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: conference@aahpsss.net.au by 30 June 2019.

More information about registration, location, transport and accommodation will be distributed via the mailing list, and will appear in due course on the AAHPSSS conference page.

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 (s.m.friederich@rug.nl).

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: encounters-exchanges@otago.ac.nz

Also see the conference website for further information: https://www.otago.ac.nz/encounters-exchanges/index.html

Due date 15 April, 2019

Workshop Sustainable Finance 2019

Workshop

Termin

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

Inhalt

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

Call for Papers: Society for the Metaphysics of Science

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science (SMS) will be holding its fifth annual conference on November 7-92019 at the University of Toronto.

Our keynote speaker will be Katherine Brading (Duke University). 

 In addition, Max Kistler (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) 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.

At the conference, presentations will be 30 minutes, with a 10 minute commentary, 5 minute reply, and 15 minute 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 2019. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at SMS 2019 only once.

Submissions must be made using the EasyChair online submission system at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sms5

The submission deadline is 1 June 2019.  Notifications of acceptance will be delivered by 1 August 2019.  Selected speakers should confirm their participation before 5 September 2019.

Call for Contributions: Political Ecologies of the Far Right

Lund University, 15-17 November 2019
www.pefr.hek.lu.se

An interdisciplinary academic-activist conference organized by
the Human Ecology Division at Lund University in collaboration with
The Zetkin Collective and CEFORCED at Chalmers University

Far-right political parties, ideologies and social movements are increasingly exercising influence across the world. At the same time, ecological issues, such as climate change, deforestation, land use change, biodiversity loss, and toxic waste are intensifying in their urgency. What happens when the two phenomena meet? How, when and why do they intersect? How are party and non-party sectors of the far right mobilizing ecological issues and discourses to their advantage, whether through championing or rejecting environmentalist claims? What are the ecological underpinnings of far-right politics today? This understudied topic forms the basis of this interdisciplinary conference on the political ecologies of the far right.

From Trump and Bolsonaro to the Sweden Democrats and AfD, a radical anti-environmentalism is most often championed by the contemporary far right. This stance resonates with a conspiratorial suspicion of the state, science, elites, globalism, and supposed processes of moral, cultural and social decay. This is most clearly pronounced in climate change denialism and defense of fossil fuels, which have undergone a global resurgence in recent years. But the same position is also articulated in, for example, anti-vegetarianism or opposition to renewables. How can we understand the causes of far right rejection of environmentalism and environmental concerns where it occurs? What broader ideologies, interests, psychologies, histories, narratives and perceptions does it reflect? What might the implications be for ecological futures if far-right parties continue to amass power? How can the climate justice and other environmental movements and anti-racist, anti-fascist activism converge and collaborate?

On the other hand, it is an inconvenient truth that there is a long-standing shadowy legacy of genealogical connections between environmental concern and far-right thought, from links between conservation and eugenics in the early national parks movement in the US, to dark green currents within Nazism. Hostility to immigration informed by Malthusian thinking and regressive forms of patriotic localism have often surfaced in Western environmentalism. Today, the mainstream environmental movement is more usually aligned with leftist, progressive policies, yet the conservative streak that always lies dormant in overly romanticized conceptions of landscape and nature, or fears about over-population, lie ripe for mobilization in new unholy alliances between green and xenophobic, nativist ideologies. In what forms does this nexus appear around the world today and with what possible consequences? What frames, linkages and concerns are central to eco-right narratives? How can environmental thinking ward off the specter of green nationalism?

How to apply:

The conference aims to bring together not only scholars working at the interface of political ecology and far right studies but also activists from environmental, anti-fascist and anti-racist organizations and movements. We believe there is still much work to do to bring together these often separate strands of scholar and activist work together, and much opportunity for collaboration, mutual learning, and networking. This conference aims to hold a space for such engagement.

Scholars: We welcome contributions from all disciplines (geography, anthropology, sociology, history, literature, political science, cultural studies, sustainability studies, STS, philosophy, art history, media studies, communication studies, et cetera). Apart from individual papers, we also welcome suggestions for panels and workshops.

Activists: At least one day of the conference (Sunday - TBC) will focus on activist practices, with an emphasis on sharing and developing ideas and synergies between green and anti-fascist thinking and working, and on ways to collectively prevent a scenario of ‘ecological crisis meets fascist populism’. We invite activist groups and individuals to submit proposals for workshops, discussions, and presentations.

In line with recent calls for radical emissions reductions at Swedish universities, we encourage prospective participants to consider other travel options than aviation if possible. We are also open to presentations via video link.

Submission of abstracts: Please send abstracts (max. 350 words) to pefr@hek.lu.se by Thursday 16th May. There are a limited number of travel bursaries available (we will prefer non-aviation means where possible) for those who are most in need of support. Please indicate in your application whether you would like to be considered.

Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • climate denialism/climate change, fossil fuels and the far right
  • anti-environmentalism of far right
  • linking environmental, anti-fascist, anti-racist activism and social movements
  • ‘cultural marxism’, conspiracy theories and the environment
  • gender, sexuality, the far right and environment (eco, hegemonic or industrial masculinities, anti-feminism, normative heterosexuality, patriarchy)
  • renewable energy, vegan/vegetarianism, animal rights, agriculture, toxic waste, land use change, biodiversity extinction, pollution etc and the far right
  • environmental science, epistemology and the far right
  • racism, xenophobia, nature, conservation, ecology, wilderness and far right
  • whiteness as/and ‘endangered’ species
  • scenarios of a far-right ecological future
  • religion, ecology and the far right
  • populism, authoritarianism, neoliberalism, alt-right, far right
  • greenwashing, industry links, capital and funding for the far right and links with environmental issues
  • far right narratives on development, progress, and futures and their ecological conceptualization
  • environmental history of green ideas in far right politics
  • dark green histories and genealogies of environmentalism
  • infiltrations of and unhappy alliances between the contemporary far right and environmentalists
  • ecofascism, bio-nazism, green nationalism
  • psychologies, affects, emotions, private lives of the ecologies of the far right
  • historical legacies of ecologically unequal exchange and racial capitalism

AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop: Cordelia Fine and Geoffrey Bowker announced as keynotes


Keynotes for the AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop have now been confirmed!
We're excited to welcome:

Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne
Geoffrey Bowker, University of California Irvine

We can now also confirm that we have bursaries of up to $300 per person.
See call for abstracts below for details on how to apply.

Workshop applications close March 1, 2019. Please feel free to share
through your networks.


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: AusSTS Interdisciplinary Workshop

Deakin University
Melbourne, Australia
3–5 July, 2019

Keynotes:

  • Cordelia Fine, University of Melbourne;
  • Geoffrey Bowker, University of California Irvine

To meet the great challenges of this century, scientists and humanities and
social science researchers need to work together. No single academic field
can bring about the changes we need to see in the world. Bridging
disciplinary divides is the key to finding new solutions to the problems we
face.

The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop is a multi-day event that seeks to
convene conversations between researchers around the complex issues facing
science, technology and society today. It consists of workshops, keynote
lectures, creative events, and short papers. This symposium is designed for
postgraduate students and ECRs researching science and technology and who
are interested in

  1. exploring new and creative forms of inquiry,
  2. developing collaborative practices to further their research.

The aim of this collaboration is not to turn scientists into social scientists or
humanities scholars or vice versa. Rather, it is to create opportunities
for students to share diverse perspectives on common issues.

This workshop departs from the traditional symposia format of long papers
and short discussion. Participants can expect to present a short paper
consisting of a question, problem or provocation, take part in panel
discussions and cross-disciplinary dialogues, participate in workshops
focusing on collaboration and creative research, as well as field trips. We
invite postgraduate students and ECRs from all disciplines and areas of
expertise to apply: life, environmental and materials science, social
sciences and humanities, artists, social activists, and other practitioners.

We want to encourage participants to communicate their research interests
in ways that are legible to audiences outside of their discipline and to
engage in sustained discussions with a range of publics. Scholars
interested in participating are asked to apply by putting forward a
proposal for a 5-minute presentation at the workshop.

Possible topics for proposals can include but are not limited to:

  • The Anthropocene and twenty-first century environmental challenges
  • Advances in biomedicine and public health
  • Science and Indigenous knowledges
  • AI, big data and algorithmic cultures
  • Sustainability and resilience
  • Intersections with gender, race, class and ability with issues in
    science and technology
  • Methods and strategies for collaborative STS (science and technology
    studies) or HPS (History and Philosophy of Science)

Structure, cost, and accessibility

The AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop will take place over three days. Day
one and two will be organised around panel presentations, keynotes, and
collaboration workshops. Day three will include an off-site field trip and
creative challenge.

All venues will be wheelchair accessible. Please do not hesitate to get in
contact if you have any questions regarding accessibility or have
accessibility needs.

Travel bursaries

We are committed to making this event affordable and accessible to all
participants. We have travel bursaries of up to $300 per person to help
cover travel and accommodation costs.

To apply for a bursary, please include a 200 word statement explaining
why this support is necessary for you to attend in your application for the
workshop.

Bursaries will be assessed based on an equity basis.

Submission guidelines:

Please submit proposals (250–350 words) for presentations by Friday March 1
to AuSTSgradnetwork@gmail.com

Proposals must contain the following information:
Name of presenter(s);
email address;
brief bio;
five keywords;
supervisor names (if applicable)/areas of discipline

This event is hosted by the Australasian STS Graduate Network (AusSTS), a
network of Australasian postgraduate and early career researchers
interested in STS. Masters, PhD and ECRs from any institution and
discipline are invited to apply.

For questions or enquiries please contact Thao Phan at
thao.phan1@deakin.edu.au
More information:
https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/science-and-society-network/2019/01/14/aussts-interdisciplinary-workshop/
https://blogs.deakin.edu.au/science-and-society-network/2019/01/14/aussts-interdisciplinary-workshop/