E-Mail: ola.linkiewicz [at] ihpan.edu.pl
Eastern Europeans and American Cold-War Science: Race and Ethnicity in Poland and the Transnational Exchange of Knowledge, 1918–1958
The project traces links between epistemologies and practices of anthropology and empirical sociology in the Second Polish Republic (1918–1939) and related scientific endeavors conducted in the United States from the interwar period up to the early Cold War. Based on the Polish example, it attempts to understand a broader phenomenon of cross-cultural exchange of knowledge through analysis of interactions between scholars situated in their sociopolitical networks. By so doing, it proposes a shift of attention toward the “non-Western” arbiters of knowledge and the implications of their agency in the development of anthropological and sociological fields as a means of intervening in society. At the same time, Eastern Europeans and American Cold-War Science shows how personal experience of scholars shaped their approach to the big questions of the twentieth century, such as colonialism, racism, and antisemitism.