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From: Milena Guthörl <Milena.Guthoerl@unibas.ch>
Date: 04.09.2014
Subject: Konf: Statistics and policy-making during the 19th and 20th
century - Basel 12/14

Milena Guthörl, Basel Graduate School of History (Basel University)
Daniela Hettstedt, Basel Graduate School of History (Basel University)
Cornelia Knab, Europainstitut Basel (Basel University)
Anna Mohr, ETH Zürich
Yitang Lin, Université de Lausanne
05.12.2014-06.12.2014, Basel, Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel
Deadline: 15.10.2014

Recently, an increasing number of historical research has been dedicated
to answering the question of how statistical expertise and numerical
knowledge impacted policy making, ranging from economic regulation to
social measures. However, interrelation between statistics, science and
"evidence-based" policy-making is still understudied when it comes to
social welfare systems and public health.

In order to develop a deeper understanding of how development and
application of statistics influenced fields such as social security,
hygiene, demographics, and public health, the focus of this workshop
will be on the following questions:

1) Did development and use of statistical methodology shape social
security policies? The Organizers explicitly wish to extend the
perspective on the welfare state to evidence-based presentations from
the field of private business (corporate welfare policy) or
international organizations.

2) Have statistical practices been influenced by the requirements set by
their application as political instruments?

3) Did statistics evolve into an instrument to steer political processes
and economic developments? If so, which role did experts (demographers,
actuaries, mathematicians, doctors etc.) play?

4) To what extend did experts collaborate with experts in their own and
other scientific fields? We would like to challenge the notion of
"epistemic communities". Can their influence on politics and knowledge
transfer tell us something about the balance of power within and between
national and international bureaucracies (eg. Governments, IOs)?

We, the organizers of this workshop, encourage PhD students and Postdocs
to submit papers that respond to the questions and topics above,
particularly we would appreciate papers concerned with historical
development of statistics, the use and influence of statistics in
private insurance, social politics (welfare state), public health,
international organizations and epistemic communities and other related

The workshop is organized by PhD students from Basel Graduate School
(BGSH), in cooperation with PhD students from ETH Zurich, Lausanne
University and early postdocs from Basel University. It will be held at
Basel University, Switzerland.

Please upload you abstract in English, French or German (approximately
500 words) to flexiform:

Milena Guthörl

Departement Geschichte, Universität Basel

+41 (0)61 295 9669


Anmeldung Workshop <http://flexiform2.unibas.ch/formular.cfm?EID=7831>

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