5th STEP Meeting
“Popularisation of Science and Technology
in the European Periphery”

Museu de Menorca (Mahon) Minorca, 1-3 June 2006

With the support of: 
Conselleria d'Economia, Hisenda i Innovació (Govern de les Illes Balears)        
Institut Menorquí d'Estudis (IME) 
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona 
Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia 
Ajuntament de Maó


Provisional programme

Wednesday31 May 2006


Check-in at the Hotel in Maó

8:30 p.m. Dinner at the hotel

Thursday, 1 June 2006

Museu de Menorca

9:00. a.m. Opening session

9:30 - 10:30. a.m. Introductory lecture: Paola Govoni (Bologna)

10:30-11:30. Spaces of popularisation (teatres, museums, exhibitions, etc.)
Chair and commentator: Geert Vanpaemel

Rikke Schmidt Kjærgaard, "Electric Adventures and Natural Wonders -Exhibitions, Museums and Gardens in Nineteenth-Century Denmark"

Alfons Zarzoso, "Popularising medicine, disciplining people: spectacle at the Roca Museum in 1930s Barcelona"

Maria Paula Diogo and Ana Cardoso de Matos, "Showing the vitality and the work of Portuguese engineers. The I National Engineering Meeting and the Popularisation of Technical Knowledge"

11:30-12:00: Break

12:00-13:00: Spaces of popularisation (teatres, museums, exhibitions, etc.)
Chair and commentator: Enrique Perdiguero

Gabor Pallo, "Genres of Popular Science: Scientific Theatre"

Reis Fontanals, "Instruments for popularising scientific and technical culture in the periphery: a study of the Public Libraries' network in Catalonia (1915-1936)""

Teresa Huguet-Termes, "Reading in the war: Catalan 'Library Services of the Front' as a means for the Popularisation of Science and Technology (1937-1939)"


15:00-16:30. Spaces of popularisation (periodicals and the media)
Chair and commentator: Ana Carneiro

Fernando Egídio Reis, "From centre to periphery: the role of Portuguese periodicals published by Portuguese émigrés in London and Paris in the early nineteenth century"

Rosa Espada, "Popularizing Technology in the Western Edge of the Iberian
Peninsula: An exploratory study about two Portuguese newspapers of the middle of the the 19th century

Peter C. Kjaergaard, "Science and Satire. Representations of Science in Danish Popular Media 1875-1925"

Enrique Perdiguero, José Pardo-Tomás, Àlvar Martínez-Vidal, "Doctors as a public of the popularization of medicine in interwar Catalonia: the Monografes Mèdiques series"

Matiana Gonzalez Silva, "With or without scientists. Popularizing human genetics in Spanish El País"

16:30-17:00: Coffee Break

17:00-18:00: Popular science and gender
Chair and commentator: Faidra Papanelopoulou

Palmira Fontes da Costa, "Women and the Popularisation of Botany in Early Nineteenth Century Portugal: The Marquesa de Alorna's Botanical Recreations"

Tiina Männistö, "Popularisation of Medicine in young women's guidebooks published in Finland 1890-1923"

Riikka Terho, "The Social Reception of Female Drivers in Finland between 1950 and 1970"


Reception at the Institut Menorquí d'Estudis

Presentation of the project "Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica a les Illes Balears", supported by the "Direcció General de Recerca, Desenvolupament Tecnològic i Innovació"

Friday, 2 June 2006

Museu de Menorca

9:00-10:00: Spaces of popularisation (books)
Chair and commentator: José R. Bertomeu Sánchez

Anders Lundgren, "Science, popular books, and the spread of Monism"

Isabel Malaquias and Emília Vaz Gomes, "Some professor's contributions to science popularisation in 19th century Portugal"

Isabel Malaquias and Joaquim de Almeida, "Teaching and Popularising acoustics in 19th century Portugal"

10:00-10:30: Break

10:30-11:30: Spaces of popularisation (books)
Chair and commentator: Antonio García-Belmar

Josep Simón Castel, "Circumventing the “elusive quarries” of Popular Science: the Communication and Appropriation of Ganot’s Physics in Nineteenth-century Britain"

José R. Bertomeu Sánchez, "Popularising a controversial knowledge.A popular treatise on poisons by Mateu Orfila (1787-1853) "

Ernst Homburg, "From Popular Chemistry to Technology: The Popularization of Chemistry in Nineteenth-Century the Netherlands"

11:30 - 12:00: Break

12:00-13:00: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities
Chair and commentator: Anders Lundgren

Berna Kilinc, "The Authority of Science in an Authoritarian Society"

José Alberto Silva, "The case of Teodoro de Almeida: Agendas, Publics and Newtonianism"

Irina Gouzevitch and Dimitri Gouzevitch, "The popularisation of science in the 18th century Russia as a State action"



15:30-16:30: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities
Chair and commentator: Berna Kilinc

Stefan Pohl Valero, "The thermodynamic evolution of the universe: the construction of a national Weltanschaung. Spain 1868-1880"

Geert Vanpaemel, Brigitte Van Tiggelen, "Science for the people. The Belgian Encyclopédie populaire and the constitution of a national science movement"

Timo Myllyntaus, " 'Soon Electricity Takes Care of Everything … Alleviates Even Hangover'. Familiarizing the Finns with Electricity, 1870 - 1960".

16:30-17:00: Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:00: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities
Chair and commentator: Peter Kjaergaard

David Nofre, "Popularisers, Reformers and Healers: Phrenologists in mid-19th century Catalonia"

Juliana Adelman, 'Science, progress and national ideals in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'

Lissa Roberts, "Peripheral popularization and technological diffusion: introducing steam technology in the Netherlands"


Reception at the City Council of Mahon


Saturday, 3 June 2006
Museu de Menorca

9:00-10:15: Popular physics
Chair and commentator: Ana Simões

Pedro Ruiz Castell, "Total Solar eclipses and the growth of popular astronomy in Restoration Spain"

Agustí Nieto-Galan, "Professionals, Amateurs and the public: Popular astronomy in Barcelona, 1884-1923"

Johan Kärnfelt, "Popularisation of astronomy in early 20th century Sweden: Aims and motives"

Néstor Herran, "Radium and Radioactivity in the Catalan Press: the Case of Ibérica, 1914-1936"

10:15 - 10-45: Coffee Break

10:45 - 12:15: Comparative session: Science and technology in the press. Some impressions at the beginning of the 20th centuryChair and commentator: Kostas Gavroglu

Conceição Tavares, Ana Carneiro, Maria Paula Diogo, Ana Simões “Public image of science and technology in the Portuguese press at the dawn of a new century”

Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, Casper Andersen, "Directing public interest - Popular Science in three Danish Newspapers 1900-1903 "

Matiana González, Néstor Herrán, Enric Piriz, Núria Perez, Agustí Nieto-Galan, "Science at the fin de siècle in Barcelona"

Eirini Mergoupi-Savaidou, Spyros Tzokas, Faidra Papanelopoulou, Kostas Gavroglu, Manolis Patiniotis,"National identity and progress in the popular accounts of science and technology in the Greek press 1900-1914".

12:15 - 12:45: Break

12:45: 13:30
Concluding remarks: Jonathan Topham (Leeds)

16:00 - 17:30: STEP general meeting

20:30: Final dinner