Call for Papers – The Opportunities & Challenges of Studying the 20th-Century History of Science, Technology & Medicine. At Nucleus: The Nuclear & Caithness Archives
When: Friday, 5 Oct 2018.
Where: Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, Wick, Caithness
Studying the recent history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) brings with it its own particular set of
opportunities and challenges. The sources used to research recent history are increasingly varied and extensive.
As researchers, we deal with a combination of materials, including paper, born-digital, audio and audio-visual.
Access may be restricted through copyright laws or changes of ownership. Moreover, key actors or witnesses
to events may still be alive, which allows new methodological approaches but also requires careful ethical
Join us for an exciting one-day workshop on Friday, 5 October 2018 on these issues at Nucleus, the newlyopened
archive for the UK’s civil nuclear industry at Wick. We invite proposals for 20-minute individual papers:
share any practical problems or solutions, theoretical or methodological reflections, or a particularly
unexpected opportunity or demanding challenge you’ve encountered so far in your studies of 20C HSTM!
– Jon Agar, Professor of STS (UCL) and author of Science in the Twentieth Century and Beyond
– Gordon Reid, Head Archivist at Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives
– Linda Ross, CDP Student (Historic Environment Scotland, University of the Highlands and Islands)
And why not make the most of your trip?! Take the opportunity for a day in the archives themselves, a drive
past Dounreay, a visit to the Forsinard nature reserve – or travel to the end of the road at John O’Groats!
Please email your abstracts of max. 250 words as a word document or pdf including your name and
affiliation by 23 July 2018 to Helen Piel at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CDP 20C HSTM
Workshop” to help speed things along for us.
We aim to confirm speakers by early August to allow enough time for travel arrangements. Speakers will have bursaries of
up to £100 for travel and £90 for accommodation; we’ll be circulating some travel and accommodation tips together with
the confirmation of your spot on the workshop!
Emmeline Ledgerwood (British Library, University of Leicester)
Helen Piel (British Library, University of Leeds)
Linda Ross (Historic Environment Scotland, University of the Highlands and Islands)