International Workshop on the History of Science, Race and Empire in Central and Eastern Europe

Date: 
February 21, 2014 - 14:00 - February 22, 2014 - 17:10
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Room: 
Gellner
Event type: 
Event audience: 
Presenter(s): 
Emese Lafferton
CEU host unit(s): 
Department of History

 

The workshop explores different aspects of the history of race and racial sciences in
the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Rooted in the ethnically and confessionally most mixed regions of contemporary
Europe, Austro-Hungarian and Russian sciences faced unique intellectual
challenges in the process of constructing or exploiting racial theories and creating
ethnic, national and imperial identities with the aim to contribute to nation/empirebuilding.
The disciplinary trajectories of ‘sciences of race’ in these regions might
therefore diverge from the models offered by the historiography in the British,
French or German contexts. To understand how concepts of race, ethnicity, the
nation, and the multi-ethnic empire were co-produced in these regions, the talks will
reflect on a variety of scientific disciplines, including ethnography, sociology,
physical anthropology, geography, oriental studies, criminal and social statistics,
biology, public health, eugenics, psychiatry, and crowd psychology.

 

The workshop explores different aspects of the history of race and racial sciences in the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rooted in the ethnically and confessionally most mixed regions of contemporary Europe, Austro-Hungarian and Russian sciences faced unique intellectual challenges in the process of constructing or exploiting racial theories and creating ethnic, national and imperial identities with the aim to contribute to nation/empirebuilding. The disciplinary trajectories of ‘sciences of race’ in these regions might therefore diverge from the models offered by the historiography in the British, French or German contexts. To understand how concepts of race, ethnicity, the nation, and the multi-ethnic empire were co-produced in these regions, the talks will reflect on a variety of scientific disciplines, including ethnography, sociology, physical anthropology, geography, oriental studies, criminal and social statistics, biology, public health, eugenics, psychiatry, and crowd psychology.

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