The conference will include papers focusing on the dynamic
intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) and print culture. Papers might address ways in which STEM—its histories and materials, its theories and practices, its economics, and its practitioners—affects or is affected by print culture. These approaches might include: innovations in the production and circulation of print; patterns of authorship and reading; publication, and dissemination of knowledge in the history of STEM.
Alternatively, taking the various theories and methodologies that
have grown out of half-a-century of historical and social studies of
STEM, papers could investigate the social construction of STEM
knowledge through print; technologies of experimentation and
inscription as a print culture of the laboratory; and the social
networks of readership in the production of scientific consensus or
conflict. Though our emphasis is on the United States scene, we
welcome submissions from other areas of the globe as well.
The keynote speaker will be Professor James A. Secord, of Cambridge
University, Director of the Darwin Correspondence Project, and author of many publications, including the award-winning Victorian
Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception and Secret
Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation,
(University of Chicago Press, 2000).
Proposals for individual papers or complete sessions (up to three
papers) should include a 250-word abstract and a one-page c.v. for
each presenter. If possible, submissions should be made via email.
The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2008. Notifications of
acceptance will be made by early March.
As with previous conferences, we anticipate producing a volume of
papers from the conference for publication in a volume in the
Center’s series, “Print Culture History in Modern America,” published by the University of Wisconsin Press. A list of books the Center has produced, available on the Center’s website (http://
slisweb.lis.wisc.edu/~printcul/), offers a guide to prospective authors.
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