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Digital HIRA & HPS.CESEE Book Launch: Knowledge in the Undergrund. Practices and Politics of Clandestine Research in Occupied Poland (1939–1945) | Buchvorstellung

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Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Institute of the Leibniz Association




New publication by Friedrich Cain

HIRA & HPS.CESEE DIGITAL BOOK LAUNCH, Date: February 24, 2022, 18.00-19:00 (CET), Place: Zoom

WISSEN IM UNTERGRUND. Praxis und Politik klandestiner Forschung im besetzten Polen (1939–1945)KNOWLEDGE IN THE UNDERGROUND. Practices and Politics of Clandestine Research in Occupied Poland (1939–1945)Tübingen, 2021 by Friedrich Cain (University of Vienna

Commentaries: Beata Halicka (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań) and Johannes Feichtinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) Moderation: Jan Surman (Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague)

Starting from the premise that scientific research is bound to specific places, times and practices, Friedrich Cain’s book focuses on moments in which these contexts are disrupted. During the German occupation (1939–1945), most Polish scientists were forced to find clandestine modes for their research. They often adjusted their laboratories and libraries or reassembled them from scratch as the book shows for contexts of social sciences, experimental systems of typhus research in Lwow and beyond, on studies of hunger in the Warsaw ghetto, and fi nally on attempts to organise physical research. It explores how practices and procedures were replaced, newly established or dynamised in the ‘laboratory situation of war’ and how strongly programmes of scientifi c neutrality had to be reconciled with political agendas.

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HIRA Book Launch is an event series launched by the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Institute of the Leibniz Association. We have developed the series to support a vivid academic exchange and discussion at a time when personal contacts remain restricted. The HIRA Book Launch brings together alumni, current HIRA fellows, and interested colleagues offering the newest results of our research to the broader public.

More about the HIRA (Herder Institute Research Academy): is an online platform devoted to the history of science in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. It aims at facilitating the exchange of information among the HPS scholars in the region stretching from Prague to Perm and from Tallinn to Tirana. You can find us on blogger (, facebook ( and twitter (

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