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Conference: Materiality: Objects and Idioms in Historical Studies of Science and Technology

CSTHA members may be interested in the following annoucement:
 
Registration is now open for Materiality: Objects and Idioms in Historical Studies of Science and Technology. Please visit the conference website here. It will be updated with exhibit information in the coming weeks. Spaces are very limited, so register soon if you’re planning to attend. The Conference will be preceded by a public lecture by Peter Galison. Please see details of conference and lecture below.
 

Materiality: objects and idioms in historical studies of science and technology.

May 3-4, 2013
York University
Toronto, CANADA

There is a renewed interest in materiality. After the turn to discourse and signs in the late twentieth century, much recent work in the history of science and technology has revived its focus on matter and meaning, and on their fusion in the potent objects we call “things”. But materiality is about more than things.  As an historical object; as a story of origins; as a tension with immateriality; as an effect of assemblage and argument; and as a way of thinking about scholarly work, materiality begs for broader treatment.

This conference explores materiality as both historical object and emerging idiom in historical studies of science and technology. On one hand, it seeks to push into new sites of inquiry: How do we historicize materiality? When does materiality become a concern for historical actors and for scholars? How do the specific, local materialities of scientific and technical work figure in the wide-scale sweep of historical developments? But alongside new sites and questions, the conference explores emerging research tools and modes of scholarly expression that move beyond traditional text into sound, film and objects. Through paper presentations, hands-on sessions, exhibits and installations, we bring together a range of scholars and projects interested in thinking about materiality as historical object, intellectual resource, and scholarly expression.

Keynote:  Peter Galison (Harvard University)

Presenters: 

  • Katharine Anderson (York University)
  • Bob Brain (UBC)
  • Tina Choi (York University)
  • Kristen Haring (Auburn University)
  • Edward Jones-Imhotep (York University)
  • Carla Nappi (UBC)
  • Sophia Roosth (Harvard University)
  • Hanna Rose Shell (MIT)
  • Emily Thompson (Princeton University)
  • John Tresch (University of Pennsylvania)
  • William Turkel (Western University)
 
Peter Galison, Harvard University — “Time of Physics, Time of Art”
University-Wide Lecture
May 2, 2013 — 4:30pm
Robert McEwen Auditorium, Schulich School of Business
Admission: free

Abstract: In the standard picture of the history of special relativity, Henri Poincaré’s and Albert Einstein’s reformulation of simultaneity is considered a quasi-philosophical intervention, a move made possible by his dis-connection from the standard physics of the day. Meanwhile, Einstein’s engagement at the Patent Office (or Poincare¹s in the Bureau of Longitude) enter the story as lowly day jobs — irrelevant to fundamental work on the nature of the world. I have argued, on the
contrary, that the all-too material and the most abstract notions of time cross in essential ways. In a collaboration with the artist William Kentridge (“The Refusal of Time”) we explored this intersection, pushing on history, physics, and philosophy into a more associative-imaginative register. This talk is an account of this complex of problems at the boundary of art and physics history.
 
The conference is made possible by the generous support of the SSHRC Situating Science Cluster, the Institute for Science and Technology Studies, the Faculties of Science and Fine Arts, and the departments of History, Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies/Natural Science.

HALIFAX SITUATING SCIENCE EVENTS NEWSLETTER

Please send additions for the next circulation (27 April) to: megandean@dal.ca

1. LOCAL EVENTS

2. NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

3. JOBS/STUDENTSHIPS/OPPORTUNITIES

1. LOCAL EVENTS

SITUSCI WORKS IN PROGRESS MEETING: 7:00-9:00PM, THURSDAY APRIL 28. Frazee Room, University of King’s College. Presenter: Ryan Kerney, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University. “Do larval traits re-evolve? Evidence from the embryogenesis of a direct-developing salamander, Plethodon cinereus.” Abstract to follow. See our website for schedule of upcoming talks. http://www.situsci.ca/works-progress-wip

