Crossing Borders and Fostering Collaborations: The Fifth AIP Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences-Call for Papers

Crossing Borders and Fostering Collaborations:
The Fifth AIP Early-Career Conference for Historians of the Physical Sciences
Call for Papers
The American Institute of Physics (AIP) Center for the History of Physics and the Niels Bohr Archive are pleased to host the fifth international conference for graduate students and early career scholars, to be held from August 31 to September 3, 2023 in Copenhagen, Denmark. “Early Career” includes graduate students and recent PhDs, independent scholars, post-docs, and those in early-stage academic positions. The goal of this conference is to foster communication and collaboration across national and disciplinary boundaries amongst junior scholars and to provide a forum for exploring and reflecting upon current issues in the historiography of the physical sciences. In addition to sessions with submitted papers, the conference program will feature roundtables, workshops, and other events designed to promote a community of scholars and develop career skills. The conference will also provide an opportunity for junior scholars to interact with invited senior scholars. We welcome submissions, including works-in-progress, from all time periods and areas of the history of the physical sciences, including the earth sciences, industrial physics, astronomy, chemistry, space sciences, and more. All historiographical perspectives are welcome, from socio-cultural to highly technical. Past subject areas in the history of the physical sciences have included biographies of physical scientists, histories of education, technology, issues of gender and race, intellectual movements, and more. Cross-disciplinary perspectives are welcomed.
Presentations should be 20 minutes in length. Paper proposals should include the following:

  • Your name
  • E-mail address
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Presentation title and abstract (250 words max. not including title)
  • A short biography, indicating where you are in your studies and/or career (250 words max.).
  • Supplementary travel funds will be available for all participants. *

Paper proposals should be sent as an attachment in a single document (.pdf, .docx, or .doc) to or uploaded to the conference website by March 1st, 2023.
Applicants will be notified by April 1st, 2023. Please let us know if you need an earlier notification. All questions may be directed to the conference committee at