Spring Fellows’ Conference 2024 This Thursday and Friday

Event announcement

On 16 and 17 May, the IWM community will gather for the Spring Fellows’ Conference. The event, followed later this year by the Autumn Fellows’ Conference, has a longstanding tradition at the IWM. Providing early-career visiting scholars with diverse backgrounds with an opportunity to introduce their work to a larger audience, this biannual conference has become one of the major events in the IWM calendar.

The presenters are joined by visiting and permanent fellows, alumni and researchers from local institutions who act as commentators and discussants, facilitating the exchange of ideas and providing invaluable feedback for the conference participants.

While the conference is an internal event for the IWM community, external visitors are very welcome to join this intellectual exchange. Should you wish to participate, please reach out to the IWM’s Fellowship Program Coordinator Kasper Nowak at nowak@iwm.at.

This year's Spring Fellows' Conference is organized around 6 themes: 

Thursday, 16 May

14:15 - 14:30 Opening remarks by 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 

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