Universität Erfurt

Projekt von Dr. Tetiana Onofriichuk

Humboldt’s Companions in Eastern Europe: Volhynian and Podolian ‘Homegrown’ Naturalists and their Visions of the Region, 1800s – 1840s

My project focuses on the individuality of scientific explorations and intellectual pursuits of the educated male and female residents of the Volhynian and Podolian governorates of the Russian empire during the 1800s–1840s. Contributing to a larger topic on the (un)equal distribution of knowledge and its local, regional, national, and ‘European’ constraints, this projects draws a small region of Eastern Europe into this flourishing field of study by analyzing the developments in natural history and geology and its importance for the residents at the time.

During my stay in the Gotha Research Center, I will work on establishing a network of communication between local actors in Volhynia and Podole and their contemporaries in Germany, France, and Poland, and will speculate about the exchange and/or transnational transfer of ideas about the ‘novelties’ in botany and in their attempts to catalogue regional natural resources.


My interests lie within the field of intellectual history and cultural transfer(s) in the 18th – first half of the 19th century. Prior to receiving a Ph.D in History and Civilization from the European University Institute (Florence) in 2017, I studied at the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Kyiv) and Central European University (Budapest).



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