Campus Lecture: Lorraine Daston


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Date 30.05.2022 17:00  
Speaker Lorraine Daston, Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Location Online
Category Conferences - Seminars
Event Language English
“The Origins of International Governance in Science”

Lorraine Daston
Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin

Faced with two crises of planetary dimensions, climate change and the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, politicians responded nationally and scientists responded internationally. Why?

Science has been cosmopolitan and collective since at least the seventeenth century, but there’s big difference between exchanging letters, publications, and occasional visits among citizens of the Republic of Letters, on the one hand, and, on the other, subordination of individual and national research traditions, priorities, and practices to binding agreements reached by international disciplinary bodies empowered by no one but themselves. Only in the late 19th century did scientists begin to attempt international governance – arguably still the most effective form of international governance we have.


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