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    The art of gathering: histories of international scientific conferences

    Bigg, C. and Reinisch, Jessica and Somsen, G. and Widmalm, S. (2023) The art of gathering: histories of international scientific conferences. British Journal for the History of Science , ISSN 0007-0874.

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    Hundreds of thousands of conferences have taken place since their first appearance in the late eighteenth century, yet the history of science has often treated them as stages for scientific practice, not as the play itself. Drawing on recent work in the history of science and of international relations, the introduction to this special issue suggests avenues for exploring the phenomenon of the inter- national scientific conference, broadly construed, by highlighting the connected dimensions of com- munication, sociability and international relations. It lays out a typology of scientific conferences as a way of gaining an overview of their diversity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It argues that the international scientific conference is a central locus for understanding science as a social, cultural and political practice.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Research Centres and Institutes: Internationalism, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Jessica Reinisch
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2023 11:44
    Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 15:31


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