Norsk vitenskapshistoriekonferanse i Trondheim 29. november-2. desember 2023

I november åpnes den 9. norske vitenskapshistoriekonferansen, som faggruppen vår er medarrangør av. Temaet for konferansen er jubileer i vitenskapshistorien sett med et kritisk blikk. Se mer på konferansens nettsider: Short Years, Long Years, and Round Years: Anniversaries in the History of Science – Museum for universitets- og vitenskapshistorie (

Arbeidsgruppen for kjemihistorie under EuChemS, som Annette Lykknes leder, har sendt ut en egen Call for papers om kjemi og jubileer. Se under:

Anniversaries in chemistry, chemistry in anniversaries, CfP Trondheim 29 Nov-2 Dec 2023

Anniversaries offer an opportunity to revisit the history of an institution, an event, a discovery, or the biography of a scientist, and their representations in previous history writing. Commemorations can therefore lead to new knowledge about the past and an increased awareness of how historians have understood events or their anniversaries in previous times. However, if approached uncritically, commemorations may also contribute to “distorted” histories. Anniversary celebrations might even invoke new heroes, especially if they occur in a national context.

We are seeking contributions for a symposium/session proposal for the 9th Norwegian Conference on History of Science, to be held in Trondheim 29 November to 2 December 2023. The conference CfP can be found here: Short Years, Long Years, and Round Years: Anniversaries in the History of Science – Museum for universitets- og vitenskapshistorie (

In the symposium, we will address the role of anniversaries in the history of chemistry and which role chemical events, individuals, and institutions have played in anniversary histories.

We welcome contributions on all periods and geographic locations addressing topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Discoveries in the history of chemistry, and their different representations over time
  • The representation of the history of chemistry in institutional history
  • The changing identity of chemistry in commemorative practices
  • Heroes and heroines in chemistry anniversaries
  • The many “founding fathers” in popular commemorative practices
  • Commemorative practices in the teaching of chemistry. Which stories are told, and for what purpose?
  • Co-creation of knowledge in history of chemistry through laboratory experiments: What insight can modern chemical methods offer?
  • What can turns in the history of science/chemistry (such as the ‘material’ or ‘spatial’ turns) offer to commemorative practices in chemistry?

The symposium is sponsored by the Working Party on History of Chemistry, European Chemical Society. Interested contributors are invited to send an abstract of maximum 250 words using the

following template: template-abstract-submission.docx (

Please send the abstract to no later than 20th May.