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Event Schedule

Monday 12 April 2021 - Friday 16 April 2021

Panel: Science, Politics and Policy

Monday 12 April 2021
10:00 - 11:40 am (BST)

  • Robert Naylor - Climate and Crisis in 1973

  • Alexander Longworth-Dunbar - Building the Information Super... Motorway? A Case Study in Anglo American Technology Policy Transfer

  • Alexandros Vakoulas - Technology, Environment and Food: Expertise, Governance, and Industry in Greece since WWII

  • Sotiris Alexakis - The Battle of Elements: Competing Technoscientific Networks and Fertilisation Policies in Greece, 1910-1967

Panel: Experiments, Institutions and New Horizons

Monday 12 April 2021 

12:15 - 1:45 pm (BST)

  • Andrew M. A. Morris - John Smeaton, William Cookworthy and the role of experiment in the construction of the Eddystone lighthouse

  • Axelle Champion - A European Failure? The medico-pedagogical method in France and Scotland, 1870-1914

  • Jarmo de Vries - History of the 100,000 Genomes Project: Shaping Genomic Medicine in the NHS

Keynote: Dr Jon Topham, PRHS, University of Leeds

Monday 12 April 2021

4:45 - 5:45 pm (BST)

We're delighted to have Dr Jon Topham speaking at the conference. Please join us for his talk on radical artisans, divine design and evolution in nineteenth-century Britain

Panel: New Disciplines and Interdisciplinarity

Tuesday 13 April 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am (BST)

  • Elliot Honeybun-Arnolda - Making the Environmental Sciences: Imaginaries, Interdisciplinarity and ENV

  • Philipp Kuster - Natural Scientists as Humanists: The Eranos Conferences after the Second World War

  • Jakob Illner - Towards a Philosophy of Biology: How Evolutionary Biology got its own Philosophical Discipline

  • Xiaoyu Liu - Arthur Holmes and the Making of a Comprehensive View of Geology

Panel: Philosophy, Maths and Laws of Matter

Tuesday 13 April 2021
12:05 - 1:35 pm (BST)

  • Guillermo Willis - An Epicurean Account of the Causes for the Motion of the Heart: Giovanni Borelli’s De Motu Animalium (1680-1681)

  • Alexandru Liciu - Robert Hooke‟s Lectures for Improving Navigation and Astronomy: “practical Geometry”, “mechanical Algebra” and the Search for Longitude

  • Benjamin Wilck - The Order of Definitions in Euclid's Elements

  • Bica Daian - Newton on powers, Activity and the Law of Universal Gravitation

Panel: Instruments, Objects and Design

Tuesday 13 April 2021 

3:05 - 4:10 pm (BST)

  • Samuel Dodson - Benjamin Robins, the Ballistics Revolution and its Effects on the Artillery of the Mid-Eighteenth Century

  • Miguel Ohnesorge - Theodolites at 20000 feet - Justifying Precision Measurement During the Trigonometrical Survey of Kashmir, 1855-65

  • Fiona Amery - Colour Perception and Audibility: Sensing the Aurora Borealis During the Second International Polar Year, 1932-1933

Panel: Transition, Instability and Change

Wednesday 14 April 2021

10:00 - 11:30 am (BST)

  • Xinyi Wen - When Jupiter Meets Saturn Aby Warburg, Karl Sudhoff, and Astrological Medicine in the Emergence of Modernity

  • Sheryl Wombell - Managing health in displacement: William Cavendish’s book of receipts, c. 1647-54

  • Maja Korolija - Effects of the Cold War on the Science in Yugoslavia (1945-1963)

  • Shravasti Pathak - Nationalising the Medical Science in Colonial Bengal: Dr.Radhagobinda Kar (1850-1918) and his Times

Panel: Assembling the Seafloor

Wednesday 14 April 2021

12:05 - 1:10 pm (BST)

  • Erik Isberg - Drilling for Time: Deep Sea Cores and the Temporalisation of the Oceans

