New book on female chemists: paths to education and professional activity of women in different countries and in Russia

Women-chemists-titulWe are pleased to announce the book  recently published in Russia on female chemists: Female Chemists: Biographies, Contribution into Science and Education, Recognition. Moscow: Yanus-K, 2013. Pp. 440, illus., index. recommended by Elena Zaitseva(Baum), co-editor and co-author.

This meticulously  researched  and originally structured book concerns some  unexplored aspects of activity fair sex of XVIIth century in chemical practice, in particular,  and  contains , of course, absolutely new material  about  Russian female  women-chemists (are included not–used before historical documents). The information on them is practically not presented in the  known reference books, female encyclopaedias.

Articles of foreign authors are published in two languages – on original and in Russian translation.

All persons interested in book purchase can ask Elena Zaitseva(Baum) by e-mail:

The table of contents is included in the book in English. There is a summary of the book in English and each article  has  English abstract.  Summary and contents in the image gallery below.

New seminar in Paris: “Femmes et savoirs : productions, circulation, représentations (XVIIe ­ XXe siècles)”

Affiche séminaire femmes et savoirs-light2Femmes et savoirs : productions, circulation, représentations (XVIIe ­ XXe siècles)


Responsables : Valérie Burgos, Dalia Deias, Juliette Lancel, Isabelle Lémonon

Périodicité : un jeudi par mois, de 14h à 16h30
Lieu : Centre Alexandre Koyré, salle de séminaire, 5e étage – 27 rue Damesme – 75013 Paris

Ce séminaire proposé par des doctorantes du Centre Alexandre Koyré, se veut un lieu de réflexion collective, entre chercheurs, doctorants, et post­doctorants, sur le rôle des femmes dans la production des savoirs depuis le XVIIe siècle. Son objectif n’est pas de dresser un à un les portraits de femmes savantes, mais d’aborder par le biais de quelques exemples des problématiques aussi bien méthodologiques que thématiques qui se présentent lors de telles recherches. Pour cette première année d’existence, le séminaire examinera des questions relativement larges qui permettront ensuite d’approfondir une problématique donnée. Continue reading New seminar in Paris: “Femmes et savoirs : productions, circulation, représentations (XVIIe ­ XXe siècles)”

New deadline for CfP Gendering Science: Women and Men Producing Knowledge (Prague 4-6 June 2015)

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:

31. 10. 2014 – deadline for submitting panels and declaration of interest – new deadline

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.

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.




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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:


Abstracts and presentations should be in English


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: If you do not receive a response within 48 hours acknowledging safe receipt of the abstract, please email to Fátima de Haan
  10. Template file here.

For any other information please contact the local secretariat Fátima de Haan (

Looking forward to seeing you in Lisbon

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

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