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Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th C.

English title Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th C.
Applicant Lengwiler Martin
Number 136306
Funding scheme Sinergia
Research institution Departement Geschichte Universität Basel
Institution of higher education University of Basel - BS
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.02.2012 - 29.02.2016
Approved amount 750'000.00
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Discipline
General history (without pre-and early history)
Political science

Keywords (10)

transnational; social policy; regulation; international organizations; networks ; services; philanthropy; globalization; 20th century; public health

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

The emergence of late 20th century globalization has led many social scientists to investigate the international, supranational and «global» dimensions of humanitarian intervention, environmental issues, markets mechanisms, consumer societies, or the diffusion of cultural goods, public services and production methods. The growing role of the US economy, of its organizational modes, its commercial and marketing style, as well as its cultural models, have also figured prominently in the current phase of internationalization and globalization. Heated debates about the so-called «knowledge society» and «post-industrialism» have also constituted a leitmotiv of this historical phase.

Among these questions, our sinergia research network will focus on the regulation of market societies through social and private insurance, the regulation of international services, as well as the influence of philanthropy on international public health. These three dimensions constitute complementary empirical fields dealing with the regulation of social and market risks inherent to our contemporary societies. Our research groups will study these fields in an historical perspective rather than focusing on recent developments, as most of the «globalization» scholarship. Our network thus contributes to the currently emerging research field in the history of globalization well as to those international relations studies emphasizing and historicizing new patterns and agents of change beyond states and markets.

The members of our research network will examine a variety of international organizations (International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, etc.), private foundations (Rockefeller Foundation) or specialized associations (International Congress of Actuaries, International Social Security Association, etc.). We will look at them as laboratories and places of interaction where vectors of internationalization were shaped. We will investigate the actions of the individuals who worked in or brought to life these institutions. We will pay attention to the networks that linked these actors, and how these institutions used these networks as levers for their action. Instead of taking as our starting point institutions, such as civil society or international organizations, or multinational enterprises and consider them as visible markers of the constitution of a global world community, we study individual actors to highlight the transnational circulatory patterns they enhanced and fostered these evolutions. We argue that the bottom-up reconstruction of the genesis of the components that have crystallized into a «global community» formed neither above nor against nation-states, but genuinely between and in collaboration with them. This emphasis on circulation between nations and investigation of shifts from the local to the international levels, in passing by the national level, is what we mean by using the word transnational.

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Publications

Publication
History of the Welfare State
Lengwiler Martin, Stüdli Beat (2016), History of the Welfare State, in Living Books about History, 1.
A la rencontre de l’Europe au travail. Récits de voyage d’Albert Thomas (1920-1932)
Kott Sandrine (ed.) (2015), A la rencontre de l’Europe au travail. Récits de voyage d’Albert Thomas (1920-1932), Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, Paris.
Defining the „Social Question“ and Making „Society“ in the Long Nineteenth Century
Lengwiler Martin, Moses Julia (2015), Defining the „Social Question“ and Making „Society“ in the Long Nineteenth Century, in Peter-Kubli Susanne (ed.), Küng Druck AG, Näfels, 147-176.
From Transnational Reformist Network to International Organization: The International Association for Labour Legislation and the International Labour Organization 1900-1930
Kott Sandrine (2015), From Transnational Reformist Network to International Organization: The International Association for Labour Legislation and the International Labour Organization 1900-1930, in Rodogno Davide (ed.), Berghahn, New York, 239-259.
Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment / David Kreps
Moussu Nils (2015), Gramsci and Foucault: A Reassessment / David Kreps, in Lectures (Online), 1.
Les Europe d’Albert Thomas
Kott Sandrine (2015), Les Europe d’Albert Thomas, in Hoehtker Dorothea (ed.), Presses universitaires de la Sorbonne, Paris, 1-18.
Para uma história social das organizações internaçionais. A OIT a internacinalizão dos sabere sociais
Kott Sandrine (2015), Para uma história social das organizações internaçionais. A OIT a internacinalizão dos sabere sociais, in Jerónimo Miguel Bandeira (ed.), Almedina, Coimbra, 131-158.
Sandrine Kott, Françoise Thébaud, Le « socialisme réel » à l’épreuve du genre » CLIO. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, 41/2015
Kott Sandrine (ed.) (2015), Sandrine Kott, Françoise Thébaud, Le « socialisme réel » à l’épreuve du genre » CLIO. Femmes, Genre, Histoire, 41/2015, Belin, Paris.
Seeking Peace in the Wake of War. Europe, 1943-1947
Kott Sandrine (ed.) (2015), Seeking Peace in the Wake of War. Europe, 1943-1947, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam.
Standardizing Services: Transnational Authority and Market Power
Graz Jean-Christophe (2015), Standardizing Services: Transnational Authority and Market Power, in van der Pijl Kees (ed.), E. Elgar, Aldershot, 132-148.
The Politics of Carbon Markets / Benjamin Stephan et Richard Lane
Moussu Nils (2015), The Politics of Carbon Markets / Benjamin Stephan et Richard Lane, in Ecologie & politique, 51(2), 185-187.
Transnational Climate Change Governance / Harriet Bulkeley et al.
MoussuNils (2015), Transnational Climate Change Governance / Harriet Bulkeley et al., in Etudes International, XLV(4), 665-667.
A professor on a mission
Graz Jean-Christophe (2014), A professor on a mission, in ISO Focus, 102, 38-41.
Beyond the Transatlantic Divide: the multiple authorities of standards in the global political economy of services
Graz Jean-Christophe, Hauert Christophe (2014), Beyond the Transatlantic Divide: the multiple authorities of standards in the global political economy of services, in Business & Politics, 16(1), 113-150.
Fighting the War or Preparing for Peace. The ILO during the Second World War
Kott Sandrine (2014), Fighting the War or Preparing for Peace. The ILO during the Second World War, in Journal of Modern European History, 3(12), 359-376.
