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Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

Centre and periphery in the history of science, technology and medicine

This one-day conference took place at CHSTM in March 2006. It addressed issues concerning the role of centres of innovation or construction of knowledge as well as associated periphery areas, in their identification, their interdependence, and their importance in shaping science, technology and medicine.


Saturday 11 March 2006
Room 2.57, Simon Building, Brunswick St, University of Manchester

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Roy MacLeod (University of Sydney and Oxford)
On 'Centre' and 'Periphery': A Brief History of Use and Misuse

11.00-11.15 Coffee

11.15-12.30 Kostas Gavroglu (University of Athens)
The Sciences and the European Periphery: Comments on Historiographical Issues

12.30-13.15 Lunch

13.15-14.30 Vladimir Jankovic (University of Manchester)
Headhunt: The Visiting Scientist Program at the U.S. National Meteorological Center, ca. 1980

14.30-14.45 Tea

14.45-15.15 Heloise Finch (University of Michigan)
Awkward Simultaneities: The Omega navigation system in the Indian Ocean during the Cold War

15.15-15.45 Rita Lobo (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)
Centre or Periphery: The history of Portuguese Tropical Medicine, 1902-1935

15.45-16.15 Sarah Dry (University of Cambridge)
London Heroes: Bringing the edge of danger into the centre of the city

16.15-16.45 Concluding general discussions.

The conference was organised by Gaël Lancelot, Fiona Kilpatrick and Jorge Lossio.

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