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Conference: The Century of Sputnik and Chernobyl

Culture and languages
Society and economy

Ettore Costa and CERGU plan an international conference to take place online.

20 Apr 2021
21 Apr 2021
08:30 - 17:00
09:00 - 16:30


The conference The Century of Sputnik and Chernobyl is organised by the Centre for European Research of the University of Gothenburg (CERGU) and sponsored by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (F19-1548). The goal of the conference is to explore the reciprocal influences between science and the European left, with the hypothesis that the historical development of one can be explained by the other. While the two topics have been explored separately, we argue that showing the connections between the two can provide new explanatory tools to history and social science. The conference brings together established scholars and early-career researchers alike from different disciplines and nations.

The conference was originally scheduled for April 2020, but it had to be postponed due to Covid-19. Despite this temporary obstacle, the event is more urgent than ever. Indeed, the global pandemic revealed how science influences politics and what role scientific expertise play in a democracy.

Following Benedetto Croce’s maxim that “All history is contemporary history”, we will have a free discussion at the end of the first day to discuss how the experience of Covid-19 changed the perception of the interaction of scientific expertise, scientific issues and democratic politics and what insights we can apply to the study of the past.


How to participate: to attend the conference, view the speeches and ask questions, visit the CERGU website, Facebook page or write to the conference organisers:

Ettore Costa:

Angelica Sohlberg:

Birgitta Jännebring: