Proposals for papers, sessions and posters must be submitted by 31 March 2013 for the 9th International Conference in the History of Chemistry (9ICHC) to be held at Uppsala University 21-23 August, 2013.


Keynote speakers:
Mary Jo Nye, Oregon State University, USA Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon, Portugal Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Please check in on the website to register online and to obtain information about preliminary scientific program, special exhibitions and outings arranged in conjuction with the conference, venue, social program, accomodations and how to apply for travelling stipends.

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines, including history of science and technology, economic history, cultural heritage research and the STS-field, as well as participants from chemistry, material science and related disciplines who have an interest in contributing to the writing of the history of their fields. Chemistry is the premier science dealing with the material world.

From early modern times to the present, chemists have been involved in the analysis and synthesis of materials, in manufacture and industrial production. Engaging in diverse fields such as medicine, metallurgy, dyeing, agriculture, et cetera the science has had an important part in the shaping of the modern world, and was in turn shaped through its interactions with technology and industry.

Simultaneously, the chemical laboratory is a site where our concepts of reality may be redefined. Historically, chemists have had an important role in defining the relationship of modern culture with the material world.

The conference will investigate all aspects of the history of alchemy and chemistry in its engagement with material culture, including the chemistry of materials and the philosophy of matter. Papers might address:

  • Chemical sites, objects and practices as cultural heritage.
  • The philosophical meaning of chemical “materiality”.
  • Chemical industry and the commodification of chemicals.
  • The cultural and economic significance of elements and other chemical “objects”.
  • Museum collections of chemical instruments and other chemistry-related objects.
  • Laboratories and experiments.

Proposals for sessions, papers and posters are invited on any of these, or related topics. Each accepted paper will be allocated a time slot of 30 minutes (including 10 mins of discussion), Proposed sessions should include 4-5 papers. All submissions should be posted through the form on the conference website at