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Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences


Workshop ‘Research Methods in the History of Sociology’

Date: July 14th, 2018

Location: Victoria College (University of Toronto), Room 304

Participants: Program speakers and the audience, including, but not limited to, faculty members and graduate students from the sponsoring units (IHPST, Sociology, History, and the Research Committee on the History of Sociology)

'Research Methods in the History of Sociology’ is a one-day international workshop sponsored by the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST), the Sociology Department, and the History Department at the University of Toronto, and by the Research Committee on the History of Sociology, a research group affiliated with the International Sociological Association (ISA).

The workshop features panels with well-established and more junior scholars in Sociology and in History of Science, from Canada, the U.S., Argentina, the UK, Austria, and France.  It is scheduled to take place at the University of Toronto on 14th July 2018 and will have the following format: two round-tables with senior scholars and a master class in which PhD candidates and early career researchers will have the chance to discuss their research projects with invited specialists.


We propose the following guiding questions for the workshop: What are the uses of history of sociology? Who is the intended audience for the history of sociology? Does the historian of sociology need to do archival research?


For further information and access to workshop materials (recommended background readings and selected project proposals), please contact IHPST Prof. Mark Solovey:

Workshop Program

9:45-11:00      Continental Breakfast, available to all participants, free of charge

10:00-12:00     Formative session I: Designing a good research project

Jennifer Platt (University of Sussex/ UK)
Stephen Turner (University of South Florida/ USA)
Neil McLaughlin (McMaster University/ CAN)


12:00-14:00     Lunch, opportunities for group dining, pay on your own

14:00-16:00     Formative session II: Archival research

William Buxton (Concordia University/ CAN)
Christian Fleck (University of Graz/ AUT)
Mark Solovey (University of Toronto/ CAN)

15:45-17:00:    Coffee Break, available to all participants, free of charge

16:30-19:00     Master class with the audience

Cherry Schrecker (Université de Grenoble-Alpes/ FRA)
Christian Dayé (University of Klagenfurt / AUT)
Fernanda Beigel (CONICET, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo/MENDOZA- ARG)

Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Annual Meeting 2018. June 4-6, 2018 at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Special Session: History of Philosophy of Mathematics. Kenneth May Lecturer: Dr. Emily Grosholz, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA.

The CSHPM will be holding its 2018 Annual Meeting at UQAM in conjunction with the 2018 CPA Meeting. The meeting will be held Monday through Wednesday, June 4-6, 2018.

Members are invited to present papers on any subject relating to the history of mathematics, its use in the teaching of mathematics, the philosophy of mathematics, or a related topic. Talks in either English or French are welcome, as are presentations about work in progress. Graduate students are especially welcome to present their work. All graduate students who present are eligible for the CSHPM Student Award.

Please send your title and abstract (200 words or less) in Word, (non-scanned) PDF, or in the body of an email by February 1, 2018 to:
Eisso Atzema
Department of Mathematics & Statistics
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469, United States
Dirk Schlimm
Department of Philosophy
McGill University
Montreal, QC H3A 2T7, Canada

Maggie Osler Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship has been created in the name of Dr. Margaret “Maggie” J. Osler to honour her work and her 35-year contribution to the Department of History. It is given annually to the highest-achieving student in areas of Maggie's intellectual, teaching and research interests.

After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1963, Maggie went on to study under Richard S. Westfall in the Department and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, where she obtained her Ph.D. in 1968. In 1975, she found her permanent academic home in Calgary. Among the many subjects that she studied, seventeenth-century French natural philosopher Pierre Gassendi remained at the core of her scholarship. She is remembered by her colleagues and students as an internationally known scholar devoted to excellence in the course of her teaching, actively involved in academic life until her death on September 15, 2010.

Award details:

To contribute to the scholarship, please donate here or contact:

Danielle Christensen
Advisor, Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary
403.220.8291 |

Motion re: Federal Scientists

MOVED: The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science endorses the principle of the federal scientists' freedom to communicate, and reaffirms the centrality of the ability of scientists to communicate for the advancement of science

Link to the petition:

Motion re: Nova Scotia Bill 100

MOVED: In light of recent legislation in Nova Scotia, Bill 100, the Universities Accountability and Sustainability Act, given Royal Assent on May 11, 2015,
CSHPS deeply regrets the passage of this Act, because it:

• Threatens academic freedom and the integrity of academic institutions
• Fails to reflect adequately the contribution of universities to the economy and liberal society of Nova Scotia
• Does not properly recognize university governance structures and oversight mechanisms
• Fails to take into account the systemic underinvestment in PSE that has led to these issues
We therefore urge all governments to reject and repeal such legislation or draft regulations that remedy these concerns.

Link to NS Bill 100:


Manchester Manifesto

On the occasion of the largest global meeting of historians of science, technology, and medicine we, the officers and members of the Division of the History of Science and Technology of the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology affirm the following:

(1) Science, technology, and medicine have been abiding features of humanity for millennia and are integral parts of society and culture throughout the globe.

(2) Scientific, technical, and medical literacy is a public good.

(3) We support the study of nature and strive to render it comprehensible to the scientific community and to the wider public through conscientious scholarship and public outreach activities in the human family’s many languages.

(4) Historical scholarship on science, technology, and medicine should seek a full and nuanced accounting of the growth, progress, problems, and prospects of these essential human activities. This supports awareness that science, technology and medicine, when rightly prosecuted, are a public good.

(5) Historians of science, technology, and medicine can build bridges between different cultures through collaboration and examination of different perspectives, heritages, and styles of thinking.

(6) An understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine enhances the teaching of general history as well as the teaching of the methods and context of science, technology, and medicine.

(7) The artifacts of science, technology, and medicine constitute an essential material heritage of humankind. These materials must be preserved, interpreted, and further developed by professionals with a deep knowledge of their cultural significance.

Therefore, in the interests of global betterment and putting knowledge to work, the united participants of the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine held at Manchester, UK, in July 2013 declare:

1. The history of science, technology, and medicine should be supported and financed regularly and continuously by state and private institutions to ensure that younger generations are familiar with their scientific, technological, and medical heritage as interpreted by appropriately-trained historians.

2. The history of science, technology, and medicine merits prominent integration into the curricula of high schools, colleges, and universities. Local and national practices should guide this integration.


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