1918 and the Search for New Internationalism in Central European Academia
(Call for Papers for a thematic section in Studia Historiae Scientiarum 2018)
When the war ended in 1918, scholars in Central Europe faced a new challenge. New states required not only new infrastructure but also new ideas on how science should function. The intellectual landscape was changing rapidly – new institutions in new states mushroomed, but also disappeared or went into hiding like the institutions of the new minorities. Internationally, the German language was under fire, losing in the 1920s its status as the language of international organizations – because German was often the preferred language of international communication for CEE scholars, this affected them as well.
One of the issues discussed most was how to present CEE science internationally while at the same time preserving its national character. Olympic internationalism, as Geert Somsen termed it, was one of the possibilities, with Central European scholars taking also leading roles in transnational organizations such as the Committee on Intellectual Co-operation.
Papers should interrogate the issue of imagining and maneuvering international scholarly networks and infrastructures. They are not limited to but should seek answers to such questions as:
- What were the strategies pursued to present scholarship in the international fora? How was the issue of nationality, internationality and transnationality debated in connection to the reorganization of state scholarly infrastructure?
- With what agendas and interests did CEE scholars enter international and transnational scholarly institutions? Did they try to influence the policies of these organizations in favor of their states’ agendas, or were they perhaps acting with new transnationalism in mind. How did their imperial experience influence it.
- How did CEE scholars react to the limitation of German as the language of international organizations and conferences?
- What was the role of the Soviet Union in the post-1918 international and transnational imagination? With politics favoring technical-scientific progress, the SU was growingly a major player in CEE, disavowed, however, for political and cultural-historical reasons by many intellectual key players. Did a particular socialist-communist internationalism develop?
We invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The editors will ask the authors of selected papers to submit their final articles no later than February 28th 2018. The articles will be published after a peer-review process.
Studia Historiae Scientiarum is a peer-reviewed, diamond open access journal devoted to the history of science. For more information visit: http://www.ejournals.eu/Studia-Historiae-Scientiarum/ .
The deadline for the submission of abstracts: May 31th 2017.