Date: Wednesday January 17, 2018
Time: 15:45-17:15 hr.
Place: VU Main Building HG 5A 37
The Odd Couple: Hans and Susan Freudenthal
Abstract: Statements about the universal character of science are usually also statements about international politics. When Robert Merton proclaimed "universalism" as a "norm of science", in 1942, he also made clear that America's enemies violated that norm. Proper science was on the Allied side. In this paper I follow universalist pronouncements such as Merton's and scrutinize their geopolitical connotations. I interpret these expressions in the light of contemporary political internationalisms, which used images of science to bolster their claims, Some of this thinking would play a role in the design of international institutions, such as UNESCO and the league of Nations.
My larger claim is that while the rethotic about universalism may have had little bearing on scientific practice itself, it did form an important part of the way science was perceived and given meaning in wider culture - sometimes with far-reaching consequences.
Commentator: Ronald Kroeze's (Vrije Universiteit) research focuses on the history of governance, politcal corruption and anticorruption as well as on the history of management and leadership in politics and businees in the Netherlands and Europe in the modern era
Date: Thrusday March 22 2018
Time: 15:45-17:15 hr.
Place: VU Main Building HG-09A16
Afterwards drinks in the Basket.
"Science the Unifier": Scientific Universalism and international Politics, 1899-1945
Geert Somsen, Historian of science at the University of Maastricht
Date: Thursday April 26 2018
Time: 14:00 - 17:00 hr.
Place: Agorazaal 1
(VU Main Building, third floor)
Farewell Symposium Ida Stamhuis:
‘Genes, Gender, Journals and Statistical Justification’
All speakers at the symposium are historians who have worked closely with Ida on one of several projects or activities, ranging from gender in science, early genetics and the history of statistics to the Journal Centaurus and the Stevin Centre. They include Marscha Richmond (Wayne State University), Paul Klep (Radboud University), Raf de Bond (Maastricht University) and Karel Davids (Vrije Universiteit). As fina speaker Ida will give her farewell lecture: 'Genes, Gender, Journals and Statistical Justification'
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