Geschichte der Sozialen Sicherheit in der Schweiz
Germann Urs, Togni Carola, Leimgruber Matthieu, Lengwiler Martin (2014), Geschichte der Sozialen Sicherheit in der Schweiz, Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen, Bern.
International Organisations during the Second World War. Journal of Modern European History, Vol 12, 2014/3.
Kott Sandrine (ed.) (2014), International Organisations during the Second World War. Journal of Modern European History, Vol 12, 2014/3., C.H. Beck, München.
Sozialstaat und Gesellschaft. Das deutsche Kaiserreich in Europa
Kott Sandrine (2014), Sozialstaat und Gesellschaft. Das deutsche Kaiserreich in Europa, Vandehoeck und Ruprecht, Göttingen.
A global History written from the ILO
Kott Sandrine (2013), A global History written from the ILO, in Kott Sandrine (ed.), Palgrave, London, 1-14.
Chantiers transnationaux de la paix sociale / Sozialer Frieden: transnationale Baustellen», Traverse, 2/2013
Droux Joelle (ed.) (2013), Chantiers transnationaux de la paix sociale / Sozialer Frieden: transnationale Baustellen», Traverse, 2/2013, Chronos, Zürich.
Conclusion. Les usages possibles et contestables des normes et des institutions dans l’internationalisation des services
Graz Jean-Christophe, Niang Nafi (2013), Conclusion. Les usages possibles et contestables des normes et des institutions dans l’internationalisation des services, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 381-396.
Conclusion. Les usages possibles et contestables des normes et des institutions dans l’internationalisation des services
Graz Jean-Christophe (2013), Conclusion. Les usages possibles et contestables des normes et des institutions dans l’internationalisation des services, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 381-396.
Dezentral und fragmentiert: die Geschichte der Sozialen Sicherheit seit Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts
Lengwiler Martin (2013), Dezentral und fragmentiert: die Geschichte der Sozialen Sicherheit seit Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts, in Soziale Sicherheit CHSS, 2013(1), 16-19.
Expert networks and the ILO in 20th century accident insurance: The case of insurance of silicosis in Switzerland and Germany (1910-1970)
Lengwiler Martin (2013), Expert networks and the ILO in 20th century accident insurance: The case of insurance of silicosis in Switzerland and Germany (1910-1970), in Kott Sandrine, Droux Joelle (ed.), Palgrave, Basingstoke, 32-46.
Globalizing social rights. The ILO and beyond
Kott Sandrine, Droux Joëlle (ed.) (2013), Globalizing social rights. The ILO and beyond, Palgrave, London.
Globalizing social rights. The ILO and beyond
Kott Sandrine (ed.) (2013), Globalizing social rights. The ILO and beyond, Palgrave, London.
Introduction. La normalisation des services dans la mondialisation
Graz Jean-Christophe (2013), Introduction. La normalisation des services dans la mondialisation, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 15-64.
Introduction. La normalisation des services dans la mondialisation
Graz Jean-Christophe, Niang Nafi (2013), Introduction. La normalisation des services dans la mondialisation, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 15-64.
Krankenversicherung: der lange Schatten des Föderalismus
Lengwiler Martin (2013), Krankenversicherung: der lange Schatten des Föderalismus, in Soziale Sicherheit CHSS, 2013(1), 24-26.
La normalisation des services aux Etats-Unis et en Europe : une analyse institutionnelle des formes d’autorité privée
Graz Jean-Christophe, Hauert Christophe (2013), La normalisation des services aux Etats-Unis et en Europe : une analyse institutionnelle des formes d’autorité privée, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 65-102.
La normalisation des services aux Etats-Unis et en Europe : une analyse institutionnelle des formes d’autorité privée
Graz Jean-Christophe, Hauert. C. (2013), La normalisation des services aux Etats-Unis et en Europe : une analyse institutionnelle des formes d’autorité privée, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 65-102.
La sécurité sociale au péril du vieillissement. Les organisations internationales et l'alarmisme démographique (1975-1995)
Leimgruber Matthieu (2013), La sécurité sociale au péril du vieillissement. Les organisations internationales et l'alarmisme démographique (1975-1995), in Le Mouvement social, 3(244), 31-45.
Normalisation informatique et marchés de services : le cas du XML
Graz Jean-Christophe, A. Vion, P. Diaz, F.-X. Dudouet (2013), Normalisation informatique et marchés de services : le cas du XML, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 281-317.
Normalisation informatique et marchés de services : le cas du XML
Graz Jean-Christophe, Vion Antoine, Diaz Pablo Andres, Dudouet François-Xavier (2013), Normalisation informatique et marchés de services : le cas du XML, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 281-317.
One, Two, or Three Cultures? Humanities Versus the Natural and Social Sciences in Modern Germany
Sala Roberto (2013), One, Two, or Three Cultures? Humanities Versus the Natural and Social Sciences in Modern Germany, in Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 4(1), 83-97.
Private Regulation in the World Economy
Graz Jean-Christophe (2013), Private Regulation in the World Economy, in Academic Foresights , 3, 5.
Risikowahrnehmung und Zivilisationskritik: Kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven auf das Gesundheitswesen der USA
Lengwiler Martin (2013), Risikowahrnehmung und Zivilisationskritik: Kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven auf das Gesundheitswesen der USA, in Zeithistorische Forschungen/Studies in Contemporary History, 3(10), 479-490.
Risikowahrnehmung und Zivilisationskritik: Kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven auf das Gesundheitswesen der USA
Lengwiler Martin (2013), Risikowahrnehmung und Zivilisationskritik: Kulturgeschichtliche Perspektiven auf das Gesundheitswesen der USA, in Zeithistorische Forschungen, 10(3), 11.
Savoir s’assurer : économie politique internationale des normes de services et mondialisation du marché de la (ré)assurance
Graz Jean-Christophe (2013), Savoir s’assurer : économie politique internationale des normes de services et mondialisation du marché de la (ré)assurance, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 131-86.
