New conference formats for historians of science, technology and medicine

The good old History of Science Society (HSS) and most other history of science, technology and medicine meetings continue the tradition of organising endless rows of parallell sessions, each with the standard 3-4 papers á 20 minutes + concluding Q&A. But some societies are trying something new. Just got the call for next year’s Swedish history of science and technology meeting (Teknik- och vetenskapshistoriska dagar) in Gothenburg in November 2010. The conference is going to be held in the regional science park (Lindholmen Science Park), the organisers are downplaying traditional papers sessions and are instead intent on creating a more participatory-driven meeting, with a greater variety of interaction formats. Unfortunately in Swedish only, I’m afraid, but that aside it seems like the Swedes are keen on breaking up the traditional conference format. More info from Lena Ewertsson at the Dept of Technology and Science Studies, University of Gothenburg, lena.ewertsson@sts.gu.se. See also http://www.sntv.kva.se/files/2010_1st_CALL_FOR_PAPERS.pdf.

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