Conference: Call for Abstracts

11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry

Call for abstracts

In summer 2017, the fortieth anniversary of the creation of the Working Party (WP) on History of Chemistry of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will be celebrated. The general aim of the conferences organised by the WP is to facilitate communication between historically interested chemists and historians of chemistry, and to gather the community on a regular basis. Previous conferences organised by the WP were held in Rostock 2011 (Pathways of Knowledge), Uppsala 2013 (Chemistry in Material Culture), and Aveiro 2015 (Chemical Biography in the 21st Century).

The 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry (11th ICHC) will take place from 29th August to 2nd September, 2017 in Trondheim, a city founded in 997 which served as Norway’s capital during the Viking Age. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), which has been the country’s centre for technology education since 1910, will host the conference. The conference is sponsored by NTNU, the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian Chemical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

The conference programme will include scientific sessions, key-note lectures, the WP business meeting, as well as social events such as excursions, receptions, and a banquet. For more information about preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the proposal guidelines.

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Member Book Announcement

Commission member Soňa Štrbáňova, Centre for the History of Sciences and Humanities, Czech Republic, is pleased to announce the publication of her book, Holding Hands with Bacteria: The Life and Work of Marjory Stephenson, in the series, SpringerBriefs in History of Chemistry (Springer-Verlag, 2016).

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From the book’s website: “[Stephenson] was one of the first scientists to use microorganisms as models for research into cellular biochemical processes and their regulation…. Štrbáňová outlines Stephenson’s constant battle with practices of undeclared discrimination…. [T]he life of Marjory Stephenson is of interest to biochemists, molecular biologists, historians of the chemical and biological sciences, and women scientists of all generations.”

25th ICHST in Rio de Janeiro 23-29 July 2017

RioICHSTDear Colleagues,
The Website of the 25th ICHST, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, 23-29
July 2017 is now online at: http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br/
The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in HSTM encourages proposals for symposium focusing on women and gender.

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Heroic journeys? Networks of women scientists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

Commission President Maria Rentetzi is presenting the keynote at this research workshop in Brussels on 16th June: “The power of the ephemeral, unstable and informal networks of women in science.” See https://www.arts.kuleuven.be/cultuurgeschiedenis/heroic-journeys

Young Belgian scientists – men and women – ready for their journey to the United States, 1920.
Young Belgian scientists – men and women – ready for their journey to the United States, 1920.

Agnodike research travel fellowship

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine of the DHST offers biannually a research travel fellowship up to 1000€ to scholars who are either in their final stages of their doctoral research or in the early stages of their post-doctoral research but still within four years of receiving the Ph.D. The research fellowship named by the first female physician and midwife in ancient Greece (4th c. B.C.) is intended to recognize and support the work of scholars who are in the early stages of their careers and assist those who need to travel to archives in order to complete their research.

The Commission requires an application consisting of a cover letter, a research proposal, CV, and two letters of recommendation, one being from the PhD advisor. The awardee of the research grant will receive an invitation to present her/his work in the closest forthcoming symposium organized by the Commission. All applications must be submitted no later than May 31, 2014. The applications are considered by a Committee which gives preference to specific and clearly described projects.

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies in Science, Technology and Medicine was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science. The aim of the Commission is to promote communication among scholars working on women’s history in science, technology and medicine and also to foster research on the relation of gender and science, technology, and medicine. One of the Commission’s tasks is to hold meetings between Congresses of the IUHPS/DHST and to form symposia at subsequent International Congresses. For more information please visit our website http://wsc.hypotheses.org/ or “like” our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/cowogs.

Questions and submissions to : Maria Rentetzi mrentetz@vt.edu and Donald Opitz dopitz@depaul.edu

Call for Papers, 9th STEP Meeting

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Call For Papers

We are pleased to announce that the 9th meeting of STEP (Science and Technology in the European Periphery) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 1-3 September 2014. It is organized by the Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), a research centre associated with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon.

STEP meetings have always sought to strike a balance between historiographical reflections, which help develop a broader comparative analysis, and case-studies examining different national and regional contexts. We will continue to favor both approaches at the 9th meeting. The Scientific Committee encourages contributions on a range of themes related to STEP’s interests and in particular to its established research groups:

The theme of the conference is “Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine”.

Communicating science, technology and medicine has always been central to the scientific and technological enterprise, but across ages and spaces agents, audiences, means, aims and agendas behind this complex process have varied considerably. The interpretations put forward by historians of science, technology and medicine have also changed considerably. Historians have been compelled recently to move away from former historiographical categories opposing creative producers to passive recipients and consumers, and contrasting the production of knowledge with its transmission. The vertical model of diffusion has been superseded by a horizontal conception of circulation and appropriation of science, technology and medicine, which gives voice to various actors and to their different, often contradictory, agendas. Within this framework, science, technology and medicine are envisaged as active forms of communication, to such an extent as ultimately blurring the distinction between the making and the communicating of science, technology and medicine.

Cross-National, Comparative and Transnational History of STM.

  1. Experts in the Periphery
  2. Material Culture of Science: Museums and Collections in the Periphery;
  3. Popularization of Science and Technology: Centres and Peripheries;
  4. Science and the Press;
  5. Universities in the Periphery;
  6. Women in Science, Women in the ‘Periphery’;
  7. Science x Medicine.

