CfP: Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge

photo by Edgar BaranyThe Commission on Women and Gender Studies of the DHST calls for papers for the conference Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge which will held in Prague on 4-6 June 2015.

Link to the conference webpage

During the last two centuries, the access of women to higher education has become much easier in most developed countries. At the same time the significant transformations in science and technology have also affected the participation of women in the scientific enterprise as knowledge producers, science managers, and educators. Especially in the last three decades, given the changes in our perception of the role of science and technology in society, scholars have explored different sites of knowledge production and have highlighted the changing roles of both men and women in the sciences.

The task of the conference is to map the historical path of women from equal opportunities in education to the position of knowledge producers, science managers and educators in the light of the gendered transformations of the sciences in the 20th and 21st centuries. We would like to explore especially the following themes preferably from a historical perspective:

  • Paths of women to equal opportunities in education and tenure track jobs in different cultural and political environments.
  • Differences in the position of female and male scientists in cooperative research teams and patterns of collaboration.
  • Outstanding women scientists and engineers: authors of scientific discoveries and technical inventions; team-leaders; scientific managers.
  • Transformations in science and society and gendered effects in knowledge production.
  • Changes in science and society that reshaped the academia, working cultures and career paths of both men and women
  • Ways that the globalization of the scientific knowledge production affected women’s claims to knowledge in various parts of the world
  • Opportunities and risks in science, technology and society in terms of producing gender sensitive knowledge.

Date: 4–6 June 2015

Venue: Praha Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, 116 36 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Conference schedule:

30. 9. 2014 – deadline for submitting panels and declaration of interest

15. 12. 2014 – deadline for submitting papers

31. 1. 2015 – final programme

Registration fees

  • Early bird full: 75 EUR until 31 December 2014
  • Early bird student: 35 EUR until 31 December 2014
  • Regular full:90 EUR until 15 May 2015
  • Regular student: 50 EUR until 15 May 2015
  • Onsite full: 95 EUR
  • Onsite student: 55 EUR

Information about payment options will be provided at a later date.

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

New: Women in Industrial Research, edited by Renate Tobies and Annette B. Vogt

annetteWomen in Industrial Research

Edited by Renate Tobies and Annette B. Vogt (with the assistance of  Valentine Pakis)

This book presents new research on women scientists who enjoyed careers at industrial corporations during the first seven decades of the twentieth century. What positions were they able to achieve? What was the relationship between academic and industrial research? How open were certain industrial sectors – the electrical, chemical, cosmetic, nuclear, and optical sectors in particular – to hiring female researchers? Were women working in certain industries better able to acquire patents than those in others? What role did patronage play at the time? How did political turmoil affect women’s careers? How did career opportunities differ from one country to another?

This book focuses on women who were active in Germany, Russia, and the United States, but the situation in Greece, France, and Great Britain is also addressed. Each of the chapters is based on new sources, including materials from corporate archives. On the basis of these findings and their own work, the editors have formulated a series of general theses concerning the conditions of women working in industrial research.

Flyer

Webpage

——

Franz Steiner Verlag
Birkenwaldstr. 44 · D – 70191 Stuttgart
Telefon: 0711 / 25 82 – 0 · Fax: 0711 / 25 82 – 390
E-Mail: service@steiner-verlag.de
Internet: www.steiner-verlag.de

Call for Papers, 9th STEP Meeting

garland_logoPortugal • Lisbon, 1-3 September 2014

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

MRC Centenary Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

As part of the MRC Centenary, the latest in the series of Women in Science Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will be held at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) on Monday 25th November 2013.

Would you like to learn how to edit Wikipedia?
Would you like to help improve the Wikipedia articles of your scientific heroines?
Would you like to join the debate on women’s experiences in science and how under-representation of women can be tackled?
If so, this is the event for you!

