The Great Exhibition of 1851 excited curiosity in nineteenth-century contemporaries and continues to garner interest among scholars today. Attracting some six million visitors and comprising over 100,000 exhibits that filled 76,720 square meters of exhibition space, it entered media, memory, and historiography as an emblem of British industrial capabilities, free-trade ideology, and imperial globalization. Yet … Continue reading Structuring Imperial Knowledge about India at the Great Exhibition of 1851
When you want to make a kiln for glassmaking, you search continuously for a propitious day during a favorable month. You lay the foundations of a kiln with four chambers. You make constant offerings and set up purifying divinities so that no impurities may enter: you make lapis lazuli.... Continue reading
The Journal for the History of Knowledge will be launched in 2020 and is now soliciting proposals for its first annual special issue in Fall 2020. The proposal deadline is January 15, 2019. This official publication of Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for History of Science and Universities, will be "devoted to the history of knowledge … Continue reading Call for Proposals: Journal for the History of Knowledge
It is striking how profoundly we have come to integrate technological artifacts into our lives and how commonplace these devices appear to us now. There were times when they were entirely new. Just think of indoor water taps replacing public wells, or electric light bulbs supplanting kerosine lamps and gas fixtures. Here I consider how … Continue reading Knowledge and the Appropriation of Technology
Washington, DC, Sept. 6-7, 2019
Application deadine: Dec. 15, 2018
When the French pharmaceutical company Roussell Uclaff, a subsidiary of the German chemical giant Hoechst AG, was ready to introduce an abortion pill in 1988, American activists flooded the company’s headquarters near Frankfurt with protest letters. In response, the company’s German CEO mandated to stop the project. But the French state, a Hoechst minority shareholder, took the idea across the border, patented it, and embarked on medical trials for the new product in France. Ten years later, scientists in the United States successfully isolated human embryonic stem cells. The country’s regulatory framework had left them free to let the cells proliferate indefinitely. But researchers adopted concepts implemented in Britain to limit the cells’ growth to 13 days after gestation. Continue reading...
- Call for papers: 8th Gewina Woudschoten Conference—Towards a History of Knowledge, in Zeist near Utrecht, June 21–22, 2019 (application deadline: January 15, 2019), via Marieke Hendriksen (@Ms_History)
- Call for submissions: Women in the History of Science: A Liberating the Curriculum Sourcebook (deadline: January 10, 2019)
- Conference report: Migrant Knowledges: Concepts, Voices, Spaces by Andrea Westermann
- Conference report: Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge by Alrun Schmidtke (@schreiber_in)
- Blog post: Copyrighting Cartography with Fictional Places by Bess Lovejoy at Atlas Obscura
- Blog post: Reconsidering Mechanization in the Industrial Revolution: The Dye Book of William Butt by Lidia Plaza (@_p_liddy) at JHIBLOG
The Fall 2018 issue of the GHI Bulletin contains a forum entitled Knowledge and Copyright in Historical Perspective, edited by Sarah Beringer and Atiba Pertilla. The forum in this free access publication comprises an introduction and three articles:
- "Mondrian’s Dress: Copying (and) the Couture Copy by Nancy J. Troy;
- "Japanese Industrial Espionage, Foreign Direct Investment, and the Decline of the U.S. Industrial Base in the 1980s," by Mario Daniels;
- "Why Are Universities Open-Access Laggards?" by Peter Baldwin.
- Lecture series: Calendar of events “in the history, anthropology, and sociology of human knowledges” at the Centre for Global Knowledge Studies, Cambridge University, 2018–2019 (@gloknoscentre) via Inanna Hamati-Ataya (@berytia)
- Workshop CFP: Social Technologies and Global Knowledge Economies, 1750-1850, April 4–6, 2019, Göttingen ( deadline: November 15, 2018) via Dominik Huenniger (@dominikhhh)
- Symposium CFP: Networks: The Creation and Circulation of Knowledge from Franklin to Facebook, American Philosophical Society, June 6–7, 2019 (deadline: November 16, 2018) via Maria Simonsen (@MariaSimonsen6)
- Blog post: “The new, younger generation of scientists is much more open to dialogue with society,” by Simona Cerrato, LSE Impact Blog, August 30, 2018
- Term: 6 to 12 months
- Deadline: December 1, 2018
- History of knowledge is one of the thematic possibilities. Others (perhaps combined with knowledge) are the histories of migration, family and kinship, race and ethnicity, religion and religiosity, and the Americas.
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The German Historical Institute (GHI) is seeking applications for a Binational Visiting Fellow Tandem Program in the History of Migration. The fellowship program contributes to the creation of the new research network “Knowledge in Transit—Migrants’ Knowledge in Comparative Perspective” at GHI West, the Pacific regional office of the GHI in Berkeley. Details...
Deadline: December 10, 2018
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