The politics of Star Wars: Thatcher and the UK and European contexts of the Strategic Defense Initiative

Jon Agar,
University College London

interviendra dans le cadre du séminaire Histoire des sciences, histoire de l’innovation
(Université Paris Sorbonne, UPMC, LabEx EHNE)

jeudi 14 avril à 17h00

dans la salle de conférence de l’Institut des sciences de la communication (ISCC)
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13°, M° Gobelins.

 

Résumé

When Ronald Reagan announced his Strategic Defense Initiative (also known as “Star Wars”) on 23 March 1983, European leaders were faced with several questions. First, there was uncertainty about just what kinds of technology Reagan might be envisaging. Second, there was the question about whether to support the American President despite strong scepticism about the feasibility and wisdom of the initiative. Third, there was a question concerning the likely sources of innovation and potential spin-off from research and development. This talk examines new archival evidence from the UK National Archives and discusses how UK politicians, in conversation and competition with European leaders, responded to SDI, focussing in particular on the politics of research funding.

 

Prochaines séances :

3 mai (attention séance exceptionnellement  le mardi)
Thomas Thwaites, designer
Making a toaster, becoming a goat, policing with bees… Doing design projects about science and technology.

12 mai
Catherine Radtka, (CNES/ISCC)
Mettre en pratique un engouement pour l’espace : les constructions de fusées en amateur dans la France des années 1950-60.

 

copyright: White House Photographic Officehttp://www.margaretthatcher.org/multimedia/displaydocument.asp?docid=109632


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