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  • Call for Proposals: Journal for the History of Knowledge, Special Issue Fall 2021 (Deadline: December 16, 2019)


    The Journal for the History of Knowledge, to be launched in 2020, includes an annual special issue, compiled by guest editors, which explores a theme central to its scope (see the journal website, www.journalhistoryknowledge.org, and below). We are currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2021 Special Issue.


    Proposals should contain the following:

      • A description of the proposed theme (1500-2000 words) highlighting its significance for the history of knowledge
      • A table of contents (typically 8-12 articles, more is negotiable)
      • Abstracts of the articles
      • Two-page CVs of the editors; short biographiess of the contributors
      • An outline of the production process up to manuscript submission. All manuscripts must be submitted to the journal by Summer 2020.

    Please send your proposal to all three editors:


    • Proposal deadline: 16 December 2019
    • Notification of acceptance: before 29 February 2020

    After submission, all manuscripts will go through a process of peer-review, author’s revisions, and copy-editing. JHoK is an Open Access journal, in principle at no charge to the authors.


    The Journal for the History of Knowledge,is an open access, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the history of knowledge in its broadest sense. This includes the study of science, but also of indigenous, artisanal, and other types of knowledge as well as the history of knowledge developed in the humanities and social sciences. Special attention is paid to interactions and processes of demarcation between science and other forms of knowledge. Contributions may deal with the history of concepts of knowledge, the study of knowledge making practices and institutions and sites of knowledge production, adjudication, and legitimation (including universities). Contributions which highlight the relevance of the history of knowledge to current policy concerns (for example, by historicizing and problematizing concepts such as the “knowledge society”) are particularly welcome.

    JHoK is affiliated with Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for History of Science and Universities. It is supported by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Huygens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Vossius Centre for the History of Humanities and Sciences, and the Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities.

    The journal is explicitly global in scope. It offers a platform for publications that concern western and non-western cases, that compare western and non-western knowledge making practices or that show the connections between concepts and practices of knowledge in different parts of the globe.

    Its time-span is antiquity to the present.


    • • Sven Dupré (Utrecht University / University of Amsterdam)
    • • Ilja Nieuwland (Huygens ING, Amsterdam, Managing Editor)
    • • Geert Somsen (Maastricht University)

    Advisory Editorial Board

    Charlotte Bigg (Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris); Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis (University of Twente / Stevin Centre Amsterdam); Marwa Elshakry (Columbia University, New York); Marco Formisano (Ghent University); Anna Grasskamp (Hong Kong Baptist University); Anke te Heesen (Humboldt University, Berlin); Fabian Krämer (Ludwig Maximilian University, München); Kerstin von der Krone (German Historical Institute, Washington DC); Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam); Eugenia Lean (Columbia University, New York); Elaine Leong (MPIWG Berlin / University College London); Raz Chen Morris (Hebrew University, Jerusalem); Projit Bihari Mukharji (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia); Martin Mulsow (University of Erfurt); Carla Nappi (University of Pittsburgh); Irina Podgorny (National University, La Plata); Irene van Renswoude (Huygens ING, Amsterdam); Willemijn Ruberg (Utrecht University); Philipp Sarasin (University of Zurich); John Tresch (Warburg Institute, University of London); Stéphane Van Damme (European University Institute, Florence); Fernando Vidal (Autonomous University of Barcelona); Sven Widmalm (Uppsala University).

  • Workshop: Hoger onderwijs-governance in historisch perspectief (10 oktober 2019)

    Tijdens de workshop Hoger Onderwijs Governance in Historisch Perspectief op 10 oktober 2019 georganiseerd door VU-onderzoeker Floris van Berckel Smit, worden verschillende governancemodellen in het hoger onderwijs, waaronder benaderingen geïnspireerd door New Public Management, geduid en bediscussieerd. Read more…

  • Call for Papers: “Animals as Objects. Zoological Gardens and Natural History Museum in Berlin, 1810−2020″ (Berlin, 13-14 February 2020; Deadline: 20 September 2019)

    No collection, no research, no natural history museum nor zoological garden without logistics. Traders, colonial shipping routes, transport companies, feed producers and distributors, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, waste disposal infrastructures, but also computerized databases, catalogues, daily veterinary logs, and finances, all take part in forming and maintaining natural history collections. Read more…

  • Jobs: 2 PhD candidates for the Project “Moving Animals: A History of Science, Media and Policy in the Twentieth Century” (Maastricht University; Deadline 1 October 2019)

    Applicants are invited for a PhD position in 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, Raf De Bont.

    ‘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.

    Read more on Academictransfer.com

  • (Nederlands) Stuur ideeën in voor het nieuwe Gewina-jaarboek!

    In juni 2020 verschijnt het eerste wetenschapshistorische magazine van Gewina, het Belgisch-Nederlandse genootschap voor wetenschapsgeschiedenis. Dit jaarlijkse magazine is, samen met het Journal for the History of Knowledge, de opvolger van het tijdschrift Studium. Het magazine richt zich met toegankelijk geschreven stukken en een frisse, eigentijdse vormgeving op een breed, wetenschapshistorisch geïnteresseerd publiek. Read more…

  • (Nederlands) Call for Papers: New Paradigms in the History of Knowledge (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, 4-6 December 2019; Deadline: 15 September 2019)

  • (Nederlands) Call for Abstracts: N=1. Histories of self-tracking and self-experimentation (Utrecht University, 25 October 2019; Deadline: 21 July 2019)

    Read more…

  • (Nederlands) Shortlist Gewina-Descartes-Huygens Scriptieprijs voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis 2019 bekend

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