International Conference 2014: Call for Papers


Thursday 22 May – Friday 23 May 2014 The Royal Society, London

How are we to recover, interpret and understand women’s experiences in science? Popular history delivers stories of a few ‘heroines’ of science, but perhaps these narratives do more to conceal than reveal? Where were the workaday women scientists – now largely invisible - whose contributions have helped shape science today?

This conference aims to locate and examine women’s participation in science, to identify areas for further research and to reflect on how historical interpretations can inform the role of women in science today. The programme will include contemporary science-led panels to provide context and help build connections between the past and the present.

‘Science’ and ‘participation’ will be defined to encourage maximum inclusivity and we welcome contributions from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. Themes may include (but are not limited to):

Women and learned societies

Scientific collaboration

Women and spaces of scientific production

Women within familial & social networks of science

Women and scientific education and learning

Historiography, archives and hidden women of science

Representations of women scientists: media, fiction, film, art

Science today: issues & challenges

Gendered roles in science

The ‘leaky pipeline’: women leaving science

Selected papers from the conference will appear in a special issue of the Royal Society’s history journal Notes and Records (final papers to be submitted by end of September 2014).

Proposals for panels and for individual papers are encouraged. Please send abstracts for papers (max 20 minutes) of no more than 200 words, and for panels of no more than 400 words, along with brief biographical details, to Dr Claire Jones: and Dr Sue Hawkins: by the deadline of Friday 1 November 2013. For more information, please visit the project website:

Best wishes,

The WISRNet Project Team