CFP: Society for the Metaphysics of Science Session at the 2023 APA Eastern

Dear Members of the Society for the Metaphysics of Science,

In addition to its stand-alone annual conference, the Society for the Metaphysics of Science has often hosted group sessions at the American Philosophical Association divisional meetings. While those sessions have primarily been at the Central and Pacific meetings in the past, this year we are adding a session at the Eastern division meeting (Montreal, 4–7 January 2023) with an open call for papers.

Anonymized abstracts of 400-700 words should be submitted through EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smsapae23 ) by Friday, 10 June. Final presentations will be roughly 30 minutes.

Abstracts are welcome in:

  • The metaphysics of any area of natural or social science
  • The implications of any area of natural or social science for metaphysics

Presenters must be members of the APA at the time of the conference and registered for the 2023 Eastern Division meeting.

For any questions please contact the Society for the Metaphysics of Science's APA Eastern division representative, Ryan Miller (Ryan.Miller@unige.ch).

For more information on the Society for the Metaphysics of Science, please see our website: https://socmetsci.org .

SMS Announcements

Kerry McKenzie’s book Fundamentality and Grounding is open access until 23 February 2022.. The CFP for our 2022 Conference, to be held 7–9 September 2022 at the University of Bristol, is now available.
socmetsci.org

Sincerely,

Tyler Hildebrand, Secretary of the SMS

ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshops

The ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop Committee has been hard at work, and we are pleased to announce two more workshops have been approved.  This brings the total number of 2022 ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshops to five!  You can view all of them on the ISHPSSB webpage here:

https://ishpssb.org/meetings#off-year-workshops

Please note the new website for the “Echoes of Scientific Thought in Society” workshop, and the upcoming Apr. 30 CFP for “Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences XI.”

Our two new workshops:

Sustainable Practices Workshop

University of Minnesota, June 10, 2022 (virtual)

EASPLS 2022 (European Advanced School in Philosophy of the Life Sciences): “Dealing with Complexity in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences”

Institute for Philosophy in Biology & Medicine, ImmunoConcEpT lab, and University of Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France, Sept. 5-9, 2022 (in-person)

Website https://www.philinbiomed.org/event/easpls-bordeaux-2022/


This adds to the previously approved workshops:

Echoes of scientific thought in society: the late 19th century-early 20th century ‘race science’ in Argentina and Brazil

University of São Paulo, Brazil, Sep. 19-23, 2022. (virtual)

Website: https://19racialtheoriesla.wixsite.com/racialtheories (NEW WEBSITE!)

A triple helix: metaphor, society, and the science of evolution. A workshop in memory of Richard Lewontin

UNAM, Mexico, Oct. 3-7, 2022. (hybrid)

Contact information: David Suárez Pascal (david.suarez@ciencias.unam.mx)

Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Sciences XI (PBCS XI)

University of Salamanca, Spain, Nov. 3-4, 2022 (in-person)

Contact information: PBCSXI@usal.es.

Website: https://pbcsxiworkshop.wordpress.com/

Call for Participation (deadline April 30): https://pbcsxiworkshop.wordpress.com/cfp/

Thanks to all the organizers of these workshops for their hard work.  Please share with your interested colleagues and students.

Best,

Your ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop Committee,

  • Matt Haber, University of Utah (chair)
  • Alex Aylward, University of Oxford
  • Jenny Bangham, Queen Mary University of London
  • Luciana Garbayo, University of Central Florida
  • Vivette García Deister, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Eva Guadalupe Hernández Avilez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Maria Elice de Brzezinski Prestes, Universidade de São Paulo
  • Lucia Neco, University of Western Australia
  • Charles Pence, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Javier Suárez, Universit of Oviedo

2022 AusSTS workshop

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The Call for Applications for the 2022 AusSTS workshop is now open: https://aussts.wordpress.com/aussts2022/

It will be a multi-sited event, with in-person nodes in Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin and Wellington NZ.

The workshop will take place on the 28th and 29th of July 2022.

Theme: Generation

Plenary: Anne Pollock (King’s College London)

Intergenerational Plenary: Hana Burgess (UoA), Mythily Meher (UoA), Billy van Uitregt (VUW)

Please do spread the word to HDR candidates and ECRs that you think may be interested in applying. Applications close 30 May.

Thank you all

Very Best,
Roberta

Roberta Pala, coordinator for AusSTS

PSA2022: Call for Symposium Proposals

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Twenty-Eighth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association

November 10 – November 13, 2022

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Submission opens on January 5, 2022 for proposals for symposia to be presented at the PSA2022 meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 10–13, 2022. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 26, 2022. Please note the compressed timeframe between the opening of the submission portal and the deadline. Submission is through the PSA2022 website, https://psa2022.dryfta.com/.

A call for contributed papers and a call for posters for the poster forum will be issued separately. Decisions will be returned on symposia submissions prior to the deadline for contributed papers. The call for session chairs will be sent out in late summer 2022. The conference will begin at 8:30 am on November 10 and last through 3:00 pm on November 13.

A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 4–5, organized around a topic of interest in the philosophy of science (broadly construed). The PSA2022 program committee is committed to assembling a program with high-quality symposia on a variety of topics and diverse presenters that reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with current science, such as by including working scientists, or that make other connections outside philosophy, such as with history, sociology, or public policy, are warmly invited. We will not be considering “Author Meets Critics” sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are welcome.

At the time of submission, proposers may choose to have their proposals considered for the Women’s Caucus Prize Symposium; for more information please see the Women’s Caucus website.

Members of the PSA2022 Program Committee

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to enable the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

  1. The title of the proposed symposium
  2. A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  3. A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (up to 1000 words)
  4. A list of participants with institutional affiliations and e-mail addresses, including any non-presenting co-authors
  5. Titles and abstracts of all papers (up to 500 words for each title and abstract)
  6. Either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors (up to 1 page for each participant)

See the meeting website for more information and to submit a symposium proposal after submissions open on January 5, 2022. Please note the compressed submission window - there are slightly fewer weeks between submissions opening and deadline for symposia proposals than usual, to accommodate the compressed timeline between PSA 2021 and PSA 2022.

The site also has a discussion page, which can be used to help organize and find participants for symposium proposals. To post on the discussion page or submit a proposal, you will need to first create an account, even if you’ve created an account in the past. (Click on “Create Account” on the top menu.) Each author of a symposium paper (whether a presenting author or not) and each symposium commentator will also need to create an account.

The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on January 26, 2022. Symposium organizers will be informed of the program committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (April 6, 2022). Please see important information below on the PSA policy regarding multiple submissions.

After the conference, symposium presenters may submit their papers for review for publication in a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. The submission deadline for symposium papers will be announced at a later date. Papers will be evaluated for publication individually. Authors are welcome to post their symposium papers as PSA2022 Conference Papers at philsci-archive.pitt.edu (a publicly accessible digital archive) prior to the meeting (note that submission to the archive does not count as prior publication for papers submitted to the supplementary issue).

Please note that in accordance with current PSA policy:

  1. No previously published paper may be submitted for presentation at the PSA meeting.
  2. Any individual can be a presenting author in only one symposium proposal. Commentators are considered to be presenting authors. Multiple symposium proposals that include the same person as a presenting author will not be reviewed.
  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 PSA2022 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.
  4. If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants, maintaining acceptance will be contingent on the symposium organizer developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the session.

All questions about submissions should be directed to the Chair of the PSA2022 Program Committee, Holly Andersen, at psa2022@philsci.org.

2021 Conference Update

The next AAHPSSS conference will be held 24 – 26 November, 2021. The conference was to be based at the University of Wollongong, but COVID travel restrictions have necessitated moving it completely on-line. Conference registration rates have therefore been substantially reduced. Registration is now open and includes concessional rates for students and the unwaged, and options for single-day registration.

AAHPSSS is committed to interchange between scholars from a wide range of disciplines, with a focus on supporting postgraduate students, early career academics, and those in insecure employment. Please do consider how you might contribute to this conference, and how we all might support emerging scholars in the field.

Conference 21: Call for Papers

An update on the AAHPSSS conference:

The Call for Papers is now open. Submissions can be made through the conference website: https://conference.aahpsss.net.au/

We are calling for individual papers, complete sessions (90 minutes) or multi-session workshops. Guidelines for each proposal type can be found here: https://conference.aahpsss.net.au/submissions-are-now-open/

Submissions will remain open until Friday, 23 July 2021.

A reminder that the conference that will be 24–26 November, 2021 and will be based at the University of Wollongong, with on-line options available for all participants.

Registration costs for the conference are still being determined, and we expect to have a final decision by early July. However, those of you who have attended previous AAHPSSS conferences will know that we are committed to keeping this conference an accessible, low-cost event. In particular, the cost of online attendance at the conference will be kept to a minimum. Once determined, earlybird registration costs will be available through until Friday, 3 September 2021.

As part of this commitment to accessibility, AAHPSSS will once again support postgraduate students, early career academics, and those in insecure employment with Langham Bursaries for travel to the conference (from outside NSW) and with a Langham Prize at the conference itself. Guidelines for these awards will also be released in early July, but please do consider this opportunity, if you are an emerging scholar, and please do spread the word amongst postgraduate students and early career academics in your networks. Of course, we would be very happy for you to promote the conference and AAHPSSS itself amongst all of your colleagues.

Registration will become available shortly.

CFP: Bristol University Press titled, “Science and Technology Studies and Health Praxis: Genetic Science and New Digital Technologies”

Hello, I am writing to extend an invitation for expressions of interest for an edited collection I am working on with Bristol University Press titled, Science and Technology Studies  and Health Praxis: Genetic Science and New Digital Technologies. The details are listed below. Do let me know if you are interested and able to contribute, or if you have any questions (tina.sikka@newcastle.ac.uk). A call for abstracts will come shortly. I am really excited about the collection and would love to have a contribution that reflects some of the interesting work being done by scholars on the list.

Timeline

January 2021 – finalise chapters
September 2021 – chapter draft submission
December 2021 – return edited drafts for revision
March 2022 – final submissions of chapters
April 2022 – Introduction, final revisions
Completion: May/June 2022

This edited collection invites chapters from a variety of fields aimed at the interdisciplinary study of the latest health (digital and genetic) technologies using a variety of forward-looking STS methods (the socio-technical, radical democratisation, feminist technoscience, new materialism, laboratory studies, radical/auto ethnography, case studies etc.). What makes these health technologies unique, and therefore demands study, is that they constitute an embodied and mediated health ecosystem based on neoliberal logics that promise bio-molecular transformations of who we are in particular ways. The book will be primarily aimed at scholarly and student readers in critical STS, race, gender, socio-economic status, sexuality and health studies.

Each chapter will apply some form of STS based method, approach, or theoretical frame (e.g. case studies, ANT, controversies, feminist technoscience/STS, Indigenous and Postcolonial STS, co-production and co-constitution, socio-material analysis, ethnographies) within the following framework:

1. STS, Health Knowledge, and the Body

  • How new health technologies (digital and genetic) are changing how we relate to our material, embodied selves;
  • The representation, communication, and internalization of health knowledge (mediated and unmediated);
  • The economic and cultural inequalities that result from these technologies, practices/performances, and changing definitions of 'good health';
  • How health norms, practices, and technologies are taken up and experienced by raced and gendered individuals and groups in embodied ways;
  • How fatness intersects with science, technology, normativity, and equality.

2. STS, Health and Subjectivity/Identity

  • How health technologies have transformed and produced new subjectivities, relations to the body, and relations to the natural world;
  • The study of the way in which ways in which health is tied to and reflects overlapping identities vis-á-vis health disparities;
  • How the social construction of race, sexuality, class, dis/ability and gender are expressed by and through digital and genetic technologies in novel ways;
  • The study of forms of sociality that these technologies might encourage/discourage;

3. New Frontiers in Health STS

  • The nature of scientific knowledge (production and distribution) as it relates to genetically and epigenetically based knowledge about health;
  • The novel and changing nature and character of new health technologies;
  • The impact of genetically-based knowledge regimes on our understanding of who we are (in particular around race, indigeneity, sexuality);
  • How these technologies are wound up and deeply implicated in (surveillance) capitalism;
  • How these technologies are co-produced and the ways in which gender, race, class, sexuality, and dis/ability might be reflected in and through future health technologies.
  • The ways in which power and inequality are reflected and reproduced by these technologies, discourses, and practices.

Tina Sikka, PhD
Head of Postgraduate Research
Lecturer
Media, Culture and Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
Newcastle University