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FW: [BASEES-MEMBERS] FW: Cold War and Environmental Sciences CfP

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Andrew Jameson <[log in to unmask]>

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Andrew Jameson <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 8 Jul 2018 15:59:53 +0100

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-----Original Message-----
From: Announcement list for BASEES members
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Maguire, Muireann
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2018 11:13 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [BASEES-MEMBERS] FW: Cold War and Environmental Sciences CfP

Dear BASEES colleagues,

Please find below further details of a CfP for Cold War and Environmental
Sciences, sent on behalf of Jonathan Oldfield ([log in to unmask]). 
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Call for Papers

Workshop: Cold War and Environmental Sciences: Circulations, exchanges and
cooperation between the USSR and the West, 1950s-1990s

Venue: Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7
2AR
Date: 18 December 2018

International scientific collaboration during the Cold War has attracted
increased attention during the last decade not least for its ability to
further insight into the evident contradictory trends of knowledge
production and secrecy, cooperation and conflict. At the same time, much of
the analysis has been on research activities in Western settings, or else
from a Western perspective.

Inspired in part by the 1972 US-USSR Agreement on Cooperation in the Field
of Environmental Protection, this workshop seeks to explore the specifics of
collaboration between the East and the West in the broad area of the
environmental sciences moving beyond the high-level political discussions
between superpowers in order to explore the perspectives of
intergovernmental initiatives, sub-national scientific groupings, as well as
individual scientists from both sides of the ideological divide. Underlining
the contradictions noted above, many of those sciences proving effective in
the advancement of international scientific cooperation were simultaneously
of great applied significance for military and defence-related activities.
The following questions are at the centre of our interest and focus:

*       How was East-West collaboration aimed at increasing our
understanding of issues such as climate change, seismology, or pollution and
its impact on health, conceived, promoted and advanced by the two sides of
the ideological divide?
*       Linked to this, how effective were expansive international agendas
such as sustainable development in binding together the activities of both
East and West?
*       How balanced were these collaborations, and what economic,
geopolitical or national security concerns impacted the production of this
specific knowledge?
*       To what extent did intellectual and scientific exchange occur
outside of largescale international initiatives?
*       What happened to the knowledge that was gained within the
cooperation/collaborative initiatives? And, to what extent did it find its
place in policies or institutional agendas on either side of the Iron
Curtain?
*       How was scientific collaboration able to function during times of
heightened geopolitical uncertainty and defence-related secrecy?
*       What processes of historical change can we detect in the way these
scientific collaborations between the East and the West developed over the
decades leading to the end of the Cold War?

We welcome contributions from all disciplinary areas and are particularly
interested in papers based on archival research and/or interview material
and data. Please send your abstract (max. 500 words) for a 20-minute
presentation and a short biographical overview (max. 100 words) to Katja
Doose at: [log in to unmask] no later than August 15, 2018.

We have funds available to cover travel and accommodation for a limited
number of participants. Please indicate in your email if you are interested
in being considered for these funds.

The workshop is funded by the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council and
forms part of the AHRC- funded project 'Soviet climate science and its
intellectual legacies' (AH/P004431/1),
https://sovietclimatechange.wordpress.com
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