2021 Conference

AEST Wednesday 24 Thursday 25 Friday 26
9:00-9:15 Conference opening Social time Social time
9:15-10:15 Plenary 1
Dr Thao Phan: An Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in collaboration with the fundamental
Session 7
Panel: Social Responsibility in Science
Plenary 2
Dr Alice Gorman: Love on a high-grav world: social and cultural aspects of adaptation to variable gravity
10:15-10:30 Morning Tea Morning Tea Morning Tea
10:30-12:30 Session 1
Diversity in Knowing
Session 2
Histories and Philosophy of Physics
Session 3
Panel: Australia’s Nuclear History (I)
Session 8
Australian Science
Session 9
Time, Physics and Experience
Session 10
Panel: Science and Public Engagement (I)
Session 14
Politics of Expertise
Session 15
Panel: Considerations in Space Traffic Management
12:30-1:30 Lunch incl. Postgraduate event Lunch incl. Inclusion and Diversity Event  Lunch
1:30-3:30 Sesson 4
Understanding Minds and Bodies
Session 5
Virtual and Visual Cultures
Session 6
Panel: Australia’s Nuclear History (II)
Session 11
Material Practices
Session 12
Panel: Law Enforcement (Realism and Laws of Nature)
Session 13
Panel: Science and Public Engagement (II)
3:30-4:00 Afternoon tea ASLEC-ANZ Plenary
Dr Pauline Harris: The Great Reconnect: Creating a sustainable world through Indigenous frameworks
Conference closing
4:00-4:30 Langham Prize Session
4:30-5:00 Social time
5:30-6:00 Social time
6:00-7:30 Online watch party – The Lady Anatomist Dyason Lecture
Dr Libby Robin: Soil in the Air

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Wednesday 24 November

AAHPSSS 2021 Conference Opening

Plenary 1: Thao Phan: An Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in collaboration with the fundamental


Session 1. Diversity in Knowing

  • 10:30–11:00 Vincent Bicego – Object(ives): Embedding Indigenous Perspectives (EIP) into Art + Design curriculum
  • 11:00–11:30 John Wilkins – The philosopher's Universal Topick: What makes a phenomenon significant?
  • 11:30–12:00 Ge Fang – A focus on persistence for cultural evolution

Session 2. Histories and Philosophies of Physics

  • 10:30–11:00 Kristian Camilleri – The Fluctuating Fortunes of David Bohm's Theory
  • 11:00–11:30 Sophie Ritson – Something from Nothing: 'Non-discovery' and Transformations in High Energy Experimental Physics at the Large Hadron Collider
  • 11:30–12:00 Kevin Orrman-Rossiter – A tale of two particles: the discovery of neutral antiparticles
  • 12:00–12:30 Anant Tanna – A new concept of why a mover experiences less time

10:30–12:30; 1:30–3:30
Sessions 3 and 6. Australia’s Nuclear History (two panel sessions)

  • Wayne Reynolds - The Australian Government’s Pursuit of Nuclear Weapons Capability in the 1950s
  • Elizabeth Tynan - British Nuclear Testing in Australia
  • Nic Maclellan - Voices from the South: Testimony from Operation Grapple
  • Alexander Brown - The Hiroshima Panels Australian Tour
  • Paul Brown - Creative Arts and Nuclear Weapons Politics
  • JB Mittmann - Black Mist Burnt Country: Testing the Bomb – Maralinga and Australian Arts

Lunchtime event: Postgraduate session: Sustaining your research

Lunch session

Session 4. Understanding Minds and Bodies

  • 1:30–2:00 Gemma Smart – Limits to Mechanistic Models of Psychiatric Phenomena: the limiting case of behavioural addictions
  • 2:00–2:30 Ian Robertson – "Considerable angst": Recalcitrant emotions, insight, and the apparent puzzle of obsessive compulsions
  • 2:30–3:00 Nicola Marks – A tale of two 1978 births: The contingency of success and recognition in IVF
  • 3:00–3:30 Rose Gatfield-Jeffries – From Mice to Men: The problem of assuming relevant similarity when using the male human as a model organism

