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Wiktor Marzec

  • Wiktor Marzec has been at HSE since 2018.

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience



  • September 2018 – September 2019 Centre for Historical Research, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Sankt Petersburg, Russia, post-doc
  • Spring – Summer 2018 Center for Advanced Study, Sofia, Bulgaria, in-residence advanced academia fellow
  •  Winter 2018 German Historical Institute, Moscow, Russia, research stay
  • Spring 2017 Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria, junior fellow
  • Fall and Winter 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
  • Fall and Winter 2006 – 2007 University of Tartu, Estonia, student exchange program

Additional training

  • June 2018 Research Explorer funding research training initiative, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany
  • May 2018 Institute for Human Sciences, IWM ERC Mentoring Program, Vienna, Austria
  •  Sep. – Oct. 2016 Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique, (organized by re:work research center, Humboldt University, Berlin), International Summer Academy “Labour, Politics and Safety”
  • June – July 2016 European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany, Summer School of Interdisciplinary Polish and German Studies “Cultures in Times of Transition” and research stay
  • Aug. 2015 University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Concepta Summer School in intellectual history
  • Sep. 2013 University of Warsaw, Poland, Hegel’s Dialectic and the Method of ‹Das Kapital›, Warsaw Summer School

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers



Book Zysiak A., Śmiechowski K., Każmierska K., Burski J., Piskała K., Marzec W. From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity 1897–1994. Lodz, Cracow: Lodz University Press, Jagiellonian University Press, distributed by Columbia University Press, 2018.

Articles and book chapters11




Oct. 2018 – ca. Oct 2022




Sep. 2012 – Sep. 2016





Sep. 2016 – present






Feb. 2013 – Feb. 2016





Jan. 2010 – June 2012



Mar. 2006 – Oct. 2008

“The Revolution That Did Not Happen. Rebellion and Reaction in the Post-Imperial Borderlands 1905-1921: Poland and Finland in Asymmetrical Comparison”, research grant of Polish National Science Centre, Opus 14. Principal investigator, Project value 250000 EUR


“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 Center for young scholars, Preludium 3, University of Lodz, principal investigator, project value ca. 25000 EUR;


“The history of social and political concepts in Poland, 18th-20th century”, research grant from Polish National Program for the Humanities, Institute of History, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw, associate researcher;

Cooperation on the theoretical background for a major publishing project, preparation of a few entries to the ongoing lexicon project, project value ca 70000 EUR;


“Four discourses of modernity – modernism of periphery on the example of Lodz (19th-20th centuries)”, research grant of Polish national Science Center, Opus 2, University of Lodz, Poland, associate researcher;

Main theoretical framework, mining and analysis of textual sources, resulting co-authored volume in English with major publisher (in progress), project value ca. 80000 EUR


“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


“Reconfigurations of Modernism”, research project and publication of translations and commentaries

Academic interests

I am a historical sociologist who works on popular unrest and transformation of public spheres in East-Central Europe. My expertise is located in-between historical sociology, historical discourse studies, intellectual history, and labor history. I am interested in revolutions, socialism, nationalism, labor, and state-crafting. Main current research concerns revolution, reaction and process of state building in the borderlands of the later Russian empire.

My previous work, first monograph and dissertation (now in process of transformation into a book) concerned the reconstruction of the political sphere during the 1905-1907 Revolution in Russian Poland. PhD in sociology and social anthropology, practice also in history.

I am a skilled researcher, effective administrator, inspiring speaker and aspiring teacher.

Conference "Versailles and Rights: A Centenary Appraisal" was held at Helsinki 

On June 3-4, 2019 at Helsinki was held a conference "Versailles and Rights: A Centenary Appraisal" organized in frames of the research project "Post-imperial diversities: Majority-minority relations in the transition from empires to nation-states" together with the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

«Boundaries of History»: Wiktor Marzec

The study of professor Marzec and his colleagues is unique in its interdisciplinary approach, seeking to stretch the bridge between historians, cultural scientists and sociologists. The book “From Cotton Smoke: Lodz – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity, 1897-1994”  is a tangible contribution to urban research and the study of modernity.

Announcement of the book by the research fellow of the Centre for Historical Research Wiktor Marzec «From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity, 1897–1994»

In February 2019 Jagiellonian University Press published a book called «From Cotton and Smoke: Łódź – Industrial City and Discourses of Asynchronous Modernity, 1897–1994» by Agata Zysiak, Kamil Śmiechowski, Kamil Piskała, Kaja Kaźmierska, Jacek Burski and Wiktor Marzec, a research fellow at the Center for Historical Research.