Scientists and their Knowledge Networks in the Cold War Era

Internally funded project

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr. Marc Matten

Project members:
Dr. Henrike Rudolph
Prof. Dr. Marc Matten
Renée Krusche

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Professur für die Zeitgeschichte Chinas

Start date: 15/07/2018

Research Fields

Basic Concepts in transcontinental perspective
Research focus area of a faculty: Philosophische Fakultät und Fachbereich Theologie

Abstract (technical / expert description):

In the past decades, the history of science has experienced numerous
turns due to new methodologies or the investigation of previously
overlooked sources. This gave rise to new perspectives that have
emphasized the contribution of non-European societies to both the
emergence and formation of academic disciplines. While these findings
have been analyzed in detail for late imperial and Republican China, the
case for the People’s Republic of China during the Cold War era has
remained a lacuna. This project understands knowledge production as a
continuous transnational process in which the countries of China, Japan,
USA, Western Europe and the Soviet Union were equally involved.
Applying methods of digital humanities (DH) we measure and visualize
transnational knowledge flows beyond the national scale by highlighting
the movement of scientists, of their publications and of research topics
across time and space.


Matten, M. (2018). Coping with Invisible Threats: Nuclear Radiation and Science Dissemination in Maoist China. East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 3, 1-22.
Matten, M. (2018). "Do not Fear the Future! The Legacy of Confucian Optimism in Modern China: A Response to 'Science Fiction in North and South Korea'". East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 12(3), 327-329.

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