Proposal and call for papers: “Technology, natural resources and crises in the past and present of Europe and beyond” (Various venues; deadline 11 February 2017)

There are many examples in history where the overexploitation of resources led to depletion and pollution and caused societal, environmental and technological crises. The aim of this project is to examine connections between resources, crises and technology in Europe or in European engagements beyond Europe in the 16th to 21st centuries. Particular attention will be paid to the circulation of technologies, knowledge and ideas within Europe and from or to Europe, which are related to resource crises. This includes circulation processes within individual countries (e.g., between centers and periphery), in between European countries (e.g. East-West and North-South) and between Europe and other continents (e.g. with European colonies). With this approach we propose to discuss the crossroads between the history of technology, environmental history, and the history of exploitation of natural resources in a longue-durée perspective with the help of individual case studies. Lees meer…

Call for Contributions: A science of what and for whom? Historical understandings and perspectives of agricultural science (Leuven, 31 January 2017)

It is striking how the agricultural sciences have undergone a series of conceptual and practical changes between the early modern period and the present. Through four case studies this panel will highlight some of the different ways in which the agricultural sciences have been conceptualized and communicated throughout the western world. Lees meer…

Report: The De Glind Conference and the Twilight of Disciplinarity (Shells & Pebbles)

By Christiaan Engberts

The History of Science PhD-Conference at De Glind is the successor of the biennial conferences at Rolduc. Two years ago, Hans Schouwenburg noticed a remarkable diversity of topics in his report of the Rolduc gathering. A great variety again characterized this year’s meeting. This was clearly reflected in the different backgrounds of the participants.

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Call for Applications: TransPositions Summer School 2017: “Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise” (Zeist, 21-25 August; Deadline 22 February 2017)

Applications are requested for the TransPositions Summer School 2017: Sensible Objects, Material Engagement, Skilled Expertise, to be held from Monday 21 August through Friday 25 August 2017 in the Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre near Utrecht, The Netherlands.

This edition of the TransPositions Summer School focusses on material culture and the senses. How can we investigate sensory experiences of past material cultures or cultures that are not our own? And how can we reconstruct in our studies the experiential richness of ephemera and material practices “lost in transmission” or only preserved in textual sources? The summer school approaches these questions across different disciplines including art history, archaeology, anthropology, conservation, musicology, performance and media studies, cognitive science, and religion- and science studies. Lees meer…

“Scholarly Personae” – New issue of the Low Countries History Review

The time that the history of science was about particular individuals of genius and their discoveries is now in the past. In recent decades historiographical attention has shifted from the scientists and their ideas to the broader social and cultural processes of knowledge production. As a result, the role of institutions, networks, money and power has received more attention, as have the parts played by spatial and material aspects such as architecture, infrastructure, instruments and animals. Among other things, historians sought the answer to the question of how and why certain forms of knowledge were accepted as true or authoritative in a particular context, while others were not. This has led to the scientists themselves coming back into the picture. Lees meer…

Call for Papers and Panels: The Making of the Humanities VI (Oxford, September 28-30, 2017; Deadline 15 April 2017)

The sixth conference on the history of the humanities, ‘The Making of the Humanities VI’, will take place at the University of Oxford, Humanities Division and Somerville College, UK, from 28 until 30 September 2017. Lees meer…