Event

Dec 14, 2021
States, Knowledge, and Borders: Does Trust Make Science International?

Jessica Wang: States, Knowledge, and Borders: Does Trust Make Science International? 

Scientists have frequently imagined the borderless flow of knowledge as a norm and a natural consequence of the universality of scientific truth, but history has never been so simple.  Although natural philosophers created networks of correspondence that evolved into a self-defined “republic of letters” that supposedly transcended national borders, states simultaneously asserted prerogatives to control and regulate the flow of knowledge about the natural world long before the mid-twentieth century era of the national security state and the nuclear age. This presentation draws upon examples from the early modern period to the present to explore the political relationships that have conditioned international science and states’ attention to the movement of scientific information.  According to this state-centered perspective, scientific exchange may be less about trust than about national interest and the geopolitical circumstances that either facilitate or obstruct knowledge flows across borders. 

Address
Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany
Room
Zoom/Online Meeting Platform
Contact and Registration

This event takes place online. A number of places are available to the public—please email PUBLIC@MPIWG-BERLIN.MPG.DE by December 10, 2021 to register. For further information about this colloquium event, please contact Anna L. Ahlers (office-ahlers@mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de).

Organizers
Lise Meitner Research Group

 

IC HEADER 2021-22TRUSTING SCIENCE  

This event is part of the MPIWG's Institute's Colloquium 2021–22 series "Trusting Science," which seeks to explore this topic from interdisciplinary, transnational, and longue durée perspectives. Learn more about the series here.

 

2021-12-14T16:00:00SAVE IN I-CAL 2021-12-14 16:00:00 2021-12-14 17:30:00 States, Knowledge, and Borders: Does Trust Make Science International? Jessica Wang: States, Knowledge, and Borders: Does Trust Make Science International?  Scientists have frequently imagined the borderless flow of knowledge as a norm and a natural consequence of the universality of scientific truth, but history has never been so simple.  Although natural philosophers created networks of correspondence that evolved into a self-defined “republic of letters” that supposedly transcended national borders, states simultaneously asserted prerogatives to control and regulate the flow of knowledge about the natural world long before the mid-twentieth century era of the national security state and the nuclear age. This presentation draws upon examples from the early modern period to the present to explore the political relationships that have conditioned international science and states’ attention to the movement of scientific information.  According to this state-centered perspective, scientific exchange may be less about trust than about national interest and the geopolitical circumstances that either facilitate or obstruct knowledge flows across borders.  Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany Zoom/Online Meeting Platform Europe/Berlin public