17.04.2021 in online, Hungary

Call for Panelists: Epidemics and Nation-Building in Interwar East Central Europe

  • 17.04.2021
  • Event language: English
  • Deadline for submissions: 01.02.2021
  • Research Network Intellectual History in East Central Europe
  • Type of Event: Conference

Link to this post: https://www.pol-int.org/en/node/9209

Expert panel and a seminar discussion for graduate students (April 17, 2021)

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic prompted a quest for historical parallels that help us contextualize this traumatic event. The voices of historians, sociologists, and philosophers of science are vital in this debate. Our event uses the case of interwar East Central Europe to explore these historical parallels. After the collapse of continental empires, this "other Europe" faced a double challenge of taming epidemics and creating new states. Drawing on the concept of biopolitics, our panel will rethink the process of nation-building through the prism of epidemics control. What social actors claimed expertise on these issues, and how did they win – or fail to win – trust in polarized interwar societies? How did their discourses and practices relate to the ethnocultural diversity of these spaces and how did they shape identities such as race, gender, class and ability? On what transnational, (post-)imperial, and colonial models did they draw? Conversely, how did the biopolitical experts, knowledge and practices from East Central Europe circulate on a global scale?

Our panel will bring together distinguished scholars from various contexts to examine these issues. Each panelist will give a short talk (cca. 20 min), which will be followed by a Q&A session, moderated by the chair. Moreover, the panel will be followed by a seminar that provides a platform for selected emerging scholars to critically reflect on state-of-the-art scholarship.

This is an online event, which will take place on Zoom. Please note that the event will be recorded and the recording posted on our website for everyone to see.

11:00 – 13:00 Panel of distinguished speakers (4 panelists + 1 chair)

13:00 – 15:00 Lunch and coffee break

15:00 – 17:00 Seminar with graduate students, based on the panel and pre-assigned readings (moderated discussion)

Application: In order to apply to participate in the seminar, please send us a motivation letter (max. 500 words), as well as your CV. Both of these documents should be submitted to our e-mail address intellectualhistoryece@gmail.com by February 1st. We will get back to you about the decision on your participation by February 7th the latest.

Contact information: Should you have any questions regarding the logistics or the content of this event, please don't hesitate to reach out to us using our e-mail address: intellectualhistoryece@gmail.com