Under bokmässan i Göteborg i september kommer projektet att diskuteras av två av deltagarna i ett seminarium. Då kommer även det gemensamma bokprojektet Kunskap i rörelse: Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien och skapandet av det moderna samhället (Makadam) att föreligga.
The notion of “excellence” in science has been turned into a cliché through the indiscriminate use of it for policy and branding purposes. Centres of excellence are ubiquitous, whereas real excellence is rare. The Nobel Prize has since 1901 occupied a unique position in the reward system of science and has been considered a gold standard of accomplishment, whether associated with serendipity, genius or excellence.
Because of their instantaneous renown, the Nobel Prizes offer a great opportunity to study the public visibility of research since the early 20th century. Some Laureates in the sciences have had a remarkable impact on societal perception and discourse about science. The aim of the symposium is to discuss the media impact of the prizes in order to explore what it tells us about how ideals of science, including those of individual achievement and personae, have been communicated. The symposium will hence be focused on the communication and visibility dynamics of the Nobel prizes in the sciences and their relation to the public image of science and scientists.
Contributions are given in the following areas:
- Case studies of Nobel Laureates in the public sphere in a historical and sociological perspective;
- Analysis of media coverage and social conversation (also through digital media) about the Nobel assignments in the sciences;
- Historical/anthropological studies of the Nobel ceremony as ritual;
- Studies of the broader social and cultural impact of individual assignments and Laureates;
- Studies and analyses of Nobel Laureates’ representation in fiction (e.g. cinema);
- Analysis of Nobel speeches and lectures.
Introduction: S. Widmalm, Uppsala; M. Bucchi, Trento
- Condit (UGA), Challenges Regarding Scientific Character for the Nobel Prize Speeches
- Bergwik (Stockholm), Prizes and private lives: Svante Arrhenius and the gender politics of scientific elites
- Fahy (DCU), The Character of genius: How Scientific American profiled Nobel Laureates in the 1990s
- Fuller (UK) The Watson-Crick Parallax: The Nobel Prize as an Enabler of Scientific Heterodoxy
- Gouyon (UCL) From News to Storytelling: The representation of Nobel Prize winners on British television, 1962–2004
- Brodesco (Trento) Nobel Laureates in Fiction: from Robert Bekämpfer des Todes (1939) to A Beautiful Mind (2001); from to La fin du monde (1931) to Futurama (Matt Groening, 1999–2013); from The Prize (1963) to Breaking Bad (2008–2013).
- Tsabari (Techion) Nobel Prizes as a teachable moment: Public information seeking of Laureates and their scientific work following Nobel prize announcements
Discussants: Nils Hansson (Düsseldorf), Gustav Källstrand (Nobel Museum)
Tekniska museets årsbok Daedalus som publicerats sedan 1931, finns nu digitalt och sökbart på:
An international workshop, “From above: On a scientifically privileged position,” takes place 12–13 January at the Academy of Sciences as part of the research program Science and Modernization in Sweden.
The Earth seen from Apollo 17. NASA.
The aim of this workshop is to explore the modern history of scientific technologies, cultural practices and aesthetic conventions that produced extra-ordinary views from above. The workshop focuses on the period 1750–2000 and investigates what a history of observations from an elevated position looks like. Instruments, at times intertwined with the vessels which carry them, have a history which give them meaning far beyond the task of measurement. Positions involving overview have been considered privileged. Accordingly, the workshop also aims at exploring imagery as well as cultural narratives of overview relating the highs and the skies to power, indeed to ideas about freedom, paradise, afterlife and the eternal.
There is a funded PhD opportunity in the history of mathematics at the University of Basel, within the Bernoulli-Euler Online project, starting 1 July 2016 at the earliest.
