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Mere om 'Wandering seminar' om 'scientific objects', 9. – 11. maj 2006

By November 15, 2005No Comments

Kære alle, her er flere (se også tidligere indlæg) oplysninger om ‘Wandering Seminar’, 9. – 11. maj 2006:
1) brev fra Lorraine Daston, Direktør for Max Planck Institu for History of Science, Berlin
2) tidsplan for ‘Wandering Seminar’

1) Brev fra Lorraine Daston om formålet med ‘Wandering Seminar’


Dear Colleagues: I had promised you an update concerning the planned activities of the Research Network to date.

Wandering Seminar:
It has taken some time, as well as considerable ingenuity and perseverance on the part of Hannah Lotte Lund, the Network, Coordinator, but we now have a full schedule for the seminar (please see attached schedule). We thank all participants for their patience and flexibility.

As you’ll recall, we had decided to keep the budget to a maximum of one-fourth (100,000 euros) of the Network’s funds (including the workshop to be planned by the seminarians for summer 2007). This meant, alas, eliminating any North American stations; the airfares would have easily doubled expenses. We have also had to curtail the budget for extra costs associated with both seminar and workshop, so that a few more students can be financed (we’re aiming for circa a dozen) . But we were able, at relatively small additional cost, to add three stations at institutions co-opted for this particular project, rounding out the schedule: the Medical Museion in Copenhagen (contact: Prof. Thomas Søderqvist), the Science Museum in London (contacts: Prof. Robert Bud, Dr. Peter Morris), and the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford (contact: Dr. Jim Bennett). These three museums are among the most innovative in attempting to bridge museum work and academic history of science, technology, and medicine, and a great enrichment of the seminar curriculum.

The next step is the selection of seminarians. Each member of the Network as well as the cooperation partners for the Seminar may nominate a candidate. Candidates must be supported by a fellowship from their home institutions that will cover their basic living expenses; please confirm that this is indeed the case for the period in question for any candidates you nominate. The Seminar budget will cover participants’ travel and lodging costs for the duration of the seminar. Candidates may be either postdocs or advanced (beyond the qualifying exam stage) doctoral candidates. Since the language of the seminar will be English, they should be proficient, as well as academically outstanding and interested in the topic of the history of scientific objects. Please address all nominations to Ms. Lund at the MPIWG. Since Ms. Lund will be trying to book the cheapest possible travel and accommodationsfor which she’ll need names, it would be a great help to have your nominations as soon as possible, but in any case no later than 9 December 2005.

In addition, the MPIWG will advertise internationally two postdoctoral fellowships to be associated with the seminar and planning for the follow-up workshop. Ms. Lund will be sending you copies of the advertisement shortly; the deadline is 1 February 2006. Of course recent doctoral candidates from your own institutions are encouraged to apply.

In the next few months the participating stations in the Wandering Seminar will be putting together their modules of the curriculum; Ms. Lund will be in touch with all of us in March 2006 so that we can find out what the others are planning and coordinate wherever possible.

Further Projects:
At present, we have two of these underway, both of which are aimed primarily at senior scholars. The first, The Past of Science’s Present and Future, kindly organized by Dominique Pestre, has already begun preliminary planning to bring members of the working group (Peter Galison, Wolfgang Krohn, Dominique Pestre, Simon Schaffer, and Helmut Trischler) and a few other colleagues together in 2006. The second, a conference in cooperation with the Deutsches Museum on The Exhibition as a Scholarly Undertaking, suggested by Helmut Trischler, has also begun to gather thoughts and interested parties. Since we must very soon concretize our budget for the next few years, we look forward to hearing from the other working groups (and from the University of Cambridge concerning a possible cooperative workshop) at your earliest convenience.

With all best wishes

2) Wandering Seminar Schedule: Max Planck Research Network „History of Scientific Objects“, Spring/Summer 2006 (in brackets the actual seminar days)

1. Week, 1-7 May
Deutsches Museum München (2-7 May ), Arrival 1 May
acc.: Kerschensteiner Kolleg 1-8
Departure to Copenhagen 8th of May

2. Week, 8-14 May
Copenhagen (9-11 May), Arrival 8 May
acc.: Copenhagen Vandrerhjem 8-12
Departure ?

3. Week, 15-22 May
Cambridge (17-22), Arrival 16 May
acc.: Cambridge New Hall 16-26

4. Week, 23-28 May
London (23 and/or 24)- daytrip from Cambridge, Oxford (26 and/ or 27)
acc.: Cambridge till 26th, acc.: Oxford 26-28th?
Departure 28 May

5. Week, 29 May-04 June
Paris (29-02/3 June), Arrival 28 May
acc.: ?
Departure 03/04 June

6. Week, 5-11 June
Berlin (6-9), Arrival 03/04 June
acc.: Harnackhaus oder Gästehaus HU
Departure 11 June

7. Week, 12-18 June,
Florence and Pisa (12-17)
Arrival 11. June
acc.: ?
Departure 18 June

8 Week, 18-25 June
Zürich/Basel (19-21), Final discussion in Berlin (22-24), Arrival 18. June
18-20 Zürich, 20/21 Basel, 21-24 Berlin

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