Welcome to "Esperanto & Internationalism, c.1880-1920s", a collaborative project based at the School of History, University of St. Andrews.

Aberdeen Esperanto Society May 1919


April 2023

“Esperanto Wor(l)ds” will be on display at the Wardlaw Museum from 13 April to 29 May 2023. The exhibition showcases how Esperanto-speakers networked, communicated, and shaped a vibrant international language community. 

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December 2022

We have just released our CFP for the workshop entitled “Mapping multilingual (counter-)expertises: Scientific and political knowledge production process across borders in the long twentieth century”. The workshop will be held at St Andrews University, 23-24 August 2023. The deadline for proposals is 30 January 2023. For further details see the full CFP here.

November 2022

Dr Guilherme Fians has given a fascinating interview with insights into his anthropological field work on Esperanto in France revolving around his book ‘Esperanto Revolutionaries and Geeks: Language Politics, Digital Media and the Making of an International Community’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2021). The full interview can be found here on the EsUK – Esperanto-Kulturo Youtube channel.

September 2022

Wonderful to see the book review of ‘Esperanto Revolutionaries and Geeks: Language Politics, Digital Media and the Making of an International Community’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2021) by our Guilherme Fians out in the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 2022. (https://doi.org/10.1080/01434632.2022.2098904

May 2022

We are pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the workshop series “Transnational Emancipatory Practices in the Face of the “Esperanto Paradigm” Experiences in the Long Twentieth Century” sponsored by the Franco-German University. With this year’s workshop theme “Pacifism in Practice”. The CfPs are in German and French.

15 December 2021

In order to celebrate Zamenhof Day on 15th December 2021 and our first anniversary of “Esperanto & Internationalism” Bernhard Struck has been mining some data and mapped out some of the early congresses between 1906 and 1908. Felican Zamenhofa Tago! Read here.

June 2021

In June 2021 Bernhard Struck was awarded a major Leverhulme Research Project Grant. The three-year project (2022-2025) is entitled “Sharing Knowledge in Esperanto: From Expert to Participatory Cultures, 1900/2000”. Together with Dr Guilherme Fians the project investigates the various roles and forms of knowledge production in and around Esperanto between the two periods c. 1900 and 2000.

Learn more about the project here!

10 January 2021

Laidlaw Research Internships 

We are glad to invite applications for the St Andrews Laidlaw Scholarship on the pre-defined theme “Local Internationalists? Scotland’s connections to the Global World of Esperanto, c. 1890-1920s”.  More information can be found here. Please contact Bernhard Struck for more information to discuss this opportunity and the potential remit of the project. 

6 November 2020

The German Historical Institute published an online report on Dr Bernhard Struck and Marcel Koschek’s talk titled ‘Polish Esperantists as local internationalists? The Esperanto movement in east central Europe, 1880s-1930s’

Website: https://www.dhi.waw.pl/aktuelle-meldungen/detail/news/die-esperantobewegung-in-ostmitteleuropa.html 

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