Recent decades have seen the emergence of a number of promising new approaches to the historical study of the sciences. All share the goal of understanding scientific thinking and practice as historical phenomena, but each does so in its own distinctive way: created against different backgrounds and in response to different problem situations - within and outside academia - they orient themselves around different themes, topics and perspectives. This raises the issue of whether and if so, how, these approaches could best collaborate.
Rather than seeking unity, this symposium aims to explore overlaps and articulate common challenges, with the expectation that future collaborations between the new approaches will ultimately contribute to their shared goal. Bringing together leading scholars of both older and younger generations from across the Western world and beyond, it investigates how historical research into the sciences is responding to current developments in society - such as digitization, globalization, social injustice and environmental concerns - as well as in the humanities and social sciences, such as the material and visual turns. More than an overview of historical methods, the symposium offers an insight into contemporary historical thinking in the making.