Workshop Schedule

Global/Transnational Perspectives on Civil Defense from the Cold War Era to the Present Day

University of Zurich, Switzerland, March 9-10, 2017

Preliminary Schedule for Workshop

Wednesday, March 8 (optional programs)

Lunch Seminar
Mats Fridlund: “The 9/11 Effect on Engineering Research”
Center for Security Studies, Federal Institute of Technology ETH
Building IFW, room A 44.1, Haldeneggsteig 4 , 8092 Zürich.

6.15 – 8 pm
Evening Lecture
Joe Masco (University of Chicago): “On Planetary Accountability: The New Nuclear Age”
Center History of Knowledge, ETH/University of Zurich. RZ building, Clausiusstrasse 59, 8092 Zürich, Room  F21

Thursday, March 9 (first day of workshop)

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8001 Zürich
Room KOL G212

9 .15- 9.45am
Welcome by Gesine Krüger, Chair of the Department of History Zurich and Opening Remarks by the Organizers

9.45 – 11.00am
Session 1: Civil Defense and the State: Comparative Approaches
Discussants: Edward Geist (Stanford University), Martin Diebel (Center for Contemporary History Potsdam)
Moderator:   Sarah Robey (Temple University)

11.00 – 11.30am
Coffee break

11.30 – 1pm
Session 2: Spatial and Technological Approaches to Civil Defense
Discussants: David Monteyne (University of Calgary), Silvia Berger (University of Zurich), Mats Fridlund (Aalto University).
Moderator:   Peter Bennesved (Umeå University)

1 pm – 2.15pm
Group Lunch at the Dozentenfoyer ETH

2.15 – 3.45 pm
Session 3: Communication and Media Studies of Civil Defense
Discussants: Peter Bennesved (Umeå University), Marie Cronqvist (Lund University), Joe Masco (University of Chicago)
Moderator: Sarah Robey (Temple University)

3.45 – 4.15 pm
Coffee break

4.15 – 5.45pm
Session 4: Citizenship, Activism, and the Public in Civil Defense
Discussants: Sarah Robey (Temple University), Matthew Grant (University of Essex), Jakob Tanner (University of Zurich).
Moderator: Silvia Berger (University of Zurich).

7 pm
Networking Dinner

Friday, March 10 (second day of workshop)

University of Zurich, Rämistrasse 71, 8001 Zürich, Room KOL G212

9 am: Coffee reception

9.15 – 10.30 am
Session 5: Sociologies and Social Knowledge of Civil Defense
Discussants: Cécile Stehrenberger (Technical University Braunschweig), Zuzana Hrdlickova (replacing Michael Guggenheim).
Moderator:   Silvia Berger (University of Zurich)

10.30 -11.00 am
Coffee break

11 – 12.30 am
Session 6: Studies of Professions, Movements and the Critique of Civil Defense and Disaster Medicine
Discussants: Claudia Kemper (Hamburger Institute for Social Research), Jochen Molitor (University of Cologne), Sibylle Marti (University of Hagen).
Moderator:   Sarah Robey (Temple University)

1 – 2 pm
Group Lunch at the Dozentenfoyer ETH

2 – 3.15 pm
Session 7:  Legacies and Continuities of Cold War Civil Defense in the Present Day
Niklaus Meier (Swiss Federal Office of Civil Protection): The Swiss Concept of Civil Protection. Continuities and Transformation since the End of the Cold War
Discussants: All participants.
Moderator:   Peter Bennesved (Umeå University)

3.15 – 3.45 pm
Coffee break

3.45 – 5.30 pm
Recap 1: Circulating Our Knowledge
Identifying objects, fields of research, research materials Possibilities/limitations for a global/transnational history of civil defense

Recap 2: Crossing borders and crossing disciplines: Conceptualizing a New Research Agenda
Next Steps: Publication, Future collaborative projects, Follow-Up Workshop, Expanding the network.

5.30 pm
End of Workshop

Saturday, March 11 (optional program)

9 am – 1.30 pm
Field trip to Lucerne Sonnenberg Bunker