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November 2016

History of Science Society 2016 Annual Meeting

November 3, 2016 - November 6, 2016

The 2016 HSS Annual Meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 3 - 6, 2016. Please save the date. Registration for the 2016 HSS Meeting will open July 1, 2016. See History of Science Society website for more details.

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Ullyot Public Affairs Lecture – Sir James Fraser Stoddart

November 10, 2016, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
CHF, 315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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In this free lecture 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry Sir James Fraser Stoddart will describe how the culture of science and the culture of art seamlessly nourish each other.

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$100 - $595

18th International Conference on Grey Literature: Leveraging Diversity in Grey Literature

November 28, 2016 - November 29, 2016
New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY
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The 18th International Conference on Grey Literature is a two-day conference on grey literature focusing on diversity as an effective way for information professionals to work together to innovate and create change. Diversity enhances creativity and encourages the search for new information and nuanced perspectives, leading to better decision-making and problem solving. Lunch will be provided. The intended audience for this conference is librarians, researchers, policy-makers, and publishers. Please visit the conference's website for more details. Conference topics include: Effectiveness…

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December 2016

Ligo Project – Science (as) Culture: Microbiome – The 1000-year view and how to get there (Part 3)

December 7, 2016, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Commons Cafe, 388 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
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The Microbiome – redefining the biology and culture of what it means be human Are we alone? Depends who you ask! We all have over 100 trillion microbes living in and on our body, so we’re never really alone. The microbiome, which represents the population of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body, is important in human health and disease. New discoveries about the microbiome are revolutionizing how we…

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February 2017

Understanding Material Loss Across Time and Space

February 16 - February 18
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom + Google Map

Speculative and exploratory in nature, Understanding Material Loss asserts that in a period marked by ecological destruction, but also economic austerity, large scale migration and increasing resource scarcity, it is important that historians work to better understand the ways in which humans have responded to material loss in the past and how such responses have shaped change. Understanding Material Loss asks: how have humans historically responded to material loss and how has this shaped historical processes? The conference will bring together a range of scholars in an effort more to begin to explore and frame a problem, than provide definitive answers.

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Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence Conference

February 24 - February 25
Yale University, New Haven, CT United States + Google Map

The History, Science, and Justice Collective at Yale University is pleased to announce the “Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence” conference that will take place on February 24 and 25, 2017. Please learn more about the conference, explore the program and find tips for getting to Yale University on the conference website.

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March 2017

Biodiversity and its Histories, Cambridge

March 24 - March 25
University of Cambridge, Allison Richard Building, 7 West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DT United Kingdom
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This conference will bring together scholars and researchers in ecology, politics, geography, anthropology, cultural history, and history and philosophy of science to explore how aesthetic, economic, and moral value came to be attached to the diversity of life on earth. We will draw on a rich body of research on hybridity and exchange, habitat and distribution, civilization and extinction from the eighteenth century onwards, bringing renewed attention to a powerful contemporary concept whose historical and disciplinary breadth has yet to be critically examined. This is especially important at a moment when political debates threaten to eliminate the rich valences and values attached to biological diversity by substituting instrumental calculations and impoverished notions such as ‘ecosystem services’.

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April 2017

Mark Waddell – “Trust Me!” The Problem of Insincerity in Early Modern Medicine

April 6, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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In this talk Mark Waddell will examine the strange medical remedy known as the weapon salve, or the powder of sympathy, and use its contentious history to explore how insincerity, credibility, and trust were interwoven at the dawn of modern science and medicine.

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What Fire Does: A Conference

April 19
Brown University, Providence, RI United States + Google Map

Each year, the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society sponsors an interdisciplinary program under the title of “Earth, Itself,” designed to stimulate conversations and collaborations across the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts. What Fire Does will be held primarily from April 18-28, 2017, and will focus on the productive, creative, destructive, and transformative powers of fire. The creative arts are the ‘fire arts’—particularly ceramics and glass—with exhibitions and performances conducted in collaboration with RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). The keynote speakers will be Stephen J. Pyne (Arizona State University) and Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University).

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Pamela Smith – Keynote Address: Fire and Transformation in Early Modern European Art and Alchemy

April 19, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center (Brown University), 20 North Main Street
Providence, RI United States
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Earth, Water, Air, and Fire were conceptual building blocks in early modern European views of nature, and, at the same time, fire was an everyday agent of transformation in all realms of early modern life, from quotidian charcoal making and other forms of utilitarian knowledge about fire and fuel, to metalworking practices, to the language of alchemical allegory. The lecture will survey these areas and focus in on the mental world of metalworkers whose work with fire involved a material network of transformative substances, including red pigments, blood, gold, and lizards. Introduction will be given by Lenore Manderson; the Chairperson is Rachel Berwick (Glass, RISD).

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