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including the prestigious peer-reviewed quarterly British Journal for the History of Science (BJHS); our Newsletter, bringing the latest information on happenings in the field three times a year; the new annual, open-access BJHS Themes; and BSHS Monographs.

The BSHS awards a number of prizes, for work ranging from unpublished papers by junior researchers to full-length books accessible to a wider audience.

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.


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Latest News

The Annual Bonham-Carter Lecture Professor Emilie Savage-Smith on ‘Surgeons and Physicians in Medieval Iraq’

Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015 – 18:00 to 19:15

Location: The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH

Baghdad led the world in medicine and surgery during the Abbasid period. Following organised efforts to determine what earlier societies knew of medical care, Baghdadi physicians produced a rich and innovative medical literature while government officials demonstrated serious interest in public health. Muslim, Christian […]

Registration is Open for the Swansea Meeting

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Programme. All advance versions of the conference programme should be treated as provisional:  the Society reserves the right to change any aspect of the programme and other arrangements where good reason calls for this to be done. Please note, in particular, that in the event of speaker cancellations, we may change timings (including dates) for sessions […]


Dr Charlotte Sleigh writes:

With the 350th anniversary of the Philosophical Transactions upon us, many of us have been reflecting on the role of publishing in the history of science.  As Adrian Johns pointed out in a 2000 BJHS article, the establishment of the scholarly journal is one of rather few momentous historical events to have escaped our discipline’s deconstruction.  Transactions, […]

Playing God Film Series 2015

How do we anticipate and comprehend worlds just beyond our grasp? How do we find ways of understanding and portraying the interplay between science and religion on film? As part of the Wellcome Trust funded Playing God Project the Science Entertainment Lab at the University of Manchester will host a film series in the spring of 2015 consisting of six […]

Conference: Leibniz – scientist, Leibniz – philosopher

Registration is now open for the International Conference at the Lampeter Campus of University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, 3 – 5 July 2015.

This conference will celebrate Leibniz’s work by exploring the depth of his philosophical vision in conjunction with his engagement with the sciences of his time. The provisional schedule is as follows:

Day 1: Friday 3 July 2015


14.00 – 14.15

14.15 – […]

Conference: Ruling Climate The theory and practice of environmental governmentality, 1500-1800

Registration is now open for Ruling Climate.

“Ruling Climate’ aims to explore the relationship between cultural perceptions of the environment and practical attempts at environmental regulation and change between 1500 and 1800. The conference is focussed around three main themes:

1) Continuities and discrepancies between ancient and early modern climate theories: how were classical theories of climatic influence received and adjusted in […]

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