Science and the Public in the Nation-State: Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective, 1800-2010

Science and the Public in the Nation-State: Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective, 1800-2010

PD Dr. Andreas Franzmann (Universität Tübingen); PD Dr. Axel Jansen (Universität Tübingen); Dr. Peter Münte (Universität Bielefeld)
Universität Tübingen, Alte Aula, Münzgasse 22-30, D-72070 Tübingen, Germany
Vom - Bis
11.09.2014 - 13.09.2014
PD Dr. Axel Jansen

The workshop allows for the exploration of the relationship between science and the nation-state from a new perspective. In nation-states that have traditionally supported research science (such as England, France, Germany, and the US), the profession evolved under the protective wing and as an ally of the political sovereign. Academic professions have played a significant role in the consolidation of national states. The conference focuses on historical configurations of science and the nation-state in Europe and in North America in order to compare these configurations to emerging science-oriented states such as China and India – countries that have significantly expanded their science budgets in recent decades. The relationship between science as a profession and the nation-state will provide an analytical framework for discussing important historic developments in different countries. What has been the public role of the academic professions? And what are the effects on research of “national policy decisions”?


Thursday, September 11, 2014

1.00 pm - Introduction
“Science as a Profession, the Nation-State, and Globalization: New Approaches and Issues“, Andreas Franzmann, Axel Jansen, Peter Münte

1.30 pm - Panel 1: Science and the Nation-State: Historic Configurations

“State - Nation - University. The “German University Model” as a National Political Legitimation Strategy in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland since the 19th Century”, Dieter Langewiesche (Tübingen)

2.30 pm - "Transformations in the Relationship between Nation State and Science: The Theoretical Perspective of Functional Differentiation" (preliminary title), Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn)

3.30 pm - "The Competition of Scientific Nations and the Myth of the Kulturnation“, Peter Münte (Bielefeld)

4.30 Coffee break

5 pm - “Science in an Emerging Nation-State: Alexander Dallas Bache and American Science, 1810-1865”, Axel Jansen (Tübingen/Cambridge, UK)

6 pm - “Science, State Power, and the Cold War: Towards a Global History”, Jessica Wang (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

Friday, September 12, 2014

9 am - Panel 2: Europe and the US: Transformations since 1950

“Humanities in the Nation State. Symbolising Academic Autonomy in Statist and Neoliberal Constellations”, Vincent Gengnagel und Julian Hamann (Bamberg)

10 am - “The Institutionalization of the European Research Area: The ‘Second phase’ of the EU Research Policy and its Consequences”, Arne Pilniok (Hamburg)

11 am - Coffee break

11.30 am - Panel 3: Emerging Science Nations since 1970

“State, Science, and Earthquakes in Communist China”, Fa-ti Fan (State University of New York, Binghamton)

12.30 pm - Lunch break

2.00 pm - “The State-Technoscience Duo in India: A Brief History of a Politico-Epistemological Contract”, Shiju Sam Varughese (Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar)

3.00 pm - “Argumentative Scale-Switching and Imagined Communities – Exemplified by Genetic Epidemiology in China Medical City [中国医药城]”, Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner (University of Sussex)

4.00 pm - Coffee break

4.30 pm - Panel 4: Disciplines in National Contexts

"Moral and Political Economies of Contemporary Bioscience", Kerry Holden (Queen Mary University of London)

5.30 pm - "Transformed by the Subject of Investigation: Islamic Studies after Decolonization”, Andreas Franzmann (Tübingen)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9 am - Panel 5: Dynamics and Problems in a Globalized Science System

“Internationalisation of National Science, Technology and Innovation Policies: De- or Re-enactment of the Nation State?” Nina Witjes and Lisa Sigl (Vienna)

10 am - “Universalisierte Dritte. Zur Typik und Genese eines ‘verwissenschaftlichten’ Beobachtertypus”, Tobias Werron (Bielefeld)

11 am - Coffee break

11.30 am - Mitchell Ash (Vienna; to be confirmed)

12.30 pm - Concluding discussion

1 pm - Departure


PD Dr. Axel Jansen

Projekt "The Public Context of Science" (gefördert von der Volkswagenstiftung)
Seminar f. Zeitgeschichte, Universität Tübingen