identities, the social issues of commemorative policies in Central Europe, and the  question of transdisciplinarity in social sciences. He is currently working on the socio-geographic aspects of conflictual and shared heritages in Central Europe with a special focus on the political and scientific issues of the musealization of violent pasts and its role in the (re)framing of post-war victim/perpetrator relations.

Publications (selected)

  • Bauer P., (forthcoming 2015) « Paysage culturel et patrimoine allemand en République tchèque » [Cultural landscape and German Heritage in the Czech Republic], in Christian Jacques & Pascal Fagot (sous la dir.), La patrimonialisation du « passé allemand » en Europe centrale, Revue d’Allemagne et des pays de langue allemande.
  • Bauer P., (2014), “Territory and memory in Bohemia : Post-socialist handling of the German past along the Czech-German Border”, Annals of French Geographers (on-line), pp. 367-386.
  • Bauer P., (2012), « Culture espace et mémoire le long de la frontière de l’ancien rideau de fer » [Culture, space and memory at the former Iron Curtain] Revue d’Allemagne et des pays de langue allemande, Tome 44, n°2, 199-218.
  • Bauer P., (2012), “The Rusin revival in Slovakia or how to create a nationality at the margin of Europe”, Visegrad Insight, vol.2, pp. 63-66.
  • Bauer P., (2011), « Resacralisation de l’espace dans les régions frontalières tchèques ? Enjeux de mémoire à la frontière germano-tchèque » [Resacralization at Bohemian borderlands after 1990? Memorial issues at Czech German Border], Cahiers du Cefres, Prague. pp.175-201.
  • Bauer P., Jacques C., Plesiat M., Zombory M., (eds.), (2011), Les minorities nationales en Europe central: démocratie, discours scientifiques, enjeux de représentation [National Minorities in Central Europe after 1990: Democraty, Scientific discourses, Issues of representation], Cefres Press, Prague. 251 p.
  • Bauer P. & Darley M. (eds.), (2007), Borders of the European Union: Strategies of Crossing and Resistance, Dokořan, Prague. 289 p.

Research grants

  • 2012-2016 – Co applicant of the research project: The role of collective memory in transatlantic relations after 1990, Grant Agency Czech Republic (GACR), responsible Kryštof Kozák, Hosted at the IMS FSV UK.
  • 2012-2014 – Research project Social space: a transdisciplinary issue of knowledge in the area studies, IMS FSV UK, Postdoctoral program for young foreign researchers, Financed by the Charles University.
  • 2012-2014 – Co applicant of the research project Territory and social memory in Bohemian borderlands after 1990: The post socialist management of tangible and intangible traces of the German past; (GACR) P404/12/P927, hosted at the ISS FSV UK.
  • 2009-2012 – ANR (National Research Agency, France), member of the research programme ALDETEC: „Action locale et développement territorial en Europe centrale", [Local Policy and Territorial Development in Central Europe].
  • 2009-2010 – Coordinator of the research programme on “scientific discourses and national minorities in Central Europe” financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, University of Strasbourg, Cefres Prague, Faculty of Social Science University ELTE Budapest.


  • Religion, secularity and laicity in Europe (19th-21th centuries)
  • Migration and mobility: comparative issues in Western European Countries
  • Historical Geography in Western European Countries
  • Political geography