HPS&ST Notes

The June HPS&ST Note is on the web at: http://www.idtc-iuhps.com/hpsst-note.html


  • Introduction
  • 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017
  • Education Papers at the Division of the History of Science & Technology (DHST) 25th International Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 to 29 July 2017
  • British Society for the History of Science, Annual Conference, July 6-9, 2017
  • epiSTEME 7: Seventh international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, 5-8 January 2018
  • British Journal for History of Science, Book Reviews
  • LSE Lakatos Awards
  • Translations of HPS and Science Teaching Book
  • Opinion Page: What’s Wrong with HPS and What Needs be Done to Put It Right?  (Nicholas Maxwell)
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

The May HPS&ST Note is on the web at: http://www.idtc-iuhps.com/hpsst-note.html


  • Introduction
  • 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017
  • British Society for the History of Science, Annual Conference, July 6-9, 2017
  • epiSTEME 7: Seventh international conference to review research on Science, Technology and Mathematics Education, 5-8 January 2018
  • Fourth Asian HPS&ST Conference, Hualien, Taiwan, Nov. 21-23, 2018
  • Opinion Page: An Interview with Mario Bunge, Heinz W. Droste
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,400 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.

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Contributions to the Note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor, Michael Matthews at m.matthews@unsw.edu.au.


NEH-Sponsored Object Lessons Workshops

Scholars can now apply to attend one of the NEH-Sponsored Object Lessons Workshops. There are four sessions over the next year, each attached to a major scholarly conference. Applications are due by June 30th. These are very useful workshops with a great lineup of guest instructors from major publishing and media outlets as well as scholars with a track record of writing for public audiences. The thematic focus is on scholarship surrounding contemporary media and technology, broadly defined.

To learn more, please visit the following website: http://objectsobjectsobjects.com/workshop/


ICHST Prize Announcements


We are very glad to announce here the final result of the Young Scholars’ Prize and of the IUHPST Essay Prize. We congratulate all candidates and wish them the best of luck in their future career!

Young Scholars’ Prize

Following a tradition established in the past editions of the International Congress of History of Science and Technology, the Division of History of Science and Technology (DHST) of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (ICHST) awards here the Fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars. This prize aims at recognizing the five best doctoral dissertations in History of Science and Technology finished between June 2012 and August 2016. This year exceptionally six prizes will be awarded. The awarding ceremony will take place in a special session in the last day of the congress.

The winners of this edition of the Young Scholars’ Prize are:

– Mario Cams, Companions in Geography: Maps, Instruments and the Mapping of Qing China (c. 1685-1735), University of Leuven.
– Andrew Stuhl, Empires on Ice: Science, Nature, and the Making of the Modern Arctic, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
– Elena Serrano Jerez, Science for Women in the Spanish Enlightenment (1753-1808), Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
– Layne Karafantis, Under Control: Constructing the Nerve Centers of the Cold War, The Johns Hopkins University.
– Andreas Sommer, Crossing the Boundaries of Mind and Body: Psychical Research and the Origins of Modern Psychology, University College London.
– Amir-Mohammad Gamini, Quṭb al-Dīn Shīrāzī and his Role in the Science of Hay’a, Iranian Institute of Philosophy.

Five other doctoral dissertations were considered by their high quality and received honorable mentions:

– Maria Luísa de Castro Coelho de Oliveira e Sousa, Automobility in Portugal. The construction of the sociotechnical system, 1920-1950 [A mobilidade automóvel em Portugal], Universidade Nova de Lisboa & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle.
– Madalina Valeria Veres, Constructing Imperial Spaces: Habsburg Cartography in the Age of Enlightenment, University of Pittsburgh.
– Joeri Bruyninckx, Sound Science. Recording and Listening in Bird Song Biology, 1880-1980, Maastricht University.
– Iris Montero Sobrevilla, Transatlantic Hum: Natural History and the Itineraries of the Torpid Hummingbird, ca. 1521-1790, University of Cambridge.
– Michael Jeremy Barany, Distributions in Postwar Mathematics, Princeton University.

IUHPST Essay Prize

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology announces the result of the First IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline. This prize will be awarded during the activities of the Joint Commission at the 25th ICHST, especially at the Symposium 44, entitled “Integrated History and Philosophy of Science”.

The winner of this first edition of the IUHPST Essay Prize is Theodore Arabatzis, of the University of Athens, for his essay entitled What’s in it for the historian of science? Reflections on the value of philosophy of science for history of science.


