15-08-2018 00:58:02

Foredrag om videnskabshistorie

Hør om teknologihistorie fra hovedsagligt renæssancen til Internettets fødsel. Emne: Exploring Greenland.
Arrangør: IDA Young Professionals
Medarrangør: Kurser for studerende

Foredrag v. Matthias Heymann d. 19. september kl. 16, auditorium D1.
Matthias Heymann er lektor ved institut for videnskabsstudier ved Aarhus Universitet og arbejder med områder som history of enviromental science, atmospheric and climate science og engineering design. Sammen med hans hold dækker de al teknologihistorie fra hovedsagligt renæssancen til Internettets fødsel.

Foredraget vil både snakke om videnskabshistorie generelt, forskningen og hvad der kræver, og især handle om deres nyeste forskning med overskriften: Exploring Greenland: Denmark, the US military and science and technology in the cold war.

Herunder er et kort abstract om emnet. (Foredraget er på engelsk)

Der vil blive serveret sandwich og vand/sodavand.

Exploring Greenland: Denmark, the US Military and Science and Technology in the Cold War

Greenland has become an icon of environmental concern in recent decades. Possessing an environment highly sensitive to global environmental change it became a focus of environmental research.

This lecture explores the prehistory of current research interest in Greenland: the development of research activities in the geophysical sciences and its broader impact on research traditions, science policies and environmental interests in the period 1945 to 1970. The example of research in Greenland in the Cold War exemplifies the dependence of science on political and military interests. Science served as a vehicle for promoting national security and shaping foreign relations. While Denmark maintained formal sovereignty over Greenland, research activities were strongly dominated by US military interests.

After WW II scientific exploration of the polar areas became a strategically important element in American and Soviet defense policy. Located right between the superpowers the territory of Greenland moved to the focus of US military planners. The US Department of Defense and the US Forces invested heavily in geophysical research in fields like glaciology, geology, seismology, atmospheric sciences. Even a small city under the ice, Camp Century, was built on the ice cap and served for scientific and military goals. US military and scientific activity in Greenland put small Denmark under strong pressure.

How can a small country keep its sovereignty vis-à-vis a superpower determined to occupy the island of Greenland? And what role does science play in this political game? The lecture will present results from a large Danish-US research project in the history of science funded by the Danish Carlsberg Foundation. The research draws on extensive archival research in Denmark, the USA and other countries.


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