The Scientific Conference: a Social, Cultural, and Political History
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The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History

October 1, 2020 - October 2, 2020

The Scientific Conference: A Social, Cultural, and Political History

Zoom meeting 1 October 2020 (hosted by Birkbeck, University of London)

We are almost half-way through our HERA-funded project on the history of the scientific conference. As part of the project, we had planned regular workshops and conferences to bring together the project team and discuss ideas with scholars working on related questions. The ongoing Covid19 pandemic continues to make it impossible to hold physical meetings. Nonetheless, we would like to share research updates and test ideas with experts in the field.

In this workshop, members of the project team will present their research in short (15 minute) papers, followed by discussion on their case studies and more general discussion on the project overall.


Thursday, 1 October

à all times are European continental Summer Time, i.e. one hour ahead of British time

12 noon:        welcome, introductions

12.15pm:       Waqar Zaidi

1pm:             Georgina Kotsou

1.45pm:         Thomas Mougey

2.30pm: BREAK

3pm:              Laura Forster

3.45pm:         Sven Widmalm and Jenny Beckmann

4.30pm:         General discussion, feedback from board members, plans for next meeting

5pm:              close


the SciConf team:

Sven Widmalm, Uppsala University

Jenny Beckman, Uppsala University

Jessica Reinisch, Birkbeck University

Laura Forster, Birkbeck University/Durham University

Waqar Zaidi, Lahore University of Management Sciences

Charlotte Bigg, Centre Alexandre Koyré

Thomas Mougey, Centre Alexandre Koyré

Geert Somsen, Maastricht University/Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Georgiana Kotsou, Maastricht University


other invitees:

Stephen Legg, Nottingham University

Jenny Andersson, SciencesPo

Nico Randeraad, Maastricht University

Louisa Devoy, Royal Observatory Greenwich

Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Science History Institute Europe

Daniel Mitchell, Science History Institute

Anne Rasmussen, Centre Alexandre Koyré

Yoanna Alexiou, Université libre de Bruxelles

Jakob Kihlberg, Uppsala University

Emma Mojet, University of Amsterdam

Mareike Smolka, Maastricht University

research fellows of the Royal Observatory Greenwich


October 1, 2020
October 2, 2020