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 2021 (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 present 0.5 day per week, in principle, on Fridays when the editorial team meets virtually or in Utrecht, and to take up tasks during the rest of the week.

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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

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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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