Introducing: HPS.CESEE Online Platform (History of Science in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe)

We are delighted to be able to share with you the new online platform  HPS.CESEE, which aims to facilitate the exchange of information about the history of scientific knowledge in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. Our aim is to serve as a resource for the history of scientific knowledge in the region stretching from Prague to Perm and from Tallinn to Tirana, or from (present) Albania and Austria to (former) Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. We will keep you updated about conferences, events, new publications, journals and positions in our field – via our blog, newsletter,  and social media: Facebook group and Twitter @hpscesee.

As HPS.CESEE is a community project, inspired by H-Net and H-Soz-u-Kult, we will rely on the information we receive from our members and followers – so please forward this information to colleagues, students and other members of the History of Science community broadly construed. Please read our blog, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow us on social media, and send us information you would like to be circulated. And please contact us if you are interested in joining our editorial team.

To learn more about HPS.CESEE and the editorial team, please visit our website.

You can contact the editors of HPS.CESEE here:


HPS.CESEE editors

Friedrich Cain (Erfurt)
Lucie Čermáková (Prague)
Vedran Duančić (Zagreb)
Daša Ličen (Ljubljana)
Martin Rohde (Innsbruck)
Timofey Rakov (Tyumen)
Katalin Stráner (Southampton)
Jan Surman (Moscow)

Announcement from the AAAS Board of Directors

On behalf of the AAAS Board of Directors, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sudip Parikh will join AAAS as its next Chief Executive Officer and Executive Publisher of the Science Family of Journals, effective January 6, 2020.

Dr. Parikh, who will be AAAS’ 19th chief executive in its 171-year history, is currently Senior Vice President at DIA Global, a non-profit organization and publisher that mobilizes life science professionals from across all areas of expertise to engage with patients, peers, and thought leaders.  As Managing Director of DIA Americas, Dr. Parikh leads strategy and operations for the Americas region of the international association, overseeing effective non-partisan policy advocacy while growing membership.

Prior to DIA, Dr. Parikh served in multiple senior leadership roles at the multibillion-dollar global research and development organization Battelle, including as Vice President and General Manager of Health and Consumer Solutions, and Vice President of Health Policy. Earlier in his career, Dr. Parikh was science advisor and professional staff for the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he advised on appropriations and policy for federal research agencies and conducted congressional oversight of federally funded programs.  He also served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Parikh serves on the boards of Research!America and Friends of Cancer Research, and on the programmatic consultation committee of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.  He has received multiple awards for public service, including recognition from the American Association of Immunologists, the National AIDS Alliance, the Coalition for Health Services Research, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Dr. Parikh holds a Ph.D. in macromolecular structure and chemistry from the Scripps Research Institute, where he was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and a bachelor’s degree in materials applied science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The search was extraordinarily thorough and involved close consideration of numerous qualified and diverse candidates.  The search committee and Board, both of which unanimously supported Dr. Parikh’s appointment, have been extremely impressed by his vision for AAAS, and how he hopes to infuse all areas of science into our society for the benefit of the human condition.  He is well-positioned to lead AAAS into the future and brings significant expertise working across sectors and with policymakers in the U.S. and globally.

Alan Leshner will continue to serve as interim CEO until Dr. Parikh’s first day.  We thank Alan for his tremendous service to AAAS during this transition.

As always, we greatly appreciate your affiliation.


Margaret Hamburg
Chair, AAAS Board of Directors

Claire Fraser
President-elect, AAAS
Chair, CEO Search Committee

Call for thematic issue: HoST – Journal of History of Science and Technology (2021)

HoST- Journal of History of Science and Technology is an open access, on-line peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the History of Science and Technology, published in English by a group of Portuguese research institutions and De Gruyter/Sciendo. HoST encourages submissions of original historical research exploring the cultural, social and political dimensions of science, technology, and medicine (STM), both from a local and a global perspective. Past thematic issues have dealt with topics as diverse as circulation, communication of science and the relation between science and politics. Future issues might deal with both established and emerging areas of scholarship.

The editors of HoST are looking for proposals for two thematic issues to be published in 2021 (HoST volume 15, issues 1 and 2). Each thematic issue should be prepared by a guest editor and include four research papers.


Proposals should include the following items:

1.   An abstract describing the topic for the thematic issue and its significance (500 words);

2.   A list of the contributors along with the titles and abstracts (300 words) of the four research papers;

3.   Brief CVs (300 words) of the guest editor(s) and authors;


The guest editor(s) and the contributors must be prepared to meet the HoST publication schedule:

·  Abstract and titles submission: 29 November, 2019

·  Submission of complete research papers:

o   29 May, 2020 (Issue 1)

o   30 November, 2020 (Issue 2)

·  Publication:

o   June, 2021 (Issue 1)

o   December, 2021 (Issue 2)


Proposals will be subject to approval by the Editorial Board and the outcome will be known to the authors by December 2019.


Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment (preferably in one single .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt file), to the editor.

Call for Letters of Interest to Serve as Secretary of the PSA

The Governing Board of the Philosophy of Science Association seeks to fill the newly created position of Secretary of the Association to begin 1 January 2020. The Secretary serves as an ex officio, non-voting member of the Governing Board, which meets once each year in the late spring and also immediately before or after the biennial meeting of the PSA. The primary responsibility of the Secretary is to ensure that all required records of the Association are kept, including accurate records of the acts and proceedings of all meetings of the Governing Board. The Secretary is also responsible for ensuring that all required notices are given (such as annual reports of officers or changes to bylaws), and may be asked to perform other duties as needed. The Secretary is an unpaid position, and is appointed by the Governing Board. The Secretary serves for a term of four years, renewable; there is no limit on the number of terms the Secretary may serve. As with all officers of the Association, the Secretary must be a member of the PSA.


If you are interested in serving the Association in this capacity, please send a letter of interest describing your qualifications or experience, along with a CV, to no later than 1 December 2019. Any questions can be directed to PSA Executive Director, Jessica Pfeifer (, or to PSA President, Alison Wylie (

Humanities for All

In summer 2018, the National Humanities Alliance launched Humanities for All, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to document and promote publicly engaged humanities research, teaching, preservation, and programming in U.S. higher education. The initiative brings together over 1,500 examples, showcasing the range of humanities work conducted with and for communities by scholars at universities, colleges, and scholarly societies across the United States.

To keep pace with the growth and increasing diversity of publicly engaged work across the humanities, we are writing to invite recommendations of work to include in the Humanities for All website.

If you are aware of publicly engaged research, teaching, preservation, or programming that should be included in Humanities for All, we would be grateful if you submitted its information here.

We thank you in advance for joining us in this important work of supporting public engagement in the humanities.

Best regards,

Daniel Fisher, Ph.D.
Project Director, Humanities for All
National Humanities Alliance

Research Opportunities, Association for Computing Machinery

The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SIGCHI (Special Interest Group on Computers and Human Interaction) History Task Force seeks one or more people in fields such as History of Science, History of Technology, or Information to design a structured repository of links to existing digital materials that record aspects of human-computer interaction (HCI) history, including artifacts, interviews, oral histories, surveys, and reflections. The job includes defining the metadata that enable effective search and identifying available material. The repository will be a resource for the HCI community and for historians.  We also seek one or more people in fields such as History of Science, History of Technology, or Ethnography to add to our supply of oral histories of our field. Reply by email with brief statement of interest to

Ron Baecker, Emeritus Prof of Computer Science, University of Toronto

October HPS&ST Newsletter

The October HPS&ST Newsletter is on the web here.


  • Introduction
  • Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Eighth Biennial Conference, 7 – 10 July 2020, Michigan State University, USA
  • Journal Special Issue: “Idealization, Representation, Explanation Across the Sciences”, Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
  • The Partington Prize 2020
  • Mario Bunge Celebrates a Century
  • 16th DLMPST Congress, Prague, August 5-10, Report
  • 8th Integrated History and Philosophy of Science Conference (&HPS8), Virginia Tech, Blacksburgh VA, July 15-17, 2020
  • Science, Religion and Big Questions Conference, 22-23 June 2020, University of Oxford
  • Editor Sought, Annals of Science
  • Opinion Page: Maurice Finocchiaro, Galileo’s Legacy: Avoiding the Myths and Muddles
  • HPS&ST Newsletter, Assistant Editor Required
  • PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

Please note that an Assistant Editor is being sought for the Newsletter. Inquiries are most welcome.

The HPS&ST Newsletter is sent monthly to about 8,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.

The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.

Please do feel free to forward this email to any local, national or international lists whose members you think would appreciate knowing of the Note and its web location.  Forwarding the notification email is a very easy and efficient way of multiplying the readership and so increasing awareness of HPS&ST matters.

Contributions to the note (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:

Michael R. Matthews, UNSW,

If you have friends, colleagues or students who would like to subscribe to the list, tell them to send a message to: There is no need for subject header or any message; the email itself suffices for addition to the hpsst-list.

