Thursday, 15 April 2021

Call for Papers: 30 years of higher education in journalism and communication in Eastern Europe after 1989: From conquering the freedom of expression to embracing digital communication. Bucharest/Online, May 20-21, 2021. Deadline April 18.



Between 1989 and 1990, in Eastern Europe emerged the first signs of a new social and political reality in which print and audiovisual media played a fundamental role in achieving the freedom of speech. The first years were dedicated to a fervent construction. Thousands of newspapers and magazines, dozens of television and radio stations were founded, contributing to an effervescent context, in contrast to the censorship of the authoritarian regimes in Central and Eastern Europe. In tandem came the interest for studying the impact of media, as well as the increasing need to train future journalists, equipped to undertake their role in a climate free of ideological constraints, and marked by freedom of expression. The post-communist journalism schools chose as models the Western European and American journalism, understood as practice of democracy (Gross, 2001).

Not only journalism needed specialists but the whole field of public communication required trained professionals. Thus, public relations and advertising became distinct fields of study, following the rapid development of communication industries. The investments of large companies in strategic communications campaigns, as well as regulations regarding the transparency of public institutions have motivated universities to build study programs in the field of communication. The Bologna process has led to the diversification of MA programs and the creation of the first doctoral schools in Communication Studies.

Digital communication technologies, underpinned by the consolidation of Internet access, have brought new challenges for the universities. New disciplines were implemented quickly, in a permanent race with the realities of Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and subsequent developments (AI, IoT, etc.).

With the growth of new media, the ethical dilemmas and controversies have multiplied. These add up to the market conditions of media institutions in Eastern Europe, which are characterized by center-periphery relations, that favor the import of technology, but also the adoption of Western editorial concepts. These transformations are problematic as they overlap with previous media issues, such as the lack of the trust in traditional media, the quasi-disappearance of print media, the tabloidization, etc. These controversies impact the activity of journalists, but also that of communication professionals. Traditional media institutions are being under scrutiny (Deuze, 2020), and journalists are facing public distrust, complicated by the rise of fake news.

We invite you to submit papers that discuss the evolution of media and journalism education, as well as the developments of journalism and public communication during the last 30 years.

We welcome abstracts and papers that cover the following topics:

1. Higher education in journalism and communication: history, curricula effects of the Bologna process and the ongoing digitalization.

2. Media and communication professions. transformations, configurations, and challenges.

3. Digital communication: computational propaganda and democracy, fake news, illiberal parties and movements.

4. Political communication: marketization and elections in the age of digitalization.

5. The Coronavirus outbreak and media education: infodemia and censorship in public communication during the state of emergency.

6. Advertising, digital campaigns, globalization and localization.

8. Gender perspectives on journalism and media

9. Ethical dilemmas in journalism, in public relations and advertising.

10. The impact of Internet on journalists and communication professionals.

Participants can also opt to send 500 words abstracts for the following panels:

1. Audiovisual communication in communism and post-communism

2. The impact of technologies on journalism and communication

3. Media and communication policies, media pluralism and independence. New approaches from a systemic perspective of the media system in Central and Eastern Europe

4. The relationship between academia and the advertising industry

5. Political communication in the digital age

6. Gender, politics and communication


- Participants can send 500-600 words abstracts (references included). We accept abstracts in English and Romanian. E-mail for sending the abstract: conference(at)

- There are no participation fees.

- The conference will be organized in the Webex system.

- The selected papers will be published in a proceedings volume or in the special issues of academic journals (Facta Universitatis Series: Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History; Media Studies and Applied Ethics; Styles of Communication).

Contacts: conference(at), romina.surugiu(at)


Abstract submission deadline: April 18

Feedback to participants on abstracts: April 26

Final programme of the conference: May 10

Conference dates: May 20-21

Laurent Mazliak, Rossana Tazzioli (eds.) Mathematical Communities in the Reconstruction After the Great War 1918–1928. Trajectories and Institutions. Cham: Birkhäuser 2021. ISBN 978-3-030-61682-3


This book is a consequence of the international meeting organized in Marseilles in November 2018 devoted to the aftermath of the Great War for mathematical communities. It features selected original research presented at the meeting offering a new perspective on a period, the 1920s, not extensively considered by historiography.