  • Beatriz Martínez-Rius - Imagining a Dried Mediterranean: Networks of Cooperation and Patronage in Exploring the Sea-Depths

  • Daniel Gamito-Marques - Knowledge of the Deep Sea in the Nineteenth Century as a Result of Circulation: the Hyalonema Controversy

Panel: Museums and Objects

Wednesday 14 April 2021

2:40 - 4:10pm (BST)

  • Francesca Elliott - Sentimentality and Model Engines - Two Case Studies from the Science and Industry Museum

  • Sam Brady - A Socio-Political and Technical History of the Sports Wheelchair: Review in Progress

  • Kate Bowell - The Invisible Labor of Labels: Exploring a History of Science at National Museums Scotland

  • Osnat Katz - From London to Mars, and Back to London: People, Objects and the History of UK Space Science

Session: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Wednesday 14 April 2021

4:45 - 5:30 pm (BST)

Join us for this exciting public service event! The conference's edit-a-thon will provide you with the tools and time to write and edit entries on Wikipedia related to your research specialism.

Panel: Quantifying People and Social Conditions

Thursday 15 April 2021

09:30 - 10:35 am (BST)

  • David Peace - Demarcating Social Problems: Arthur Lyon Bowley and the Influence of Eugenics on the Statistical Modelling of the Causes of Poverty in Interwar Britain

  • John Shepherd - Tracing the Criminal Subject: Technologies of Detection, Identification and Data Comparison in the Berkeley Police Department, 1905-1930

Panel: Scientific Teaching and Education

Thursday 15 April 2021

11:05 am - 12:10 pm (BST)

  • Janka Kovács - The ‘Darkest Field’ of Medicine Psychological Knowledge in the Curricula of the Universities of the Habsburg Monarchy (1786–1830)

  • Rosalind Crocker - ‘Lawful Possession’: The 1832 Anatomy Act and the Commodification of Bodies for Anatomical Teaching

  • Susan Newell - Teaching geology at Oxford: Work by the Artist George Scharf in the Collection of William Buckland (1784-1856), First Professor of Geology at Oxford

Session: Future Directions for PGR Assistance: A Joint discussion with BSHS and SSHM

Thursday 15 April 2021

12:25 - 1:00 pm (BST)

Join us for a constructive conversation led by Cara Dobbing (Society for the Social History of Medicine) on current and future relationships between postgraduate researchers and academic societies.

Panel: Science Communication and Public Engagement

Friday 16 April 2021

1:00 - 2:30 pm (BST)

  • Evangelia Chordaki - Science Communication in Different Public Contexts: The Conceptualisation of Birth Control in the Greek Medical and Legal Texts

  • Jelena Stanulović - Do-It-Yourself: From Socialist Self-Management to Self-Building Computers in Yugoslavia during the ‘80s

  • Miles Kempton - ‘Bring the cameras to the animals’: the Granada TV-Zoological Society Film Unit, 1956-63’

  • Paul Ranford - Historiographical lacunae – the Intriguing Case of Sir George Gabriel Stokes (1819-1903)

Panel: Knowledge Exchange: Local, National and International

Friday 16 April 2021

3:00 - 4:30 pm (BST)

  • Alexandra Rose - Public and Private Support in the Making of Britain’s Worldwide Seismograph Network, 1896–1922

  • Santiago Guzmán Gámez - Between the Local, the National, and the Global: Enrique Perez Arbeláez, the Aechmea Magdalenae, and Colombian Science During the 1930s and 1940s

  • Dann Grotum Nielsen - Occasion for Research and Collection: Scientific Stations as Colonial Practice in the Danish West Indies

  • Francis Newman - Scientific Perspectives on the Cultural Revolution: Joseph and Dorothy Needham in China, 1971

Keynote: Dr Katherine Rawling, PRHS, University of Leeds

Friday 16 April 2021

5:15 - 6:30 pm (BST)

We're thrilled to have Dr Katherine Rawling speak at the conference. Please join us for her talk, '"Camera Medica": Photographs, Medicine and History'.