Wiktor Marzec (Budapest)

Wiktor Marzec, M.A.
Central European University Budapest


Wiktor Marzec: “Working Class Political Memoirs of the Late Russian Poland” (Abstract)


Academic profile

Principal research interests in the field of labor history, historical sociology, historical discourse studies and intellectual history. Fields of studies so far have been political languages, modern ideologies, cultural aspects of urban modernity and the social history of Russian Poland. Main current research concerns historical sociology of the political; long-term developments of the Polish public sphere, imaginaries of class in politics and generative structures of modern political languages. Ongoing dissertation deals with public participation and political visibility of workers during the 1905-1907 Revolution in the Kingdom of Poland.Skilled researcher, effective administrator, inspiring speaker and aspiring teacher. Academic career with robust publication record and abundant experience in public performance. PhD in sociology underway, practice also in history. Experienced with research projects and team-work in the academia. Eager to learn further in stimulating research environment.


2012 – present Central European University, Budapest, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, pursuing a doctoral degree in sociology and social anthropology, dissertation “Rising Subjects. Workers and the Political during the 1905 Revolution in Russian Poland.” Defense scheduled for June 2017
2009 – 2011 University of Lodz, Institute of Philosophy MA in philosophy (summa cum laude), dissertation “Polish Marxist and Socialist Thought of Early XX-century in the Light of Post-structuralist Political Philosophy”
2004 – 2009 University of Lodz, Institute of Sociology, MA in sociology, specialization: Culture, Communication, Media, dissertation “Consensual Sadomasochism: The Violence Controversy”

International Fellowships and experience

2017 Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria, junior fellow (offer accepted)
2015 – 2016 Re:work research Center, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany, Doctoral Research Support Program, junior fellow Winter and Spring 2015 Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US, visiting PhD student
2006 – 2007 University of Tartu, Estonia, student exchange program – semester of studies in semiotics of culture
Additional training, international research stays
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique, (organized by re:work research center, Humboldt University, Berlin), International Summer Academy “Labour, Politics and Safety”
European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies “Cultures in Times of Transition” and research stay
University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Concepta Summer School in intellectual history
University of Warsaw, Poland, Hegel’s Dialectic and the Method of ‹Das Kapital›, Warsaw Summer School


2016 CEU Award for Advanced Doctoral Students
2013 CEU Academic Achievement Award for First-Year Doctoral Students Academic years
2007/2008, 2008/2009, 2010/2011 Scholarship of Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding academic activity

Research experience

2016 – present “The history of social and political concepts in Poland, 18th-20th century”, research grant from Polish National Program for the Humanities, associate researcher;
Cooperation on the theoretical background for a major publishing project, preparation of a few entries to an ongoing lexicon project
2013 – 2016 “Revolution 1905-1907 and emerging of the political. Political mobilization in early modern Poland in the light of post-structural political thought and discourse theory”, research grant of Polish national Science Centre for young scholars, Preludium 3, main contractor;
Research, coordination of research assistants, software assisted analysis of extensive text corpus, resulting series of journal articles and book project
2012 – 2016 “Four discourses of modernity – modernism of periphery on the example of Lodz (19th-20th centuries)”, research grant of Polish national Science Centre, Opus 2, associate researcher;
Main theoretical framework, mining and analysis of textual sources, resulting edited volume in English with major publisher (in progress)
2010 – 2012 “Migrations of Modernism”, research project on migrant biography, historical contingency and 20th century social thought and art; publication of outcomes and additional translations, co-editor of the edited volume;
2006 – 2008 “Reconfigurations of Modernism”, research project and publication of translations and commentaries

Recent publications

Book Rebelia i reakcja. Rewolucja 1905 roku i plebejskie doświadczenie polityczne (Rebellion and Reaction. The 1905 Revolution and Plebeian Political Experience in Russian Poland), Lodz University Press and Universitas, Łódź-Kraków 2016
Journal articles What Bears Witness of the Failed Revolution? The Rise of Political Antisemitism during the 1905-1907 Revolution in the Kingdom of Poland, “Eastern European Politics and Societies” 2016, Vol. 30, No. 1, pp. 189-213.
Vernacular Marxism. Proletarian readings in Russian Poland around the 1905 Revolution, “Historical Materialism”, forthcoming.
Reading Polish Peripheral Marxism Politically, “Thesis Eleven” 2013, No. 117 (1), pp. 6–19.
The 1905-1907 Revolution in the Kingdom of Poland – Articulation of Political Subjectivities Among Workers, “Contention” 2013, Vol. 1, pp. 53-72.
Pathogenesis of the Polish Public Sphere. The Intelligentsia and Popular Unrest during and after the 1905 Revolution, “Polish Sociological Review”, forthcoming (co-author: Kamil Śmiechowski).
Days of Labour. Topographies of Power in Modern Peripheral Capitalism, “Journal of Historical Sociology” 2016, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 129–159, (co-author: Agata Zysiak).
“Journalists Discovered Łódź like Columbus.” Orientalizing Capitalism in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Polish Modernization Debates, “Canadian-American Slavic Studies” 2016, Vol. 50, No. 2, (co-author: Agata Zysiak).
Die Revolution 1905 bis 1907 im Königreich Polen – von der Arbeiterrevolte zur nationalen Reaktion, “Arbeit, Bewgung, Geschichte. Zeitschrift fuer Historische Studien” 2016, 15. Jahrgang – Heft 2016/III, p. 27-46.
Contributions in edited volumes Beyond group antagonism in asymmetrical counter-concepts. Conceptual pair order and chaos and ideological struggles in late 19th – early 20th century Poland. In: “Hellenes” and “Barbarians”: Asymmetrical Concepts in European Discourse, ed. Kirill Postoutenko (New York: Berghahn Books, 2016, forthcoming);
For full list and articles in Polish please consult www.wiktormarzec.pl.

