1 de octubre de 2014

Recent dissertations

You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 75-04 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts pertaining to the history of science and  medicine at the following URL: 

ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues.  No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random.  Thus titles will range from 2015-yes they have some 2015 dates-back into the late 1990’s.

Please share this information with your colleagues and students.

As always your comments and corrections are always welcome.

Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D.
History of Medicine Librarian
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh

30 de septiembre de 2014

Biblioteca Digital de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina

Estimados amigos:

Poco a poco, aumenta el número de documentos accesibles a texto completo desde nuestra Biblioteca Virtual, proyecto en el que nos embarcamos hace más de un año con el objetivo de difundir los fondos de la Biblioteca y del Archivo de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. En la actualidad cuenta con unos 500 objetos digitales, y es nuestro propósito seguir incrementando esta cifra.

Podéis visitarlo en la siguiente dirección:

Igualmente, se pueden consultar nuestros fondos bibliográficos en el catálogo en línea:

Aprovecho la ocasión para enviaros un cordial saludo.

Nacho Díaz-Delgado Peñas
Biblioteca-Archivo de la Real Academia Nacional de Medicina
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28013 - Madrid
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Correo electrónico alternativo: biblioranm@yahoo.es ; biblioranm@gmail.com

Biblioteca Virtual:

CFP: Scientiae 2015 (Deadline: 17 November)

27-29 May 2015, Victoria College, University of Toronto

Keynotes: Anthony Grafton (Princeton) & Peter Dear (Cornell)

The CFP for Scientiae 2015 (Toronto, 27-29 May) is now available online. Paper, panel, and round-table proposals are invited for the fourth annual international conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (1450-1750). The major premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of practices and objects which had yet to be separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. Our approach, therefore, needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Attention is also given to mapping intellectual geographies through the tools of the digital humanities. Always, our focus must be on the subject-matter at hand, rather than on the disciplinary performances by which we access it. Although centred around the emergence of modern natural science, Scientiae is intended for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture.

Abstracts for individual papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of 1 hour and 30 minutes, a list of speakers and chair (with affiliations), a 500-word panel abstract, and individual abstracts from each speaker are required. Newly at Scientiae 2015, we also invite proposals for a limited number of topic-based roundtable sessions. These should feature brief presentations from 2 or 3 knowledgeable speakers on a defined but broad issue in early-modern intellectual history, with the intention of opening up multilateral discussion from the floor—the main business of the session.

All submissions should be made by 17 November 2014 using the online form here.

For any questions, please contact the conference convenor, James A.T. Lancaster.

Best wishes,

James A.T. Lancaster

H.B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Toronto), PhD Candidate (Warburg)
The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Studies
University of London


History of High-Technologies and Their Socio-Cultural Contexts

The International Committee for the History of Technology’s
42nd Symposium in Tel Aviv, Israel, 16-21 August 2015

The 42nd ICOHTEC Symposium will be held together with IEEE Histelcon in Tel Aviv from 16 to 21 August 2015. The main theme of the meeting will be History of High-Technologies and Their Socio-Cultural Contexts. The aim is to analyse the social, cultural, political, economic, scientific as well as military impact of high-technologies, ranging from recent and contemporary developments in computer technology through to innovations that were state-of-the-art in their own time, such as the telegraph, radar, and the jet engine. The conference will explore this complex process from national as well as international perspectives. It will trace both developers and users of high-technologies and their appropriation strategies. It addresses scholars from various backgrounds such as historians, sociologists, practicing engineers, and scientists.
The symposium covers all periods and areas of the globe. We invite submissions of new, original and unpublished work that offers fresh perspectives for the history of technology as well as exploring sources and methods.
The programme committee suggests the following non-exhaustive subthemes for the consideration of session organisers and contributors of individual papers, and posters:
  • High Technology as a Time- and Place-Bound Concept
  • Relationships of between High-Technologies, Science, Economics, Consumption, Politics, and Environment
  • Cross-Country Transfer of High Technology
  • From “Start-Up” Companies to Big Business? The History of Telecommunication, Information Technology, and Biotechnology
  • Inner Momentum of Technological and Scientific Developments vs. the Impact of Social and Cultural Forces
  • Age, Gender, and Ethnicity: their Historical Roles in Developing and Using High-Technologies
  • Contributions of Users and their Relationship to Developers of High-Technologies
  • Cultural and Social Effects of High-Technologies and the Development of High-Tech Communities
  • Resistance to the Development and Use of High-Technologies: Ethical, Cultural, Economic and Social Aspects
  • “Failure” and “Success” of Particular Technologies and Companies
  • The Impact of Political, Scientific, Economic, and Technological Framework Conditions on High-Technologies
  • Influence of High-Tech on Arts such as Music and Video
  • The Role of High-Tech Products and their Social and Cultural Impact in East-West-Relations during the Cold War and in the Post-Cold War Era
  • High-Tech and Utopia such as “the Atomic Age”, “the Electrical Age”, and “the Steam Age”
  • High-Tech in Science Fiction
ICOHTEC welcomes proposals for individual papers and posters, but preference will be given to organised sessions of three or more papers. The Programme Committee will also consider submissions not directly related to the symposium theme providing that they relate to the history of technology broadly defined.
All proposals should be submitted electronically by 2 February 2015 via our website: http://www.icohtec.org/annual-meeting-2015.html
In addition to the scientific programme, the symposium will include plenary sessions, business meetings, special sessions for the prize winning book and article, the general assembly of ICOHTEC as well as social events such as excursions, receptions, and a banquet. The campus of Tel Aviv University and the surrounding areas, with their intensive high-tech activities, offer an excellent venue for this meeting.
For suggestions about preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the guidelines: http://www.icohtec.org/proposal-guidelines.html
If you have any questions related to the scientific programme, paper, poster or session proposals, please, do not hesitate to contact Christopher Neumaier, the chair of the programme committee, via email neumaier@zzf-pdm.de.
Dr James F. Stark
Member of the Scientific Committee, ICHOTEC Symposium 2015
Research Fellow, University of Leeds

"Rethinking Patent Cultures", an AHRC Research Network, www.rethinkingpatentcultures.com
"Experiencing the Digital World", an AHRC Critical Review, www.digitalheritage.leeds.ac.uk
The Making of Modern Anthrax, 1875-1920, www.pickeringchatto.com/anthrax

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University of Leeds

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