THE FIRST SPIRITUAL DIVERSITY CONFERENCE & FAIR WILL GET UNDERWAY ON JUNE 2 – 4. This event will bring together people of all of the major faith traditions as well as presenters who will address the challenges and opportunities that religious diversity brings to our nation. The speakers include professors of religion and sociology, Islamic scholars and Imams, Christian theologians, Buddhist and Hindu priests, Baha’i scholars, and Jewish rabbis. Speakers from across Canada are scheduled to present. June 2 and 3: CONFERENCE at Saint Mary’s University. June 4: SPIRITUAL FAIR at Victoria Park across from the Public  Gardens, Spring Garden Road. REGISTRATION IS OPEN: Regular $50. Students: $35. This includes breakfast and lunch on June 2 and 3. If you would like to purchase tickets in person, please contact Moeza Merchant: moeza.merchant@dal.ca, 902-404-9878. See attached poster for details. For further information: www.touchbaseonline.ca/sdc.

2. NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL EVENTS

REVISITING EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM: NEW PERSPECTIVES ON VICTORIAN SCIENCE AND CULTURE. MAY 6 ? 7TH, 2011. 320 BETHUNE COLLEGE, YORK UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, CANADA. Ever since the 1970’s, when Robert Young and Frank Turner treated T. H. Huxley, John Tyndall, and their allies as posing an effective challenge to the authority of the Anglican clergy, scholars have found the term “scientific naturalism,” or “evolutionary naturalism,” to be a useful shorthand for referring to an influential group of like-minded elite intellectuals.  But over the years, questions have been raised about the cohesiveness and the cultural status of scientific naturalism.  Is the term elastic enough to include both the idealist and romantic Karl Pearson as well as the hard-nosed materialist Charles Bastian?  Just how powerful were the scientific naturalists if they disagreed amongst themselves on key issues, and if, as many recent studies have suggested, they were confronted by a host of effective opponents in addition to Anglican clergymen, including North British physicists, Oxbridge trained gentlemen of science, self-trained popularizers of science, philosophical idealists, spiritualists, feminists, anti-vivisectionists, and socialists?  Indeed, how far were the practices and writings of scientific naturalists actually shaped by their interchanges with such myriad opponents? In this workshop we hope to explore new perspectives on the British scientific naturalists, re-examining their interactions with each other and with other groups within the larger culture.  Speakers include Ruth Barton, Peter J. Bowler, Gowan Dawson, James Elwick, Jim Endersby, George Levine, Bernard Lightman, Ted Porter, Evelleen Richards, Joan Richards, Michael Reidy, Jonathan Smith, Robert Smith, Matthew Stanley, Michael Taylor, and Paul White.  See website for details: http://ists.news.yorku.ca/news-and-events/workshops/

READING ARTIFACTS SUMMER INSTITUTE. AUGUST 15-19, 2011. Presented by: Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM) Collection & Research Division and Conservation Services. The READING ARTIFACTS SUMMER INSTITUTE is for Graduate Students, Post-docs, Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts, Scholars seeking to expand their research methods. Participants will investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history, work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches, use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on group examinations, learn the basics of conservation, cataloguing and developing collections in local environments ? a growing resource in liberal arts programs. For further information contact David Pantalony at: dpantalony@technomuses.ca. Register here (deadline:  June 17th, 2011). https://secure.technomuses.ca/readingArtifactsSI/register_e.asp. Join our Google Group at:  http://groups.google.ca/group/reading-artifacts-CSTM

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE BANFF SCIENCE COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM FOR 2011. August 13- 28, 2011. The Science Communications program is a two-week residency fostering excellence and creativity for science communicators in Canada and around the world. Participants return to their professional practices in science, media, research, or other realms transformed by ideas and confident to provide leadership in the advancement of science communications. Deadline is April 15, 2011. Scholarship money available. More information: http://banffscience.ca/programs/science-communications-overview.html

