CfP: “How Disciplines Interact” (UvA 7-8 May 2020; Deadline 15 January 2020

The Vossius Center at the University of Amsterdam will host a two-day workshop on 7-8 May 2020, entitled “How Disciplines Interact”.

Format

Historians of the sciences and the humanities have described many interactions between disciplines. One frequently occurring form of interaction concerns the transfer of knowledge across disciplinary boundaries. Examples include the influence of modern historical thinking on geology, the influx of physicists in molecular biology, or the use of the linguistic notion of grammar in computer science. Lees meer…

Call for Symposia: European Society for the History of Science Meeting 2020 (Bologna, 31 August – 3 September 2020; Deadline 15 December 2019)

The Scientific and Organizing Committees of ESHS 2020 invites proposals for symposia to be held during the conference. The theme of the 2020 meeting is “Visual, Material and Sensory Cultures of Science”, a very broad and inclusive topic. Sessions and talks might address the history of the sensory approaches to scientific objects, their material culture, as well as the building of scientific practices based on the use of the senses (vision, hearing, touch and smell), with particular attention to the history of the relationship between the visual arts and the sciences across nations, periods, and historiographies; visual epistemologies and the cultural practice of thinking scientifically with images; and the relationship between different media (print, photography, digital imaging, etc.) and scientific disciplines in various social, political, and economic contexts. Lees meer…

Scholarship: “Johann-Lorenz-Bausch Fellowship” 2020 (Deadline 31 January 2020)

The Leopoldina Akademie Freundeskreis e.V. announces the “Johann-Lorenz-Bausch Fellowship” for 2020. Johann Lorenz Bausch (1605-1665) founded the Academia naturae curiosorum, the Leopoldina, on 1 January 1652 in Schweinfurt together with four other physicians. This makes it the oldest continuously existing academy of medicine and the natural sciences in the world. The Leopoldina was appointed as the German National Academy of Sciences on 14 July 2008. It addresses key issues of particular significance for the future of society from a scientific perspective and independently of economic or political interests, shares its findings with policymakers and the public, and puts these issues up for discussion on a national and international level. In addition, it takes on the classic tasks of an academy by carrying out research, for example in the field of the history of science, and promoting young scientists and researchers. Lees meer…

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

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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:

Dates

  • 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.

Scope

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.

Editors

  • • 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).

Stuur ideeën in voor het nieuwe Gewina-jaarboek!

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

The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice invites proposals for a conference to take place in December of 2019. Papers on any of the following aspects of the history of knowledge are welcome: Lees meer…

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

Today’s wearable sensors and smartphone apps make it increasingly easy to monitor personal health and habits, and many users of these digital technologies now track their sleep, blood sugar, heart rate or exercise. This means that there is a proliferation of n=1 experiments, done by individuals who want to understand their bodies and who use personal data to improve their health and wellbeing. Lees meer…

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…

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…

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…