The 7th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science

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We are happy to welcome you in Oslo for the 7th Norwegian Conference on the History of Science. The meeting is hosted by The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo.

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The conference will bring together scholars working on the history of science, medicine and technology on any theme, topic or period to discuss historical, epistemological, political, institutional and ethical issues of relevance to both a Scandinavian and an international audience. The conference aims at providing a forum for stimulating discussions among researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers.

We are happy to announce that Theodore M. Porter and Pedro Ruiz-Castell will be keynote lecturers for the conference. See program for more information.

Three years have passed since the conference was last held. This year’s organizing committee, which was set up on an ad hoc basis at the previous conference, hopes to revive the tradition, by organizing it as a biannual event. To make this happen a constitutive meeting will be held in Oslo in November with the aim of electing a permanent organizing committee.

The conference is hosted by The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo.

Important Dates

17. September 2018: The deadline for papers and sessions submission has been extended. New deadline is September 17th
21. September 2018: Notification of acceptance
24. October 2018: Registration deadline for presenting authors
31. October 2018: Registration deadline for all participants
15.–16. November 2018: Conference

For conference news and announcements, regularly check the website.

Registration

Registration fee: NOK 1 245,-
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Contact us

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Hosts

We are looking forward to seeing you in Oslo!

On behalf of the (ad hoc) Organizing Committee,
Thomas Brandt, Svein Atle Skålevåg, Ketil Gjølme Andersen, Jon Røyne Kyllingstad and Vera Schwach

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The conference is hosted by The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo. The conference language will be English.

 



Kiruna 2019: Teknik- och vetenskapshistoriska dagar – Second call for papers

Nationalkommittén för teknik- och vetenskapshistoria tillsammans med Historia vid Luleå tekniska universitet har glädjen att inbjuda till de Teknik- och vetenskapshistoriska dagarna den 27 - 29 mars 2019 i Kiruna.

Vi utlovar en trevlig konferens i spännande miljöer.

På vår hemsida återfinns preliminärt program och annan information om Kiruna och konferensen. Hemsidan uppdateras kontinuerligt.

Väl mött!

 

 



Previous conferences

Norwegian Conferences on the History of Science

The first Norwegian Conference on the History of Science was organized in Oslo in 2007 with the aim of establishing a national network for historians of science. The inaugural meeting proved a success and set the basis for stimulating discussions among the wider academic community, which includes scholars working on the history of technology and medicine. The following conferences in Tromsø 2009, Trondheim 2010, Oslo 2011, Bergen 2013 and Oslo 2015, have further expanded its scope to forge a forum for both national and international exchange of ideas and collaboration.

Previous conferences

11-13 February 2015, Norsk teknisk museum
24-25 January 2013, University of Bergen
20-22 November 2011, University of Oslo
14-17 October 2010, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim
10-12 November 2009, Tromsø/Lofoten
20-22 May 2008, University of Oslo


Key notes

We are happy to announce that Theodore M. Porter and Pedro Ruiz-Castell will be keynote lecturers for the conference.

  • Theodore M. Porter is Distinguished Professor of History at the UCLA, and is widely known for his contributions to the history of statistics and statistical thinking. He is the author of The Rise of Statistical Thinking (1986) and Trust in numbers (1995), in which he explored statistical methods and ideas and how they arose within specific contexts of application.

    His most recent book Genetics in the madhouse. The unknown history of human heredity (2018) explores the contributions of early psychiatry to the study of human heredity, long before the development of a concept of the gene. See also http://www.history.ucla.edu/faculty/theodore-porter

  • Pedro Ruiz-Castell is Professor in the history of science at the University of Valencia (Spain). His research and publications have focused on the history of astronomy in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, science in the public sphere and scientific instruments. His talk will address the political uses of scientific and technological collections. See also http://uv.academia.edu/PedroRuizCastell

Program

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Wednesday 14 November19:00–21:00 

Venue: The Astronomical Observatory, University of Oslo (Adress: Observatoriegata 1)

All conference participants are invited to an informal gathering with wine and nibbles.
The event is sponsored and organized by the Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo.
Please register here: https://doodle.com/poll/iwz2naf8t5y4kxgt.

Information in Norwegian about the observatory

Thursday 15 November 2018, The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology.

Venue: The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

Address: Kjelsåsveien 143, 0491 Oslo. 

Please note that the museum is located about seven km north of the city centre of Oslo: Further information.

