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Workshop: Provincial Collectors/Global Opportunities

5 May 2017 King's Museum, University of Aberdeen This workshop is organised as one of the highlight events for the ‘Aberdonians in the Americas: Migrants and Adventurers from Mexico to Paraguay’ exhibition, to be held at the King’s Museum at the University of Aberdeen, from December to June 2017. This workshop asks, how does study of the global trajectories of [...]

Botanical Boudicas and Scientific Soldiers

Botanical Boudicas and Scientific Soldiers: Struggles past and Present By Dr. Patricia Fara Thursday 20th April 2017 JIC Conference Centre, Norwich Tea and biscuits at 18:00 for 18.30 start At the end of World War One, women won the battle for the vote, but they lost the fight for equality. For four years, female scientists and doctors had proved they [...]

New Reference Resource on the History of the Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project: An Annotated & Interactive Scholarly Guide to the Project in the United States is a comprehensive reference e-book on the history of sequencing human DNA. The Scholarly Guide, in both its Wiki and e-book formats, is available at this link: http://library.cshl.edu/Guide-to-HGP/ We invite you to share the Scholarly Guide with colleagues or students whom it might [...]

History of Particle Colliders

History of Particle Colliders University of Bristol, Wednesday April 19th 2017 History of Physics Group Registration is Essential: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/history-of-particle-colliders-tickets-31748909844  DESCRIPTION This meeting will take place at the H H Wills Physics Laboratory, University of Bristol, BS8 1TL on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 (the Wednesday after Easter.) It will be a joint meeting between the IOP History of Physics Group, the High [...]

CFA: PhD Studentships with the Science Museum

Please see below several great postgraduate opportunities to work with the Science Museum and some fantastic universities and researchers! Making electronics in interwar Britain: gendered labour in the thermionic valve industry AHRC-funded PhD studentship The University of Leeds Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, in collaboration with the Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester invites applications for a [...]

CFA: Fully-Funded PhD Studentship at the National Museum of Scotland

Intellectual properties: transferring science from universities to National Museums Scotland The University of Edinburgh’s Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject group, in collaboration with National Museums Scotland, invites applications for a fully-funded three-year PhD studentship on the history of collecting scientific materials in museums. The studentship award has been made by the Scottish Cultural Heritage Consortium under the AHRC’s Collaborative [...]

BJHS Preview: Issue 1 2017

Editor Charlotte Sleigh writes:   2017 is a noteworthy year for BJHS, marking the 50th volume of publication.  A special issue will be published online, very soon, featuring selections and reflections from previous editors.  Meanwhile, the first issue of our anniversary year brings an appropriately diverse and innovative selection of topics and treatments. First off, Giuliano Mori presents a new [...]

JOB: Antiquarian Horological Society Postdoctoral Position

The Antiquarian Horological Society (www.ahsoc.org) has launched a research project, probably ideal for a post-doctoral student, to test the interesting hypothesis that there was a large scale clock manufactory supplying raw movements to the London trade, as early as the late seventeenth century. A bursary of £4,500 is offered. The project has several facets, including interviews, the development of a [...]

Is the Moon a Planet?

***This post originally appeared on The Conversation, 24 February 2017, and is re-posted here with the permission of the author*** Study suggests we reclassify the moon as a planet – reopening a centuries-old debate By Stephen Pumfrey, Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University Every now and then a scientific paper makes a real splash. We had one recently, to judge from recent headlines. “Moon rises [...]

Two AHRC Collaborative PhD Studentships: histSTM @ Leeds

The Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds, in collaboration with the Science Museum Group, invites applications for two fully-funded, three-year PhD studentships (or 5 years part-time) in the history of technology and the history of medicine.  The studentships have been awarded by the Science Museums & Archives Consortium under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral [...]

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award: BT Archives

AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and BT Archives: Beaming the British empire: the Imperial Wireless Chain, circa 1900-1940 NEW DEADLINE: 3 April 2017 About the award Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award with the University of Exeter and BT Archives to research and study the origins, development and impact of the Imperial Wireless [...]