Savoir s’assurer : économie politique internationale des normes de services et mondialisation du marché de la (ré)assurance
Graz Jean-Christophe (2013), Savoir s’assurer : économie politique internationale des normes de services et mondialisation du marché de la (ré)assurance, in Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.), Presses de Science Po, Paris, 131-186.
Services sans frontières. Mondialisation, régulation et normalisation de l’économie des services
Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.) (2013), Services sans frontières. Mondialisation, régulation et normalisation de l’économie des services, Presses de Science Po, Paris.
Services sans frontières. Mondialisation, régulation et normalisation de l’économie des services
Graz Jean-Christophe (ed.) (2013), Services sans frontières. Mondialisation, régulation et normalisation de l’économie des services, Presses de Science Po, Paris.
The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger: the ILO, the OECD, and the ‹crisis of the welfare state›, 1975-1985
Leimgruber Matthieu (2013), The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger: the ILO, the OECD, and the ‹crisis of the welfare state›, 1975-1985, in Kott Sandrine, Droux Joëlle (ed.), Palgrave, Basingstoke, ..
The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger: the ILO, the OECD, and the «crisis of the welfare state», 1975-1985
Leimgruber Matthieu (2013), The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger: the ILO, the OECD, and the «crisis of the welfare state», 1975-1985, in Kott Sandrine (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan UK, Basingstoke, 293-309.
The forced labor issue between human and social rights 1947-1957
Kott Sandrine (2013), The forced labor issue between human and social rights 1947-1957, in Humanity. An international Journal of Human Rights, 3(3), 321-335.
Connecting India: the rise of standards in service offshoring
Graz Jean-Christophe, Niang Nafy (2012), Connecting India: the rise of standards in service offshoring, in The Service Industries Journal, 32(12), 2287-2305.
Die Karriere eines erfolgreichen Konstrukts. Die Genese der ‹Sozialwissenschaften› in Deutschland und den USA
Sala Roberto (2012), Die Karriere eines erfolgreichen Konstrukts. Die Genese der ‹Sozialwissenschaften› in Deutschland und den USA, in Mergel Thomas, Reinecke Christiane (ed.), Campus, Frankfurt a.M., 253-280.
Switzerland: Insurance and the need to export
Lengwiler Martin (2012), Switzerland: Insurance and the need to export, in Borscheid Peter, Niels-Viggo Haueter (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford, 143-166.
The forced labor issue between human and social rights 1947-1957
Kott Sandrine (2012), The forced labor issue between human and social rights 1947-1957, in Humanity. An international Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development, 3(3), 321-335.
The Limits of Transnational Private Governance
Graz Jean-Christophe, Nölke Andreas (2012), The Limits of Transnational Private Governance, in Guzzini Stefano, Neumann Iver B. (ed.), Palgrave/Macmillan, London, 118-140.
Transnational authority in the knowledge-based economy: The rise of standards and certification in educational services
Graz Jean-Christophe, Hartmann Eva (2012), Transnational authority in the knowledge-based economy: The rise of standards and certification in educational services, in International Political Sociology, 6(3), 294-314.
Unification, Standardization, Co-ordination: International Welfare Experts in Western Europe (20th century)
Lengwiler Martin (2012), Unification, Standardization, Co-ordination: International Welfare Experts in Western Europe (20th century), in Ziemann Benjamin et al. (ed.), Palgrave, London, 79-96.
Business as usual? The business sector’s involvement in the climate debate
Moussu Nils, Benabou S., Business as usual? The business sector’s involvement in the climate debate, in Aykut S. (ed.), Routledge, London, 0.
Calculating the Unpredictable: History of Actuarial Theories and Practices in Reinsurance
Lengwiler Martin, Bühlmann Hans, Calculating the Unpredictable: History of Actuarial Theories and Practices in Reinsurance, in Gugerli David (ed.), Oxford University Press, Oxford.
Calculating the Unpredictable: History of Actuarial Theories and Prac-tices in Reinsurance
Bühlmann Hans, Lengwiler Martin, Calculating the Unpredictable: History of Actuarial Theories and Prac-tices in Reinsurance, in Jones Geoffrey (ed.), Oxford University Press , Oxford, 1.
Chantiers transnationaux de la paix sociale / Sozialer Frieden: transnationale Baustellen. Special Issue of: Traverse 2/2013
Leimgruber Matthieu et al. (ed.), Chantiers transnationaux de la paix sociale / Sozialer Frieden: transnationale Baustellen. Special Issue of: Traverse 2/2013, Chronos, Zürich.
Defining the „Social Question“ and Making „Society“ in the Long Nineteenth Century
Lengwiler Martin, Moses Julia, Defining the „Social Question“ and Making „Society“ in the Long Nineteenth Century, in Peter-Kubli Susanne (ed.), Glarus, Glarus, 147-176.
Ein schwaches Etikett? Die deutschsprachige Soziologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert
Sala Roberto, Ein schwaches Etikett? Die deutschsprachige Soziologie im frühen 20. Jahrhundert, in Dörk Uwe (ed.), Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 1.
Fighting the War or Preparing for Peace. The ILO during the Second World War
Kott Sandrine, Fighting the War or Preparing for Peace. The ILO during the Second World War, in Journal of Modern European History, 12(3).
Im Fahrwasser der Finanzmärkte: Vorsorgetechniken des Versicherungswesens und ihre Grenzen
Lengwiler Martin, Im Fahrwasser der Finanzmärkte: Vorsorgetechniken des Versicherungswesens und ihre Grenzen, in Hannig Nicolai (ed.), Campus, Frankfurt/M..
La mise à feu de la ‹bombe à retardement de la sécurité sociale›. Les organisations internationales et la question du vieillissement démographique au début des années 1980
Leimgruber Matthieu, La mise à feu de la ‹bombe à retardement de la sécurité sociale›. Les organisations internationales et la question du vieillissement démographique au début des années 1980, in Le Mouvement Social.
