Mag. Dr. Stephanie Weismann

Mag. Dr. Stephanie Weismann

Cultural historian with a background in comparative literature, German and Slavic studies. Currently Hertha-Firnberg-Fellow (FWF).

Research interests: 

Sensory studies, the social and cultural history of Eastern Europe and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on everyday history, history of emotions, popular culture under socialism and after.

Current research project: 

"Lublin - an Olfactory Urban History of the 20th Century in East Central Europe"

The study is sniffing out different odours and malodours that defined the city's atmosphere throughout the 20th century and asks how political, social, cultural and economic structures and processes in Eastern Central Europe have been transformed into perceptible olfactory experiences. Based on selected case-studies, the project explores how these smells were perceived, discussed and handled by Lublin's citizens. By nosing around the urban courtyard of the interwar period, the housing block during socialism and the bathroom of the 80s/90s the project provides insights not only into the changing smellscapes of Poland, but also 'smells out' political and socio-cultural tensions and sensitivities.

Selected publications:

Weismann, Stephanie: Es liegt was in der Luft. Geruchslandschaften der Volksrepublik Polen im Wandel, in: L'homme 31, 2: Verstörte Sinne (Krampl, Ulrike, Schulte, Regina (eds.) (forthcoming in 2020).

Weismann, Stephanie: Scents and Sensibilities. The Case of Interwar Lublin's Courtyards, in: Contemporary European History (forthcoming in 2020).

Weismann, Stephanie: Odorogenne zwierzęta w międzywojennym Lublinie. In: Almanach antropologiczny, Special Issue: Miasta i zwierzęta, ed. Anna Jarosiuk, Karolina Wróbel (forthcoming in 2020).

"Das Potenzial der Peripherie. Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836 - 1895) und Galizien", Wiener Galizien-Studien 2, Vienna University Press (V&R) 2017.