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Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences


CSHPS will hold its 2015 annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS) in Ottawa, Ontario, May 30-June 1, 2015. For details, see the Call for Proposals.

Preliminary Announcement/Save the Date – Three Societies Meeting 2016 – 22-25 June 2016, Edmonton, Canada

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, the History of Science Society, and the British Society for the History of Science would like to announce the eighth Three Societies Meeting which will be held 22-25 June 2016 at the University of Alberta.

This international event brings together scholars from around the world and has been held every four years since 1998, most recently in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), and Halifax (2004).

We would like to invite you to save the date and join us for what promises to be an exciting meeting!

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Calls for Papers

Call for papers: Workshop "1970s: Turn of an era in the history of science?"

Aarhus University, Centre for Science Studies
September 14-15, 2015
Deadline: April 30, 2015

Confirmed speakers:
Mark Carey, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Michael Egan, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
Rüdiger Graf, Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung, Potsdam, Germany
Elke Seefried, Institut für Zeitgeschichte, München, and Universität Augsburg

The decade of the 1970s is regarded as a ‘turn of an era’ by many scholars. Eric Hobsbawm describes the shift from a “golden age” of rapid economic growth to an age of economic stagnation. Helmut Kaelble refers to it as “a major turning point or turning period of the 20th century”. Niall Ferguson depicts the 1970s as a time of crisis in many spheres: the economic (with high inflation), political (with new movements and political conflicts), social (with increases in abortion, crime, class conflict, marital breakdown, and racial tensions), and popular culture. Konrad Jarausch marks this period as “the end of confidence”, describing a shift from progress optimism to cultural pessimism. Jeremy Black emphasizes the rise of environmental transformations and environmental consciousness in the 1970s, whilst Thomas Borstelmann argues that “the years of uncertainty and disillusionment” during this period opened opportunities for reform, improvement and cultural change.

Where do the sciences feature in this picture of the 1970s? Whilst historical interest in this period has risen quickly in recent years, little attention has so far been paid to the role of science in this decade of crisis and political and cultural change. Historian of science Jon Agar, as a rare exception, suggests the “long 1960s” as a “period of ‘sea change’” in the history of science. He depicts changing institutional dynamics, a multiplication of experts, the rise of value- and knowledge-based social movements, and orientation towards the self as transformative forces in science and its cultural context. He argues that we lack sufficient synthetic accounts for the sciences. Others prefer to speak of the ‘long 1970s’ to contrast features of unrest and crisis with enthusiasm in fields such as scientific planning and futurology.

This workshop aims to address these questions and to cast light on the sciences and their relationships to broader themes of political crisis and cultural transformation in the 1970s. This turn of an era raises many questions. How did the events of the 1970s impact the sciences and their perception in broader culture? To what extent were scientists affected by changing economic and political contexts and social interests? How did scientists view society during the 1970s, and how did they seek to portray themselves in light of broader social and political unrest? In what ways did scientists contribute to change in the 1970s? Broader historiographic questions, too, are of interest: How do Cold War science narratives help or hinder to understand the 1970s? Which concepts can serve to investigate the rise of environmental interest in science and broader culture? What continuities and discontinuities in the (environmental) sciences are visible from the pre-1970s to the post-1970s?

Within these broad topics, this workshop will focus on the role of environmental interest and resources in science in the 1970s. Pertinent topics to be discussed are scientific efforts related to nuclear energy, the oil crises, limits of growth, alternative energy technologies, environmental pollution, future planning, etc. Other topics dealing with science and its cultural impact in the 1970s will also be considered. We invite contributions of individual papers to this workshop. Please provide a 300-word abstract and a short CV. Some travel funding is available for young scholars. Please indicate if you need financial support.

Conference website:

Deadline is April 30, 2015. Submissions should be sent to the following address:


Invitation to Apply: Conference Workshop on Contested Expertise and Toxic Environments

Claremont, California

September 18-19, 2015

This 2-day working conference seeks to workshop a small number of unpublished papers by scholars whose research engages the intersections of contested science, expertise, and toxic environments. We are interested in papers employing historical methods which look at the relationship of technical practices to environmental harms. In particular, we hope to explore moments in which the roles of scientific experts in understanding and reacting to these harms have been challenged, disputed or disrupted in some way. Our conception of the environment here is purposefully broad in scope—encompassing both the natural world and built environments—and scale—ranging from weapons’ testing grounds and toxic dump sites to scientific laboratories, hospitals, and the human body itself. Topics may include, but are not limited to:
*Secrecy and atomic energy
*Toxic waste management
*Radiation technology
*Pesticide manufacturing and exposure
*Climate threats and pollution
Our aim is to have conference participants critically and constructively engage each others’ work for the purposes of contributing to an edited book published by an academic press.

