CALL FOR PAPERS: 9th Gewina Woudschoten Conference

Karikatuur op de koepokken inenting

Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology

Zeist, 9–10 July 2021
Deadline for proposals: 1 February 2021

On 9-10 July 2021 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.   

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Webinarserie: Open Science en Wetenschapsgeschiedenis

Michele Bitetto (Unsplash)

Na een succesvol begin eerder dit jaar biedt Gewina een tweede serie webinars aan, ditmaal gewijd aan Open Science.

De laatste jaren lijken hervormingsbewegingen die zich richten op structurele veranderingen van het wetenschapssysteem steeds meer aan terrein te winnen. De Open Science-beweging is daarvan misschien wel de opvallendste. Deze losjes georganiseerde groep wetenschappers maakt zich hard voor een meer transparantie in en over wetenschappelijk onderzoek.

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Harmen Beukers (1945–2020), in memoriam

Harm Beukers

by Harold J. Cook

I came to know Harmen Beukers as an energetic, courteous, sociable, and inquisitive scholar, someone holding to the ambition of bridging the alpha and beta worlds of the modern academy. Both sides have their blind spots, but he was eager to mark guideposts raised in the past so that we could recognize them when finding our own direction. He mentored me and many other students, scholars, and friends with a direct, no-nonsense care and friendship. He was a natural supporter of the institutions that make our lives possible, mobilizing his local network to set up a faculty club or in later years happily putting on an academic gown to fill out many academic boards for the dignity of a Ph.D. defense at his beloved Leiden University. Events he helped to organize might be for the public – like the annual open-house for the anatomical specimens in the university’s medical collections – but he hoped they would help to inspire knowledge more than elicit bewildering wonder. His kind of Dutch gentleman, I discovered, was both private and cosmopolitan, critical and exacting, seeking to investigate the facts with care and diligence; but Harm also had an open sense of humor and a love of being on the move, often venturing onto new ground by taking on fresh challenges, not least learning Japanese when no longer in his youth. He was a colleague and a teacher, and to at least some of us, a friend. 

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Call voor bijdragen Wonderkamer 3: Vertrouwen/wantrouwen in de wetenschap

Karikatuur op de koepokken inenting

Het derde nummer van het wetenschapshistorisch magazine Wonderkamer (juni 2021) staat in het teken van ‘Vertrouwen/wantrouwen in de wetenschap’. De redactie zoekt auteurs die belangrijk of vernieuwend onderzoek – of gewoon boeiende verhalen – over dit thema willen delen met een breed publiek. We zijn op zoek naar gevarieerde bijdragen: korte, rijk geïllustreerde artikelen (max. 2500 woorden), fotoreportages, interviews, objectbeschrijvingen etc. De voertaal is Nederlands.

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