New book publication on teleology and genealogy

image-service.aspDear members and friends of the ESHHS,
some of you might be interested in the following book publication:

“From Aristotle’s Teleology to Darwin’s Genealogy – The Stamp of Inutility” by Marco Solinas.

Starting with Aristotle and moving on to Darwin, Marco Solinas outlines the basic steps from the birth, establishment and later rebirth of the traditional view of living beings, and its overturning by evolutionary revolution. The classic framework devised by Aristotle was still dominant in the 17th Century world of Galileo, Harvey and Ray, and remained hegemonic until the time of Lamarck and Cuvier in the 19th Century. Darwin’s breakthrough thus takes on the dimensions of an abandonment of the traditional finalistic theory. It was a transition exemplified in the morphological analysis of useless parts, such as the sightless eyes of moles, already discussed by Aristotle, which Darwin used as a crowbar to unhinge the systematic recourse to final causes. With many excerpts, a chronological sequence and an analytical approach, this book follows the course of the two conceptions that have shaped the destiny of living beings in western culture.

You can order the book directly at the publisher’s website.

ESHHS 2015: Call for papers online

The European Society for the History of Human Sciences (ESHHS) invites submissions to its annual conference to be held at University of Angers, France, from July 7th‐10th, 2015.

Papers, posters, symposia, or workshops may deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioral, or social sciences and/or with related historiographic and methodological issues. Submissions (either for papers, posters, symposia
or workshops) must be received by March 10th, 2015.

For further information please see our Call for papers.

Next ESHHS Conference

Our host and current secretary of the ESHHS, Sharman Levinson, has confirmed that our next conference will be held from July 7th-10th, 2015 in Angers, France. A conference website will be constructed soon, so recheck this page for conference updates in mid-september!

Goodbye Oulu!

Bike tour around OuluAfter spending four wonderful days in Oulu, Finland, we had to say goodbye to the wonderful atmosphere of Oulu and Lasaretti, where our current president Petteri Pietikäinen and his team hosted the 33rd ESHHS conference. A big “Kiitos” goes to Petteri and his team for letting us have such a wonderful experience in Finland!

For those who could not attend the conference we put up some images from the conference and the landscape in our gallery (Thanks to Csaba Pleh and David Robinson!). Also, Roger Smith’s keynote can be found on his homepage. We also congratulate Kim Hajek for receiving this year’s Early Career Award!

Our next conference will be taking place in Angers, France. Our local organizer will be Sharman Levinson, the current secretary of the ESHHS board. We are all looking forward to meeting friends old and new there!

Book award for ESHHS president!

hulluuden_historia-pietikainen_petteri-22477450-1255822921-frntlPetteri Pietikäinen, current president of the ESHHS, received the prestigious Finnish national Kanava Award for the best non-fiction book of 2013 for his recent publication “Hulluuden historia” (“History of Madness”).

The awarding committee noted that the book tells an impressive story of how madness has been an intrinsic part of human experience and social organization. It suggests a new perspective on the role of madness in history, one expressed through the variety of ways in which madness has been explained and treated over time.

ESHHS 2014: Call for Papers online!

The European Society for the History of Human Sciences (ESHHS) invites submissions to its annual conference to be held at University of Oulu, Finland, 22 July to 25 July 2014.

Papers, posters, symposia, or workshops may deal with any aspect of the history of the behavioral, human, and social sciences. The programme committee particularly encourages submissions that cover the whole range of the human sciences, including the history of psychology, psychiatry and medicine, but also history of sociology, anthropology, criminology, philology and historiography. We also welcome submissions that deal with theoretical or methodological issues.

Please see the ESHHS Call for Papers Oulu 2014 for details!

From Germany to Finland!

IMG_4443Thanks to our host Armin Stock, head of the Adolf-Würth Center for the History of Psychology, we spend four wonderful days with inspiring presentations and debates in Würzburg and enjoyed the city’s wonderful atmosphere and gastronomy.

Those who could not attend the conference can find some impressions of the opening ceremony, the welcome reception as well as the conference dinner here. We are happy to announce that the next conference will be held in Oulu, Finland and will be hosted by the society’s current president Petteri Pietikainen. Further informations about the next conference will be coming soon!