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Die Ungleichzeitigkeit des Gleichzeitigen
12 April 2019


On April 12, 2019 Grand session hall of the Lviv City Council hosted the lecture by Marci Shore "Die Ungleichzeitigkeit des Gleichzeitigen: Not long ago, when the age of innocence ended, and everything was possible".

What we today, retrospectively, call "the interwar years" came about due to two moments of radical contingency: if on 28 June 1914 nineteen year-old Gavrilo Princip’s bullet had missed Franz Ferdinand, if in April 1917 anything at all had derailed that sealed German train car and Lenin had not arrived in Petrograd. . .the whole twentieth century as we know it would not have happened. These two Augenblicke—moments of hasard objectif, as the surrealists liked to say—ignited breathtaking conflagrations: a world went up in flames. Four historic empires—the Ottoman, the German, the Habsburg, and the Tsarist—fell. All the old rules ceased to obtain. What the new rules were—or would be—no one yet knew. 

The lecture is a part of the international workshop "Ludwik Fleck and His Thought Collectives".

Marci Shore is associate professor of history at Yale University. She received her M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1996 and her PhD from Stanford University in 2001; and since 2004 has regularly been a visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński's The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution. In 2018 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her current project titled "Phenomenological Encounters: Scenes from Central Europe."