Pre- and Postdoc Workshop: South/Eastern and Central European Histories of Science and the Humanities

U Erfurtu će se 12. srpnja 2019. održati seminar o povijesti znanosti na kojem će Réka Krizmanics izlagati o povijesnoj znanosti kasnog socijalizma u Mađarskoj i Hrvatskoj.



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. With this meeting we 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. Discussions will be based on texts from ongoing research projects, with opening expert commentaries. The reading material will be pre-circulated among all registered participants.


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


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


If You like to attend discussions, please register with:




Friedrich Cain

Steinplatz 2

99085 Erfurt


Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt; Chair for the History of Science, University of Erfurt