Call for papers: History of Science and Humanities PhD Conference

We cordially invite you to the 8th edition of the biennial History of Science and Humanities PhD Conference that will take place on the 18 and 19 March, 2021.

The conference aims to bring together PhD candidates in Belgium and the Netherlands who work in the field of the history of sciences in the broadest sense: including histories of knowledge, technology, medicine, the natural sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences, spanning any time period. The idea is to discuss our work (and work-in progress) in an informal and congenial setting. We will also plan to get to know each other, as ‘intellectual networking’ – in a way that the pandemic measures allow. Unfortunately, meeting at the Rolduc Abbey is no longer possible.

Conference Set-up

Each participating PhD candidate will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation about their work, with appropriate time afterwards for questions and discussion. Due to the unpredictable circumstances, we currently aim for an online conference. If the situation improves, ‘local gatherings’ may be organized to create a hybrid conference setting.

We would like to stress that all contributions are welcome, whether they are presentations of already finished chapters, broad outlines of the initial research plan or methodology, or maybe a specific case study that will play a major or minor part in your overall thesis.

The language of the conference will be English. To get an idea of the previous conference, see the reports on Shells and Pebbles and in Studium, written by participants.


You can register by sending an e-mail to Hein Brookhuis by 1 February. Please include the university you are affiliated with, and a title and short abstract (approx. 250 words) of the work you would like to present. Notification of participation will be given by 8 February.
The height of the participation fee for the conference will depend on the conference setting. It will be €45 at most. In that case, the fee will cover local gatherings including drinks. We will provide definitive information on these aspects in a later stage.For any further questions, feel free to contact us!

The conference organisers,
Robert van Leeuwen,
Hein Brookhuis,