We are pleased to announce that the 9th meeting of STEP (Science and Technology in the European Periphery) will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 1-3 September 2014. It is organized by the Interuniversity Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT), a research centre associated with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisbon.
STEP meetings have always sought to strike a balance between historiographical reflections, which help develop a broader comparative analysis, and case-studies examining different national and regional contexts. We will continue to favor both approaches at the 9th meeting. The Scientific Committee encourages contributions on a range of themes related to STEP’s interests and in particular to its established research groups:
- Cross-National, Comparative and Transnational History of STM;
- Experts in the Periphery;
- Material Culture of Science: Museums and Collections in the Periphery;
- Popularization of Science and Technology: Centres and Peripheries;
- Science and the Press;
- Universities in the Periphery;
- Women in Science, Women in the 'Periphery';
- Science x Medicine.
Individual papers should aim at building upon the work of previous conferences and the current group structure within STEP. However, for session proposals, we also encourage a focus on areas which have so far been under-represented in STEP meetings (especially medicine and technology). We particularly invite contributions with a transnational dimension (either within Europe, or relations beyond Europe), or with a philosophical/theoretical angle on the nature of peripheries and their significance in the history of science, technology and medicine. We would also be happy to receive suggestions for sessions (not individual papers) on any other theme that relates to STEP’s interests.