Politically Active Scientists in the 20th Century

In the twentieth century, scientists and scientific workers in various disciplines have turned their attention, both theoretically and in practice, to issues of science policy, political commitment and to the social and international roles of science. Attempts to develop a politically conscious science were launched in a range of countries, sometimes independently of one another, sometimes inspired by each other, and sometimes in close collaboration.

The aim of this symposium is to draw together studies of the political activities of twentieth-century scientists, analyses of international cooperation and exchange (especially political networks between ‘east’ and ‘west’), and discussions on the political historiography of science. So far, most studies have concentrated on British examples (such as the famous Cambridge ‘red professors’ from the 1930s) or the political engagement of individuals like Albert Einstein or Linus Pauling. Recently however, scholars have widened the horizon to show similar activities in other countries, other eras, and other parts of the political spectrum too. International organization and political networks were key for this world of politically engaged scientists to emerge.

§ length of each paper: 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion.

§ conference language: English.

§ deadline for paper proposals: 1 March 2006.

§ notification of the acceptance by 15 March 2006.

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