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Conference: “Minority science” in the short 20th century: Imagining science from the margins of academia. 30 March – 1 April 2023, Prague

20th century is characterised by manifold processes of redrawing social, cultural, and geographic boundaries – from the fall of empires, to the end of the Soviet Union. Scholars were involved in these redrawings in manifold roles.

Datum konání
30. 3. 2023 – 1. 4. 2023
Místo konání
Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Gabčíkova 2362/10, Praha 8, 182 00 & zoom

Conference of the project Lumina Quaeruntur project “Images of science” in Czechoslovakia 1918-1945-1968

Masaryk Institute and Archive of the Academy of Science of the Czech Republic, Gabčíkova 2362/10, Praha 8, 182 00 & zoom. Registration for zoom eventbrite.de

20th century is characterised by manifold processes of redrawing social, cultural, and geographic boundaries – from the fall of empires, to the end of the Soviet Union. Scholars were involved in these redrawings in manifold roles. They could be facilitators of change but also those affected by it. In our conference we will look at those scholars who were located at the margins of the academia, but also became members of minorities due to expulsion or change of political borders. Cultural historians have accentuated that being an “other” can allow a more distant and critical perception of one’s surrounding society, a thesis which we want to investigate closer by looking at scholars and scientists and their imaginations of, and relation to, respective “mainstreams.” By connecting epistemic and social othering and marginalisation we do not want to blur boundaries between them, but on the contrary, investigate how the boundaries between “social” and “epistemic” are drawn and how these entities are interrelated, and thus to uncover how (academic) power relations are entangled with those in the society at large.

Thursday, March 30

15:30-16:00 Registration and Introduction

16:00-19:00 Session I
Chair: Galina Babak

Friday, March 31

9:00-12:00 Session II
Chair: Tomáš Gecko

13:30-15:00 Session III
Chair: Joris Vandendriessche

15:30-17:30 Session IV
Chair: Jan Surman

Saturday, April 1

9:00-12:00 Session V
Chair: Michaela Šmidrkalová

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