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Piotr Kuligowski

piotr kuligowski


I am an NCN-funded research fellow at the Tadeusz Manteuffel Institute of History of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland. In 2019, I defended my PhD thesis in history at the Faculty of History, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland. My research interests revolve around questions exploring 19th century Polish and European history, intellectual history, history of concepts, and methodology of humanities. In current research project, financed by the Polish National Science Centre,I investigate the transfers of concepts within ‘early socialism’ in the period 1825-1848, touching upon mostly the British, French, and Polish branches of the ideology. As a part of the project, I currently realise a research intership at the FU Berlin. Previously, I was a visiting PhD student at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland (2016-2017), and Université Paris-Est-Créteil (2019-2020); as well as a visiting fellow at the École Normale Supérieure, Lyon (2020).

European early socialism emerged as a set of specific reactions to the turbulent socio-political processes that took place in Western Europe after the Napoleonic era. Representatives of the ideology considered the then-world as sunk in turmoil and corruption, and dreamt of its regeneration and harmonization. Their propositions were to provide efficient remedies for historical traumas and social anxieties, related not only to the dramatic experiences of the 1789 French revolution and its aftermath and the Napoleonic wars, but also to industrial capitalism, which first loomed up in Great Britain and then crept into continental Europe. Thus in the beginning these ideas and concepts had to be tightly anchored in the regional contexts within which they arose and address the diverse burning issues of the day. So how did it happen that in the second quarter of the 19th century the early socialist concepts spread across Europe despite the existence of various regional problems in different parts of the continent? The project aims at tackling this conundrum by focusing on the transfers of concepts within ‘early socialism’ in the period 1825-1848, touching upon mostly the British, French, and Polish branches of the ideology. I intend to trace not only the ways in which these concepts could wander across national and linguistic contexts, but also to identify the factors, mechanisms, and effects of these transfers. I will focus mostly on the three above-listed national contexts, albeit other contexts are not excluded and any additional illustrative instances revealed during the realization of project will constitute added value. The time frame of my project covers the relatively short period of 1825-1848, beginning from the establishment of the New Harmony community in the USA by Robert Owen and the emerging Saint-Simonian movement in France, and up until the Spring of Nations in 1848. After 1848 the pendulum swung rapidly in the opposite direction, and early socialism definitely lost its momentum.

Travelling counter-concepts in revolutionary Europe: individualism-socialism from Pierre Leroux to Polish ‘democratism’, “Journal of Political Ideologies”, vol. 26, no 2, 2021, p. 161–179,
http://doi.org/10.1080/13569317.2020.1852668 [with Quentin Schwanck]

From rejection to historicisation: the reception of Robert Owen’s ideas in the nineteenth-century Polish context, “History of European Ideas”, vol. 47, no 2, 2021, p. 202–215,

From ‘de facto king’ to peasants’ communes: a struggle for representation in the discourse of the Polish Great Emigration, 1832-1846/48, “Contributions to the History of Concepts”, vol. 15, no 1, 2020, p. 97–120, https://doi.org/10.3167/choc.2020.150106

Mechanisms of Conceptual Change in the Discourse of Polish Political Emigration after the November Insurrection of 1830–1, “Acta Poloniae Historica”, vol. 122, 2020, p. 109–134, https://dx.doi.org/10.12775/APH.2020.122.05

Was it really „Great”? Some remarks on the intellectual history of the Great Polish Emigration, “Střed | Centre. Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies of Central Europe in the 19th and 20th Centuries”, no 2, 2019, p. 9-34.

Le communisme dans une perspective transnationale : le cas des idées politiques de Ludwik Królikowski, “Cahiers Jean Jaurès”, no 4 (234), 2019, p. 89-106.

Un fouriériste dans la vie politique polonaise : polémiques de Jan Czyński (1801-1867), “Cahiers Charles Fourier”, no 30, 2019, p. 125-142.

The Utopian Impulse and Searching for the Kingdom of God: Ludwik Królikowski’s (1799-1879) Romantic Utopianism in Transnational Perspective, “Slovene. International Journal of Slavic Studies”, vol. 7, no 2, 2018, p. 179-198, https://doi.org/10.31168/2305-6754.2018.7.2.8

Religious language in politics: the case of Polish radicals in exile, 1828-1852, “Slovansky prehled”, vol. 104, no 2, 2018, p. 278-302.

Reaching the People