Congress Italian Society for the History of Science, May 30-June 1 2022

In its 40th year, the Società Italiana di Storia della Scienza (SISS) (Italian Society for the History of Science) invites you to participate in its conference entitled “Ad limina. Frontiere e contaminazioni transdisciplinari nella storia delle scienze (Towards Thresholds: Transdisciplinary Frontiers and Contaminations in the History of Science).”

The theme of disciplinary boundaries has always characterized the debate on the governing principles of knowledge, representing sometimes an obstacle and sometimes an opportunity for confrontation. Nevertheless, the history of science has always been based on the methodological choice of inhabiting boundaries as meeting zones where scientific and humanistic knowledge can be in dialogue in order to reconstruct the intellectual and material history of science across time. The conference aims, therefore, to explore these frontiers using a transdisciplinary methodology and encompassing different perspectives (thematic, visual, diachronic, disciplinary, and material).

The conference will be held from May 30 to June 1, 2022 at the former Benedictine Monastery of San Nicolò l’Arena, the prestigious seat of the Department of Humanities of the University of Catania (Piazza Dante 32, Catania).

We welcome both symposia and individual papers. Proposals should be sent to by March 30, 2022.

Proposals for a thematic session must include a title, a chairperson, and at least 4 papers. The abstract should not exceed 500 words and should include an overall description of the session as well as summaries of individual papers. The institutional affiliation, or place of residence, and email address of each presenter should also be included. The chair will be the person responsible for communicating with the conference organizers.

Proposals for individual contributions must contain a title, an abstract of about 200 words, three keywords, and the institutional affiliation, or place of residence, and e-mail address of the presenter.

The submission of a thematic or individual proposal authorizes the Italian Society for the History of Science to share the titles and abstracts on its website and elsewhere, in order to communicate and promote the contents of the conference. The languages of the conference are Italian and English.

The outcome of the evaluation of the proposals will be communicated by April 30, 2022.

Registration for the conference must be received by March 15, 2022 via the attached form, which should be sent to the following email address:

Participation in the conference is free for all SISS members who have paid the membership fee for 2022. For those who are not members, it will be possible to participate in the conference upon registration with the SISS, at the online website:

At the conference, the SISS Early Career Prize 2022 will be awarded. The call for the prize is available at this link:

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