Science and Religion Summer School

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organization of the Summer School on “Science and Religion” from  5 to 10 June 2017 in collaboration with the Orthodox Academy of Crete.

The one-week intensive Summer School will take place in Crete island in Greece and aims to provide participants with knowledge of the history of the relations between Christianity and Science as well as with an in depth knowledge of the relations between Orthodox Christianity and science.

The school is addressed to undergraduate, postgraduate students and PhD candidates as well as researchers in the field of Religion, Science, History, Philosophy, Technology, Didactics, Theology, as well as to those having a scientific interest in the interconnection between religion and science.

We would appreciate if you could inform all interested parties.

Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website

NYBG-Humanities Institute Symposium: Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads

A Symposium presented by the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Center for Science and Society of Columbia University

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York


10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Join three influential thinkers for a timely and vital discussion on the great challenges affecting the future of humanity, and indeed, of all life on Earth.

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As the planet’s temperature rises closer to the danger limit set forth by scientists in the Paris Agreement, so does the risk of a range of truly catastrophic events: extreme weather, rising seas, mass extinctions. How have we come so close to such a critical threshold? How can we stop ourselves from crossing it? Three renowned scholars will discuss the implications of the climate crisis for the future of life on Earth and address the elements needed to respond to this most daunting challenge in human history. Threshold will conclude with a panel discussion and questions from the audience on the prospects for a new environmental ethic for the 21st century.


Shahid Naeem
Director of Science, at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, Columbia University, New York

Ursula K. Heise
Chair in Literary Studies, Department of English/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles

John Nagle
Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

About the Humanities Institute
A research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Humanities Institute stimulates critical thinking at the intersection of science and the humanities, shaping an intellectual community through academic programming and research fellowships.

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NEH Grants in the History of Science

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded $16.3 million in grants for 290 projects around the country that will support humanities-based research and programs. Eight of these grants will support projects in the history of science.  Continue reading

Consortium for Hist, Sci, Tech and Med: February Working Groups and Events

February Working Groups and Events

Working Groups

Scholars can participate in Consortium Working Groups online or in person, in Philadelphia and other locations. Please follow links below for details.

  • Biological Sciences
    February 2, 2017
    Sigrid Schmalzer of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss sections of her book, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016).


Please check the Consortium Events Calendar for more details on the events below.

  • February 1, 2017
    Douglas Kondziolka, New York University
    The Roles of Physicians in 19th Century Polar Exploration
    New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)
  • February 6, 2017
    Elizabeth Lee, Dickinson College
    HSS Workshop
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 6, 2017
    Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University
    Race, Science, & Social Justice Lecture Series
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • February 7, 2017
    Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge
    Inscription, Digitization and the Shape of Knowledge
    New York University (New York, NY)
  • February 13, 2017
    Spring Greeney, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Brown Bag Lecture: What Clean Smells Like: Commercial Chemists and the Politics of Women’s Work in the Mid-Century United States
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 13, 2017
    Britt Rusert, University of Massachusetts
    HSS Workshop: Rethinking Racial Science Through Black Intellectual History
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 13, 2017
    Steven Palmer, University of Windsor
    Miracles in Modern Medical Cinema: The Birth of a New Visual Culture at Expo 67
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • February 20, 2017
    Cari Casteel, Auburn University
    Brown Bag Lecture: A Better Mousetrap for Your Armpit: Deodorant and Technological Innovation
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 20, 2017
    Judy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Humanities Forum
    HSS Workshop: Automating the ‘Aha!: A History of Standardizing Jugments about Linguistic Relationship
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 20, 2017
    Laura Briggs, University of Massachusetts
    Fertility, Infertility, Race: Of ARTs and Infant Mortality
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • February 22, 2017
    Stephanie Dick, University of Pennsylvania
    After Math: Reasoning, Proving, and Computing in Postwar United States
    Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • February 23, 2017
    Conference: The Science of Information, 1870-1945: The Universalization of Knowledge in a Utopian Age
    The University of Pennsylvania Libraries and the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 23, 2017
    Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University
    Speaking Scientific Internationalism
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 27, 2017
    Joe Martin, Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
    Brown Bag Lecture: Rethinking Industrial Patronage of Academic Research in the Early Cold War
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • February 27, 2017
    Sarah Ehlers, University of Leicester
    HSS Workshop: Science in a Colonial Context. Sleeping Sickness, Race, and Modern Medicine in sub-Saharan Africa, 1840-1940
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)