CFP: The British Post Office in the Telecommunications Era

The British Post Office in the Telecommunications Era This is a call for papers for a workshop which will explore the history of the British Post Office from its monopolisation of the telegraph service in 1869 under control of the state until the privatisation of the telecommunications business as British Telecom. The history of the Post Office’s communication networks has, [...]

Technology & Democracy Symposium, Cambridge

The Power Switch; How Power is Changing in a Networked World 31 March 2017, 09:00 - 18:15 Symposium, CRASSH, Cambridge Registration for this conference is now open. For more information, see here (http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/27100) and here (http://www.talks.cam.ac.uk/talk/index/70180), please register here (https://webservices.admin.cam.ac.uk/cbk/vmxu/index.cgi). Full fee £20 (includes refreshments and lunch) Student and ECF fee £10 (includes refreshments and lunch)Recent decades have seen the rise of [...]

Postgraduate Opportunities at CHSTM, Manchester

On Wednesday 8 March, there’s an opportunity to find out more about taught Master’s (MSc) study at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. Events during the afternoon will introduce our three taught Master’s (MSc) pathways: History of Science, Technology and Medicine Science Communication Medical Humanities The talks do not cover graduate research (PhD [...]

Call for Proposals: Special Issues of Centaurus

Call for proposals special issues of Centaurus for 2018 and 2019 Call for Papers: Special Issue of Centaurus - Extended Deadline to March 15, 2017 Regularly Centaurus, the Official Journal of the European Society for the History of Science, publishes issues dedicated to a special theme. They are the result of an annual Call for Proposals. Past issues include: - Russian Scholarship on the History [...]

Wellcome Hub Award: Call for Applications

Hub Award: Call for applications 2018-2020 Wellcome is now accepting applications for a new group of residents in Wellcome Collection’s 5th floor work space The Hub. The grant supports an interdisciplinary group of researchers and creative minds to collaborate on a project of up to 2 years and £1m which explores the cultural and social contexts of health. Wellcome will [...]

Medicine, Environment and Health in the Eastern Mediterranean World, 1400-1750

Christ’s College, University of Cambridge Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 April 2017 Organized by Valentina Pugliano (Cambridge) and Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers-Newark) Generously sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and Christ's College, Cambridge This conference will offer, for the first time, a comprehensive picture of medicine and healing in the eastern Mediterranean and the Near East, ca. 1400-1750. While a considerable body [...]

The curious history of curiosity-driven research

Prize lecture Professor Jon Agar, 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize winner 4 April 2017 18:30 - 19:30 Location The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG View map Venue information Overview Explore the curious place of curiosity in the history of science. In the early modern period, curiosity was doubled-edged: it was both a virtue, the spring for a [...]

BSHS #HiddenFiguresParties

We have been busy planning BSHS #HiddenFiguresParty events across the UK, and are so excited to see the film with you, and then meet up to discuss it afterwards. Below are the dates, times, and locations of the viewings we have arranged, and if you would like to get involved in any of them, please get in touch! If you [...]

Guidelines: BSHS Travel Guide Assignment

The BSHS Travel Guide can serve as a useful basis for assignments at any level – as the equivalent to an essay/report of somewhere between 500 and 1000 words. Articles should: List the physical location details of the site, and where appropriate link to a page with information about opening hours and admissions costs. Give a narrative tour of the site, supported [...]

History of Mathematics Lectures at Gresham College

Gresham College is pleased to announce a series of eleven lectures on the History of Mathematics. These lectures are free and will take place at the Museum of London (EC2Y 5HN) or Barnard’s Inn Hall (EC1N 2HH). Lectures will be accessible to the general public, but they will focus on issues and problems which would be excellent for student enrichment, [...]

Marie Curie at 150 Events

It is the 150th anniversary of Marie Skłodowska Curie's birth, and this page is meant to promote the various events being held to celebrate her contribution to science. We hope you attend and enjoy these events, and if you have any of your own that you would like us to promote, please contact us! BBC Radio The Forum special episode The Element [...]

Spring 2017

  BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara writes:  As a former BSHS President remarked enviously to me a couple of weeks ago, this is a marvellous time to be running the BSHS: there are so many exciting innovations! To start with, there’s our sparkling website, which our enterprising Communications Officer Jessica van Horssen has transformed both in terms of on-screen appearance and [...]

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