MPIWG Colloquium Series 2022–23: Science Diplomacy and Science in Times of War

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) is pleased to announce its Institute’s Colloquium series 2022–23: “Science Diplomacy and Science in Times of War.” 

The series will take place in a hybrid format (on Zoom and at our institute in Berlin-Dahlem).

The colloquium series is dedicated to the rethinking of science and scientific knowledge in times of peace and in times of crises and war. Within this framework, it  will interrogate the history and concepts of “science diplomacy,” its applicability across time and space; limits and opportunities of scientific cooperation across borders, cultural and national contexts, fluctuating between peace and war; legitimation of using science and scientists as means of sanctions and geopolitical tools; and if we should differentiate between politically and diplomatically usable science and politically/diplomatically irrelevant science, reminiscent of Dale’s distinction between peaceful “normal science” and “abnormal” war science.

Further details, including how to register, can be found on our website:


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