Science is not fun

Opinions personals de membres del CEHIC i alumnes de postgrau

nov. 22 2008

Spanish Science during Francoism

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Late this week, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra held a workshop on “Science, Scientists and Totalitarian Systems”. A pretty important “delegation” of CEHIC members attended the meeting and engaged in very exciting discussions. Among the topics addressed, there were the relationships between scientists and power in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Francoist Spain or the shaping of science policies (and also public perception of science and technology) in authoritarian regimes. The same notion of totalitarian regimes was analysed, and I found specially touching Mark Walker’s revision of individual stories of scientists under Nazism. As part of our own recent history, this is a topic I am conviced that Spanish historians of science must urgently engage with.

The conference programme was:

Thursday, 20th November 2008

Mitchell Ash (Wien Universität): An Introduction to the Science and Totalitarian Systems

Carola Sachse (Wien Universität): Science and Power. The Kaiser Wilhelm Society in an
International Comparative Perspective 1933-1945

Mark Walker (Union College, New York): A Collective Biography of Scientists during National Socialism

Mark Walker (Union College, New York): Science, Scientists, and Authoritarianism: the case of Max Planck

Friday, 21th November

Roberto Maiocchi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano): Science for Autarchy the Case of Mussolini’s Italy

Daniele Cozzoli (UPF, Barcelona) and Mauro Capocci (Università di Roma La Sapienza): Scientific Relationship between Italy and Nazi Germany. The ISS during Fascism

Antoni Malet (UPF, Barcelona): The Shaping of Scientific Communities under the Franco Regime

Agustí Nieto-Galán (Universitat Autònoma Barcelona): A fruitful Marriage: Chemistry and Power in Franco’s Spain

Felipe Ramírez (Universidad Autónoma Madrid): Science, Technology and Propaganda through the Spanish Official Newsreel, 1943-1964

María Jesús Santesmases (CSIC Madrid): Biology in Franco’s Spain

Esteban Rodríguez Ocaña (Universidad Granada): Medical Research in Franco’s Spain

Giovanni Paoloni (Università Roma La Sapienza): The CNR and the Organization of the Italian Science

Saturday, 22th Novembre

Albert Presas i Puig (Max Planck Institut, Berlin): A Spanish Paper Clip project: Technology for the Autarchy

General Conclusions

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