2017 Biennial Conference sessions


Alan Chalmers: One hundred years of pressure
  • Alan Chalmers, Introduction
  • John Schuster, Commentary
  • Gerhard Wiesenfeldt, Commentary
  • Peter Anstey, Commentary
  • Post-truth, hyper-guardianship, and climate change (Darrin Durant)
  • Destabilising anti-conservation positions in the post-truth era (Rachel Morgain)
  • Gaping lacunae in STS analyses of politics and power (Adam Lucas)
Environmental change, governance and activism
  • Anti-nuclear politics after Fukushima: Environmental risks and grassroots activism in Tokyo (Alexander Brown)
  • Mapping the road to failure: From the Kyoto Protocol to the Paris Climate Change Agreement and its Impacts on the indigenous peoples of Nunavut (Kayla Slade)
  • Rethinking the public inquiry on ‘science, technology, development, and environmental change’ in new governance transitions (Richard Hindmarsh and Sara Alidoust)
  • Atomic survival: the role of the creative arts in imagining the long nuclear future (Paul Brown)
Psychology, epistemology and scientific practice
  • Using concepts as experimental tools: Mental imagery and hallucinations (Eden Smith)
  • Totally addicted to love (Gemma Lucy Smart)
  • Psycho meets science: Professionals for all seasons, but a profession for none? (Tim Johnson-Newell)
Historical epistemology and modern physics
  • Bachelard’s Blue Sky in a new light: energy, materialism and poetics (Douglas Kahn)
  • Beyond orthodoxy and heterodoxy: Rethinking the history of quantum mechanics (Kristian Camilleri) [Not given due to illness]
  • The unreasonable effectiveness of scientific method (John Wright)
Political economy of science
  • A finance model of biomedical research: Insights from military biotechnology (Tatiana Andersen)
  • Parameters of possibility: The corporate construction of smart urbanism (Jathan Sadowski)
  • Marketing addiction: the ethics of designing products to “hook” the user (David Neil)
History of early 20th century science
  • Freud in the Antipodes (Robert M. Kaplan)
  • An Australian industrial revolution? (Ian Wills)
  • Harold Llewellyn Bassett (1889–1964): did World War 1 spoil this promising chemist’s career? (William Palmer)
Life, death and technology
  • The dark synthetic sky: Flying and dying in the analogue atmospheres of flight simulation (Peter Hobbins)
  • Understanding the interaction between death, belief and technology: New funeral technologies in India and China (Vishwambhar Nath Prajapati)
  • da Vinci and me (Michael Arnold)
From the ground up, indigenous knowledge, performance and technology
  • Black as: Performing indigenous difference (Georgine Clarsen)
  • Mining, cinema, indigeneity: Indigenous knowledge and histories of resource extraction in Where the Green Ants Dream and Goldstone (Adam Gall)
  • Surviving in the settler colony: Knowledge, performance and healing (Anna Haebich)
Early modern mechanics and natural philosophy
  • The bird, the poem and the apparel (Alan Salter)
  • Machines, motion and the Académie des Sciences (1666–1687) (Luciano Boschiero)
  • Newton’s hydrostatics (Alan Chalmers)
  • The laws of collision at the Royal Society, 1668–9: Case Study No.5 of the Taylor/Schuster model of ‘Organizing the Experimental Life at the Early Royal Society’ (John A. Schuster)
Universities as frontiers of innovation and its eco-system
  • Eco-innovation Fundamentals and University Student Engagement with Business (Sam Garrett-Jones and Belinda Gibbons)
  • Process mechanisms for academic entrepreneurial ecosystems: Insights from a case study in China (Gaofeng Yi)
  • Corporate and university links in advancing basic science: 2004–2014 (Russell Thomson)
  • Universities in the national innovation systems: Asia Pacific diversities (Venni V. Krishna)
Working from the Ground Up: Doing difference in collaborative research in Northern Australia
  • Doing Incommensurability, not interdisciplinarity: Cross-cultural management of freshwater on Milingimbi Island (Yasunori Hayashi with George Milaypuma and Leonard Bawayŋu)
  • How to do the work of working together: Theorising situations of radical difference to mobilise multiple knowledge systems (Jennifer Macdonald)
  • Our work in in-between spaces: Paying close attention to the stories we tell ourselves and others (Greg Williams)
  • Ground up methods (Matthew Campbell)
Reproductive technologies
  • Gene editing in the Australian media (Heather Bray)
  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in Ireland: Continuities and change (Patricia Kennedy)
  • The history of IVF in India (Vasudha Mohanka)
  • IVF in France: a less stratifying experience? (Nicola Marks)
Science communication
  • Should Science Communicators learn from the Yogyakartans? (Mita Anggaryani)
  • News reporting of scientific understandings of “baby brain’ (Natasha Abrahams)
  • Co-construction of multicultural perspectives within science communication: A learning community case study (Sean Perera and Tangyao Zhang)
  • Classification by Language? Dutch, Latin and Arabic Mathematics in Leiden after 1600 (Gerhard Wiesenfeldt)
  • Noah’s Ark and species (John Wilkins)
  • Captivity histories (Matthew Chrulew)
Science, state and policy
  • Meteorology for whom? State or public (Biswanath Dash)
  • Space regulation and policy (Thomas Green)
  • “Identity” and governance in synthetic biology: Ambivalence, norms and counter norms, in the “international genetically engineered machine competition” (iGEM) (David Mercer)
Language, paradigms and the origins of science and medicine
  • The nineteenth century astronomical lantern set and the visual communication of popular science in Australia (Martin Bush)
  • Reclaiming the origin of science for science communication and science studies (Lindy Orthia)
  • What can the autism epidemic teach us about paradigm shifts (or lack thereof) in science and medicine? (Toby Rogers)
  • Thomas S. Kuhn and the linguistic turn in the philosophy of science (Rey Tiquia)
The Role of Understanding in Science
  • Toy Models and Understanding (Patrick McGivern)
    An Exploration of Understanding in Thought Experiments (Jarrah Aubourg)
  • Situated Understanding and the Epistemic Relevance of Diversity (Nicolle Brancazio)
Australian knowledges
  • Not caring like the state (Lisa Slater)
  • An Australasian science? Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the making of modern anthropology (Sophie Scott-Brown)
  • Evaluation as cosmopolitical work in northern Australia (Michaela Spencer)
Reproducibility and open science
  • Is replication necessary in ecology? (Ashley Barnett
  • Questionable research practices in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (Hannah Fraser)
  • The replication crisis in science: How do publication bias and low statistical power contribute? (Steven Kambouris)
Bringing dialogue to public engagement in science and technology.

A workshop on communicative practices

HPS Postgraduate Workshop


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