HSTM Conference 2016 Programme

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HSTM ANNUAL CONFERENCE

 DUBLIN CITY UNIVERSITY

  11&12 NOVEMBER 2016

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FRIDAY

9-10am: registration

10am-11am: Session 1

Session 1A: Soviet science

Konstantin Kiprijanov, ‘Chaos and beauty in a beaker.  The early history of the Belousov-Zhabotinsky Reaction’

Elena Sinelnikova, ‘Scientific societies vs. research institutes in the first decade of Soviet power’

Session 1B: Early modern medicine

Richard Bellis, ‘A statue engraved in flesh: allusions to the Belvedere torso in Andreas Vesalius’s De humani corporis fabrica (1543) and William Hunter’s The anatomy of the human gravid uterus (1774)

Fabrizio Bigotti, ‘Santorio’s “method to avoid all errors” (1603): quantification and experimentation in early modern medicine

11am-11:30am: TEA

11:30-1:30 pm: Session 2

Session 2A: State science

Veronica McDermott, ‘The evolution of natural science policy in Ireland: a “small state” story’

Ágota Ábrán, ‘Growing plant medicines in the socialist ruins of Romania’

Adrian James Kirwan, ‘The role of telegraphy in the governance and administration of Ireland, c. 1850-1890’

Rory Mawhinney, ‘From Port to Plantation: the geographies of the 1919 British Eclipse Expeditions’

Session 2B: Definitions and their impacts in medicine

Maëlle Duchemin-Pelletier, ‘Still birth is still death’

David Kilgannon, ‘”One class of people who have been neglected”: legislating for the disabled in Ireland, 1948-57’

Harry Quinn Schone, ‘Testing Hacking’s looping effect through discussion with fibromyalgia patients’

Sira Grosso, ‘What is reasonable and what can be proved as reasonable in the realm of medical malpractice claims’

1:30pm-2.30pm: LUNCH 

 and HSTM Objects discussion panel (TBC)

2.30-4pm Session 3

Session 3A: Science fictions, science futures

Sam Robinson, ‘New Worlds: popularising science in Post-War science fiction magazines’

Mat Paskins, ‘Voices prophesying everything: techno-scientific futures in the twentieth-century periodical’

Paula Murphy, ‘”This endless space between the words”: Spike Jonze’s Her

Session 3B:  Interactions between psychiatry and general medicine

Laura Sellers, ‘Psychiatry and criminality in the late nineteenth-century prison’

Coreen McGuire, ‘Hysterical deafness and malingering in the First World War: the conflict between psychiatry and otology’

Kevin Jones, ‘Beyond the institution: British psychiatry during the inter-war period’

4pm-4.30pm TEA

4.30pm-6pm Session 4

Session 4A: Haematology, oncology, and dentistry

Clifford S. Pukel, ‘Historical revisionism in the history of cancer immunology: the tale of William Coley and Lloyd Old’

Kevin Knowles, ‘Examining sociocultural interactions that impact oral health in the 19th C United States’

Shaun R. McCann, ‘From Herodotus to HIV’

Session 4B: Fevers and epidemics

Philomena Gorey, ‘Puerperal fever in Dublin.  The case of the Rotunda Lying-In Hospital’

Patricia Marsh, ‘”Risks from shellfish—watch what you eat”: theories on the spread of typhoid fever in Belfast in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’

Margaret Buckley, ‘Childhood epidemics in Limerick City, 1880-1890’

6:15 KEYNOTE, Prof. Peter Bowler, Queen’s University, Belfast

‘Prophets of progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’

SATURDAY

9-11am: Session 5

Session 5A: Communicating, translating and transmitting scientific ideas

Gary Finnegan, ‘#VaccinesWork: communicating Jenner’s legacy’

Simon Whitehouse, ‘Rand McNally’s geophysical glob: how the earth was depicted during the early Space Age’

Diarmid Finnegan, ‘Reason’s rhetor: Thomas Henry Huxley in America’

Alberto Bardi, ‘Astronomical knowledge in late Byzantium’

