[Humanist] 27.354 events: Early Modern knowledge practices; silence in science

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Wed Sep 18 08:19:12 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 354.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    JD Fleming <jfleming at SFU.CA>                              (29)
        Subject: CFP Scientiae Vienna 2014

  [2]   From:    "Mellor, Felicity" <f.mellor at IMPERIAL.AC.UK>              (25)
        Subject: CfP: Silences in the History and Communication of Science

        Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 08:09:59 -0700
        From: JD Fleming <jfleming at SFU.CA>
        Subject: CFP Scientiae Vienna 2014
        In-Reply-To: <B72EABA5BB112744A337DE20590044810295C909 at ASH.birkbeck.ac.uk>

Scientiae 2014 

University of Vienna, 23-25 April 2014 

Keynote Speakers: Thomas Wallnig (University of Vienna) and Howard Hotson (University of Oxford) 
The deadline for all abstracts is 15 October 2013 

Paper and panel proposals are once again invited for Scientiae 2014, the third annual conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early modern period (ca. 1450-1750). The conference will take place on the 23-25 April 2014 at the University of Vienna in Austria, building upon the success of Scientiae 2012 (Simon Fraser University) and Scientiae 2013 (Warwick), each of which brought together more than 100 scholars from around the world. 

The premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, subsequently, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture, but is centred around the emergence of modern natural science. The conference offers a forum for the dissemination of research, acts as a catalyst for new investigations, and is open to scholars of all levels. 

Topics may include, but are not limited to: 
· Intellectual geography: networks, intellectual history, and the digital humanities. 
· Theological origins and implications of the new sciences. 
· Interpretations of nature and the scriptures. 
· Antiquarianism and the emergence of modern science. 
· The impact of images on the formation of early modern knowledge. 
· Genealogies of “reason”, “utility”, and “knowledge”. 
· Humanism and the Scientific Revolution. 
· Paracelsianism, Neoplatonism, and alchemy more generally. 
· Interactions between the new sciences, magic and demonology. 
· The history of health and medicine. 
· Morality and the character of the natural world. 
· Early modern conceptions of, and practices surrounding, intellectual property. 
· Poetry and the natural sciences. 
· The development of novel approaches to cosmology and anthropology. 
· Botany: between natural history, art, and antiquarianism. 
· Music: between mathematics, religion, and medicine. 
· The relationship between early modern literature and knowledge. 
· Advances or reversals of logic and/or dialectic. 

Abstracts for individual papers of 25 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes, a list of speakers (with affiliations), as well as a 500-word abstract, is required. Roundtable discussions or other formats may be accepted at the discretion of the organizing committee. All applicants are also required to submit a brief biography of 150 words of less. Abstracts must be submitted through our online submission form . 
If you have any questions, please contact the conference convenor, Vittoria Feola ( vittoria.feola at meduniwien.ac.at ). 

The 2014 conference will be held in the Juridicum at the University of Vienna, a modern conference building which is part of the ancient University of Vienna, founded in 1365. The conference will take place in the historic city centre of one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals, easy to reach by plane and train. 

        Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:32:15 +0000
        From: "Mellor, Felicity" <f.mellor at IMPERIAL.AC.UK>
        Subject: CfP: Silences in the History and Communication of Science
        In-Reply-To: <B72EABA5BB112744A337DE20590044810295C909 at ASH.birkbeck.ac.uk>

REMINDER: The deadline for this call for papers is Monday 30th September.

The Silences of Science: Silences in the History and Communication of Science

A one day conference at Imperial College London, Tuesday 17th December 2013.

Call for papers

Silence is often construed negatively, as a lack, an absence. Yet silences carry meaning. They can be strategic and directed at particular audiences; they can be fiercely contested or completely overlooked. Silence is not only oppressive but also generative, playing a key role in creative and intellectual processes. Conversely, speech, whilst seeming to facilitate open communication, can serve to mask important silences or can replace the quietude necessary for insightful thought with thoughtless babble.

Despite a currently dominant rhetoric that assumes that openness in science is an inherent good, science - and its communication - depends as much on discontinuities, on barriers and lacunae, as it does on the free flow of information. This conference will bring together STS scholars and Science Communication Studies scholars to explore both the positive and negative features of silence in scientific practice and the communication of science.

Keynote: 'The Sounds of Silencing' by Professor Brian Rappert, Exeter University, author of Experimental Secrets.

Possible topics include:

- Media silences in the reporting of science.
- The silencing of specific groups in public controversies about science.
- Tacit knowledge as silent performance.
- Withdrawals and periods of creative silence in the history of science.
- Silent subjects in scientific research.
- Laboratory secrets, scientific competition and the silencing of science
- Institutionalised secrecy in scientific practice.
- Laboratory design and the creation of silent spaces.
- Interdisciplinary silence and the limits of collaboration.
- Anonymous/pseudonymous authorship.
- The negative impacts of impact, public engagement, FoI and other instruments of openness on scientists.

... and much much more!

There is no conference fee. We hope to be able to make a contribution to UK travel costs for PhD students and independent researchers based outside London who have papers accepted.

Deadline for proposals: Monday 30th September

We invite proposals for talks of 15-20 minutes. Please email an abstract of not more than 300 words, including your name, institution and email address, to Felicity Mellor at f.mellor at imperial.ac.uk<mailto:f.mellor at imperial.ac.uk>. Please put 'Silence CfP submission' in the subject line of your email.

The Silences of Science Research Network is supported by the AHRC. This conference is the second of three meetings. The first was an interdisciplinary workshop, co-funded by the Wellcome Collection, which explored the roles and meanings of silence in a range of different practices and disciplines, from music and religion to feminist studies and oral history. The third event will be a day-long conference aimed at scientists, science policy specialists and science communication practitioners, to be held at Imperial College next spring. Further details about the research network can be found here:


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