HOPOS 2020 relocated to SIngapore

Dear Colleagues,

I hope this e-mail finds you well. I am enclosing a link to the CFP for next year's biennial meeting of the International Society of the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS). Due to ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, the HOPOS Steering Committee made the difficult decision to relocate the conference to Singapore and extend the deadline for submissions until Oct 31, 2019. It is important that we advertise the new venue and deadline, especially to those who do HOPOS related research in the Australasian region. I would therefore greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word and circulate the enclosed link to the conference web page to your colleagues and students. Thank you so much, and hoping we might meet in Singapore next summer.

With best wishes, Helen


HOPOS 2020

HOPOS, the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, is devoted to promoting scholarly research on the history of philosophy of science. We construe this subject broadly, to include topics in the history of related disciplines and in all historical periods, studied through diverse methodologies.


Dr Helen Hattab
Full Professor of Philosophy
University of Houston
Past President of the International Society of the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)

Due date 31 October, 2019

HPS at Melbourne, seminar

I would like to invite you to a special seminar by History and Philosophy of Science this week which will be held to commemorate the centenary of Diana (Ding) Dyason, former head of HPS at the University of Melbourne. 


1pm Wednesday 18 September,
Arts West North Wing-553 (Discursive Space)

History and Philosophy of Science has been taught in some form at the University of Melbourne since 1946, making it one of the oldest such Departments in the world. Dyason joined the Department – then known as the Department of General Science and Scientific Method – shortly afterwards, in 1950. In 1958 Dyason was appointed to be Senior Lecturer-in-Charge of the recently renamed Department of the History and Philosophy of Science. Ding led the Department until 1975 when she was succeeded by Rod Home. During this time, Dyason was also the first President of the Australasian Association for the History and Philosophy of Science (now AAHPSSS) and left an enormous legacy in the social history of medicine.

The Ding Dyason commemorative seminar will touch on all aspects of Dyason’s life, work and intellectual legacy with a series of short talks and panels from current, former and emerging scholars from HPS. 

Speakers will include former heads of HPS, Janet McCalman and Howard Sankey, historian of the Dyason family Cecily Hunter, Lecturer in the History of Medicine and Life Sciences, James Bradley, and Postgraduate Research Fellow and this year’s Greg Dening Lecturer Fallon Mody.

The event will be lightly catered. All are welcome, no RSVPs necessary.

For further information about details of the event, please contact the HPS Seminar Co-ordinator, Martin Bush, at martin.bush@unimelb.edu.au.

SAANZ Conference – Call for Papers

This year's SAANZ (Sociological Association of Aotearoa New Zealand) conference, which will be taking place in Auckland, New Zealand (December 3–6), and will feature a "Science and Technology Studies" stream.  

Further information can be obtained at the following link: 


Abstract submission is now open and closes at 5pm on September 20th.

Send abstracts of between 150 and 200 words in .doc or PDF format to saanz2019@auckland.ac.nz and include the following:

  • Title of presentation
  • Presenter's names and institutions/organisations
  • Preferred stream (if any)

New Book: The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes

Vera Mackie, Nicola J. Marks and Sarah Ferber, eds, The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2019, with contributions from Jane Adams (Otago), Sarah Ferber (Wollongong), Sarah Franklin (Cambridge), Jaya Keaney (Sydney), Vera Mackie (Wollongong), Nicola J. Marks (Wollongong), Vasudha Mohanka (Wollongong), Robyn Morris (Wollongong), Damien Riggs (Flinders), Sonja van Wichelen (Sydney), Andrea Whittaker (Monash).

From its origins in 1978, when the first babies conceived through in vitro fertilization (IVF) were born in the UK and India, assisted reproduction has become a global industry. Contributors to The Reproductive Industry: Intimate Experiences and Global Processes reflect on the global dimensions of IVF and assisted reproductive technologies, examining how people have used these technologies to create diverse family forms, including gay, lesbian, and transgender parenthood as well as complex configurations of genetic, gestational, and social parenthood. The authors examine how IVF and other reproductive technologies have and have not circulated around the globe; how reproductive technologies can be situated historically, nationally, locally, and culturally; and the ways in which culture, practices, regulations, norms, families, and kinship ties may be reinforced or challenged through the use of assisted reproduction.