The Commission on the History of Physics (CHP) of the DHST-IUHPS is pleased to offer some small grants-in-aid to defray travel expenses of some participants of the 25th ICHST. Early career scholars and PhD students presenting papers related to the history of physics at this congress are eligible to apply for this grant-in-aid. Applications should be sent by e-mail to historyofphysics.dhst@gmail.com including a short CV, and the title and the abstract of the talk to be delivered at the congress. Applications must be sent by May 20, 2017 and results will be announced on May 25, 2017. The CHP-DHST is offering grants-in-aid of up to $500 each one, amounting to $6,000 in total.

Full-tuition scholarships until May 1: International MA program “Usable Pasts”

Applied and Interdisciplinary History Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia

How to apply: http://spb.hse.ru/en/ma/apphist/howtohttps://spb.hse.ru/international/graduate

HSE St Petersburg, Department of History, invites international applicants to its two-year,

English-language MA program “Usable Pasts”: Applied and Interdisciplinary History.

It is the 1st international, 100% English-language taught History MA program in Russia. It already teaches international students from 12 countries, all continents.

Academic Head of the Program Julia Lajus, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History. Internationally well-known professors teach at the program: Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (formerly prof. at Cambridge U.), Nathan Marcus (PhD from New York University), Alexander Semyonov (PhD from Central European U.), Marina Loskutova (PhD from Central European U.), Alexandra Bekasova (formerly European University at St. Petersburg), Tatiana Borisova (PhD from U. of Turku).

This is a program for you, if you are keen:

  • to understand how history speaks to the future
  • to get interdisciplinary training or to add historical training to your previous education
  • to build an academic career in new global, comparative, environmental, technological history, history of empire and nationalism, heritage and historical memory studies
  • to learn how to use historical knowledge in media, museums, tourism industry applying new methods in digital humanities and public history

The program offers strong research-led teaching that draws on the Department’s strength in global, comparative and transnational history, including studies of empires and nationalism, socialism, post-socialism and post-colonialism, environmental and economic history and anthropology, history of science and technology, and the anthropology of memory. Students benefit from interdisciplinary grounding in methods of historical research and textual criticism, cultural heritage and museum studies, anthropology, historical geography and geoinformation systems, digital humanities, oral history and visual methods.

We seek applicants with undergraduate degrees in all disciplines with strong commitment to study history. Send in your personal motivation statement and be prepared for admission interview. Eligible students will have good command of English as demonstrated by international certificates or entrance exam. Native English speakers and students who have completed a degree exclusively in English do not need to submit a proof of their language proficiency.

This program provides skills for further academic study, including PhD, as well as non-academic careers. It includes the possibility of internships in over fifty St. Petersburg museums and options for Russian language training.

International placement competition including possibilities for full-tuition scholarships runs to 1 May 2017.

Successful international applicants can apply for these scholarships after admittance to the program.

Contacts: Head of the Program Julia Lajus (jlajus@hse.ru)

Coordinator Dilorom Akhmedzhanova (dakhmedzhanova@hse.ru)
Details of course: http://spb.hse.ru/en/ma/apphist/about
Potential supervisors: http://spb.hse.ru/en/ma/apphist/programmefaculty
How to apply: http://spb.hse.ru/en/ma/apphist/howtohttps://spb.hse.ru/international/graduate

Consortium for Hist, Sci, Tech and Med: May and June Events


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

  • May 1, 2017
    Elisabeth Moreau, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Brown Bag Lecture: The Composition of Life and Health: Elements, Particles, and Atoms in Late Renaissance Physiology
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 4, 2017
    Mary Pilon
    The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • May 8, 2017
    Michael Rossi, University of Chicago
    Brown Bag Lecture: From Color to Culture (and Back Again)
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 10, 2017
    Owen Gingerich, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
    Lyne Starling Trimble Public Lecture: The Greatest Myth in the History of Astronomy
    American Institute of Physics (College Park, MD)
  • May 12, 2017
    Chris Crenner, University of Kansas
    The Surprising Epidemiology of Peptic Ulcers
    Linda Hall Library ( Kansas City, MO)
  • May 15, 2017
    Tianna Uchacz, CHF
    Brown Bag Lecture: Of Pixels, Prints, and Publics: The Art of Describing Images in the CHF Collections
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • May 18, 2017
    Jeannette Estruth, New York University
    Research Seminar: Silicon Valley Conservation: Redefining Environmental and Labor Politics, 1970-1995
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • May 25, 2017
    My Data, My Self: A Century of Self-Tracking Health Technologies
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • June 5, 2017
    Sarah Lohman
    The History of Garlic: From Medicine to Marinara
    New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)

