Dear Colleagues,

Next year there will be two meetings that present the opportunity for members of this list to collaborate via participating in sessions that treat eighteenth-century chemistry. The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will meet at St. Hugh’s College Oxford from the 4th to the 6th of January 2006 (the deadline for abstract submissions is 30 September 2005). Second, the British Society for the History of Philosophy aims to explore the relationship between history and philosophy at Robinson College, Cambridge, from the 3rd to the 5th of April 2006 (the deadline for abstract submissions is October 2005).

I would like to organise a session on various aspects of eighteenth-century chemistry for both of these conferences. If you would like to participate, please send me (1) the topic on which you would like to speak and (2) the name and email address of anyone else who might be able to participate, but who is not on the Chem-Hist list. I have pasted the conference advertisements for the BSECS and the BSHP below.

Best Wishes, Dr Matthew D Eddy University of Durham



The conference will feature plenary addresses by Ludmilla Jordanova (Cambridge), George Rousseau (Oxford) and David McCallam (Sheffield).

We invite proposals for individual papers and especially for full panels of three (or, exceptionally, four papers) on any aspect of the long 18th century, not only in Britain but throughout Europe and the wider world. Such proposals might relate, inter alia, to architecture, art, curatorship, history, international relations, literature, music, politics, science, society, teaching practice and the eighteenth century outside Western Europe and North America. Please submit a 200-word abstract of the propos href=”” target=”_new”>”> Papers should be 20 minutes long and should be read in English or French. Presentations in other languages are acceptable so long as transcripts, in English or French, are available for the audience.

The deadline for submission of papers and panel proposals is 30 September 2005.

All enquiries regarding the academic programme of the conference should be addressed to the Programme Co-Ordinator, Dr. Matthew Grenby ([email protected]). You will be notified whether your proposal has been accepted by 21 October 2005. In the case of scholars travelling from outside the U.K. we shall endeavour to reach decisions earlier in order to facilitate travel arrangements. The deadline for conference registration will be 12 November 2005. To attend the conference without giving a paper, request an application form direct from the Venue Organiser, Dr. Chris Mounsey ([email protected]). You can also download the registration form and find out more about BSECS from our website (

Five bursaries of £100 each will be available for graduate students whose papers have been accepted and who are registered for a higher degree at a U.K institution of higher education. In addition, accommodation costs and the conference fee will be waived for up to five scholars whose papers have been accepted and who are based in nations whose scholars cannot normally afford to attend conferences in Western Europe. Applications for bursaries, including a curriculum vitae and an indication of other href=”mailto:[email protected]“>[email protected]).

St. Hugh’s College is set in fourteen acres of self-contained grounds and is surrounded by lawns, borders and mature trees, making it one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. The College is within ten minutes walking distance of Oxford city centre.


Dr. Chris Mounsey: [email protected] Dr. Matthew Grenby: [email protected]

************************** British Society for the History of Philosophy in association with the OU Research Group in Mind, Meaning and Rationality and Open University Centre for the History of the Mathematical Sciences

PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY Robinson College, Cambridge (UK) 3-5 April 2006

The aim of this conference is to explore the relationship between philosophy and historiography, focusing on the historiography of philosophy, mathematics and science. Themes to be covered include: – historiography of philosophy (as concerned with the theory and practice of writing history of philosophy) – history of historiography of philosophy (as concerned with the ways in which the history of philosophy has been constructed through history, for example by particular philosophers in motivating their own work) – the relationship between historiography of philosophy and historiography of mathematics, science and other disciplines – the relationship between historiography of philosophy and philosophy of history

SPEAKERS include: Michael Beaney, Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Mark Bevir, Vivienne Brown, Teresa Castelão-Lawless, Cristina Chimisso, José Ferreirós, Gad Freudenthal, Hanjo Glock, Jeremy Gray, Sarah Hutton, Susan James, Nick Jardine, Martin Kusch, Chris Lawn, Quentin Skinner, Adrian Wilson.

CALL FOR PAPERS: Please send an abstract (max. 500 words), preferably by email, to Dr Cristina Chimisso or Dr. Michael Beaney by 31 October 2005. The provisional programme will be drawn up in November. One or more sessions will be scheduled for postgraduate papers. Anyone interested in giving a paper at the conference is invited to contact the organizers informally to discuss possibilities.

Organizers: Dr Cristina Chimisso, Department of Philosophy, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Email: [email protected]

Dr Michael Beaney, Department of Philosophy, Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA. Email: [email protected]

Conference webpage: