The 2012 Porter Fortune Symposium at the University of Mississippi sponsored by the Department of History explores the intersection of scientific ideas about race and gender with medical practice and experimentation, from the 18th to the 20th century. As racialized science was developing, non-white bodies were often favorite subjects of medical research. This symposium seeks papers from the fields of history of science, history of medicine, and general history exploring the topic of how race and gender get written into (or out of) science, whether in the context of colonialism, slavery, healthcare policies, or museum acquisitions. The 3-day conference will be held from March 8 -10, 2012 on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
We are very happy to announce our keynote speaker for the event will be Londa Schiebinger, the John L. Hinds Professor of History of Science at Stanford University. Dr. Schiebinger is the author of Nature’s Body: Gender in the Making of Modern Science (winner of the 1995 Ludwik Fleck Book Prize), Plants and Empire: Colonial Bioprospecting in the Atlantic World (winner of the 2005 AHA prize in Atlantic History, and the Alf Andrew Heggoy Book Prize, French Colonial Historical Society, 2005), as well as numerous other works on race, gender, and science.
The University of Mississippi and its Department of History have held the Porter Fortune Symposium every year since 1975, on various topics. It is a three-day event, with both a keynote address and a number of thematic sessions. Typically, selections of the papers appear in an edited volume. Please submit a one-page proposal and a c.v. to conference organizers at: Theresa Levitt (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deirdre Cooper Owens (email@example.com). Please include in the body of the email: your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Panel submissions are also encouraged. These should include a 250-word rationale for the panel, as well as the 250-word abstract for each paper. Please submit each panel in one email message (including the names, affiliations, and contact information of each member).
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