Consortium for Hist, Sci, Tech and Med: May and June Working Groups

Working Groups

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

  • History and Theory
    May 2, 2017
    Povinelli, Elizabeth A. Geontologies:  A Requiem to Late Liberalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Chapters 1 & 2.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    May 3, 2017
    Our theme will be Polar Science. Adrian Howkins (Colorado State University), author of Frozen Empires: An Environmental History of the Antarctic Peninsula (Oxford, 2016) and Andrew Stuhl (Bucknell University), author of Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others’ books.
  • Biological Sciences
    May 4, 2017
    Lawrence Kessler will join the group, as we discuss a chapter from his on-going project, entitled “Entomology and Empire: Biological Pest Control, Diversified Farming, and Hawaiian Sugarcane Planters’ Campaign for Annexation, 1893-1898.”  Mary Richie Mcguire (of Virginia Tech’s STS Program) will lead discussion.
  • Early Modern Science
    May 5, 2017
  • Ancient and Medieval Sciences
    May 11, 2017
    M. Osborn, “Anglo-Saxon Ethnobotany: Women’s Reproductive Medicine in Leechbook III” in Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden (2015), 145–161.
    C.M. Guardiola-Griffiths, “Homegrown: From the Woman’s Workplace to the Medieval Garden” La corónica 44 (2015): 39–65.

Digital Humanities Workshop for High School Girls

by Stephanie Peebles Tavera

Dear Colleagues,

I am chairing a one-day summer Digital Humanities Workshop for high school girls. It will be held June 10th, 2017 at the University of Texas at Arlington in Arlington, TX. Although I realize this workshop is most convenient for those that live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, I wanted to promote it to a wider audience just in case you–or someone you know–will be in the area and might like to attend. It is co-sponsored by the UTA Women’s and Gender Studies Program and College of Engineering. We hope to encourage girls to join STEM fields, but also teach them how the humanities might play a role in STEM. A flyer and application can be found here: Digital Humanities Workshop for Girls Flyer and Application The deadline is May 1st. Our keynote speaker is Darlena Kelley, CEO of Simidigi (http://www.simidigi.com/about/), who will offer a one-and-a-half-hour intro to coding session as part of the workshop.

Please feel free to contact me at tavera@uta.edu with any questions, or to submit your application.


Stephanie Peebles Tavera, PhD

Lecturer, English

The University of Texas at Arlington

CAR 425 tavera@uta.edu

Lecture: Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture

May 11, 2017

Location: New York, United States

Subject Fields: Architecture and Architectural History, Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Local History, Public Health

Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture

$12 General Public | $10 Seniors | $8 Friends, Fellows, Members | Free to Students with ID

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue NY NY 10029

This evening is an introduction to the architectural remains of medical care in the city. While many sites of New York’s medical history have been lost, especially interiors and equipment that we can no longer view except through images, New Yorkers are fortunate that our streets still present lively remnants of the past. History professor Bert Hansen will place numerous NYC sites into the main chapters of medical development for the last 200 years. The lecture invites everyone to wander the city with new eyes for medical heritage.

This lecture is an optional introduction to places Hansen will share with Friends-only tour groups on the following two Saturdays (May 13 and May 20). The lecture and the two tours are all complementary, but each event is independent and complete in itself. To join the Friends of the Rare Book Room please click here.

About the Speaker

Bert Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College of CUNY, has been teaching the history of science and medicine since 1974. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Columbia and a PhD in history of science from Princeton. His 2009 book Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America was honored by the American Library Association and the Popular Culture Association. His recent articles explore the connections between Louis Pasteur and the art world of 19th-century Paris.

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Panel: The Medical Legacy of War – Perspectives from the Field

May 10, 2017

Location: New York, United States

Subject Fields: Communication, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Human Rights, Journalism and Media Studies, Public Policy

Explore a unique perspective on post-traumatic stress disorder and war with Academy Fellow Randi Epstein as she discusses the medical and psychological aspects of conflict with two veteran war correspondents, journalist and writer Judith Matloff and photographer Robert Nickelsberg. The conversation will explore Matloff’s No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Most Violent Highlands. Nickelsberg, a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years, accompanied Matloff on several trips. His photographs will be on display as the panel discusses capturing war images with an eye to the physical and psychological trauma suffered by soldiers and civilians.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Speakers

Judith Matloff is adjunct professor at Columbia University Journalism School, contributing editor to Columbia Journalism Review and the recipient of Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program (twice), Harvard-Radcliffe College, and the South Asian Journalists Association. She has pioneered safety training for journalists around the world.

Robert Nickelsberg has been a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years and documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan. Nickelsberg moved to New York in 2000 and continues to travel overseas, reporting on the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded grants from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and from the South Asia Journalists Association to document and report on post-traumatic stress disorder in Kashmir after 20 years of insurgency.

Randi Hutter EpsteinMD, MPH, is a medical writer, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Epstein worked as a medical writer for the London bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief of Physicians’ Weekly. Her articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, Parents, and More, among other newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

Sponsored by

The Academy Library and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School.

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