12.07.2019 in Erfurt, Germany

South/Eastern and Central European Histories of Science and the Humanities (International Pre- and Postdoc Workshop)

  • 12.07.2019
  • starting at: 10:00
  • Event languages: English, German
  • Event location: Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies / Erfurt University (Steinplatz 2, 99085 Erfurt, 7th floor, r. 805)
  • Type of Event: Workshop
  • Download conference handout

Link to this post: https://www.pol-int.org/en/node/7657

Over the last couple of years, historians of science and the humanities have taken great interest in projects related to Eastern, Central and South Eastern Europe and their global interconnectedness. However, opportunities for a joint discussion of such projects are rare and often rely on ad hoc initiatives. We would therefore like to inaugurate a forum to discuss projects that link approaches from the history of science and the humanities with specific regional expertise.

Our seminar will bring together projects from history, sociology, literature, media studies etc. dealing with scientific endeavour and specific investigations in (academic) research, institutions, migration of knowledge etc. We will discuss perspectives on the local, regional, (post-)imperial or national frameworks of Eastern, Central and South Eastern Europe in the light of specific theoretical frames, and challenge methodological perspectives of these projects.

The seminar is open to all researchers focussing on the history of politics, materiality, and practices of (non-)academic research, discussing Eastern, Central and South Eastern Europe case studies in the broadest sense. To create a productive environment, we are particularly interested in discussing work in progress. Our discussion will be based on texts from ongoing research projects, with opening expert commentaries. The reading material will be pre-circulated among all registered participants.

The seminar South/Eastern and Central European Histories of Science and Knowledge takes place on Friday, 12 July 2019 between 10am and 6pm at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies in Erfurt, hosted by the research initiative (East) European Epistemologies. Working languages will be German and English.

If You like to attend discussions, please register with: friedrich.cain@uni-erfurt.de

Organized by: Friedrich Cain (Univ. Erfurt), Bernhard Kleeberg (Univ. Erfurt), Jan Surman (IGITI/HSE Moscow)

Funded by: Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt / Chair for the History of Science, University of Erfurt


\\\ 10:00-10:15 Friedrich Cain (Erfurt) / Bernhard Kleeberg (Erfurt) / Jan Surman (Moscow): Introduction

\\\ 10:15-11:15 Adela-Gabriela Hincu (Budapest): Academic Mobility and Epistemological Change in State Socialist Romania: Three Generations of Sociologists and „the West" (Response: Bernhard Kleeberg)

\\\ Coffee break

\\\ 11:30-12:30 Aleksei Lokhmatov (Köln): The First Scientific Congress in Poland and the Public Debates on the Genealogy of Polish Social Sciences (Response: Adela-Gabriela Hincu)

\\\ 12:30-13:30 Lukas Becht (Wien): Genese der Zukunftsforschung in der Volksrepublik Polen bis 1968: Entstehungskontexte, intellektuelle Wurzeln und Formation eines „futurologischen" Denkkollektivs (Response: Friedrich Cain)

\\\ Lunch break

\\\ 14:30-15:30 Kai Johann Willms (München): Inventing East Central Europe: The Transnational Experience of Polish Émigré Scholars in the United States after 1945 and its Epistemic Repercussions (Response: Jan Surman)

\\\ 15:30-16:30 Frank Henschel (Bremen/Leipzig): Wissen(schaft)sgeschichte der Kindheit im sozialistischen Ostmitteleuropa. Die Verwissenschaftlichung des Sozialen, Social Engineering und Biopolitik in transnationaler Perspektive (Response: Yves Hänggi (Basel))

\\\ Coffee break

\\\ 16:45-17:45 Réka Krizmanics (Budapest): Historical Scholarship in Late Socialism: Institutional Landscapes in Hungary and in Croatia (Response: Verena Lehmbrock (Gotha/Erfurt))

\\\ 17:45-18:00 Closing Remarks

\\\ Joint Dinner


Friedrich Cain