There are 20 places available at the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon workshop (10.30 am – 6.00 pm) where participants will be taught how to edit Wikipedia and will have access to resources from the MRC, the Royal Society, the Wellcome Collection and the LMB in order to create and improve articles about MRC-funded and other female scientists.  The workshop is open to people who are new to Wikipedia as well as experienced Wikipedia editors.

There are 200 places available for the Women in Science panel discussion (1.00 – 2.30 pm), led by Mariann Bienz FRS from the LMB and Nicola Hannam from the Science Council.  Come along to discuss how women can be better represented in science and hear how eminent female scientists’ careers have flourished.

Tea and cake will be served after the discussion.

Attendance is free, but booking through EventBrite is essential: http://lmb-women-in-science.eventbrite.co.uk/
 
Judging by previous events, places will go quickly!

Any editors who would like to join in remotely should register online at the Wikipedia event page below and can communicate with the LMB editors via twitter: @wikimediauk, #WISWIKI.
For more information:

LMB News story: http://mrc.io/1h8aJ3W
Wikipedia event page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women%27s_History/Laboratory_of_Molecular_Biology_2013

This event is collaboration between, the Medical Research Council, Wikimedia UK, the Royal Society and Cambridge AWiSE.

Call for papers: 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

ESHS_Logo6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

Lisbon, 4-6 September 2014

Communicating Science, Technology and Medicine

Conference website

The 6th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be held in Lisbon, 4-6 September 2014 and is organized by the Interuniversity Centre 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.

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, practices of science, technology and medicine appear as involving in an essential way forms of communication, to such an extent that the distinction between the making and the communicating of science, technology and medicine is ultimately blurred.

The 6th ESHS aims at stimulating historical and historiographical studies and debates on the communication of science, technology and medicine along the following sub-thematic clusters.

1) Human and non-human agents: experts, amateurs, and institutions;

2) Networks of circulation and communication of knowledge;

3) Means of communication: correspondence, papers, books, textbooks, popularization outlets, newspapers, radio, theatre, films, cartoons and internet;

4) Spaces and modes of communication: conferences, classrooms, public demonstrations, exhibitions, instruments, collections and museums;

5) Audiences: lay and specialized audiences, consumers;

6) Rhetorical devices;

7) Communication in the European Periphery;

8) Communication in a globalized world: challenges and constraints; ideology of communication, hegemonic values and commercialized science, technology and medicine

Deadlines  (NEW)

Symposia Submission (theme and rationale of symposium and abstract of papers) – 10 Jan 2014
Decision regarding accepted symposia – 10 February 2014
Abstract Submission for stand-alone papers)– 10 March 2014
Decision regarding accepted papers – 10 April 2014

Call for Papers: “Science as Profession” – 26th International Baltic Conference in the History of Science

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERACall for Papers: “Science as Profession” – 26th International Baltic Conference in the History of Science

21st – 22nd August 2014, Helsinki

Deadline for abstracts: Monday 31st March, 2014
Contact e-mail for information: bahps2014@gmail.com
Information online at: http://www.oppihistoriallinenseura.fi/balticconference2014/

and http://www.bahps.org/helsinki-2014

How did science come to be a profession – and how were careers in science structured before professionalization in its modern sense? What kind of interaction does the formation of institutional structures have with the process of professionalization? What has the role of the public image of science and scientists been in various historical contexts? How has the changing gender ratio contributed to the professionalization of scientists? What kind of a role have non-professionals played in development of science? Have heretics added their valuable contributions or rather disturbed the “normal development” of the scientific world?

Nearly one hundred years ago, in 1919 Max Weber published his article “Wissenschaft als Beruf”, Science as a Vocation. Indeed, scientists and engineers play a visible role in our society, and yet the desired ways to educate, enrol and employ these experts are still as much in constant negotiation in Western societies as they were in Weber’s time. Time has come to make sense of the corresponding developments in the countries of the Baltic Rim and beyond. Therefore, the 26th Baltic Conference in History of Science will focus on the multiple questions concerning the past processes of professionalization and career-building of scientists and engineers. The above questions and many other related aspects in their historical contexts will be discussed in close cooperation with the philosophers who add to their conceptual understanding.

