Book Launch: "Galizien als Archiv" by M. Baran-Szołtys & "Nationale Wissenschaft zwischen zwei Imperien" by M. Rohde (Wiener Galizien Studien) on January 31, 2022, 18.00, via Zoom.

Magdalena Baran-Szoltys Discussion


Magdalena Baran-Szołtys (Vienna) and Martin Rohde (Halle/Saale) present their books!
In conversation with Christoph Augustynowicz, Kerstin S. Jobst, Yvonne Kleinmann, Kurt Scharr, Alois Woldan and of course you.

The event is a cooperation of the Aleksander-Brückner-Center and the University of Vienna. It will be held on January 31, 2022, 18.00, via Zoom, in German.  Please register at You can find the Book Launch as an event on Facebook: .


About the books:

Magdalena Baran-Szołtys: Galizien als Archiv. Reisen im postgalizischen Raum in der Gegenwartsliteratur. Göttingen 2021.

How do people travel to historical spaces like Galicia today and, above all, what for? This book offers answers to those questions by analysing contemporary representations of Galicia in Polish and German-language literary texts and journalistic travel accounts. Magdalena Baran-Szoltys sheds light on the role of travels to historical spaces and then develops the thesis of Galicia as an archive/archival space in which certain themes, myths, material relics etc. are stored. She determines three types of archives: historical-literary, idiosyncratic and family. The model designed for the study of such journeys provides revealing insights and can be applied to other spaces in Europe with similar characteristics, e.g. Bukovina.

Martin Rohde: Nationale Wissenschaft zwischen zwei Imperien. Die Ševčenko-Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften, 1892–1918. Göttingen 2022.

Which factors influenced the knowledge production of non-dominant groups in hierarchized contact zones? This question is discussed with the example of the Ukrainian Shevchenko Scientific Society in Habsburg Galicia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This young institution was the only centre of the Ukrainian scholarly community during this period, enabling investigation into nascent Ukrainian science through the history of this association. Although this book deals with a group of nationalizing scholars, the focus is not exclusively on conflicts, but rather on European entanglements as well as the possibilities, limits, and delineations of Ukrainian science in its pursuit of justifying the existence of Ukraine.