The Second Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences

March 30-April 1, 2014, Washington, D.C., United States

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for History of Physics is pleased to host a second international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held March 30 – April 01, 2014 in Washington, DC. The primary theme will be Global Science, Global Technology, Global Impacts. The first goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration amongst junior scholars regarding the history of science and technology. Second, it will provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences and global technologies, particularly relating to practice and culture. Third, the conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars.

The global themes will include the following contemporary historiographical concerns:
– Cooperation and Collaboration — how the physical sciences and technology promote or hinder relationships across national and cultural boundaries
– Adaptation and Adoption — how the physical sciences and technology are adopted by and adapted to specific cultural and national contexts
– Practice and Culture — how the physical sciences facilitate the creation of a ‘global’ culture, and how technological culture and innovation exists across national boundaries

Conference Organizers:

Lisa Ruth Rand — Iruthrand@sas.upenn.edu
Indianara Silva — isilva@uefs.br
Gabriel Henderson — hende270@msu.edu
Christian Joas — Christian.Joas@lmu.de
Thiago Hartz — hartz@nbi.dk

Conference planning is also supported by: The Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics), DPG FV History of Physics, and the International Commission for the History of Modern Physics (IUHPS/DHS).

Posted: February 13, 2014