URL: http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/culturalhistory/

The 7th Laboratory History Conference will be organized in Leuven

(Belgium) from 6 to 8 June 2011. This conference is the first LaboratoryHistory Conference to be staged in Europe. Earlier conferences have beenorganized in Baltimore (2009) and Brookhaven (2010). Host of theconference is the Research Unit Cultural History after 1750 at K.U. Leuven(http://www.arts.kuleuven.be/culturalhistory/).The aim of the conference is to investigate the history of the modernlaboratory in relation to its institutional environment, ranging overnational styles of research, different disciplines and both formal andinformal functions. We welcome contributions that address such topics asthe early modern laboratory; the laboratory in the colonial and developingworld; field stations, observatories, research vessels and othernon-traditional laboratories; the practice of testing, measuring andquality control; biomedical laboratories and clinics; virtual laboratoriesand the cultural representation of the laboratory. We are also interestedin papers that discuss strategies for documenting the history of thelaboratory, such as oral sources, archives, photography, and ‘borndigital’ records.Contributions should not exceed 25 minute presentations, in order toprovide ample space for discussion and commentaries.Participants wishing to present a paper should send a 200 word abstract [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]> before 15January 2011. Acceptance of the papers will be announced in earlyFebruary.For further information please contact Prof. Geert Vanpaemel or Eline Van Assche at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>