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 (

Summer 2023, 4-6 pm
This term we cooperate with the International EST Colloquia

27. April 2023
Debjani Bhattacharyya: Chair of History of the Anthropocene (Universität Zürich)

5. Mai 2023: “Towards a new framework for historicizing the future”
Jamie Petrushka (Rutgers University), together with Christian Dayé, TU Graz

5. June 2023 (tbc)
Simon Schaffer (Cambridge) on the invitation of Martin Kusch (Vienna)


Winter 2022, 4-6 pm

10 October 2022 "Die Arbeitsgruppen der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft an den ostdeutschen Universitäten 1991-1998, oder: Wie eine erfolgreiche Kooperation universitärer und außeruniversitärer Forschung aufgrund einer grundfalschen Annahme entstand"
Mitchell Ash (Vienna), comment by Jaromír Dittmann-Balcar (MPIWG, Berlin) and Bernd Gausemeier (Medizinische Hochschule Hannover)

14 November 2022 "'Polen 2000' als wissenschaftliches und politisches Programm: Institutionalisierung der Zukunftsforschung von 1969 bis 1976"
Lukas Becht (RECET, Vienna), comment by Jan Surman (Department for History, Czech Academy of Sciences)

12 December 2022 "Prozess und Feld: Zu Innovationsstudien in der Wissenschaftsforschung in der DDR um 1980"
Friedrich Cain (Fakultätszentrum für Transdisziplinäre Studien, Vienna), comment by Till Düppe (Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM))

9 January 2023 "Colonial Statistics in the French Caribbean" entfällt
Fanny Malègue (EHESS, CENA / Mondes Américains, Paris)


Summer 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


Winter 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)


Summer 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)


Winter 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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