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Popularisation of Science and Technology in the European Periphery

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5th STEP Meeting

Thursday, 1 June 2006

  • 9:00. a.m. Opening session
  • 9:30 - 10:30. a.m.
    Introductory lecture: Paola Govoni (Bologna)
  • 10:30-11:30. Spaces of popularisation (teatres, museums, exhibitions, etc.)
    Chair and commentator: Geert Vanpaemel
    • Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard, "Electric Adventures and Natural Wonders -Exhibitions, Museums and Gardens in Nineteenth-Century Denmark"
    • Alfons Zarzoso, "Popularising medicine, disciplining people: spectacle at the Roca Museum in 1930s Barcelona"
    • Maria Paula Diogo and Ana Cardoso de Matos, "Showing the vitality and the work of Portuguese engineers. The I National Engineering Meeting and the Popularisation of Technical Knowledge"
  • 11:30-12:00: Break
  • 12:00-13:00: Spaces of popularisation (teatres, museums, exhibitions, etc.)
    Chair and commentator: Enrique Perdiguero
    • Gabor Pallo, "Genres of Popular Science: Scientific Theatre"
    • Reis Fontanals, "Instruments for popularising scientific and technical culture in the periphery: a study of the Public Libraries' network in Catalonia (1915-1936)"
    • Teresa Huguet-Termes, "Reading in the war: Catalan 'Library Services of the Front' as a means for the Popularisation of Science and Technology (1937-1939)"
  • Lunch
  • 15:00-16:30. Spaces of popularisation (periodicals and the media).
    Chair and commentator: Ana Carneiro Fernando
    • Egídio Reis, "From centre to periphery: the role of Portuguese periodicals published by Portuguese émigrés in London and Paris in the early nineteenth century"
    • Rosa Espada, "Popularizing Technology in the Western Edge of the Iberian Peninsula: An exploratory study about two Portuguese newspapers of the middle of the the 19th century"
    • Peter C. Kjaergaard, "Science and Satire. Representations of Science in Danish Popular Media 1875-1925"
    • Enrique Perdiguero, José Pardo-Tomás, Àlvar Martínez-Vidal, "Doctors as a public of the popularization of medicine in interwar Catalonia: the Monografes Mèdiques series"
    • Matiana Gonzalez Silva, "With or without scientists. Popularizing human genetics in Spanish El País"
  • 16:30-17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00-18:00: Popular science and gender.
    Chair and commentator: Faidra Papanelopoulou
    • Palmira Fontes da Costa, "Women and the Popularisation of Botany in Early Nineteenth Century Portugal: The Marquesa de Alorna's Botanical Recreations"
    • Tiina Männistö, "Popularisation of Medicine in young women's guidebooks published in Finland 1890-1923"
    • Riikka Terho, "The Social Reception of Female Drivers in Finland between 1950 and 1970"

Friday, 2nd June 2006

  • 9:00-10:00: Spaces of popularisation (books).
    Chair and commentator: José R. Bertomeu Sánchez
    • Anders Lundgren, "Science, popular books, and the spread of Monism"
    • Isabel Malaquias and Emília Vaz Gomes, "Some professor's contributions to science popularisation in 19th century Portugal"
    • Isabel Malaquias and Joaquim de Almeida, "Teaching and Popularising acoustics in 19th century Portugal"
  • 10:00-10:30: Break
  • 10:30-11:30: Spaces of popularisation (books).
    Chair and commentator: Antonio García-Belmar
    • Josep Simón Castel, "'Circumventing the 'elusive quarries' of Popular Science: the Communication and Appropriation of Ganot's Physics in Nineteenth-century Britain"
    • José R. Bertomeu Sánchez, "Popularising a controversial knowledge.A popular treatise on poisons by Mateu Orfila (1787-1853) "
    • Ernst Homburg, "From Popular Chemistry to Technology: The Popularization of Chemistry in Nineteenth-Century the Netherlands"
  • 11:30 - 12:00: Break
  • 12:00-13:00: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities.
    Chair and commentator: Anders Lundgren
    • Berna Kilinc, "The Authority of Science in an Authoritarian Society"
    • José Alberto Silva, "The case of Teodoro de Almeida: Agendas, Publics and Newtonianism"
    • Irina Gouzevitch and Dimitri Gouzevitch, "The popularisation of science in the 18th century Russia as a State action"
  • Lunch
  • 15:30-16:30: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities.
    Chair and commentator: Berna Kilinc
    • Stefan Pohl Valero, "The thermodynamic evolution of the universe: the construction of a national Weltanschaung. Spain 1868-1880. "
    • Geert Vanpaemel, Brigitte Van Tiggelen, "Science for the people. The Belgian Encyclopédie populaire and the constitution of a national science movement"
    • Timo Myllyntaus, " 'Soon Electricity Takes Care of Everything … Alleviates Even Hangover'. Familiarizing the Finns with Electricity, 1870 - 1960".
  • 16:30-17:00: Coffee Break
  • 17:00 - 18:00: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities.
    Chair and commentator: Peter Kjaergaard
    • David Nofre, "Popularisers, Reformers and Healers: Phrenologists in mid-19th century Catalonia"
    • Juliana Adelman, "Science, progress and national ideals in Nineteenth-Century Ireland"
    • Lissa Roberts, "Peripheral popularization and technological diffusion: introducing steam technology in the Netherlands"

Saturday, 3rd June 2006

  • 9:00-10:15: Popular physics.
    Chair and commentator: Ana Simões
    • Pedro Ruiz Castell, "Total Solar eclipses and the growth of popular astronomy in Restoration Spain"
    • Agustí Nieto-Galan, "Professionals, Amateurs and the public: Popular astronomy in Barcelona, 1884-1923"
    • Johan Kärnfelt, "Popularisation of astronomy in early 20th century Sweden: Aims and motives"
    • Néstor Herran, "Radium and Radioactivity in the Catalan Press: the Case of Ibérica, 1914-1936"
  • 10:15 - 10-45: Coffee Break
  • 10:45 - 12:15: Comparative session: Science and technology in the press. Some impressions at the beginning of the 20th century.
    Chair and commentator: Kostas Gavroglu
    • Conceição Tavares, Ana Carneiro, Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Simões "Public image of science and technology in the Portuguese press at the dawn of a new century"
    • Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, Casper Andersen, "Directing public interest - Popular Science in three Danish Newspapers 1900-1903 "
    • Matiana González, Néstor Herrán, Enric Piriz, Núria Perez, Agustí Nieto-Galan,"Science at the fin de siècle in Barcelona"
    • Eirini Mergoupi-Savaidou, Spyros Tzokas, Faidra Papanelopoulou,Kostas Gavroglu, Manolis Patiniotis, "National identity and progress in the popular accounts of science and technology in the Greek press 1900-1914"
  • 12:15 - 12:45: Break
  • 12:45: 13:30
    Concluding remarks: Jonathan Topham (Leeds)
  • Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:30: STEP general meeting
  • 20:30: Final dinner
1st to 3rd June 2006


Museu de Menorca (Mahon), Minorca


STEP - Science and Technology in the European Periphery

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