See: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498570657/The-Reproductive-Industry-Intimate-Experiences-and-Global-Processes

The volume can be purchased from Lexington Books with discount code LEX30AUTH19.

Nicola Marks
University of Wollongong

Conference registration open

The 2019 AAHPSSS conference will be held from 13–15 November at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This will be the first time the conference has been held in NZ for many years, and we are hoping that Australian delegates will make the effort to cross the Tasman for what will be an exciting and stimulating event! 

Click on this link to register .

Conference details

Dyason Lecture (Wed 13 November 6.30 - 8.00 pm)

Professor Pelling

The Dyason Lecturer this year will be Dr Margaret Pelling, who is currently an Associate Member of the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. Dr Pelling is a former Senior Research Associate at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine in Oxford. A former student of Professor Ding Dyason, after whom this event is named, Dr Pelling will be speaking about her relationship with Professor Dyason and providing an overview of her own career and achievements in the history of medicine and social history more generally.

Evening reception (Wed 13 November @ 5.00 pm)

The evening reception will take place on Wednesday 13 November from 5.00 to 6.30 pm prior to the Dyason Lecture. The reception will be catered, including canapés and a cash bar provided by Nosh Catering & Events.

Conference dinner (Thu 14 November @ 6.30 pm)

The conference dinner will be held at Milk & Honey Restaurant in Rankine Brown Building within the grounds of VUW, on Thursday 14 November at 6.30 pm. There is a separate fee of $65.00 for dinner, which attendees can pay upon registering. Because we need to confirm numbers one week in advance, it will not be possible to pay for the dinner at the conference.

The conference dinner consists of an all vegetarian dinner, including two mains, two side dishes, and freshly baked bread rolls and salted butter, along with petit fours.
Please note that drinks are not included in the banquet price so as to keep costs to a minimum. There will be an open bar with a full range of house wines, a selection of beers and soft drinks for guests to pay as they go.

A full menu is here:

Food and catering

For those attending the conference over the full three days, food and drink will be provided during the conference, and is included in the conference registration fee. This includes the conference reception on Wednesday evening, as well as morning and afternoon tea and lunch on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. These will be served in the foyer outside the conference rooms, in the Alan MacDiarmid Building.

There are various options for eating on campus, which are listed here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/students/campus/food

Postgraduate activities

Postgraduate students are especially encouraged to attend the conference. The conference program will include special sessions for postgraduates including a postgraduate workshop and mentoring session. In addition, the Ian Langham Prize will be awarded to the best presentation(s) by a current postgraduate student.

Ian Langham Bursary

Enrolled honours, postgraduate students and researchers with precarious employment from tertiary institutions outside Aotearoa New Zealand whose participation in the 2019 AAHPSSS conference has been formally accepted may apply for an Ian Langham Bursary. The Bursary is intended to help defray the costs of Trans-Tasman travel for attendees. If you are in possession of or entitled to receive travel funds through your research institution, we would appreciate that you make use of those travel funds.

Applications should include evidence of the proposed or accepted participation in the conference, a brief statement of need for the bursary, evidence of student enrolment/employment status and a quote from a travel agent to indicate expected travel costs. The Bursary covers travel costs only. It does not cover the costs of accommodation, meals or incidentals. The Bursary is paid as a reimbursement subsequent to the conference, upon provision of relevant receipts and bank account details. The deadline for provision of these is 20 December 2019.

The total funding for each application is capped at $500 and the number of bursaries provided is limited. Assessments will be made on the basis of how well the applicant's research engages with the purposes of AAHPSSS and the demonstrated need.

Applications for the Ian Langham Bursary close on Friday 11 October 2019, and should be addressed to the Secretary, Martin Bush secretary@aahpsss.net.au. Applications may be made earlier, conditional on the acceptance of the paper or workshop.