PSA2020: Call for Papers

Deadline March 6, 2020

Twenty-Seventh Biennial Meeting of the PSA

November 19 – November 22, 2020
Baltimore, Maryland

The deadline for submitting papers to be presented at the PSA2020 meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on November 19-22, 2020 is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on March 6, 2020.

A call for posters has been issued separately. The call for session chairs will be sent out in late summer 2020. The conference will begin at 8:30 am on November 19 and last through 3:00 pm on November 22. The PSA will once again be offering travel grants for early career scholars, onsite childcare services, and dependent care subsidies of up to $200.

Contributed papers may be on any topic in philosophy of science. The PSA2020 Program Committee is committed to assembling a program with high-quality papers on a variety of topics and diverse presenters that reflects the full range of current work in the philosophy of science.

Members of the PSA2020 Program Committee are listed here:

The maximum manuscript length is 5,000 words, including abstract, footnotes, and references. If the manuscript includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Submissions must include a 100-word abstract and a word count. Format and citation style should match those of Philosophy of Science (see
for details). Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review, with no information identifying the author in the body of the paper or abstract. (See for instructions on how to prepare your paper for anonymous review.) Reviewing will be “triple-masked,” with neither reviewers nor the program chair having access to the author’s identity during the review process.

See the meeting website ( for more information and to submit a paper. To submit a paper, you will need to first create an account. (Click on “Create Account” on the top menu.) Then log into your account and click on “Submissions.” For co-authored papers, the presenting author should provide the abstract and upload the paper; non-presenting co-authors are asked either to create an account or to log into their account (if one is created for them by a co-author) to answer optional demographic questions.

Some papers will be accepted for both presentation at the PSA2020 biennial meeting and publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science; other papers will be accepted for presentation only. All authors are encouraged to post their papers as PSA2020 Conference Papers at (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers at the conference; the paper presentation should take no more than twenty minutes.

The Program Committee expects to announce its decision on papers accepted for presentation by the end of May 2020 and on papers accepted for publication in Philosophy of Science in mid-June. Final versions of all papers accepted for publication must be resubmitted by January 8, 2021; submission instructions will be provided closer to that date.

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. Papers submitted to PSA2020 may not be published, accepted for publication, or under review at the time of submission, and they may not be submitted elsewhere for publication while they are under consideration for publication in the PSA2020 supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science.
  2. At most one contributed paper on which you are the presenting author can be submitted.
  3. No one is permitted to present more than once at each PSA meeting. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk but may present at PSA2020 only once. This policy does not apply to the poster forum; a presenting author on a contributed paper or symposium paper may also present a poster in the poster forum.

To maintain anonymity in the review process, questions about specific submissions should be sent to, as this address will be monitored by someone not involved in the review process. General questions about contributed papers should be directed to the Chair of the PSA2020 Program Committee, Angela Potochnik, at

Submissions open for the 2019-20 Mike Smith Student Prize

The Mike Smith Student Prize awards $3000 to an outstanding research essay addressing the history of Australian science or Australian environmental history.

Deadline:  9am AEDT Monday 20 January 2020

Criteria: The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.

The essay should be 4000–8000 words in length (exclusive of endnotes). Essays must be written in English and fully documented following the style specified for the Australian Academy of Science’s journal, Historical Records of Australian Science.

Essays may deal with any aspect of the history of Australian science (including medicine and technology) or Australian environmental history. ‘Australia’ can include essays that focus on the Australian region, broadly defined, including Oceania. Essays that compare issues and subjects associated with Australia with those of other places also are welcomed. The winning entry, if it is in a suitable subject area, may be considered for publication in Historical Records of Australian Science.

Past winners:  Historical Records of Australian Science have published a virtual issue showcasing six previous essays awarded the Mike Smith Prize.

Applications:  For more information about the application process please visit

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 and include the following:

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

Call for papers: Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science Conference 

November 13–15 , 2019

Victoria University of Wellington (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, 30th June, 2019

We are pleased to announce the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science will hold their next conference at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, from November 13–15, 2019.

Submissions for papers are invited from scholars working in any area related to the history, philosophy, and social studies of science, medicine or technology.

Titles of papers together with abstracts of up to 250 words should be submitted here by the 30th June 2019. The conference theme is open.

However, submissions might speak to topics such as

  • indigenous perspectives and science;
  • innovation;
  • science and technology in the Pacific;
  • theorising science from the South;
  • interdisciplinary engagement and contemporary issues in science and technology;
  • the body in STM.

Suggestions for themed panels are also welcome; please send proposals to a member of the executive.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and invited to apply for an Ian Langham Bursary for partial travel support. Please see our website for more detail and send all proposals to: by 30 June 2019.

You can read about the Centre for Science in Society at Victoria University of Wellington here.

Reminder: Call for Papers: Workshop “Probabilities in Cosmology” Groningen, 21 – 23 June 2019

In cosmology probabilities appear in multiple different guises. We use them when we assess the naturalness of a certain value of the cosmological constant, when we assign likelihoods to possible initial conditions of the universe, when we judge the probability of cosmic inflation, or when we ascribe the probability of there being life in certain universes in the vicinity of certain types of stars. In this workshop we aim to identify differences and commonalities in the use of different applications of probability in cosmology, and to distinguish fruitful and legitimate uses from misleading and illegitimate ones.

This workshop brings together specialists from different physical and philosophical disciplines including epistemology, philosophy of statistical mechanics, general relativity, quantum gravity, string theory, and astrobiology. It starts on Friday 21 June in the evening with a popular lecture by Sabine Hossenfelder, based on her recent book Lost in Math. Invited and contributed talks will be scheduled on Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June.

