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The politics of STS: instituting science studies in the age of Cold War

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In this talk I will focus on two transnational organisations – the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) – and the ways these overtly political organisations sought to provide the conceptual framework and institutional niche(s) for history of science / science studies in the age of Cold War. I will ask what legacy(ies) did these undertakings leave and will attempt to suggest some answers to this question.

Speaker Biography: Elena Aronova is a PhD candidate in History at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation is entitled ‘The Cold War Roots of Science Studies: Studies of Science in the USA , UK and the Soviet Union, 1950s-1980s’, and she is supervised by Professors Naomi Oreskes and Cathy Gere.

This talk is part of the Twentieth Century Think Tank series.

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