Session 5B: Sex, drugs, and humanity

Jennifer Brosnan, ‘The sexual education of medical students during the mid-nineteenth century: euphemism, nether regions, and banter’

Christopher Cavin, ‘Promoting “bonding and comradeship”: cultures of military intoxication in the past and present’

Ciaran McCabe, ‘Humane societies in Ireland and the transatlantic world’

11:00-11:30am: TEA

11:30-1.00pm: KEYNOTE: Maja Horst, University of Copenhagen

Title TBC, topic on the social responsibility of science

1.00-2:30pm  LUNCH

 and an introduction to Irish content on Wikipedia with Rebecca O’Neill (Hull), bring your laptop and your lunch and learn how to add/modify entries

2:30-4:30 Session 6

Session 6A: Evolutionary ideas in science and medicine

Max Meulendijks, ‘A Darwinian medicine at the Purdysburn Villa Colony: William Graham on evolution, insanity, and degeneration in the Ulster context’

Emily Herring, ‘The reception of Henri Bergson in Britain: a new interpretation of the early career of Julian Huxley’

Ciarán Walsh, ‘The skeleton in the cupboard: unpacking the Ethnographic Survey of Great Britain (Ireland) 1891-1903’

John P. Jackson, Jr., ‘Population genetics, psychometrics, and the definition of race’

CFP: Edited volume on Science, Technology, and 20th-century Irish Literature

Submissions are welcomed for a volume focused on science, technology, and Irish literature of the revival and modernist period. The deadline for initial proposals is August 15th.

About the volume
Since W. B. Yeats infamously wrote in 1890 that “the man of science is too often a person who has exchanged his soul for a formula,” the anti-scientific and Luddite bent of the Irish literary and cultural revival has often been taken as a given.  Recent scholarship, however, has questioned this perspective and has begun to tease out a more complicated vision of Irish writers’ relationship to scientific and technological development. This collection seeks to provide a more nuanced view of Irish writers’ engagement with science and technology as well as the relationship between Irish revival writers and Irish modernism. It aims to capture not only the varied ways that Irish writers were plugged into the scientific and technological impulses and networks of the age but also the myriad outcomes of their representations – the ways that they shaped modern Irish attitudes, aesthetics, ideologies, and more.

Submission details
We welcome submissions on canonical and non-canonical authors, as well as those that interpret the category of “literature” in new ways. We also welcome submissions from both emerging and established scholars.

More Information from British Association for Modernist Studies

How to submit
The editors seek 250-500 word proposals for original contributions and a 100-word biography (included selected publications) by August 15, 2016.

Please copy all editors:
Kathryn Conrad, kconrad@ku.edu
Cóilín Parsons, Coilin.Parsons@georgetown.edu
Julie McCormick Weng, mccormi5@illinois.edu

2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZE

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST) invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017. Initiated at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in 2005 held in Beijing, the DHST Prize is awarded by the IUHPST/DHST every four years to up to five young historians of science and technology for outstanding doctoral dissertations, completed within last four years.

The 2017 DHST Prize does not specify distinct categories, but submissions must be on the history of science or technology in any part of the world. The Award Committee will endeavor to maintain the broadest coverage of subjects, geographical areas, chronology and civilizations (African, American, Asian, Islamic, Western and Ancient Civilisations, and others not included in the above list).

Each Prize consists of a certificate, assistance with travel and accommodation expenditures to the 25th IUHPST/DHST Congress in Rio de Janeiro in July 2017 and a waiver of registration fee. The winner of a prize whose thesis is relative to Islamic science is also awarded the Ihsanoglu Prize given by ISAR Foundation.

AWARD COMMITTEE

The Committee is comprised of the DHST President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, and distinguished specialists in specific fields.

COMPETITION CALENDAR

  • Submission deadline: 31 August 2016.
  • Qualification examination and preliminary selection: September 2016.
  • Award Committee online meeting: October-November 2016.
  • Approval by DHST Council: December 2016.
  • Award Ceremony: 23-29 July 2017, Rio de Janeiro.

