CENTRAL Workshop: Towards a Central European Doctoral School in Modern History

Room: 2N-O1-27 (Dissertant*innenraum IOG)
Monday, 24.04.2023, 13:00-17:30 – Tuesday, 25.04.2023, 09:00-14:00

The workshop will discuss contemporary issues and questions in 20th century modern European history, based primarily on comparative and transnational perspectives. The term transformation and a Polanyian take on it will create the main theoretical framework of the workshop as it enables analyzing social, economic, and cultural changes in a longer perspective in different parts of Europe and beyond with a global framework. Furthermore, the history of transformations encompasses various disciplines, from history to sociology, anthropology, or economics, and contributes to interdisciplinary research in the field. 

There are three main aims of the workshop: (1) to raise the quality of Ph.D. programs in modern history and neighbouring social sciences by strengthening the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and skills among Ph.D. students as well as senior researchers in the field; (2) to foster the cooperation between three Central European universities (Charles University in Prague, University of Vienna, and University of Warsaw) and (3) to continue our discussion and preparation of a European doctoral school in modern history (by then, our doc.funds application at the FWF will hopefully be positvely evaluated; independently of that we would like to explore EU formats. However, that would require to create a consortium based on and going beyond our trilateral partnership.)

The two-day workshop will take place in Vienna and will be joined by four senior researchers and 10-12 PhD students from partner universities. The event is organized by Prof. Philipp Ther and Prof. Claudia Kraft at the University of Vienna, Prof. Ota Konrád (Charles University), and Prof. Jerzy Kochanowski (University of Warsaw). 


Program (Click here to download the program flyer):

Monday, 24.04.2023

The Concept of Territorial Autonomy in the Context of the Versailles Peace Negotiations
Veronika Homolová

Social and cultural transformation of tobacco consumption in Poland in 1918-1939
Mikołaj Stachera

A Lever of Development? Foreign Trade and the Intensification of the Economy in Socialist Poland, 1960s-1970s
Bartosz Matyja

Gender politics and its socioeconomic consequences in the long period of transformation in Poland (1980-2004)
Johannes Kleinmann

Transformation of steel industry in Luxembourg and Thuringia. Comparing Western European and Eastern German deindustrialization 1975-2001
Nicolas Arendt

Tuesday, 25.04.2023

Governing Integration Policies in a Multi-Level Setting: The Case of Austria and Czechia
Anna Lukešová

The Paradigm of "Catching Up": The Neoliberal Turn in Moldova after the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Kateřina Fuksová

HIV/AIDS and the Polish Press in 1980s — 1990s
Katarzyna Szarla

Wicked Witches of the West. Cinematic images of AIDS and the working class as the symptoms of Polish transition period after 1989
Łukasz Kiełpiński

In Between ‘Fundamental Politicization’ and Politics of Détente: Diasporic Spaces of Female Polish Exiles in West German History of Democracy (1967-1993)
Cäcilia Wosnitzka