 08:30–09:00 
  Registration and morning coffee at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
Conference area, floor 1  

 09:15–09:30    Opening welcome by Frode Meinich, Director of The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology,
Bjørn Vidar Johansen, Head of Section for Museum of University and Science History, University of Oslo
and Thomas Brandt, Head of Conference Program Committee.
Auditorium, floor 1 

 09:30–10:30 
  Keynote plenary talk: Pedro Ruiz-Castell, University of Valencia: “Making heritage: The political uses of scientific and technological collections” 
Auditorium, floor 1 

 10:30–10:45    Coffee break with fruit

 10:45–12:00 
 

Plenary round table: “Why bother to preserve, study and communciate scientific and university heritage, and how should we do it?” 
Auditorium, floor 1 

Organizer: Jon R. Kyllingstad, University of Oslo

  1. Introduction (20 minutes)  
    Bjørn Vidar Johansen, Anne Vaalund and Jon Kyllingstad. MUV: Department of university history at Cultural history museum, University of Oslo

  2. Short presentations (20–25 minutes all in all)
     
    • Ellen Grav Ellingsen. The Norwegian university of science and technology
    • Magnus Vollset, University of Bergen
    • Frode Weium/Ellen Lange. Norwegian museum of science and technology

  3. Panel discussion (40 minutes) 

 12:00–13:00 
  Lunch at the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology
Mezzanine, floor 3

 13.00–17.00 
  Parallel sessions:

   

Session A: Medicine (Auditorium, floor 1), 13:00–14:40

Chair: Svein Atle Skålevåg, University of Bergen

  • Anne Kveim Lie, University of Oslo: “Untreated syphilis – from Oslo to Alabama and back” 
  • Magnus Vollset, University of Bergen: “Leprosy and cancer: The story of a dead end research project”  
  • Steven Server, Pritzker School, University of Chicago: “’A Test of Conscience’: The emotional dimensions of medical education, Mexico 1935-1940” 
  • Kari Tove Elvbakken, University of Bergen and Helle Margrete Meltzer, Norwegian Institute of Public Health: “Research, knowledge and policy on iodine and goitre – The case of Norway 1850–2010”

   

Session B: Instrumental history /Earth (LAB, floor 3), 13:00–14:40

Chair: Jon R. Kyllingstad

  • Robert Marc Friedman, University of Oslo: “Scholarship vs Branding: History of Science in an Age of Hype”
  • Terje Brundtland, Independent Scholar: “Lab-auroras before Birkeland”
  • Bjørn Ragnvald Pettersen, Norwegian University of Environmental and Life Sciences: “The transit instrument and the geographical latitude”
  • Christer Nordlund, University of Umeå: “Understanding Field Science Institutions: On opportunities and conflicts”

 14:40–15:00    Coffee break with cake
   

Session C: Mind (Auditorium, floor 1), 15:00–16:40

Chair: Thomas Brandt, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • Magne Brekke Rabben, Norwegian University of Science and Technology: “Humane treatment and means of control in Norwegian high security psychiatry c. 1923–1960: The case of Reitgjerdet asylum”
  • Svein Atle Skålevåg, University of Bergen: “Hypochondria”
  • Isak Lønne Emberland, independent scholar: “Sleep at the Thresholds: Boundary-work in Henri Piérons sleep research”
  • Kristine Lillestøl, University of Oslo: “CFS/ME – a grandchild of neurasthenia? Reflections on the mobilization of history in current medical debates” 

   

Session D: Bodies (LAB, floor 3), 15:00-16:40

Chair: Ketil G. Andersen, the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology

  • Anna Lindemann, Sigmund Freud University, Vienna: “Clinical Observation and Objectivity in the 18th and 19th Century”
  • Thale Sørlie, the Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology: “’The ideal man’: Physical anthropological photography and the Norwegian self image”  
  • Tone Druglitrø, University of Oslo: “Paper care. The genre of animal research applications as good science and good governance.”
  • Kirsten Linde, Museums of Akershus: “Gasoline stations in Akershus – Innovations and technical developments”.   

 16:40–17:00    Coffee break with fruit
 17:00–18:00 
 

Plenary talk in the museum exhibition FOLK, floor 2 

Ageliki Lefkaditou, The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology: “Narratives upon narratives: Curating the history of anthropology.” 

 18:00–18:30    Wine reception

 18:30–22:00 

 

Conference dinner at The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. Transport exhibition, floor 3 
Post dinner session: The Nazi Politics of Space. Tour in the Grossraum exhibition by Ketil Gjølme Andersen, The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology.
Trains from the museum (Kjelsås station) to Oslo central station at 20:37, 21:17 and 22.35.

Friday 16 November 2018, Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo. 


Venue: University of Oslo, University Library, (Universitetsbiblioteket) Georg Sverdrups hus
Adress: Moltke Moes vei 39, 0315 Oslo. See map here.

 09:00–10:00 
  Meeting: The future of the Norwegian history of science conferences. Agenda: establishing a standing committee?
 
 10:15–11:30 
  Keynote plenary talk: Theodore M. Porter, UCLA: “Norwegian Madness and the Data Science of Heredity, 1825–1914.” 

 11:30–12:30 
  Lunch 

 12:30–15:00 
  Parallel sessions:

     
   

Session E: Heredity (Room TBA), 12:30–14:00

Chair: Ageliki Lefkaditou, The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology. 

  • Dominic Berry, Narrative Science: “Making DNA and its becoming an experimental commodity”. 
  • Elisabeth Neswald, Brock University: “International Collaboration and Colonial Networks in Francis Gano Benedict’s racial metabolism research programme”. 
  • Jim W. Porter, Uppsala University: “A New Hereditarianism: Nature-Nurture Interaction, «Intelligence,» and Educational Policy in the post-WWII US (1945–1960)”. 
  • Jon R. Kyllingstad: “The geography and history of Sami genes: Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (1994) and the study of ethnic groups and boundaries in North-Scandinavian prehistory”. 

