Call for Papers – Annual Conference, 2010

British Society for the History of Science

Thursday 22 – Sunday 25 July 2010, University of Aberdeen
The BSHS Annual Conference will take place at the University of Aberdeen from 22 – 25 July 2010.

The conference will start late in the afternoon of 22 July with a plenary lecture and reception.  The main venue is the Conference Centre at the heart of the sixteenth-century campus of King’s College in Old Aberdeen, with the conference dinner to be held in the impressive Elphinstone Hall.

The programme will include parallel themed sessions, plenary lectures, education and outreach activities, an opportunity to explore the rich resources available in Aberdeen for historians of STM and a conference dinner and ceilidh.  An inclusive conference package will be available.

Aberdeen is served by fast and comfortable rail and coach connections to major UK destinations. It has an international airport with regular direct connections to many European destinations as well as UK domestic flights on several low cost carriers.  The BSHS will be coordinating a car-sharing scheme for those wishing to minimise their transport costs.

Besides the delights of Old Aberdeen, the city itself is an ideal base for extending your stay and exploring the many scenic and historic attractions in the area, from spectacular mountain and heathland scenery to the castles, stone circles and distilleries for which Aberdeenshire and Moray are famous.

The Programme Committee invites papers or sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine and their colleagues in the wider scholarly community on any theme, topic or period.

Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society although members will receive a discount on the registration fee.

Session proposals should normally consist of three or four papers, with or without a commentator. Sessions will be 90 minutes to 2 hours long.   Proposals for alternative types of session (eg. round-table or witness seminar) are strongly encouraged.  Please discuss this with us in advance of the Call for Papers deadline by emailing [email protected].

Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts should not contain footnotes and should be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience.

Full details on how to submit session proposals and individual abstracts will shortly be available on the BSHS website,

The deadline for submitting a session or abstract is 22 January 2010.

Enquiries concerning programme should be directed to [email protected]

Those relating to the local arrangements should be directed to [email protected]

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