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Militant Science. European Physicists and the Emergence of Transnational Radical Science Movements

Project description

A spotlight on the physicists involved in emerging radical science movements

Radical science movements have changed the lives of those working in the field as well as shaped debates on public concerns involving science, such as on genetics. With a focus on the physics communities in France, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, the EU-funded MISHA project will elucidate the transnational emergence of radical science movements. In doing so, MISHA will explain the two-way transfer of knowledge and people between the United States and Europe.


MISHA’s research objective is to understand the transnational emergence and flourishing of radical science movements with a particular focus on the physics communities in Italy, France, United Kingdom, and the United States. I aim at elucidating the dynamic of the two-way transfer of knowledge and people between the US and Europe. The project consists of the following research actions: archival research (e.g. Niels Bohr Library & Archives, American Institute of Physics, Cambridge University Library, Wellcome Library, Archives de Jussieu, Sorbonne, Fondazione Lelio e Lisli Basso, University of Rome La Sapienza, Archivio della Società Italiana di Fisica); systematic analysis of written sources, (European and American journals, monographs, and translations of essays and articles); reconstruction of scientific networks from the examination of conferences proceedings, summer schools programs and lectures, and seminars, as well as programmatic documents; reconstruction of institutional and informal networks (political militancy, correspondences, internal reports); definition of the epistemological and political features of the debate on non-neutrality in science at transnational European level. On the methodological side, I will employ the most advanced conceptual tools of transnational history and political epistemology to provide an integrated narrative able to combine political, philosophical, and historical analysis.


Net EU contribution
€ 251 002,56
37129 Verona

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Nord-Est Veneto Verona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 251 002,56

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