The AG Wissenschaftsgeschichte at Vienna University, founded in 1992 and previously convened by Mitchell Ash and Marianne Klemun, meets for a Jour Fixe, normally on the last Monday of the month from 4 pm to 6 pm. Members and invited guests discuss their own research based on pre-circulated work in progress. For more information, please contact the current conveners Anna Echterhölter and Sebastian Felten (

Sommersemester 2022

23 May 2022 Images of Science in Czechoslovakia 1918-1968
Jan Surman (Department for History, Czech Academy of Sciences), commentary by Rosamund Johnston (Vienna)

25 April 2022 „Very early, the enjoyment of nature research and mountaineering awoke in me.”
Autobiographic narratives of lives in geology (early 20th century, Vienna)
Sandra Klos (Vienna), commentary by Alexander Stöger (Leiden)

14 March 2022 Science and Russian Orthodoxy (postponed)
Karl Hall (Vienna/Budapest


Wintersemester 2021

31 January 2022 Economic calculation in the home: Accounting in bourgeois and working-class households in imperial Austria and Germany
Max Ehrenfreund (Harvard

13 December 2021 Systems Worlds: The Making of Sustainability Science at IIASA
Isabell Schrickel (Lüneburg), comment by Verena Halsmayer (Lucerne)

29 November 2021 A Tale of Two Journals: Editorial Gatekeeping Dynamics of Different Ways of Knowing and Their Epistemic Impact During the “Maturation Phase” of Modern Cell Biology in the 1960s and 1970s
Hanna Worliczek (Vienna/Berlin), comment by Dominic Berry (Birmingham)


Sommersemester 2021

14 Juni 2021 Die Werkzeuge der heilpädagogischen Station. Netzwerke und Aktenführung
Nikolaus Thoman (Vienna), comment by Andrew Mendelsohn (London)

26 April 2021 Habsburg Intellectual History in a Global Context: A Counter-Reformation Account  
Thomas Wallnig (Vienna) and Ines Peper (Vienna), comment by Martin Gierl (Göttingen) From 5 pm to 7 pm.

12 April 2021 The Global Data of Nuclear Winter and Acid Rain: Navigating the Cold War Research Infrastructures at IIASA in Laxenburg 
Eglė Rindzevičiūtė (London). This is a joint event with the Forschungsschwerpunkt Wissenschaftsgeschichte.

22 March 2021 Animals and Humans in Action: Knowledge-Making and World Orders in a 17th-Century Ottoman Manuscript
Dogan Karakelle (Berlin), comment by Kerstin Weich (Vienna)


Wintersemester 2020

25 January 2021 Data at the Doorstep
Laurens Schlicht (Saarbrücken), Sophie Ledebur (Berlin), Anna Echterhölter (Vienna)

7 December 2020 The Science of Money: Isaac Newton's Mastering of the Mint
Alice Maples (Oxford), comment by Cesare Pastorino (Berlin)


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