My talks

Talks in 2018


“The Politics of Nature and Technology in the Late Soviet Union,” an invited presentation at the colloquium organised by Imre Kertesz Kolleg at Jena University, Jena, Germany, 26 November 2018.

“The Cultural Governance of the Atom,” an invited paper at the international conference Governing Science, Governing by Science: Science and Technology in the Soviet Union (1945-1991), DHI Moscow, 5-6 October 2018.

“The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened up the Cold War World,” an invited talk at Cybernetics Society’s 50th year anniversary conference, King’s College, London, the UK, 22 September 2018.

“Translating Nuclearity: The Logic of Revealing in Russian Atomic Heritage,” paper presented in a panel session “Heritage and Post-Humanities,” organised by Prof Rodney Harrison (UCL), the 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 1-6 September 2018.

“Nuclear Utopias and What Else? Exhibiting the Atom in Russia and the UK Before and After 1989,” paper presented in a panel session “Atomic Heritage Goes Critical,” organised by Dr Anna Storm (Stockholm University), the 4th Biennial Conference of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, 1-6 September 2018.

“Cold War Prediction: Social Sciences and Earth System Governmentality,” a panel session “Cold War Social and Behavioral Sciences: International and Transnational Entanglements,” organised by Prof Mark Solovey, the 19th International Sociological Association World Congress of Sociology, Toronto, Canada, July 15-20, 2018.

“Soviet Policy Sciences and Earth System Governmentality, ” conference The Right Use of the Earth: Knowledge, Power and Duties in a Finite Planet, Paris, École normale supérieure, Paris, France, 29 May-1st June 2018.

“The Liberal Effect: The Politics of Policy Sciences in the Soviet Union,” an invited paper at the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, the USA, 3 May 2018.

“System-Cybernetic Governmentality and the Rise of Global Concerns during the Cold War,” an invited paper at Science and Technology Studies Department, Cornell University, Ithaca, the USA, 30 April 2018.

Imagining Lithuania: 100 Visions, a discussion at the London Book Fair, Olympia, London, UK, 11 April 2018.

“Forecasting Economy and Society Under Late State Socialism,” an invited paper at the HOPE Conference: Economics In and Under Socialism, Duke University, Durham, the USA, 6-7 April 2018.

“The Politics of Anticipatory Governance,” an invited paper at the workshop Reevaluating the Soviet Collapse: Domestic and International Frameworks of Politics and Economics, organised by Prof Zubok, London School of Economics, 23 March 2018.

“Infrastructures as a Powered Affair,” an invited talk in relation to the exhibition Baltic Material Assemblies at the Architectural Association (AA), London, the UK, 3 March 2018.

Transformations of Energy Systems – Historical Perspectives on the Anthropocene, the Max Planck Society, Berlin, 20-21 February 2018.

“The Power of Systems,” book launch presentation at Beyond the Great Divide: Reassessing East-West Relations During the Cold War and After, the FRINGE Center, UCL, London, 25 January 2018.

Invited contribution to the Re-Enlightenment Project meeting, organised by Prof Clifford Siskin and hosted by Prof Sir Drummond Bone at Balliol College, Oxford, UK, 15-16 January 2018.

Talks in 2017

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‘Trauma and Revival’ art residency in Riga, Latvia, 8-22 July 2017. Photo: Jure Kirbis.

January 25: Rindzeviciute presents a paper “Authorised Story Telling in the Museums of Nuclear Energy,” Criminology and Sociology Departmental Research Seminar Series, Kingston University, London, UK.


February 28: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “The Politics of Nuclear Heritage in Russia” at a workshop, the ESRC network Nuclear Futures organised by Prof Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK.


March 20: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “Cold War Ideas of Global Agency” at a seminar The History of Thinking about Artificial Intelligence and Agency, organised by Prof David Runciman, the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.


April 6-7: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “Nuclear Heritage at the Crossroads of Cultural Institutons” at the workshop New Nuclear Imaginaries, Harvard University, Cambridge, US.


May 5: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “System Revolutionaries: Making a Transnational Expert Community During the Cold War” at the Sociology Departmental Research Seminar Series, the Gothenburg University, Sweden.


May 4: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “System Revolutionaries: Making a Transnational Expert Community During the Cold War” at the Department of Technology Management and Economics, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.


June 9: Rindzeviciute presents a paper “Governing Epistemic Communities: Systems analysis in the Soviet Union,” EHESS, Paris, France.


