Narratives of Climate Change Symposium

Narratives of Climate Change Symposium

5-6 JULY 2018 University of Newcastle, NeW Space Campus

Greenland iceberg floating past the village of Narsaq. Photo taken by Brendan Mackey

The struggle to solve the problem of human-forced climate change - which requires us to stop using fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas and end deforestation - has become an ever-present backdrop to political discourse, an intermittent topic in popular media, a central concern for community and social movements in the Global South and North, and a magnet for scholarly engagement.

The climate change problem is a disruptive, and potentially creative force that challenges, among other things, diverse ways of living, expectations of a good life, the dominant patterns of production and consumption, dominant frameworks of knowledge and the political, the fundamental precepts of legal systems, and the presupposition that our children’s children will inherit a world in which humans and the greater community of life can flourish.

At the same time, discourses around climate change risk invisibilising other histories of power and exploitation, such as colonialism, that have long inflicted violences upon First Nations peoples and their lifeworlds, and which underpin the reality that both the impacts and root causes of climate change are experienced disproportionally by the most vulnerable. Indeed, some climate change interventions serve to undermine rather than sustain Earth.


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This symposium will be an interdisciplinary collaboration inspired by the possibility that the gap between scientific knowledge and effective political, legal and social action can be bridged by alternative forms of narrative, incorporated into and developed by artistic creations, works of fiction, social and other media, performances of all types including theatrical, activist and absurdist, visionary planning and innovative litigation such as the Children’s Trust lawsuits. In this collaboration, we envisage a partnership in which representatives from different communities and across academia work with diverse narratives, in particular the scientific narratives, to develop ways to ignite the public imagination and bring about effective action on climate change.

The collaboration acknowledges and seeks to support First Nations peoples’ ways of knowing and being, diverse forms of story-telling, and collaborations that support pluralistic, flourishing lifeworlds, both human and more-than-human.

The insidious process of cognitive dissonance renders many scholars incapable of contributing their expertise to the critical issues of our times, such as climate change. The academy continues to labour within the confines of coloniality and within a politics of knowledge which transforms subjects worthy of our moral consideration into objects and thus contributes to social alienation and political disempowerment. To paraphrase Mary Midgely, we are not aliens on a strange planet: our history and biology, which place us here, ensure that the facts of this planet have abundant meaning for us.

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Announcement: “Fluid Matter(s)” International Conference with Workshops, Public Lecture

Symposium “Fluid Matter(s): A cross-cultural examination of bodily fluids and drugs that act upon them” at the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) at ANU in Canberra, December 15-17, 2017 (please find the programme and venue, participants and abstracts here)

Organised by Natalie Köhle (ANU), Shigehisa Kuriyama (Harvard), Lena Springer (Charité)

A Special Issue on HPS–&–Education

A Special Issue on HPS–&–Education

by Inter-Divisional Teaching Commission (IDTC | IUHPST/DLMPST & DHST)

  • Title: Methods and Cognitive Modelling in the History and Philosophy of Science–&–Education
  • Special Issue: Guest Editor, Raffaele Pisano, Lille University, France / President IDTC
  • Journal: Transversal - International Journal for the Historiography of Science (
  • Email/Info:


  • History/philosophy of science & Teaching sciences;
  • Teaching Sciences/Pedagogies;
  • Nature of Sciences;
  • Historiography of sciences;
  • History/philosophy/epistemology of sciences, historical epistemology of science (physics, mathematics/geometry, engineering/architecture, chemistry, logic);
  • Historical epistemology of science;
  • Foundations of science.


  • Rationale, mainly: based on IDTC policy (i.e., please see Lille summer schools 2015, 2017 and IDTC website), we are expecting to receive submissions related to reflections on methods and modelling in teaching sciences, theoretical and practices. The historiographical, historical, philosophical analyses standpoint are very encouraged and welcomes. This special issue is strictly connected to IDTC, but everyone is wellcome. We thank very much Transversal's editors for the opportunity.
  • Foreword: a distinguished scholar on the subject
  • Editing: Author Guidelines in
  • Language: English
  • Issue: December 2018
  • Fees: No
  • Criteria: all submitted papers, which meet the criteria of originality and quality, will be peer–reviewed for the publication. The papers are expected to be revised (in the contents, editing and English) prior to submission to this Transversal Special Issue.
  • The papers not adequately written according to Transversal guidelines, even if its abstract-proposal was regularly accepted, then they can be finally rejected by editors.

DEADLINES (please send abstract and then paper to:

  • Abstract–proposal: (in English) peer-reviewed proposal submission: December 31st, 2017 [Two pages, free editing: Title, Name, Affiliation, Email, Keywords + references list, all within two pages maximum].
  • Acceptance/rejected: blind peer-reviewed abstract–proposal: January 25th, 2018
  • Full peer-reviewed paper submission: July 1st, 2018
  • Notification/blind peer-reviewed papers: July 30th, 2018
  • Final and definitive acceptance:  post blind peer-reviewed papers, strictly prepared according to the journal guidelines, September 30th, 2018
  • Publication: expected December 2018


Transversal International Journal

CFP: Society for the Metaphysics of Science

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science (SMS) will be holding its fourth annual conference 22–24 August 2018 at The University of Milan, Italy.

Our keynote speaker will be

Alexander Bird (Bristol & Kings)

In addition, Alastair Wilson (Birmingham) will deliver a presidential address.

All other sessions will comprise submitted papers.

