CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th Gewina Woudschoten Conference

Karikatuur op de koepokken inenting

Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology

Zeist, 17–18 June 2022
Deadline for proposals: 1 March 2022

On 17-18 June 2022 Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch Society for the History of Science and Universities, will hold its 9th biannual meeting in the Woudschoten Hotel & Conference Centre (Zeist). This two-day conference brings together historians of science, humanities, medicine, universities and technology; and all those from other fields with an interest in the history of knowledge. The theme of this year’s conference is Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology.

Thematic scope of the Woudschoten conference

If there is anything that the Covid-19 pandemic shows, it is that social trust in science and technology is not self-evident. Expert claims about the severity of the disease and the dynamics of infection are met with skepticism and sometimes outright dismissal. This distrust is a sign of a broader development since the late twentieth century, in which expert knowledge seems to be losing ground in society. Knowledge institutions, such as universities, expert agencies and other professional mediators are under pressure as part of a more general sentiment to question foundations of ‘modern’ Western science and technology. At the same time, the humanities and social sciences face crises of trust in the form of the decolonization debate and the replication crisis. An overall crisis of trust in scientific knowledge (broadly conceived!) looms large. However, trust in these institutions and their knowledge practices has never been natural. Modern knowledge institutions rose to prominence in the early modern period and did so at the expense of other institutions such as guilds, churches, and the republic of letters. Scientific knowledge acquired social and cultural status at the expense of artisanal knowledge; disciplinary experts marginalized the polymath scholar. Trust had to be gained, and it has had to be continually maintained. The current crisis puts new pressure on the status of science and technology and the question what the response will be.

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • How is trust gained or lost in society?
  • Which actors and institutions play a central role in establishing and maintaining trust in science (including the social sciences and the humanities) and technology?
  • How are science and technology brought in discredit?
  • What are societal implications of this?
  • What are technologies of trust?
  • What is the role of science communication in building trust and what is the role of a long-term perspective in science communication?
  • Can networks of trust be identified and how did they evolve over in long-term perspective?

Format of submissions to the Woudschoten conference

We invite the submission of proposals for individual papers, posters, and pre-organized sessions. Pre-organized sessions can be e.g. chaired sessions consisting of three 20-min. papers, panel discussions (1.5 hrs), and hands- on or digital humanities demonstration sessions (1.5 hrs). Proposals for posters or individual 20-min. papers are also welcome. As this is an international conference, the principle language for proposals is English.

Please send your proposal of max. 200 words per paper / poster / panel / session to The deadline for proposals is 1 March 2022; applicants will be informed about the outcome of their proposal by 1 April.


The current COVID 19 pandemic is an enormous challenge for the organization of a conference. The GEWINA Woudschoten conference has always had an im‐ portant networking function: to bring historians of sciences, humanities, me‐ dicine, etc. together. Therefore the organizing committee is, at the time of writing this CfP (December 2021) planning to organize the conference as a live conference, in Zeist. If it turns out in late spring 2022 that it is not fea‐ sible to hold a live conference, the conference will in principle (again) be postponed for one year.

Wonderkamer 4: Het tweede leven van de dinosauriër

66 miljoen jaar geleden stierf de dinosauriër uit. 200 jaar geleden gunde de mens hem een tweede leven. Niet als een echt dier natuurlijk, maar als een product van wetenschappelijke inzichten en verbeelding. 

Het nieuwste nummer van Wonderkamer: Magazine voor wetenschapsgeschiedenis gaat over dit tweede leven van de dino. Hoe ontstond onze fascinatie voor dit uitgestorven dier? En wat zegt dat eigenlijk over ons?

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Call for Papers: ‘Van luis in de pels tot corporate glossy’

Congres ‘De ontwikkeling van de periodieke pers aan de Nederlandse en Belgische universiteiten sinds 1800’

Datum congres: 25 november 2022. Deadline abstracts: 1 juli 2022

Iedere Nederlandse en Belgische universiteit heeft er één: het universiteitsbrede blad dat zich richt op alle geledingen van de universiteit: studenten, wetenschappelijk en niet-wetenschappelijk personeel, en overige belangstellenden. Ze vormen een zichtbaar en bindend element in de complexe organisatie van de moderne universiteit.

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Job advertisement: Assistant Managing Editor


The Journal for the History of Knowledge is looking for an assistant managing editor (0.1 fte) to start on 1 January 2022 (or as close as possible to this date) for 6 months. The position can be prolonged depending upon positive evaluation and your continued registration as a student. You are expected to be available 0.5 day per week, to take part in the editorial team meeting remotely or in Utrecht, and to take up tasks during the rest of the week.

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Foto van Marieke die het symposium opent

Verslag van het publiekscongres ‘Academische werkdruk in historisch perspectief’

door Edurne De Wilde

Op vrijdag 8 oktober 2021 vond in Leiden het publiekscongres van Gewina plaats, georganiseerd door Dirk van Miert en Herman Paul. Het thema was ‘academische werkdruk in historisch perspectief’, maar het duurde niet lang eer de eerste opmerking over de actualiteitswaarde van dit onderwerp viel. Marieke Hendriksen, voorzitter van Gewina, opende het congres met de woorden: ‘Het doet me plezier dat jullie tijd vrij hebben kunnen maken om hier vandaag te zijn.’ Het werd een namiddag vol beschouwingen over drukke academici uit het verleden én het heden. 

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