Research Committees of the International Sociological Association (ISA) meet every two years: to coincide with the ISA's congresses (held every fourth year) and at their own meetings between congresses. Although the ISA's congress has never met in Poland its Research Committees occasionally meet here.
During the ISA Congress in Montreal in 1998, the then Secretary of the Research Committee on History of Sociology (RCHS), Jennifer Platt, suggested that the next interim conference of this Committee should be organised in June 2000 in Toruri, Poland, at the Institute of Sociology of Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU). After a debate and voting, the Committee accepted this motion and we started to work. We were very pleased with that decision, particularly because in the 1990s, in the NCU's Institute of Sociology a number of significant research and dissemination initiatives were undertaken in the field of history of Polish sociology. The Research Committee on History of Sociology of the Polish Sociological Association has its headquarters here. Archive of Polish Sociology is also located here. In addition, this is the centre of research on the biographical dictionary of Polish sociology as well as on the almanac of Polish sociology.
When preparing the RCHS interim conference, we wanted to stress the idea of the establishing of the national archives of sociology and to make the co-operation between the existing archives easier. It seems to us that this task has been fulfilled.
At the Torun three-day conference, about 30 scholars participated from 12 European countries and from the US, Canada and Australia. The programme, prepared mostly by the Secretary of the Committee, Christian Fleck, consisted of a number of sessions. There were the following thematic sessions: "Search of a 'Good Society': The Concept of Sociology as a 'Moral Science' in the History of Sociology", "Archives on the History of Sociology", "Value-Incommensurability at the Turn of the Centuries", "Sociologists in Two Worlds", "Biographies in the History of Sociology", "Contemporary Concerns, Traditional Inscriptions: The Chicago School of Sociology". Three "General Sessions" were also held, as well as an "Author Meets Critics" session devoted to Reinhard Blomert's book "Intellektuelle im Aufbruch. Karl Mannheim, Alfred Weber, Norbert Elias und die Heidelberger Sozialwissenschaften der Zwischenkriegzeit" (Muenchen: C. HanserVerlag 1999).
This book reflects the content of the conference. The chapters, however, are not "simply" the papers given in Torun in June 2000; they were subsequently edited by the authors. We hope that the book will be an important contribution to the study of the history of our discipline and will interest many readers(...)
Janusz Mucha and Włodzimierz Wincławski
Table of Contents
Preface (Janusz Mucha and Wlodzimierz Winclawski)
Introduction (Dirk Kaesler)
I. History of Sociology: Aims and Limitations
Dirk Kaesler, Solidarity and Sociology: Is There Still a Place for "Moral Discourse" in Sociology?
Stef Adriaenssens, On Canon, the Mantra and the Magpie. On the Future of the History of Sociology
Mike F. Keen and Janusz Mucha, History in the Making: Sociology and the Transformation of Eastern and Central Europe Sergej Flere, Ideology and Sociology: The Study of the Stratification in Yugoslav Sociology, 1960-1990
Juliana Lutz, Ecological Thought and the History of Sociology
II. Value-Incommensurability at the Turn of the Centuries
Barbara A. Misztal, Durkheim: the Desirability of Normal
Hans Henrik Bruun, Weber on Rickert: From Value Relation to Ideal Type
Sandro Segre, Stratification Theory and Research in Weimar Germany
David Kettler, Karl Mannheim and the Legacy of Max Weber: Sociology as Political Education
Sven Eliaeson, Gunnar Myrdal: a Theorist of Modernity
Irmela Gorges, Empirical Social Research and Political Interest
III. Contemporary Concerns, Traditional Inscriptions: The Chicago School of Sociology
Mary Jo Deegan and Ana-Maria Wahl, Arts and Crafts in Chicago and Britain: The Sociology of Ellen Gates Starr at Hull-House
Ivan Light, The Chicago School and the Ethnic Economy
Barbara Ballis Lal, Individual Agency and Collective Determinism: Changing Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in Cities, The Chicago School 1918-1958
IV. Sociologists in Two Worlds
Helena Znaniecka-Lopata, Florian W. Znaniecki: a Sociologist of Two Worlds
Christian Fleck and Dirk Raith, Emigre Social Scientists from Austria: A Prosopography
E. Stina Lyon, The Myrdals and the Thomases 1930-1940: The Trials and Tribulations of a Cross-Atlantic Research Collaboration
V. Biographies in the History of Sociology
Ulf Himmelstrand, Surviving Intellectually in a Totalitarian Society. Three Faces in Russian Sociology
Patricia Vannier, Autobiographies by French Sociologists after World War II: Their Impact on the Interpretation of the History of French Sociology
Dirk Kaesler, When the Skeleton's Cold Hands Grasp for Warm Life: On the Project of a Sociological Biography of Max Weber?
Sam Whimster, The Biographer's Biography. The Case of Marianne Weber
Grażyna Kubica, The Mysterious Life of Personal Documents. Bro-nislaw Malinowski and his Diaries
Elżbieta Hałas, Sociology and Sociologists in Authobiographical Perspective: Theodore Abel's "Journal of Thoughts and Events"
VI. Archives on the History of Sociology
Jennifer Platt, National Needs for the Sociological Archives - and the British Situation
Michael R. Hill, Of Time, Space, and the History of Sociology: Methodological Rules in Archives and Archival Research
Uta Gerhardt, An Unknown Classic: What the Use of the Harvard University Archives Has Added to the Understanding of Parsons 's Sociology
Włodzimierz Wincławski, The Need for an Archive of Polish Sociology