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    Technical conferences as a technique of Internationalism

    Reinisch, Jessica (2023) Technical conferences as a technique of Internationalism. British Journal for the History of Science 56 (4), ISSN 0007-0874.

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    This paper looks at a genre of meetings that, while neither purely ‘scientific’ nor ‘diplomatic’, drew on elements from both professional spheres and gained prominence in the interwar decades and during the Second World War. It proposes to make sense of ‘technical conferences’ as a phenomenon that was made by and through scientific experts and politicians championing the organizing power of rationality, science and liberal internationalism. Against the background of swelling ranks of state-employed scientists, this paper documents the emergence of technical conferences as the for- ums where they got down to work. To make this case the paper traces the influence of a new way of thinking about the function and organization of conferences, originating in the time around the First World War, on one international organization in particular: the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), as a new hub of scientists and technicians.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Internationalism, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Jessica Reinisch
    Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2023 13:43
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2024 14:52


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