Kooperation & Konkurrenz




Asif Siddiqi (New York): Performing Secrecy

Soviet Scientists on the International Stage during the Cold War


Vortrag im Rahmen des Montagskolloquiums des Deutschen Museums.

State-imposed regulations on secrecy during the Cold War shaped the rituals, practices, and behavior of Soviet scientists when they ventured into the international stage. In the post-Stalinist era, as Soviet scientists, engineers, and designers came into increasing contract with their foreign counterparts, they adopted new strategies in the face of two countervailing forces. On the one hand, Soviet government and Party officials wanted to publicize the achievements of Soviet science and technology. On the other hand, because most scientific activity was inextricably tied to military research, much of it had to be kept secret. This lecture explores the case of Soviet space scientists who worked on cooperative projects with Europeans and Americans in the 1970s and 1980s, investigating how they “performed” a kind of secrecy that reassured Party officials at home while at the same time pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable to share.

wann: Montag, 27. Mai 2019, 16:30 Uhr

wo: Alter Seminarraum, Bibliotheksbau, Museumsinsel 1

Das zentrale Thema des Montagskolloquiums im Sommersemester 2019 ist "Kooperation und Konkurrenz in den Wissenschaften". Das gesamte Programm sehen Sie hier.