Key Note Lecture STePS Research Days 2014

Johan Schot on
Writing the Rules for Europe:
Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations

Date: Thursday, 26 June 2014
Time: 13.45-14.45
Venue: Drienerburght, UT Campus, Room A
Organizer: STePS

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Technologies have created crucial connections across borders requiring new forms of transnational governance. By examining the people and institutions who wrote—and re-wrote—technology’s rule of engagement, this lecture sheds fresh light on the process of how, long before the European Union took shape, the work of integrating Europe was well underway. Presented here are individuals with special – and often interdisciplinary expertise – in technology, business, and law. Often, these experts sought to de-politicize issues by deeming them technical; this yielded workable solutions to shared problems. It also paved experts’ way in rule-making for multiple, distinct yet overlapping, and frequently competing “Europes”. In the pursuit of finding technological solutions, many institutions’ transnational practices survived ruptures, including the two World Wars. After the Second World War, the European Union was obliged to accommodate – and to compete with – other institutions’ established practices in order for the EU to gain greater influence in shaping Europe.

Taken together, the lecture which draws upon Wolfram Kaiser and Johan Schot’s forthcoming book titled Writing the Rules for Europe: Experts, Cartels, and International Organizations de-centers the present-day European Union in a new long-term understanding of European integration and transnational governance.

Short biography:

Johan Schot is director of SPRU (Science, Technology and Policy Research) at the University of Sussex, and scientific director of the Foundation for the History of Technology in Eindhoven. Previously he was history of technology professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and the University of Twente. He was one of the co-founders of the Dutch knowledge network ‘System innovations’ investigating socio-technical transitions directed at a sustainable society. In 2007/2008 Schot has been Ferdinand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 2009 he was elected to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for the genuine interdisciplinarity of his work. He integrates social science and history perspectives from the vantage point of socio-technical change. 

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