How are we to recover, interpret and understand women’s experiences in science? Popular history delivers stories of a few ‘heroines’ of science, but perhaps these narratives do more to conceal than reveal? Where were the workaday women scientists – now largely invisible – whose contributions have helped shape science today?
This conference aims to locate and examine women’s participation in science, to identify areas for further research and to reflect on how historical interpretations can inform the role of women in science today. The programme will include contemporary science-led panels to provide context and help build connections between the past and the present.
‘Science’ and ‘participation’ will be defined to encourage maximum inclusivity and we welcome contributions from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. Themes may include (but are not limited to):
* Women and learned societies
* Scientific collaboration
* Women and spaces of scientific production
* Women within familial & social networks of science
* Women and scientific education and learning
* Historiography, archives and hidden women of science
* Representations of women scientists: media, fiction, film, art
* Science today: issues & challenges
* Gendered roles in science
* The ‘leaky pipeline’: women leaving science
Selected papers from the conference will appear in a special issue of the Royal Society’s history journal Notes and Records (final papers to be submitted by end of September 2014).
Proposals for panels and for individual papers are encouraged.
Please send abstracts for papers (max 20 minutes) of no more than 200 words, and for panels of no more than 400 words, along with brief biographical details, to Dr Claire Jones: C.G.Jones2@liverpool.ac.uk and Dr Sue Hawkins: S.E.Hawkins@kingston.ac.uk by the deadline of Friday 1 November 2013.