The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites you to join us for a 1½-day conference, "Composition to Commerce: Chemistry, History, and the Wider World," to be held at our headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, USA, on 12–13 June 2009.
The history of chemistry has a long and distinguished lineage of chemist/historian practitioners. The professionalization of the history of science in the second half of the 20th century has broadened the topics of investigation in the history of chemistry, but also produced a need for historians to be aware of the methods and implications of their research. Today, historians of chemistry pursue a rich array of research topics ranging from medieval and early modern chymistry to contemporary nanotechnology, and from laboratory and industrial practice to the functions and challenges of chemistry in the public sphere. "Composition to Commerce: Chemistry, History, and the Wider World" is intended to bring together some of the leading scholars of the history of chemistry both to present the fruits of their current research and to reflect on how their work relates to general themes in the recent historiography of chemistry and science.
Organized by Seymour Mauskopf (Duke University), Alan Rocke (Case Western Reserve University), and Anke Timmermann (Chemical Heritage Foundation), the conference will commence on Friday, 12 June, with two back-to-back sessions on:
"Chemistry as Technoscience" (speakers Ursula Klein & Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent) and
"Material Culture of the Chemical Laboratory" (speakers Marco Beretta & Carsten Reinhardt)
Friday's sessions will be followed by a reception for all participants.
Saturday, 13 June, will feature sessions on:
"Alchemical/Chemical Practices in the Study and the Classroom" (speakers William Newman & Matthew Eddy),
"Chemists and Society in the 18th Century" (speakers Lissa Roberts & Mi Gyung Kim), and
"Chemistry in a Broader Context" (speakers Alan Rocke & Kathryn Steen).
The conference will close with a final keynote address from Seymour Mauskopf.
Full program details and paper abstracts can be found at
There is no fee to attend the conference, but registration is required through our website. You can register to attend just the Friday sessions, just the Saturday sessions, or the entire conference. Details on where CHF is and how to get to us can also be found on our website.
A member of the Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science, the Chemical Heritage Foundation is a research library, museum, and center for scholars focusing on the history and social studies of the chemical and allied sciences, technologies, and industries. Located in Philadelphia, CHF maintains world-class collections, including instruments and apparatus, rare books, fine art, and the personal papers of prominent scientists, all related to the chemical and allied sciences. CHF also hosts conferences and lectures, supports research, offers fellowships, and produces educational materials. Our programs and publications provide insight on subjects ranging from the social impact of nanotechnology to the history of alchemy.
Arnold Thackray Director,
Othmer Library & Special Collections of Chemical History
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 873-8284
Fax: (215) 629-5284
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