Scientific Societies in Vienna (1800-1925)

Formed at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 2019, this research group examines (popular) scientific societies in Vienna during the 19th century until the 1920s. Johannes Mattes and his team investigate the unusual size of these associations in Vienna, the scope of their contributions to science and the reliable role they played in society. It was only after the First World War that the tides turned and more radical thoughts were voiced. [more]

 

 

The State Multiple II: Practices, Resources and Sites of Planning (2020)

Planning as a research perspective recasts the initial questions of the state in the light of maintenance and care. Our working group meets on a monthly basis to discuss texts and to organize workshops. It brings together scholars from different fields of study, such as the ethnography of accounting, the history of administration, economics and literature, environmental history of the Ottoman Empire and the history of bureaucratic knowledge. Current research interests converge in an emphasis on practices. This approach opens up new perspectives on idealized notions of bureaucracy, abstract numbering systems, risk calculation or environmental protection. In this manner we explore modes of environmental or multispecies planning. We aim not only at pointing out the tensions between the planned and not-planned, intended and unintended consequences of planning, but also the temporalities and moods that allow for coping with the inconsistencies of planning in the everyday [more].

History of Bureaucratic Knowledge (MPIWG)

This international working group was initiated in 2017 by Christine von Oertzen and Sebastian Felten at the Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science in Berlin to investigate administrative knowledge production. Bureaucracies have emerged in every corner of the world, seemingly spontaneously, wherever large territories, resources, and populations were to be governed. [more]

Reading Group in the History of Science

The working group history of science / Arbeitsgruppe Wissenschaftsgeschichte is organized by Marianne Klemun and discusses pre-circulated papers on am monthly basis. For more information please visit [here]. 

Benedictines, State Reform and the Church in Austria, 1720-40

The Pez correspondence for the years 1719 to 1763 is being edited and, simultaneously, the edition will be recast in digital form and merged with the digitized Pez papers and other materials in a virtual research environment. [more]

Reassembling the Republic of Letters 1500-1800

The project provides a digital framework for multi-lateral collaboration on Europe`s intellectual history. Thomas Wallnig is active member. It is funded as IS1310 - COST-Action -- European Cooperation in Science and Technology. [more]

Kommission für Geschichte und Philosophie der Wissenschaften

The working group for the comprehensive history of science (Arbeitsgruppe allgemeine Wissenschaftsgeschichte) is one of five working groups comprising the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW) Commission for History and Philosophy of Sciences (Kommission für Geschichte und Philosophie der Wissenschaften). Research regarding the so-called "Wiener Moderne" ca. 1900 has long been a point of intense scientific interest, but there has been as yet little investigation into infrastructures of knowledge during the late Habsburg monarchy. [more]

 

 

Vienna Anthropocene Network

Among the first who calculated resources on a global scale was the Viennese geologist and reformer Eduard Suess. When did the global inventories of nature get dynamised and complex? Which influence did these global statistics have on economic thought of the epoch? "Resource Imaginaries" was a first conference held by our working group within the Anthropocene Network, which comprises many dicsiplines from STS to Cronostratigraphy  [more]

Cooperation with (East) European Epistemologies

Together with the working group (East) European Epistemologies (Erfurt/Leipzig) we investigate the eminent contributions to the field of science studies by scholars from Eastern, Southeastern or Central Europe. Many of these important contributions may be considered as voices from the peripheries of the Habsburg Empire. They shed light too on the discussions around political epistemology. [more]

Social Sciences History

The group convenes at the Institute of Advanced Studies Vienna. With a broad scope on sociology as well as economics, the research platform connects historians of science with social scientists interested in the history of their respective disciplines. [more]