How Science Became Popular:
Epistemic Governance and Scientific Citizenship in the Twentieth Century
University of Houston, Agnes Arnold Hall 210 (3553 Cullen Blvd).
FRIDAY, MARCH 25
9-9.15 am: Welcome address
9.15-11.00 am: Panel 1
The Public and the Institutions of Scientific Knowledge Production: Antagonistic Relations
Chair: Samantha De Leon (U of Houston) Discussant: Anastasia Rogova (U of Houston
Lyubomir Pozharliev (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)—Vaccination Campaigns in the People’s Republic of Bulgaria (1945–55): Elites, Coercion, and Mistrust.
Alexandra Arkhipova (Wilson Center, DC)—“I Am Throwing Away My Shot:” Vaccine Hesitancy and Resistance in the Former Soviet Union.
Mary Neuburger & Kiril Avramov (UT Austin)—Imagining Baba Vanga: A Bulgarian Seer, Suggestology, and the Outer Limits of Scientific Knowledge.
11:15 am – 1 pm: Panel 2
The Public and the Institutions of Scientific Knowledge Production: Cooperative Relations
Chair: Isabella Rumbough (U of Houston) Discussant: Andrew Jewett (U of Houston)
Zachary Barr (Chicago)—Indeterminism and ISOTYPE: Popular Science in Interwar Austria.
Yulia Chernyavskaya (Rutgers)—“We Were Making Better People”: All-Union ‘Knowledge’ Society Activists and the Late-Soviet Ideal of a Well-Rounded Person.
Dmitrii Blyshko (U of Houston)—Trespassing the Borders of Science: Archaeologist Anatoly Zhuravlev and His Move from Academia to Alternative Knowledge.
1-2.30 pm: Lunch Break
2.30-4.15 pm: Panel 3
Professionalization of Sciences in Empire
Chair: Allison Anderson (U of Houston) Discussant: Jimmy Schafer (U of Houston)
Said Sultan Al-Hashmi (U of Houston)—Science and the Paradox of Colonialism: Arabian Peninsula 1920–1940
Jack Seitz (Tennessee Wesleyan U)—Agricultural science Popularization & Environmental and Social Change on the Kazakh Steppe in Late Imperial Russia
John Lisle (Louisiana Tech)—Public Relations and the American Science Attaché Program
5–7 pm: Keynote lecture
Nasser Zakariya (UC Berkeley) —Anthroperiphery and the Public Representation of Science
SATURDAY, MARCH 26
9.15-11 am: Panel 4
Science and Human Ontology
Chair: Nancy Katz (U of Houston) Discussant: Nandini Bhattacharya (U of Houston)
Gabriela Radulescu (Technical University of Berlin)—Extraterrestrial Intelligence’s Regime of Epistemic Governance During the Cold War
Alexei Kojevnikov (U of British Columbia)—When Space-Time Met World Revolution
Erica Augenstein (U of Houston)—Technological State-building in Diaspora: Palestinian Labor in the Arab Gulf
11:15 am – 1 pm: Panel 5
Science as Pedagogy
Chair: Nella Sakic (U of Houston) Discussant: Michael Gordin (Princeton)
Michael Coates (Kennan Institute, DC)—Encyclopedic Knowledge and Post-War Technological Society in the Soviet Union and United States
Jonathan MacDonald (Brown)—Teaching Emotional Self-Control to the Adolescent Citizen
Valeria Muts (Yale)—Capturing Time: Social Conservatism and Popular Science in Early 20th‑century Russia
1-2.30 pm: Lunch break
2.30-4.15 pm: Panel 6
Cold War and Better Governance
Chair: Christian Moore (U of Houston) Discussant: Pratik Chakrabarty (U of Houston)
Sanchia deSouza (U of Toronto)—Homogenizing Consent for Modern Milk: Dairy Science and Public Communication in 20th-century Bombay.
Doubravka Olshakova (Czech Academy of Sciences)—Popularizing Societal Taboos: Disabled persons, children and popularization of psychology and pedagogy in the 1970s and 1980s.
Elena Trubina (UNC Chapel Hill)—School Teaching after the Cold War in the Urals: Myth, Knowledge, and Ideology.
4.30-5 pm: Closing discussion
- Department of History, University of Houston
- Department of English, University of Houston
- Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin