The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York


01/24 Call for Papers- Global Science, Global Technology, Global Impacts: The Second Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences



The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics is pleased to host a second international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held March 30 – April 01, 2014 in College Park, MD. The primary theme will be Global Science, Global Technology, Global Impacts. The first goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration amongst junior scholars regarding the history of science and technology. Second, it will provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences and global technologies, particularly relating to practice and culture. Third, the conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars.

The global themes will include the following contemporary historiographical concerns:

  • Cooperation and Collaboration — how the physical sciences and technology promote or hinder relationships across national and cultural boundaries
  • Adaptation and Adoption — how the physical sciences and technology are adopted by and adapted to specific cultural and national contexts
  • Practice and Culture — how the physical sciences facilitate the creation of a ‘global’ culture, and how technological culture and innovation exists across national boundaries

We welcome submissions, including works-in-progress, from all areas of the physical and geophysical sciences-including, but not limited to, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and space sciences- related to these themes.

Presentations should be 20-25 minutes in length. Paper proposals should include the following:

  • Your name
  • E-mail address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Presentation title
  • Presentation abstract (250 words max.)
  • A short biography, indicating where you are in your studies and/or career (250 words max.).

Preference will be given to abstracts that demonstrate how the proposed presentation addresses the conference theme and one or more of the conference sub-themes.

*For those submissions that are accepted, travel funds are available.*

Paper proposals should be sent as an attachment in a single document (.pdf, .docx, or .doc) to The submission deadline has been extended to January 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Standard Time. Successful applicants will be notified by January 20 that their abstracts have been accepted.

Conference Organizers:
Lisa Ruth Rand –
Indianara Silva –
Gabriel Henderson –
Christian Joas –
Thiago Hartz –
Conference planning is also supported by: The Center for History of Physics (American Institute of Physics), DPG FV History of Physics, and the International Commission for the History of Modern Physics (IUHPS/DHS).