CONDITIONS and APPLICATION

Eligibility: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in the history of science or technology awarded no earlier than July 2012.
Language: Any dissertation in a language other than English must be accompanied by a detailed summary in English of no more than 20 pages.

Applicants must submit online at http://hpdst.gr/youngscholarsprize/application. Check list:

  • Fill the application form.
  • Upload the dissertation in pdf format.
  • For dissertations in a language other than English, upload a pdf file with a detailed summary of no more than 20 pages.
  • Upload a letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the thesis.

More information on http://www.hpdst.gr/youngscholarsprize

Reminder: Call for Papers HSTM Conference

Call for Papers: Annual conference of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland in association with Celsius

HSTM Network Ireland and Celsius will host this year’s conference at Dublin City University, on November 11th-12th 2016.

Professor Peter Bowler will deliver the keynote address entitled ‘Prophets of Progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’.

The meeting will bring together researchers across disciplines in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. We welcome proposals of papers addressing science, technology and medicine in the context of history, society, culture, ethics or the law. Papers do not necessarily need to be historical nor do they need to have Ireland as their subject. Proposals of thematic sessions and roundtables are also welcome.

Individual papers will be twenty minutes in duration, with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. To propose a paper please send a 200 word abstract by email to hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com with the subject line ‘conference abstract’. Session proposals should include a short abstract on the session as a whole as well as individual paper abstracts (c. 100 words). The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 17 April, 2016.

HSTM resource section now live!

The Resources menu of the HSTM Network of Ireland website now contains the beginnings of what we believe will be a great tool for researchers in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine both in Ireland and abroad.

Currently we have pages containing information about the collections at the Edward Worth Library and the Royal Irish Academy and the slides from James Sumner’s fascinating lecture on teaching history of science to science undergraduates from the HSTM Network of Ireland’s 2015 conference.

We are happy to receive submissions of any resources you wish to share with us and we particularly encourage libraries and archives to participate. In time we hope to link to as many institutions, libraries, and archives with valuable resources on the history of science, medicine, and technology as possible to encourage more researchers in these subject areas in Ireland and abroad.

CFP: HSTM Network Annual conference in association with Celsius

Call for Papers: Annual conference of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland in association with Celsius

HSTM Network Ireland and Celsius will host this year’s conference at Dublin City University, on November 11th-12th 2016.

Professor Peter Bowler will deliver the keynote address entitled ‘Prophets of Progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’.

The meeting will bring together researchers across disciplines in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. We welcome proposals of papers addressing science, technology and medicine in the context of history, society, culture, ethics or the law. Papers do not necessarily need to be historical nor do they need to have Ireland as their subject. Proposals of thematic sessions and roundtables are also welcome.

Individual papers will be twenty minutes in duration, with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. To propose a paper please send a 200 word abstract by email to hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com with the subject line ‘conference abstract’. Session proposals should include a short abstract on the session as a whole as well as individual paper abstracts (c. 100 words). The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 17 April, 2016.

 

CFP Dublin Postgraduate History Conference

Postgraduate historians of science, technology and medicine in Dublin may be interested in the following postgraduate conference.

DEADLINE: 4 March 2016

 

Call for Papers Dublin Postgraduate History Conference 2016 Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin 7-8 May 2016

This conference aims to bring together postgraduate students from Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin to showcase the historical research being undertaken by postgraduate students in these institutions. The conference will be held in Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin. The committee conceives that the conference will allow postgraduates to exchange ideas with scholars working from a range of perspectives, and share their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment. We welcome abstracts from a broad spectrum of postgraduate scholars, including MA students and those undertaking degrees at MLitt, MPhil, and doctoral level. Submissions are not restricted to any area of study. The conference aims to reflect the diversity of historical research being undertaken in Dublin, and the committee welcomes proposals on a range of subjects.

Proposals that are based on new research are encouraged. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract and a short biography, for twenty-minute, previously unpublished papers.

Submissions should be sent to: dphconference@gmail.com

Call closes: 4 March 2016