Lublin – an Olfactory Urban History of the 20th Century in East Central Europe

Project duration

1.April 2018 - 30. September 2021


Hertha-Firnberg-Fellow (FWF).

Project leaders

Mag. Dr. Stephanie Weismann

Project Abstract

My current research project investigates how this Polish city’s smellscapes continuously have been changing and evolving according to socio-cultural, economic, ecological, and political transformations. The study locates different conflicted smellscapes that defined the city’s atmosphere and explores how these smells affected Lublin’s citizens and their everyday life. By nosing around the history of Lublin and locating its various smells the project aims at providing an olfactory urban history, which scrutinises the changing smellscapes of this Polish city in relation to the history of East Central Europe in the 20th century.
By asking who smelled and what smelled the study scrutinizes power relations and narrates the transitions and continuities of the region. Lublin here stands exemplary for the history of the 20th century in East Central Europe. It reflects the troubled, yet ‘ordinary’ history of a city in the region.