Spring Fellows' Conference 2024

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.


Thursday, 16 May / 1st day

14:15 - 14:30 Opening remarks by IWM Rector Misha Glenny

Panel 1: Encounters with 20th Century History
Chair: Marek Kettner

14:30 - 15:15
Milana Sribniak: Repatriation of Ukrainian POWs from Austria (1918-1920): (In)Significant Others Amid the Crushing World
Commentator: Ayşe Çağlar

15:15 - 16:00
Dorota Michalska: The Open Veins of The Earth. Władysław Hasior (1928-1999), Post-War Marxism and Decoloniality Between Poland and Uruguay
Commentator: Éva Forgács

16:00 - 16:30  Coffee Break

Panel 2: Investigations of German Philosophy
Chair: Petra Hlaváčková

16:30 - 17:15
Bartosz Wójcik: Hegelian Politics of Contradictions
Commentator: Maciej Sosnowski 

17:15 - 18:00
Marek Kettner: Walter Benjamin and His Concept of Naturgeschichte
Commentator: Darren Gardner 

Friday, 17 May / 2nd day

Panel 3: The Politics of Climate Crisis
Chair: Lachlan Kermode

9:00 - 9:45
Dragan Djunda: The Historical-Materialist Reading of the Serbian Energy Transition
Commentator: Yuliya Yurchenko

9:45 - 10:30
Tendai Ganduri: Whose Views Matter? COP and Climate Debates in Africa
Commentator: Philipp Budka 

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break 

Panel 4: Predicaments of the Digital Era
Chair: Milana Sribniak

11:00 - 11:45
Angelika Adensamer: Algorithmic Evidence and the Right to an Effective Remedy: Lie Detection, Dialect Analysis and Other Border Technologies
Commentator: Holly Case 

11:45 - 12:30
Lachlan Kermode: Love's First Site
Commentator: Amanda Holmes 

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch 

Panel 5: Is There a Feminist Research Method?
Chair: Iryna Zamuruieva

14:00 - 14:45
Petra Hlaváčková: Silence about Gender: Tools of Gender Analysis and Architectural History
Commentator: Zsófia Lóránd

14:45 - 15:30 Coffee Break

Panel 6: Reflections on Literary Forms
Chair: Adrian Cvitanović

15:30 - 16:15
Anna Schubertová: Tragedy in the Realist Novel
Commentator: Wolfgang Müller-Funk

16:15 - 17:00
Maryna Shoda: Between Mythmaking and Social Engagement: A Comparative Analysis of Narrative Techniques in the Novels of Olga Tokarczuk and Eva Vezhnavets
Commentator: Ludger Hagedorn