3.  JOBS/STUDENTSHIPS/OPPORTUNITIES

THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AT THE UNIVERSITY  OF CALGARY INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR A ONE-YEAR POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP STARTING ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2011. The area of specialization is logic or the philosophy of science. The fellow will be expected to have a well-defined research project, teach one course in the area of specialization, and participate in the research activities of the Department. All requirements for the PhD must have been completed by the starting date and no earlier than September 2007. The stipend is $50,000 Canadian per year. Specific inquiries about this position may be directed to: Ali Kazmi, Head, Department of Philosophy, University of Calgary akazmi@ucalgary.ca. Complete dossiers, including a cv, at least three letters of reference, postgraduate transcripts, a recent sample of writing, and a detailed research proposal may be sent to: Merlette Schnell, Manager // Department of Philosophy // University of Calgary // 2500 University Drive NW // Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4 // CANADA schnell@ucalgary.ca. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2011 or until the position is filled. http://www.phil.ucalgary.ca/

LECTURESHIP FOR HISTORY OF SCIENCE/HOPOS AT PENN (1 YEAR RENEWABLE):  The Integrated Studies Program at Penn invites applications for a full-time one-year lectureship in the history of science, with the possibility of renewal. We especially encourage applications from those with an expertise in the history of biology or physics or both. Applications are encouraged by April 18, 2011. Eligibility is limited to applicants who will have received their Ph.D. within five years prior to the time they begin their fellowship at Penn (May 2006 or later). See website for details: http://www.insidehighered.com/career/seekers/posts/view/190280

READING ARTIFACTS SUMMER INSTITUTE / L’École d’été du Musée : L’histoire racontée par les artéfacts

August 15-19, 2011

Presented by:
Canada Science and Technology Museum (CSTM)
Collection & Research Division and Conservation Services

Are you tired of traditional accounts of science and technology? Discover alternative historical perspectives and methods in the midst of Canada’s largest collection in science, medicine and technology. Our annual artifact sessions in the CSTM storage facility bring together Canadian and international scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum. Participants immerse themselves in our collections gaining renewed appreciation for artifacts and the multiple, unpredictable stories they tell.

Guest faculty for 2011:

  • Dag Spicer, Senior Curator, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California, USA
  • Cindy Stelmackowich, Faculty-Lecturer, Art History, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

The READING ARTIFACTS SUMMER INSTITUTE is for:

  • Graduate Students
  • Post-docs
  • Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
  • Scholars seeking to expand their research methods

Participants will:

  • investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history
  • work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
  • use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on group examinations
  • learn the basics of conservation, cataloguing and developing collections in local environments – a growing resource in liberal arts programs.

Location:        Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates:                August 15-19, 2011
Tuition:        Students  $250.        Post-Docs $350;       Faculty and Professionals $450
(includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)
* Students can apply for financial assistance. Send requests and budget after registration and acceptance.

Register here (deadline:  June 17th, 2011): Limit of 30 participants
https://secure.technomuses.ca/readingArtifactsSI/register_e.asp

For further information contact David Pantalony at: dpantalony@technomuses.ca

Join our Google Group at:  http://groups.google.ca/group/reading-artifacts-CSTM

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Du 15 au 19 août 2011

présenté par
la Division de la collection et de la recherche et les Services de conservation
du Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada (MSTC)

En avez-vous assez des comptes rendus traditionnels sur les sciences et la technologie? Découvrez d’autres points de vue sur l’histoire et des méthodes de rechange pour l’enseigner, au milieu de la plus vaste collection d’artéfacts scientifiques, médicaux et technologiques du Canada. Nos séances annuelles d’étude des artéfacts, dans les installations d’entreposage du MSTC, réunissent des savants canadiens et étrangers de toutes les disciplines. Les participants se plongent dans nos collections et acquièrent une perspective neuve sur les artéfacts et les multiples histoires imprévisibles qu’ils ont à raconter.

