CfP: 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology

The 27th International Congress of History of Science and Technology will be held from 29 June - 5 July 2025 at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.
Symposium Proposals are due by 1 May 2024.
Standalone Papers are due by 1 December 2024.
For further details, please go to the Congress website:

Conference Details

The International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST), held every four years, is the world’s premier meeting for history of science and technology. The 27th Congress will be held as a hybrid in-person and online event at the University of Otago’s Dunedin campus in June-July 2025. Delegates registered for virtual participation will be able to both present and attend online. The Congress will bring together a diverse group of the world’s leading scholars and students in the fields of history of science, technology, and medicine as well as related disciplines. It will be the first time the Congress has been held in Australasia and only the second time in the Southern Hemisphere. The theme of the 27th ICHST is “Peoples, Places, Exchanges, and Circulation."

CFP: Critical Social Science Approaches to Epidemic Intelligence


Workshop University of Sydney

Critical Social Science Approaches to Epidemic Intelligence

21-22 March 2024

Organizers: Professor Sonja van Wichelen (University of Sydney), Associate Professor Kari Lancaster (UNSW), and Professor Warwick Anderson (University of Sydney)

Workshop Précis

The role of the social sciences in enhancing the social and cultural complexity of epidemic intelligence has been recognised, and in some contexts, institutionalised. Yet, most of the input from the social sciences have been restricted to those coming from the psychological or behavioural sciences, emphasizing, on the level of epistemology, positivistic values of experimental evidence, and on the level of policy, the belief and commitment to the behavioural economic framework of nudging. By bringing together critical social science scholars from medical anthropology, sociology of medicine, the history and philosophy of science, and science and technology studies, this workshop explores how a critical social science of epidemic intelligence can contribute to a more complex conceptualisation of epidemic intelligence, which could advance effective disease modelling.

The workshop will provide a cross-disciplinary conversation between social science scholars aiming to do four things. First, engaging with the current, and with previous global pandemics, we intend to assess how the sociological inputs and metrics have been integrated with disease models and understandings of epidemic intelligence. Second, we aim to interrogate how more critical approaches to epidemic intelligence—linked to social medicine, disease ecology, biosocial approaches, and planetary health—can more adequately capture the biosocial conditions in which viruses become pathogenic. Third, we want to examine what modelling does, sociologically and politically, to the time frames and perceived configurations of epidemic disease. And, finally, we take this opportunity to also think about how our findings could inform science policy and can offer an alternative to the governance of nudge worlds.

Call for Expression of Interest

The workshop is interdisciplinary in nature and brings together scholars from Europe, the US and Asia across a range of disciplines. In order to identify and include Early Career Researchers working in this area in Australia, we are opening a call for expression of interest. The University of Sydney will contribute to costs for travel and accommodation.

There are two ways to participate: as a presenter of a thought-piece or as an active participant in discussions. As funding is limited, priority for funding will be given to presenter of thought pieces. The deadline for a statement of purpose (300-500 words) and a one-page CV is November 30th, 2023. Please send these materials to Rachel Yang:

We will notify you of the outcome by Mid December at the latest. Thought-pieces (3-5 pages) should be submitted by the first week of March so that we can disseminate prior to the workshop. The plan is to compile papers for an edited volume pitched at Cambridge University Press.

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CFP: AAHPSSS 2023 Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2023 Conference of the Australasian Association for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science (AAHPSSS) will take place at the University of Sydney, between Wednesday 29 November and Friday 1 December, 2023.

The call for papers is now open!

This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the annual Congress for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), so will provide attendees with the opportunity to participate in other discipline-based sessions.

Highlights of this year’s conference will include… the Dyason Lecture by Rachael Brown (ANU), the Langham Prize for the best postgraduate paper presented at the conference, organised workshops, social events and the return of the Science in Society session.

We invite participation from scholars working in any area related to the history, philosophy and social studies of science, medicine or technology (including science and technology studies, sociology of health, environmental humanities, science communication, science policy, and metascience).

