CFP. “Communicating conceptual changes in the physical sciences”, European Society for the History of Science, Lisbon 4-6 September, 2014
In preparation for the next conference of the ESHS, I would like to open a CFP for papers within a panel on the history of the physical sciences (broadly understood) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The goal of the panel would be to study the role of communication in the dissemination and configuration of new concepts and theories, as well as the abandonment or rejection of previous ones. I am especially (but not only) thinking of papers related to novel physical ideas that relate to the development and establishment of “classical” and “modern” physics. Actors in these case studies would extend not only to “top” theoretical physicists but also to engineers, popularisers, and any other practitioner of science.
Just to give an example, my own contribution will explore the way debates on the abandonment of the electromagnetic ether in the early twentieth century clashed with the epistemic needs of wireless engineers, posing problems in the understanding of action at a distance.
If you are interested to join in the panel, please contact [email protected] by 31st December 2013.