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. Read more…

Conference Announcement and Call for Papers: Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice (Uppsala University, 12-14 April, 2018; Deadline 15 May 2017)

We announce a conference at the Office for the History of Science, Uppsala University to take place April 12-14, 2018 on the topic of “Making It Up: Histories of Research Integrity and Fraud in Scientific Practice.” We call for papers that explore the history of research integrity and fraud, including the question of how the meaning and consequences of these terms have changed over time and the quotidian work involved in the construction of ‘clean’ experimental data and identifiable artifacts. One or more special issues are planned for publishable versions of accepted contributions. Read more…

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. Read more…

Essay Competition Teyler’s Theological Society 2017: “The influence of Spinoza’s ideas on the religious crises experienced by scholars in his immediate circle” (Deadline: May 1, 2020)

The Directors of Teyler’s Foundation, and the Members of Teyler’s Theological Society announce an Essay Competition to be answered before 1 May 2020, on the subject of: “The influence of Spinoza’s ideas on the religious crises experienced by scholars in his immediate circle”. Read more…

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

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(Nederlands) Job: Junior Conservator Science (Teylers Museum, Haarlem; Deadline 16 april 2017)

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BMGN/LHCR Volume 132 – Issue 1: Blurring Boundaries: Towards a Medical History of the Twentieth Century

A special issue of BMGN – Low Countries Historical Review can shed new light on a particular subject in the history of the Low Countries, as was the case in the recent issue on iconoclasm. It can also take an element of history and link this to a new historical approach, as – even more recently – in the special issue devoted to the academic ‘persona’. Our current issue about the medical history of the Low Countries is set in the context of more general political, social and cultural developments, which in turn gave rise to a rethinking of medical history, both in the Low Countries and elsewhere.

Read more on the BMGN/LHCR website