Preliminary Programme

Full programme with abstracts and descriptions can be downloaded here.

Programme Overview

DAY 1 – Thursday (3rd September)

8:30 Registration

Registration is continuous during breaks.

9:00–9:30 Welcome: Technosciences of Post/Socialism

Organizers: Zoltán Ginelli, Márton Fabók, András Novoszáth

9:30–11:00 P1. Post/socialism from the perspective of technoscience

Moderator: Márton Fabók

Discussants: Martha Lampland, Karl Hall, Tereza Stöckelová

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Parallel Sessions
S1a. Everyday lives, subjectivities and material infrastructures

Chair: Martha Lampland

Adrian Deoanca: Tracks of postsocialism: Rail reform, time and mobility in Romania

Ági Gagyi: Social movements as transnational constructs: Hungarian environmental and Romanian workers’ mobilizations in the Records of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute, 1973-1990

Dominika Czerniawska-Szejda: How do we plug in? The individual collaboration networks of Polish scholars: (Re)integration with the Western scholarly system

S1b. Post/socialist technopolitics of nature

Chair: Tereza Stöckelová

Márton Fabók: Politicisation/depoliticisation of nuclear power in Hungary

Magdalena Góralska: Good technologies, bad technologies: On the modernization of agriculture in post-socialist Poland – the case of biotechnology and the implementation of EU policy

Robert Balogh: The science of aforestation, modernity and Sovietization in a botanical garden of the Eastern Block

13:00-15:00 Lunch
Parallel Sessions
S2a. Engineers, entrepreneurs and academics under post/socialism

Chair: Karl Hall

Zinaida Vasilyeva: The NTTM movement: A state-sponsored “garage”

Sergiu Novac: Learning to tame the atom: East German experiences with Soviet type nuclear reactors and the consequences for post-socialist nuclear decommissioning practices

Leyla Sayfutdinova: Engineers in post-Soviet Azerbaijan: From “creators” to “button-pushers”

S2b. Conceptualizing technoscientific histories of Eastern Europe

Chair: Andrzej W. Nowak

Vera Khovanskaya: The long legacy of the “Common Task”

Ivana Damnjanović: Between Marx and Weber: How Serbian STS died in the womb

16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 Keynote speech

Johanna Bockman: Against Technoscience: The Economic Ideas of Karl Polanyi and the Non-Aligned Movement

Guest discussant: Attila Melegh (Karl Polanyi Research Centre for Global Social Studies)

19:00 Dinner at Grund bar (provided)

DAY 2 – Friday (4th September)

9:30–11:00 P2. Technoscience in the global semi-periphery

Moderator: Zoltán Ginelli

Discussants: Johanna Bockman, Andrzej W. Nowak

11:00-11:30 Coffee break
Parallel Sessions
S3a. Managing objectivity, quantification and ideology between East and West

Chair: Johanna Bockman

Narcis Tulbure: Knowledge infrastructures of data-poor economies

Zoltán Ginelli: Globalizing the “quantitative revolution”: The technocratic turn in socialist spatial planning in Hungary

András Pinkasz: The political economy of statistics during the Cold War era

S3b. Global circulation of high-tech and internationalization of technocracies

Chair: Karl Hall

Marcin Zaród: Hacking the (semi)peripheries: Ethnography of hackerspaces in Central-Eastern Europe as a systemic edge of global computer networks

Tina Schivatcheva: The knowledge economy in the semi-periphery: The case of Bulgaria

13:00-15:00 Lunch
15:00-16:30 P3. Studying science and technology in Eastern Europe

Moderator: András Novoszáth

Discussants: Johanna Bockman, Karl Hall, Andrzej W. Nowak, Martha Lampland, Tereza Stöckelová

16:30-17:00 Coffee break
17:00-18:30 P4. STS community in Eastern Europe? Informal conclusions

Moderator: Zoltán Ginelli

19:00 Dinner

DAY 3 – Saturday (5th September)

On this day, we are having informal discussions while taking walks and visiting thematic sites around the city, finishing with lunch and drinks. Some of the activities might reach into the afternoon. All activities listed here are optional.

City Walk: Different Approaches of Urban Regeneration in Budapest


Guide: Márton Berki (Critical Collective for Urban Research)

Meeting at the entrance of Corvin Cinema (near Corvin-negyed metro station).

If the weather turns out to be bad, the city walk should be shifted into the afternoon.

There will be a short trip (about 2 hours) around Corvin Square hosted by the Critical Collective for Urban Research group. Topics will cover the history and material heritage of the working class neighbourhood of Józsefváros district (the place of our venue), its postsocialist transformation and recent processes of gentrification.


On the example of the Corvin Promenade Project and the rehabilitation of Magdolna Quarter in District VIII, this field trip provides a critical narrative of different approaches and practices of urban regeneration in Budapest. Whereas the first (market-generated) project is a radical intervention in the urban tissue of a formerly blighted area (merely displacing urban poverty), the latter is an attempt to move towards a more socially sensitive form of urban rehabilitation – yet, with several question marks.



Afternoon visit: Electrotechnical Museum

1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 21.

Open: 10:00-16:00

Additional places worth to visit:


Memento Park

1223 Budapest (Southern Buda), corner of Balatoni út and Szabadkai utca

Open: 10:00 until dusk

Adults: 1.500 HUF

Students with ISIC CARD: 1.000 HUF

Marxim Pizzeria and Pub

1024 Budapest, Kis Rókus u. 23.


Gólya Cooperative Bar and Community House

Gólya Szövetkezeti Presszó és Közösségi Ház

The conference venue is the historical building of the ‘Gólya’ (Stork) community centre and co-operative bar in the inner city area of Budapest.

1083 Budapest, Bókay János u. 34.

+36 (1) 785 5568

Find Gólya on facebook.

Map of destination (Bókay János utca 34.)

Catering information

Buffet, lunch and the dinner on Thursday will be provided for all guests free of charge. Lunch will consist of a two-course meal (vegetarian option included) and is to be served buffet-style at our venue, Gólya Community Centre. The dinner on Thursday will consist of a main course, and will take place at a restaurant nearby. Second dinner will be optional and will depend on guests’ choices.

Lunch Menu


Fruit Soup

Chicken and Spinach Risotto with Parmesan OR Vegan Risotto


Chili con Carne OR Vegan Chili

Fruit Pie


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