Experts invités en 2011 :

  • Dag Spicer, conservateur principal, Computer History Museum, Mountain View, Californie (É.-U.)
  • Cindy Stelmackowich, chargée de cours, Histoire de l’art, School for Studies in Art and Culture, Université Carleton, Ottawa (Canada)

L’École d’été du Musée « L’histoire racontée par les artéfacts » s’adresse aux personnes suivantes :

  • les étudiants diplômés;
  • les étudiants du niveau postdoctoral;
  • les membres du corps professoral qui s’intéressent à l’enseignement de l’histoire à l’aide d’artéfacts;
  • les savants qui cherchent à élargir la gamme de leurs méthodes de recherche.

Les participants :

  • examineront les artéfacts, les catalogues de fabricants et les collections de photos en tant que ressources pour la recherche, l’enseignement et la présentation publique de l’histoire;
  • travailleront avec des savants réputés spécialistes de collections, dans le contexte d’un musée national, pour explorer des méthodes et des approches en matière de culture matérielle;
  • fonderont des discussions et des études pratiques en groupe sur des artéfacts;
  • apprendront les notions de base de la conservation, du catalogage et de l’expansion des collections dans des environnements locaux – une ressource de plus en plus employée dans les programmes d’études en arts libéraux.

Endroit :        Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada, Ottawa (Ontario) Canada
Dates :        Du 15 au 19 août 2011
Frais :        Étudiants  250 $       Niveau postdoctoral 350 $       Corps enseignant et professionnels 450 $
(comprend les pauses, le repas du midi et une visite éducative)
* Les étudiants peuvent faire une demande d’aide financière. Prière d’envoyer sa demande et son budget, une fois l’inscription acceptée.

Cliquez sur le lien ci-dessous pour vous inscrire. Date limite : le 17 juin 2011. Le nombre de participants est limité à 30.
https://secure.technomuses.ca/readingArtifactsSI/register_f.asp

Pour obtenir d’autres renseignements, communiquez avec David Pantalony à : dpantalony@technomuses.ca.

Devenez membre de notre Groupe Google à  http://groups.google.ca/group/reading-artifacts-CSTM.

Workshop: Visual Representation in Science

Visual Representation in Science

December 10, 2010, Victoria College Rm. 304, 9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the IHPST at the University of Toronto.  As Norton Wise wrote “much of the history of science could be written in terms of making new things visible—or familiar things visible in a new way.” Despite this, the vast majority of science studies concentrate on the textual. Visual scientific representations offer a focus for multidisciplinary conversations about visual cultures, the boundaries of art and science, the epistemology of pictures, and how scientific representations change across time, media, and space. The workshop will explore the role of scientific visual representation from a range of disciplinary perspectives; presenters represent anthropology, art history, history, and philosophy. Each talk will be addressed to non-specialists. The workshop will introduce participants to a diverse selection of ongoing work on this theme in Toronto. It will exhibit the breadth (and the limits) of visual representation as a thematic focus for studies of science.

The speakers and titles of papers are:

  • Brian Baigrie, “Picturability in Scientific Practice: Philosophical Perspectives.”
  • Bernard Lightman, “Modelling the Planet: James Wyld’s Great Globe.”
  • Natasha Myers, “Excitable Tissues and Elastic Temporalities: Visualizing Life through Time-lapse Media.”
  • Alison Syme, “Scientific Images and the History of Taste.”
  • Aaron Wright, “Visual Reasoning and the ‘Renaissance’ of General Relativity.”

