Inviting proposals from prospective ‘special editors’ for the next issue of The British Journal for the History of Science Themes


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Greetings Robert (Jay) Malone,

New items have been posted in H-Sci-Med-Tech.

Announcing the latest issue of Technology’s Stories: Aesthetics and Electricity

by Suzanne Moon
Aesthetics and Electricity
 The aestheticization of electrical technologies was not a secondary afterthought in the history of electrification, but a major factor in the very shaping of the modern electrified world. A sensitivity to aesthetics in design was a necessary consideration to manage collective hopes and fears about an electrified future. Design schemes for electrical technologies were mediated through class, status, gender, spatial, national or religious values and identities linked to modes of consumption. This issue highlights how electricity was historically melded into culturally agreeably forms.

Daniel Pérez Zapico: Aesthetics and the Political Appropriation of the Electric Light

Michael Kay: “A Mighty Cobweb”: Electricity, Aesthetics and the Urban Public Space

Karen Sayer: Light ‘Pollution’: The Aesthetics of Modernity Vs Pastoral in Britain

Technology’s Stories offers innovative, sharp, and compelling storytelling about technology in society, past and present. It aims to engage scholars, students, and the interested general public with the usable past – with stories that can help us make sense of contemporary technological challenges and aspirations. Pieces are strong on content and light on academic jargon, making them especially suitable for undergraduates.
Interested in putting together an issue for Technology’s Stories? Or publishing a standalone essay? Please contact us at We invite contributions from across the spectrum, from graduate students to senior scholars.
Suzanne Moon, Editor, Technology’s Stories
Con Diaz, Associate Editor, Technology’s Stories

WEBINAR: Patents on Life: Diamond v. Chakrabarty at 40 (June 17, 1pm EDT)

by Eric Hintz

WEBINAR: Patents on Life: Diamond v. Chakrabarty at 40 (June 17, 1pm EDT)


Wednesday, June 17, 2020

1:00 – 2:30 PM (EDT)

This webinar is free and open to the public. No advance registration is required.




In June 1980, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Diamond v. Chakrabarty authorized the first patent on an intentionally genetically modified organism and concluded that patents may be granted for “anything under the sun that is made by man.” The decision contributed to the rise of the modern biotechnology industry and reshaped the agriculture industry. Less well known, the Plant Protection Act of 1930 had previously allowed intellectual property protection for selectively bred and cloned plants. On the 40th anniversary of Diamond v. Chakrabarty and the 90th anniversary of the Plant Protection Act, our expert panel will discuss breakthroughs in agricultural biotechnology and explore the impacts – economic and environmental – of these two major historical turning points. How did the rise of patented, GMO crops change farming? How did the Supreme Court’s decision change the patent system? How did developments in biotechnology reshape America’s innovation system?


We will take questions through the web portal following brief opening presentations and an initial discussion among the panelists.



  • Ananda M. Chakrabarty, inventor and distinguished professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine
  • Dan Charles, science writer, National Public Radio food and agriculture correspondent
  • Daniel Kevles, Stanley Woodward Professor Emeritus of History, History of Medicine & American Studies, Yale University
  • Jennie Schmidt, farmer, registered dietitian nutritionist, and blogger at The Foodie Farmer
  • Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
  • Closing Remarks: Sean O’Connor, Executive Director & Senior Scholar, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University



Real-time captioning (CART) for the live webinar will be provided. Please send an email to with any other accessibility needs.


This webinar is co-presented by The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.


Inviting proposals from prospective ‘special editors’ for the next issue of The British Journal for the History of Science Themes

by Dominic Berry

Posted on behalf of Rohan Deb Roy-


Dear colleagues,

We are inviting proposals from prospective ‘special editors’ for the next issue of The British Journal for the History of Science Themes.

BJHS Themes is a collaborative venture between the British Society for the History of Science and Cambridge University Press. It’s an open access journal. It is published annually. Each issue focusses on a particular theme in the histories of science (broadly defined).

Past issues can be found here

Deadline for proposals from potential ‘special editors’: 15 July 2020. Further instructions for submitting proposals can be found here

We look forward to reading and learning from exciting proposals. Please get in touch ( if you have any questions.

Stay safe and best wishes,

Rohan Deb Roy

(Editor, BJHS Themes)