9th International Conference for the History of Chemistry (Uppsala, 21-24/08/2013)

 Theme: Chemistry in material culture
 
This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines, including history of science and technology, economic history, cultural heritage research and the STS-field, as well as participants from chemistry, material science and related disciplines who have an interest in contributing to the writing of the history of their fields.
 
Chemistry is the premier science dealing with the material world. From early modern times to the present, chemists have been involved in the analysis and synthesis of materials, in manufacture and industrial production. Engaging in diverse fields such as medicine, metallurgy, dyeing, agriculture, et cetera the science had an important part in the shaping of the modern world, and was in turn shaped through its interactions with technology and industry.
 
Simultaneously, the chemical laboratory is a site where our concepts of reality have been redefined. Historically, chemists have had an important role in defining the relationship of modern culture with the material world.
 
The conference will investigate all aspects of the history of alchemy and chemistry in its engagement with material culture, including the chemistry of materials and philosophies of matter. Papers might address:
 

  • Chemical sites, objects and practices as cultural heritage
  • The philosophical meaning of chemical “materiality”
  • Chemical industry and the commodification of chemicals
  • The cultural and economic significance of elements and other chemical “objects”
  • Museum collections of chemical instruments and other chemistry-related objects
  • Laboratories and experiments

 
Confirmed invited speakers:
 
Mine, thine, and ours: Collaboration and the material culture of the 20th Century Chemical Laboratory - Mary Jo Nye, Oregon State University, USA
 
The invisible heritage: Increasing relevance and use of material sources in the history of science - Marta Lourenço, University of Lisbon, Portugal
 
Uncovering and trading secret materials in the 17th century, or, How to make the Bologna stone - Lawrence Principe, Johns Hopkins University, USA
 
For more details, see http://www.9ichc.se
 
 

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