Call for Papers | Science and Democracy in Political Crises, 1900–2024

Call for Papers: Science and Democracy in Political Crises, 1900-2024


Conference at the German Historical Institute Washington, Thursday, Sept. 5 and Friday, Sept. 6, 2024


Inflation, energy supply, global warming, pandemics: science-based assessments and recommendations have long been an important resource for political decision-making in dealing with global crises. Yet, the role of science in politics has not been unchallenged as science and scientific processes have become contentious in many the public sphere of several nations on both sides of the Atlantic. Both the endorsement and dismissal of science are part of a broader historical pattern. We look forward to proposals for papers that discuss the complex relationship between science, crisis, and democracy from a social scientific and/or historical perspective. The workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect on, and to provide context for, the recent public role of science. The conveners aim to publish contributions to this conference as a special issue in a peer-reviewed journal or as an essay collection in book form. The deadline for proposals is January 7, 2024. For more information, please read the full CFP at