Entangled Science? Relocating German-Polish Scientific Relations

International Conference of the Cooperation Initiative of the Leibniz Association and the Polish Academy of Sciences: "Cross-border Scientific Dialogue. Potentials and Challenges for the Human and the Social Sciences", in cooperation with Ludwik and Alexander Birkenmajer Institute for the History of Science

Date: 28-30 October 2015

Venue: The Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe – Institute of the Leibniz Association, Gisonenweg 5-7, 35037 Marburg

Conference committee: Marcin Dolecki, Maciej Gorny, Gregor Feindt, Peter Haslinger, Adam Kozuchowski, Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen, Piotr Madajczyk, Ewa Manikowska, Thomas Strobel, Jan Surman, Leszek Zasztowt

Local Organizer: Jan Surman (jan.surman@herder-institut.de)

Research of transfers and entanglements has been a vital field of inquiry in history of science for several decades. Various studies have highlighted the role of contacts across languages and questioned the cultural and power dichotomies proposing terms like transculturality, pluriculturality or appropriation as most adequate for research on entangled spaces.

Our conference follows this direction of critical inquiry enlarging it to Central European space revising the contacts and intersections that one usually calls German-Polish. It seeks for alternative ways to tell the stories of scholarly entanglements in the space shaped by power inequalities, imperialism and nationalisms. In particular, we aim at questioning the widespread center-periphery dependence, which has implicitly and often explicitly dominated the approaches to research thus far. By choosing the perspective on entanglements, we also consciously argue against “methodical nationalism” highlighting pluricultural multilingual space as the primary object of our inquiry.


Wednesday, October 28th

15:30-16:00 Jan Surman (Marburg): Introduction
Chair: Gregor Feindt (Mainz)
Sophie Schwarzmaier (Frankfurt/Oder):
Thinking science and being a Polish scientist in Europe in the first half of the 20th century: Learning from Leon Chwistek (1884-1944)
Marcin Dolecki (Warsaw):
Ludwik Bruner’s German Scientific Inspirations
Robert R. Marszałek (Warszaw):
The German Academic World and Polish Romanticism. Philosophers and Poets of the First Part of the 19th Century
Commentary: Claudia Kraft (Siegen)
17:30-18:00Coffee Break
18:00Keynote I
Chair: Jan Surman (Marburg)
Kapil Raj (Paris):
Imperial Hegemony of Constructive Interaction? Colonial India, 1756-1914
19:30Opening Drinks

Thursday, October 29th

9:30-11:00 Institutions
Chair: Thomas Strobel (Braunschweig)
Monika Bednarczuk (Bochum):
Travelling Scholars, Travelling Theories: German Academics and the University of Vilnius, 1803-1832
Stefan Guth (Bern):
Science knows no frontiers, but those who guard the frontiers often know little about science
Friedrich Cain (Konstanz):
The Occupied Republic of Letters. Practices and Ethics of Dis-/Entanglement in Warsaw and Krakow 1939-1945
Commentary: Joanna Wawrzyniak (Warsaw)
11:00-11:30Coffee Break
Chair: Adam Kożuchowski (Warsaw)
Waldemar Grzybowski (Toruń):
Deutsche und polnische Linguisten zwischen den Weltkriegen. Max Vasmer und die Krakauer Philologen. Zusammenarbeit in einer schwierigen Zeit
Tomasz Mróz (Zielona Góra):
Polish-German Cooperation in Studies on Plato at the Turn of the 20th Century
Magdalena Saryusz-Wolska (Warszaw):
Modi memorandi. Working on a Polish lexicon in Germany
Commentary: Monika Baár (Groningen)
14:00-15:00 Cooperations
Chair: Leszek Zasztowt (Warsaw)
Andreas Kühne (Munich):
German and Polish Copernicus research in the charged fields of ideology, scientific policy, and the public: Continuities and differences
Krzysztof Demidziuk (Wrocław):
Competition or Cooperation: Scientific travels of Polish archaeologists in pre-War Wrocław
Commentary: Michał Kokowski (Cracow)
15:00-15:30Coffee Break
15:30-17:00Between Academia and Popular Knowledge
Chair: Victoria Harms (Marburg)
Aleksander Łupienko (Warsaw):
Berlin-Warsaw Entanglements in Architecture: Warsaw architects and their work in the second half of the 19th century
Katrin Steffen (Lüneburg):
Jan Czochralski and the metallurgical production in Germany and Poland in the first half of the 20th century
Patryk Wasiak (Wrocław):
Technological fairs in Germany and techno-scientific revolution in Polish media
Commentary: Pavel Kolář (Florence)
17:00-17:15Coffee Break
Chair: Maciej Górny (Warsaw)

Pawel Jarnicki (Zürich):
Ludwik Fleck’s “Polish-German” theory of thought styles and thought collectives, and problems arising from its translation


Burkhard Olschowsky (Oldenburg):
Paradigms of cross-border communication. The case of Enno Meyer
Bartłomiej Skowron (Wrocław):
The Ontological Project of Roman Ingarden as an Entanglement of Polish and German Phenomenology
Saskia Metan (Dresden):
Exchanging knowledge about Eastern Europe: German editions of Maciej z Miechowa’s Tractatus de duabus Sarmatiis in the 16th century
Christoph Maisch (Frankfurt/Oder):
From Edmund Husserl to Roman Ingarden and Theodor Adorno
18:15-18:30Coffee Break
18:30Keynote II
Chair: Peter Haslinger (Marburg)
Maciej Janowski (Warsaw/Budapest):
Beyond Reception: Transformations of German Historical Ideas in the Polish Historiography before 1914

Friday, October 30th

Chair: Jan Surman (Marburg)
Katarzyna Pękacka-Falkowska (Poznań):
City Physicians in Early Modern Thorn: Johann Thomas von Soemmerring and the Lung Float Test: a Case Study
Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen (Bonn):
“I could not take a blood sample because the glass tube broke”: Mobilizing microbes in the Polish medical community around 1900
Joanna Nieznanowska (Szczecin):
Polish-German Transfer of Medical Knowledge, 1871-1939: Polish Medical Journals’ Reports on the Contents of German Periodicals on Gynecology and Obstetrics
Commentary: Axel Hüntelmann (Berlin)
11:30-12:00Coffee Break
Chair: Sarah Czerney (Marburg)
Maciej Jarzewicz (Warsaw):
“Degeneration” in the 19th and early 20th Century Polish medical discourse and it’s cultural meaning
Ewa Manikowska (Warsaw):
The Gniezno Doors, the Polish Rider, Biskupin. Competing German and Polish visual definitions of cultural heritage
Piotr Köhler (Cracow):
The exchange between the Polish and German herbaria 1783-1939; the case of the herbarium of the Jagiellonian University
Commentary: Stefanie Klamm (Berlin)
14:00Summary and outlook: Peter Haslinger (Marburg)