CFP- 7th ESHS Prague 22-24 September 2016 - session "Power and Display: Museums, Science and Politics in Southern Europe (1918-1939)"

Type: Call for Papers
Subject Fields: Environmental History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Humanities, European History / Studies, Popular Culture Studies

7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (Prague: 22-24 September 2016)
"Science and power, Science as power"

"Power and Display: Museums, Science and Politics in Southern Europe (1918-1939)"
Session organized by Elena Canadelli & Jaume Sastre-Juan

The display of science and technology is never politically neutral. Museums of natural history, world’s fairs, industrial museums, ethnographic and anthropological exhibitions, or science centers have all been studied as spaces in which power relations have been constructed and negotiated. During the last decades, the politics of display has been addressed in terms of the production and reproduction of ideologies having to do, among other issues, with national and professional identities, gender, colonialism, class struggle, and ideas about nature and religion.
The political unrest of the turbulent interwar years was reflected in the creation or remodelation of many national museums of science and technology and in the reconfiguration of the display of science and technology around new exhibition techniques. There is ample scholarship on the politics of display in Central Europe and the United States. However, the picture is still far from complete: more national case-studies including other regions which have been less studied need to be taken into account if we are to build a truly global picture. One of these regions is Southern Europe.
This panel will explore the intersections between political power and representations of science and technology through display during the interwar period in Southern Europe. How was national identity negotiated through displays? What are the narratives beyond the exhibits? How did the fascist regimes mobilize science and technology displays for political goals? How was the intense social conflict reflected in the musealization of science and Technology?

If you are interested in contributing to this session, please contact us and/or send your proposal in English (name, function, short cv, title, and abstract no longer than 300 words), by 5 December 2015 to Elena Canadelli: and Jaume Sastre-Juan:

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Elena Canadelli - I'm a senior postdoctoral Research Fellow in History of Science at the University of Padova (Dep. of Biology). I held the National qualification as Associate professor in History of Science (December 2013-December 2019). In 2009, I took a Ph.D. in History of Science from the University of Pisa. Then I was a postdoctoral Research Fellow in History of Science at the University of Milano-Bicocca. I collaborated with the International Research Network History of Scientific Objects, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin. I'm Associate Editor at "Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science". My main research interests focus on the history of scientific museums, the history of biology, visual studies in science, and the relationship between science and popular culture in 19th Century.
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