Organizational structure of the society is based on specialist section profiling in specific sociological subdisciplines. Currently, there are 12 sections active in the society:

Sociological Theory section

Sociological Theory section of the Czech Sociological Society has a goal of nourishing and cultivating the theoretical thinking in sociology in all its broad scope and history. This goal is attained mainly by organizing a wide scale of seminars and colloquia, which serve as a platform for networking and providing feedback.

This sections is currently presided by  Jakub Mlynář (Charles University / Université de Fribourg; jakub.mlynar[at] and Miroslav Paulíček (University of Ostrava / Univerzita Karlova; mpaulicek[at]

Gellner seminar - section of Social Anthropology
171. Gellnerovský seminář: Cooking Inner Darkness and Making Kin @ knihovna CEFRES
Nov 19 @ 17:00 – 19:00

Česká asociace pro sociální antropologii a
Česká sociologická společnost
ve spolupráci s Etnologickým ústavem Akademie věd České republiky, v.v.i.

Vás srdečně zvou na


který se bude konat

v pondělí 19. listopadu 2018 od 17:00 hod
v knihovně CEFRES (Na Florenci 3, Praha 1).

Nafsika Papacharalampous

School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Cooking Inner Darkness and Making Kin: Behind the staff only doors

Behind the staff only doors This paper follows the lives of the chefs and cooks within the boundaries of Athenian restaurant kitchens, offering an ethnographic sense of this professional context and environment of teamwork. Bringing Turner (1967a, 1995) and Goffman’s (1956) works together, this paper presents the often harsh realities of the cooks’ work settings and the chef’s behaviours.
The first part of the paper presents the division between the front and back of house in restaurants, engaging with Goffman’s work (1956) and situated in ethnographic narratives reveals the daily workings and lives of cooks. The second part of the paper observes and analyses the relationships of the cooks and the chef in the restaurant kitchen. Using Turner’s work on liminality (1967a, 1995) and Carsten (1995)’s work on kinship it explores the humiliation and abuse cooks experience from their chef, and the creation of communitas, and new formations and definitions of kinship. Within restaurant kitchens in Athens-in-crisis, the notion of teamwork comes to the fore and reveals how bonds are formed in a high-pressured environment.


Carsten, J., 1995. The Substance of Kinship and the Heat of the Hearth: Feeding, Personhood, and Relatedness among Malays in Pulau Langkawi. Am. Ethnol. 22, 223–241.
Goffman, E., 1956. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
Turner, V., 1995. The Ritual Process: Structure and anti-structure. Transaction Publishers.
Turner, V., 1967. The Forest of Symbols, Aspects of Ndembu Ritual. Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London.

About the lecturer:

Nafsika is currently a PhD candidate in Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is writing her dissertation on Greek traditional foods and markets, focusing on national identity, memory, terroir and heritage. Nafsika has a Master’s Degree in Anthropology of Food from SOAS and an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She has previously written a weekly column investigating the notion of Real Food for the London-based online food market Love Your Larder and has recently started cooking professionally for pop-up-restaurants in London. Nafsika is also the Recipe Editor for the SOAS Recipe Book and a food blogger at, where she indulges her passion for both cooking and writing. She loves food history and has just started collecting old cookery books.

Section of Sociology of Medicine, Health, and Illness

In 2012, we have revived the activities of this section on a thematic workshop held at the Faculty of scoial sciences of Masaryk’s University in Brno. The section is presided by Iva Šmídová (FSS MU, Brno),  Kateřina Ivanová (UPOL, Olomouc), and Ema Hrešanová (ZCU, Plzeň).

The main goal of the members of the secton is to analyse and reflect sociologically processes, institutions, and actors in the social field of medicine as science and practice, as a space of diffusion of different forms of expert knowledge. We are interested in what ways medicine, politics, public debate, as well as sociology, deal with a number of common concepts and terms, construct and negotiate them. At the same time, we focus on normativity and reflection of the lived experience – how we live and experience daily our lives, bodies, health, and illness, as well as medicine as a profession. We are especially drawn by debates and representations of experience framed in sociological concepts, such as for example: authority, truth, trust, power(lessness), boundaries betwenn normality and abnormality, life and death. We want to contribute to these debates as well with our sociological imagination, eventually contributing to cultivation of ethical approaches to research in this field.

Would you like to organize a seminar? Please, contact us!

We welcome new members from within the field of sociology or other fields related through research interests.

Section of Sociology of Religion

Our section was established in 2009 with the aim to connect Czech (and Slovak) researchers, whose research interests are in the field of religion. We have organized a number of seminars and colloquia with this aim, but also with the purpose to promote the topic of religion within the broader sociological society. Currently, the section organizes yearly meetings.

The section is presided by  PhDr. Roman Vido, Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Science at Masaryk’s University in Brno (

  • Section of Urban Sociology
  • Section of Historical Sociology
  • Section of Methodology
  • Section of Sociology of Culture and Lifestyle
  • Section of Integral Human Enquiry
  • Sociology of Family
  • Section of Social Pathology
  • Section of Rural Sociology