WHAT IS A SCIENTIFIC AUTHOR? Cultures of Scientific Publishing
A One-Day Symposium, Friday, 10 May 2013
Sponsored by the Department of the History of Science
and the Book History Seminar of the Mahindra Humanities Center,Harvard University
CALL FOR PAPERS
For a century or more, observers of science have routinely called attention to links between the epistemic virtues of modern science – qualities such as objectivity, mobility, and capacity for rational consensus – and the practices of printing, publishing, and authorship that seem to undergird them. Values associated with the accessibility of knowledge claims to public scrutiny, the fair adjudication of credit, the accountability associated with peer review, and the establishment of credentials, have all been tied intimately to the figure of the scientific author. However, current upheavals in the world of publishing – exemplified, but by no means limited to, academic publishing – are making visible a space within which we might not only reevaluate these historical associations.
This one-day workshop, to be held at Mahindra Humanities Center of Harvard University on 10 May 2013, will bring together scholars working on all aspects of these questions, from the early modern period to the present, from the emergence of print to the current period of experimentation with new digital formats and spaces of evaluation. All papers will be precirculated two weeks before the event, and, while time will be allowed for short paper presentations, the bulk of the meeting will be devoted to intensive discussion. The event will include a tour of The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard and conclude with a round-table panel of Ann Blair, Robert Darnton, and Elizabeth Eisenstein.
We invite one-page paper proposals to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1st.
This workshop is organized by Marie-Claude Felton (Department of History, Harvard University), and Alex Csiszar (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University), in consultation with Ann Blair (Department of History, Harvard University).
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