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Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science

Société canadienne d'histoire et de philosophie des sciences


IHPST 50th Anniversary Celebration

Persons and Populations: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives

Date: 2018-04-28 - 2018-04-29

Location: IHPST, 91 Charles Street West, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario (Canada)

To mark its 50th anniversary, The Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (University of Toronto) is hosting a two-day conference in the history and philosophy of medicine. The program committee welcomes papers in any area of history and philosophy of medicine, but the main theme of this conference is "Persons and Populations." We encourage papers that explore questions, such as the following:

  • Can information derived from populations be useful for decisions at the level of the individual patient?
  • When is it appropriate to deliver care at the level of the population rather than the individual? For example, are there ethical obligations to consider the public health of certain (sub-)populations?
  • When are patients actually treated as persons? Do such revelations highlight inequities in public/private healthcare systems?

Highlight of the conference include:

  • Professor Lucia Dacome (history of medicine, IHPST) will give a keynote address in honour of the creation of the Pauline M. H. Mazumdar Chair in the History of Medicine
  • Mark Tonelli (University of Washington Medical Center) will give a keynote address on "Do We Need a Philosophy of Medicine?"
  • Panel Discussion on "Persons and Populations”
  • Panel Discussion on “The History of Population Health”

Contributed papers in the form of extended abstracts of between one and two pages should be emailed by February 28, 2018 to Submissions will be reviewed and notification of acceptance will be given by March 7, 2018.

No fees are associated with this conference and it is open to the public. However, if you do plan to attend, please rsvp so that we can plan accordingly. Copies of the finalized programme will be send by email on March 15 to participants and to individuals who rsvp

Programme Committee:
Brian Baigrie (IHPST, University of Toronto)
Mat Mercuri (Department of Medicine, McMaster University and IHPST, University of Toronto)
Ross Upshur (Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto)
Jennifer Fraser (IHPST, University of Toronto)

Organizing Committee:
Yiftach Fehige (IHPST, University of Toronto)
Muna Salloum (IHPST, University of Toronto)
Chen-Pang Yeang (IHPST, University of Toronto)

Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Annual Meeting 2017. 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

The 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2017!

The 9th Canadian Science Policy Conference, CSPC 2017, will take place November 1 - 3 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa. With participation from multiple sectors and disciplines within government, academia and the business sector, the conference atmosphere encourages depth of insight and collaboration between participants in all stages of their political, professional or scientific careers. This year’s motto is "150 Years of Canadian Science and Innovation – How do we forge ahead?" CSPC 2017 features over 200 confirmed speakers, 30 panel sessions, a Gala Dinner in celebration of 150 years of Canadian science achievements, and 4 pre-conference symposia: Register for CSPC 2017 by September 3rd to receive the SuperSaver rates.

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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