Period: 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2019 (start date is flexible)
Location: University of Basel, Switzerland
Institutions: BernoulliEuler Centre and Digital Humanities Lab
Project Title: BernoulliEuler Online (BEOL): Development of a platform for digital editing and a virtual research environment for historical scientific texts
Application deadline: open until a candidate is selected
We are an interdisciplinary group of scholars and software developers who make innovative tools for interacting with sources and data in the humanities. We are building a webbased research platform for presenting and working with critical editions of printed works, manuscripts, and correspondence by the Bernoulli dynasty and Leonhard Euler. We aim to offer open access to facsimiles, transcriptions, critical texts, translations, indices, and commentaries, as well as an environment for carrying out new research using these materials. We encourage experimenting with new ideas, we offer a friendly working environment, and we have a sense of humour.
- You will undertake your own research on a topic you propose, which should focus either on the works of Leonhard Euler and the Bernoullis or on the methodological aspects of digital critical editions.
- You will play an active role in implementing software for processing transcriptions and annotations, modelling text structures, mathematical formulae and/or figures, and developing a webbased user interface.
- You will be affiliated with the faculty of science in the discipline ‘History of Natural Sciences’.
- The PhD position is paid according to the s alaries defined by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
- You have an interdisciplinary background, including mathematics (such as an MSc in mathematics or similar experience) as well as historical research.
- The sources of BEOL are written in Latin, German, and French. Basic knowledge in one or more of these languages is desirable but not required.
- You have experience in computer programming and an interest in working with a variety of programming languages.
- You enjoy working with people from different academic disciplines, learning new technologies, and imagining new ways of using them.
Experience with Semantic Web technologies would be an asset.
Please send your letter of application to Prof. Dr. Lukas Rosenthaler <email@example.com> . The application should include your CV, copies of your diplomas, and relevant job references. Please also attach a short sketch (max. 1 A4 page) of your proposed research project. If needed, you can obtain a description of the BEOL project from us.
Questions and Contact
Please contact Dr. des. Tobias Schweizer <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information about the position.
The University of Basel is an equal opportunity and family friendly employer committed to excellence through diversity. Applications from women are strongly encouraged.
From above: on a scientifically privileged position
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Linnésalen, 12-13 January 2017
The dream of an ”Apollo’s eye” in viewing the earth goes back to antiquity, but in the modern period technologies have enabled a production of scientific knowledge literally from above, e.g. from mountain tops, balloons and satellites. Seeing the world in overview is a modern capability shaping symbols and narratives of the earth and global contexts. Our sense of the global has a deep historicity, affecting what we can think, feel and say about planetary scales.
The aim of this workshop is to explore the modern history of scientific technologies, cultural practices and aesthetic conventions that produced extra-ordinary views from above. The workshop focuses on the period 1750-2000 and investigates what a history of observations from an elevated position looks like. Instruments, at times intertwined with the vessels which carry them, have a history which give them meaning far beyond the task of measurement. Positions involving overview have been considered privileged. Accordingly, the workshop also aims at exploring imagery as well as cultural narratives of overview relating the highs and the skies to power, indeed to ideas about freedom, paradise, afterlife and the eternal.
The meeting is organised as part of the research programme ”Science and Modernization in Sweden: An Institutional Approach to Historicizing the Knowledge Society”, hosted by the Center for the History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is also the venue for the meeting.The theme ties into ongoing research in the programme and at Stockholm University, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and University of Gothenburg.
We invite abstracts of 1-2 pages and a short cv, deadline 10 June 2016. Notice of acceptance will be given no later than 24 June 2016. The workshop will not have precirculated papers however we envision a tight and thematic schedule with engaged comments and discussions. Depending on the interest and outcome of the accepted papers we will consider moving forward with a future publication on the topic. We will cover travel and two nights of accommodation for presenters. Questions and submissions should be directed to: email@example.com
Nina Wormbs, Associate professor, History of Science and Technology, KTH Royal Institute of Technology,
Staffan Bergwik, Associate professor, History of Ideas, Stockholm University
Björn Billing, Senior lecturer, History of Ideas, Gothenburg University
On 3-4 December 2015 an international workshop on the history of scientific publication will be held at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. The workshop will explore the norms and practices of scientific publication 1760-2010. The main emphasis is on the nineteenth century and the rise of print media, particularly scientific journals.
