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ICHST 2021: Proposed Symposia

Hello Circle Readers,

Please consider participation in one or both of these proposed symposia for the ICHST in Prague, summer 2021.

Session A: Wet ecologies: The media in (under)water worlds

This session investigates the oceans as envirotechnical systems, examining the social, epistemological, and technological dimensions of ocean environments as well as the cultural conditions that produce and exchange them. How have both knowledge and imaginaries of the ocean environment circulated between different actors, national contexts, technologies, disciplines, and domains? Media in classical understanding (newspapers, books, films, pictures) and in broader function (scientific representations, objects, models, and displays) bridge the gap between different approaches to (under)water worlds. What media make that circulation possible and mediate the wide range of interests in the ocean? What is the life-cycle of particular epistemological objects, technologies, social communities, and imaginaries?

Session B: Re-scaling & De-centering the History of Oceanography: the ‘Hidden Figures’ and Hidden Dimensions of Global Ocean Science

Historians of marine science and exploration have traditionally placed western maritime powers at the centers of their accounts. This interpretation is compounded by the longstanding practice of using state-sponsored expeditions as the defining marker of oceanographic progress. Many of these narratives present the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Soviet Union as having by far the greatest impact on the history of oceanography. However, this framing risks obscuring the role of many other participants. Not only have actors from landlocked nations participated in marine science and exploration, but in some cases small nation states have played an outsized role in ocean science, exploration, and governance (i.e. Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Monaco, Malta). The traditional view also risks obscuring the role of various other participants (indigenous, female, and other underrepresented groups) in the scientific work of marine science whose labor has been ignored or purposely obscured. Similarly, island nations far from the conventional centers of Western science have vital perspectives and knowledge traditions that demand more historical attention, especially in cases when they are most vulnerable to environmental crises. This session invites participants to re-examine our interpretations of the history of marine science using unconventional perspectives, scales, or dimensions. Ocean science takes its stage upon a global ocean. In what diversity of places has marine science been situated? And who are the participants who have often been ignored?

For more information, please contact Dr. Helen Rozwadowski, Professor of History and Maritime Studies at the University of Connecticut (helen.rozwadowski@uconn.edu).

Criteria for Pacific Circle Travel Subsidies for ICHST in Prague, 2021

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The following criteria will be followed for reimbursements of up to US $500 per member for the 2021 ICHST in Prague. [see previous blog post for further details]

  1. Applicant must be presenting a paper and provide evidence that the paper has been accepted.
  2. Preference for graduate students and early-career researchers and profs.
  3. Preference given to applicants based in and around the Pacific, including East Asia, Southeast Asia, Latin America and Oceania.
  4. The subsidy will be in the form of a check drawn as reimbursement from the Pacific Circle’s account with the University of Hawaii Foundation. That means there will be a series of forms to complete and verification of expense is required. For flights, for example, the Foundation requires the invoice and the boarding passes.
  5. Please do not use this as a substitute for other funding which is available to applicants, as our treasure chest is relatively small.

Requests and verifications can be sent to Prof. Peter Hoffenberg (peterh@hawaii.edu) with a copy sent to Prof. Warwick Anderson, Circle President.

26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

Hello Circle Readers,

We hope this note finds you in good health and spirits.

The 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST) will be held July 25-31, 2021 in Prague. As of now, the plans are for an in-person conference. If Circle members would like to organize and/or participate in a symposium, the deadline for submission of symposia proposals is May 31, 2020. The Circle can offer limited subsidies or reimbursements for travel, so, if interested, please keep all paperwork regarding the conference and your travel, including any boarding passes.

For more information, please visit https://www.ichst2021.org/

PCCBS Annual Meeting, 22-24 March 2019, Merced, CA

Hello Circle Readers,

The Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies invites paper and panel proposals for its 46th Annual Meeting, to be held at UC Merced, March 22-24 2019.

The PCCBS invites papers representing all fields of British Studies — broadly defined to include those who study the United Kingdom, its component parts and nationalities, as well as Britain’s imperial cultures. We welcome proposals from scholars (including graduate students) in a wide range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, including History, Literature, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Theater Studies, and Art History.

Proposals for individual papers, partial panels, or complete panels are all welcome, although complete panel proposals are preferred. We encourage the submission of proposals dealing with interdisciplinary topics, as well as pedagogies and technologies.

The deadline for submission of proposals is DECEMBER 1st, 2018. Proposals should include a 200-word abstract for each paper plus a biography for each participant. Those submitting full or partial panel proposals should include a brief description of the panel plus a brief biography for the panel chair as well as for its commentator (if any). Proposals will be submitted by google forms. As we will use the data entered for the program, please be careful with spelling of names, institutions and paper titles.

Individual paper proposals should be submitted here.

Panel proposals should be submitted here.

Any questions should be addressed to pccbs2019@gmail.com

*Graduate students who have papers accepted by the program committee will be eligible to request reimbursement for some travel expenses from the Stern Trust when registering for the conference.

A PDF of the Call For Papers may be found here.