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Adam F. Kola

Associate professor and director of the Center of Excellence IMSErt: Interacting Minds, Societies, Environments at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland.

Adam F. Kola's research

Slavist trained as a literary scholar and a comparatist, always looking sympathetically towards cultural studies. He has worked on intellectual history and the history of knowledge in Central and Eastern Europe. His previous books have dealt with (1) Slavophilism, (2) Europe, and (3) socialist postcolonialism, all from a comparative perspective (see more on my website: ). With each new step in his academic career, he reaches for various tools of digital humanities. It turned out that many cultural phenomena are incredibly complex, described from an individual perspective, losing essential elements from the complete picture. Hence the idea to take up complexity science in its broadest sense and apply its achievements in the humanities.

Project at IAS

The project at IAS aims to map and model the complex phenomenon of multidirectional knowledge transfer (MKT) from Eastern and Central Europe (ECE) in 1918-1968. He has conducted extensive archival searches over the past several years. They have resulted in a large number of archival materials that have not been examined before. However, while historical research often focuses on single case studies, this project is about a much larger scale. Thus, it becomes clear that knowledge transfer is a multidirectional and complex phenomenon. To effectively accomplish this project, a complexity science approach is necessary and an attempt to build a knowledge transfer model.