Lissa Roberts (Editor-in-Chief of History of Science), Seth Rockman (Editorial Board member of Labor), and Alexandra Hui (Co-Editor of Isis) are organizing the 2022 Gordon Cain Conference at the Science History Institute. From the labor in the laboratory to the science in scientific management, “Let’s Get to Work: Bringing Labor History and History of Science Together,” will provide a forum for productive reflection on and historical analysis of the intimate connections between labor history and the history of science.
The organizers are eager to welcome proposals from early career scholars, BIPOC scholars and those from historically-underrepresented communities, and scholars from the Global South.
The conference will be held in Philadelphia, PA, June 2-4, 2022. Travel support available. The full call for papers can be found here.
The Editorial Board of Osiris solicits proposals for Volume 40, which will appear in 2024 or 2025. Osiris is an international research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences and is a publication of the History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.
Osiris aims to connect the history of science with other areas of historical scholarship. Volumes of the journal are designed to explore how, where, and why science draws upon and contributes to society, culture, and politics. The journal’s editors and board members strongly encourage proposals that engage with and examine broad themes while aiming for diversity across time and space. The journal is also very interested in receiving proposals that assess the state of the history of science as a field, broadly construed, in both established and emerging areas of scholarship. Forthcoming volumes are concerned with science, technology, and food; global medical cultures and laws; medicine in/and translation; the history of algorithms and ‘algorithmic rationality’; and disability and the history of science.
For details on how to submit a proposal, please visit the Osiris editors’ site.
We are pleased to announce that the HSS 2021 Annual Meeting program is now available. Please note that the schedule is preliminary and the rooms are subject to change.
The Society is grateful for the hard work invested by program co-chairs Soraya de Chadarevian and John Krige, the 2022 program co-chair Don Opitz, and SHOT program committee Joseph November (Chair), Atsushi Akera, and Yulia Frumer in preparing the preliminary program.
Any changes or questions about the preliminary program should be directed to the HSS Executive Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Current and future information about the 2021 HSS/SHOT meeting will be posted to the meeting website.
We hope that we will see in you at the meeting in November, either in person in New Orleans, or virtually.
It’s not often that we get to hear from the editors save in editor’s notes (and blurbs like these) but we kick off the July issue of the HSS Newsletter with a conversation on gender representation with the editors of Isis, the future HSS President, and representatives of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and further along, another conversation of translation and historiography in which the Newsletter editor takes part. Other offerings this quarter include a trip down memory lane by a historian reconstructing the circumstances that led to the recent publication of a piece composed nearly 30 years ago, an interview with a prize-winning book author and a letter from one of our members about the impact on scholarship during pandemic conditions on the disabled community. Most of the usual suspects are chock-a-block with news as usual, except for the Innovations in Education corner, which will be back in October, hopefully with a double whammy.
In the June 2020 issue of Isis, we invited seven scholars to offer commentary on our plan to collect demographic data for submissions, and to reflect on the theory and practice of diversity in our discipline and its publications. The initial responses were circulated, blended together, and send back for further discussion amongst the contributors. In turn, these were edited together into a text that, we hoped, would show the interplay of ideas proposed by the contributors.
In the spirit of that exchange of ideas, which we framed as an “Open Conversation,” we received a reply from Dr. Yves Gingras, challenging us to consider other kinds of diversity in our field and means of measuring it. We asked several of the original authors to contribute a response. They are presented here.
Karin Bijsterveld’s article, “Slicing Sound: Speaker Identification and Sonic Skills at the Stasi, 1966-1989,” appears in the June 2021 issue of Isis.
This article is free to read for the next month.
Our manuscript assistant, Samuel Green, spoke with Dr. Bijsterveld about her research on the sonic techniques for voice identification developed by the East German Ministry for State Security. Read the full text of their interview here.
Dr. Megan Raby, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin, will serve as interim co-editor of Isis this summer while Dr. Alix Hui takes family leave.
Dr. Raby, whose work centers on ecology and biodiversity in the circum-Caribbean region of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, is a member of the journal’s Advisory Board. She will serve as interim co-editor with Dr. Matthew Lavine from May through August of this year.
Incredible as it may seem, it has been a whole year since the HSS Newsletter has been created and distributed under COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. It’s been a strange and disturbing, even harrowing, year for many of us, but somehow HSS members have been hard-working and productive as ever, as borne out by the various parts of this issue of the Newsletter.
We have a cover story about another story that was not a cover, a film review disguised as a lecture, an interview with the author of an award winning book, an account of the many guises of a single innovative course, and sadly, a farewell from Jay. That plus our usual offerings from individual members, our Society, our bibliographer, and the profession at large rounds out the April 2021 issue, with something we hope, for everyone.
Yvan Prkachin’s article, “‘The Sleeping Beauty of the Brain’: Memory, MIT, Montreal, and the Origins of Neuroscience,” appears in the March 2021 issue of Isis.
Our manuscript assistant, Samuel Green, asked Dr. Prkachin to talk about his research into the tangled mid-century roots of the “unified” sciences of the brain. Read the full text of their interview here.