A2
Science and technocrats in socialism and post-socialism: Trajectories of knowledge production in a semi-peripheral context

Convenors:
Andras Pinkasz (BME - Budapest University of Technology and Economics)
Agnes Gagyi (University of Gothenburg)
Johanna Bockman (George Mason University)
Format:
Location:
C. Humanisticum AB 1.17
Start time:
18 September, 2014 at 9:30
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Eastern Europe, glocalization, scientific knowledge, technocrats

Long abstract:

The evolution of scientific knowledge in Eastern Europe (EE) is often described, as a belated acceptance of diffusion from the center, and as a fragmented and discontinuous due to repeated political reorganizations during its history. We intend to go beyond stating these factors as a cause for belatedness or incoherence of EE scientific development, and ask how the content and circumstances of EE science in its various historical forms have developed as an integral part of global interconnection - an analytical frame for understanding the competing and interacting local and global networks of scientific and political and financial elites and organizations. We are also interested in the evolution and current state of global distribution of financial, technological, and human resources required in the process of making science, and the way it determines the quantity and quality of the scientific knowledge. Some questions arising from this framework: How did internal and external alignments of power shape various disciplines such as geography, psychology, economics or sociology? How was the notion of class in EE sociology shaped by such processes? In what glocal context did theories and technopolicies of spatial planning develop? How can we conceive of the late socialist 'technocratic turn' in this respect? How did the role of new economic thought in marketizing and financial reforms connect to the crisis of the 1970's, to the shifts in the relations between the Soviet Union and its periphery, and to the resulting indebtedness of EE states to Western capital? The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 3-4 between 2 sessions (final session will no longer take place)