The workshop is organised as part of the research programme “Science and Modernization in Sweden: An Institutional Approach to Historicizing the Knowledge Society”, funded by Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg’s foundation and hosted by the Center for the History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
The workshop will take place at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and includes lunch and dinner at the Academy on December 3, and lunch on December 4. The full program can be downloaded here.
Besides invited speakers and participants, there are still a few seats available. If you would like to attend, or have any questions, please contact Jenny Beckman (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible.
[via Solveig Jülich]
A wealth of international historical literature has shed light on legal, religious, political and medical aspects of abortion and how it was experienced by women who had abortions, their doctors and lay abortionists. We have many national histories about abortion, often emphasising substantial differences and variations between countries. There is however still a tendency to treat the Nordic countries as a separate or exceptional group. According to a recent book by the political scientist Dorothy E. McBride, Sweden took the lead and the others closely followed the “Nordic pattern” by beginning to decriminalise abortion as early as the 1930s, and she also stresses the active role played by women’s rights groups in pushing governments to further liberalisation in the 1960s (McBride 2008). McBride sees the Nordic countries as characterised by the support of the majority of citizens for current abortion laws and the importance widely attributed to sex education and family planning as important means of preventing the need for abortions. Yet there are many aspects of abortion history that the notion of a “Nordic pattern” works to conceal, for instance, that the right to abortion was more limited in Norway and Finland than in Sweden and Denmark.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together historians from different fields to discuss current research on national and transnational aspects of the history of abortion in the Nordic countries during the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries and its global implications. It will comprise of an invited talk, paper presentations and a concluding general discussion.
Confirmed invited lecturer and discussant is Leslie Reagan, professor of history and women’s studies at the University of Illinois, United States. She is author of a number of books and articles on abortion history, including When Abortion Was a Crime: Women, Medicine, and Law in the United States, 1867–1973 (1997), and Dangerous Pregnancies: Mothers, Disabilities, and Abortion in Modern America (2010).
We especially welcome research relating to topics such as:
• Abortion law and its effects
• Abortion opposition and anti-abortion movements
• Abortion and religion
• The visual culture of abortion rights
• The emergence of abortion as a feminist issue
• Political cross-border collaboration on abortion
• The medicalisation of abortion
• Uses of aborted embryos and foetuses in medical research and education
• Eugenics, abortion and the welfare state
• The historiography and politics of abortion history
Abstracts for papers of 200-300 words should be submitted no later than August 31, 2015 to David Thorsén, email@example.com. Please provide your full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details. The format of the workshop will not allow for more than c. 10 papers. We will select the abstracts to be presented at the meeting considering original research and relevance to the theme of the workshop as well as an attention to achieving a representative mix of researchers from the Nordic countries. By September 7, 2015 applicants will be notified if their papers have been accepted or not.
The workshop will be two full days, i.e. morning to late afternoon October 27–28, 2015.
The workshop, including lunches, conference dinner and accommodation (two nights at the conference hotel) is free of charge. It will be possible to obtain limited economic support for travel expenses. Please indicate in the application if such support is required for attendance and what level of support is needed.
There are a few places available for additional participants. The deadline for such applications is also August 31, 2015. For those interested, please indicate your reasons for wanting to take part in the conference. No economic support will be given to attendees who do not present papers.
The conference language is English.
Selected papers from the workshop will be considered for publication.
This workshop is the first workshop in the research programme “Medicine at the Borders of Life: Foetal Research and the Emergence of Ethical Controversy”, funded by the Swedish Research Council. It is organised by Uppsala University in collaboration with Södertörn University.
Solveig Jülich (Uppsala University) and Lena Lennerhed (Södertörn University)
August 26–27 the Center for History of Science at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences together with Umeå Studies in Science, Technology and Environment (USSTE) arrange a workshop about the history of field research stations at Umeå University.
See the call for papers