   

Session F: Politics (Room TBA), 12:30–13:10

Chair: Vera Schwach, Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education. 

  • Pål Nygaard, Norwegian Business School: “Nuclear waste, an unsolvable dilemma? Difference of temporality in politics and the nuclear fuel life cycle”. 
  • Daniel Normark and Ingemar Pettersson, Uppsala University: “Mastering the flavor of rapeseed: materiality, management, and the senses at Margarinbolaget 1926–1964”.
   

Session G: Museology (Room TBA), 13:10–14:00  

Chair: Ingebjørg Eidhammer, Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology.

  • Bergsveinn Thorsson, University of Oslo: “From steam engines to plants in shopping carts: Wandering around the Anthropocene in a museum of science and technology”. 
  • Jason A. Falkenburg, University of Oslo: “Looking Through Portals: An investigation into stave church portals as display object in Norwegian museum settings”. 

 14.30–16.00 
  Parallel sessions:

   

Session H: Traditions & transitions (Room TBA), 14:30–16:00

Chair: Olof Ljungström, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

  • Andreas Rydberg, Uppsala University: “Living faith and knowledge in early eighteenth century German theology, philosophy and medicine.” 
  • Hilde Norrgrén, University of Oslo: “Hans Egede and the Philosophers’ Stone: Alchemical practice in the Colony of Hope.”    
  • Armel Cornu-Atkins, Uppsala University: “The Moral Economy of Mineral Waters - Chemical and moral standards in the eighteenth-century bottled water trade.” 
  • Brigitte Van Tiggelen, Science History Institute, and Annette Lykknes, Norwegian University of Science and Technology: “A tale of resilience: the periodic system after radioactivity and the discovery of the neutron.”
     
   

Session I (Room TBA), Panel: Science, Techno-Science and Sustainability in Scandinavia, 14:30–16:00

Session organizer: Peder Anker, New York University. 
Commentator: Hallvard Notaker, University of Oslo. 

  • Håvard Brede Aven, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences: “Ecology, nuclear energy and the boundaries of techno-science.”
  • Sabine Höhler, Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm: “Plant Engineering and Visions of Forest Design in Sweden in the 1960s.”
  • Peder Anker: “The Power of the Periphery: A Global History of Ecology in Norway.”

 16:00–16:20 
 

In plenary: The conclusion of the Seventh Norwegian Conference on the History of Science

 


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Program Committee

Thomas Brandt
Department of Historical Studies, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

Jon Røyne Kyllingstad
Museum of Cultural History, section for Museum of University History, University of Oslo

Ketil Gjølme Andersen
Norwegian Museum for Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine

Svein Atle Skålevåg
Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion, University of Bergen

Vera Schwach
Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education


Venues, travel and accommodation

Oslo is easily reached by air, sea, railway, bus, or car. All major airlines offer daily direct flights, which connect Oslo to main European cities. For more information on how to get here, please follow the links below:

Wednesday 14 November, 19.00-21.00: Wine Reception at The Astronomical Observatory, University of Oslo (Observatoriegata 1 (near Solli plass, a 10-15 minute walk from the city center))

How to get there:

  • Tram no. 12 and 13 (Stop: Solli),
  • Tram no. 19 (Stop: Inkognitogata)
  • Bus no. 30 (Stop: Solli)
  • Bus no. 31 (Stop: Solli)
  • Bus no. 21 (Stop: Lapsetorvet)

Thursday 15. November: The Norwegian Museum of Science, Technology, Industry and Medicine. The museum is located at Kjelsåsveien 143 north of the city center.

How to get there:

  • Red bus number 54, “Kjelsås”, leaves from Jernbanetorget in front of the Central station to the museum. Stop: Kjelsås station (last stop). The trip takes appr. 28 minutes.

  • Blue tram, number 11, “Majorstuen – Kjelsås”, and number 12, “Majorstuen – Kjelsås” both leave from Jernbanetorget (Europarådets plass). Stop: Midtoddveien (last stop). It is a short walk from the entrance to the museum. 

  • Train L3 (direction Jaren) and R30 (direction Gjøvik) from Oslo S to Kjelsås (13 min).   

Friday 16. November: University of Oslo: Georg Sverdrups hus at Blindern campus. The campus can easiest be reached by metro (t-bane) line 4 or 5 to Blindern station. See map of Blindern campus: https://www.uio.no/english/about/getting-around/areas/blindern/

For Accomodation options and things to do, please visit the official travel guide: Visit Oslo.

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Contact us

For any queries regarding the conference, please contact: Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Oslo!

On behalf of the (ad hoc) Organizing Committee,
Thomas Brandt, Svein Atle Skålevåg, Ketil Gjølme Andersen, Jon Røyne Kyllingstad and Vera Schwach

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UiO Segl 150dpi logoThe conference is hosted by The Norwegian Museum of Science and Technology and Museum of Cultural History by its department Museum of University History, University of Oslo.

 

 

 

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