#3 ‘Doing’ history of contemporary science?
I spent most of my academic career writing history of 20C science (history of ecology and the history of immunology), including two edited volumes, in 1997 and 2006, respectively, on the methodology of writing the history of contemporary science, technology and medicine. Since than I have added the experience of collecting, curating and displaying contemporary biomedicine, and the experience of writing autobiography. So what I would like to do is a sequel to the two earlier collected volumes, a monograph tentatively titled The Historiography of Contemporary Science – III.
#4 A Managed World
Finally, almost every day when I read the news, I’m reminded about my aborted project on the new managerial society, which I gave up, in 1989, in favour of biography writing. Much has happened in the world since, and much has been written about the future of post-capitalism, but I cannot stop thinking about it. So I’m still dreaming of writing up all the ideas about an emerging new mode of production, and new mode of distribution of satisfaction of needs, that have matured in my head over the last 3o years, and which seem to be increasingly topical in these troubled times. Tentative title: Memoir writing in a Managed World.
#5 Anthology on scholarly autobiography?
Furthermore, I’m tempted to publish a collection of commissioned articles on scholarly autobiography. To make this happen, I would probably have to organize a conference on the poetics of scholarly autobiography — something like a follow-up on the very pleasurable conference on scientific biography, which I organized in Magleås in northern Zealand in 2002 (published as The History and Poetics of Scientific Biography in 2007). But then I would need some external money and practical help …