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Date: Sat, 6 Sep 1997 10:54:31 +0100
Subject: Call for papers: Historiography of Recent Science, Technology an
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CALL FOR PAPERS
Second International Conference:
PROBLEMS IN THE HISTORIOGRAPHY OF RECENT SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
Roskilde University (Denmark), August 19-23, 1998
The history of recent science, technology and medicine (STM) is a
rapidly expanding and highly cross-disciplinary area that engages
scholars in fields such as philosophy of science, sociology of STM,
social studies of scientific knowledge (SSK), and general history of
science, technology and medicine itself. The area also attracts a
growing number of science journalists, and has the attention of
The first international conference devoted to problems in the
historiography of recent STM was organized in Gothenburg, Sweden
in 1994 (see _The Historiography of Contemporary Science and
Technology_, T. Soderqvist, ed., Amsterdam: Harwood, 1997). In
the interim a number of new and important works in the history of
recent STM have appeared, and new (sometimes fierce) discussions
have taken place. The aim of this three-day second international
conference is to address problems such as:
- How do different theoretical perspectives (sociological,
philosophical, biographical, ethnographic, historical, economic,
etc.) contribute to the historiography of STM?
- How do the new information and communication technologies affect
the research and writing of the history of STM?
- How does the growing complexity of recent technoscience place
demands on our historiographical tools? And, conversely, how can we
engage scientists, engineers and medics to participate positively in
writing the history of recent and contemporary STM, given the
increasing complexity of the historiographical tools we use?
- Given the tremendous amount of recent archival information (paper
and electronic), how can one secure what is historically relevant and
make it available to historians?
- What issues arise from the differences in perspective of all those
with interests in the history of recent and contemporary STM
(scientists, historians, sociologists, journalists, policy-analysts,
policy-makers, the public), and how can we deal with them?
- Do the similarities between recent science, technology and
biomedicine warrant a unified approach signalled by the term
- What can (and should) science journalism and the development of
oral history contribute to the history of recent STM?
- What consequences do historical studies of contemporary and recent
STM have for researchers' practice and for the public perception of
science, technology and biomedicine?
- Can the study of recent history of STM be used to give qualified
predictions for future scientific and technological developments?
This being a working conference, the number of participants is
limited to around 35. There will be time for 15-20 paper
presentations; other participants are supposed to serve as
commentators, panelists, etc.
Proposals for papers will be reviewed by the Steering Committee in
co-operation with an International Advisory Program Panel (see
All applicants are requested to send in a 200 word abstract.
Abstracts should be sent to:
Thomas Soderqvist, Division of Philosophy and Theory of
Science, Department of Communication, Roskilde
University, P.O.Box 260, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark
(or by e-mail: [log in to unmask])
so that they arrive before 15 December 1997. Selected participants
will be notified by 1 February 1998. Draft manuscripts for
precirculation among the participants are due on 1 June, 1998.
A few stipends for travel and accommodation are available for those
who cannot obtain other funds.
- Finn Aaserud, Niels Bohr Archive, Copenhagen
- Lene Koch, Institute of Public Health, Copenhagen University
- Helge Kragh, History of Science Department, Aarhus University
- Thomas Soderqvist, Division of Philosophy and Theory of Science,
International Advisory Program Panel:
- Jeff Hughes, Centre for Science, Technology and Medicine,
- Horace F. Judson, Center for the History of Recent Science,
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
- Timothy Lenoir, Program in History and Philosophy of Science,
- Hans-Jorg Rheinberger, Max-Planck-Institut fur
Gustav Holmberg, Graduate Student, History of Science
and Ideas, Lund University, Sweden. [log in to unmask]