4sSydney Update

August 29-Sep 1st
Sydney International Convention Centre

Call for Submissions closing next – February 1st

Now is the time to check our submissions page and decide how you would like to participate in 4sSydney.

You can submit closed panels and single papers, a paper to one of the 115 open panels, a Making and Doing session; or submit to an exciting new addition to the 4S program, the STS Across Borders Exhibit, which includes the opportunity to be part of the Contributing Editors program.

Our exciting program of affiliated events includes pre-conference workshops STS Underground, STS Africa, 6S and Brave New Law, and post-conference events Toxic Sydney and the Anthropocene Campus Melbourne.

Please consider contributing to what is certain to be a rich and diverse regional conference – by submitting, by adding to our collection of translations of the conference (currently 19 languages) or by contributing to the blog highlighting our two plenary themes, Indigenous STS and Querying STS Genealogies.

Share this call to your networks far and wide, email us with any questions, and follow us on twitter or join our mailing list for updates.

Emma Kowal and Matt Kearnes, Program Chairs

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.



Our Sponsors

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.

Download the Symposium Flyer

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

https://fluidmattersblog.wordpress.com/ (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)  http://dlmpst.org

  • 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 (www.historiographyofscience.org)
  • Email/Info: raffaele.pisano@univ-lille3.fr


  • 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 www.historiographyofscience.org
  • 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: raffaele.pisano@univ-lille3.fr)

  • 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

Email/Info: raffaele.pisano@univ-lille3.fr

Transversal International Journal www.historiographyofscience.org

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 c.conroy@moreheadstate.edu 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