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Literary Agents Seek History of Science Authors

Antony Harwood Literary Agents are actively seeking authors with an interest in public engagement to develop ideas for books and broadcast media projects dedicated to the history of science. Our interest extends across all periods and disciplines, and topics may include biography, the history of ideas, and the social history of science, in particular the role of patronage in supporting [...]

“Rutherford’s Chemists”: July 15th-16th 2017, Glasgow

A meeting, co-sponsored by the Institute of Physics and Royal Society of Chemistry, to mark the centenary of the second scientific revolution and a unique collaboration between physics and chemistry. It will feature invited lecturers who will speak on the contributions of key radio-chemists, including Marie Curie, Frederick Soddy, William Ramsay and Georg von Hevesy, who collaborated with Lord Rutherford [...]

Celebrating 50 Volumes of the BJHS!

The British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS) is celebrating 50 volumes just as the BSHS celebrates its 70th anniversary. In celebration of this great achievement, Editor Dr. Charlotte Sleigh has commissioned a virtual special issue for which each surviving former editor nominated one favourite paper from their period of tenure. As you can imagine, this takes us way back [...]

CFP: Workshop on Scientific Editors

CFP: Editors and the Editing of Scientific Periodicals: Constructing Knowledge and Identity in the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries A workshop hosted by the Institute of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews September 7 - 8, 2017 Deadline for abstracts: 30 June Organisers: Anna Gielas and Dr Aileen Fyfe Scientific periodicals have been important means for scholars to communicate observations [...]

CFA: BSHS Communication Officer

The British Society for the History of Science is looking for a part-time BSHS Communications Officer.  The role holder will work closely with members of BSHS Council on a range of short-, medium-, and long-term projects that will help advance the strategic aims of the Society, notably in developing closer links with science educators and in raising the profile of [...]

Freud in Cambridge: Hidden Histories of Psychoanalysis

1 July 2017, Freud Museum, London, 9.30am - 5.00pm ***Discount Code for BSHS Members: BURSARY2*** Freud in Cambridge: Hidden Histories of Psychoanalysis Day Symposium What kind of a project is psychoanalysis? The publication of John Forrester's last book, co-authored with Laura Cameron, has not only opened new avenues of research in the history of psychoanalysis but suggests new and surprising answers to this [...]

CFP: Technologies of Frankenstein

Announcement and Call for Papers: “Technologies of Frankenstein” Sponsor and Host: Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA Meeting Dates: 7 – 9 March 2018 CFP Deadline: 15 October 2017 Website: http://frankenstein2018.org/ Summary: The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were [...]

Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition

Call for Registration and Posters Challenges and Responsibilities for a Planet in Transition Liège, Belgium, 6-12 August 2017 The preparation of the World Humanities Conference is now approaching very fast. The draft programme is being revised, but please see the earlier draft version online: http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/HQ/SHS/pdf/whc2017_programme.pdf Please note that the Conference is preceded, on Sunday morning, by CIPSH’s board and general assembly meetings. [...]

CFP: Contours of the Future: Technology & Innovation in Cultural Context

For postindustrial societies the future has turned into a space of risk and construction of expectations. The future exists in the present as a discourse and rhetoric, as a competition of visions and agendas that shape the potential of future innovations. Scenarios of the future are transformative since they direct scientific practices, influence political and economical decisions, and focus stakeholders’ [...]

BJHS Themes: Call for Proposals

We are calling for proposals for Issue 4 (2019) of BJHS Themes, the annual open-access journal that is a companion to the British Journal for the History of Science. Like the BJHS, BJHS Themes is published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the BSHS. Previous volumes have included 'Science of giants: India and China in the 20th Century' (issue 1, 2016, guest editors Jahnavi Phalkey [...]

CFP: Unix in Europe: Between Innovation, Diffusion and Heritage

Call for contributions International symposium: Unix in Europe: between innovation, diffusion and heritage Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Paris, France – October 19 2017 Abstract Deadline: 30 June 2017 Rationale The Unix system was born in the 1970s at the crossroads between two interacting worlds: industry (the Bell Labs at AT&T) and academia (the University of Berkeley computer science network). [...]

