Transnational knowledge during the Cold War

April 2019

Our current issue is now available online! This edition (vol.26 no.1 Jan./Mar. 2019) features a dossier on the transnational knowledge during the Cold War, edited by Ana Barahona,  Professor of the Department of Evolutionary Biology at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

The Cold War affected not only science and technology related to the military and space races, but also research in biomedicine and other fields.

The idea for this dossier arose during the symposium “Transnational Knowledge during the Cold War. The case of the life and medical sciences,” held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in July 2017, at the International Congress of the History of Science and Technology.

This transnational approach present in the four articles of this dossier abandons the idea of nation as a unit in order to explain the dynamics of global and local circulation of knowledge, people, and scientific practices. These articles cover topics such as Mexican genetics and biomedical knowledge during the second half of the twentieth century; genetics in Brazil between 1960s and 1980s; nuclear energy and political power in Italy and Franco’s Spain in the wake of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings;  and the work of the Russian-American evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky in Brazil within the mid-twentieth-century science.

In addition to this dossier, this issue also features several articles on different topics: sanitation as a health sector agenda in Brazil, cholera epidemic in Mendoza,In the post-war international contexton transnational science Argentina (1886-1887) and much more.

Enjoy the reading!

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