Monthly Archives: October 2016

EUIHoS activities | Autumn Term

'Calendar' ©James Box
‘Calendar’ ©James Box

[last edit 03/11/2016]

The History of Science working group is pleased to announce its activities for the upcoming term. Stay tuned for updates! All welcome!

  • First BYO Coffee with Historians! — Friday 11/11/2016, 11:00-13:00
    Location: Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati
    Pascal Brioist (University of Tours): ‘Towards a new history of Technology in Renaissance Italy’
  • November meeting — Monday 14/11/2016, 17:00-19:00
    Location: Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati
    Theme: “Lists” – with Catherine Gibson & Déborah Dubald.
    Lists can be a daunting source to manipulate. For this session, Catherine and Déborah will share their experience and issues encountered with respectively ethnographic inventories and museums’ inventories of natural objects in the nineteenth-century. 
  • Friends of EUIHoS activities — 02/12/2016
    Location: tbc
    Workshop:  ‘Working with Space’, organised by Pablo Hernandez (Third Year HEC Researcher) in collaboration with St. Andrews University (Prof. Bernard Struck).
    Follow the discussion with #WorkingWithSpace on Twitter.
  • December meeting — Monday 5/12/2016, 17:00-19:00
    Location: Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati
    Theme: ‘Chasing Unicorns and Amassing Rhinos to Think About the History of Knowledge’ with Bruno A Martinho & Camille Sallé
    How do historians of knowledge and science deal with materials? And what do materials do to the history of knowledge? Reversely, how are notions of science and knowledge approached by historians of material culture? This session will be centred on a case study presented by Bruno A. Martinho, and will aim at opening the discussion on these questions and some methodological issues encountered when approaching material culture. Especially, we will examine the extent to which those questions related to material culture and materiality can bring together and blur the lines between various fields of history. We will consider the possibility of thinking outside categories produced by material culturel/history of science approaches, as well as more powerful questionnaires obtained from crossed methodologies.
  • ‘Science in Florence’ Excursion — Wednesday, 7/12/2016, 10:00-12:00
    Location: Museo Galileo, Piazza dei Giudici, 1, Firenze.
    Theme: Presentation and visit of the Biblioteca del Museo Galileo
    It has now become a tradition to introduce the library of Museo Galileo to the new researchers or to the curious. An incredible resource in the history of science, the Galileo library’s collection encompasses secondary literature in the History of Science, bu also the Medici and Lorena scientific collections of books and instruments, together with a significant amount of archival material. The library team has developed a cumulative database, accessible through the internet, which has re-built the lost connections between different types of objets. Alessandra Lenzi (Library Director) and Elisa Di Renzo (History of the Book Specialist) will welcome us once again this year to present their work and activities.

Coming up after December:

#BSHSPG2017 – Call for Paper is out!


The Call for Paper for  #BSHSPG2017 is out!

Annual British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference in collaboration with the European University Institute Florence (EUI) and the Centre Alexandre-Koyré Paris (CAK), Florence, 5-7 April 2017

As the 2017 conveyor of the annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference, the EUI History of Science Working Group invites postgraduates to submit proposals for talks relating to topics concerned with the history of science, medicine, and technology. This conference is made by postgraduates for postgraduates, with the generous support of the BSHS, the EUI, and the CAK.

Places are limited. We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute papers, which will be arranged in concurrent panels.

Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) including your name, the title, a brief description of your academic affiliation and contact details in one pdf file to, by 15 November 2016.

Members of the BSHS may apply to the Butler-Eyles Fund for support to travel to this conference: