5th STEP Meeting
“Popularisation of Science and Technology in the European Periphery”
Museu de Menorca (Mahon) Minorca, 1-3 June 2006
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[Programme of the STEP Meeting]
5th STEP Meeting
Popularisation of Science and Technology in the European Periphery
Museu de Menorca (Maó) Minorca, 1-3 June 2006
Draft Programme

Wednesday, 31 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: Ana Simoes

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"

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, "Ganot's textbooks of physics: translation, the making of the book and the transit of knowledge"

José R. Bertomeu Sánchez, "Popularising a dangerous knowledge? Nineteenth-century popular books on toxicology"

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

11:30 - 12:00: Break

12:00-13:15: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities
Chair and commentator: Robert Marc Friedman

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

José Alberto Silva, "Newtonianism in the Periphery. The case of Teodoro de Almeida"

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

Marco Segala, "A matter of conversion. Clergy and the popularisation of the metric system in Piedmont


15:30-16:30: Popularisation, local contexts and national identities
Chair and commentator: Anders Lundgren

Stefan Pohl Valero, "Thermodynamics and moral. The popularisation and controversy of its laws in a new public sphere, Spain 1868-1880"

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

Robert Marc Friedman, "Making the Aurora Norwegian: Science and National Identity"

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"

Saturday, 3 June 2006
Museu de Menorca

9:00-10:30: Popular physics
Chair and commentator: Kostas Gavroglu

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"

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

Néstor Herran, "Early public perception of radioactivity in Catalonia, 1896-1936"

10:30 - 11:00: Coffee Break

11:00-12:30: Comparative session: Science and technology in the press. Some impressions at the beginning of the 20th century
Chair and commentator: Enrique Perdiguero

Ana Simões, Conceição Tavares, Raquel Jorge, Ana Carneiro, Maria Paula Diogo, "Newspapers views on science and technology. Impressions from Portugal at the beginning of the 20th century"

Hans Henrik Hjermitslev, Casper Andersen, Peter C. Kjaergaard , "Newspapers views on science and technology in Denmark"

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

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

12:30 - 12:45: Break

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

16:00 - 17:30: STEP general meeting

20:30: Final dinner