Tomasz Blusiewicz is an assistant professor of history at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen, Russia. His doctoral research focused on international relations and economic cooperation in Eurasia in the second half of the 20th century. Tomasz’s thesis, defended at Harvard University in May 2017, is entitled Return of the Hanseatic League or how the Baltic Sea Trade Washed Away the Iron Curtain, 1945–1991. In his project, Blusiewicz developed a transnational perspective on the Baltic region, from Hamburg in the West to Leningrad in the East, and highlighted the role played by Hanseatic port cities such as Rostock, Gdańsk, Kaliningrad or Riga, all of which served as “windows to the world” linking communist-controlled Europe with the globalizing world in the Cold War era. Tomasz’s collegiate alma mater is the University of Chicago, from which he graduated in 2011 with a double BA in history and philosophy.
At the SAS, Professor Blusiewicz is a co-founder and a core member of an interdisciplinary research team that launched a project entitled Free Will: Implications of State-Of-The-Art Research in Natural Sciences for Humanities and Social Sciences. More details about this project are available here. Prof. Blusiewicz’s role on the team is to engage in collaboration with natural scientists and philosophers in order to investigate which among the cutting edge findings from those fields can help to reinvigorate his own academic discipline. Beyond theoretical implications stemming from such an interdisciplinary exchange, an early outline of which has been submitted to the Journal of Philosophy of History, Blusiewicz also applies them to historical practice. He is working on a series of articles that examine the record of narcotic use in Nazi Germany, including a close examination of Hitler’s personal experience with such substances (a peek into his explorations is available here. A new historical methodology that includes both fresh empirical findings in the history of Nazi Germany combined with creative interdisciplinary borrowings from dynamic scientific disciplines, Blusiewicz believes, can help to breathe fresh air into some old historical debates.
At SAS, Blusiewicz teaches both general core courses and advanced history courses. Two examples of his courses can be viewed here: