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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Südosteuropäische Geschichte

Lucija Bakšić

Intellectual Networks and Circulation of Individual Psychology in East-Central and South-East Europe in the First Half of the 20th Century

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The main goal of  Lucija’s thesis is to describe and explain transfer and adaptation of ideas which had been developed and were circulating within the Austro-Hungarian Empire and its contact zones. These ideas had an immense impact on further policy-making within newly-established states in South-East Europe and were spread on their neighbours. More precisely, Lucija will focus on how Alfred Adler’s individual psychology (as one of the components that  shaped the individual position within the social and political structure) and its versions affected practice, not only within communist parties, but also within the whole state systems. Furthermore, Lucija will study mechanisms on how the complex individual identities were shaped by the systems, which usually tried to repress or modify them. For that reason, except many individual actors, Lucija will also study the social structure of certain (leftist) intellectual circles in which they were involved, their appropriation and their “embodiment” of  ideas. The research methodology focuses on multi-layered use of various methods from different disciplines, such as comparative literature, sociology, psychology, history of medicine etc. Therefore, the theory of cultural transfer, concepts from gender studies, social networks and capitals are some of the theoretical tools that will be used to analyse many different sources.

This dissertation project is part of the Graduate School Global Intellectual History which is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and jointly run by Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.