Dr Maciej Górny


Curriculum Vitae


Since June of 2011, Maciej Górny is a fellow at Jena's Imre-Kertész Kolleg. He is working at the historical institute of the Polish academy of sciences since 2006. He was a research associate at the centre for historical studies in Berlin from 2006 - 2010. Górny held a scholarship at the Berlin Kolleg for comparative European historical studies from 2004 - 2006. He received his doctorate in 2004 from the Polish academy of sciences. Maciej Górny studied history, Polish studies, Slavic studies and Hungarian studies in Warsaw.


Research Project at the Kolleg


The project "Racial sciences and psychology of the people during World War I. Central- and Eastern-Europe." searches for parallels between the so-called "Rassenlehre" and older traditions, such as the "Völkercharakterologie" of the 19th century. It will examine how these ideas were transferred Western Europe, Germany and Austria to Central eastern and South-eastern Europe. One aspect will include potential crossovers and imitations between different scientific discourses. The European discourse on womanhood and its influence on ethno-psychological analysis of "female" or "softened" nations is of special interest.


Main areas of Research


  • Central-eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th century
  • History of historiography
  • Discourses on race



Functions/ Memberships


  • Member of the editorial staff of "Historie. Jahrbuch des Zentrums für Historische Forschung Berlin der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften"
  • Member of the editorial staff of "Acta Poloniae Historica"
  • Member of the editorial council of "Dějiny - teorie - kritika"