Risky Calculations: Financial Mathematics and Securitization since the 1970s
Lengwiler Martin, Risky Calculations: Financial Mathematics and Securitization since the 1970s, in Historical Social Research, 27-57.
Sozialstaat und Gesellschaft. Das deutsche Kaiserreich in Europa
Kott Sandrine, Sozialstaat und Gesellschaft. Das deutsche Kaiserreich in Europa, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen.
The Politics of Recognition: Legislating on Silicosis in the First Half of the Twentieth Century
Lengwiler Martin, Melling Joseph, Moses Julia, Thomann Bernard, The Politics of Recognition: Legislating on Silicosis in the First Half of the Twentieth Century, in Rosental Paul-André (ed.), Johns Hopkins University Press , Baltimore.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Prof. Theodore Porter, History of Science, University of California, Los Angeles United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Ludovic Tournès, Histoire, Univ. Paris Ouest, Nanterre La Défense France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Pierre-Yves Donzé, University of Kyoto Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Sanjoy Bhattacharya, University of York Great Britain and Northern Ireland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Prof. Marie-Laure Djelic, Management, ESSEC, Paris France (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
Rockefeller Archive Center, Sleepy Hollow Talk given at a conference The Rockefeller fellows: a global database project 10.02.2016 New York, United States of America David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
Oxford, Faculty of History Individual talk Beyond the Cold war: circulation of management culture in Europe 05.02.2016 Oxford, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Kott Sandrine;
International Conference EU Trade Policy at the Crossroads: between Economic Liberalism and Democratic Challenges Talk given at a conference The regulatory agenda of new generation FTAs – Regulatory Convergence or De-Regulation? 04.02.2016 Wien, Austria Graz Jean-Christophe;
SVPW Jahreskongress / Congrès annuel ASSP 2016 Talk given at a conference La ‘firme en transition’ racontée par une association de firmes transnationales : mise en récit dans le discours du World Business Council for Sustainable Development 21.01.2016 Basel, Switzerland Moussu Nils;
Introduction à l'histoire contemporaine de l'Asie (2) : approches historiographiques » Talk given at a conference Développer une langue commune pour la santé publique internationale : les pratiques statistiques qui relient les organisations internationales de la santé aux autorités sanitaires de la République de Chine (1919-1971) 04.12.2015 Paris, France Lin Yi-Tang;
Séminaire Changement Climatique et Biosphère : Expertise, Futurs et Politiques Talk given at a conference Façonner le nouveau climat des affaires: les associations de firmes transnationales face au changement climatique 24.11.2015 Paris, France Moussu Nils;
Encountering Invisibility: Critical Perspectives of Disease, Health Advocacy and Equity Talk given at a conference The Visible and Invisible in the Visual Politics of the WHO 04.11.2015 Genf, Switzerland Rodogno Davide; David Thomas;
The Human Side of Climate Change Conference Talk given at a conference The use of emotives in climate change governmentality 16.10.2015 Bergen, Norway Moussu Nils;
International Conference: Theory and Empiricism Approaches to History between Description and Abstraction Talk given at a conference • Global History in Theory and Practice 08.10.2015 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
27th Annual Conference European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) Talk given at a conference The Cost of Dying: Missing Data for Securitizing Life Insurance and Pension Markets 17.09.2015 Genoa, Italy Graz Jean-Christophe;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference Les programmes pour boursiers de la Fondation Rockefeller, l’UNRRA et l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé, état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 07.09.2015 Genf, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
World Economic History Conference, Kyoto Talk given at a conference Expatriate benefits and the making of a transatlantic pensions industry (1960-1980) 03.08.2015 Kyoto, Japan Leimgruber Matthieu;
XVII World Economic Congress Economic History, Diversity in Development Talk given at a conference Fellows and Fellowship in International Public Health, the case of China and Taiwan 03.08.2015 Kyoto, Japan Rodogno Davide; David Thomas;
XVII World Economic Congress Economic History, Diversity in Development Talk given at a conference Making Health Comparable: the WHO’s engagement in Setting Standards for Health Statistics 03.08.2015 Kyoto, Japan Lin Yi-Tang;
Public Colloquium & Events Talk given at a conference Europe beyond the Cold War (1947-1975) 08.07.2015 Leipzig, Germany Kott Sandrine;
Future Earth et l’UNESCO Talk given at a conference Our Common Future Under Climate Change Conference 07.07.2015 Paris, France Moussu Nils;
Climat Environnement et Société Talk given at a conference Transnational mega-events and global environmental governance: methodological issues and avenues of investigation 05.07.2015 Paris, France Moussu Nils;
Colloque international Recherche & Régulation, atelier “Régulation et normalisation inter/trans-nationale Talk given at a conference Doubling security! The role of standards in the unification of the life insurance and pension market 10.06.2015 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Séminaire du Centre d’histoire internationale et d’études politiques de la mondialisation (CHRIM) Talk given at a conference Triple sécurité: le pouvoir transnational des assureurs 13.05.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Graz Jean-Christophe;
Forschungskolloquium zur Geschichte nach 1800 des Historischen Instituts der Universität Bern Talk given at a conference • Sozialstaat transnational? Entwicklung und Reformen sozialer Sicherungssysteme im Kontext internationaler Expertennetzwerke (1947-1980) 06.04.2015 Bern, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Workshop Geschichte der Sozialwissenschaften im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert Organisationen – Idiome - Praktiken Talk given at a conference Bloß ein Etikett? Soziologie in Deutschland und den Vereinigten Staaten um 1900 26.03.2015 Essen/Frankfurt, Germany Sala Roberto;
Globalization of Medicine and public health, Economic and Social Perspectives, 1850-2000 Talk given at a conference Fellowships in Public Health during the 20th century 12.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland David Thomas;
Journée pour les doctorant-e-s organisée dans le cadre du PDHC-CUSO : Méthodes quantitatives à l’usage des historien-ne-s Talk given at a conference La production du savoir et du standard au sein de l’Organisation Mondiale de la Santé: Analyse des réseaux des organes consultatifs des experts (1950, 1960, 1970, 1980) 10.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
Globalization of Medicine and public health, Economic and Social Perspectives, 1850-2000 Talk given at a conference Making Health Comparable: the WHO’s engagement in Setting Standards for Health Statistics 10.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
