June 7-8, 2018, Philadelphia, PA
Call for papers
In commemoration of the 275th anniversary of the American Philosophical Society’s founding in 1743 and the birth of its long-time President, Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, APS 1780, President 1797-1814), the APS Library, along with the National Constitution Center and the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, are organizing a daylong symposium that aims to explore the history of science, knowledge production, and learning during the Age of Jefferson (1743-1826). The meeting will convene at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia on June 7-8, 2018.
The program committee is currently seeking papers for the symposium. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- The role and influence of the American Philosophical Society and other learned societies during the Age of Jefferson
- The circulation of ideas during the Enlightenment
- The work of scientists and other innovators involved in science, technology, exploration, and experimentation in the “Age of Wonder”
- The relationship between science and religion in the mid-18th and early 19th century
- Jefferson’s successes and failures as a scientist, intellectual, educator, and visionary
The event also will feature a special panel on the topic of science and religion during the mid-18th to the early 19th centuries sponsored by the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania as part of their 2017-2018 theme, “Nature Between Science and Religion: Jewish Culture and the Natural World.”
Applicants should submit a title and 250-word proposal along with a C.V. by December 15 via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/46930. Decisions will be made by February 2018. All presenters will receive travel subsidies and hotel accommodations. Accepted papers will be due a month before the conference and pre-circulated to registered attendees. Papers should be no longer than 15-double spaced pages. Presenters may also have the opportunity to publish revised papers in the APS’s Proceedings, one of the longest running scholarly journals in America.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Posted: November 28, 2017