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The BSHS is the main organisation in the British Isles working to bring together people with an interest in the histories of science, technology and medicine and their changing relationship with society.
“To foster understanding of the history and social impact of science, technology and medicine in all their branches in the academic and wider communities, and to provide a national focus for the discipline”
Conferences: the Society’s broadly-themed Annual Conference helps participants from all periods and fields to meet and exchange ideas. The Postgraduate Conference is organised by and for graduate students, while other meetings include collaborative events with a variety of institutions and with our international sister societies.
Members of the BSHS are eligible for benefits, advanced invitation to events & conferences, member networks, discounts on select publications, and electronic access to our journals.
The BSHS turns 70 years old in 2017. We invite you to join us in marking this anniversary at our Annual Conference, Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July 2017, at the University of York. Please visit http://bshsconference.org.uk/book-the-bshs-conference-2017/ for prices and more information, including a provisional programme. Advertised prices will hold until the early bird deadline of 15 May, after which [...]
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 [...]
After considerable discussion, HSS has decided to lend its support to the March for Science this 22 April (Sat). That support has taken the following form: Sign the American Historical Association’s letter of supportfor the March.HSS is an affiliate of AHA. Issue a statement (below) on the March that we will post on the HSS site and elsewhere: Statement from HSS [...]
Abstract submission is open for the BSHM Congress to be held from 13th-16th September 2017 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine. All those with an interest in history of medicine are welcome to attend and to submit abstracts for 15 minute oral presentations and for posters. Members of BSHM and affiliated [...]
"Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice" Office for the History of Science, Uppsala University, 12-14 April, 2018 Conference Announcement and Call for Papers Deadline for submission: 15 May 2017 We announce a conference at the Office for the History of Science, Uppsala University to take place April 12-14, 2018 on the topic of “Making [...]
Workshop “Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age: historical and philosophical questions” University of Sevilla, Institute of Mathematics (IMUS), 18-20 Sept. 2017 The problem of the “applicability” of mathematics is justly emphasized, but it is often forgotten that the set-up of the problem changes with context. Its usual formulation presupposes the “modern” conception of maths (emphasizing pure mathematics, structures, abstract [...]
CURATOR OF ART COLLECTIONS Do you have experience of working in a museum or art gallery and are you looking for your next career move? Do you have a broad knowledge of the history of art in relation to science, technology and medicine? Are you driven by a desire to share your knowledge and experience with the widest range of [...]
'The Evolution of the Museum' - Science Museum, London, 13-14th July 2017 A workshop in the 'Universal Histories, Universal Museums' project funded by the AHRC ‘Care for the Future: Thinking Forward through the Past’ and the LABEX ‘Pasts in the Present’ programmes. https://universalhistories.org/ Call for Papers Museums are emergent entities - and the evolution of a museum is dependent on [...]
The 2017 Oxford Seminar in the History of Alchemy and Chemistry will take place at the Maison Francaise d’Oxford (2-10 Norham Rd, OX2 6SE) between 3pm-5pm on 3 May, 10 May, 17 May and 14 June. The seminar is free of charge, and anyone with an interest in the history of alchemy, chemistry, medicine or the sciences is invited to attend. The [...]
The London School of Economics and Political Science invites nominations for the 2018 Lakatos Award. The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English. For the 2018 award, books with an imprint from 2012 to 2017 (inclusive) are eligible. The Award, in memory [...]
From the Royal Society: Professor Agar asks why scientists say they ask ‘why?’, and traces the curious history of the idea of curiosity-driven science; as he explores the curious place of curiosity in the history of science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCbdU_n6cJw In the early modern period, curiosity was doubled-edged: it was both a virtue, the spring for a “love of truth”, but [...]
The Professor Sir Richard Trainor PhD Scholarships 2017-18 Project Title: Beyond the Madness of King George: Health and Healing at the Hanoverian Court Partner Organisations: Royal Library and Royal Archives, Historic Royal Palaces, Royal College of Surgeons, Science Museum King’s is now inviting applications for one of the Professor Sir Richard Trainor PhD Scholarships in the Department of History at [...]
The Mercurians once again is offering the Pam Laird Research Grant (US$1,000) to defray the cost of travel and housing to use a research collection to pursue research in the history of communication technologies. We have added this new initiative to encourage and reward high-caliber research in the history of communication technologies, broadly defined. One of the Mercurians' missions is [...]
Toxic legacies, global pollutants Anthropological and historical perspectives on the chemical Anthropocene Keynote speaker: Professor David Arnold, University of Warwick Location: Durham University Dates: 29th – 30th June 2017 The Toxic Legacies, Global Pollutants symposium marks the end of a three-year research project into agrochemicals and global health, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Contributions are invited from anthropology and/or history that draw from Eurasian and other [...]
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 [...]
Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture An international workshop at Uppsala University, Sweden, October 26–27, 2017 A wealth of literature has shed light on religious, philosophical, scientific and medical concepts of extraordinary bodies, wonders and monsters in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park have been tremendously influential with their Wonders and the order [...]
Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry New and Old Themes in the History of Chemistry A meeting to honour Bill Brock and mark eighty years of Ambix Saturday 20 May 2017 Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BS (Underground: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus) PROGRAMME 10.00 Registration and Coffee 10.30 Carolyn Cobbold (University of Cambridge): Yeast, a Problem. [...]
The Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits: The Dibner Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits was established in 1985, through the generosity of Bern Dibner, to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Winning exhibits, in addition to being well designed and produced, should raise pertinent [...]
By Dr. Sally Horrocks A number of new interviews collected by National Life Stories have recently been added to the Science and Electricity collections available through British Library Sounds. The newly available Science interviews are from the Science and Religion project and include interviews with John Hedley Brook, Peter Atkins and Steven Rose. These can be accessed from http://sounds.bl.uk/Oral-history/Science by using [...]
"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 [...]
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: 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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 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 [...]
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, [...]
Annual Conference of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland In Association with the RDS Library and Archives 13th and 14th October 2017 Deadline for submission of abstracts: 26th May 2017 We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the annual History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Conference, which will be held at the RDS [...]
BSHS Monographs publishes work of lasting scholarly value that might not otherwise be made available, and it aids the dissemination of innovative projects advancing scholarship or education in the field.