CFP: Reading Euclid in the Early Modern World

Reading Euclid in the early modern world: research workshop Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 December 2017 All Souls College, Oxford Abstract Deadline: 1 August 2017 Call for Papers Euclid's Elements of Geometry was highly visible in early modern culture: a touchstone for mathematical training as well as a spur to new mathematical research throughout the period. In this period [...]

Revisiting Anna-K Mayer’s ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’

The BSHS celebrates its 70th Anniversary this year, and in honour of this, Cambridge University Press has made Anna-K Mayer's fantastic BJHS piece, "‘I have been very fortunate…’. Brief report on the BSHS Oral History Project: ‘The history of science in Britain, 1945–65’" freely available from now until the end of 2017. This article was originally published in the BJHS in [...]

Spring 2017

BSHS President Dr Patrica Fara Dear BSHS members We held our Spring Council meeting on Saturday 6th, and so I’m writing to keep you up-to-date with the latest information and also to tell you about some time-limited opportunities. The first feel-good news item is that Cambridge University Press (they publish BJHS) is offering a 20% discount to BSHS members on [...]

CRASSH Exhibition: ‘Photography, Alterity and Epidemics’

The Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic project at CRASSH, University of Cambridge, is delighted to share news of a forthcoming photographic exhibition; ‘Photography, Alterity and Epidemics.’ This exhibition will be graciously hosted by the Royal Anthropological Institute, London, from 11 May until 30 June 2017. Please join us for the opening night, from 5.30pm, at which Visual Plague [...]

KCL Annual Lecture in the History of Medicine

Kings College London is delighted to announce that this year's Annual Lecture in the History of Medicine will be given by Professor Scott Podolsky on Thurs 29 June 2017, 5.30-7pm. Prof Podolsky will be speaking on 'The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics.' Abstract: Today, as we increasingly turn our attention to antibiotic resistance and [...]

Otterden Place, Faversham, Kent

Otterden Place, Faversham, Kent By Charlotte Sleigh, University of Kent, with thanks to David Clark. This simple picture below, well known to historians of science, shows one of the earliest experiments in the conductance of ‘Electrick Vertue’, performed in 1729.  ‘A’ is oiled, wet thread, supported on silk strands that run between poles C and D.  The Vertue is communicated [...]

Free e-Book by Anita McConnell from the Whipple Museum

The Whipple Museum of the History of Science is extremely proud to publish as a free E-book Anita McConnell’s research monograph, A Survey of the Networks Bringing a Knowledge of Optical Glass-Working to the London Trade, 1500-1800. Originally completed in 1997, this work had long been recognized by colleagues as an important account of optical glass-making technique, but access had been [...]

Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics 2017

Novembertagung on the History of Mathematics 2017 Theme: “Tools for research in mathematics, history and philosophy” Invited speakers: Liesbeth de Mol (Lille) & Ralf Krömer (Wuppertal) Date: November 2-4, 2017 Location: Brussels, Belgium Submission deadline: August 15, 2017 Contact: novembertagung2017@gmail.com Web page: https://novembertagung.wixsite.com/conference We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the [...]

Wonderalp: A Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities

Wonder and Science: The Alps and the Culture of Curiosity Researchers at the Université de Lausanne have just launched a new website available in English, German, and French to feature virtual wonder rooms, with portals that can take you through a number of artifacts and archival holdings to add to our understanding of the History of Wonder and Science in the [...]

CFP: Molecules and Models: Seeing Structures

Organised by the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture(CVAC) as part of the Institute of Advanced Study Theme  for 2017-18 Structure November 21st and 22nd 2017 Kenworthy Hall, St Mary’s College, Durham University The workshop will run from early afternoon on 21st until lunchtime on 22nd. Call for Papers We invite proposals for short papers to be given at this [...]

Joseph Dalton Hooker Bicentenary, Kew Gardens

"The Making of Modern Botany" A one day meeting to celebrate the life and work of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of Kew Gardens. 30 June 2017, 9.30am to 5.30pm, evening event 6pm to 7pm Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Price: £25 adults. £15 students. Prices includes entry to the Gardens, lunch and [...]

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