Recent relevant conference presentations

2016 “Crisis, resilience and change – semantic hysteresis, deep layers of time and structure of contingency”, University of Aarhus
“The class in-between. Militant working class biography, identity and sub-culture in late Russian Poland”, University of Oxford
“Rebellion, Reaction, Cooptation. Structural dynamic of the 1905-1918 and 1980-1989 conjunctures in Poland”, Frankfurt (Oder)
“Debating the urban, the rural and the foreign. Image of Łódź and the urban question in late Russian Poland”, Herder Institute, Marburg / Lithuanian Historical Institute, Vilnius
“Core leftistisms and their enemies in modern Poland – a cross temporal comparison of 1905, 1945 and 1989 conjunctures”, University of Helsinki
“Popular protest, biography and opening the future – restructuring life-course in revolutionary social movement. The 1905 Revolution in Russian Poland”, University of Cambridge
“Structural latency of the public sphere and historical semantics of the political”, Central European University
“Popular protest, biography and opening the future – restructuring the proletarian lifecourse in the 1905 Revolution in Russian Poland”, Manchester Metropolitan University
2015 “Multiple asymmetrical counter-concepts. conceptual pair of order and chaos and ideological pluriversum in late 19th –early 20th century Poland”, HCG, West University of Timisoara
“Intellectual Mobility in Modern Poland. Resubjectification in Russian Poland around the 1905 Revolution”, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, EuroHistory Workshop
“Vernacular Marxism. Proletarian readings in Russian Poland around the 1905 Revolution”, New York University
“Orientalizing capitalism. city of Łódź as a discursive object in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Polish modernization debates”, University of Illinois, Chicago
2014 “Marxism as a subjectifying device. Remarks form the empirical inquiry into the mobilizing power of Marxism”, SOAS, London
“Communicating concepts as ushering into the public. Conceptual change, mass communication and polemicization during the 1905 Revolution in Russian Poland”, Bielefeld University
2013 “’Polish and Jewish workers should struggle together, under one common banner’. Antisemitism and counter anti-semitic discursive strategies in political language during the 1905- 07 Revolution in the Kingdom of Poland”, SOAS, London
“’Journalists discovered Łódź like Columbus’. Orientalizing capitalism in the late 19th and early 20th century Polish modernization debates”, co-author: Agata Zysiak, Central European University, Budapest
“Thinking the political historically / historical thinking of the political. Concrete abstract and political modernity”, University of Brighton
2012 “The peripheral political and lateral Marxism – the case of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz”, SOAS, London
“For critical, discourse oriented, historical sociology of social movements”, University of Kent, Canterbury
“A dense force field. Intersection of identities in Kingdom of Poland and the modern political”, BASEES, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
“Feeling and affect in early proletarian public sphere – the revolution 1905 in Poland in biographical perspective”, ESA, University of Lodz
“The rise of democratic subjectivity – early proletarian public sphere in modern Poland”, University of Westminster, London

Professional teaching experience, skills

Teaching experience and training
2016/2017 Program for Excellence in Teaching, CEU Budapest
2016 Teaching Assistantship, Logics of social inquiry, CEU Budapest
2014 non-degree seminars in the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2012 History of Social Thought, 2 semesters of full teaching (seminar for undergraduates in sociology) at the University of Lodz
Edited volumes
Migrations of Modernism. Modernity and Exile (edited volume in Polish), with Tomasz Majewski and Agnieszka Rejniak-Majewska, NCK-Topografie, Warszawa-Łódź 2014
The 1905 Revolution. A guidebook (in Polish), with Kamil Piskała, Warszawa 2013.
Journal editorial activities
Currently co-editor of a journal “Praktyka Teoretyczna” (www.praktykateoretyczna.pl), critical social science editor, indexing and impact coordinator
Journal Issue Dzedzictwo Róży Luksemburg (The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg), Praktyka Teoretyczna 2012, no 6, with Kamil Piskała
Archaelogies of Contemporaneity. Historical Sociologies of the Modern, Praktyka
Teoretyczna 2014, 3(13), with Agata Zysiak and Jacek Burski

Professional associations

Polish Studies Association
History of Concepts Group
Political Concepts standing group of European Consortium for Political Research
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