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Polish-German History

A New Historiographical Field and its Contribution to the History of Europe

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Published on Thursday, February 06, 2020


German-Polish history is an innovative and stimulating field in the history of Central and Eastern Europe and beyond. We propose to reflect the historiographical and memorial challenges that governed the formation of this field as well as the concepts and methods on which it has since been built. They are now the basis for the dynamics of the field, due in particular to its ability to associate different scales of analysis from the local to the global level. Special attention will be paid to the contribution of Polish-German history and other »bi-national« historiographies like Franco-German history to the project of writing European history especially when it comes to the specific approaches forged or adopted by historians in these fields (transfer, shared history, histoire croisée, connected history, entangled history, Zwischenraum).



Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Institut historique allemande, 8 rue du Parc-Royal,75003 Paris

13h30 Meet and Greet

14h Director’s Welcome: Stefan MARTENS, dir. adjoint (DHIP)

Introduction: Jawad DAHEUR (CNRS), Jürgen FINGER (DHIP), Morgane LABBÉ (EHESS)

14h30 Varying Scale and Scope: Regional and Local Histories

Moderator: Catherine GOUSSEFF (CNRS, Paris)

  • James BJORK (King’s College London): Locating and Scaling Religious Histories
  • Béatrice VON HIRSCHHAUSEN (CNRS/Géographie–cités): »Geonarratives«: How to Address Space/Time Dissociation in the Central European Experience
  • Katja WEZEL (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen): Multiethnic Urban Spaces in the Era of Nationalism. The Baltic Region and the Example of Riga
  • Agnieszka WIERZCHOLSKA (Freie Universität Berlin): Polish-Jewish Relations from a Micro-Historical Perspective: The Tarnow Case during World War II

17h30 Round table: How a Research Field Is Institutionalized: Memory, Politics and German-Polish Historiography

Moderator: Peter Oliver LOEW (Deutsches Polen-Institut, Darmstadt)

  • Emmanuelle HÉBERT (université catholique de Louvain)
  • Pavel KOLÁŘ (Universität Konstanz)
  • Michael MÜLLER (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg)

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Centre scientifique de l’Académie polonaise des Sciences 74 rue Lauriston, 75116 Paris

9h Director’s Welcome: Maciej FORYCKI (PAN – Stacja Naukowa w Paryżu)

From Memorialization to the History of Memory: Poland and Germany

Moderator: Thomas SERRIER (université de Lille)

  • Iwona DADEJ (Freie Universität Berlin): Strategien des frauenpolitischen Erinnerns – die Jahre 1928/29 und 2018 in Polen oder: Frauengeschichte als Kulturkampf in der Zweiten und Dritten Republik Polens
  • Kornelia KOŃCZAL (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Erinnerungsgeschichte als Beziehungsgeschichte: ein deutsch-polnischer Sonderweg?
  • Małgorzata PRACZYK & Maciej MICHALSKI (Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza, Poznań): Environmental Memory, Things and the Problem of the Commemoration of German Cultural and Natural Heritage in the Myśla River Region near Kustrin after 1945
  • Stephan STACH (Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN, Warszawa): Im Schatten zweier Mauern. Das Jüdische Historische Institut in Warschau und die deutsch-deutsche Holocausterinnerung im Kalten Krieg

11h30 From Imperial to Colonial History of Eastern Europe: Perspectives and Challenges

Moderator: Jawad DAHEUR (CNRS, Paris)

  • Claudia KRAFT (Universität Wien): Knowledge – Power – Relations: German-Polish History in Post-Colonial Perspective or in a Perspective of the History of Relations
  • Justyna TURKOWSKA (University of Edinburgh): Von Akteuren, Objekten und (post-)kolonialen Vorstellungswelten: deutsch-polnische Verflechtungsgeschichte über ihre Grenzen hinaus
  • Martin SCHULZE WESSEL (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München): Universalistische und partikularistische Legitimationen von Politik in Deutschland und Polen

14h30 Transnational History and the Circulation of Scientists and Experts

Moderator: Morgane LABBÉ (EHESS, Paris)

  • Maciej GÓRNY (DHI Warschau/PAN): The Language of Profession: German and Science in East Central Europe
  • Martin KOHLRAUSCH (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): Lives and Letters: Reconstructing the Project of Modernism through the Correspondence of Architects. Poland and East Central Europe in the First Half of the 20th Century
  • Alexei LOKHMATOV (Universität zu Köln): Polish Social Sciences in the European Academic Landscape: The Public Debates on the Genealogy of Sociological Approaches in Post-War Poland (1945–1956)
  • Katrin STEFFEN (Nordost-Institut, Lüneburg): Knowledge on the Move: How the History of Science Contributes to Polish-German (and Global) History
  • Jan SURMAN (National Research University: Higher School of Economics, Moscow): Who is Afraid of Entangled German-Polish History of Scientific Knowledge?

17h Roundtable: Narratives of Europe’s Past: Experiences from Franco-German and German-Polish Historiography

Moderator: Jürgen FINGER (DHIP)

  • Hans-Jürgen BÖMELBURG (Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen)
  • Włodzimierz BORODZIEJ (Uniwersytet Warszawski)
  • Mareike KÖNIG (DHIP)
  • Michael WERNER (EHESS, Paris)


  • Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) 
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut Warschau (DHI Warschau)
  • Deutsches Historisches Institut Paris (DHIP)
  • École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Paris: Centre d’études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen
  • Centre Georg Simmel, Centre de recherches historiques 
  • Polska Akademia Nauk, Stacja Naukowa w Paryżu 
  • Université de Lille: Institut de recherches historiques du Septentrion – Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu.

Scientific Committee

  • Jawad DAHEUR (CNRS, Paris)
  • Jürgen FINGER (DHIP)
  • Maciej GÓRNY (DHI Warschau),
  • Catherine GOUSSEFF (CNRS, Paris)
  • Morgane LABBÉ (EHESS, Paris)
  • Thomas SERRIER (université de Lille)

Conference languages: English, German

Information and reservation

1st conference day and 1st round table: event@dhi-paris.fr

2nd conference day and 2nd round table: secretariat@paris.pan.pl


  • Académie polonaise des Sciences – Centre scientifique à Paris (2e journée) - 74 rue Lauriston
    Paris, France (75116)


  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020


  • pologne, allemagne, histoire germano-poloniause, histoire franco-allemande, comparaison, Europe, histoire européenne, micro-histoire, histoire des savoirs, histoire urbaine, histoire régionale,


  • Jürgen Finger
    courriel : presse [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr

Information source

  • Jürgen Finger
    courriel : presse [at] dhi-paris [dot] fr


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« Polish-German History », Conference, symposium, Calenda, Published on Thursday, February 06, 2020, https://doi.org/10.58079/14f1

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