Diversity of science cultures during and after the Cold War
14–15 June 2019
The International Association for Science and Cultural Diversity (IASCUD) is pleased to announce a two-day workshop being held in Tallinn, Estonia on 14 and 15 June 2019.
The political tensions between the Eastern and the Western Bloc after the Second World War, commonly referred to as the Cold War, had profound effects on cultures on both sides of the geopolitical divide, including scientific cultures. During the roughly four decades that the Cold War lasted, scientific cultures were somewhat, though not completely separated, resulting in divergent and convergent evolution of cultural norms and standards in the practice of the sciences.
Convergence led to parallel developments, sometimes independently, sometimes in collaboration in spite of the political rift. This in turn allowed for the migration and quick integration of Soviet-trained scientists after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. And yet, some of the effects of divergence are still keenly felt by scientists working in multicultural research institutions or collaborating on the global scale, even thirty years after the end of the Cold War.
Our workshop aims to bring together philosophers, historians and sociologists of science to discuss aspects of divergence and convergence: examples of divergent or convergent cultures during the Cold War or their effects in current science practice.
Participants should register by sending an e-mail with their name and affiliation to secretary (at) iascud.org
There will be a participation fee of € 25, to be paid in cash at the conference.
Submission of abstracts
The organisers cordially invite all researchers in relevant fields to submit an abstract of at most 400 words for a proposed presentation via the workshop’s easychair site https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=iascudtallinn2019.
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 31 January 2019.