9th Gewina Meeting of Historians of Science in the Low Countries: Register now!

Contested Expertise: Trust in Science and Technology

Woudschoten Conference Center, Zeist, 17-18 June 2022

Welcome to the conference! We want to thank you for your enthusiastic response to the call for papers and look forward to your presentations. If you have any questions about registration, the programme, or other organisational issues, please mail us at contestedexpertise@gmail.com

Programme

Please click here to download the latest Programme of the Conference (updated on 13 June 2022).

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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: 18 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.

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Scriptieprijs: Oproep voor inzendingen

Scriptieprijs 2022

Oproep voor inzendingen Gewina-Descartes-Huygens Scriptieprijs voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis

In 2013 riep Gewina de Gewina-Descartes-Huygens Scriptieprijs voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteitsgeschiedenis in het leven. Tijdens de negende Gewina Woudschoten Conferentie op 17 en 18 juni 2022 te Zeist zal deze prijs voor de vierde keer uitgereikt worden. 

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Online Gewina Woudschoten meeting

Karikatuur op de koepokken inenting

HISTORY OF SCIENCE IN TIMES OF A PANDEMIC

Friday 18 June 2021

Because of the continuing uncertainty regarding the pandemic and the social character of the Woudschoten conference, the Woudschoten organising committee and Gewina board have decided to postpone the congress to 17–18 June 2022. 

In order to still meet each other, an online meeting is organised on Friday afternoon 18 June 2021. See the Programme and Link below.

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