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BSHS Postgraduate Conference

The British Society for the History of Science postgraduate conference took place at the University of Warwick on 4th-6th January 2012.

Organisers: David Beck, Martin Moore, Emily Andrews, Claire Sewell

This annual 3-day event gives postgraduates in the history of science, technology and medicine a chance to get to know each other and to present their work to a wider audience. The conference is organised by and for postgraduates, offering the opportunity of presenting a fifteen minute paper in a supportive environment. Our aim is for postgraduates to convene from a wide range of universities and disciplines to discuss our common interests, share experiences and network in a friendly and receptive environment. Below is the information circulated in advance of the conference


The programme will see parallel sessions of papers spanning all three days, from registration and lunch on Wednesday to a closing lunch on Friday. In addition to postgraduate papers we have an author/reviewer workshop held by the Publisher for Elsevier’s history and philosophy of science portfolio, including journals such as Studies in History and Philosophy of Science and Endeavour.

There will be a drinks reception on Wednesday evening and a conference dinner on Thursday evening.

Venue and Travel

The University of Warwick is located in the heart of England, close to the M6/M42/M40 motorway networks and roughly a half hour by bus from Coventry train station. For those from further afield, Birmingham airport is 15 minutes away from Coventry by rail. for more information see here.

Conference Fees

The conference fee will be £20, and all delegates will be warmly invited to a silver-service dinner on Thursday 5th January, which is an additional £30. Hotel accommodation on Wednesday and Thursday in the on-campus Arden House will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at a rate (subsidised by the BSHS) of £20 per night. So the full conference cost will be £90.

The BSHS is able to make a limited contribution to some attendees' travel expenses through Butler-Eyles Travel Grants, for more information and to apply please see here.

Call for Papers

Paper and/or session proposals for the conference must be submitted by 11th November. Abstracts for single fifteen minute papers should be c. 200 words and include the title of the proposed paper. Proposals for themed sessions are also welcome, for which we will require a 400 word summary along with the names of those involved and the suggested length (maximum two hours).

Please visit to propose your paper or session.


For further information please contact David Beck- D dot C dot Beck at warwick dot ac dot uk


Centre for the History of Medicine


and the University of Warwick's History Department