6ème Congrès des Associations Francophones de Science Politique Talk given at a conference Une coalition transnationale de firme face au changement climatique: comment s'organise le travail d'intellectuel organique? 05.02.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Moussu Nils;
6ème Congrès des Associations Francophones de Science Politique Talk given at a conference Securité Sociale entre les Conférences Internationales des Experts et les Législations Nationales, 1952—89 05.02.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
International conference Exchange Programs in the 20th Century: Education, Circulations, and Transfers Talk given at a conference Exchange Programs in International Public Health from the League of Nations to the WHO 11.12.2014 Genf, Switzerland Rodogno Davide; Lin Yi-Tang; David Thomas;
Séminaire du Cresppa-LabTop (UMR 7217), Sociologie politique de l’international: configurations transnationales Talk given at a conference Global political economy and transnational regulation of capitalism 08.12.2014 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Statistics and policy-making during the 19th and 20th century Talk given at a conference Statistics as Rhetorical tools: Wartime relief and rehabilitation in China (1937-1946) 04.12.2014 Basel, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
Statistics and Policy-Making during the 19th and 20th Century Talk given at a conference Standardizing Welfare State Models. How an Epistemic Community of Insurance Mathematicians and Statisticians Transformed Social Politics 04.12.2014 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
research seminar of the Institut Universitaire d’Histoire de la Médecine et de la Santé Publique (IUHMSP) Talk given at a conference WHO visual politics in historical perspective; and WHO fellowship programs 27.11.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
Research Seminar, Manchester Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Talk given at a conference Standards in multiple authorities: revisiting the transatlantic divide 12.11.2014 Manchester, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Graz Jean-Christophe;
Presentation of on-going research projects at Birkbeck College Talk given at a conference Beyond Relief – Humanitarian Actions during the Interwar Period 10.10.2014 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Rodogno Davide;
EHESS Paris, research séminal. L'histoire comparée et les migrations contemporaines Talk given at a conference Expatriate benefits and the making of a transatlantic pensions industry (1960-1980) 08.10.2014 Paris, France Leimgruber Matthieu;
SINERGIA Project Internal Workshop Talk given at a conference Entre corporatisme et universalisme : une coalitions transnationale de firmes face au changement climatique 02.10.2014 Basel, Switzerland Moussu Nils;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference The Sino-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (JCRR) and Post-War Development in the Republic of China, état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 02.10.2014 Basel, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
Annual conference of the International Political Economy Group of the British international studies association Talk given at a conference New players and new processes in global governance: Theorising hybrid governance 05.09.2014 Leeds, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Graz Jean-Christophe;
6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science Talk given at a conference Continuous Effort in Knowledge Making: A Network Analysis of WHO Expert Committees 04.09.2014 Lisbon, Portugal Lin Yi-Tang;
23rd World Congress of Political Science, Panel: Global Governance Facing Structural Changes in the World Economy Talk given at a conference New players and new processes in global governance: Theorising hybrid governance 20.07.2014 Montreal, Canada Graz Jean-Christophe;
PhD Workshop Talk given at a conference Entre corporatisme et universalisme : deux coalitions transnationales de firmes face au changement climatique 20.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Moussu Nils;
Sinergia research workshop, University of Lausanne Talk given at a conference Analyzing social security development through the prism of international statistics 12.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Leimgruber Matthieu;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference Constructing a Human Laboratory in Rural China: The Ting Hsien Health Experiment and the Collection of Statistics (1926-1945), état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 12.06.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
CIRAD – ANR PRIGOUE International Workshop on the the roles of states and markets in the extension of Tripartite Standard Regimes (TSRs) Talk given at a conference Standards in multiple authorities: revisiting the transatlantic divide 06.05.2014 Montpellier, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Department of History Individual talk From Western development projects in Eastern Europe to competing projects of development in the South 14.04.2014 Berkeley, United States of America Kott Sandrine;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference Réseaux des Comités des Experts de L’Organisation mondiale de la santé, état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 04.04.2014 Lausanne, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
Western Switzerland Doctoral School in Sociology Talk given at a conference Analyzing social security development through the prism of international statistics 14.03.2014 Freiburg, Switzerland Leimgruber Matthieu;
History, Humanities and Global Health, Critical Perspectives, Contemporary Debates Talk given at a conference The Visual Politics of the WHO 13.03.2014 Genf, Switzerland Rodogno Davide; David Thomas;
The visual politics of the WHO – the early years (1948-1974) Talk given at a conference History, Humanities and Global Health. Critical Perspectives Contemporary Debates 12.03.2014 Geneva, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
128th Annual Meeting of American Historical Association Talk given at a conference Elite Migration: Rockefeller Fellows in Public Health during the Interwar Period 04.01.2014 Washington, D.C., United States of America David Thomas; Lin Yi-Tang; Rodogno Davide;
American Historical Association Talk given at a conference The Genealogy, purpose and implementation of the World Health Organization fellowship program and the public health expert temporarily migration 02.01.2014 Washington D.C., United States of America Lin Yi-Tang;
International Organizations and the Politics of Development: Historical Perspectives, Du Bois Conference Talk given at a conference From Western development projects in Eastern Europe to competing Projects in the South 06.12.2013 Geneva, Switzerland Kott Sandrine;
The genealogy, purpose and enforcement of WHO fellowships programs Talk given at a conference International Organizations and the Politics of Development: Historical Perspectives, Du Bois Conference 06.12.2013 Geneva, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
