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,
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,
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
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 12:15 - 12:45: Break
- 12:45: 13:30
Concluding remarks: Jonathan Topham (Leeds)
- 16:00 - 17:30: STEP general meeting
- 20:30: Final dinner
1st to 3rd June 2006
Museu de Menorca (Mahon), Minorca
- Science and Technology in the European Periphery