You may submit:

  • an individual paper, which will be allocated to an appropriate session
  • An organised session of speakers or a workshop
  • a full- or whole- day series of sessions

You can submit your proposals here

Deadline for submission is extended to Monday 28 August 2023.

The registration costs for the conference will be shared soon. As usual, AAHPSSS is committed to keeping the conference accessible and low-cost. We particularly encourage postgraduate students and early career academics to participate. Langham Bursaries for travel expenses to the conference (from anywhere outside the Greater Sydney Area) will be available for those in need.

Please circulate this CFP among your networks (and let us know where you circulated it). We are looking forward to hosting you!

Very Best,

The AAHPSSS committee

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SMS 2023 Conference Submission Deadline

The Society for the Metaphysics of Science is hosting its annual conference 10–12 August 2023 at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The submission deadline has been extended to 10 March 2023.

Please see our conference page for submission instructions and further information:

Hope to see you all this summer here in Halifax!

The Statistics Wars and their Casualties workshop: Sept 22 & 23 (online)

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Dear Colleagues,

The Statistics Wars and their Casualties workshop will now be fully online. The first 2 meetings (sessions 1 & 2) will be the scheduled dates, but only in the afternoons from 15-18:00 pm London time on Sept 22 and 23, 2022. There will be two future online meetings (sessions 3 & 4) probably in December with dates and times to be announced. There will be lots of opportunities to engage in discussion with attendees and special panelists.  We very much hope to see you there!

To register/receive notification of updates and schedules for the workshop, please visit this link. We really appreciate the continued interest many of you have shown in this workshop and associated forums over the past 2 years. We will strive to avoid duplicate messages. Write to us if you prefer not to receive any further updates on these events.

We would be grateful if you would forward this e-mail to interested colleagues.

Warmest Wishes,
D. Mayo
R. Frigg
M. Harris

The Statistics Wars and Their Casualties

22-23 September 2022
15:00-18:00 pm London Time*


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*These will be sessions 1 & 2, there will be two more future on-line sessions (3 & 4) to be announced.

Yoav Benjamini 
(Tel Aviv University), Alexander Bird (University of Cambridge), Mark Burgman (Imperial College London),  Daniele Fanelli (London School of Economics and Political Science), Roman Frigg (London School of Economics and Political Science), Stephan Guettinger (London School of Economics and Political Science), David Hand (Imperial College London), Margherita Harris (London School of Economics and Political Science), Christian Hennig (University of Bologna), Daniël Lakens (Eindhoven University of Technology), Deborah Mayo (Virginia Tech), Richard Morey (Cardiff University), Stephen Senn  (Edinburgh, Scotland), Jon Williamson (University of Kent)

While the field of statistics has a long history of passionate foundational controversy the last decade has, in many ways, been the most dramatic. Misuses of statistics, biasing selection effects, and high powered methods of Big-Data analysis, have helped to make it easy to find impressive-looking but spurious, results that fail to replicate. As the crisis of replication has spread beyond psychology and social sciences to biomedicine, genomics and other fields, people are getting serious about reforms.  Many are welcome (preregistration, transparency about data, eschewing mechanical uses of statistics); some are quite radical. The experts do not agree on how to restore scientific integrity, and these disagreements reflect philosophical battles–old and new– about the nature of inductive-statistical inference and the roles of probability in statistical inference and modeling. These philosophical issues simmer below the surface in competing views about the causes of problems and potential remedies. If statistical consumers are unaware of assumptions behind rival evidence-policy reforms, they cannot scrutinize the consequences that affect them (in personalized medicine, psychology, law, and so on). Critically reflecting on proposed reforms and changing standards requires insights from statisticians, philosophers of science, psychologists, journal editors, economists and practitioners from across the natural and social sciences. This workshop will bring together these interdisciplinary insights–from speakers as well as attendees.

Sponsors: The Foundation for the Study of Experimental Reasoning, Reliability, and the Objectivity and Rationality of Science (E.R.R.O.R.S.); Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS), London School of Economics
OrganizersD. Mayo, R. Frigg and M. Harris
Logistician (chief logistics and contact person): Jean Miller

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