Michael Matthews

CFP: Drugs and Drug Market

American Journal of Qualitative Research (AJQR) is pleased to announce a special issue on “Drugs and Drug Market” to be published in Spring 2020. The objective of this issue is to understand the current illegal drug market in various countries as a reference for policy makers and academics given the fact that qualitative research can provide more insight and information, which could be helpful for understanding the structure and dynamics of the illegal drug markets.

AJQR publishes purely qualitative research which includes but not limited to ethnography, interviews, content analysis, case studies, historical analysis and descriptive research. To that end, the guest editors welcome to have any manuscripts written in a variety of qualitative perspectives. We are specifically interested in having manuscripts from different countries and regions, which are coauthored by scholars and practitioners. The possible topics include, but are not limited to:

New Trends in Illegal Drug Market

Drug Trafficking

New Psychoactive Substances

Drug Law Enforcement and Investigations

Drug Market in Correctional Institutions

Legal and Policy Changes in Illegal Drugs

Impact of Legalization / Decriminalization of Cannabis

Online Drug Market, Darknet and Cybercrimes

All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and should be between 3000-8000 words with an unstructured abstract of 150-200 words. Manuscripts must be written in English with APA format. The deadline for submission of the manuscript is March 31, 2020. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their proposal (e.g., an abstract, a cover letter including authors’ name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address) to the guest editors, Dalibor Doležal ( and Arif Akgul ( by December 1, 2019.

For more information about the journal, please check its website.

Special Issue Editors:

Dalibor Doležal
Department of Criminology
University of Zagreb, Croatia

Arif Akgul
School of Criminology & Security Studies
Indiana State University, USA

Campaign to save the notebooks of Charles Lyell (1797-1875) – success!

Great news about the campaign to save Charles Lyell’s notebooks: the target of £966,000 has been achieved. David McClay, the fundraiser for the University of Edinburgh Library, has announced that nearly 1200 pledges were received, together with further donations from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the University of Edinburgh,

Now is the time to fulfil your pledge; you can do this online here.

For UK taxpayers, if you are able to add Gift Aid, please do; this increases the value of your donation by 25%.

Although the notebooks have been secured, fund raising will continue to support the work of scanning the documents and developing a website to make them and much other Lyell material available.

Thanks to everyone on this list who has pledged — the number of donors greatly surpassed expectations and was a key factor in obtaining support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and other bodies.

Jim Secord, University of Cambridge

CFP: Clockwise!? Technologies of time in early modern Europe (1530-1830)

During the early modern period horological technology took a quantum leap forward. While sixteenth-century clocks could easily loose several minutes a day, their inaccuracy had been, by the late eighteenth century, brought back to mere seconds. At the same time, clocks evolved from expensive, unwieldy machines into nifty, miniaturised, and (relatively) cheap versions, that could be taken along in the pockets of vests, coats or breeches. Last but not least, time was slowly but surely democratised, as longcase clocks, alarms, and pocket-watches percolated through the lower strata of society. These three evolutions are key ingredients in one of the classical master narratives in the history of past time awareness and timekeeping: David Landes’ horological revolution. Even though experts have challenged its teleological baseline, its technological determinism, and its Eurocentric lens, it still remains a moot question how time technology (re)shaped everyday life in early modern Europe and beyond. Was time technology really key to some sweeping (r)evolutions? Did clocks, pocket watches and other timepieces power the progress of science, administration, astronomy, business, justice, medicine, navigation, and other societal change? Or was their use rather a discursive strategy – a superficial kind of window-dressing or scientific swagger that physicians, chemists, cooks, judges, bankers, civil servants, and other professionals used to give their trade a modern touch? Was horological technology perceived as more efficient, accurate, or practical than the classic implements – sundials and hourglasses, heartbeats, knots, and prayers – that were traditionally used to time events? How resilient were these non-mechanical ways to measure time? Or, in sum, did clocks really matter? Therefore, our book aims to decentre, hone, or at least challenge the traditional role of clocks as agents of change in classic historiography.

We would like to invite papers that address these questions from a variety of perspectives – be it cultural, socioeconomic, or political history, history of science, medicine, consumption, mobility, and so on – and broach a series of new sources (including scientific manuals, criminal proceedings, trade registers, travel journals, letters and life-writing) from the early sixteenth to the early nineteenth century. Moreover, we encourage papers with a comparative European or even global scope. After a first round of feedback, the papers will be included in a book proposal to be submitted at Routledge. The deadline for submitting an abstract (max. 500 words) and a short CV (max 100 words) is 1 December 2019. Full papers (max. 8000 words, including references) are expected before 1 March 2020. Please submit your abstract, CV & paper via:

Gianenrico Bernasconi & Marco Storni (Université de Neuchâtel)
Gerrit Verhoeven (University of Antwerp)