Submissions of abstracts for contributed talks by researchers from diverse backgrounds are very welcome! Abstracts should be around 300 words. They should be sent to Simon Friederich.

A limited number of travel grants for graduate students and early career researchers is available. If you are interested in such a grant, please indicate this when submitting your abstract and briefly sketch your motivation for contributing to the workshop.

Deadline for abstract submission: 31 March 2019.
Decision letters will be sent out no later than 5 April 2019.

Invited speakers:

  • Pratika Dayal (University of Groningen)
  • Sabine Hossenfelder (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies)
  • Katie Robertson (University of Cambridge)
  • Chris Smeenk (University of Western Ontario)
  • David Sloan (University of Lancaster)
  • Robert Wald (University of Chicago)
  • Claire Zukowski (University of Amsterdam)

The workshop is organized by Simon Friederich, Sean Gryb, and Diederik
Roest (University of Groningen).

For further information please contact Simon Friederich (

CFP: Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology, Medicine, and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

Call For Papers - Encounters and Exchanges: Exploring the History of Science, Technology and Mātauranga (Indigenous Knowledge)

The University of Otago and the Tōtaranui 250 Trust announce a conference to take place in Blenheim, New Zealand from 1–3 December 2019 that will explore the global history of science, technology, medicine, and mātauranga (indigenous knowledge). The conference will be part of a sequence of national events in New Zealand titled Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration. These mark the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s first Pacific voyage and the first onshore meetings between Europeans and the indigenous people of New Zealand, the Māori.

The conference is especially interested in analysing the implications for the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge. The two major themes central to the Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration, ‘dual heritage-shared future’ and the importance of voyaging, pose a range of questions about knowledge, how it is generated, how it is communicated and translated, and how it is entangled with power. The emphasis on the important role of voyaging is consistent with a recent emphasis in the academic field of the history of science on ‘knowledge in transit’ or how science, technology, and indigenous knowledge – involving people, instruments, tools, communications, values, and epistemology – travel from one region to another and are transformed, reworked or contested. We welcome papers or panels that explore these kinds of questions, either within the specific contexts of the southern Pacific in the 1760s and 1770s, or in any other context where encounters and exchanges were integral to knowledge making.

Building on the ‘dual heritage-shared future’ theme of the Tuia – Encounters 250 Commemoration, conference participants will explore recent efforts to analyse reciprocal relationships, the places between regions or cultures where exchanges, negotiations, trade, and transactions have taken place, and the important role of mediators or go-betweens in the history of science, technology and indigenous knowledge. Participants will be encouraged to discuss the value of models for interactions that emphasise such concepts as ‘cultural borderlands’, ‘contact zones’, and ‘trading zones’. The conference will be especially interested in exploring the complex role of indigenous people in the history of science. Recent scholarship has emphasised that local people in all parts of the world not only gathered information but also helped categorize and conceptualize the information. Distinctions between amateurs and professionals as well as producers and users are no longer sharply conceived. As a contribution to the recent emphasis on exploring history of science in a global context, the conference will encourage research covering all parts of the world. The organisers plan to publish selected papers in an edited volume on the global history of science, technology, medicine, and indigenous knowledge.

The conference will include keynotes from leading scholars as well as a programme of special public events in the evenings. Notable participants include Naomi Oreskes, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University; Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia; Peter Moore, author of Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World (2018 book of the year by the Sunday Times); New Zealand filmmaker Lala Rolls, who will present her feature-length documentary film Tupaia's Endeavour; Damon Salesa, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Pacific at the University of Auckland; Matariki Williams, Curator Mātauranga Māori, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; and critic and former Poet Laureate of New Zealand, Ian Wedde.

This gathering will be held in Blenheim, a small city with a rich cultural heritage and which is surrounded by vineyards and stunning scenery. It will be distinguished by the integral role of local iwi (tribal communities), and participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with the knowledge traditions and historical experiences of the tangata whenua (people of the land). This is particularly important as the conference will be a forum for a range of vantage points on how knowledge is created and shared and it will enable genuine and critical reflection on the often painful and contested legacy of Cook’s voyages and the histories of empire and colonization that followed.

We seek three types of proposals (deadline 15 April 2019):
1. Individual papers
These will be approximately 20-minute presentations. Please submit a title and abstract of your paper (200–250 words long) and a 50–100 word biographical paragraph.

2. Panels
These should include 3–4 individual papers on a common topic (with each presentation approximately 20 minutes long), a chair, and an optional commentator.. The organiser should submit a title and abstract for each of the presentations (200–250 words each), a biographical paragraph for each of the participants (50–100 words each), the title of the panel, and a separate outline discussing the panel's common theme and overarching rationale or purpose (approximately 200 words).

3. Other formats
We are very interested in receiving proposals for sessions experimenting with different formats. These might include:
A performance-oriented session
A panel discussion
A demonstration
A short workshop
Or an entirely different idea
Please submit a title and an approximately 200-word description of your idea. Your proposal should include a brief discussion of the purpose, objectives or goals of the session and, if applicable, the role of different participants.

Travel grants will be available for postgraduate students at New Zealand universities and early-career scholars in New Zealand.

Submit proposals to this email address:

Also see the conference website for further information:

Due date 15 April, 2019

Workshop Sustainable Finance 2019



Dienstag, 14. Mai 2019, 9.00-14.00 Uhr
Universität Liechtenstein


The Institute for Finance at the University of Liechtenstein is pleased to announce a call for papers for a small and exclusive conference on sustainable finance, which will be held on May 14th, 2019 at the University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein.

The aim of the workshop is to bridge a gap between academics and professionals on issues surrounding sustainable finance, with a primary focus on asset and investment management. As such we invite complete empirical and theoretical academic papers, which will be discussed both by an academic and a practitioner. 

Conference site