Science, Society and the State, 1870–1935 will be held in the School of Humanities at The University of Nottingham on 3–4 September 2015.
The years of 1870–1935 saw a number of seminal breakthroughs in the fields of science and medicine. This was also a period in which links between science and the modern state, and the place of science in society, became increasingly significant. Universities expanded, and the new disciplines of clinical psychology, sociology and anthropology began to emerge. Ideas of eugenics, race, sexology and psychological suggestions proliferated and interacted with both popular and intellectual culture. European medical and scientific practices were imposed in a colonial context, where they came into contact with non-Western ideas of healing.
Possible themes are not limited to but may include:
- Science and the formulation of state policies
- State authority and the pathologised subject
- Popular understandings of science and medicine
- Science/medicine and national identity
- The economics of science and medicine
- The relationship between science and religion
We welcome proposals for both 20-minute papers, and for panels of three papers.