Sign Up Now for the HSS Annual Meeting Mentorship Program

The HSS Mentorship Program brings together emerging and experienced scholars. The program is open to all HSS members.

Whether you want to be a mentor or be mentored fill out the Mentorship Program application form by October 26 for the 2012 History of Science Society Annual Meeting now.

For more information about this program go to the GECC Mentorship Program Page.


November 30: Abstracts Due For 2013 Graduate Student Conference on Science & Technology in Society


The 13th Annual Conference on Science & Technology in Society is soliciting abstracts for “Bridging Boundaries Between Science & Technology Policy & Studies,” slated for April 5-6, 2013 in Washington DC.

Abstracts are due November 30, 2012.


Abstracts are welcome on issues relevant to science & technology policy (STP), science & technology studies (STS), and related fields including but not limited to health; energy and environment; space; information and communications; innovation; education; and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology.

Two Categories:

(1) Completed Research: Full paper presentations, moderated by professor.
(2) Work-in-progress: Presentation of current work-in-progress, emphasis on peer feedback.


Open only to students enrolled in a graduate program at the time of submitting an abstract, for work performed while enrolled. Recent graduates who were enrolled students at the time of submitting abstract are also eligible.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, setting out the main research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, and research findings (tentative for work-in-progress submissions). Submit abstracts via e-mail to Above your abstract narrative (not included in 250 word count), please provide:

— Whether your submission is under “completed research” or “work-in-progress.”
— Title of your research.
— Your full contact information.
— Your expected date of graduation.
— University + name and website of your academic program/department.
— Whether you are applying for a travel grant.

If you have questions, please e-mail or go online to this website: .

Call for Stand-Alone Papers: 24th ICHSTM, Manchester 2013

The International Congress

of History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine is the largest event in the field, and takes place every four years. Recent meetings have been held in Mexico City (2001), Beijing (2005) and Budapest (2009).

In 2013, the Congress will take place in Manchester, the chief city of Northwest England, and the original “shock city” of the Industrial Revolution. Congress facilities will be provided by The University of Manchester, with tours and displays on local scientific, technological and medical heritage co-ordinated by members of the University’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

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

Subject coverage

The theme of the 24th Congress is ‘Knowledge at work’. They 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 performance

For more information about the ICHSTM meeting and submitting a proposal click here.

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association Emerging Scholars Award

American astronomer Maria Mitchell (1818 – 1889) seated beside her telescope at Vasser College.

The Nineteenth Century Studies Association (NCSA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Emerging Scholars Award. The work of emerging scholars represents the promise and long-term future of interdisciplinary scholarship in 19th-century studies. In recognition of the excellent publications of this constituency of emerging scholars, this award recognizes an outstanding article or essay published within five years of the author’s doctorate. Entries can be from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long 19th century (the French Revolution to World War I), must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and must be by a single author. Submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged.

Entrants must be within five years of having received a doctorate or other terminal professional degree, and must have less than seven years of experience either in an academic career, or as a post-terminal-degree independent scholar or practicing professional.

Only articles physically published between September 1, 2011 and August 31, 2012 (even if the citation date of the journal is different) are eligible for the 2012 Emerging Scholar Award. Articles published in any scholarly journal, including on-line journals, or in edited volumes of essays are eligible and may be submitted either by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. In any given year, an applicant may submit more than one article for this award.

The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. Articles submitted to the NCSA Article Prize competition are ineligible for the Emerging Scholars Award.

The winner will receive $500 to be presented at the annual NCSA Conference in Fresno, California, March 7-9, 2013. Prize recipients need not be members of the NCSA but are encouraged to attend the conference to receive the award.
Deadline for submission is November 15, 2012.

Send three off-prints or photocopies of published articles/essays to the committee chair: Professor Judith W. Page, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, PO Box 117352, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611. (Electronic submissions will not be accepted.) Address all questions to Please note that applicants must verify date of actual publication for eligibility and provide an email address so that receipt of their submissions may be acknowledged.