Franco-British Interactions in Science since the Seventeenth Century Maison française, Norham Road, Oxford Friday 24 – Saturday 25 March 2006

This international symposium is a joint initiative of the British Society for the History of Science, the European Society for the History of Science, the Société française d’histoire des sciences et des techniques, and the Maison française, Oxford.

Proposals for papers on any aspects of communication and exchanges between France and Britain in science, medicine, and technology between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries are invited. The profile of the sessions will be determined in the light of the proposals that are received, but it is hoped that papers will treat such topics as translation, travels, correspondence, and both collaborations and rivalries.

The length of the papers has been fixed provisionally at 25-30 minutes, with 10-15 minutes for discussion in each case.

The symposium will begin immediately after lunch on Friday 24 March and will continue through the whole of Saturday 25 March, ending at 17.00. A visit to the Museum of the History of Science has been arranged for the early evening of 24 March; this will be accompanied by a brief presentation of the collection by the Director, Dr Jim Bennett, and a drinks reception. Following the visit to the Museum, a conference dinner will be held in Oriel College, although participants in the symposium will be free to make their own arrangements for dinner if they prefer.

Proposals for papers

These should be sent by 15 November 2005 at the latest to either of the following addresses:

(For proposals from participants in France:) Madame Anne Bonnefoy Secrétaire générale de la SFHST Espace Mendès France, 1 place de la Cathédrale, BP 80964, 86038 Poitiers Cedex, France [email protected]

(For proposals other than those from French colleagues:) Professor Robert Fox Professor of the History of Science Modern History Faculty, Broad Street Oxford OX1 3BD, Great Britain [email protected]

Proposals should be accompanied by a summary of between 150 and 200 words and a brief curriculum vitae (one page maximum). Confirmation of the acceptance of papers for the symposium will be sent out by 15 December 2005.

The symposium will take place in the Maison française, Norham Road, Oxford. Accommodation will be available, mainly in Oriel College, for the Friday night, 24 March, and (for those who wish to arrive early or stay until Sunday) for the nights of Thursday 23 March and Saturday 25 March as well. The conference fee of £25.00 (37.50 euros) will cover the cost of lunch on 25 March and of coffee and tea throughout the meeting. Details of the charges for the conference dinner and overnight accommodation will be posted on the ESHS website as soon as possible.

For further information, contact Robert Fox or Anne Bonnefoy (details as above.)