Visual Representation in Science Poster (PDF)

All are welcome, but please r.s.v.p. to aaron.wright@utoronto.ca to aid planning, and to inform of any special accommodations you may require. Victoria College is building “VC,” near Museum Station, on this map: http://www.osm.utoronto.ca/map/

Earth Science, Global Science Workshop

Earth Science, Global Science Workshop

30 September – 2 October 2010, York University

Papers will be circulated in advance to all those who register. Registration is free. To register contact: cmurra@yorku.ca

All sciences are faced with some version of the problem of moving from the local observation to the general explanation. Yet from their foundations, the earth sciences have been uniquely preoccupied with simultaneous, divergent scales of phenomena and systems of knowledge. On the one hand, the models, theories and practices of the earth science have been considered as global projects, which pass deliberately and explicitly beyond the boundaries of territories, states and even disciplines. On the other hand, the earth sciences take shape within particular conceptions of place, interests and sovereignty — not least because they are involved with the practical and epistemological control
of the earth’s resources, and so are intimately connected with the nation state and its institutions. Studies of the earth sciences have mapped these local contexts and interests with notable success, but often frame the global perspectives of the earth sciences as
mere convention, simply part of the rhetoric of scientific universalism. Prompted by questions about globalism, modernity, and disciplines, this workshop proposes to focus on the global scale of earth sciences. How and why did explicitly global accounts of the earth emerge and how did they serve the needs of their authors? What conceptions of scale and place, movement or fixity underpin the disciplinary boundaries of modern
earth sciences (geology, oceanography, meteorology, seismology), and what is their significance? What are or have been the points of tension between the local and the global in the earth sciences? How do practitioners move from national survey to global inventory? How has our understanding of the global changed over time? Is there one earth science or many? What are the implications of this global tradition as leverage in the application of the earth sciences to national and international problem-solving in the present day?

Program: Earth Science Global Science workshop.doc

This workshop is generously supported by:

  • Situating Science: SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster Grant
  • The Dean’s Office, Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • The Division of Natural Science
  • LA&PS Funding for Research Events and Outreach Activities
  • Associate Dean for Research, Barbara Crow

Workshop on “Science, Facts, and Values”

Workshop on “Science, Facts, and Values”

When:  May 14 – 16, 2010 (Friday-Sunday)

Where:  The University of Western Ontario (in the building called “University College”)

Sponsored by:  The Humboldt Foundation’s TransCoop Programme & Research Western

Registration: is required, but there is no charge except for lunches.

Speakers:  John Beatty (UBC), Martin Carrier (Bielefeld), Heather Douglas (Tennessee), Lisa Gannett (St. Mary’s), Don Howard (Notre Dame), Janet Kourany (Notre Dame),  Hugh Lacey (Swarthmore & Sao Paulo), Helen Longino (Stanford), Andrew Reynolds (Cape Breton), Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute), Torsten Wilholt (Bielefeld), Alison Wylie (U Wash).

There will be no concurrent sessions, and we would like to maintain a fairly cohesive group of participants throughout the program.  Seating is limited.  So, if you plan to attend, please email Kathleen Okruhlik okruhlik@uwo.ca , and she will add your name to the list of registrants.  Please list your name and institutional affiliation as you would like those to appear on your name tag.  If you would like to have lunch in the dining room on Friday and Saturday, please send a cheque for $25 made out to The University of Western Ontario.  Send the cheque to: Kathleen Okruhlik

Department of Philosophy
Stevenson Hall
The University of Western Ontario
London, Ontario   N6A 5B8

Summer Institute: Experiments of the Mind

Dalhousie University, The University of King’s College, and The Situating Science Cluster present:

Experiments of the Mind

A Summer Institute on Scientific Thought Experiments

June 16 and 17, 2010, Halifax, NS, Canada

Whether it be Newton and his bucket experiment, Darwin and his “just-so” stories, or Heisenberg and his microscope, thought experiments—i.e., the experiments played out in the imagination—have played a major role in the discovery and justification of some of our most revolutionary theories.  This stands as fascinating challenge to the belief in the necessity of empirical data to support scientific theories and it forces us to reconsider the role of experiment in the empirical sciences.

