Autumn Fellows' Conference 2023

Conferences and Workshops

A staple of intellectual life at the IWM since its early days, the biannual conference provides an opportunity for early-career visiting researchers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds to present their work and exchange ideas in a collegial atmosphere. Visiting and Permanent Fellows, alumni and scholars from Viennese institutions act as commentators and discussants.


The Autumn Fellows' Conference 2023 took place on Wednesday, 29 November, from 9:00 to 18:30, and was organized around five themes:

09:00 - 09:30 Opening Remarks by Ayşe Çağlar

Panel 1: Contested (Hi)stories at the European Borderlands (Chair: Stefan Voicu)

09:30 - 10:10
Johana Wyss - Antagonistic Memories and Populist Mobilization: Unraveling Everyday Memory Practices in Central and Eastern Europe's Silesian Borderland
Commentator: Ayşe Çağlar

10:10 - 10:50
Stanislaw Boridczenko - Traitor to the Nation or Defenders of Traditions? Unveiling Nationalism's Grassroots Perspective
Commentator: Börries Kuzmany

10:50 - 11:10 Coffee Break

Panel 2: Emotions in the Making (Chair: Liz Calhoun)

11:10 - 11:50
Jan Musil - Life Is Not a Sausage and Death Is Not the End of It
Commentator: Slobodan Markovich

11:50 - 12:30

Kinga Siewior - "Sensational Content of Revolution": Making Emotional Socialism in Post-War Poland
Commentator: Ludger Hagedorn

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

Panel 3: Making Sense of Sense-Making (Chair: Johana Wyss)

13:30 - 14:10
Natalia Volvach - The Researcher’s Body as a Sensing Agent: Ghost (Auto)Ethnography in Contested Semiotic Landscapes
Commentator: Brigitta Busch

14:10 - 14:50
Anastasiia Omelianiuk - Informing Political Care: Decolonial and Nationalist Stories as Strategies of Ukrainian Activists
Commentator: Mikhail Minakov

14:50 - 15:10 Coffee Break

Panel 4: Humans, Algorithms and Meaning (Chair: Natalia Volvach)

15:10 - 15:50
Hana Kopecka - The Impact of Robot Appearance on Explanation Expectations and Preferences in Human-Robot Interaction
Commentator: Anna Dobrosovestnova

15:50 - 16:30
Liz Calhoun - Debating Risk and Political Community in the Algorithmic Forecasting of Crime
Commentator: George Metakides

16:30 - 16:50 Coffee Break

Panel 5: The Post-War Europe: Solidarity and Democracy (Chair: Kinga Siewior)

16:50 - 17:30
Jan Farfal - Defying the Iron Curtain: Émigré Journals and Their Attempts to Confront the Post-War Reality
Commentator: Misha Glenny

17:30 - 18:10
Stefan Voicu - Friend or Foe? Romanian Farmers and the EU-Ukraine Solidarity Lanes
Commentator: Olesya Yaremchuk

18:10 - 18:30 Closing Remarks by Ludger Hagedorn


While the conference is an internal event for the IWM community, external visitors are welcome to attend upon request. Should you wish to participate, please reach out to the IWM's Fellowship Program Coordinator Franz Graf at