Article ID: CBB001211962

The Congress for Cultural Freedom, Minerva, and the Quest for Instituting “Science Studies” in the Age of Cold War (2012)


Aronova, Elena (Author)

Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Volume: 50, no. 3
Issue: 3
Pages: 307-337

Publication Date: 2012
Edition Details: Part of a special issue, “Minerva - 50 Years Reflecting on Science in Society.”
Language: English

The Congress for Cultural Freedom is remembered as a paramount example of the cultural cold wars. In this paper, I discuss the ways in which this powerful transnational organization sought to promote science studies as a distinct -- and politically relevant -- area of expertise, and part of the CCF broader agenda to offer a renewed framework for liberalism. By means of its Study Groups, international conferences and its periodicals, such as Minerva, the Congress developed into an influential forum for examining the ways Big Science impacted the relations between science, society, and politics, thus constituting a semi-institutional niche for Science Studies before its professionalization within academia during the 1970s. I argue that the Congress contributed to the construction of public space in which the relations between science, society and politics were debated, and science was reconceptualized as a social activity. The vision of science studies the CCF-associated intellectuals promulgated was different from the science studies we know today. Yet, this alternative vision, in which the issues of science politics appeared inseparable from those of science policy, science organization, and science governance, constituted the pre-history of science studies today.

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Authors & Contributors
Solovey, Mark
Vittoria, Albertina
Cain, Friedrich
Francis Newman
Siyu Fu
Walker, Mark
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Social Studies of Science
Science in Context
Science as Culture
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of the History of Biology
SUNY Press
University of California, San Diego
University of Chicago Press
University of Alabama Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Harvard University Press
Science and government
Cold War
Science and politics
Science and ideology
Science studies, as a discipline
Science and society
Morgan, Thomas Hunt
Michurin, Ivan Vladimirovich
Mendel, Gregor Johann
Masriera, Miguel
Kuhn, Thomas S.
Conant, James Bryant
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)
RAND Corporation
Royal Society of London

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