Call for Papers: Geographies and the History of Science

The Programme Committee invites papers or sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine and their colleagues in the wider scholarly community on any theme, topic or period.

Norwegian botanist Hanna Resvoll-Holmsen alone at Svalbard during the summer 1907.

In this year's conference we want to develop a common theme around the geographies of scientific knowledge and skills. The last decades have seen a great interest in questions about where science is done, how scientific ideas and practices travel, and in what sense different sciences help redefine geographies. For small countries and small scientific communities the notion of being "peripheral" once seemed like a good tool for explaining the development, or lack of development, of science. Today we can no longer do with this simple geographical notion as a cause, but need to approach it as a phenomenon to be investigated. We would like to discuss and address questions about how scientific knowledge is made local or peripheral, what sites are made into centres and which localities rendered peripheral. Which scientific endeavors are more localized and which are more at home in networks. We are also eager to engage with questions about how theories, methods and instruments travel, who make them travel and in what sense, and how they are accommodated and appropriated in new settings. Finally we should problematize power relations and constrains to circulation, including questions of ownership, authority and exclusion. Our hunch is that different disciplines have different geographies and different modes of travel, and our hope is that contributions to this conference together can paint a more vivid map of the geographies of sciences in Norway (and elsewhere) through our collaborative efforts.

 

The Programme Committee invites papers or sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine and their colleagues in the wider scholarly community on any theme, topic or period.

Proposals for papers should include name, email address, title and an abstract of no more than 250 words.

The deadline for submitting abstract is 1 June 2011.

For questions regarding payment and registration, please contact: vithist-2011@iakh.uio.no

 

Tags: Vitenskapshistorie By Vidar Enebakk
Published Mar. 12, 2011 6:43 PM - Last modified Mar. 12, 2011 7:35 PM