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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

CONTOURS OF THE FUTURE: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION IN CULTURAL CONTEXT 1 – 3 November 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University www.futurecon.ru Abstract Deadline: 1 July 2017 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 [...]

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: Materia Medica on the Move II

Call for Papers Materia medica on the move II: Contextualizing drug components as collectables, commodities, and cultural markers in the early modern period Amsterdam, October 4-6, 2017 Abstract Deadline: 19 June 2017 After the successful Materia medica on the move conference in 2015, Utrecht University Descartes Centre, Huygens/ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre will host a three-day follow-up conference, again devoted to [...]

History of Mathematics Public Lectures

Please see details below of the History of Mathematics public lectures that Gresham College is running in May and June. 1) Maths Can Make You Fly: 23 May, Museum of London, 6pm-7pm -  In this joint Gresham and London Mathematical Society Annual Lecture, Dr Carola Bibiane-Schonlieb will be talking about how maths can make you seem to fly, and how [...]

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 [...]

CFP: Histories of Anthropology, Cambridge 18-19 September

Histories of Anthropology: Transforming Knowledge and Power (1870-1970) University of Cambridge, 18-19 September 2017 Deadline for Proposals: 20 May 2017 Keynote Speaker: Sadiah Qureshi (Birmingham) The rise of anthropology as an academic discipline transformed the development of cognate disciplines and the interaction of power and knowledge in the modern world. This two-day conference will explore these two themes in terms [...]

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 [...]

CFP Funding Bodies and Late Modern Science

Call for Papers: Funding bodies and late modern science Utrecht University, Cultural History Research Group and Descartes Centre, 30 November – 1 December 2017 Abstract Deadline: 15 June 2017 In his The Scientific Life. A Late Modern Vocation Steven Shapin addresses the status of the late modern scientist. On the one hand, we have an image of modernized and rationalized [...]

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 [...]

It’s Time to Rethink International Conferences

By Jim Grozier At the end of July, historians of science and technology from all over the world will be converging on Rio for the 25th International Conference of the History of Science and Technology (ICHST). It will no doubt be an excellent meeting, even a landmark occasion in the field. But at what cost to the planet? Every delegate [...]

CFA: Postdoctoral Researcher in the History of Medicine and/or Technology

Postdoctoral researcher, “history of medicine and/or technology” at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department Technology and Society Studies, Maastricht University 1.00 fte, 3 years Applicants are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position within the project “Making clinical sense: A comparative study of how doctors learn in digital times”. The project is funded by the European Research Council (Starting [...]

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 [...]

Workshop CFP: Vaccines: Values, Present and Past

Call for papers: Workshop Vaccines: Values, Present and PastUppsala 23–24 Nov. 2017 VACCINES: VALUES, PRESENT AND PAST Vaccines, their practices, and means of production, are a historically contested field in which different values, experiences, needs, risks, rights and demands from individuals, public authorities, industries and other institutions have recurrently both clashed and coincided in the joint production of the common [...]

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: [email protected] Web page: https://novembertagung.wixsite.com/conference We are pleased to announce that the Centre for Logic and Philosophy of Science (CLWF) of the [...]

Call for Expressions of Interest: Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships

Call for expressions of interest for the submission of Marie Sklodowska-Curie proposals - History of Nuclear Energy and Society Deadline: 15 June 2017 ·       Job Summary: Dr. Albert Presas i Puig, established at the Department of Humanities of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), offers two positions for candidates interested in submitting a proposal for the Marie Curie Individual Fellowships. Dr. Presas [...]

Issue 07 of the Science Museum Group Journal Now Online

By Richard Nicholls The Spring 2017 issue of the Science Museum Group Journal is on the theme of Sound and Vision. Read it online here: http://journal.sciencemuseum.org.uk/issues/spring-2017/ Issue 07 of the Journal collects scholarly articles from research related to sound and vision from across the Group. Several of these focus on sound and visual elements within collections, most of which are [...]

Registration Now Open: BSHS Annual Meeting

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 [...]

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: British Society for the History of Medicine Congress, Edinburgh

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 [...]

CFP: Mathematics and Mechanics in the Newtonian Age

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 [...]

CFA: 2018 Lakatos Award

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 [...]

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 [...]

CFP: Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture

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 [...]

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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Dingle Prize Result

The BSHS is delighted to announce that the 2017 Dingle Prize, for the best book in history of science, technology and medicine accessible to a popular audience, is awarded to Andrea Wulf for her remarkable book The Invention of Nature: the Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science. London: John Murray, 2015. The judging was chaired by Jim Secord and the four other [...]

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