Conference: History of Technology and Science 2022

The conferene is postponed to 16-18 March 2022!

More information will be announced on this page at a later stage

The National Conference on History of Technology and Science will be held in Uppsala 2-4 June 2021 and the theme of the conference is: Medical humanities and social sciences.

The conference is open to any kind of research within history of science, technology and medicine in academia and the museum world. We welcome suggestions of both single-person presentations and thematic sessions, on any theme related to science studies broadly defined. However, we especially want to highlight the theme of the conference: Medical humanities and social sciences.

Medical humanities and social sciences is an interdisciplinary research field where issues related to medicine, illness and health are put into a historical, cultural and social context. The field includes studies on individual experiences of illness and health throughout history, the development of medical knowledge, practices, systems, and technologies, as well as the social and political history of medicine and health care.

In connection to this theme there will also be a half-day workshop for doctoral students.

Keynote 1: Professor David Kaiser, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Boston, USA.
Keynote 2: Professor Ericka Johnson, Linköping University.

All researchers interested in science studies broadly defined are welcome, not least doctoral students and young researchers. Presentations will be given in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, or English.

Time and place: Wednesday, June 2 to Friday, June 4, 2021 Engelska parken, Uppsala University, Thunbergsvägen 3H, 751 20 Uppsala, Sweden.

Abstracts and suggestions for sessions: Abstracts for individual papers should be approximately 300 words long. Suggestions for sessions should include a description of the session along with abstracts for the individual papers.

Conference fees: 2500 SEK for those with a university affiliation. 1250 SEK for doctoral students. 0 SEK for participants from the museum sector. A limited number of travel grants are available. For more information, contact Arvand Mirsafian at

Planned excursions:

  • Linnaeus’ farm at Hammarby
  • The “New Ångström” science laboratory
  • Guided tour on bike of the Academic Hospital in Uppsala
  • The Museum of the History of Medicine, Uppsala

Conference organisers: The Swedish National Committee for the History of Science and Technology at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, together with the Department of History of Science and the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University. The conference is held with support from Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

Application: To apply, send your abstract or suggestion for a session, along with information about your name, email address and affiliation to Arvand Mirsafian at no later than: November 15, 2020. The conference committee will respond no later than December 15, 2020

We hope to see you in Uppsala!

Annelie Drakman, Arvand Mirsafian, Daniel Normark, Ingemar Pettersson, Ylva Söderfeldt and Sven Widmalm

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Last modified: 2021-02-11