How are thought experiments substantially different from empirical experiments? What is their role in science? Can they tell us anything about the world? Are they giving us a special intuition of the laws of nature? Are they models? Are they akin to literary works? Graduate students and junior scholars are invited to explore and discuss such questions with five researchers who have shaped the literature on thought experiments and aesthetics in science: Roy Sorensen, Nancy Nersessian, James McAllister, David Davies, and James R. Brown.

While this summer institute is a comprehensive two-day event, all participants will be welcome to attend, as observers, the June 18-19 workshop Science without Data: The Role of Thought Experiments in Empirical Investigations. This two-day workshop brings together close to 20 philosophers, historians, anthropologists, and scientists for a discussion of their most recent work on the topic.

Faculty

James R. Brown (University of Toronto)

Dr. Brown’s research focuses on many topics in the philosophy of science and mathematics including visual reasoning, the foundation of physics and thought experiments. He is the author of many books, including The Laboratory of the Mind: Thought Experiments in the Natural Sciences (Routledge 1991, 2010), Philosophy of Mathematics: An Introduction to the World of Proofs and Pictures (Routledge, 1999), and Smoke and Mirrors: How Science Reflects Reality (Routledge, 1994).

David Davies (McGill University)

Working at the intersection of philosophy of art, philosophy of science, and ethics, Dr. Davies has been working on the nature, ontology, and value of art, imagination, and fiction, brining into the thought experiments debate the perspective of the philosopher of art and literature. He is the author of Art as Performance (Wiley-Blackwell, 2004).

James McAllister (Universiteit Leiden)

Dr. McAllister is the author of Beauty and Revolution in Science (Cornell, 1996) and editor of International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. His current work focuses on the relations between patterns in empirical data and structures in the world and on philosophical issues in writing history of science. He has defended a historicist view of the evidential significance of thought experiments in science.

Nancy Nersessian (Georgia Institute of Technology).

Regents’ Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science, Dr. Nersessian explores in her work how the interaction of cognition and culture supports creativity and innovation in science. She is the author of many articles and books, including Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT, 2008) and Faraday to Einstein: Constructing Meaning in Scientific Theories (Kluwer, 1984, 1990).

Roy Sorensen (Washington University in St. Louis)

Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Sorensen’s research interests range from philosophy of language, to epistemology, to metaphysics. He is the author of six books, including Blindspots (Oxford, 1988), Thought Experiments (Oxford, 1992), and Seeing Dark Things: The Philosophy of Shadows (Oxford, 2008).

Details

Dates: Summer Institute: June 16 and 17, 2010 (Summer Institute participants are welcome to attend, as observers, the workshop Science without Data: The Role of Thought Experiments in Empirical Investigations, that will be held on June 18 and 19 at Dalhousie University (there is no workshop fee, but we are unfortunately unable at this time to pay for observers meals or travel expenses).)

Location: University of King’s College/Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada

Organizers:    Dr. Mélanie Frappier, University of King’s College

Dr. Letitia Meynell, Dalhousie University

Application deadline: May 1, 2010


Application procedure

The programme will consist in a series of seminars exploring the literature on thought experiments. The Institute is designed for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and faculty members interested, but new to the research on thought experiments.

To apply, participants need to send a short CV or letter of interest to the melanie.frappier@ukings.ns.ca. Students interested in presenting and discussing their own work on thought experiments during the Summer Institute are encouraged to send, along with their application, a copy of their work (or a long abstract) for review.

A notice of admission, together with a detailed syllabus, will be sent to successful applicants by May 10, 2010.

The programme fee is CDN $300 and includes tuition, coffee breaks and lunches on the two days of the Summer Institute. Affordable accommodations will be available at the residences of Dalhousie University. Payments should be made by cheque or money order upon admission to the programme.

For further information please contact:

Mélanie Frappier (melanie.frappier@ukings.ns.ca)
University of King’s College
6350 Coburg Road
Halifax, NS, Canada
B3H 2A1
(p) 902-422-1271, extension 181
(f) 902-423-3357

Workshop: ARTEFACTS XV

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ARTEFACTS XV

Call for Papers: A Workshop to Explore the Significance and Impact of Artefacts (Artefacts XV Poster PDF)

ARTEFACTS XV is for:

  • Museum professionals,
  • Academics and their Graduate students who are looking for new ways to interpret the preserved material culture of science and technology.

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, and Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa

Dates: September 19-21, 2010

(Optional Visits will also be offered)

WORKSHOP THEME: KNOWLEDGE ON THE MOVE:

Conflict, Displacement and Re-Engineering Society — 1933 to 1989

The mass movement of people displaced in Europe was a transformative social phenomenon of the period leading up to and following the Second World War. Many of those immigrants were scientists, engineers, designers and others with technical skills and pent up innovative energies. Their institutions and innovative technologies were left behind or unceremoniously stripped away but their knowledge of science and technology, aesthetic theories and convictions invigorated their new environments and adopted institutions. The result, from the turbulent ‘30s to the end of the Cold War, was a technological and cultural transformation of their – and our — world.

This ARTEFACTS workshop will investigate that transformation and movement of scientific and technological artefacts — from communications, to computers, art, music, and, of course, science.

Deadline for receipt of proposals for sessions and papers is: Friday, June 11th. Proposals should indicate how the selected object(s) will play a critical role in your presentation(s). A decision on proposals accepted for the workshop will be made by early July.

For submissions or further information contact Danielle Naoufal at: DNaoufal@technomuses.ca

ARTÉFACTS XV

Appel de communications: Un atelier pour explorer la signification et l’impact des artéfacts (Artefacts XV Poster PDF)

Artéfacts XV sert aux:

  • Professionnels de musée
  • Professeurs et leurs étudiants diplômés (3e cycle) qui cherchent de nouvelles méthodes pour interpréter la culture matérielle préservée de la science et de la technologie.

Endroit : Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada, et le Musée de l’aviation du Canada, Ottawa

Dates: De 19 au 21 septembre 2010 (des sorties facultatives seront aussi offertes)

THÈME DE L’ATELIER: LE SAVOIR EN MOUVEMENT

Conflit, déplacement et reconfiguration de la société – 1933 à 1989

Le mouvement massif des personnes déplacées en Europe fut un phénomène social transformateur de la période précédant et suivant la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Plusieurs de ces immigrants étaient des scientifiques, des ingénieurs, des concepteurs et autres, possédant des compétences techniques et des énergies innovatrices refoulées. Leurs institutions et leurs technologies innovatrices furent abandonnées ou dépouillées sans cérémonie, mais leurs connaissances de la science et de la technologie, leurs théories esthétiques et leurs convictions ont stimulé leurs nouveaux environnements et leurs institutions adoptives. Depuis les turbulentes années 30 jusqu’à la fin de la Guerre froide, le résultat fut une transformation technologique et culturelle de leur monde et du nôtre.

Cet atelier ARTÉFACTS étudiera cette transformation et ce mouvement des artefacts scientifiques et technologiques – des communications aux ordinateurs, à l’art, la musique,
et bien sûr la science.

La date limite pour recevoir les propositions pour les séances et les communications est fixée au vendredi le 11 juin. Les propositions devront indiquer le rôle critique joué par le ou les objet(s) sélectionné(s) dans votre ou vos présentation(s). Les propositions acceptées pour l’atelier seront sélectionnées vers le début de juillet.

Pour remettre vos propositions ou pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter Danielle Naoufal à DNaoufal@technomuses.ca

READING ARTIFACTS / LECTURE D’ARTÉFACTS

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READING ARTIFACTS

Summer Institute in Material Culture Research

Presented by:
Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation
Collection and Research Branch and Conservation Services

Our acclaimed and innovative 2009 Summer Institute broke new ground on how to approach history through intense study of artefacts by bringing together international experts and participants from diverse backgrounds. This years SI will use the same formula to expose you to a unique experience and change the way you appreciate objects and material culture.