June 28 – 2 July: “Global Environment in the Russian Nuclear Discourses: From Computer Simulations to Material Heritage” at a panel session “Global ecology, nuclear futures, and climate change: Reflections on Russian and Soviet contributions to global environmental understanding,” the Biennial Conference of the European Society for Environmental History, Zagreb, Croatia.


8-22 July, 2017 Egle Rindzeviciute was invited as a tutor at the art residency “Trauma & Revival: Contemporary Encounters” in Riga, Latvia. The art residency was co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union (2015-2018), Latvia 100, Latvian Culture Capital Foundation, BAFF, Embassy of the United States, and co-ordinated by kim? Contemporary Art Centre in cooperation with BOZAR. The residency proposed workshops, lectures, master-classes, discussions, encounters, debates, and open studio events gathering emerging artists and researchers from Eastern and Western Europe, including Russia. The travelling exhibition Facing the Future: Art in Europe 1945-1968 (curated by Peter Weibel and Eckhart Gillen) served as a point of departure. In Riga, the residency workshops revisited the historical complexities, common memories and imagined futures that have been significant in the East – West dichotomy relationship, particularly in the infrastructure of the Baltic countries, which has been a frontier between Russia and Europe. Dr Rindzeviciute curated a week-long programme which included lectures on nuclear heritage and nuclear legacy in public health in the Baltic states, and visits to the Latvian Radiation Safety Centre and the Latvian University Museum of Informatics.

Click here for more information on Trauma&Revival.


September 11 : “Nuclear Cultural Heritage in Russia: Politics, Community, Materiality” an invited paper at the STS Circle Seminar , organised by Prof Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.


October 13: “System-cybernetic revolution in policy sciences, East and West,” an invited paper at an international conference Academic Revolutions? Understanding conceptual renewal and institutional innovation in the Modern World, organised by the Poliataev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, Higher School of Economics – National Research University, Moscow, Russia.


October 19: “A struggle for the Soviet future: the birth of scientific forecasting in the Soviet Union”, an invited paper at the Twentieth Century Think Tank, the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.


November 30: Rindzeviciute presents an invited paper “Constructing Russian Nuclear Heritage: Materiality, Invisibility and Secrecy” at the History of Art Research Seminar programme, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.


Talks in 2016

“The Power of Systems: How Policy Sciences Opened Up the Cold War World,” invited book talk at the Russian Studies Seminar Series, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, the University College London, 5 December 2016.


“How Neoliberals Hijacked System-Cybernetic Governmentality”, From Technocratic Socialism to Neoliberal Rule, an international conference at the Institute of History, Prague, Czech Republic, 4-5 November 2016.


“The Liberal Effect: System-Cybernetic Governmentality during the Cold War,” invited paper at Cybernetics and Society seminar series, CRASSH, The University of Cambridge, 31 October 2016.


“Doing Historical Sociology of Cold War Policy Sciences,” invited paper at the Advanced Research Seminar, the School of Public Administration, the Gothenburg University, Sweden, 14 September 2016.


“From Systems Analysis to Policy Analysis: The Transnational Politics of Knowledge Production during the Cold War”, invited paper at the lunch seminar series, Gothenburg Research Institute, the Gothenburg University, Sweden, 13 September 2016.


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See you in Paris, 22-24 September 2016.

The programme available here.


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I will talk about the links between the Soviet Russian and American prediction experts during the Cold War at the workshop “Potentials and Pitfalls of Predicting Politics”, organised by the Center for Security Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), August 26-27, 2016.

This scheme above represents a topological model of a crisis [Source:Options 3 (1981), p.5]



Catch up with me at the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Singapore, 22-26 June 2016.



As I always use references to art history when teaching sociology, I look forward to sharing my experience at this forthcoming event at the University of Sheffield arranged by the BSA.


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This is the eighth symposium in a series sponsored by Embassy of the Republic of Estonia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, Baltic Council in Great Britain, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, which is held at the University College London, 20 April 2016.

I will be chairing the session “Media freedom versus the power of propaganda”.

You can register here.



Interdisciplinary workshop, bringing together historians and historians of science, STS scholars, sociologists and anthropologists, around the theme of the history and uses of prediction in a range of fields.

The workshop is the final conference of the Futurepol project and will take place at Sciences Po, Paris, on Friday and Saturday April 15 and 16, 2016.



The history of the three Baltic states can be seen as a struggle for national distinctiveness. But how can cultural strategies of national distinction be combined with the transnational idea of a Baltic space? In this talk I will discuss strategic uses of the Baltic dimension in the making of national cultural heritage in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The event is organised by the liberal Lithuanian club Santara-Sviesa and takes place at the Embassy of Lithuania, 18 March 2016. You can register here.


