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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.

Pacific History Association Conference 2018

Dear Circle Readers,

Please see the following post regarding the upcoming:

Pacific History Association Conference 2018:

London & Cambridge, 3-5 December 2018


Panel – call for papers closes 9 July

All papers must be submitted directly to the panel organisers

Health and Labour After the Pacific War: Pacific Islanders and Medical Infrastructure

Sandra Widmer (swidmer@yorku.ca), York University and Christine Winter (Christine.Winter@flinders.edu.au), Flinders University of South Australia

Providing biomedical health care and conducting health research requires particular infrastructures. In this respect, the post war era was marked by particular trends in “magic bullets” and technological fixes for global problems of hunger, clean water and infectious disease to achieve “development”. This panel looks at what contexts in the Pacific region can complicate this history. The post-war era also marked changes in economies and forms of labour and training for Pacific islanders. This panel will look at the work needed for post-war health infrastructure in a way that shows the overlap between labour history and biomedical care/medical research history. The panel asserts Pacific islanders’ centrality in the topic, by looking at what historically specific kinds of labour or care relationships were needed in the development of infrastructure and biomedicine.  We take a broad approach to infrastructure. (e.g. water, electricity, energy, institutions like hospitals, knowledge sharing systems, roads, shipping, transport, laboratories, medical equipment).

We welcome papers on (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Post-war directions of research and health (UN, NGOs; cold war)
  • Pacific Islander training and labour to build and operate infrastructures
  • Health Infrastructures and Nation Building and/or Decolonization
  • The transition from military to civilian health services
  • Labour mobility, quarantine and health monitoring

Short Biographies:

Sandra Widmer is assistant professor of anthropology at York University in Toronto. She has also held a postdoctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. Sandra Widmer conducts research on women’s reproductive health, the role of biomedicine and demographic research in colonial state formation and the relations and differences enabled in nutrition, metabolism and microbiome research.

Christine Winter is Matthew Flinders Fellow in History, and A/Professor at the College of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Flinders University in Adelaide. From 2014 to 2018 she was Australian Research Council Future Fellow. Christine’s work combines history of science and migration and identity studies. Her Matthew Flinders Fellowship research project Humanitarianism or Security? The New Global Health analyses through a regional focus Australia’s role in health research, infrastructure development and humanitarian intervention.

Bulletin No. 40 (April 2018) now available

Hello Circle Readers,

It is that time of year again.  The Pacific Circle Bulletin No. 40 (April 2018) is now available and can be downloaded here (PDF). A permanent link to the file, along with all past issues of the bulletin and newsletter, may be found by clicking the ‘Bulletin‘ link at the top of this page. As usual, users can also perform a keyword search of all past issues using the search box at the bottom of every page on this site.