Governing Science, Governing by Science. Science and Technology in the Soviet Union (1945-1991)

International conference

Moscow 5th & 6th October 2018 
Venue: DHI Moskau, Vorontsovskaya street, 8, b. 7


Friday 5th OCTOBER

09.30-09.45. Arrival of participants, welcoming coffee

09.45-10.00. Grégory Dufaud (Sciences Po Lyon/LARHRA) and Larissa Zakharova (EHESS/CERCEC/CNRS/CEFR de Moscou). Introduction
Session 1. From Theoretical to Applied Science

Chair: Marc Elie (CNRS/CERCEC)

10am-10.20am. Paul Josephson (Colby College/CERCEC) – « Soviet Research Institutes and Big Industry: Branch Industrial Science in Metallurgy, Mining and Transportation, 1930-1980 »

10.20am-10.40am. Andrey Indukaev (IDHES ENS Paris-Saclay/University of Helsinki) – « The Power of the Academy of Sciences in the Late Socialist System: The Role of Applied Projects »

10.40am-11.00am. Ksenia Tatarchenko (Université de Genève) – « Passing the Torch: Youth, Civic Virtues, and Spaces of Innovation in Novosibirsk Science-City »

11.00am-12.00pm. Discussion


Session 2. Making Science and Technology on a Daily Basis

Chair: Sophie Coeuré (Université Paris VII Denis Diderot/ICT)

1pm-1.20pm. Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto) – « Science under Stalin and Khrushchev: the Case of Oncology »

1.20pm-1.40pm. Birte Kohtz (DHI Moskau) – « From Foetus to Fully Entitled Patient? The Unborn as an Object of Medical Innovation in Late Soviet Medicine »

1.40pm-2pm. Grégory Dufaud (Sciences Po Lyon/LARHRA) and Larissa Zakharova (EHESS/CERCEC/CNRS/CEFR de Moscou) – « The disappearance of Scientific and Technological Controversies after Stalin’s Death? Cases of Psychiatry and Telecommunications »

2pm-2.20pm. Ekaterina Rybkina (European University Institute, Florence/ European University at Saint-Petersburg) – « Tuning Up a Socialist Radio: Life and Fate of a Soviet Engineer »

2.20pm-3.40pm. Discussion

3.40pm-4pm. Coffee break
Session 3. International Connections and Collaborations

Chair: Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto)

4pm-4.20pm. Sophie Coeuré (Université Paris VII Denis Diderot/ICT) – « Mathematicians as an Apolitical International Community? The Litmus Test of Dissidence »

4.20pm-4.40pm. Jean-Philippe Martinez (Universidade Federal da Bahia) – « Making Science in an ‘Open World’: Considerations on the International Dynamics of Soviet scientists through the Iconic Example of Vladimir Fock in General Relativity »

4.40pm-5pm. Laurence Nye (LabEx ENHE/Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne/Université Paris IV Sorbonne) – « Life sciences in Orbit and Cold War diplomacy: The French-Soviet Experiment »

5pm-6pm. Discussion


Saturday 6th OCTOBER

Session 4. Governing (by) Resources 

Chair: Paul Josephson (Colby College/CERCEC)

9.30am-9.50am. Marc Elie (CNRS/CERCEC) – « Lysenkism in Pedology »

9.50am-10.10am. Timm Schönfelder (University of Tübingen) – « Governing Water. Soil Amelioration in the Kuban River Region »

10.10am-10.30am. Laurent Coumel (CERCEC) – « High modernism in the lake: fish farming in the Seliger area in the 1960s »

10.30am-10.50am. Coffee break

10.50am-11.10am. Galina Orlova (Southern Federal University / European Humanities University) – « Socialism of Isotopes »

11.10am-11.30am. Egle Rindzeviciute (Kingston University) – « The Cultural Governance of the Atom »

11.30am-1.10pm. Discussion


Financial support: CEFR Moscow, CERCEC (CNRS/EHESS), DHI Moskau, LabEx TEPSIS, LARHRA, Sciences Po Lyon. Holders and organizers of the conference: Grégory Dufaud (Sciences Po Lyon) and Larissa Zakharova (EHESS / CERCEC / CNRS / CEFR Moscow) 

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