Opening Symposium Stevin Centre for the History of Science and Humanities (Amsterdam, 18/03/2014)

On March 18, The VU University of Amsterdam will kick off the activities of its new Stevin Centre for the History of Science and Humanities with an opening symposium.
 
The VU has traditionally attached importance to offering an introduction into the history of their discipline to students. In 1946, the internationally renowned historian of science, Reijer Hooykaas, was appointed professor for the history of science, making the VU the first Dutch university to make this discipline a structural part of teaching and research. By giving the history of science a place in the ‘Academic Core’ of each bachelor student’s curriculum, the university reaffirms this approach.
 
The Stevin Centre was founded to offer these bachelor courses in the history of science. In addition, it has formulated a common research theme entitled “Knowledge Practices and Normativity within their Historical Context”. This theme has links with the research of most of the participants. The concept of science will be problematised, and the role of philosophical, normative, religious and legal aspects will be central in the historical analysis. The Stevin Centre aims at making its results available to the wider community. To achieve this, it organises activities for the VU community, and special activities for particular groups.
 
Programme
 
13h30-13h45  Opening speech - Frank van der Duyn Schouten (rector magnificus VU Amsterdam)
 
13h45-14h00  History of Science and Humanities at the VU, from Hooykaas to the Stevin Centre - Ida Stamhuis (director Stevin Centre for History of Science and Humanities, VU Amsterdam)
 
14h00-14h15  The Responsibilities of the History and Philosophy of Science - Wijnand Mijnhardt (former director Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities, Utrecht University)
 
14h15-15h00  The Many Uses of the History of Science - Hasok Chang (HPS Department, University of Cambridge)
 
15h30-15h50  Euclid’s Elements and the History of Philosophy - Marije Martijn (Faculty of Philosophy, VU Amsterdam)
 
15h50-16h10  Reijer Hooykaas and the History of Science - Ab Flipse (VU Amsterdam)
 
16h10-16h30  Science, Education and Society - John Exalto (Faculty of Psychology and Education, VU Amsterdam)
 
Mardi 18 mars 2014, de 13h30 à 16h30
 
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Main Building (1st floor, e-wing),  Room 'Filmzaal PThU'
De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam
 
Admission is free, but please register in advance by sending an e-mail to stevincentre(at)vu.nl.

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