Science and the Public in the Nation-State: Historic and Current Configurations in Global Perspective, 1800-2010

Interdisciplinary workshop at the University of Tübingen, Sept. 11-13, 2014

Conveners: Andreas Franzmann (Tübingen), Axel Jansen (Tübingen, Cambridge/UK), Peter Münte (Bielefeld)
Organization and contact: Lars Weitbrecht (scienceinthenationstate AT

The workshop allows for the exploration of the relationship between science and the nation-state from a new perspective. In nation-states that have traditionally supported research science (such as England, France, Germany, and the US), the profession evolved under the protective wing and as an ally of the political sovereign. Academic professions have played a significant role in the consolidation of national states. The conference focuses on historical configurations of science and the nation-state in Europe and in North America in order to compare these configurations to emerging science-oriented states such as China and India – countries that have significantly expanded their science budgets in recent decades. The relationship between science as a profession and the nation-state will provide an analytical framework for discussing important historic developments in different countries. What has been the public role of the academic professions? And what are the effects on research of “national policy decisions”? Click here for full workshop exposé.

The workshop meets at Universität Tübingen, Alte Aula, Münzgasse 22-30, 72070 Tübingen/Germany (click here for map).

The workshop is supported by the Volkswagen Foundation (Project "Public Context of Science") and the Vereinigung der Freunde der Universität Tübingen (Universitätsbund) e.V.

Updated 15.09.2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

1.00 pm


“Science as a Profession, the Nation-State, and Globalization: New Approaches and Issues“, Andreas Franzmann, Axel Jansen, Peter Münte

1.30 pm

Panel 1 - Science and the Nation-State: Historic Configurations

Chair: Axel Jansen

“State - Nation - University. The “German University Model” as a National Political Legitimation Strategy in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland since the 19th Century”, Dieter Langewiesche (Tübingen)

2.30 pm

"Transformations in the Relationship between Nation State and Science: The Theoretical Perspective of Functional Differentiation" (preliminary title), Rudolf Stichweh (Bonn)

3.30 pm

Coffee break

4 pm

"The Competition of Scientific Nations and the Myth of the Kulturnation“, Peter Münte (Bielefeld)

Friday, September 12, 2014

9 am Panel 2 - The Case of the US

Chair: Michael Koch

“Science in an Emerging Nation-State: Alexander Dallas Bache and American Science, 1810-1865”, Axel Jansen (Tübingen)

10 am “Colonial Crossings: Social Science, Social Knowledge, and American Power, 1890-1970”, Jessica Wang (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

11 am

Coffee break

11.30 am

Panel 3 - Europe and Emerging Nation-States since 1970

Chair: Peter Münte

“Humanities in the Nation State. Symbolising Academic Autonomy in Statist and Neoliberal Constellations”, Vincent Gengnagel und Julian Hamann (Bamberg)

12.30 pm Lunch break

2 pm

“The Institutionalization of the European Research Area: The ‘Second phase’ of the EU Research Policy and its Consequences”, Arne Pilniok (Hamburg)

3 pm

“The State-Technoscience Duo in India: A Brief History of a Politico-Epistemological Contract”, Shiju Sam Varughese (Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar)

4.00 pm

Coffee break

4.30 pm

Panel 4 - Disciplines in National Contexts

"Moral and Political Economies of Contemporary Bioscience", Kerry Holden (Montreal)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

9 am

Chair: Axel Jansen

"Transformed by the Subject of Investigation: Islamic Studies after Decolonization”, Andreas Franzmann (Tübingen)

10 am

Panel 5 - Dynamics and Problems in a Globalized Science System

“Internationalisation of National Science, Technology and Innovation Policies: De- or Re-enactment of the Nation State?” Nina Witjes and Lisa Sigl (Vienna)

11 am

Coffee break

11.30 am

“Universalized Third Parties. On the Production of Global Competition by 'Scientized' Observers since the late 19th Century”, Tobias Werron (Bielefeld)

12.30 pm

Concluding discussion

1 pm