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Book talk: Travelling Microbes in Central Europe

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The international platform HPS.CESEE and IGITI are happy to invite you to the first "global book talk", Travelling Microbes in Central Europe: with Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen (Vienna) and Katrin Steffen (Lüneburg). It is first in a series of open zoom events, aiming at fostering the discussion of new books and approaches in, and about, broadly understood history of science and knowledge in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

 
Knowledge does not travel just by itself. It needs laboratories, but also logistics to be moved. Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen’s monograph Wie man Mikroben auf Reisen schickt: Zirkulierendes bakteriologisches Wissen und die polnische Medizin 1885–1939 [How to Make Microbes Travel: Circulating bacteriological knowledge and the Polish Medicine 1885-1939], published in 2018, looks at the circulation of knowledge from the perspective of the material turn, tracing techniques applied by Polish physicians to mobilize microbes in laboratories, make them moveable, and then finally move them. The book presents a multilayered history of medicalization in Central Europe from the end of the 19th century to 1939: It ranges from a global perspective on the exchange between laboratories in Paris, Tunis or Lwów, through the history of mobilizing medicine for cultural and state nationalism, to the inclusion of bacteriology into the daily practice of physicians. It integrates Central Europe into a global history of knowledge and leads us to rethink the categories center and periphery in the history of knowledge production.

Katharina’s book should serve us as the point of departure for a discussion of the potential of the material turn for the history of science in Central and Eastern Europe, which will be introduced by Katrin Steffen (Lüneburg). 

The event is hosted by the platform hps.cesee: History of Science in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Higher School of Economics, Moscow.

The meeting is open to the public. To receive the link, please fill the contact data here or write to Jan Surman jsurman@hse.ru

Dr. Katharina Kreuder-Sonnen is a research and teaching fellow in contemporary history at Vienna University. She received her PhD from the University of Giessen (Germany) and held fellowships, among others, with the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science, Berlin and the German Historical Institute in Warsaw. Her book was awarded the dissertation prize of the German Historical Association as well as the dissertation prize of the German Association of Historians of Science, Medicine and Technology. She is currently pursuing a second book project in the global history of large construction sites.