Please send extended abstracts of 500 words and a 2-page CV to Janet Farrell Brodie (Claremont Graduate University), Vivien Hamilton (Harvey Mudd College), and Brinda Sarathy (Pitzer College) at by January 10, 2015.

If accepted, full papers will be due by July 15, 2015, for pre-circulation to all conference attendees. Some funding will be available to assist with travel costs.


Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Fifth Biennial Conference

University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark

June 24-26, 2015

Abstract Submission Deadline: 5 January 2015

Please submit paper or session proposals via

Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2015

Main Contact: Sabina Leonelli,

Keynote speakers will include: Marcel Boumans (Eramus University of Rotterdam), Nancy J. Nerssessian (Georgia Institute of Technology), Hans-Jörg Rheinberger (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science), and Léna Soler (University de Lorraine (Nancy))

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement on our website at

The SPSP conferences provide a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices — neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conferences aim at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

We welcome both proposals for individual papers, and also strongly encourage proposals for whole, thematic sessions with coordinated papers, particularly those which include multiple disciplinary perspectives and/or input from scientific practitioners. You may wish to involve other members of SPSP (a listing is available on our website) or post a notice to the SPSP mailing list describing your area of interest and seeking other possible participants for a session proposal. (To post to this list or to receive updates on the conference, please subscribe via

Individual paper proposals must include a title and an abstract of 500 words, and full affiliation details and contact information for the author(s)/speaker(s). Session/symposia proposals must include an overall title for the session, a 250-500 words abstract of the session, and a 500-word abstract for each paper (or an equivalent amount of depth and detail, if the format of the proposed session is a less traditional one), and full affiliation details and contact information for each contributor. Session proposals should be submitted as a group by the organizer of the session; typically 3 standard length or 4 shorter papers can be accommodated within our usual session formats. Individuals should only appear on the programme once as presenters, and one additional time in another role (e.g., commentator, chair, or co-author). If in doubt, please contact the organizers in advance about your anticipated submissions.

There will be a pre-conference workshop on teaching philosophy of science to scientists to be held at Aarhus University, Aarhus on 23 June, as well as a pre-conference casual social event that evening.

For more information on local arrangements and updates on the conference, please see


2015 Joint meeting of the Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable & European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences

8-10 May 2015

University of Washington, Seattle

We welcome abstracts for individual papers or symposia on any topic in philosophy of the social sciences or in the philosophy of social phenomena, especially those that tackle philosophical issues as they arise in, and are consequential for, practicing social scientists. We will assemble a two and a half day program of workshop-format sessions so that intensive discussion can be the focus of the meeting.

Keynote Speakers
Abby Stewart (Tangri University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan): “Judging Others in the Academy: Implications of Uncertainty and Bias"
William Wimsatt (Winton Professor of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota Center for the Philosophy of Science; Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, and the Committees on Evolutionary Biology and Conceptual Foundations of Science, University of Chicago): “Scaffolding and Entrenchment in Cultural Evolution” Submissions

To propose a paper or a symposium, prepare an extended abstract for submission through EasyChair:
Submission deadline: 15 December 2014
Submission guidelines:

Program Committee
Chair and local host: Alison Wylie (University of Washington) –
Philosophy of Social Science Roundtable:
James Bohman (Saint Louis University); David Henderson (University of Nebraska, Lincoln); Mark Risjord (Emory University); Paul Roth (UC - Santa Cruz); Stephen Turner (University of South Florida)
European Network for the Philosophy of the Social Sciences:
Alban Bouvier (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris); Byron Kaldis (Hellenic Open University, Athens); Eleanora Montuschi (University of Venice); Julie Zahle (University of Copenhagen); Jesús Zamora-Bonilla (UNED, Madrid)

Annals of Science Prize

Submissions are being accepted for the Annals of Science best paper prize 2014. This prize is awarded annually to the author of an original, unpublished essay in the history of science or technology, which is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The prize, which is supported by Taylor & Francis, is intended for those who are currently doctoral students, or have been awarded their doctorate within the past four years.

Essays should be submitted to the Editor in a form acceptable for publication in Annals of Science. View the Instructions for Authors. The winning essay will be published in the Journal, and the author will be awarded US$1000 and a free subscription to Annals of Science.

Papers should be submitted by 30th September 2014, with the winner being notified by 31st December 2014. The Editors’ decision is final.

Questions and submissions should be directed to



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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