24th International Congress of History of Science,
Technology and Medicine



轉載:第24屆國際科學史會議 (24th
International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine)



Call for stand-alone papers

The Congress
organising committee now invites proposals for stand-alone (individual) paper
presentations. The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 November 2012.

How to submit

We have developed
an online submissions form, into which you can paste your abstract and other
Click here to access the form
(opens in a new window or tab).

If you have any
queries about this form, please contact the organisers at
before submitting.

Subject coverage

The theme of the
24th Congress is ‘Knowledge at work’. We construe this theme broadly, and
encourage studies of the creation, dissemination and deployment of knowledge
and practice across all periods, and from a variety of methodological and
historiographical approaches. Possible areas of investigation may include, but
are not limited to

case studies of knowledge-making and knowledge-use in particular
scientific, technological and medical communities

the use and adaptation of scientific knowledge in the workplace, the home,
and the wider world

how facts, and other knowledge-claims, travel between disciplines, countries
and communities

relationships between those knowledge-making enterprises which are
described as ‘science’ and those which are not, and the dynamics of the
boundaries between them

definitions and meanings of ‘pure’, ‘fundamental’ and ‘applied’ research

how scientists, engineers and healthcare professionals (and their
historical antecedents) work, and whom they work for

the status relations of knowledge and work, including the roles of
‘artists’, ‘artisans’, ‘professionals’, ‘amateurs’, ‘devotees’, ‘operatives’,
‘philosophers’, ‘adepts’, ‘scientists’ and ‘workers’

sites and geographies of knowledge-production and knowledge-exchange:
laboratory, field, factory, hospital, ocean…

communication about science: forms and genres, advocacy and dissent,
authorship and audience in print, manuscript, broadcasting, digital media and

Presentation format

submissions will normally be assembled thematically into groups of 4
presentations per 90-minute session. You should prepare a presentation of
around 15 to 17 minutes’ duration, to be followed by 5 minutes of audience
questions. Please plan carefully: the very high volume of activity at the
Congress means it will be necessary to run strictly to time.

Each stand-alone
paper session will be chaired by a Congress participant chosen by the
organising committee, who will co-ordinate questions at the end of each
presentation. The stand-alone sessions will not normally feature commentaries
or group question time.

All the Congress
presentation rooms are equipped as standard with a Windows PC running
Powerpoint, Media Player, etc; LCD projector (beamer); projection screen; and
audio speakers. Microphones will be available in the largest rooms. Requests
for additional equipment may be made via the abstract submission form, but
cannot be guaranteed.


Most papers at the
Congress are presented by sole authors. You may, however, submit a co-authored
paper to be co-presented by two or, if necessary, three authors. All registered
co-presenters should take an active role in delivering the paper.

If your research
involves collaboration with colleagues who will not be attending the Congress,
please do not list them as co-presenters (see “Attendance requirement”). Instead,
please develop a solo paper based on the collaboration, crediting your
colleagues as appropriate in your talk.


Papers may be
presented in any of the following languages: English, French, Spanish, German,
Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Arabic.

For review and
documentation purposes, we require titles and abstracts for all proposals to be
submitted in either English or French. If you will be presenting
in another language, please also supply an equivalent title and abstract in
that language.

Unfortunately, we
are unable to provide facilities for translation at the Congress.


We regret that the
Congress has no funds to support delegate attendance. We hope to be able to
announce the availability of student bursaries at a later date.

Attendance requirement

The central purpose
of the Congress is to bring researchers together. Because of the limitations of
the timetable, offering space to discuss absent speakers’ papers would mean
denying important opportunities to others. Therefore, all presenters must
deliver their papers in person:
please don’t submit a proposal unless you
intend to travel to Manchester
to attend the Congress.

For co-authored
papers, all co-authors must attend together. If you are collaborating with
another researcher who can’t attend, please submit a single-authored paper, and
credit your co-author as appropriate in the talk.

If, following
acceptance, you learn that you cannot attend the Congress, it is very important
that you inform the Congress organisers as quickly as possible so that your
time can be reallocated.

Presenters making multiple

To include the
maximum number of speakers within the constraints of the timetable, we have to
stipulate that no individual may present more than one paper at the Congress,
as a stand-alone presenter and/or as part of one or more symposia (themed
sessions proposed during the previous round).

presenting in a stand-alone session are, however, permitted to

chair a different session (as arranged with Congress or symposium

co-organise a symposium (provided they do not contribute a paper to it)

commentate on a symposium

organise or take part in non-paper-session activities around the Congress
(as agreed with the organisers).

The organisers will
do their best to avoid clashes between proposed multiple commitments, but the
large number of parallel sessions at the Congress means this cannot be
guaranteed. Please contact us if you need further information.

Clarification on publications

The Congress is not
a “publication conference” of the kind which is conventional in some academic
fields. Our priority is to encourage discussion of current research, and while
presentations should, of course, be well-structured and coherent, they need not
be prepared as formal academic texts. Acceptance decisions are based on
abstracts alone, and stand-alone papers are not pre-circulated.

The Congress does
not issue “Proceedings” volumes, and acceptance does not imply an offer of
publication. (Some symposium organisers will be working towards publications
based on their symposia, but this is not handled by the central Congress

Submitting your proposal

A link to the
submission form is provided at the top of this page. Please read the guidelines
provided on the form itself carefully when completing it.

The form will be
taken down at midnight (Greenwich Mean Time) on Friday 30 November 2012.
No proposals can be considered after this point.

The Programme
Committee will send confirmations of all accepted proposals to the
corresponding authors, via the contact details given, in February 2013.
Registration for the Congress will then open in March.




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