[Impending closure of early registration] Conference “Histories of Healthy Ageing” (Groningen, 21-23 June 2017; early registration closing 1 May)

Early registration for the conference “Histories of Healthy Aging”, which takes place in Groningen from June 21 through 23, will close on May 1.

As Western populations grow increasingly older, ‘healthy ageing’ is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary successful ageing has a long history.  Lees meer…

Reminder – International Conference: Museums and (the Loss of) the Encyclopedic Ideal, 1785-2016 (Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 20-22 April 2017)

On April 20, 21 and 22 of this year, Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem shall be host to a two-day conference about museums and the loss of the encyclopedic ideal in the 19th and 20th centuries, taking its venue, a well-preserved 18th century museum as our point of reference.

About the conference

Today, Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem is one of the few public institutions in the world to display a wide variety of collections, including objects of both the arts and sciences, in its original building and original setting. Its roots lie in the last will of the wealthy Mennonite merchant and banker Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702-1778). In his testament Teyler had stipulated that a foundation was to be established which would employ his fortune to the support of theology on the one hand, and the arts and sciences on the other. Lees meer…

Call for Papers: Epistemic Vices; Continuities and Discontinuities, 1600-2000 (Leiden University, Institute for History, January 25-26, 2018; Deadline 15 June 2017)

Impartiality, objectivity, honesty, and accuracy are qualities that generations of scholars have regarded as necessary for the pursuit of scholarly inquiry. Philosophers call them epistemic virtues, because these virtues facilitate the pursuit of epistemic aims such as knowledge and understanding of reality. As such, epistemic virtues are supposed to help scholars overcome barriers of prejudice, ignorance, sloppiness, and dogmatism – dispositions known as epistemic vices. Lees meer…

Woudschoten Conference for the History of Science in the Netherlands: (preliminary) programme available and registration Opened (Zeist, 23 and 24 June 2017)

On 23 & 24 June 2017, the Society for the History of Science in the Low Countries, Gewina, is holding its seventh bi-annual meeting in the usual venue of Woudschoten, near Zeist. This two-day conference is intended to bring together those who share an interest in the history of science in the Netherlands, as well as discussing the current and future developments in the field. The 2017 meeting shall be devoted to Materiality, Museums and Media: History of Science, Presentation, and Outreach. Lees meer…

Symposium: HBS: de beste school ooit? (Dordrecht, 22 april 2017)

De Hoogere Burgerschool (HBS) heeft een legendarische reputatie: de beste school die Nederland ooit heeft gehad, met veel aandacht voor exacte vakken en moderne talen. De school, in 1863 opgericht door Thorbecke, was bedoeld voor toekomstige ingenieurs en ondernemers. Die zijn er ook opgeleid: de generatie die het moderne Nederland heeft vormgegeven. Maar ook veel Nobelprijswinnaars, onder wie Lorentz en Kamerlingh Onnes, kwamen van de HBS – zoveel, dat de school wel verantwoordelijk is gehouden voor de bloei van de Nederlandse natuurwetenschappen rond 1900 (Ben Feringa is trouwens ook HBS-er). Het einde van de HBS in 1968 (door de Mammoetwet) wordt nog steeds door velen betreurd. Lees meer…

Call for Papers: Materia Medica on the Move II – Contextualizing Drug Components as Collectables, Commodities, and Cultural Markers in the Early Modern Period (Amsterdam, October 4-6, 2017; Deadline 19 June 2017)

After the successful Materia medica on the move conference in 2015, Utrecht University Descartes Centre, Huygens/ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre will host a three-day follow-up conference, again devoted to the circulation of knowledge regarding non-native natural substances that were used in medicine in the early modern period (1500-1800). The conference will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 4 until 6 October 2017. Lees meer…

First Teylers Meeting on History of Astronomy and Physics, “Crossing Borders: Internationalism in 20th Century Astronomy and Physics.” (12 April 2017, Teylers Museum, Haarlem)

A remarkable feature of the history of modern astronomy and physics might be the increasing ability to effortlessly work in an international environment. At least, seemingly effortlessly. At this meeting we would like to focus on the mixes of international collaboration and competition in these fields during the 20th century. Lees meer…

Uitreiking Thijssen-Schoute scriptieprijs en Oratie Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (Amsterdam, 3 maart 2017)

Op vrijdag 3 maart zal dr. ir. Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis  zijn ambt als bijzonder hoogleraar aan de VU aanvaarden met het uitspreken van zijn oratie ‘Werelden van vernuft. Denken over kennis in de vroegmoderne tijd.’ Dijksterhuis bekleedt de nieuw ingestelde leerstoel ‘Ideeëngeschiedenis van de vroegmoderne tijd’ die is ingesteld door de Dr. C. Louise Thijssen-Schoute Stichting. Lees meer…

First Pieter Zeeman Lecture: Hans-Jörg Rheinberger, “On the Narrative Order of Things Experimental” (Amsterdam, 2 March 2017)

On March 2nd, the first Pieter Zeemanlezing organised under auspices of the Vossius Center will be held by Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin). The lecture is titled On the Narrative Order of Things Experimental. Lees meer…

Call for Applications: Re-Enactment Replication Reconstruction. An interdisciplinary Workshop on Performative Methodologies (Leiden, 12-16 June 2017)

The workshop Re-Enactment Replication Reconstruction brings together specialists from the fields of art history, archaeology, conservation, musicology and anthropology. Its goals are to reflect on reconstruction, re-enactment and replication (RRR) practices in research, and to learn from each other’s approaches and experience. Approaches to RRR have been developed within the disciplines themselves, and until now, cross-disciplinary connections and discussions on methodology are a rare exception. This workshop is an important step forward, as interdisciplinary discussions about RRR will create insight into their methodological basis and will lead to improvements in the use of performative methods in research. Lees meer…