Scholarly & Social Meeting: Professor András Gerő, "Neither Woman Nor Jew: The Confluence of Prejudices in the Monarchy at the Turn of Century"

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Nador u. 11
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 5:30pm
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

The Second History Department Scholarly & Social Meeting will take place next Tuesday, October 25, in Hanák Room, at 17:30. Professor András Gerő will speak about his new work.

The Scholarly-Social Meetings, a joint student-faculty initiative, combine lecture series with after-hours integrative event. The aim of the Scholarly-Social Meetings is to provide insights into the research undertaken at our department and, no less importantly, to bring our students and faculty together in a more informal way, building up an academic community beyond the day-to-day scholarly activities.


Neither Woman Nor Jew: The Confluence of Prejudices in the Monarchy at the Turn of Century

András Gerő

The crisis of modernity, which became standard at the turn- of-the-century Europe, created new and renewed ideological orientation and interpretation, namely racism, Bolshevism, and misogyny which differed in content but were logically similar.

The purpose of each interpretation was to name God and Satan in a worldly sense and to demonstrate the absolute Good and the absolute Evil.

All this went along with the wide mass appeal of politics and with the fact that there was hope to make the manufactured ideologies a matter of mass consumption.

In the crisis of European modernity the German-Austrians were in a special situation, because they were not wanted by the united Germany and because, within the framework of the Habsburg Empire, their formerly dominant position was being gradually eroded.

One of the possible answers for the greatly frustrating situation was a German nationalism which, under the Monarchy’s multinational and multicultural organization, made the German national ideas logically and organically open toward the racial theories. They had to show themselves as German, without the option of becoming German citizens and also while struggling against the Slavic, and occasionally Hungarian, influences.

Openness toward racial interpretation was realized on the political level by Schönerer and on the theoretical level by List, Lanz, and Trebitsch.

The intellectually most original product of the endeavors to convert the potentially historical-logical possibility into reality was the fusion of anti-feminism and misogyny with the Aryan racial theories (Weininger). This also meant the fusion of the two oldest prejudice systems of European thinking.

The simplified, applied varieties of Weininger’s ideology were spread widely but only those parts which appeared to be suitable for mass-political use. The solution recommended by the Viennese philosopher, the abstinence and extinction of humanity, arose naturally from the author’s logic but was a non-viable option.


17:30 - 18:15: Presentation by professor Gerő.

Place: Hanák Room (Nádor 11, 2nd floor)

18:15 - 18:50: Discussion

19:00 - open end: Drinks and informal meeting of students and faculty.

Place: Spájz Kocsma (Lázár utca 7, see for details).