Science and Power During the Cold War
in the European Periphery
1 - 3 November, 2001
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
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
(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
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
Albert Presas i Puig
Universitat Pompeu Fabra Dept. d'Humanitats
c. Ramon trias Fargas 25
Fax: 3493 542 1620
Deadline for proposals: August 1, 2001.
Electronic submission encouraged.
Dieter Hoffmann (Max Planck Institut, Berlin) firstname.lastname@example.org
Antoni Malet (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) email@example.com
Albert Presas i Puig (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration deadline: September 15, 2001
Enquiries and Registration: email@example.com
Sponsors: Universitat Pompeu Fabra Departament d'Universitats,
Generalitat de Catalunya Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología
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