The READING ARTIFACTS SUMMER INSTITUTE is for:

Graduate Students
Post-docs
Faculty interested in teaching history through artifacts
History professionals looking to expand their research methods

Participants will:

  • investigate artifacts, trade literature and photographic collections as resources for research, teaching, and the public presentation of history
  • work with leading collection scholars in a national museum setting to explore material culture methodologies and approaches
  • use artifacts as the centre of discussion and hands-on activities
  • immerse themselves in a material culture perspective of the technological past
  • learn the basics of conservation, cataloguing and developing collections in local environments – a growing and essential resource for history studies.

Location: Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates: August 16-20, 2010
Tuition: Students $250. Post-Docs $350; Faculty and Professionals $450
(includes breaks, lunches, and a field trip)
Some financial support for students may be provided.

Limit of 30 participants
Registration deadline: June 16th, 2010
For further information contact Anna Adamek at:

aadamek@technomuses.ca

Join our Google Group at: http://groups.google.ca/group/reading-artifacts-CSTM?hl=en&lnk=

LECTURE D’ARTÉFACTS

L’INSTITUT D’ÉTÉ POUR LA RECHERCHE DE LA CULTURE MATÉRIELLE

Présenté par :
La Société du musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada
La division de la collection et de la recherche et les services de conservation

Notre Institut d’été 2009 innovatif et acclamé a ouvert de nouvelles portes sur la façon d’approcher l’histoire à travers une étude intense des artrefacts en rapprochant les experts internationaux et les participants de divers milieux. L’ IÉ de cette année utilisera la même formule pour vous révéler une expérience unique et changer votre appréciation des objets et de la culture matérielle.

L’Institut d’été pour la lecture d’artéfacts sert aux :
Étudiants diplômés (troisième cycle)
Étudiants post-doctoraux
Facultés intéressées à enseigner l’histoire par le biais des artéfacts
Historiens professionnels cherchant à élargir leurs méthodes de recherche

Les participants pourront :

  • examiner les artéfacts, les catalogues de fabricants et les collections de photographies comme ressources pour la recherche, l’enseignement et la présentation publique de l’histoire
  • travailler avec d’importants spécialistes de collection dans un cadre de musée national afin d’explorer les méthodologies et les approches de la culture matérielle
  • utiliser les artéfacts comme point central de discussion et d’activités pratiques
  • se plonger dans une perspective de culture matérielle du passé technologique
  • apprendre les notions de base de conservation, de catalogage et de développement des collections dans des environnements locaux – une ressource croissante et essentielle pour l’étude de l’histoire.

Endroit : Le Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Dates : Du 16 au 20 août 2010

Frais : Étudiants $250; Post-Doctorats $350; Faculté et professionnels $450
(inclut les pause-cafés, dîners, et sortie)
Une aide financière mai être offertes aux étudiants

Une limite de 30 participants
Date limite pour l’inscription : le 16 juin 2010.
Pour plus d’informations, prière de contacter Anna Adamek à :

aadamek@technomuses.ca

Rejoignez notre Groupe Google à l’adresse :
http://groups.google.ca/group/reading-artifacts-CSTM?hl=en&lnk=

Workshop: “Going Global”, Whipple Museum, 2010-2-12

From Josh Nall, of the Whipple Museum:

On February 12th the Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Cambridge, will host a half-day workshop entitled Going Global. The workshop will feature talks by historians who have studied globes in the Whipple collection, and by the globe conservator Sylvia Sumira, who will discuss the recent work she has carried out on several globes held by the Museum.

The workshop will be free and open to all. More details can be found on the Whipple’s website:

http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/events/goingglobal/

List members may also be interested to know that the Whipple’s special exhibition of over forty globes from the Whipple Museum’s collection has been extended, and will now run until at least the summer:

http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/exhibitions/globes/

And if you can’t make it to Cambridge, you can always read more about some of the globes in our collection on the Whipple’s ‘explore’ website:

http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/whipple/explore/globes/