Seeking Contributions: The Gazette of the Society for the Social History of Medicine

Every issue of the journal Social History of Medicine sent out to members is accompanied by The Gazette—the newsletter for Society Members. If you have any contributions/announcements/events broadly related to medical history, which you think might be of interest to our membership, please send them by email to

NEXT DEADLINE: Tuesday 31 January (for the February Issue)

Contributions might include, but are not limited to:

  • CFPs
  • Conference and Workshop invites & announcements
  • Workshop/conference reports (max. 900 words)
  • Blog info
  • News from HSTM/HPS centres, museums, libraries, archives and galleries (300 words)
  • News about large projects, online resources, digitisation (300 words)
  • Award, Grant & Scholarship Deadlines
  • Art and Museum Exhibitions
  • Lectures / Events / seminar series announcements

In the interests of space and fairness we apologise that we cannot advertise individual publications, other than those in the Society’s own series.

Previous issues of The Gazette can be viewed online at

History of Pre-Modern Medicine Seminar Series, Spring 2017

The History of Pre-Modern Medicine seminar series has returned.

The first seminar was on Tuesday 17 January:

Dr Michael Stanley-Baker (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), ‘New digital and critical tools for the history of medicine and religion’

Details of the following two seminars:

Tuesday 31 January: Professor Miri Shefer-Mossensohn (Tel-Aviv University), ‘Early modern Ottoman spaces and sites of medical healing and learning’

Tuesday 28 February: Dr Dániel Margócsy (University of Cambridge), ‘The Vesalius Census: the reception history of the “Fabrica” from 1543 to 2016’

All seminars will take place in the Wellcome Library, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE. Doors at 6pm prompt, seminars will start at 6.15pm.

The series is focused on pre-modern medicine, which we take to cover European and non-European history before the 20th century (antiquity, medieval and early modern history, some elements of 19th-century medicine). The seminars are open to all.

Organising Committee: Elma Brenner (Wellcome Library), Michael Brown (Roehampton), Elena Carrera (QMUL), Sandra Cavallo (RHUL), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London), William MacLehose (UCL, convenor), Anna Maerker (KCL), Patrick Wallis (LSE), Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, convenor).


First Issue Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science

by Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes, Department of History, UFMG, Brazil

We are pleased to announce the first issue of the new journal Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science.

This first publication is dedicated to

Dossier Ludwik Fleck

Ludwik Fleck’s Theory of Thought Styles and Thought Collectives: Translations and Receptions

Please view or download the full issue at:

Seeking Encyclopedia Entrees: “Inventions and Technology in World History”

Inventions and Technology in World History: An Encyclopedia of Technological Developments from Prehistory to the Space Age by Christopher Cumo

On behalf of ABC-CLIO, I am editing Inventions and Technology in World History: An Encyclopedia of Technological Developments from Prehistory to the Space Age. At the moment I have about 40 unassigned entries for which I seek contributors. Entries, focusing on an invention or inventor, total 1000 to 2000 words with an average length of 1500 words. I offer a small honorarium for contributions. Interested parties should send a CV to Chris Cumo, Ph.D., at

January HPS and ST Note

The January HPS&ST Note is on the web at:  


# Introduction

# 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017

# Introducing BSHS Translations

# Mario Bunge Memoirs and Festschrift

# ICOHTEC’s Article Prize: Maurice Daumas Prize –# ICOHTEC Young Scholar’s (Turriano) Prize

# Third Asian HPS&ST Conference, Pusan, December 15-18, 2016, Report

# World Humanities Conference, Liege, 6-12 August 2017

# Opinion Page:  Fake News in the Post-Truth World

Robert Nola, Philosophy, University of Auckland.

# Recent HPS&ST Research Articles 

# Recent HPS&ST Books 

# Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,300 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists. 

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

 Contributions to the note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW,