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, science communication or 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 dossiers to be published in 2022 (HoST volume 16, issues 1 and 2). Each thematic dossier should be prepared by the guest editor(s) and include four research papers along with an introduction.
Proposals should include the following items:
An abstract describing the topic for the thematic dossier and its significance (500 words);
A list of the contributors along with the titles and abstracts (300 words) of the four research papers;
Brief CVs (300 words) of the guest editor(s) and authors;
Abstract and titles submission
30 December 2020
Submission of complete research papers
30 July 2021 (Issue 1)
30 December 2021 (Issue 2)
June 2022 (Issue 1)
December 2022 (Issue 2)
Proposals will be subject to approval by the Editorial Board and the outcome will be known to the authors by January 2021.
Call for Papers
“The Applied Arts of Alchemy”
Virtual Symposium, 20–21 May 2021
Center for Historical Research
Science History Institute
The historiography of alchemy has significantly expanded over the last decade, demonstrating that its theoretical and practical applications underpinned diverse medical and scientific advances in the early modern period. Alchemy was more than a scholarly, hermetic art: it was a dynamic, entrepreneurial pursuit that supported the rise of the early chemical and medical industries. While attempts to discover the philosophers’ stone were certainly a part of philosophical knowledge, alchemy and its outputs were embedded into European society, from dye-making and distilling to the development of new drugs. This virtual symposium will explore alchemy’s practical and applied uses and their lasting impact on chemistry, technology, medicine, experimentation, and the marketplace. Through explorations of entrepreneurship, patronage, and commerce, we will examine the place of alchemical knowledge, ingredients, and products in a proto-industrial developing global market.
Virtual panels and workshops will be held on 20–21 May 2021, 11am–3pm EST. We encourage proposals from scholars at all stages of their careers.
We invite 150–250 word proposals for short, 10-minute virtual presentations related to practical applications of early modern alchemical knowledge. These may include:
– An overview of a new project that is in development
– A shortened version of a traditional conference paper
– A showcase for a digital product that has recently launched
Alternatively, if you are interested in proposing a collaborative round table or workshop, please submit a panel abstract of 250–350 words. All proposals should be accompanied by a resume or short CV for each participant.
5pm EST on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. Proposals and all questions should be sent to AppliedAlchemy2021@
Bruce Moran, University Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus, and editor of Ambix
Michelle DiMeo, Arnold Thackray Director of the Othmer Library, Science History Institute
Lisa Berry Drago, Research Curator, Science History Institute
Educators from various backgrounds will gather to discuss the advantages, challenges, and methods of using Journal of the Plague Year: A COVID-19 Archive (JOTPY) in the classroom. Historian of education, Victoria Cain and Boston Public School teacher Claire Tratnyek have developed instructional materials and tutorials for educators wishing to use JOTPY to enrich their students’ learning experiences. Digital and Public History scholar Jim McGrath from Northeastern University will also be joining. This is an excellent opportunity for instructors, at both the University level and K-12, to learn how to incorporate community collecting into their syllabi and lesson plans.
Register for any of the workshops in our series here: https://tinyurl.com/
yxz4cm97. (Zoom links will be provided to all registrants.)
New episode is available in the Hagley History Hangout—In this episode, Gregory Hargreaves, Center Programming Officer, interviews Trish Kahle about her book project “The Graveyard Shift: Coal & Citizenship in the Age of Energy Crisis.” Kahle, assistant professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University Qatar, received support for her research from the Hagley Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society, including an exploratory grant and a Henry Belin du Pont research grant. In “The Graveyard Shift,” Kahle discusses her research on the post-WWII political economy of coal, and its role in struggles over the civic rights & responsibilities entailed in high production & consumption of energy, an issue she terms “energy citizenship.” During the energy crises of the1970s, Kahle argues, the problem of energy citizenship took on new urgency, especially in American coalfields, where she identifies the competing rights & obligations that flowed from the linkages of energy producers & consumers, and the efforts of both labor & capital to exploit advantages and avoid liabilities in the political arena. Interview available at https://www.hagley.org/
Recorded on Zoom and available anywhere once they are released, our History Hangouts include interviews with authors of books and other researchers who have use of our collections, and members of Hagley staff with their special knowledge of what we have in our stacks. We began the History Hangouts earlier this summer and now are releasing programs every two weeks on alternate Mondays. Our series is part of the Hagley from Home initiative by the Hagley Museum and Library. The schedule for upcoming episodes, as well as those already released, is available at https://www.hagley.org/
Carol Ressler Lockman
Deadline for abstract submission: December 14, 2020.
Maria Rentetzi (TU Berlin) and Donatella Germanese (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
This collective volume moves beyond the bipolar Cold War history that portrays nuclear propagandist exhibitions as one-way communication for promoting the advantages and virtues of the two major and conflicting political powers. Instead, Science Diplomacy on Display follows mobile atomic exhibitions as they move across national borders and around the world functioning as spaces for diplomatic encounters that move within political and scientific networks of exchange and circulation. This volume seeks to trace the multiple and often contradictory meanings that mobile exhibitions took on for various actors. For the countries or even international organizations that designed and circulated atomic mobile exhibitions during the Cold War, these became a way to educate other nations in the peaceful uses of the atom, promote an optimistic representation of nuclear energy, and standardize its use. For the nations that hosted them, their function depended on the local political, economic and social environment; most often they inspired local actors to take their own initiatives and circulate their home-made atomic exhibitions within national borders. An enormous endeavor in terms of their economics, moving logistics, local setting up and running, mobile atomic exhibitions allow us to unpack diplomatic and political tensions on a global level and explore the aesthetics of atomic powers.
Historians of science have already recognized the power of exhibitions to engage the public in the production of knowledge (i.e. Kohlstedt 2010; Rader and Cain, 2014). Exhibitions, however, have the potential to do much more. They make political statements; they become sites for the visualization of different social futures (Molella and Knowles, 2019); they represent fertile spaces for diplomatic negotiations. Despite the vital role of exhibitions in the production of knowledge and the formation of political worldviews, there is hardly any work on the historical role of atomic exhibitions in shaping nuclear science and politics, their function as assets in diplomatic negotiations, or the way they “inscribed” gender stereotypes about nuclear science on the displays.
Science Diplomacy on Display aims to highlight the decisive role of atomic exhibitions in the postwar period. It pays special attention to international organizations and their attempts to spread images of a common atomic future worldwide and in so doing to shape local scientific cultures. Our authors combine an interest in global and transnational histories of atomic mobile exhibitions with their epistemic and political cultures. As we acknowledge the epistemic value of images and objects, we discuss how atomic exhibitions such as those designed by the UN and its related organizations or any national attempts to exhibit the atom, defined nuclear futures.
Based on the abstracts that we have accepted so far, the volume’s chapters describe how countries such as Austria, Brazil, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany (East and West), Greece, Italy, Mexico, South Korea, and Taiwan dealt with the atomic exhibitions and laboratories they received from the US, the Soviet Union or the IAEA. Some of the essays show that the competition in nuclear technology between the Soviet Union and the US took place in Europe and Latin America by means of traveling exhibitions. Yet, competition arose as well between hosting partners (e.g. France, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Mexico) and their givers (USA, USSR), as the “minor” countries tried to leave their imprints on the exhibits and the future national nuclear programs.
Some chapters analyze the cultural impact of the atomic exhibitions through images and objects, while other essays focus on the educational programs in nuclear technology and medicine that were carried out at local universities or hospitals.
As we would like to expand further the range of our investigations, we are asking scholars working in the field of atomic exhibitions to contribute with essays covering additional countries and especially China, Russia and African countries. We expect essays of 8000 words the most including footnotes.
This book project is part of the HRP-IAEA project that has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Consolidator Grant agreement No770548) led by Prof. Maria Rentetzi at the Technical University Berlin.
Deadline for abstracts: December 14, 2020.
Expected first drafts: May 17, 2021.
Revisions by October 31, 2021.
Final submissions by December 1, 2021.
Kohlstedt, Sally. 2011. “Place and Museum Space: The Smithsonian Institution and the America West, 1850-1900” in Livingstone, David and Charles Withers (eds) Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science, University of Chicago Press, 399-437.
Mollela, Arthur P and Knowles, Scott Gabriel. 2019. World’s Fairs in the Cold War: Science, Technology, and the Culture of Progress, University of Pittsburgh Press.
Rader, Karen and Cain, Victoria. 2014. Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History. The University of Chicago Press.
The Agora Excavations Conservation Laboratory of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens is offering one Archaeological Conservation Internship for the 2021 summer excavation season. The Conservation Laboratory functions as an integral part of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens’ Agora Excavations. Its aim is to support the excavations by providing services that contribute to the study and understanding of the site.
Interns will have an opportunity to treat freshly excavated archaeological finds and to participate in an active on-site conservation laboratory. Under the supervision and guidance of the Agora Conservation staff, interns will carry out general conservation duties including: examination and analysis of artifacts; documentation; cleaning; reconstruction; restoration; and photography of artifacts from the current excavation and from storage. In this way, interns will be able to work with a variety of materials including ceramics, stone, glass, copper alloys, iron, lead, bone and occasionally ivory and wood. An introduction to the re-treatment, preventive and long-term care of archaeological collections will also be provided.
Applicants must currently be enrolled in a graduate or equivalent conservation program or they must have recently completed their studies in conservation. Successful candidates are required to obtain their own medical insurance for the duration of their internship. Successful candidates are also responsible for their travel arrangements to and from Athens, Greece and for arranging their own accommodation. A modest stipend is provided for each intern during their internship and some funding for housing.
Internships may vary in length from 6 to 8 weeks and are undertaken from early June to early August. Applicants should indicate in their application their approximate preferred dates within this time frame. To apply, submit an online application at the address below. Applications require two confidential letters of recommendation, which will be solicited through the application portal and must arrive by the deadline, 10 January 2021.
For inquiries contact:
Head of Conservation
Telephone: + 30 210 33 10 963
Applicants can expect to receive notification after 1 March 2021.
The online application form and more information can be found here: https://www.ascsa.edu.
The Royal College of Physicians in London has announced that it plans to sell part of its historic rare book collection.
The proposal has attracted some attention in the UK including a warning that the College may lose its museium accreditation.
The planned saie includes works that the Marquess of Dorchester bequeathed to the College in 1680, following the loss of its original libary in the Great Fire of London. The collection includes one of a dozen first editions of the Canterbury Tales, the first book printed in English (on the Continent) and books that belonged to the magus John Dee.
The holdings of the library are currently open to the public for research–if the collection is dispersed and books end up in private hands that may no longer be the case.
Below are three links to information about this library and the sale plans
Working groups foster a collegial and stimulating environment for scholars at all levels from around the world to work together in small groups, discussing works-in-progress and other literature of interest. Groups are hosted through the Consortium’s website. Participation will be promoted among the Consortium’s members, fellows and larger community. Individuals or groups can participate from anywhere via video conference.
- Describe the scope and purpose of the proposed working group
- Include brief biographical statements from two or three scholars who will serve as conveners
- Include a preliminary list of topics or titles for seven to twelve meetings
- Identify at least eight scholars who are committed to participating in the group
- Include a plan for promotion of the working group to relevant scholars
- Indicate how the proposed group complements, overlaps with, or is distinct from, other currently active or past working groups