The Botanical Gardens at Bogor, lots of insects, UNESCO’s Statement on Race and book reviews: Studium Vol. 11 issues 3 & 4 are out!

Studium Vol. 11 issues 11.3 and 11.4 have just been published: the first a special issue Plants and Politics at the Bogor Botanical Gardens, edited by Andreas Weber and Robert-Jan Wille; the second our “regular issue” with a host of articles and book reviews. All are downloadable for free (see below).

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Boekpresentatie: Onweer (Leiden, 17 mei 2019)

Hoe reageren mensen op de gevolgen van natuurgeweld? Van oudsher werden bijvoorbeeld donder en bliksem gezien als Gods strafwerktuigen. De uitvinding van de bliksemafleider door Benjamin Franklin in 1752 bracht hierin echter verandering. Welke gevolgen hadden de uitvinding en invoering van de bliksemafleider voor de manier waarop men aankeek tegen het onweer, zowel in wetenschappelijk, religieus als artistiek opzicht? Lees meer…

REMINDER Registration for the Gewina Woudschoten conference closes Tuesday, April 30th

Registration for the Gewina Woudschoten conference 8, Towards a History of Knowledge, to be held 21-22 June 2019 in Zeist, is  still open, but closes on midnight CET on Tuesday 30 April 2019!

Please register for the Gewina Woudschoten conference before that time if you have not already done so. Payment should be received by 13 May 2019; details can be found here. Failure to register or pay in time will result in removal from the programme. Lees meer…

Report: History of Science and Humanities PhD Conference 2019 (Kerkrade)

By Hein Brookhuis

On a warm and sunny St Valentine’s day, twenty-two PhD candidates from the Low Countries gathered in the beautiful Rolduc Abbey (Kerkrade) for the seventh edition of the History of Science and Humanities PhD-conference. Many of them had just recently started their projects, some were finishing, others were working on specific case studies. The topics ranged from Chinese medicine in the Song period to nuclear research in post-war Belgium, and from oral history in the 1960s to early modern natural history.

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Job: Postdoctoral researcher, “Moving Animals: A History” (5 yrs; History Department, Maastricht University; Deadline 7 May 2019)

Applicants are invited for a 5 year postdoctoral position within the project “Moving Animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century”. The project is funded by a NWO Vici grant awarded to the principal investigator, Dr. Raf De Bont.

Research project

The project ‘Moving Animals’ will study how the long-distance movement of wild animals has been understood, represented and managed in the course of the twentieth century. While historians of globalization have extensively studied the movement of humans, commodities and ideas, they overall had little attention for animal movement and the ways in which it has been perceived and managed by humans.

‘Moving Animals’ will combine perspectives from the history of science, cultural history and environmental history, in order to analyze (1) the ways in which humans have gained (both scientific and ‘vernacular’) knowledge about animal movement, (2) how this movement has been represented in the media, (3) how animal mobilities have been actively managed and have become the object of governance.


Call for Papers and Panels: The Making of the Humanities VIII, “Decentralizing the History of the Humanities” (University of Cape Town, South Africa, November 21–23, 2019; Deadline 1 July 2019)

The Making of the Humanities conference series is going to South Africa! The University of Cape Town will host the 8th conference in the series, from 21 till 23 November 2019, at the facilities of the Faculties of Economics and Law (Middle Campus). Lees meer…

Vacancy Friday: Jobs in Leiden and Maastricht (PhD, Post-doc, Assistant Professor; Deadlines 31 May, 30 April)

The following vacancies are currently open:

Maastricht University

Leiden University

Call for articles: Universitaire cultuur 1780-1940 (Deadline: 1 oktober 2019)

Foto: Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen

De redactie van De Moderne Tijd heeft de ambitie een themanummer te gaan wijden aan de universitaire cultuur in Nederland en Vlaanderen in de periode die het tijdschrift bestrijkt, de lange negentiende eeuw (1780-1940).

Aanleiding daarvoor is de hartenkreet die Eelco Runia in januari 2018 publiceerde in de NRC: ‘Waarom ik ontslag neem bij de universiteit’. Bij wijze van exitgesprek legt hij in dat artikel uit waarom hij zijn baan als docent aan de Rijksuniversiteit Groningen heeft opgezegd. Hij constateert dat het neoliberale bestuursmodel dat marktdenken heeft opgelegd aan de universiteiten, hem als docent dwingt zijn wetenschappelijke en professionele idealen en identiteit te verloochenen. Lees meer…

Conference: Teaching the history of Knowledge: Purposes, Problems, Practices (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 20 March 2019)

This one-day conference, organized by the VU Stevin Centre in celebration of its fifth anniversary, focuses on the rationales of teaching the history of knowledge and on finding appealing ways of doing so. How do we convey the important and relevance of our courses? And what exactly is our message? What, for instance, is the added value for medical students of a course in the history of medicine? Which competences should we aim to teach in our courses? And how can we innovate and optimize our teaching? How do we cater for the needs of several different target groups? What do museums have to offer to our students? How can we make students experience the so-called “historical sensation”?

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CfA: 5th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (Bergamo, Italy, 28-30 October 2019; Deadline 30 April 2019)

Today more than ever computers have taken center stage in our lives: science, economy, politics, art, there is no single human endeavour that has been left unaffected by Information Technologies. Whether this impact is positive or negative, is still very much up for debate.

People connected to the Internet can enjoy an unprecedented amount of information and computing power at their disposal, but more and more negative side effects of a widespread use of computers are brought to our attention: automation bias, echo chambers, shortened attention spans, job displacement, election hacking are just a few examples. The latest AI-hype fuelled by computationally feasible machine learning techniques have brought to reality philosophical topics previously relegated to mental experiments and theoretical discourses. The trolley problem has never been more popular thanks to self-driving cars. Lees meer…