Annual Pierre Du Bois Foundations Conference on International Organizations and the Politics of Development: Historical Perspectives Talk given at a conference The genealogy, purpose and enforcement of the World Health Organization fellowship program 06.12.2013 Genf, Switzerland Rodogno Davide;
Séminaire général du SAGE (Sociétés, Acteurs, Gouvernement en Europe) Talk given at a conference Services sans frontières: Faut-il avoir peur des services mondialisés et normalises? 05.12.2013 Strasbourg, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
21th-24th, 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago. Panel “Knowledge Production and Institutions” Talk given at a conference Sociology in Germany and the United States around 1900. Two Opposed Traditions? 23.11.2013 Chicago, United States of America Sala Roberto;
38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association (SSHA), Chicago. Panel “Ageing, Scholarly Expert Knowledge, and the Rise of the Welfare state” Talk given at a conference How experts shaped international social security in the 20c. The international debate on pension adjustments and the Swiss debate on pension indexation 21.11.2013 Chicago, United States of America Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Workshop "Geschichte der Arbeit", Schweizerisches Sozialarchiv Talk given at a conference Arbeit und Wohlfahrt: Produktive Dimensionen der schweizerischen Sozialstaatsgeschichte 14.11.2013 Zürich, Switzerland Lengwiler Martin;
Graduate Seminar Histoire Générale Talk given at a conference When humanitarian photography meets Technical Assistance, the case of the WHO in the 1950s 12.11.2013 Genf, Switzerland Rodogno Davide;
Colloquium at the History Department Individual talk International Social Security experts and their influence on national legislation 11.11.2013 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
25th Annual Conference of the European Association of Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE), Panel ‘Rebalancing Public and Private’ Talk given at a conference Securing and Privatizing Risks: Globalisation, Standardization and Regulation of the Insurance Industry 07.11.2013 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
25th Annual Conference European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy (EAEPE) Talk given at a conference Securing and Privatizing Risks: Globalisation, Standardization and Regulation of the Insurance Industry 07.11.2013 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
12th International Conference of Editors of Diplomatic Documents Talk given at a conference L’OIT : expertises nationales et normes sociales internationales 04.10.2013 Geneva, Switzerland Kott Sandrine;
Doing Cultural History with Numbers Talk given at a conference Experts on numbers: how statistics and calculations determined social welfare politics in Switzerland (1950-1980) 03.10.2013 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Doing Cultural History with Numbers Talk given at a conference Imposing Statistical Analysis on Epidemic Control Programmes : The statistician Report of the Rockefeller Foundation in 1927 03.10.2013 Basel, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
8th Pan-European International Relations Conference, Panel SC 34-5: Financial innovation and the production of space Talk given at a conference The Unification, Standardization and Regulation of Insurance Markets 18.09.2013 Warsaw, Poland Graz Jean-Christophe;
8th Pan-European conference of the Standing Group on International relations, ECPR and 1st Conference of the European International Studies Association (EISA), Panel SC 34-5: Financial innovation and the production of space Talk given at a conference The Unification, Standardization and Regulation of Insurance Markets 18.09.2013 Warsaw, Poland Graz Jean-Christophe;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference The Genesis of International Health Statistics: The LNHO’s efforts and Statistical Experts Network (1923-1925), état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 05.09.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
FNS-Sinergia Workshop Talk given at a conference The Visual Politics of the WHO (1940s-1970s) 05.09.2013 Lausanne, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
20th International Conference of Europeanists Talk given at a conference Social Insurance Universalism after 1945 25.07.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands Guthörl Milena Katharina;
20th International Conference of Europeanists “Crisis and Contingency: States of (In)stability” in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Panel: Welfare States in Comparative Perspective I Talk given at a conference Social Insurance Universalism after 1945 25.06.2013 Amsterdam, Netherlands Guthörl Milena Katharina;
SciencesPo Menton, Summer School Talk given at a conference From the Margins. Revising European History, c. 1400 to present 11.06.2013 Menton, France Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Research Center for Capitalism, Globalization and Governance, ESSEC Business School Talk given at a conference Services sans frontières: the power of standards in the governance of the global service economy 03.06.2013 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Colloquium at the European Institute (EUI), University Individual talk Influence of social security expert networks on the development of the welfare state 28.05.2013 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Kolloquium: Neuere Forschungen zur Globalgeschichte, Europainstitut der Universität Basel Talk given at a conference Demographischer Wandel und Rentenfinanzierung - Kernthemen internationaler Kongresse für Soziale Sicherheit nach 1945 28.05.2013 Basel, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Seminar Research School Political History. 20th Century Political History in Comparative and International Perspective Talk given at a conference International Organisations: a Field of Research for Global History 22.05.2013 Maastricht, Switzerland Kott Sandrine;
Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa Talk given at a conference U.N.R.R.A & W.H.O. visual politics in comparative perspective 09.05.2013 Pisa, Italy Rodogno Davide;
The European welfare state in a global context: historical perspectives since 1945 Talk given at a conference The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger . The ILO, the OECD, and the «crisis of the welfare state», 1975 – 1985 13.04.2013 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Leimgruber Matthieu;
The European welfare state in a global context. German Historical Institute Talk given at a conference The embattled standard-bearer of social insurance and its challenger. The ILO, the OECD, and the «crisis of the welfare state», 1975-1985 13.04.2013 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Leimgruber Matthieu;
Lectures of the Centre for the Study of International Slavery Individual talk The ILO, forced Labour and the Cold war. Human and social rights in a transnational perspective 12.04.2013 Liverpool, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Kott Sandrine;
Lecture Bundesamt für Sozialversicherungen Individual talk Geschichte der Sozialen Sicherheit in der Schweiz 19.03.2013 Bern, Switzerland Lengwiler Martin;
Workshop Sinergia Talk given at a conference The Production and Application of Vital Statistics of World Health Organisation: Cases of Communicable Diseases Projects in Eastern Asia, état des lieux et avancement de la recherche 15.02.2013 Basel, Switzerland Lin Yi-Tang;
Panel Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th century – Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences Talk given at a conference «Les problèmes d’assurance multinationale vous donnent mal à la tête ? SWISS LIFE vous propose un remède idéal !». Expatriate benefits and the making of a global pensions industry (1960-1980s) 08.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Leimgruber Matthieu;
Panel Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th century – Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences Talk given at a conference The Heydays of World's Health Magazine, the Public Face of the World Health Organization (1948-1972) 08.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
3e journées suisses d’histoire, chair of the panel dedicated to the SINERGIA project Talk given at a conference 15. Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th century 08.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Graz Jean-Christophe;
Panel Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th century – Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences Talk given at a conference East meets West: European social security experts during the Cold War (1940-1975) 08.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Kott Sandrine; Lengwiler Martin; Guthörl Milena Katharina;
3. Schweizerischen Geschichtstage, Universität Freiburg Talk given at a conference East meets West: European Social Security Experts During the Cold War (1940-1975) 07.02.2013 Freiburg, Switzerland Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Journées Suisse d’Histoire Talk given at a conference Humanitarian Photography: ‘The Heydays of World’s Health: the use, purpose and meaning of photos of the public face of the WHO’ 07.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Rodogno Davide; David Thomas;
Sinergia panel on transnational social policy, 3e Journées suisses d'histoire Talk given at a conference Expatriate benefits and the making of a transatlantic pensions industry (1960-1980) 07.02.2013 Fribourg, Switzerland Leimgruber Matthieu;
Séminaire annuel du laboratoire Dynamiques sociales et recomposition des espaces – Ladyss Talk given at a conference Services et mondialisation 17.01.2013 Paris, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Séminaire annuel du laboratoire Dynamiques sociales et recomposition des espaces Individual talk Services et mondialisation 17.01.2013 Ladyss, Université de Paris 7- Diderot, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
IFRIS/DIM IS2-IT International Workshop on Standardization as space(s) for innovation Talk given at a conference Offshoring Standardized Services: Brought down to earth? 12.12.2012 Champs-sur-Marne, France Graz Jean-Christophe;
Conference The Morality of Sight: Toward a Visual History of Humanitarianism Talk given at a conference The Public Face of the WHO 08.12.2012 Geneva, Switzerland David Thomas; Rodogno Davide;
Annual Meeting of the Gesellschaft fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte / DGGMNT Talk given at a conference Das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Erkenntnistheorie und Wirtschaftspolitik bei Walter Eucken während der Weimarer Republik 29.09.2012 Mainz, Germany Sala Roberto;
Panel International organization: A discipline of its own?, XXII World Congress of Political Science Talk given at a conference International Organizations between formal and informal power 08.07.2012 Madrid, Spain Graz Jean-Christophe;
34th International Standing Conference for the History of Education Talk given at a conference Internationality as a construction. A methodological approach 27.06.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Kott Sandrine;
34th International Standing Conference for the History of Education Talk given at a conference Internationality as a construction. A methodological approach 27.06.2012 Geneva, Switzerland Kott Sandrine;
German Historical Institute, Paris. Individual talk L'Allemagne transnationale? Internationalisation des politiques sociales allemandes 1880-1980 26.06.2012 Paris, France Kott Sandrine;
Lecture German Historical Institute Paris Individual talk L'Allemagne transnationale? Internationalisation des politiques sociales allemandes 1880-1980 26.06.2012 German Historical Institute, Paris, France Kott Sandrine;
More Atlantic Crossings? Europe’s Role in an Entangled History of the Atlantic World, 1950s-1970s Talk given at a conference Expatriate benefits and the making of a transatlantic pensions industry (1960-1980) 07.06.2012 Washington, United States of America Leimgruber Matthieu;
Unternehmen, Wirtschaftsverbände und Staat nach 1945 Talk given at a conference Die Aushandlung von Fragen zur Sozialversicherung am International Congress of Actuaries, 1945-200 05.06.2012 Staatsarchiv Marburg, Germany Guthörl Milena Katharina;
Unternehmen, Wirtschaftsverbände und Staat nach 1945, Tagung des Hessischen Staatsarchivs Talk given at a conference • Verbände und internationale Organisationen als Plattform für Experten und Entscheidungsträger. Die Aushandlung von Fragen zur Sozialversicherung am International Congress of Actuaries, 1945 – 2000 05.06.2012 Marburg, Germany Guthörl Milena Katharina;
International Health Organizations (IHOs): The history for the future network Talk given at a conference Constructing Public Health Experiments in Interwar China: The Ting Hsien Program and the Central Field Health Station 23.04.2012 Shanghai, China Lin Yi-Tang;
Séminaire de staff du Département de science politique et relations internationales Individual talk Des services hors normes? Internationalisation et régulation de l'économie des services 14.03.2012 Université de Genève, Switzerland Graz Jean-Christophe;
Workshop Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Borders, Connections, Conflicts Talk given at a conference The Forced Labor Issue between Human and Social Rights, 1947-1957 09.03.2012 New York, United States of America Kott Sandrine;
The forced labor issue between human and social rights 1947-1957 Talk given at a conference Workshop Humanitarianism and Human Rights: Borders, Connections, Conflicts 09.03.2012 Remarque Institute, NYU, New York, United States of America Kott Sandrine;
International Political Economy Speakers’ Series Individual talk Les hybrides de la mondialisation 08.03.2012 Centre d’études en politique internationale, Université d’Ottawa, Canada, Canada Graz Jean-Christophe;
Lecture Centre détudes sur lintégration et la mondialisation Individual talk Internationalisation et normalisation des activités de services 06.03.2012 Centre détudes sur lintégration et la mondialisation, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, Canada Graz Jean-Christophe;
FRIAS, Freiburg Individual talk Global labor and the ILO (1947-1973). A post Cold War perspective 18.02.2012 Freiburg, Germany Kott Sandrine;
