Colloqium series: Science Diplomacy and Science in Times of War

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The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is pleased to announce its Institute’s Colloquium series 2022–23: “Science Diplomacy and Science in Times of War.” 

The series is dedicated to the rethinking of science and scientific knowledge in times of peace and in times of crises and war. Within this framework, the colloquium series will interrogate the history and concepts of “science diplomacy,” its applicability across time and space; limits and opportunities of scientific cooperation across borders, cultural and national contexts, fluctuating between peace and war; legitimation of using science and scientists as means of sanctions and geopolitical tools; and if we should differentiate between politically and diplomatically usable science and politically/diplomatically irrelevant science, reminiscent of Nobel laurate Henry Dale 's distinction between peaceful “normal science” and “abnormal” war science.

The series will take place in a hybrid format (on Zoom and at the institute in Berlin). Further details, including the full program and how to register for the events, can be found on the series’ website: https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/colloquium/science-diplomacy

The first colloquium will take place on 10 October, 14:00–15:30 CET.

John Krige (Georgia Tech, USA): ‘Were We Ever at Peace? The Irreversible Entanglement of Science, Politics and Regimes of Knowledge Control’

The colloquium series has been organized by Dora Vargha in collaboration with Tym Eiterjord, Roberto Lalli, Lisa Onaga and Ohad Parnes (ex officio), the MPIWG Communication, Admin and Library teams.