EUTIM Conference
Wed 01 Dec 2021 – Fri 03 Dec 2021

History of Science and the Challenges of “Non-simultaneity” in Eastern and Central Europe

Annual Conference of the research project “European Times” (EUTIM), organised by Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Online event

The annual conference of the research network project “European Times” (EUTIM) will take place from 1 to 3 December 2021. Under the theme “History of Science and the Challenges of 'Non-simultaneity' in Eastern and Central Europe”, scholars from various disciplines will discuss complex interconnections of knowledge production in “East” and “West”, focusing in particular on manifestations of non-simultaneity. The discussions will concentrate on the category of “theories from the East” and the ways in which “Western” conceptual frameworks have been domesticated in Central and Eastern Europe. 

Press release

The three panels of the conference will focus on the development of the history of ideas with regard to phenomena of non-simultaneity, literary criticism in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s and early 1930s, and the complexity of scholarly interactions during the Cold War Period.

The conference will be held online in English and will start on 1 December, 14.00 h, with the opening lecture by Annette Werberger on “Asynchronicities in Cultural and Literary Studies”.

We would like to invite you to participate in the conference and discuss the above mentioned issues.

To participate, please register at ukraine(at)

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The conference is conceived, chaired and organised by Prof. Dr. Andrii Portnov, who holds the Chair of Entangled History of Ukraine at the European University Viadrina and represents the research field History of Science within the EUTIM project.

Europäische Zeiten/European Times – A Transregional Approach to the Societies of Central and Eastern Europe (EUTIM) is a joint project of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), the University of Potsdam and the Forum Transregionale Studien in Berlin. The research project has been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) since April 1, 2021, within the framework of the guideline for the promotion of regional studies (area studies) for an initial period of three years.



1 December 2021, Wednesday

14.00-15.30 Opening Talk

Annette Werberger (European University Viadrina)
“Asynchronicities in Cultural and Literary Studies”

Moderated by Alexander Wöll (University of Potsdam)

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-19.00 Panel 1: From Natural History to the History of Ideas: Close Reading of Non-simultaneity in Eastern Europe

Moderated by Bozhena Kozakevych (European University Viadrina)

Tetiana Onofriichuk (Center for Advanced Studies Sofia)
“Defining the distinction: explorations of natural history and society in the Polish provinces of the Russian empire, 1800s – 1840s”

Oleksandr Avramchuk (Warsaw University)
“Where Does the West End? ‘East-Central Europe’ and the Transformation of the Cold-War Slavic Studies”

Andrii Portnov (European University Viadrina)
“The Problem of the Epoch”: Viktor Petrov, Dmytro Czyzhevsky and others


2 December 2021, Thursday

15.00-18.30 Panel 2: Literary Criticism in Soviet Ukraine in the 1920s – early 1930s: Between Marxism and Formalism

Moderated by Galina Babak (New Europe College, Bucharest)

Oksana Pashko (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
“Academy Formation of the Sociology of Literature in the Ukrainian literary Criticism of the 1920s: Sociology of Literary Styles and Reader Perception”

Nataliya Vusatyuk (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy)
“The Literary Criticism of Kyiv Neoclassicists: Between Formalism and Sociologism”

Alexander Dmitriev (Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Higher School of Economics Moscow)
“Literary Criticism of Alexander Beletsky/Oleksandr Biletsky: In Search for Synthesis”


3 December 2021, Friday

14.00-17.30 Panel 3: The Complexity of Scientific Interactions during the Cold War Era

Moderated by Bohdan Tokarsky (University of Potsdam)

Adela Hincu (New Europe College, Bucharest)
“Non-simultaneity in Cold War social science: The project of ‘socialist sociology’ in Central and Eastern Europe”

Roland Сvetkovski (University of Cologne)
“Backwardness, Control, and Global Governance. The USSR, Cybernetics and the Cold War”

Sergei I. Zhuk (Ball State University, USA)
“To Study the Main Adversary: Soviet Americanists, the KGB, and the Meddling in American/Canadian politics during the 1960s and the 1970s”

17.30-18.00 Coffee Break

18.00-19.30 Closing Talk & Sum-up

Nikolai Koposov (Emory University/Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
“From Non-Simultaneity to Simultaneity: On the Reception of the Annales School Historiography in Soviet Russia”

Moderated by Elen Budinova (European University Viadrina)

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