Knowledge and Diversity

Workshop of the Leibniz Graduate School "History, Knowledge, Media in East Central Europe" on June 25, 2014

Recent research in history of knowledge has reevaluated the idea of how diversity was managed and lived in the 19th century in Central Europe. Be it postcolonial or translation turns, the previously dominating categories of research dominated by methodological nationalism, can be seen but obsolete. Our workshop takes these latest turns in historiography and cultural sciences as the point of departure and asks the question on how the newly emerging categories of linguistic/cultural/ethnic distinction have influenced knowledge production in the region. How were the new categories of belonging constructed, and what was their relation to the new statistic and sociological research? How in turn did the public sphere of the nationalizing center of imperial power (Budapest), itself culturally dominant and dominated by the German language, react to the new developments when facing the paradigmatic transnational, albeit also German dominated sphere of scientific research?

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