De magische lantaarn en het spektakel van de wetenschap. Kurt Vanhoutte (Antwerpen) verzorgt de Huygens-Descarteslezing 2022 (Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, vrijdag 3 juni 2022)

Wetenschappers en entertainers, leraren en priesters, politici en obscurantisten: in de tweede helft van de negentiende eeuw deden ze enthousiast een beroep op het revolutionaire medium van de toverlantaarn: om te informeren, te beleren en te vermaken. Ze brachten niet zelden een publiek op de been van meer dan duizend toeschouwers per keer. In zekere zin legde de moderniteit hiermee de grondslag voor de film, maar ook voor de diaprojector en zijn actuele digitale varianten. Lees meer…

Launch event: Journal of Trial and Error (Online, 30 November 2020)

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The Journal of Trial and Error, a project based in Utrecht and sponsored by the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities (Utrecht University), is proudly announcing the publication of its first issue and the online launch event where contributors, editors, and a distinguished keynote speaker will present the first works published, the outlook of the journal, and today’s issues in academic publishing. Lees meer…

Workshop: Hoger onderwijs-governance in historisch perspectief (10 oktober 2019)

Tijdens de workshop Hoger Onderwijs Governance in Historisch Perspectief op 10 oktober 2019 georganiseerd door VU-onderzoeker Floris van Berckel Smit, worden verschillende governancemodellen in het hoger onderwijs, waaronder benaderingen geïnspireerd door New Public Management, geduid en bediscussieerd.

Tijdens de workshop Hoger Onderwijs Governance in Historisch Perspectief op 10 oktober 2019 georganiseerd door VU-onderzoeker Floris van Berckel Smit, worden verschillende governancemodellen in het hoger onderwijs, waaronder benaderingen geïnspireerd door New Public Management, geduid en bediscussieerd. Lees meer…

Boekpresentatie: Onweer (Leiden, 17 mei 2019)


Hoe reageren mensen op de gevolgen van natuurgeweld? Van oudsher werden bijvoorbeeld donder en bliksem gezien als Gods strafwerktuigen. De uitvinding van de bliksemafleider door Benjamin Franklin in 1752 bracht hierin echter verandering. Welke gevolgen hadden de uitvinding en invoering van de bliksemafleider voor de manier waarop men aankeek tegen het onweer, zowel in wetenschappelijk, religieus als artistiek opzicht? Lees meer…

Call for Papers and Panels: The Making of the Humanities VIII, “Decentralizing the History of the Humanities” (University of Cape Town, South Africa, November 21–23, 2019; Deadline 1 July 2019)

The Making of the Humanities conference series is going to South Africa! The University of Cape Town will host the 8th conference in the series, from 21 till 23 November 2019, at the facilities of the Faculties of Economics and Law (Middle Campus). Lees meer…

Conference: Teaching the history of Knowledge: Purposes, Problems, Practices (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, 20 March 2019)

This one-day conference, organized by the VU Stevin Centre in celebration of its fifth anniversary, focuses on the rationales of teaching the history of knowledge and on finding appealing ways of doing so. How do we convey the important and relevance of our courses? And what exactly is our message? What, for instance, is the added value for medical students of a course in the history of medicine? Which competences should we aim to teach in our courses? And how can we innovate and optimize our teaching? How do we cater for the needs of several different target groups? What do museums have to offer to our students? How can we make students experience the so-called “historical sensation”?

Read more on the web site of CLUE

CfA: 5th International Conference on the History and Philosophy of Computing (Bergamo, Italy, 28-30 October 2019; Deadline 30 April 2019)

Today more than ever computers have taken center stage in our lives: science, economy, politics, art, there is no single human endeavour that has been left unaffected by Information Technologies. Whether this impact is positive or negative, is still very much up for debate.

People connected to the Internet can enjoy an unprecedented amount of information and computing power at their disposal, but more and more negative side effects of a widespread use of computers are brought to our attention: automation bias, echo chambers, shortened attention spans, job displacement, election hacking are just a few examples. The latest AI-hype fuelled by computationally feasible machine learning techniques have brought to reality philosophical topics previously relegated to mental experiments and theoretical discourses. The trolley problem has never been more popular thanks to self-driving cars. Lees meer…

Call for Papers: Memory and Identity in the Learned World Community. Formation in the Early Modern World of Science and Learning (Deadline: 1 May 2019)


On November 7-9, 2019, the ERC project Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks (SKILLNET) will organize a conference at Utrecht University on memory and identity in the early modern learned world. The central question for this conference is how scholars, scientists, and learned men and women formed a community by remembering and identification. Confirmed keynote speakers are prof. dr. Karl Enenkel and prof. dr. Judith Pollmann. Lees meer…

Conference: Researcher meets Curator (Maastricht, 22 March 2019)


As a historical and literary genre, the biography has gone through a metamorphosis over the past decades. Until fairly recently, its usual shape consisted of a chronological narrative, from the cradle to the grave, fixed mostly on a more or less autonomous development of the person being described. That has changed significantly: not only is the strict adherence to chronology no longer a given, biographies increasingly focus on a particular aspect of a person’s life. Alternatively, historians seek to investigate someone’s life as part of a wider historical question, be it cultural, economic, or social. And finally, the very term “biography” is often being used in a much broader sense: we see biographies not only of people, but also of objects, geographical features, and even events.

The aim of this conference is to create an inventory of these related developments, and explore their consequences for curators, archivists and researchers of university collections alike.

Read more at the Stichting Academisch Erfgoed web site

Afscheidssymposium en -rede Prof. Ernst Homburg (Maastricht, 26 april 2019)


Foto: Joey Roberts Op 26 april a.s. neemt Ernst Homburg afscheid als hoogleraar ‘Geschiedenis van Wetenschap en Techniek’. Deze leerstoel in de faculteit der Cultuur- en Maatschappijwetenschappen aan de Universiteit Maastricht is in 2002 ingesteld door de Stichting Historie der Techniek. Lees meer…