XXXVI SIC symposium
23 - 29 July 2017
Rio de Janeiro
Questions of place are gaining increasing importance in the work of historians of science, technology and medicine, to such an extent that some scholars suggest this corresponds to a veritable "spatial turn". It is unavoidable that researchers take sides on issues such as the situatedness of knowledge and practices, the problems pertaining to their movements across spaces and cultures (and not only along time) and, above all, the proper choice of scales of analysis – all the way between the global and the local, which is the core of the 25th ICHST’s theme. At the same time, this theme relates to the very nature of the Congress as the largest international gathering of historians of science, technology and medicine, inviting all of us to think about what we may say to and learn from each other, considering our own multifarious places and standpoints.
The 25th ICHST will be held in the Praia Vermelha campus of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), located in one of the most beautiful and touristic regions in the city, served by various forms of public transport and close to important clusters of hotels, beaches, and numerous artistic and cultural attractions.
The city of Rio de Janeiro is also home to a number of important teaching and research institutions concerned with the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, a field of study which has developed significantly in Brazil in the last 30 years, and of which the Brazilian Society for the History of Science (Sociedade Brasileira de História da Ciência - SBHC) is the main representative. SBHC and the Division of History of Science and Technology of the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST) have joined forces for the organization of the 25th ICHST.
We look forward to hosting scholars from every continent in the 25th ICHST, which will be held in South America and the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.