24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (ICHSTM 2013)

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  • The 24th Inter­na­tional Con­gress of His­tory of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and Med­i­cine (ICH­STM 2013), organ­ised by the British Soci­ety for the His­tory of Sci­ence (BSHS), will be held in the Uni­ver­sity of Man­ches­ter on 22 – 28 July 2013. The theme of the meet­ing is ‘Knowl­edge at Work’.

    The Annual BSHS Con­fer­ence was revived in 2003 to pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity for schol­ars through­out the his­tory of sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy and med­i­cine to meet and exchange ideas. Our inau­gural meet­ing, in York, proved a resound­ing suc­cess, set­ting a pat­tern for the meet­ings in Liv­er­pool, Leeds, Can­ter­bury, Man­ches­ter, Leices­ter, Aberdeen, and Exeter which have fol­lowed to date.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    The theme of the 24th Con­gress is ‘Knowl­edge at work’. We con­strue this theme broadly, and encour­age stud­ies of the cre­ation, dis­sem­i­na­tion and deploy­ment of knowl­edge and prac­tice across all peri­ods, and from a vari­ety of method­olog­i­cal and his­to­ri­o­graph­i­cal approaches. Pos­si­ble areas of inves­ti­ga­tion may include, but are not lim­ited to

    • case stud­ies of knowledge-​making and knowledge-​use in par­tic­u­lar sci­en­tific, tech­no­log­i­cal and med­ical communities
    • the use and adap­ta­tion of sci­en­tific knowl­edge in the work­place, the home, and the wider world
    • how facts, and other knowledge-​claims, travel between dis­ci­plines, coun­tries and communities
    • rela­tion­ships between those knowledge-​making enter­prises which are described as ‘sci­ence’ and those which are not, and the dynam­ics of the bound­aries between them
    • def­i­n­i­tions and mean­ings of ‘pure’, ‘fun­da­men­tal’ and ‘applied’ research
    • how sci­en­tists, engi­neers and health­care pro­fes­sion­als (and their his­tor­i­cal antecedents) work, and whom they work for
    • the sta­tus rela­tions of knowl­edge and work, includ­ing the roles of ‘artists’, ‘arti­sans’, ‘pro­fes­sion­als’, ‘ama­teurs’, ‘devo­tees’, ‘oper­a­tives’, ‘philoso­phers’, ‘adepts’, ‘sci­en­tists’ and ‘workers’
    • sites and geo­gra­phies of knowledge-​production and knowledge-​exchange: lab­o­ra­tory, field, fac­tory, hos­pi­tal, ocean…
    • com­mu­ni­ca­tion about sci­ence: forms and gen­res, advo­cacy and dis­sent, author­ship and audi­ence in print, man­u­script, broad­cast­ing, dig­i­tal media and performance

    Beside a mix­ture of loosely-​themed and highly spe­cialised pan­els, and ple­nary ses­sions from dis­tin­guished speak­ers — includ­ing the bien­nial Pres­i­den­tial Address — meet­ings have included vis­its to local muse­ums and other attrac­tions; themed dis­cus­sion ses­sions on teach­ing and learn­ing; and a vari­ety of social events rang­ing from the meticulously-​planned to the bewil­der­ingly impromptu. The Annual Con­fer­ence fills an impor­tant role in terms of its scale: small enough to be eas­ily sur­veyed, yet large enough to rep­re­sent all fields, peri­ods and lev­els of senior­ity within the profession.

    Young schol­ars’ prize:

    A reminder that the Third DHST Prize for Young Schol­ars will be awarded at the Con­gress in Man­ches­ter. The prize is awarded every four years by the IUHPS/​DHST, and is open to any­one who has received a doc­toral degree in the his­tory of sci­ence or tech­nol­ogy no ear­lier than July 2008. The dead­line for receipt of appli­ca­tions is Fri­day 31 August 2012.

    Clar­i­fi­ca­tion on publications

    The Con­gress is not a “pub­li­ca­tion con­fer­ence” of the kind which is con­ven­tional in some aca­d­e­mic fields. Our pri­or­ity is to encour­age dis­cus­sion of cur­rent research, and while pre­sen­ta­tions should, of course, be well-​structured and coher­ent, they need not be pre­pared as for­mal aca­d­e­mic texts. Accep­tance deci­sions are based on abstracts alone, and stand-​alone papers are not pre-​circulated.

    The Con­gress does not issue “Pro­ceed­ings” vol­umes, and accep­tance does not imply an offer of pub­li­ca­tion. (Some sym­po­sium organ­is­ers will be work­ing towards pub­li­ca­tions based on their sym­posia, but this is not han­dled by the cen­tral Con­gress organisers.)

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