9th ESHS Conference is Now Live; Call for Symposia Now Open

August 31-September 3, 2020, Bologna

The 9th International Conference of the European Society for the History of Science (ESHS), hosted by the Centre for the History of Universities and Science at the University of Bologna (CIS) and by the Italian Society for the History of Science (SISS), will take place in Bologna, from the 31st of August to the 3rd of September 2020.

Bologna is one of the major centers for the study of the history of science in Italy, and this distinguished tradition goes back a long time. Since the later Middle Ages Bologna has been at the core of significant developments in European medicine, natural philosophy, mathematics, astronomy and a wide spectrum of other emerging scientific disciplines. Over the centuries, the city and its university have collected and preserved a vast amount of documentation that traces the practice and evolution of these disciplines within a variety of institutional and civic contexts. As a result, Bologna can praise itself for hosting some of the richest archives for the history of science and medicine in Europe. The anatomical teaching of Mondino de’ Liuzzi in the 14th century, the birth of one of the first proper scientific museums through the legacy of Ulisse Aldrovandi, and the development of mechanical philosophy around Marcello Malpighi are only three of the many scientific achievements associated with the city and its university that have attracted international scholars. By the late 19th century, Bologna hosted the first chairs in the history of medicine and mathematics, and immediately after the process of Italian unification it became one of the leading universities where different traditions in the historiography of science first developed in Italy. These traditions, now open to global influences, have continued to flourish to this day.

Call for papers

The Scientific and Organizing Committees of ESHS 2020 invite proposals for symposia to be held during the conference, according to the following standard format:

Four speakers in a 120-minute slot. The organiser will chair the symposium or may propose a chair (who may not be a speaker in the session) and if requested also a commentator. Each speaker presents one after another. The session is then open to questions and general discussion, which may be introduced by a commentator, if requested. In addition to the symposium abstract an abstract is required for the presentation of each speaker (but not for the commentator).

In selecting symposia for the conference, the Scientific Committee will give preference to those that address the conference theme in one or more of its different aspects (see above). We encourage proposals that reflect diversity, including speakers from all genders, with different geographical origin and nationalities, as well as with different institutional affiliations and stages of their professional careers. Prospective symposium organisers are advised to issue an open call for participants, e.g. through the Mersenne mailing list (linkand others.

If organisers wish to propose more than one symposium on the same theme, then they should use a single title for the connected sessions with a number to distinguish them, e.g. Visual Language in Modern Geology 1 and Visual Language in Modern Geology 2. No more than four symposia may be proposed on the same theme.

Please note that individuals may not appear in the programme as a speaker and/or commentator more than once, unless they are a plenary lecturer or prizewinner. Individuals may chair more than one session, however, and speak or comment in one session and chair another. Accordingly, individuals who have submitted an abstract as part of a symposium proposal should not respond to the call for standalone papers unless they have received notification that the symposium proposal was unsuccessful. The conference organisers will inform symposium proposers whether their proposal has been successful by the end of January, well in advance of the closure of the call for standalone papers. The proposal, submitted by one or two organizers, should include an abstract about the theme and the rationale of the symposium, with the abstracts of all the papers. Each abstract should not exceed 300 words (including possible references) and should be accompanied by 3 keywords. A short biography (max. 150 words) of the organizers and all the speakers, including the commentator (if requested) is required.

Proposals should be prepared in a single Word file (size 12 Times New Roman font, text single-spaced) according to the following format:

1. Title of the Symposium

2. Organizer(s) (full name(s), academic title, institution, address, email and a short biographical note of max.150 words). Please, indicate the corresponding organiser with the symbol *

3. Abstract (max. 300 words, including possible references)

4. Keywords (3)

5. Chairperson (full name, academic title, institution, address, email and a short biographical note of max.150 words)

6. [only if requested] Commentator (full name, academic title, institution, address, email and a short biographical note of max.150 words)

To be followed by the abstracts of the four papers, in order of presentation, according to the format below:

1. Title

2. Author(s) (full name(s), academic title, institution, address, email and a short biographical note of max.150 words). In case of multiple authors the first author should be the presenting and corresponding author.

3. Abstract (max. 300 words, including possible references)

4. Keywords (3)

Please send your proposal, as an attached file, by email (with subject “ESHS 2020 Symposium Proposal”) to eshs2020@storiadellascienza.net

Proposals may be submitted from 15 October 2019 until 23.59GMT on 15 December 2019.

Deadline: December 15, 2019

Posted: October 28, 2019