7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science

September 22-24, 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

The 7th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, 22–24 September, 2016. The Conference is organized by the Society for the History of Sciences and Technology of the Czech Republic.

The theme of the Conference is “Science and power, Science as power”. Please, find below the presentation of the theme.

In recent decades, the themes of the relationship between science and power, and of science as power, have emerged as important topics, likely to shed interesting light on many aspects of both science and power. The nature of scientific knowledge and the practice of scientific activities have undergone significant changes throughout history. Similarly, the nature of power and its structures, taken broadly, also testify substantial transformations. How were these historical processes related to each other? What types of relationship can we identify between these two ranges of phenomena in different historical contexts, and how has science as power varied accordingly? By inviting historians of science working on different time periods and on different parts of the planet to concentrate on these issues, the conference aims to create the possibility of a first synthesis on these issues.

Contributions on all specific fields ranging from astral sciences, statistics, physics and other branches of “hard science“, through chemical and biological disciplines to social sciences and the humanities are also welcome. These various fields have established ties with power in different ways, and this variety can thus help our reflection on the issues at stake.

Note that the term “power” is most frequently associated with politics, and we expect that this interpretation, narrow as it may be, will play a major role in our reflections. We do not intend, however, to limit the contributions to this interpretation.

The following sub-thematic clusters illustrate the range of topics we suggest placing at the focus of our attention during this congress:

  • Science, technology, and the management of power.
  • Power and the ambivalent character of the applications of scientific and technological knowledge.
  • Sources of funding and other forms of support.
  • Science, technology, and power in specific circumstances.
  • Science and technology in the context of specific political regimes…
  • Scholars as actors in the structures of power.
  • Science and the scientific method as ideals of power management.

For more information about the program and each of these subjects, please visit http://www.7eshs2016.cz/

Call for papers

The whole range of topics above can be discussed, from antiquity to the present day.

Abstracts will be accepted on the basis of their scientific merit and relevance. Once accepted, abstracts will be included in the book of abstracts only if registration any payment have been completed by June 30, 2016.

For more information about the Call for Papers and registration, please visit http://www.7eshs2016.cz/callforpapers/


Deadline: November 30, 2015

Posted: September 04, 2015