Decentering European Intellectual Space challenges the conventional view of intellectual history as a debate over the interpretation of a limited number of texts produced by a small group of prominent scholars, writers, and intellectuals from the cultural centers of Europe. Addressing the question “What is European intellectual space?”, this collection of essays seeks to demonstrate how this space is shaped, ordered, and communicated between Europe’s fluctuating cores and peripheries. Focusing on the asymmetrical relations between large and small, centers and peripheries, cores and margins, in scholarly and other forms of interaction – and within Europe as well as globally – the volume brings forth a variety of trajectories and strategies developed by intellectuals outside the culturally dominant centers.
Contributors are: David Cottington, Narve Fulsås, Tommaso Giordani, Marja Jalava, Zsófia Lórand, Łukasz Mikołajewski, Diana Mishkova, Stefan Nygård, Emilia Palonen, Manolis Patiniotis, Johanna Rainio-Niemi, Tore Rem, José María Rosales, and Johan Strang.
Marja Jalava (PhD) is Professor in Cultural History at the University of Turku. Her research interests lie in intellectual history, history of historiography, and modern history of the Nordic countries. She is the co-editor of
Making Nordic Historiography (Berghahn, 2017).
Stefan Nygård (PhD) is Senior Researcher specializing in the history of intellectuals, culture and society in Finland, Scandinavia and Europe. He has worked and taught on these topics at the University of Helsinki and the European University Institute in Florence.
Johan Strang (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Nordic Studies, University of Helsinki. His research interests orbit around 20th century Scandinavian intellectual and political history, including the history of Nordic intellectuals, welfare state and Scandinavian Legal Realism.
Table of contents
Notes on Contributors 1
At the Periphery of European Intellectual SpaceStefan Nygård, Johan Strang and Marja Jalava
Part 1: Reconsidering European Intellectual Space
Facing Asymmetry: Nordic Intellectuals and Center–Periphery DynamicsStefan Nygård and Johan Strang 3
From Periphery to Center: The Origins and Worlding of Ibsen’s DramaNarve Fulsås and Tore Rem 4
The Transnational Hierarchies and Networks of the Artistic Avant-garde ca. 1885–1915David Cottington 5
Redefining Historical Materialism in the Peripheries of Marxism: Georges Sorel and Antonio Labriola between France, Italy, and GermanyTommaso Giordani
Part 2: Negotiating the Center
Repositioning Spain: The Political and Intellectual Involvements of Azaña and OrtegaJosé María Rosales 7
Spatial Asymmetries: Regionalist Intellectual Projects in East Central Europe in the Interwar PeriodDiana Mishkova 8
European Small-State Academics and the Rise of the United States as an Intellectual Center: The Cases of Halvdan Koht and Heikki WarisMarja Jalava and Johanna Rainio-Niemi 9
Practicing “Europe”: Georg Lukács, Ágnes Heller, and the Budapest SchoolEmilia Palonen
Part 3: Cold War Dynamics
Greece, Europe, and the Making of the Enlightenment in the PeripheryManolis Patiniotis 11
Europe, West and East, and the Polish Émigré Writers from Kultura: Five Stories about AsymmetryŁukasz Mikołajewski 12
Feminist Intellectuals: From Yugoslavia, in EuropeZsófia LórándIndex
Exploring the nature of European intellectual space in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries,
Decentering European Intellectual Space will be of interest to all students and scholars of European intellectual history.