Cold War Social and Behavioral Sciences: International and Transnational Entanglements II

Friday, 20 July 2018: 17:30-19:20
RC08 History of Sociology (host committee)

Language: English

The history of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) during the Cold War era has seen increasing interest throughout the last decade. While important progress has been made toward a more balanced assessment of the interrelations between the Cold War era and the SBS, the literature still shows some deficits. Chief among these deficits are the dominance of US-centered accounts and the lack of comparative studies. To some sociological observers, whether justified or not, another deficit is the alleged lack of sensibility towards the theoretical or methodological content of SBS ideas, since the literature has been mainly written by historians. Historians, in turn, tend to criticize the sociologists’ lack for details and, sometimes, a mild form of political naiveté.

We seek papers that address the aforementioned deficits by historians (i.e., intellectual historians, diplomatic historians, etc.), historians of the social and behavioral sciences (including but not limited to historians of the particular disciplines such as sociology or political science), and sociologists (i.e., sociologists of science, sociologists of higher education, etc.). By bringing into conversation works from these various vantage points, this session seeks to investigate and illuminate the international and transnational dimensions of Cold War social and behavioral science more fully than has been the case so far.

Session Organizers:
Christian DAYÉ, Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria and Mark SOLOVEY, University of Toronto, Canada
Christian DAYÉ, Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Oral Presentations
National Socialism and the History of Sociology in Austria
Andreas KRANEBITTER, University of Vienna, Austria; Christoph REINPRECHT, University of Vienna, Austria
Systems Revolutionaries: Making a Transnational Expert Community during the Cold War
Egle RINDZEVICIUTE, Kingston University London, United Kingdom
The Grudging Modernizer. a First Look at the Outliers of Postwar Social Science
Matteo BORTOLINI, University of Padua, Italy, Italy; Mohamed GENEDY, Goethe University, Frankfurt aM, Germany, Egypt