CfP: British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference, 6-9 July 2017

British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference 2017

6-9 July 2017, University of York

The BSHS Annual Conference will take place from Thursday 6 to Sunday 9 July 2017 at the University of York.

The Conferences Committee now invites proposals for individual papers and for sessions from historians of science, technology and medicine, and from their colleagues in the wider scholarly community, on any theme, topic or period. Proposals are welcomed from researchers of all nationalities at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the Society, although members will receive a discount on the registration fee. Offers of papers and sessions should be submitted via
All enquiries about the programme arrangements should be addressed to
Proposals for individual papers should include an abstract of no more than 250 words, be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience and avoid footnotes. Sessions, of either ninety minutes or two hours, should normally consist of three or four papers. They may also have a commentator. Proposals for alternative types of session, such as ‘round-tables’, are strongly encouraged. Please discuss your ideas for such alternative sessions well in advance of the submission deadline.
The deadline for proposals is 19 January 2017.
For further details on how to submit individual abstracts and session proposals, please see
Conference Venue and Events
The 2017 BSHS conference will take place in the Ron Cooke Hub on the East Campus of the University of York, which lies at the edge of the city. It is conveniently located within walking distance of the city and is well connected to the railway station through public transport.  York can be easily reached from London by train and has good links to Leeds/Bradford Airport. As a visitor to York you will be able to explore the Roman, Viking, Medieval and industrial past of this beautiful city through its many attractions, including the famous Minster.
The conference will begin with a plenary lecture by the President of the BSHS, Patricia Fara on the evening of July 6th, and continue over the next three days with parallel themed sessions and the opportunity to visit archives and historical attractions in York such as the National Railway Museum. There will be a lecture and reception in the Tempest Anderson Hall close to the location of the first ever meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1831, and a conference dinner in the Royal York Hotel in the centre of the city.
An inclusive conference package with be available that will include en-suite accommodation on campus, close to the conference venue.
All enquiries relating to the local arrangements should be directed to
Host Institution
The University of York was founded in 1963 and has since grown into one of the world's leading institutions. The History Department at York is one of the largest in Britain with forty-three faculty members whose research interests range from the late Roman empire to the present day and span the world.  It is ranked 8th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide subject league table for 2015, and in the top 50 departments in the world for the advanced study of History and related disciplines.