Space – Mediascapes/Translating – Materiality: Rural Societies in the Making

RHN 64/2019 | Event

Organisers: Interdisciplinary network “Love, Work, and Violence” – Dietlind Hüchtker, Claudia Kraft, Margareth Lanzinger

23-24 May 2019, University of Vienna, Seminarraum 7, Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1, 1090 Wien, Austria


Author Workshop
Space – Mediascapes/Translating – Materiality: Rural Societies in the Making

The event is the fifth within a series of workshops that are provided by the interdisciplinary network “Love, Work, and Violence”. This forum actively tries to transcend conventional boundaries of epochs and wants to discuss the output and limits of theoretical perspectives in connection with profound empirical studies. Love, work and violence are keywords for this endeavor. They allow the group to translate the­oretical concepts into different empirical contexts. The network offers several possibilities of working formats and cooperation in the field of rural studies.

This year’s workshop serves the purpose of prepa­ring a joint publication. The group will devote itself to first drafts of empirical studies from different dis­ciplines and different periods which offer a detailed examination of the three concepts discussed during the previous meetings: space, mediascapes/transla­ting, and materiality. The workshop aims to connect the articles in regard to the concepts and to present examples how to apply new approaches to the study of rural societies.

The articles will be published in Rural History Yearbook/Jahrbuch für die Geschichte des ländlichen Raumes.

Dietlind Hüchtker (GWZO, Leipzig),
Claudia Kraft (University of Vienna),
Margareth Lanzinger (University of Vienna),

Sara Vorwalder (Institut für Zeitgeschichte, Universität Wien),
Ines Rößler (GWZO, Leipzig),

The Leibniz Institute for the History and Culture of Eastern Europe (GWZO) carries out comparative historical and cultural research on the region borde­ring the Baltic, the Black, and the Adriatic Seas from the Early Middle Ages to the present. Currently, there are around 50 research scholars associated with the Institute conducting work both in Germany and abroad from across the range of humanities discip­lines. In its activities, the Institute relies on a dense network of cooperative partnerships with Eastern and Central European as well as international research organizations.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

Welcome and Introduction

Space I

Chair: Tomasz Wiślicz (Warsaw)

Claudia Kraft (Vienna)
Ordering Space in Times of Emergency: Rural State Building During the Kościuszko Uprising

Matthias Kaltenbrunner (Vienna)
Complementary Spaces: Transatlantic and Continental Migration in Galician Villages

Margareth Lanzinger (Vienna)
Terrritorializing Power – the Making of French Administration in the Illyrian Provinces (1810–1813)

16:00–16:30 Coffee Break

Space and Mediascapes/Translating

Chair: Markus Krzoska (Gießen)

Sabine von Löwis (Berlin)
Ridnyj kraj – Dimensions of Motherland Pop

Joanna Rozmus (Vienna)
From State Farm to Golf & Country Club: Transformation(s) of Everyday Life Structures in the South East Polish Village Paczółtowice, 1991–2004

First Conclusions



Friday, May 24, 2019


Chair: Olga Linkiewicz (Warsaw)

Barbara Klich-Kluczewska (Cracow)
The Transmission of Imagined Modernity: Educational Movies and the Rural Audience in Postwar Poland

Werner Nell (Halle)
Between Contingence, Permanence and Transcend­ence: Work Organization in Rural Societies and a Fluid Modernity

Dietlind Hüchtker (Leipzig)
Translating Knowledge, Practicing Rurality: Sociological Studies on Adolescent Behavior

Second Conclusions

11:00–11:30 Coffee Break

Materiality I

Chair: Dietlind Hüchtker (Leipzig)

Iurii Zazuliak (Lviv)
Bodily Punishments, Servitude and Social Classifica­tion of Peasants in Red Ruthania (Galicia) During the 15th Century

Markus Krzoska (Gießen)
Humans, Non-humans, Materiality: Trying to Under­stand the Assemblage of Białowieża Forest in Some New Ways

Dobrochna Kałwa (Warsaw)
Materiality of Poverty: Women’s Management of Small Farms in Poland in the 1930s

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Materiality II

Chair: Claudia Kraft (Vienna)

Maria Hetzer (Siegen)
Of Trees, Maps and Machines: Tracing and Translating Rural Conflicts

Jaśmina Korczak-Siedlecka (Warsaw)
It’s a Dog’s Life: The Role of Animals in Conflict Situations in Early Modern Villages in Pomerelia

15:30–16:00 Coffee Break

Last Conclusions

Future Network Activities

17:00 Conference End


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