Call for Papers:  Managing Knowledge in the Techno-sciences, 1850-2000

University of Leeds, 5-8 July 2010

An international conference by the collaborative research project ‘Owning and disowning invention: intellectual property, authority, and identity in British science and technology, 1880-1920’  (University of Leeds & University of Bristol) supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the White Rose IPBio Project (Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York)

******* Keynote Speaker  Prof. Mario Biagioli, Harvard University*******

‘What has Happened to ‘Discovery’ and ‘Invention’?: Intersecting the discourse of patent law and science studies’

The conference brings together researchers investigating the history of knowledge management since the mid-19th century – a period that saw the rise of the techno-sciences, trans-European controversies over the legitimacy of patenting, and the coining of the term ‘intellectual property’. Contributions are welcome from a variety of perspectives concerning ‘intellectual property’ and the ‘intellectual commons’ in the techno-sciences e.g. the cultures of monopoly, shared ‘open’ knowledge and of sponsored invention. Participants are encouraged to examine critically the foundations and methodology of historical research on the techno-sciences, including biomedical and agricultural forms.

Papers are invited on the following themes:

– patent management and inventing cultures

– openness vs secrecy

– authority and the construction of inventorship

– discourses of ‘pure’ vs ‘applied’ science and ‘discovery’ vs ‘invention’

– IP laws, and techno-scientific transformations

– legal cultures and techno-scientific expertise

– academic entrepreneurship and state funding

– gender and inventor identity

– industrial research and techno-scientific identities

– techno-sciences and IP in Asian, Latin American and African cultures

Abstract Submission

Abstracts for individual papers or panel sessions should be submitted by 30 November 2009. Abstracts for individual papers should not exceed 200 words and should be accompanied by the author’s short curriculum vitae (1 page). Proposals for panel sessions should comprise: an outline of the session (200 words), abstracts for the three individual papers (200 words) and CVs (1 page) for each of the contributors.

All submissions should be emailed as an MS Word file attachment to: [email protected] by 30 November 2009.

A registration fee may be charged for presenters at this conference. Please indicate in your email if you would like to be considered for assistance in this regard.

Further Information

For enquiries about the academic content of the conference please contact:

Prof. Graeme Gooday,  [email protected] tel. 0113 343 3274

Centre for History & Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, UK

For administrative enquiries please contact Dr Stathis Arapostathis,

[email protected]

tel. 0113 343 8027,

Centre for History & Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds

For information on the ‘Owning and Disowning Invention’ project, please see

The organizing team for this conference is:

Graham Dutfield, Graeme Gooday, Greg Radick,  Stathis Arapostathis and Berris Charnley (University of Leeds), and Christine MacLeod and Jon Hopwood-Lewis (University of Bristol).