The Science as Profession -Conference will take place from the 21st to 22nd of August, 2014 in Helsinki at the premises of the University of Helsinki. We welcome papers which address any relevant questions asked above from the point of view of history of natural and social sciences, mathematics, arts and humanities, technology and medicine as well as philosophy of science and science studies. The choice of topics is neither limited to any geographical area, although special interest will of course be paid to developments in countries in the Baltic Sea area.

The tradition of the Baltic Conferences on the History of Science is long, the first conference taking place in Riga in 1958. All 25 previous events have taken place in the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania (www.bahps.org). This is the first time when the Baltic Conference in History of Science will be held outside of the borders of these three countries, and you are heartily welcome to Helsinki!

We welcome abstracts of 300-500 words to be sent by 31st March, 2014 to the organizing committee. The language of the abstracts as well as the papers is English. A selection of papers presented in this conference will be published in the Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum. The registration form which will be used for submitting abstracts is available at the conference website: http://www.oppihistoriallinenseura.fi/balticconference2014/

The conference is co-organized by: Finnish Society for the History of Science and Learning (head organizer), University of Helsinki, University of Oulu, Society for the History of Technology, The Finnish Historical Society, Philosophical Society of Finland and The Baltic Association for the History and Philosophy of Science.

Call for Papers: Women’s Worlds Congress 2014

Charminar,_Hyderabad,_Andhra_PradeshThe 12th International Interdisciplinary Conference on Women-Call for Paper, Panel and Workshop Abstracts

The University of Hyderabad is organising the 12th Women1s World Congress, 2014, in Hyderabad, India from 17th to 22nd August, 2014.

Women’s Worlds Congress (WWC) is an International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, held every three years. The focus of the congress is gender research and interdisciplinary scholarship. This congress is initiated by Worldwide Organization of Women’s Studies WOWS. We invite Individual papers, Panels and Workshops that engage with the Conference Theme “Gender in a Changing World” from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The various sub-themes to choose from are as follows,

  1. Gender & Culture
  2. Gender & Work
  3. Gender & Health
  4. Gender & Information Technology
  5. Gender & Science and Technology
  6. Gender, Globalization, Politics and Policy
  7. Gender & Management
  8. Gender &Law
  9. Gender & Violence

We encourage Panels and Workshop in the following areas also:

  1. Women Entrepreneurs
  2. Women’s Health
  3. Women’s Empowerment
  4. Trafficking of Women
  5. Minority Women’s Issues

Please submit your paper abstracts, panel proposals and workshop proposals online to academic@womensworld2014india.com

Individual Paper, abstracts should be no more than 250 words. Panel and Workshop should be no more than 300 words. A proposed panel or workshop should have the names, email add, affiliations of the Participants with a short write up about the theme being presented in the Panel and Workshop.

Write to us : director@womensworld2014india.com /academic@womensworld2014india.com

Visit us : www.womensworld2014india.com

Guidelines: Submitting a Workshop and Panel Proposal

The last date for submissions: 31st January, 2014.

Notification of acceptance: on or before 15th February, 2014.

Weitere Informationen: http://womensworld2014india.com/ws/

iCHSTM Women and Gender Studies Commission meeting

university-placeChange in the iCHSTM Women and Gender Studies Commission meeting time

Please note that the time for the Women and Gender Studies Commission business meeting has been scheduled for 09:00am on Friday morning, 26 July, rather than 13:00 that was originally planned. The room for the meeting is in University Place, third floor, room 204.

See: http://www.ichstm2013.com/programme/guide/s/C251.html

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.

Past events organized by the Commission

5eshs-logo_12

New website under construction

This page is the first one of the new website of the Commission.

Construction is still under progress.

Click here to go to the former website with the last news.

We have just posted details about the two symposia organised by the Commission at the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Manchester in July 2013.

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.