4th European Spring School of History of Science and Popularisation

Science, Publicity and Propaganda

17-19 May 2007

Minorca (Balearic Islands, Spain)

The Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica, the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis, and the European Society for the History of Science are pleased to announce the IV European Spring School of History of Science and Popularisation, which this year will deal with the subject: Science, publicity and propaganda.

Objectives of the School are to analyse:

1. Intersections and delimitations between publicity, propaganda and techno science (including biomedicine).

2. Promotion of consumption by means of scientific discourses.

3. Scientific rhetoric as an instrument for the legitimating of power.


Thursday 17 May 2007 11:00 Participants welcome

16:00-18:00 «Basics concepts of publicity and propaganda». Vicente Benet (Universitat Jaume I, Castelló)

18:00-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:30 Discussion

Friday 18 May 2007

9:30-11:30: «Which comes first? The patient, the doctor, the industry or the regulator: advertising medicines in Twentieth-Century Britain».

Tilli Tansey (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, London)

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:00 Discussion

16:00-18:00 «Science and propaganda in Twentieth-Century Germany».

Mark Walker (Union College, Schenectady NY)

18:00-18:30 Coffee break

18:30-19:30 Discussion

Saturday 19 May 2007

9:30-11:30 Round table: «Science, publicity and propaganda in historical perspective»

Chairman Enrique Perdiguero (Universitat Miguel Hernández, Elx)

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00 General discussion


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