Diversity of science cultures during and after the Cold War

Tallinn, Estonia
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.

Workshop Theme. 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.

Keynote speakers.           

Rational or Sustainable?
Science and Siberian Futures across 1991       
Ksenia Tatarchenko
Université de Genève

Out of Poldavia: Real and fabricated Soviet emigrés and the cultural-political imaginaries of mid-century Western mathematics        
Michael Barany
University of Edinburgh

Dynamics of career-coupling relationships. Master-disciple relationship patterns in the East and West research worlds
Izabela Wagner
University of Warsaw

Participants should register by sending an e-mail with their name and affiliation tsecretary (at) iascud.org .
We are pleased to announce that there will be no registration fee for this workshop.

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 EXTENDED until 30 April 2019.

Options for Publication in Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum  www.bahps.org/acta-baltica

The workshop will take place in the SOC building of  Tallinn University of Technology  ( campus map ).

Six beds are available in the twin rooms of the Academic Hostel of Taltech (located about 100 metres from the workshop venue at Akadeemia tee 11) at special rate of 15.- EUR per night for the time of the workshop . Payment on the spot but registration is required no later than 15  May. Doctoral students will be given preference. For more information, please contact Peeter Müürsepp at mailto:peeter(dot)muursepp(at)taltech(dot)ee .

Arrival Information.
The university maintains a website with  arrival information . There is also a tram from the airport to the city centre.

IASCUD Conference Committee.
Nina Atanasova, Peeter Müürsepp, Vitaly Pronskikh.

The workshop is generously funded by the  Division for History of Science and Technology  (DHST) and the  Division for Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology  (DLMPST) of the  International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology  (IUHPST).