Pavel Mašek

Pavel Mašek

PhDr. Pavel Mašek, Ph.D.masek-pavel

Department of Ecological Anthropology

e-mail: masek[at]


2023   PhDr. in Sociology, Institute of Sociological Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.

2023   Ph.D., Ethnology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Disertation: Rusting Away: An Ethnography of Totaled Cars, Informality, Capitalism, Waste, and Sustainability at a Bohemian Auto Salvage Yard (supervisor: Daniel Sosna, Ph.D.).

2018   Mgr., Master of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic. M.A. Thesis: Waste, Man, Death: An Anthropological Perspective on Waste Incineration and Human Cremation (supervisor: Daniel Sosna, Ph.D.).

2006   Bc., Bachelor of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
B.A. Thesis: Current Contemporary Dance Field.

Research Interests

economic anthropology; ecological anthropology;inequality; informality; materiality; morality and ethics; social life of things; waste


2020 – 2022   Waste Regime at a Crossroad: Divergent Trajectories of Things, Cars, and Electronics (Czech Science Foundation, GA20-06759S)

2019 – 2021   V4Net: doctoral scholarship, Department of Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia (Prof. Dr. Chris Hann), Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany


2020 – 2022  Researcher, Institute of Ethnology, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

2016 – 2019  Freelance Artist – performer, dancer

2012 – 2015  Performer, Ultima Vez / Wim Vandekeybus, Brussels, Belgium

2004 – 2012  Freelance Artist – performer, dancer


Journal Papers

2023    Ecologies of Quantification in Waste Management: Landfilling, E-Waste Recycling, and Car Breaking. Critique of Anthropology. (Sosna, D., Stehlíková, B., and Mašek, P.)

2023    'It’s Only Us, Hyenas, Who Profit Out of It': Wrecked Cars, Leaked Humans, and the Death of the Person-car. Journal of Material Culture 28(1): 24–39.

2022    Grey greening: quiet sustainability at auto salvage yards. Geografie 127(1): 55­–73. 

2020    "Čistě ekologicky": Autovraky, recyklace a morálka. Biograf  71-72: 3–24. 


2019    Skládka není izolovaný svět (Joshua O. Reno. Waste Away: Working and Living With a North American Landfill). Cargo 1-2: 145–149. 

Recent Presentations

2022    Grey Greening: Quiet Sustainability in Unsettling Landscapes of Auto Salvage Yards. Unsettling Landscapes 2022 AAA Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA, 9–13 November.

2022    Našedlé zelenání: tichá udržitelnost na autovrakovištích. Department of Environmental Studies, Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czechia, 4 October.

2021    The Dark Side of the Container: Creating and Manipulating the inside and outside of the Container. Containers and Waste: Opening the Unruly, Prague, 25 October (online). 

2021    Grey Greening: Quiet Sustainability at Auto Salvage Yards. Vox Populi Visegradensis: The Anthropology of East-central Europe, Schloß Ringberg, 14–17 July. 

2021    Greening through the grey: quiet sustainability at auto salvage yards. EUGEO 21, Prague, 28 June–1 July. 

2021    Searching for ‘Hard Data’: Crooked Ways of Waste Quantification. Waste governance (I): Waste Regimes. Re-opening the Bin 2021, Gothenburg, 1012 June 2021 (with D. Sosna and B. Stehlíková, online). 

2021    Našedlé zelenání: tichá udržitelnost na autovrakovištích. CASA 21, Prague, 17–18 April (online)

Membership in Professional Organisations

2022 – present    American Anthropological Association (AAA)

2019 – present    Czech Association for Social Anthropology (CASA) 

2018 – 2020        European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)