Call for Papers: History of Circumpolar Science

Scientia Canadensis the Canadian journal of the history of science,
technology and medicine, welcomes submissions for a special comparative
issue on the History of Circumpolar Science.

Scientia Canadensis invite submissions dealing with Arctic, Subarctic, and Antarctic
regions and any national context.  Papers from non-Canadianist
perspectives are welcome and we are particularly interested in proposals
that engage in comparative or transnational analysis.

The Scientia special issue seeks to engage with central themes in
current social science and humanities research on the circumpolar world.
For instance, the circumpolar world has long provided field laboratories
for international scientific research. As field laboratories,
circumpolar environments and their scientific study are mutually
constitutive. Research findings and the material practices of science
have local and regional effects. In turn, circumpolar environments and
the people who call them home, influence scientific interpretations. The
meeting of indigenous and scientific knowledge and narratives across the
circumpolar world is an important area of study. We encourage
submissions that address any of these various areas of research.

Historical research has further shown the significance of circumpolar
field studies to the creation and elaboration of scientific networks.
Such networks are key to the history of particular disciplines and also
to the political histories of the circumpolar world. Scientists have
played important roles in international disputes regarding sovereignty
over circumpolar lands and waters. These too are themes that proposals
could address.

More generally, circumpolar environments have encouraged technological
innovation for transportation, communication, resource exploitation, and
defense; they pose challenges to the provision of institutional medical
care and as a result many circumpolar regions have health histories and
geographies that are distinct from those that characterize other broad
regional environments. Research that considers the history of technology
and the history of medicine, from local, indigenous, or outside
perspectives is welcome.

Scientia Canadensis will consider proposals from a science studies perspective that
address the broader social and philosophical as well as historical
contexts of circumpolar science, technology, and medicine.

Abstracts of 250-500 words should be submitted over email by May 1, 2009
to guest editor, Liza Piper ([email protected]
<mailto:epiper [at] ualberta [dot] ca> ). Full manuscripts are due December 1,
2009. Final papers should be between 7500 and 10 000 words, notes
included and the special issue is scheduled to appear in print Fall 2010.

For more information please contact Liza Piper at the following address:

Department of History & Classics

University of Alberta

Edmonton, AB, T6G 2H4, Canada

tel: 780-492-0855

fax: 780-492-9125

[email protected] <mailto:epiper [at] ualberta [dot] ca>

Or you can contact the journal at [email protected]
<mailto:scientia [at] uqam [dot] ca> .