Call for Papers

The Second International Workshop on Lysenkoism June 21-23, 2012 The University of Vienna


December 4-5, 2009 the first International Workshop on Lysenkoism was held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. The workshop brought together some 30 historians from Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Russia, and the United States to describe the global impact of Lysenko’s anti-genetics campaign during the Cold War (see


The success of the meeting resulted in a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of the History of Biology, as well as the establishment of a working group on the Lysenko controversy (see

Plans are currently underway (contingent upon funding) to hold the second International Workshop on Lysenkoism at the University of Vienna, June 21-23, 2012. We are seeking additional speakers to present on the following topics:


– International case studies on the impact and reaction to Lysenkoism, particularly in countries besides the United States and Europe

– The role of Darwinism and Lamarckism in the Lysenko controversy

– The influence of the “Lysenko affair” upon research in heredity

– The relationship between Lysenkoism and other topics in Cold War history such as the formation of the non-aligned movement, the role of science in the exercise of “soft power” by the United States and the Soviet Union etc.

– The relationship between Lysenkoism and other topics in the history of Cold War science, the history of biology, and the histories in other scientific disciplines

– The ongoing rehabilitation of Lysenko’s image in Russia and elsewhere

– Studies which address the positions of compliance, conformity, support or resistance to Lysenko’s anti-genetics campaign

– Analyses of the term “Lysenkoism”: What does it mean? How has it evolved?

– The relationship between eugenics and the Lysenko controversy


Please send a 500 word abstract to William deJong-Lambert at [email protected] or [email protected] by January 15, 2012. Support may be available to help cover accommodation and transportation costs for presenters.


William deJong-Lambert


Affiliate Faculty, The Harriman Institute, Columbia University Assistant Professor of History, City University of New York