(East) European Epistemologies

Berlin Ost/West

The research initiative (East) European Epistemologies investigates modes of (self-)reflexivity in the history of the sciences and the humanities. Eastern, Central, and South-Eastern Europe have served as a starting point to gain a perspective on the interconnectedness of historical theories, practices and figures of knowledge production – “epistemologies” – within their political environments. The initiative is based on the assumption that due to the dynamic social, economic, intellectual etc. development of these areas the politics of such epistemologies can be studied at manifold examples. Thus, we aim to strengthen research in Historical Epistemology with a special focus on political implications, in order to radically situate historical theories of knowledge. This – as we believe – can help to better understand contemporary developments that hardly ever miss to connect the spheres of politics and research one way or another.

Since 2017, we have convened numerous international researchers from various disciplinary backgrounds to study theories, practices and figures of scholarship under the auspices of Political Epistemology.

A further concern of the initiative is to integrate research of the history of the sciences and the humanities in Eastern, Central, and South-Eastern Europe. Therefore, we initiated a series of Pre- and Postdoc Workshops. After a first meeting in Erfurt in 2019, we will meet in Vienna in October 2020 (CfP).


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

Deadline: 01.06.2020

Call for Papers

Please direct proposals and questions to:
Lukas Becht and Friedrich Cain

Online Seminar: Academic Authority and the Politics of Science and History in Eastern Europe (16 June-14 July 2020, online)

Having cancelled our meeting in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we reorganised the programme and will reconvene online on four Tuesdays in June and July.

The seminar will be open, please contact Friedrich Cain for log in details.