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Kim Hajek


Dr. K.M. Hajek
+31 71 527 7392

Kim M. Hajek is a postdoctoral researcher on the NWO-funded 'Scholarly Vices' Project, with responsibility for the project strand 'Pride and Prejudice: Moral Languages in Scholarly Codes of Conduct, 1900-2000'. Kim is an intellectual historian whose research combines history of science and literary studies, with a particular focus on textual practices in scientific writing. Kim has published on the history of hypnotism and case-writing in psychology, and formed part of an interdisciplinary team investigating scientists' uses of narrative. Her articles have appeared in History of the Human Sciences, History of Science, and Australian Journal of French Studies, among others. Kim is Assistant Editor of Centaurus, editorial board member of Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, and serves as Treasurer of the European Society for the History of the Human Sciences.

More information about Kim Hajek

Fields of interest

  • Writing practices in the sciences
  • Narrative and science
  • French psychopathology and psychotherapy
  • History of hypnotism
  • Literature/science intersections in the 19th-century

Grants and awards

- Australian Society for French Studies/Australian Journal of French Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize, 2015
- European Society for the History of the Human Sciences (ESHHS) Early Career Award, 2014
- Runner-up, Australia and New Zealand Society of the History of Medicine (ANZSHM) Ben Haneman (Postgraduate Essay) Prize, 2009
- Australian Postgraduate Award, 2010-2014
- University Medal 2006 (French Language and Literature), The University of Queensland
- University Medal 2006 (Physics), The University of Queensland

Curriculum vitae

Kim M. Hajek joined the ‘Scholarly Vices’ project in early 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher, where she will analyse the moral language and generic features of scholarly codes of conduct over the 20th century. This follows her time as a postdoc with the ERC-funded ‘Narrative Science Project’, based at the London School of Economics (2018–2021), and an earlier post as Lecturer in French at the University of New England (Australia, 2016–2018). Kim’s interest in textual and narrative practices in scientific writing is built on her dual background in humanities and the physical sciences. She has Bachelor degrees with Honours in Physics and French Language & Literature, and undertook her PhD (2016) at the University of Queensland on scientific and literary intersections in the history of hypnotism in 1880s France. Kim has extensive teaching experience in French as a foreign language, 19th-century French literature, and experimental Physics.

Key publications

Mary S. Morgan, Kim M. Hajek, and Dominic J. Berry (Eds.) Narrative Science: Reasoning, Representing and Knowing since 1800. (Under contract with Cambridge University Press)

Peer-reviewed Articles & Book Chapters:
En rapport avec le texte: La suggestion hypnotique entre fragment littéraire et objet scientifique à la fin du dix-neuvième siècle. In Le Réel invisible: Le Magnétisme dans la littérature (1789–1914), edited by Emilie Pézard and Victoire Feuillebois. Paris: Classiques Garnier, forthcoming.

Félida, Doubled Personality, and the ‘Normal State’ in Late Nineteenth-Century French Psychology. History of the Human Sciences 34, no. 2 (2021): 66–89. (Special Issue on Thinking Critically with the Normal, edited by Peter Cryle and Elizabeth Stephens). 

Periodical Amnesia and Dédoublement in Case-Reasoning: Writing Psychological Cases in Late Nineteenth-Century France. History of the Human Sciences 33, no. 3–4 (2020): 95–110. (Special Issue on Thinking in Cases, edited by Chris Millard and Felicity Callard). 

‘A Portion of Truth’: Demarcating the Boundaries of Scientific Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France. Notes and Records (Royal Society Journal of the History of Science). 71, no. 2 (2017): 125–39 (Special Issue on the History of Hypnotism).

‘Je lis ça comme je lirais un roman’: Reading Scientific Works on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France. Australian Journal of French Studies 53 (2016): 232–45.

Imperceptible Signs: Remnants of magnétisme in Scientific Discourses on Hypnotism in Late Nineteenth-Century France. Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 51, no. 4 (2015): 366–86.

The Fear of Simulation: Scientific Authority in Late Nineteenth-Century French Disputes over Hypnotism. History of Science 53, no. 3 (2015): 237–63.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Institute for History
  • Algemene Geschiedenis

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.07


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