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Glad to discuss my forthcoming book with colleagues from Eastern Europe. I am presenting a paper entitled “Cold War Governmentality of the Future” in an international workshop Cold War Epistemics, Revisited: Resistance and Legitimation in the Social Sciences, organised by the Department of History, Central European University, Budapest, 5-6 February 2016.



On February 2 I will speak on system-cybernetic governmentality and computer visualisation of catastrophs at the evening entitled ‘Power to the Point’, organised by the Serpentine Gallery in relation to the exhibitions by Simon Denny and Michael Craig-Martin.

Place: the Goethe Institute, London. Date: 2 February 2016.

Reserve your ticket here.


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This was yet another great opportunity to test my argument on the links between the Soviet biosphere/noosphere theory, Cold War policy science and the Anthropocene concept: an international conference entitled ‘Cold Warriors – The Avant-garde of the Bipolar Struggle‘, organised by the Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po in Paris on 26-27 November 2015.


On 16-17 October 2015 I presented my chapter on the history of Soviet decision sciences at a workshop organised at CIRHUS, New York University. This workshop, organised by Nicolas Guilhot, bridged the IR debates on decisionism and intellectual histories of the development of decision aids, ranging from the systems approach to the future studies and contemporary uses of algorithms to aid judges in courts. My chapter focused on the Operations research and systems analysis in the Soviet Union in the 1950s-1970s and I was struck by the many parallels with the developments in the US at the same period.

You can find the programme here.



In August 2015, ICCEES, the principal congress of scholars interested in East European studies, for the first time came to Asia. In Chiba, Tokyo, I presented my work in progress on the Soviet notion of the humanity as a geological force, the idea that was widely popularised by Paul Crutzen, who coined the term Anthropocene. However, as Crutzen himself acknowledged, a concept similar to the Anthropocene was developed by the Russian scientist Vladimir Vernadskii in the early 20th century. The story did not stop there and in my paper I showed how Vernadskii’s idea was developed by the prominent mathematician Nikita Moiseev in Russia in the 1960s-1980s, with the aim to forge a new scientific governmentality, suitable for the new era.


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This year the Congress of the International Society for the Performing Arts (ISPA) is held in Copenhagen and Malmö. As a guest speaker, I will participate in the discussion “Visions for the Future: The Politics of Change“, which will ask, how do political policies and values affect artists and their work?  As priorities change, what are the influences on the cultural sector?

See you in Malmö!

Chair: Lotta Lekvall
Speakers: Mikael Löfgren, Egle Rindzeviciute, and Gitte Gröndfeld Wille


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The First Psychedelic Synod

at Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius

14h00, 23 May 2015

Organised in the context of the exhibition t:h:e: r:e:a:l:, The First Psychedelic Synod, like the church summits from which it derives it name, will be devoted to the discussion of significant problems – though in this case these are related to art and theory, not religion.

In my talk, entitled “Mind Experiments: Cybernetics and Psychiatry across the Iron Curtain“, I will ask:

What was the impact of cybernetics, a science of information and control in the animal and the machine, on the understanding of human brain and, moreover, mind? How did the trajectories of cybernetics, a scientific approach that relied on the computer technology, intertwine with the psychedelic culture of the 1960s? How was cybernetic mind understood in liberal democratic and communist regimes? Addressing these questions I will probe into a transnational and transdisciplinary history of cybernetic control, discussing examples drawn from East and West.

My interlocutor will be Arunas Kuras, a prominent Lithuanian psychiatrist, who will relate his professional experience in probing the effect of  psychotomimetic drugs on brain during the Soviet period.



My talk at a Thursday seminar, the Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Linköping University, Norrköping, Sweden, 19 March 2015



This is a workshop at the Museum of Energy and Technology in Vilnius, where I will speak on the actor-network-theory, materiality and risk discourses, thus opening the Session One of Pharmacokinetics of an element: danger, sustainability and material flows, a pilot project organised by Jennifer Teets and Virginija Januškevičiūtė as part of the 12th Baltic Triennial at the Vilnius Contemporary Art Centre, 8 November 2014.



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This image, created by a Russian scientist Aleksandr Tarko, shows the death of plants following a nuclear winter, i.e. the environmental change caused by a nuclear war.

It is just one of the many representations that depicted ecological changes resulting from nuclear conflict and I will talk on how new, nuclear landscapes were revealed in the computer models in Heidelberg: “Virtual Nuclear Landscapes in Cold War Computer Models, the 1980s”, Nuclear Landscapes in Eastern Europe and Asia: Knowledge, Practices, Social ChangeRuprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, 27-28 November 2014.