Call for papers reminder: 10th Gewina Woudschoten Conference 2024

Gewina, the Belgian-Dutch society for the history of science and universities, will host its 10th conference in Zeist on June 21-22, 2024. The theme of the conference is “Ecology & Economy: History of Knowledge during the Unequal Anthropocene”.

“In times of unprecedented changes on an unprecedented scale in the history of humanity, economic and ecological concerns attract a lot of interest. ‘Human’ alterations of planet Earth have inspired the introduction of the concept ‘Anthropocene’ for the current geological period. The concept of ‘Anthropocene’ questions the modern distinction between the history of nature and the history of human affairs. (Early) modern knowledge and expertise have contributed significantly to the creation of this distinction. The fields of history of science, medicine and technology have been crossing this boundary for quite some time to understand how knowledge and expertise shaped societies and vice versa.  

The concept of the ‘Anthropocene’ is contested too for its focus on a general ‘human’. Historically and today, ecological and economic responsibilities and vulnerabilities are distributed unequally amongst humanity. This is why the notion of the unequal Anthropocene’ puts inequality centre stage as a key conference theme besides ecology and economy.”

The deadline for proposals of papers, posters, and sessions, is January 15, 2024. For all information on how to apply, please visit this page.