2017 Conference


McKinnon Building, University of Wollongong

22–24 November 2017


2017 Program and Sessions

Emerging issues in Science and Society


This year's AAHPSSS conference will be held at the University of Wollongong (UoW). Not only does UoW host the longest running science and technology studies program in Australia, it is now the only remaining STS program in the country.

At a time when the STEM disciplines (i.e. science, technology, the environment and medicine) are being called upon by government, business and industry to drive the next wave of global innovation and economic growth, it is essential that the critical perspectives of science and technology studies (STS), history and philosophy of science (HPS) and cognate disciplines in the social sciences and humanities are meaningfully and substantively included in the relevant public and policy debates. Encouraging such critical perspectives in public discourse concerning STEM issues is arguably necessary  to ensure that the hyper-rationalist hubris and technoscientific excesses of the 20th century are not repeated in the 21st century.

The AAHPSSS executive and many of its long-term members are very conscious of the demise of multiple STS and HPS programs throughout Australia's universities over the last two decades. While most of us deplore these developments, we are convinced that the only way this situation can be halted and hopefully reversed is through the efforts of the relevant scholarly communities to come together, demonstrate solidarity, and forge new alliances over the next several years.

This conference is therefore aimed at rebuilding scholarly networks and bridging some of the divides that have recently emerged between more specialized scholarly communities in Australia and New Zealand. We therefore welcome the participation and attendance at the conference of tenured and casual academics, independent scholars, students, professionals in the public and private sectors, and interested laypeople.


There are several hotels as well as serviced apartments and budget accommodation in and around Wollongong which the organizers have identified and with whom conference attendees are encouraged to book.

Sage Hotel Wollongong

The recommended hotel for the conference is the Sage Hotel Wollongong. The hotel is directly adjacent to Wollongong's CBD, parkland and the beach, and within walking distance of Wollongong train station and the free shuttle bus service to the University.

The hotel is able to offer 15% off its daily rate of the day when booked directly with the hotel. This discount is based on room-type availability at point of booking.

Sage Hotel Wollongong
60-62 Harbour St
NSW 2500

(02) 4201 2111


When booking your room directly with the hotel, please let them know you are attending the AAHPSSS conference for the discounted rate.

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

Novotel is located next to North Beach and is also close to a shuttle bus to the University. The hotel is able to offer the following rates for AAHPSSS attendees.

Residential View Room @ $259.00 per room per night (discounted from $279.00)

Ocean View Room @ $269.00 per room per night (discounted from $319.00)

Ocean View Balcony Room @ $289.00 per room per night (discounted from $359.00)

  • Above rates are room only
  • Guests are to contact the Hotel directly and quote “AAHPSSS” to receive the discounted rate
  • Rates will not be available 7 days prior to arrival
  • Rooms are subject to availability

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach
2-14 Cliff Rd,
North Wollongong
NSW 2520

(02) 4224 3111


Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong

Adina serviced apartments are located in the Wollongong CBD close to the beach and shuttle bus to the University.


Studio Room @ $219 per room per night

1 Bedroom Apartment @ $249 per room per night

Adina Apartment Hotel Wollongong
19 Market St,
NSW 2500

(02) 4250 5000


Budget Accommodation

Norris Motels Wollongong: http://www.norrismotels-srp.com.au/

Backpacker & Hostels Accommodation:




Other accommodation

If you would like to explore other options, please follow the link to the Destination Wollongong Booking engine below:


Delegates may also call the City of Wollongong's Visitor Information Centre to book over the phone: (02) 4267 5910.



For those attendees travelling from interstate or regional areas, JetGo has recently begun providing direct flights from Albury, Brisbane, Dubbo, Hervey Bay, Melbourne Essendon & Tamworth to Wollongong: http://jetgo.com/

The main campus of University of Wollongong is located in Northfields Avenue, Keiraville, at the base of Mount Ousley. The conference will be held in UoW Building 67, the McKinnon Building. Please download the campus map for details (McKinnon is located at E4 on the map):


The University provides the following information about getting to and from the main campus:


North Wollongong Railway Station is approximately 2 km from the conference venue. It is a pleasant half hour walk from the train station to the conference venue. Alternatively, there are regular free shuttle buses running from the train station and following other routes from Wollongong CBD and surrounding suburbs. The shuttle bus schedules and routes are available here:


Some other helpful information on how to get to Wollongong:


Information about getting around in Wollongong, including information on the free green bus:



There is limited off-street parking around the UoW campus, most of which is restricted to one- and two-hour limits for non-residents. This is heavily policed by Wollongong City Council, so attendees are advised to pay close attention to parking restriction signs if parking off-campus.

There is ticketed parking on-campus for non-UoW employees and staff. In the 'Pay & Display' ticketed parking in the P3, P4 and P8 carparks, the maximum charge per day is $9.60. In the short-term parking stations, ticketed parking is available at a maximum of $15.00  per day.

Further information is available here:


Attendees are encouraged to walk or use public transport where at all possible.

Things to do in Wollongong

Weekender's Guide to Wollongong.

Ian Langham Bursary

Enrolled honours, postgraduate students and researchers with precarious employment from tertiary institutions outside New South Wales whose paper proposals or participation in the postgraduate workshop have been formally accepted may apply for an Ian Langham Bursary. The Bursary is intended to help defray the costs of interstate or 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 the title and abstract (no more than 300 words) of the paper accepted or the research which will be presented during the postgraduate workshop, along with evidence of student enrolment status and a quote from a travel agent to indicate expected travel costs. The Bursary is not intended to cover the costs of accommodation.

Assessments will be made on the basis of whether the applicant's research engages meaningfully with current debates in HPS/STS, or demonstrates knowledge and appropriate use of HPS/STS methodologies. Because the Association has limited funds, we cannot guarantee that all those who apply will be successful.

Applications for the Ian Langham Bursary close on Friday 20 October 2017, and should be addressed to the Secretary, Darrin Durant (secretary@aahpsss.net.au).

PLEASE NOTE: payments will be made subsequent to the conference upon provision of relevant travel receipts and bank account details. The deadline for provision of relevant paperwork is 20 December 2017.

The 2017 Dyason Lecture - "Spencer’s double: The ghostly afterlife of a museum prop", by Emma Kowal

Entry to the Dyason Lecture is open to the public. Free entry for all conference attendees.

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