Lukas Becht, M.A.

Office: RECET, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.1


Phone: +43-1-4277-41133

Project Coordinator
"Economic Collectivism: Old and New. Lessons from the Communist and Post-Communist Experience"

Current research project 
“From ‘perspective planning’ to ‘strategic adjustment’

Polish Future Research in the transformation from state-socialism to market economy, 1980-2000” asks, what has happened to the “future” as a frame of reference for anticipation and political control after the fall of the state-socialist regime of central planning. It studies the history of knowledge produced by and circulated within the scholarly discourse of scientific future research in Poland, which was established in the People’s Republic in 1969 and functions until today, albeit under different circumstances. Thanks to an agreement between both universities (“Cotutelle”), the project is situated at the IOG and LMU Munich’s Department of History at the same time.

For more information see (in German language):

The Research Project was funded by LMU Munich’s Institutional Strategy LMUexcellent within the framework of the German Excellence Initiative.

Research interests:
History of scientific forecasting, history of knowledge and political ideas, Polish politics since 1989, time and politics.

From euphoria to frustration. Institutionalizing prognostic research in the Polish Peoples‘ Republic, 1969–1976”, in: Acta Poloniae Historica 116 (2017), pp. 277–299.

[with Piotr Filipkowski]: “Ćwiczenie wyobraźni socjologicznej: Polska futurologia naukowa lat 70 dwudziestego wieku”, in: Stan Rzeczy 1:14 (2018), pp. 41–69.

"Zukunft, die nicht beginnen konnte. Stefan Żółkiewskis Futurologie an der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften vor 1968, in: Jahrbuch des Wissenschaftlichen Zentrums der Polnischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien 9 (2018), pp. 217–235.