In 2009 Charles Darwin will be celebrated around the world for his 200th birthday 12 February and the 150th anniversary for the publication of On the Origin of Species. Already preparations are in full swing at schools, universities, museums, production companies and publishing houses. The internet is buzzing with excitement and antievolutionists are preparing for a counter strike. But where does that leave historians of science? What is our role? What can we do? How do we contribute to the Darwin anniversaries? Should we just submit ourselves to the Darwin craze in a wild hagiographical Victorian party? Or is this a privileged occasion for us to communicate the lessons of contemporary history of science and interact with a wider audience? Is this time for reflection or time for action? You decide! Come to Aarhus in February 2008 and let us talk about it — seriously.
For information and registration: www.stm.au.dk/darwin2008