Founded in 1947, the BSHS is Britain’s largest learned society devoted to the history of science, technology, and medicine (HSTM). Current members include lecturers, writers, students, teachers, museum curators, and private individuals. Our aim is to bring together people with interests in all aspects of the field, and to publicise relevant ideas within the wider research and teaching communities and the media. We are committed to promoting the study of HSTM in ways that are respectful of diversity, welcoming to those historically underrepresented in academia and in this particular field of study, and non-discriminatory. As part of our efforts to understand the past, we seek to recognise and account for historic injustices, and not to perpetuate them.
The annual conferences of the BSHS are one of the ways in which the Society pursues its mission. We seek through them to bring together both members of the Society and non-members to share with one other their recent findings, reflections on the field, and new techniques and resources for the study of HSTM. We aim to create events that are welcoming to people with diverse backgrounds and identities, of multiple nationalities, and with varying disciplinary and institutional affiliations – events in which the participants’ common interests in HSTM topics are explored in a convivial, friendly, and respectful environment. We aspire to organise conferences that are welcoming and accessible to delegates regardless of their age, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, (dis)ability, race, ethnicity, and religion.
We ask that organisers of symposia take note of these aims when planning and submitting proposals for the Annual Conference. We particularly welcome proposals that reflect diversity in their proposed line-up of participants. Diversity may result from including participants with different institutional affiliations, different nationalities, and at different stages of their professional careers; it may also result from inclusion of speakers belonging to groups historically underrepresented within academia, due to gender identity, ethnicity, disability, or other protected characteristic. We ask that all proposals for organised panels and roundtables include at least one female speaker.