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Studies in East European Thought

Studies in East European Thought

Editor-in-Chief: Edward M. Swiderski

ISSN: 0925-9392 (print version)
ISSN: 1573-0948 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11212

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Call for papers

Workshop “Politics and Contexts of Science Studies during the Cold War and Beyond” 

Sponsored by Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald
Location: Greifswald (Germany), March 22-23, 2012
Workshop overview
Science studies became institutionalized and professionalized in the early Cold War in different countries on the both sides of the Iron Curtain, under the name of “science studies” in the U.S. and U.K., “naukovedenie” in the Soviet Union, “naukoznawstvo” in Poland, “naukoznanie” in Bulgaria, etc. By applying the approaches of sciences studies to the field’s historical origins, this workshop seeks to encourage reflection on both the conceptual and political origins of science studies as an academic discipline. How were these origins shaped by the political economy, cultural anxieties, and ideological dimensions of the post-WWII social and political order? How and in what ways did the science studies meet the associated political challenges of the Cold War in different political systems, on both sides of the “Iron Curtain”? What were the associated transformations of the previous, interwar, accounts of science in the philosophy of science and history of science?
The workshop seeks contributions from scholars engaged in historical, sociological, and philosophical studies of the ways in which the meta-discourses on science (including, but not limited to, science history, philosophy of science and sociology of science) were framed, reframed, appropriated and/or marginalized in the different countries of the former Soviet bloc, during the Cold War.
The working language of the workshop is English.
Interested parties are invited to submit one page summaries of the papers they propose to present to the workshop, to the organizers:
Elena Aronova (University of California - San Diego & Alfried Krupp Fellow 2011-2012)
E-mail: earonova@ucsd.edu
Christian Suhm (Academic manager, Alfried Krupp Wissenschaftskolleg Greifswald)
E-mail: christian.suhm@wiko-greifswald.de

Following its demise of Marxism-Leninism throughout the former Soviet empire and its satellites, scholars in these lands were faced with the task of ‘reconstructing’ the conceptual foundations, research programs, institutional settings, as well as the very ethos of intellectual practices, in particular in the humanities studies and social science.  

Today, nearly two decades after Gorbachev implemented the perestroika and New Thinking, it is time to begin to review the path and current state of this ‘reconstruction’. Questions to ask include: What is the state of ‘theory’ and ‘method’ in the human and social sciences? Have these disciplines construed discourses and ‘ontological commitments’ in the investigation of social being, culture, political processes, etc. that are remote from the former worldview? Do theory and method in these disciplines harmonize today with the traditions and perspectives of mainstream Western social scientific and humanities discourses, or are they orthogonal to the salient issues in the latter? How have the changes in question occurred?; what kinds of conceptual resources have been implemented?; to what effects at the institutional level (e.g. in teaching curricula, research projects, including national programs, publications, including translations, etc.)? Are ‘scientific communities’ (communities of discourse) thriving throughout the formerly communist world? Who are the leading voices?
The editors of Studies in East European Thought (SEET) invite contributions from scholars concerned with such issues. Papers will be grouped and published according to theme or rubrics in successive issues of the journal.
Themes of particular relevance for which the editors invite contributions include:
  • social theory, including political theory
  • foundational questions: the concepts of the social, the cultural, the political, the concept of agency, etc. following the demise of Marxism-Leninism
  • foundational questions in metaphysics and epistemology
  • the standing of ‘culture theory’ (e.g., Russian ‘kul’turologija’)
  • the reception of Western theories and methods as well as intellectual traditions
  • the reassessment of ‘local’ intellectual traditions
  • ethics, moral theory
  • theology and religious studies
  • aesthetics, the philosophy of art and art criticism
  • historiography and philosophy of history
  • styles of thought, the ‘culture’ of intellectual practices, the question of ‘continuity’ (e.g. Russian ‘philosophical culture’)
  • the sources of normativity in the civic sphere (e.g. ‘Rechtsbewusstsein’)
Submit your contributions to: Edward.Swiderski@unifr.ch
Contributors are asked to submit written proposals for papers (in English preferably; however, German contributions will be considered) – of not more than one page – to the editor: Edward.Swiderski@unifr.ch

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