International Workshop:

Science and Power During the Cold War

in the European Periphery

1 - 3 November, 2001
Universitat Pompeu Fabra,
Barcelona, SPAIN

The Program in History of Science (Humanities Department) of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) organizes an International Workshop on science in the European periphery during the Cold War.

This workshop wants to analyze the ways in which social and political contexts shaped the life of science in Europe during the Cold War. It will pay particular attention to countries in the European periphery and to the consequences of Cold War alignements. Countries with non-democratic regimes, such as the former German DDR or Francoist Spain, are of particular interest, both for studying the interaction of science and non-democratic power and for comparing the life of science under capitalist and socialist dictatorships.

Issues to be discussed include, but are not limited to:

(i) Mechanisms for coping with politically incorrect pasts and for confronting unwanted traditions^×for instance, Nazi science and scientists in the DDR, republican liberal institutions in Francoist Spain.
(ii) The changing images of science and scientists within new social and political environments.
(iii) The institutionalization of new disciplines and technologies (for instance, nuclear physics and technology, molecular genetics).
(iv) The influence of Cold War superpowers in shaping the development of scientific and technological research in peripheral European countries.

It will take place at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, November 1-3, 2001.

Historians and sociologists of science and science studies analysts, but also general historians and sociologists are encouraged to participate.

The language of the workshop is English.

The following speakers are giving invited papers:

Burghard Ciesla, Universitaet Potsdamm

Jean Dhombres, EHESS and CNRS,

Paris Kostas Gavroglu, Athenas University

Dieter Hoffmann, Max Planck Institut, Berlin

Antoni Malet, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Albert Presas i Puig, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Antoni Roca, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

Xavier Roqué, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

José Manuel Sanchez Ron, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

María Jesus Santesmases, CSIC, Madrid

Burghard Weiss, Technische Universitaet Berlin

Proposals for papers (to be presented in 25-minute sessions) addressing any of the topics of the workshop are welcome.

Please address a 1-page CV and 600-word abstract in English to:

Albert Presas i Puig
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Dept. d'Humanitats
c. Ramon trias Fargas 25
08005 Barcelona
Fax: 3493 542 1620

Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2001.

Electronic submission encouraged.

Scientific Committee:

Dieter Hoffmann (Max Planck Institut, Berlin)

Antoni Malet (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Albert Presas i Puig (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)

Registration deadline: September 15, 2001

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Sponsors: Universitat Pompeu Fabra Departament d'Universitats, Generalitat de Catalunya Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología

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