Visiting Scholar (Sep 2016-Dec 2016)
PhD, Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow, Columbia University
Geert Somsen is based at Maastricht University, Netherlands, where he teaches history of science at undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been Academic Coordinator of the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences and PhD Training Coordinator of the Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture. He is the recipient of a Marie Curie International Outgoing fellowship, 2014–17, in the EU 7th Framework Programme, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Uppsala Universitet and Harvard University. He is editor of Studium, the Low Countries’ Review for the History of Science. Before arriving at the MPIWG he spent two years as a Research Associate at the Department of History of Columbia University.
Geert studies public discourse about science, especially in relation to its political implications. In his current project he examines how science has been promoted as a model for international cooperation through appeals to its universality. He explores the different agendas (from communist to fascist) with which such appeals have been made and the varying conceptions of world order that they have given rise to, and has published widely on this and related topics. He recently completed the volumes Pursuing the Unity of Science: Ideology and Scientific Practice from the Great War to the Cold War (Ashgate 2016, edited with Harmke Kamminga) and Neutrality in Twentieth-Century Europe: Intersections of Science, Culture and Politics after the First World War (Routledge 2012, edited with Rebecka Lettevall and Sven Widmalm).
Somsen, Geert (2021). “The Princess at the Conference: Science, Pacifism, and Habsburg Society.” History of Science 59 (4): 434–460. https://doi.org/10.1177/0073275320977750.Read More
Somsen, Geert (2020). “The Philosopher and the Rooster: Henri Bergson’s French Diplomatic Missions, 1914–1925.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 50 (4): 364–383. https://doi.org/10.1525/hsns.2020.50.4.364.Read More
Somsen, Geert (2017). “Science, Fascism, and Foreign Policy: The Exhibition ‘Scienza Universale’ at the 1942 Rome World’s Fair .” Isis 108 (4): 769–791. https://doi.org/10.1086/695758.Read More
Presentations, Talks, & Teaching Activities
Columbia University, New York City (Intellectual and Cultural History Seminar)
Columbia University (Columbia Committee on Global Thought, keynote presentation)
York University, Toronto (STS Seminar Series)
Chemical Heritage Foundation, Philadelphia (Brown Bag Lecture)
Harvard University (Kennedy School of Government, STS Circle)
Ghent, conference Intellectuals and the Great War (invited contribution)