Call for Papers: History of Science Technology & Medicine Network Ireland Inaugural Conference

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Network Ireland Inaugural Conference

Maynooth University

13-14 November 2015

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Supported by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme

Organised by: HSTM Network Ireland

In co-operation with: Department of History, Maynooth University, HSTM Network Ireland

The HSTM Network Ireland fosters research, teaching and public engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) in Ireland.  It brings together researchers based in Ireland and welcomes overseas members with relevant interests. We aim to raise the profile of HSTM in Ireland and link Irish-based researchers to an international community of scholars. The Network is organising an inaugural conference to promote awareness of archival sources for HSTM on the island, advocate HSTM as a subject at all levels of education, support and develop public events with an HSTM element, and produce an accessible bibliography of HSTM research.

Inaugural Conference

The conference committee (composed of Ida Milne (Queen’s University Belfast), Ian Miller (Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University of Ulster) and Adrian James Kirwan (Maynooth University)) is accepting abstracts for the HSTM Network Ireland’s inaugural conference to take place at Maynooth University on 13-14 November 2015. The event will showcase innovative, original research currently being pursued by established and early-career researchers working in HSTM in Ireland (broadly defined).

While the theme of the event is open, the committee proposes to prioritise research that is original, unpublished, interdisciplinary and methodologically innovative.

Potential areas include (but are not restricted to):

  • History of biomedical sciences
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History of military technology
  • Medical Humanities
  • Medieval science and technology
  • Early-modern science and technology
  • Computing history
  • History of telecommunications
  • History of psychiatry and psychology
  • Cartographic History
  • Maritime science and technology
  • History of medical ethics and bioethics
  • History of Mathematics
  • History of the body
  • History of earth sciences
  • History of engineering
  • HSTM in education
  • HSTM archival resources
  • HSTM heritage

Applicants should email an abstract (of no more than 300 words) and a short biography (no more than 100 words) to by 29 June 2015. Informal enquiries should also be sent to this address. Individual papers shall be of twenty minutes duration with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. Proposals for panels and roundtables (of one and a half hour duration) are also encouraged.

Further information

The conference committee have organised several roundtable discussions and presentations. These will include panels on HSTM education, the promotion of HSTM heritage, and the compilation and promotion of HSTM resources, potential contributors to these are welcome. 

A limited number of travel bursaries are available and may be awarded to presenters without access to other sources of funding.

All correspondence in relation to the conference should be sent to

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