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

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

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)

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:

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 Applications may be made earlier, conditional on the acceptance of the paper or workshop.

AusSTS interdisciplinary workshop program

Dear colleagues, attached FYI is the program for the AusSTS workshop coming up in a few weeks. Thank you so much for your support and I’ll think you agree that Thao Phan, Tim Neale, Michaela Spencer, Kari Lancaster, Gemma Lucy and Jacina Leong have done a quite incredible job. There are a few public events in Melbourne, please advertise these through your networks and anyone who might be interested in coming along.

"Animal Anarchy and The Secret Life of Pets" Jack Halberstam Public Lecture

Thu., 4 July 2019

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Deakin Downtown

Film & Political Possibility: AusSTS Film Workshop

Fri., 5 July 2019

9:45 am – 11:45 am

Kino Cinemas

45 Collins Street 

Melbourne, VIC 3000