Science in Humanities, Humanities in Science: Embedded Connections

Conferences & Symposia
Wednesday, October 4, 2023–Friday, October 6, 2023
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Science History Institute
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

The relationship between STEM fields and humanities fields typically gets discussed in terms of observation, exchange, and travel. On the surface, specialists in the humanities appear to scrutinize and critique the questions, methods, or conclusions of the sciences and vice versa. Specialists from the sciences may borrow from, visit, or embed themselves in the humanities, or vice versa. Interdisciplinary and translational initiatives coax specialists of all sorts out of their disciplinary territories to examine and address complex problems together.

The 2023 Gordon Cain Conference brings together scholars and practitioners who have consciously developed and deployed the embedded connections between scientific and humanistic thinking in pursuit of scholarship, advocacy, or business goals. It also brings together historians and social scientists of science, technology, medicine, and the environment who have studied how such embedded thinking has worked within different disciplinary (or non-disciplinary!) institutions and intellectual cultures, past and present.

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About the Gordon Cain Conference

The Gordon Cain Conference is a gathering of scholars in the history of science and related fields. Each conference is organized by an eminent scholar who worked with staff to develop a theme of broad contemporary relevance. Centered on a topic chosen by the conference organizer, the conference consists of an evening public lecture, a symposium, and a collected volume. It is hosted by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry and supported by a generous gift from Gordon Cain.