The 26th Baltic Conference in History of Science

Call for Papers

Discussion on professions and professionalism in sciences has long roots. It was nearly one hundred years ago in 1919 that Max Weber, for example, published his article "Wissenschaft als Beruf", Science as a Vocation. Indeed, scientists and engineers play a visible role in our society, and yet the desired ways to educate, enrol and employ these experts are still as much in constant negotiation. Therefore, we invite the participants in particular to consider from many aspects the past processes and philosophy of professionalization and career-building of scientists or engineers.

The overarching theme for our conference is Science as Profession. We welcome, however, papers addressing different relevant and topical questions from the point of view of history of natural and social sciences, mathematics, arts and humanities, technology and medicine as well as philosophy of science and science studies. The choice of topics is neither limited to any geographical area, but special interest will be paid to developments in countries in the Baltic Sea area.

The papers may, as an example, address following questions: How were careers in science structured before professionalization in its modern sense? How did science come to be a profession? What kind of interaction does the formation of institutional structures have with the process of professionalization? What has the role of the public image of science and scientists been in various historical contexts? How has the changing gender ratio contributed to the professionalization of scientists? What kind of a role have non-professionals played in development of science? Have heretics added their valuable contributions or rather disturbed the 'normal development' of the scientific world?

The proposals can deal with, but are not limited to, the following themes:

  • Publication policies and professions
  • Pre-modern or modern careers of science/medicine/technology
  • Self-fashioning or building the self-image of a scholar
  • Heretics of science
  • Engineering knowledge between theory and praxis
  • Borders of science in a scientist's career
  • Institutional settings of professionalization
  • Public image of scientists
  • Gender and professionalization
  • Baltic perspective on professions
  • Borders of Science in a scientist's career
  • Role of non-professionals in field of science/medicine/technology.

A selection of papers presented in this conference will be published in the Acta Baltica Historiae et Philosophiae Scientiarum.

Submitting an abstract

We welcome abstracts of 300-500 words.

The length of individual papers is 20 minutes.

The language of the abstracts as well as the papers is English.

To submit an abstract, please use our electronic form:

> Submit your abstract here

The deadline for proposals was April 22nd, 2014.

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