After 1918, new countries were created, and borders of several others were modified. Territories were annexed while some countries lost entire regions. These territorial changes bear witness to the massive and varied upheavals with which European societies were confronted in the aftermath of the Great War. The reconfiguration of political Europe was accompanied by new alliances and a redistribution of trade – commercial, intellectual, artistic, military, and so on – which largely shaped international life during the interwar period. These changes also had an enormous impact on scientific life, not only in practice, but also in its organization and communication strategies.

The mathematical sciences, which from the late 19th century to the 1920s experienced a deep disciplinary evolution, were thus facing a double movement, internal and external, which led to a sustainable restructuring of research and teaching. Concomitantly, various areas such as topology, functional analysis, abstract algebra, logic or probability, among others, experienced exceptional development. This was accompanied by an explosion of new international or national associations of mathematicians with for instance the founding, in 1918, of the International Mathematical Union and the controversial creation of the International Research Council. Therefore, the central idea for the articulation of the various chapters of the book is to present case studies illustrating how in the aftermath of the war, many mathematicians had to organize their personal trajectories taking into account the evolution of the political, social and scientific environment which had taken place at the end of the conflict.


Front Matter

Pages i-xvi

William Henry Young, an Unconventional President of the International Mathematical Union

Guillermo P. Curbera

Pages 1-29

The Unione Matematica Italiana and Its Bollettino, 1922–1928. National and International Aspects

Livia Giacardi, Rossana Tazzioli

Pages 31-61

L’Enseignement Mathématique and Its Internationalist Ambitions During the Turmoil of WWI and the 1920s

Hélène Gispert

Pages 63-88

Mathematics and Logic in Polish Encyclopedias Published During the Interwar Period

Roman Murawski

Pages 89-117

From the War Against Errors to Mathematics After the War: Public Discourses on a New Mathematical Dictionary

Laura E. Turner

Pages 119-150

International Geodesy in the Post-war Period, as Seen by the French Bureau des Longitudes (1917–1922)

Martina Schiavon

Pages 151-189

“The First Mathematically Serious German School of Applied Mathematics”?

Reinhard Siegmund-Schultze

Pages 191-225

The Mathematics of Nonlinear Oscillations in the 1920s: A Decade of Trials and Convergence? Examples of the Work of Nicolai Minorsky

Loïc Petitgirard

Pages 227-251

From Fundamenta Mathematicae to Studia Mathematica: The Renaissance of Polish mathematics in light of Banach’s publications 1919–1940

Frédéric Jaëck

Pages 253-276

Following Béla von Kerékjártó. The Journeys of a Hungarian Mathematician in the Post-war World

Alicia Filipiak

Pages 277-306

Under the Protection of Alien Wings. Russian Emigrant Mathematiciancs in Interwar France: A General Picture and Two Case Studies of Ervand Kogbetliantz and Vladimir Kosticyn

Laurent Mazliak, Thomas Perfettini

Pages 307-355


Back Matter

Pages 357-363

Call for Papers: Science and the State Governmental Research in War and Peace during the Twentieth Century, 3.- 4. March 2022, ZiF, Bielefeld. Deadline: August 31, 2021

Arguably, governmental research institutes and their scientific output have been crucial to state activities during the twentieth century. Think of the National Physics Laboratory (UK), the US Geological Survey, the Laboratoire National de Métrologie et d’Essais (France), or the Materials Testing Laboratories (Germany). However – perhaps due to an emphasis on university-based, “basic” science and its phenomenal growth toward Big Science in this period, or a focus on “applied” science (or technoscience) and its societal effects and repercussions – the research done at governmental institutes is a topic overlooked by many historians of science and technology. Only recently this has begun to change, with sustained efforts especially by political scientists and economists to give governmental science, often analyzed as regulatory science, the attention it deserves. Thus, our conference attempts to place governmental research on the historians’ agenda in an international, comparative perspective, and with a focus on the period of the two world wars and the cold war. For doing so, we wish to scrutinize the diverse national systems of governmental and regulatory science in their respective political, economical and scientific environments.

