[CfP] Science and the Moving Image: Histories of Intermediality (Online, 2-3 November, 2021; Deadline: 28 June, 2021)

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Since the advent of film in the late nineteenth century, moving images have been integral to making and communicating science. A rich interdisciplinary literature has examined such representations of science in the cinema and on television and investigated how scientists have used moving images to conduct research and communicate knowledge.

Responding to growing interest in science and the moving image, this online workshop uses the concept of ‘intermediality’ as a starting point to discuss new approaches and methodologies. Intermediality, coined by media scholars to describe the interplay between different media, magnifies their multiple meanings and heterogenous interrelations. Moving images especially invite intermedial analysis because they are often composed of interrelated visuals, speech, music, and text; film can also be cut into stills for reproduction in newspapers, advertisements, and journals. Read more…

[CfP] Science Popularization as Cultural Diplomacy: UNESCO, 1946-1958 (Online, 13-14 December 2021; Deadline 15 June 2021)

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From its creation after World War II, UNESCO became a political battleground in which different visions of science and the world order fought for hegemony. As it is well known, Julian Huxley (1887-1975) and Joseph Needham (1900-1995) were the first General Director and the first Director of the Natural Sciences Division. Their administration stressed the “social implications of science” -through the influence of Bernalist Marxism- and the “periphery principle” in international relations. They also included science popularization in its priorities, but UNESCO’s popularization program would only start once the Cold War increased in intensity and Huxley and Needham’s policies were substituted by the leadership of the physicist Pierre Auger (1899-1993) as new head of the Natural Sciences Division.

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[Call for Session Proposals] BSHS Virtual Conference (13-15 July 2021; Deadline 10 May 2021)

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The BSHS Conferences Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period. Read more…

Call for Papers/Early Career Workshop: What was Epidemiology? New Perspectives on the History of an Undisciplined Field (Edinburgh, 14-17 June 2021; Deadline 9 April 2021)

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This workshop’s overarching question is: What was Epidemiology? We will open a forum for creative explorations of a new historiography of epidemiology in the long twentieth century (1890 – 2010). Given our Covid present, the workshop’s question will prompt reflections on the value of this history within an ongoing pandemic.

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Grants: Center for History of Physics, American Institute of Physics (Deadline: 15 April 2021)

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The Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics awards grants-in-aid to support research in the history of the physical sciences. Past recipients have used grants to support thesis research, oral history interviews, book projects, and more.

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Research Fellowships: Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Philadelphia (Deadline: 15 April 2021)

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The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for research fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. These fellowships are open to scholars at all stages of their academic careers, and will support research travel to Consortium member institutions when research activities can resume. Scholars residing in Brazil, India and South Africa and working in medical humanities and the history of medicine are eligible for additional support generously provided by the Wellcome Trust. Read more…

Call for Applications: Lisa Jardine History of Science Grant (Deadline: 17 March 2021)

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The Lisa Jardine Grant of the Royal Society is currently open for applications and there is one month left to apply (closing deadline 17 March 2021, 3pm). The grant is available to PhD students and early career researchers in history of science, and other interdisciplinary studies combining humanities and the natural sciences. Read more…

[Call for Abstracts] 2nd ESHS Early Career Scholars Conference, “Science and its Enemies: Exploring Conflicts and Alliances in the History of Science” (Athens, 20-22 September 2021; Deadline: 14 March 2021)

The Early Career Scholars Network of the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) was founded to better integrate graduate students and early career researchers in the activities of the Society and in the field of History of Science. The first Early Career Scholars Conference was held in 2019 in Paris, and it continues to be organized biennially in different cities around the world. The second conference in the series is planned to be held on 20-22 September 2021 in Athens, Greece. Depending on the development of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, however, this plan might be subject to change. Read more…

[Call for Papers] 9th Gewina Woudschoten Conference: Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology (Zeist, 9–10 July 2021; Deadline: 1 February 2021)

On 9-10 July 2021 Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and Universities, will hold its 9th biannual meeting in the Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre (Zeist). This two-day conference brings together historians of science, humanities, medicine, universities and technology; and all those from other fields with an interest in the history of knowledge. The theme of this year’s conference is: Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology.

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[Call for Papers] Situated Nature: Field collecting practices and the construction of scientific locality in the long nineteenth-century (Deadline: 25 June 2020)

Field collecting is a political gesture. Sampling nature is a combined result of specific gestures of the hand, the use of dedicated tools, a reliance on intermediaries, on-site negotiations of natural history knowledge, and the mobilisation of agencies that are not neutral. The context of nation and empire building in the nineteenth century paralleled a soaring accumulation of natural objects supporting naturalist trade and both private and institutional collections. Read more…