Frias Lectures Individual talk Global labor and the ILO (1947-1973). A post Cold War perspective 18.02.2012 Frias, Freiburg, Germany Kott Sandrine;


Self-organised

Title Date Place
The International Labour Organization as a producer of statistical knowledge 25.02.2016 Potsdam, Germany
« Economie politique de la mondialisation. Crise mondiale et gouvernance du climat 15.09.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland
“The Internationalization of Nazi Labor and Social Policy and the Role of the Reichsarbeitsministerium, 1933-1945” 04.06.2015 London, Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The International Conference on “The Globalization of Medicine and Public Health: Economic and Social Perspectives (1850-2000)”, 12.03.2015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Statistics and Policy-Making during the 19th and 20th Century 04.12.2014 Basel, Switzerland
Development and underdevelopment in post-war Europe 10.10.2014 New York, United States of America
Panel Patterns of transnational regulation: how networks and institutions shaped societies and markets throughout the 20th century – Swiss Congress of Historical Sciences 08.02.2013 University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Sozialstaatliche Verteilungskonflikte in globalhistorischer Perspektive, Panel, German Historikertag 28.09.2012 Mainz, Germany

Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Media relations: radio, television Les Médiocres ont pris le pouvoir RTS.ch Western Switzerland 2016
Media relations: print media, online media COP21, comment se façonne le nouveau « climat des affaires ». The Conversation International 2015
New media (web, blogs, podcasts, news feeds etc.) Interview: The role of the business sector in climate negotiations. European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Social Sciences and Humanities International 2015
Media relations: print media, online media Les multinationales, «activistes» du climat ? Le Courrier Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: radio, television Qualité Humaine: La normalisation et la facteur humain Documentaire radiophonique: Qualité Humaine: La normalisation et la facteur humain Western Switzerland 2015
Media relations: print media, online media A professor on a mission Magazine: ISO Focus International 2014

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
118875 Histoire des associations internationales et des organisations internationales non-gouvernementales humanitaires en Europe occidentale au 19eme et 20eme siecle (1800-1945) 01.09.2008 SNSF Professorships
149568 Zwischen Versorgungs- und Verwertungskrisen: Die Regulierung der schweizerischen Agrarwirtschaft am Beispiel des Käsemarktes im 20. Jahrhundert 01.10.2013 Project funding (Div. I-III)
160272 The Globalization of Medicine and Public Health: Economic and Social Perspectives (1850-2000) 01.02.2015 International Exploratory Workshops
113550 Les élites suisses au 20e siècle: un processus de différenciation inachevé? 01.03.2007 Project funding (Div. I-III)
121611 The emergence of the “crisis of the welfare state”: a social and transnational history (1970s-1980s) 01.04.2009 Ambizione
110528 Standards and International Relations: Devolution of Power in the Global Political Economy 01.09.2006 SNSF Professorships
151400 Das Hilfe/Handels-Paradox: Die Reaktion der schweizerischen Dritt-Welt-Bewegung auf das Einsetzen der öffentlichen Entwicklungshilfe (1968-1983) 01.02.2014 Marie Heim-Voegtlin grants
164115 Ränder der Moderne. Neue Perspektiven auf die Europäische Geschichte (1800-1930) 01.11.2015 Publication grants
152600 Competing modernities, shared modernities. Europe between East and West. 01.10.2014 Project funding (Div. I-III)
179032 Global Cultures of Risk: Insurance in Non-Western Contexts (1870-1980) 01.04.2018 Project funding (Div. I-III)
134839 Der Nationalstaat in transnationaler Perspektive: Grenzüberschreitende Faktoren in der Geschichte der schweizerischen Sozialpolitik (1945-2000) 01.06.2011 Project funding (Div. I-III)
122399 L'émergence d'un modèle social européen (1919-1949): une approche transnationale. 01.11.2008 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

The emergence of late 20th C. century globalization has led many social scientists to investigate the international, supranational and «global» dimensions of humanitarian intervention, environmental issues, markets mechanisms, consumer societies, or the diffusion of cultural goods, services and production methods. The growing role of the US economy, of its organizational modes, its commercial and marketing style, as well as its cultural models, have also figured prominently in the current phase of internationalization and globalization. Heated debates about the so-called «knowledge society» and «post-industrialism» have also constituted a leitmotiv of this historical phase.This sinergia project engages with these debates by focusing on a number of topics such as: the regulation of market societies through social and private insurance, the regulation of international services, social assistance and the influence of philanthropy on international public health. In our view these interrelated dimensions constitute complementary empirical fields dealing with the regulation of social and market risks inherent to our contemporary societies. Our research groups study these fields in a historical perspective rather than focusing only on recent developments, as most of the «globalization» scholarship tend to do. Our network intends to contribute to the history of globalization and international relations by emphasizing and historicizing new patterns and agents of change beyond states and markets.The members of our research network will examine a variety of international organizations (International Labour Organization, World Health Organization, etc.), private foundations (Rockefeller Foundation) or specialized associations (International Congress of Actuaries, International Social Security Association, etc.). We will look at them as laboratories and places of interaction where various vectors of internationalization met. We will investigate the actions of the individuals who worked in or brought to life these institutions. We will pay attention to the networks that linked these actors, and how these institutions used these networks as levers for their action. Instead of taking as our starting point institutions, such as civil society, international organizations or multinational enterprises and consider them as visible markers of the constitution of a global world community, we study individual actors and distinct networks of interaction to highlight the transnational circulatory patterns that enhanced and fostered these evolutions. With respect to current scholarly debates we take a clear position and argue that the bottom-up reconstruction of the genesis of the components that have crystallized into a «global community» formed neither above nor against nation-states, but between and in collaboration with them. Our definition of the word “transnational” stresses out the importance of circulation between nations and investigation of shifts from the local to the international levels, in passing by the national level.
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