We especially stress the following themes:

The institutional organization of governmental science, and its changes.

The characteristics of its epistemic output, and its uses in innovation, regulation and policy.

The role of governmental research in armament, resources exploitation, and efforts to secure autarky.

The role of governmental research in crimes against humanity.

The relations to administrations in both dictatorial/ totalitarian and democratic regimes, especially during the shifts from peace-time to war-time economies, and back.

Cultures of remembrance and politics of the past after World War II in the context of governmental science.

We welcome abstracts of not more than 500 words, and a two-page cv, by 31. August 2021. We will be able to cover travel and accommodation. A decision if this conference will take place physically, hybrid, or virtual will be made at a later time.


Ms. Alice Neitzel


Monday, 12 April 2021

Michela Malpangott: Theoricae novae planetarum Georgii Peurbachii dans l’histoire de l’astronomie. Paris: CNRS 2021. ISBN : 978-2-271-13458-5

Le présent ouvrage révèle qu’aux Theoricæ novæ planetarum de Georg Peurbach (1423-1461) revient un rôle décisif dans les commence- ments de la révolution scientifique.

Une partie considérable du travail montre que la représentation de l’univers céleste élaborée par Peurbach comporte une innovation sans précédent et permet d’affirmer qu’un siècle avant Copernic, Peurbach avait déjà achevé sa propre révolution astronomique. L’astronomie change désormais de statut : de science abstraitement mathématique, elle s’apprête à devenir science de la réalité céleste où les mathématiques assument un rôle nouveau. Elles deviennent le fondement d’un univers conçu comme physiquement existant. L’édition critique des Theoricæ novæ planetarum, accompagnée de sa tra- duction française ainsi que d’un commentaire technique, permet au lecteur de mesurer de manière fondée la portée novatrice de l’univers conçu par Peurbach.

L’étude de la diffusion des Theoricæ novæ planetarum de 1454 à 1653 montre la façon dont l’univers de Peurbach a eveillé l’intérêt de ses contem- porains qui en ont immédiatement saisi la portée novatrice. Ceci a donné vie à un véritable mouvement de pensée qui s’étend pendant deux siècles et influence la pensée astronomique de l’Europe savante. Il résulte ainsi que sur les Theoricæ novæ planetarum s’est engendrée et assise une astro- nomie pré-copernicienne dotée d’une identité propre et de caractères qui la distinguent de celle du passé. Dans cette astronomie pré-copernicienne la révolution scientifique plonge ses racines.

Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Aleksandra Bilewicz (eds.): Socjologia stosowana. Tradycje naukowe polskiego kooperatyzmu XX wieku [Applied sociology. Scientific traditions of Polish cooperativism in the 20th century]. Warszawa: Oficyna Naukowa 2021. ISBN 978-83-66056-70-1



Przeszło sto lat temu socjalista i działacz społeczny Edward Milewski określił kooperację mianem „socjologii stosowanej”. Niniejsza książka jest próbą przybliżenia splotu socjologii i spółdzielczości, a więc ukazania styku teorii naukowej i kolektywnego działania. Pragniemy pokazać, jak polska myśl spółdzielcza problematyzowała zagadnienia socjologiczne i jak jeden z ważniejszych ruchów społecznych na ziemiach polskich rozwijał samoświadomość, odwołując się do teorii naukowych. Czytelnik znajdzie w tomie zarówno pisma klasyków polskich nauk społecznych, takich jak Stanisław Ossowski czy Stefan Czarnowski, jak i teksty działaczy spółdzielczych, którzy zajmowali się refleksją nad funkcjonowaniem i rozwojem ruchu. Zadaniem książki jest więc ponowne przyjrzenie się historii związanych ze spółdzielczością idei naukowych, które pozwalają w niej widzieć coś więcej niż wyłącznie jeden z rodzajów gospodarki uspołecznionej. W świetle tekstów zamieszczonych w niniejszej antologii spółdzielczość to oddolne „laboratorium” zmian społecznych.