As well as various presentations, the conference will also feature an organizational meeting of the Society which will elect officers, continue to make various policies, plan future conferences, etc. Both those interested in presenting papers and/or participating in the Society are invited to the conference.

For more information on the society, see the Society for the Metaphysics of Science web page. SMS also has a facebook page.

At the conference, presentations will be 30 minutes, with a 10 minutes comment, 5 min reply, and 15 minutes for Q&A.  Submissions should be on a topic in the metaphysics of science broadly construed, of no more than 4,500 words and should include an abstract of ~150 words and a word count.  All papers must employ gender-neutral language and be prepared for blind review.

At most one contributed paper on which you are the presenting author can be submitted. No one will be permitted to present more than once at SMS 2018. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at SMS 2018 only once.

Submissions must be made using the EasyChair online submission system at

The submission deadline is 2 February 2018.  Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by 2 April 2018.  Selected speakers should confirm their participation before 4 May 2018.

The conference will have a $75 registration fee for faculty and post-docs, $10 for graduate students, $1 for emeritus faculty.

The Society would like to thank the Department of Philosophy at the University of Milan for support.

Contact Christina Conroy at for further information.

Program Committee:

  • Christina Conroy (Morehead State University), Chair
  • Matthew Slater (Bucknell University)
  • Cailin O’Connor (University of California, Irvine)
  • Claudio Calosi (University of Geneva)
  • Michael Hicks (Oxford University)
  • Alison Fernandes (University of Warwick)
  • Zee Perry (Rutgers University)

On behalf of:

  • Alastair Wilson, President, Society for the Metaphysics of Science
  • Andrea Borgini, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, SMS 2018
  • Giuliano Torrengo, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, SMS 2018
  • Christina Conroy, Chair of the Program Committee, SMS 2018
  • Ken Aizawa, Secretary/Treasurer SMS

4S Call for Papers, Closed Panels, Posters and Making and Doing Presentations

Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) annual conference

Sydney International Convention Centre

August 29 – September 1, 2018

Abstract submission system opens: December 1st, 2017

Deadline for Submission: February 1st, 2018


Single paper submissions should be in the form of abstracts of up to 250 words. They should include the paper’s main arguments, methods, and contributions to STS. We strongly encourage you to submit your paper abstract to an open panel. You can contact open panel organisers directly to seek advice about the fit of your paper. Be aware that in some cases organisers will be happy to change panel proposals to accommodate your paper. When submitting papers, in addition to designating one or more topical Research Areas using the drop-down menu, please list up to five keywords to help the program organizers evaluate and assign your paper.

Closed Panels

Each closed panel proposal should contain a summary and rationale of up to 250 words, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. A panel proposal must contain a minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the criteria above and may contain up to five, plus a discussant. If the proposal contains fewer than five papers, the Program Committee may assign additional papers to your panel to optimize scheduling and participation. We encourage closed panel organiser to include people from diverse regions, in keeping with the conference theme. 


4sSydney will be offering poster sessions. Poster abstracts should be 250 words. Accepted posters should be printed, laminated and brought to Sydney. Posters will be displayed at the meeting and authors will be available at advertised times to speak to their posters. For those unfamiliar with poster sessions, they promote small group and one-on-one interactions with your work that can potentially be more rewarding than panel presentations. They can also facilitate translated and multilingual content. Your poster will also be viewed and read at other times in the meeting, increasing the visibility of your work. Poster exhibit spaces also provide a quieter space for interactions for jetlagged or overwhelmed participants. 

Making and Doing Session

In addition to paper, session and poster submissions, 4S invites proposed presentations for the ‘STS Making and Doing’ event. Participation in the Making and Doing event does not count toward limits on conference participation described elsewhere. The STS Making and Doing Program aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production. The STS Making and Doing program was premiered at the 2015 4S annual meeting in Denver. View the 2015 presentation summaries here, and the >2017 summaries here

Judging for the STS Making and Doing Award takes place during the meeting. This award formally acknowledges and celebrates distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields.

CFP: Asian Society of the History of Medicine/History of Medicine in Southeast Asia


for a joint meeting of

The Asian Society of the History of Medicine (9th meeting)


HOMSEA (History of Medicine in Southeast Asia)

to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 27–30, 2018

Theme:  Colonial Medicine after Decolonisation:  Continuity, Transition, and Change

Guidelines for Submission: Submissions on all topics related to the history of medicine in Asia are welcome; submissions related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.

Participants can submit full panels (2, 3, or 4 papers) as well as individual papers. Paper proposals (title, author, and an abstract in English of no more than 200 words) and a 1-page curriculum vitae or panel proposals (a panel proposing of no more than 200 words with abstracts and 1-page CVs of all participants) should be sent by electronic mail to Dr. James Dunk ( The program committee reserves the right to suggest changes and revisions to abstracts and panel proposals.

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2018

Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 March 2018.

Program committee:

  • Dr. Harry Yi-Jui Wu (Hong Kong);
  • Dr. Ning Jennifer Chang (Taipei);
  • Prof Laurence Monnais (Montreal);
  • A/Prof Hans Pols (Sydney);
  • Dr. Yu-Chuan Wu (Taipei);
  • Dr. Por Heong Hong (Kuala Lumpur);
  • and members of the Local Arrangements Committee.

Unfortunately, the ASHM cannot offer funds to defray travel expenses due to budget constraints. There is a range of affordable accommodation available near the conference venue. Participants are encouraged to apply for support from their home departments or institutions.

The conference will be hosted by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, which is located in the new buildings of the Indonesian National Library in the centre of Jakarta.