Individual papers should aim at building upon the work of previous conferences and the current group structure within STEP. However, for session proposals, we also encourage a focus on areas which have so far been under-represented in STEP meetings (especially medicine and technology). We particularly invite contributions with a transnational dimension (either within Europe, or relations beyond Europe), or with a philosophical/theoretical angle on the nature of peripheries and their significance in the history of science, technology and medicine. We would also be happy to receive suggestions for sessions (not individual papers) on any other theme that relates to STEP’s interests (see website:http://bdrupal.hicido.uv.es/?q=node/3).

Language

Abstracts and presentations should be in English

Deadlines

Session proposals submission – 10 Jan 2014

Abstract submission (for stand-alone papers) – 10 March 2014

Decision to the authors (accepted sessions) – 10 February 2014

Decision to the authors (accepted papers) – 10 April 2014

Submission of pre-circulated papers – 30 June 2014

A Special fee will be considered for those attending both STEP and ESHS (4-6 Sept), also in Lisbon at the same premises.

 

Symposium guidelines and instructions

A Symposium can have as many papers as the organizer wants. The papers will grouped in groups of four (e.g. 8 papers means two sessions of 4).

You must use the template below for submitting the abstracts.

The length (time) of each talk is not yet fixed. However it would be around 20 min. The organizer must be identified. This is the person who takes the initiative, carries on the process and organizes the sessions including the presentation of each speaker (two lines CV).

Individuals may submit only one abstract as a single author. Individuals may co-author two abstract. The same rules apply to organizers.

One person can organize one session (including more than 1 part), or possibly co-organize two.

Each person can be the author of only one paper or, if written jointly, of no more than two papers.

You may use the web (e.g. Mersenne) to announce your proposal.

 

Abstract guidelines and instructions

  1. Maximum words in title : 15
  2. Maximum number of authors: unlimited
  3. Maximum word count (not including title and authors): 300
  4. All abstracts should be written in English
  5. Individuals may submit only one abstract as a single author
  6. Individuals may co-author two abstracts. Presenting authors should be identified by underlining their name
  7. The abstract should have a title, the names of the authors and institutions
  8. Abstracts should conform to the template available in this site in Word format (not pdf).
  9. The abstract should be submitted, by the presenting author, via email to: occoe@occoe.pt. If you do not receive a response within 48 hours acknowledging safe receipt of the abstract, please email to Fátima de Haan occoe@occoe.pt
  10. Template file here.

For any other information please contact the local secretariat Fátima de Haan (occoe@occoe.pt)

Looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee
Ana Simões
Maria Paula Diogo

The Commission organizes 2 symposia at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester

ichstm_logoThe Commission organises two symposia at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester (UK), July 22-28 2013.

Expanding women’s sphere’ explores the way in which women defined their work and role, often within strongly masculine environments – veterinary science, medicine and science. We have recruited speakers to illustrate women’s strategies across varied disciplines. We propose six papers across two sessions, with 15 minutes per paper and 45 minutes for a commentary and a general discussion within each 90 minute session. These papers have a trans-national perspective, mainly focussing on Britain and the USA, but also the activities of British and American women in China, Malaya and West Africa. The first session will examine women’s work in biological and health sciences from the perspective of the USA and the UK and will be followed by a commentary by Rosemary Wall, drawing connections between the three papers. The second session will situate the activities of American and British women working in health and science within an international context, beginning with ideas of public health and educational theory in the USA, followed by American and British incursions into education and practice in Asia and Africa. The session will be completed by a commentary by Rima Apple, linking together the papers in this session and drawing connections with the rest of the symposium.

Homemade Science: Domestic Sites and the Gendering of Knowledge: As a robust area for investigating the production of scientific knowledge, the geography of science has been dominated by places like the field, laboratory, marine station, museum, and civic lecture hall. But scientists among these diverse sites uniformly must retire to one common place: the home. How might our accounting of the geography of knowledge-production shift when we add this fundamental institution to the work-lives of scientists? In what ways did the home provide spatial, material, and social resources for the pursuit of science, and how was “homemade science” produced in perhaps distinctive and yet replicable ways? How might the home have spawned distinctive gender meanings and dynamics in knowledge-production? What were the statuses of domestic sites within broader geographies of science? In this symposium, speakers have been invited to address these questions by examining the status of the domestic production of science in a range of time periods, locations, disciplines, and physical configurations. Individual presentations will pay particular attention to how the gendered meanings and dynamics of scientific work assumed particular forms within domestic settings, and what those forms entailed for scientific outcomes. A commentator for the symposium, as a whole, will draw lessons from the individual cases to suggest how, collectively, the contributions push our historical understanding of the geography of gendered knowledge production.

Women’s Commission

The Commission on Women and Gender Studies of the DHST was founded in 1981 by the General Assembly of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science.
The aim of the Commission is to promote communication among scholars working on women’s history in science, technology and medicine and also to foster research on the relation of gender and science, technology, and medicine.

One of the Commission’s tasks is to hold meetings between Congresses of the IUHPS/DHST and to form symposia at subsequent International Congresses.