Spis treści

Socjologia stosowana. Od teorii socjologicznej do instytucji

wspólnego działania (Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Aleksandra

Bilewicz) / IX

Kwestia społeczna — wspólne korzenie spółdzielczości i nauk

społecznych / XIII

Dwie wizje społeczeństwa — Bürgerliche Gesellschaft i doktryna

socjetarna / XX

Socjologowie i spółdzielczość — Tönnies, Mauss, Polanyi /XXVIII

Polska — socjalizm bezpaństwowy jako socjologia przyszłości / XXXVIII

Edward Abramowski — od uspołecznionej duszy do polityki braterstwa / XLIV

Instytucje czystego uspołecznienia / LV

O niniejszym zbiorze / LXIII

Podziękowania / LXXII

Zasady edycji / LXXIV


Część I

Teoria społeczna kooperacji

Edward Abramowski Metafizyka doświadczalna / 3

Rozdział V. Tożsamość ludzka. Ideał braterstwa / 3

Rozdział VI. Zagadnienie woli / 10

Rozdział VII. Życiowa etyka przyjaźni / 15

Stefan Czarnowski Wprowadzenie do kwestii społecznej w dobie obecnej / 21


Część II

Ideologia i propaganda

Edmund Zalewski Wrażenia wzrokowe w propagandzie ruchu spółdzielczego / 41

Vachan Totomianz Mistycyzm spółdzielczości (o przemianach idei spółdzielczej) / 45


Część III

Więzi społeczne i formy współdziałania

Tadeusz Kłapkowski Istota społeczeństwa (fragment) / 53

Rodział III. Więź społeczna / 53

Formy stosunków pomiędzy ludźmi / 53

Istota i rodzaje więzi społecznych / 56

Rozdział IV. Klasyfikacja form społecznych / 58

Stanisław Ossowski Socjologiczne podstawy nowoczesnej urbanistyki / 61


Część IV

Konsumpcja, praca, wartość

Maria Orsetti Teoria nadwartości a kooperatyzm spożywców / 79

Bogdan Suchodolski Praca w ujęciu Brzozowskiego i Abramowskiego / 92


Część V

Kooperacja w systemach gospodarczych

Väinö Tanner Miejsce spółdzielczości w systemach gospodarczych / 103

Wstęp / 103

Spółdzielczość w ramach gospodarki regulowanej względnie częściowo

planowej / 106

Ruch spółdzielczy w ramach dyktatorsko-kapitalistycznej gospodarki

planowej / 114

System włoski / 115

System niemiecki / 116

System austriacki / 119

Spółdzielczość w ramach gospodarki dyktatorsko-socjalistycznej / 121

Ruch spółdzielczy w ustroju demokratyczno-socjalistycznym / 128

Wnioski / 132

Stanisław Miłkowski Ustrój gospodarki drobnorolnej a spółdzielczość / 135

Kształtowanie się struktury gospodarczej polski / 135

Walka o pozycję gospodarczą wsi / 142

Organizacja / 142

Organizacja przetwórstwa / 145

Organizacja zaopatrywania /. 147

Organizacja obrotu pieniężnego / 147


Część VI

Kooperacja, przywództwo, hierarchia

Jan Sondel Działacz społeczny jako socjolog / 157

Socjologia i jej zadania / 157

Socjologia a akcja społeczno-oświatowa i wychowawcza / 160

Wieś jako przedmiot socjologicznego zainteresowania / 164

Socjologia wsi / 171

Edmund Zalewski Socjologiczne podstawy kierownictwa w spółdzielczości / 177


Część VII

Nieuchronność instytucjonalizacji? Epilog

Zbigniew Galor Tradycyjna własność spółdzielcza i zarządzanie

w warunkach transformacji ustrojowej / 187

Spółdzielczość w przekształceniach ustrojowych w Polsce / 188

Spółdzielczość — własność a rynek / 189

Problem własności spółdzielczej / 192

Koncepcje własności spółdzielczej / 194

Własność spółdzielcza a spółdzielcze sposoby produkcji, wymiany oraz świadczenia usług / 199

Własność spółdzielcza a zarządzanie / 200

Przypadek grupy Mondragon / 202

Tradycyjne i współczesne formy własności spółdzielczej (spółdzielni) / 203

Kazimierz Z. Sowa Od wspólnoty do związku instytucyjnego. Kilka uwag o rozwoju i społecznych przemianach spółdzielczych zrzeszeń konsumenckich / 207

Społeczna geneza stowarzyszeń spożywców / 207

Rozwój spółdzielczości i koncepcje kooperatyzmu / 219

Spółdzielnie spożywców w Polsce / 225

Rozwój i społeczne przemiany spółdzielczości spożywców w Polsce

Ludowej / 235

Postscriptum 2017 / 248


Noty biograficzne / 258

Noty bibliograficzne / 270

Bibliografia / 272

Indeks osób / 278

Bartłomiej Błesznowski, Aleksandra Bilewicz

Socjologia stosowana. Od teorii socjologicznej do instytucji wspólnego



Przeszło sto lat temu socjalista i działacz społeczny Edward Milewski określił kooperację mianem „socjologii stosowanej”. […] Przez określenie „kooperacja” Milewski rozumiał ruch społeczny, który został zapoczątkowany ponad sześćdziesiąt lat wcześniej w przemysłowej Anglii. […] Organizacja polityczna przyszłego ruchu robotniczego pozostawała w stałej symbiozie z inicjatywami gospodarczymi grup uciskanych. Sprzężenie idei i praktyki w służbie „solidarności klasowej” było jednym z głównych czynników emancypacji całej klasy ludowej (w tym także chłopstwa i biedniejszej burżuazji) w XIX i początkach XX wieku, które nie ograniczały się wyłącznie do robotników […]

Niniejsza książka stanowi próbę przybliżenia splotu idei spółdzielczości i socjologii, a więc styku nauki i praktyki, na gruncie polskim. Pragniemy pokazac, w jaki sposób polska myśl spółdzielcza problematyzowała zagadnienia socjologiczne, czerpiąc z teorii powstałych zarówno na Zachodzie, jak i na rodzimym gruncie. Pokazujemy zatem, w jaki sposób jeden z ważniejszych ruchów społecznych na ziemiach polskich rozwijał samoświadomość, odwołując się do teorii naukowych. Naszym celem jest ukazanie także, że ze spółdzielczością na różne sposoby byli związani, teoretycznie lub praktycznie (bądź w obu tych sferach), czołowi przedstawiciele polskiej myśli społecznej, jak na przykład Stefan Czarnowski czy Stanisław Ossowski. Refleksjom socjologiczno-spółdzielczym oddawało się także wielu innych autorów związanych z ruchem spółdzielczym, mniej znanych w świecie naukowym.


Call for Papers – History of Computing, AI, etc. in the European South – Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival


Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Algorithms, Internet of Things, Social Media, Automation, Robotics and Cybernetics: Historical and STS Perspectives from Mediterranean/Southern/Southeastern Europe


Part of the ‘Tensions of Europe Digital Workshop Festival’, 28 June-2 July 2021 (

The workshop aims to advance scholarly research and discussion on the appropriation, localization, adaptation, adjustment, maintenance, repair, use and reconfiguration in use of computing and related technologies in the context of Mediterranean, Southern and Southeastern Europe. We are interested in contributions that rely on historical and STS perspectives in order to address issues of relevance to the discourses and materialities of computing technology and science. Especially welcomed are: papers that address critically the rhetoric of universalism surrounding computing and related technologies; papers on the co-shaping of technology and society, from angles that take into account issues of relevance to work, leisure, gender, race, ethnicity, disability and borders/migration;  and papers on the public history of computing and related technologies, which are in conversation with fields like Cultural and Media Studies, Cultural Heritage, Museum Studies,  Digital History, Science Communication, Digital Heritage and Digital Humanities.

Submissions may relate (without being limited) to the following topics:

·       Histories of computing, from mainframes to microcomputers (home and personal)

·       The emergence of the internet, the web, email and the social media in the European South

·       Historical and STS perspectives on the technologies associated with the so called ‘4th Industrial Revolution’: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Algorithms, Internet of Things

·       Historical and STS perspectives on Automation, Robotics, Cybernetics

Deadline for abstract submissions (250 words, plus a brief author CV): May 2nd 2021. Workshop participants will be invited to contribute to a special journal issue and an edited volume, which will focus, respectively, on historical and STS perspectives. Details on all of the above will be provided through the workshop website, which will become available together with the Second Call for Papers later in the spring of 2021.

