Oxford-Prague Graduate Workshop in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, 'Creative Cities: Knowledge of Nature and Networks of Science'

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Oxford-Prague Graduate Workshop in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Creative Cities: Knowledge of Nature and Networks of Science

Organised by the Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine and Technology, University of Oxford (UO), and Department of Philosophy and History of the Sciences, Faculty of Science, Charles University (CU), Prague


As part of a TORCH International Partnership Scheme, Oxford’s Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology is pleased to be hosting the first of a series of workshops with Charles University.


Thursday 27 June 2019, 10:00-16:20

Colin Matthew Room, Faculty of History, George Street, Oxford

Attendance is free, but booking is required for catering purposes. 

Please book here




Welcome (Tomáš Hermann, Jacques Joseph, Erica Charters, Rob Iliffe)


Session 1: Disciplines and Disciples

Chair: Cornelis Schilt

Adam Radechovský (Prague)

Natural Philosophy at Charles University before 1400 – The Science of the Soul in the Aristotelian Commentary Tradition

Lucia Bucciarelli (Oxford)

Galileo and his disciples: building and spreading a new mathematical world

Kateřina Pařízková (Prague)

The (Im)possible project of Alexander von Humboldt


Coffee and Tea


Session 2: Methods and Professions

Chair: Jacques Joseph

Ivan Loginov (Prague)

Czech botanist Bohumil Němec in the context of the formation of modern plant physiology

Dianne McMullin (Oxford)

Lifting a Profession: Physical Ergonomics in the United States

Šárka Hádková (Prague)

Space, Pheriphery and Forest Protection Rituals




Session 3: Politics and Knowledge

Chair: Vojtěch Hladký

Lucie Nováková (Prague)

Similar ideas in two different worlds: two philosophers of science in the 20th century, Edgar Morin and Zdenek Neubauer

Mikhail Nakonechny (Oxford)

GULAG hidden death rates: early release on medical grounds in 1930-1955

Roman Figura (Prague)

The Legacy of Aristotle and the Research of Forms


Coffee and Tea


Session 4: Modern Knowledge

Chair: John Lidwell-Durnin

John Shepherd (Oxford)

Policing the 'Predelinquent': Psychiatry, Surveillance and the Criminology of Risk in Berkeley, California, 1905-1935

Jan Musil (Prague)

Biotypology in Czechoslovakia (1930-1960): eugenics, industrial medicine and anthropometry

Rhiannon Bertaud-Gandar (Oxford)

Sharing sanitary intelligence in the Red Sea, ca. 1865-1914 (tbc)


Closing remarks


Walk to 45 Banbury Road for HSMT BBQ