CFP hit parade:
Web 2.0/History 2.0: Making History Together: The Annual Meeting of the American Assoc for History and Computing, April 20-22. Abstracts due Feb 28.
At Hanging Together, an interesting post on virtual collections in the 19th century, that is, plaster reproductions of famous sculpture and architecture, made by the V and A.
Regarding legislative advocacy for museums, Richard Urban at Museumatic gives a list of resources and encourages us to think about IT and digital access issues in our considerations of how we want to support museums politically.
Harvard’s Open Collections Program (OCP) has launched a new online collection, Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics:
…the new Contagion collection brings carefully selected historical materials from Harvard’s renowned libraries, special collections, and archives to Internet users everywhere. The collection, which includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula, and manuscripts, contributes to the understanding of the global, social-history, and public-policy implications of disease and offers important historical perspectives on the science and the public policy of epidemiology today.
The University of Warwick in the UK is holding a summer workshop in July on Medicine and New Media:
Medicine and New Media, the first postgraduate Summer School organized by the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick will explore the history of medical imaging from the Renaissance to present times. Participants will trace technological developments and their consequences in medicine, alongside consideration of how these new ways of ’seeing’ the human body reflected and were shaped by the concerns of scientists, physicians, artists, and the general population.
The aim of the Summer School is to bring together current and recently completed postgraduates from the humanities and sciences with experts from a number of different fields to engage with a range of technologies for making scientific images of the human body, including the fine arts, drawing and painting, as well as film, photography, X-ray and the current medical imaging techniques of digital biomedicine. Moreover, it addresses itself to students who are investigating questions about the meaning of images of the human body and how agreement about such meaning is negotiated (in the laboratory, in modern mass-media, public displays in museums, in university anatomy teaching). What are the epistemological, moral and philosophical consequences of our desire to picture all functions of the human body? What does it mean to be human in a world of global mass media in which the individual body is central, yet increasingly public and commercialised? Are there alternatives to the understanding in Western science since the nineteenth century that vision is the primary avenue to knowledge and sight takes precedence over the other senses as a tool in the analysis of living things?