Initial Workshop Committee (to be completed by interested scholars from other countries):

Aristotle Tympas, Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Maria Roussou, Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens / Vice-Chair, Greek ACM-Women Chapter / Museum of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Giorgos Zoukas, Postdoctoral Fellow, Greek State Scholarships Foundation / Department of History and Philosophy of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Abstract submissions:

For any inquiries, please contact: Giorgos Zoukas (

CFP: Doing The Global Intellectual History Of Social Movements, Berlin 19.08.2021 - 21.08.2021, Deadline 28.05.2021



This workshop aims to link global intellectual history with the history of social movements. Recent publications have tackled common diffusionist understandings of the relationship between “intellectuals” and social movements. We want to bring together scholars from different parts of the world to engage in a broader discussion about how to research and write global intellectual histories of social movements.

Doing The Global Intellectual History Of Social Movements


In the last decades, intellectual history has aimed to move away from its traditional focus on famous intellectuals as its main actors. The emergence of a "global" intellectual history further troubled the idea that (normatively white and male) professional intellectuals were the only people with ideas worth taking seriously. The global social movements of the 20th century –– labor movements, Communisms, movements for racial and gender justice, movements for sexual liberation, and conservative and reactionary movements organizing to preserve the status quo –– all of had evolving relationships with ideas and with the figure of "the intellectual" that belie any concept of ideas flowing from a professional intellectual outward into the fields of the social and the political. How can we research and write truly global intellectual histories of social movements?

We are pleased to invite you, with the support of the Global Intellectual History Graduate School in Berlin, to a workshop discussing the methodological, conceptual, and practical problems when dealing with the intellectual history of social movements from a global perspective. We are pleased to welcome as our keynote speaker Dr. Tiffany N. Florvil, Associate Professor of 20th-century European Women’s and Gender History at the University of New Mexico where she writes about Black intellectualism, internationalism, and gender. She is the author of Mobilizing Black Germany: Afro-German Women and the Making of a Transnational Movement (2020).

We invite papers of twenty minutes (3,000 words) which touch on, expand, or critique the premises of the following questions:

- How do we link quotidian intellectuals and “small” intellectual history to the broader history of ideas?

- How does the social history of intellectuals connect to global intellectual history as a field?

- What kinds of sources and archives are useful and how do we read them? How do we deal with activist writers whose ideas shift over time and are often written in unclear, fragmented, broken, or partial ways (as opposed to professional idea-havers whose ideas are often published in books with clear reception histories)?

- What is an intellectual and how do we think the intellectual more broadly – or should we avoid the category? How has "intellectual history's" vision of "the intellectual" been marked by race, class, and gender; and do global approaches undo or reinforce this?

- How do we complicate the diffusionist idea of ideas flowing from the top down and understand how theory and intellectual practice – even, or especially, in imperfectly or incorrectly translated or understood forms – evolve across related social movements?

We want to make this workshop a place for an engaged discussion around shared questions and not a simple succession of presentations. Therefore, we will ask all presenters to attend all sessions of the workshop. We aim to create a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment in which to discuss work in progress: we would rather participants come with open questions than simply present finished work.

We invite graduate students, researchers, and independent scholars to submit an abstract of 300 words and a short CV by 28 May 2021 to Christian Jacobs ( Most likely, the conference will take place as an online event 19 – 21 August. However, in the unlikely case, the pandemic situation and travel restrictions allow we will consider hybrid or in person formats. Notices of acceptance will be sent by mid-June 2021. Participants will be asked to send their papers for precirculation two weeks before the conference.

Keynote lecture: Tiffany N. Florvil (University of New Mexico)

Call for Papers: 30 years of higher education in journalism and communication in Eastern Europe after 1989: From conquering the freedom of expression to embracing digital communication. Bucharest/Online, May 20-21, 2021. Deadline April 18.