Session 5. Virtual and Visual Practices

  • 1:30–2:00 Jolynna Sinanon and Gerhard Weisenfeldt– Trusting the sorcerer's apprentice: Knowledge, magic and technology
  • 2:00–2:30 Kevin Korb – Mechanical Eudaimonia
  • 2:30–3:00 James Bradley – Richard Berry's Atlas of Sectional Anatomy
  • 3:00–3:30 Martin Bush – Drawing Down the Moon: The nineteenth century history of the moonscape

Langham Prize Session

  • 4:00–4:30 Samara Greenwood – How context shapes science: A tale of two papers
  • 4:30–5:00 Roberta Pala – Politics in vaccines
  • 5:00–5:30 Tatiana Andersen – Assetization in the Life Sciences: a Critical Political Economy of Military Biosciences in the United States
  • 5:30–6:00 Rebecca Johnson – The ghost in the machine has an American accent: Challenging US-centric values in AI models with culturally and linguistically diverse texts

Online Watch Party The Lady Anatomist

Thursday 25 November

Session 7. Social Responsibility in Science (panel session)

  • Darrin Durant
  • Matthew Kearnes

Session 8. Australian Science

  • 10:30–11:00 Oliver Hochadel – A true bush naturalist: August Goerling and the riddle of the kangaroo birth
  • 11:00–11:30 Maureen O'Malley and Daniela Helbig The woman who disappeared: Ilse Rosenthal-Schneider and her post-WW2 contributions to HPS
  • 11:30–12:00 Ian Tasker – Funding Sydney Observatory between 1912 and 1941: Professor replaced with a Bureaucrat during a Constitutional Debate
  • 12:00–12:30 Joel Lisk – Regulating Space: Industry driven regulation in Australia

Session 9. Time, Physics and Experience (panel session)

  • 10:30–11:00 Sam Barons - The Causal Theories of Time
  • 11:00–11:30 Peter Evans - A Physical Basis for Manifest time?
  • 11:30–12:00 Patrick Dawson - What role could the present play within quantum theory?
  • 12:00–12:30 Jules Rankin - What Kind of Phenomenon is Flow?

10:30–12:30; 1:30–3:30
Sessions 10 and 13. Science, public engagement and deliberative democracy in Australia and New Zealand (two panel sessions)

  • 10:30–10:40 Sujatha Raman – Introduction – science, engagement and democratic innovation in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
  • 10:40–10:55 Wendy Russell – The political decontextualization of science and technology issues in deliberative processes
  • 11:00–11:15 Rachel Ankeny – Using participatory approaches to explore food values: Prospects and limits
  • 11:20–11:35 Rebecca Paxton and Simon Niemayer – The Australian Citizens’ Jury on genome editing and lessons for convening its Global Citizens’ Assembly counterpart
  • 11:40–11:55 Tatjana Buklijas – “Deliberative workshops” on future water sources for Auckland: International models and local context
  • 12:00–12:30 Discussion
  • 1.30–1.45 pm Simon Niemeyer and Rebecca Paxton – Epistemic deliberation: Comparison of citizen deliberative reasoning on human genome editing to experts
  • 1.50–2.05 pm Matthew Kearnes (co-authored with Laura McLauchlan, Richard Mellor, Kari Lancaster and Alison Ritter) – Atmospheres, spaces and huddles: reflecting on participation-in-practice in drug policy reform
  • 2.10–2.30 pm Discussion. Chair: Sujatha Raman or Rachel Ankeny – Part II. 60-minute session of workshop – deliberative methods to support an inclusive and decisive discussion to develop a research/action agenda for Australia + New Zealand

Lunch Event: Inclusion and Diversity networking session

Session 11. Material Practices

  • 1:30–2:00 Angelique Hutchison – Collecting climate change at the Powerhouse Museum
  • 2:00–2:30 Ian Wills – The Amalgamated Printing Trades Union Review : Mirror to an era
  • 2:30–3:00 Ellen McLinden – Conflict and Controversy in the University of Halle: Social Control and the Early Sciences in Germany, c. 1694–1730
  • 3:00–3:30 William Palmer – Five early Scottish chemists: stories of adventurers and entrepreneurs

Session 12. Law Enforcement: Realism and Laws of Nature, Classical and Quantum (panel session)

  • 1:30–2:00 John Bigelow - Laws’ Dominions
  • 2:00–2:30 Martin Leckey - Galileo and Idealizations in Laws of Nature
  • 2:30–3:00 Adrian Flitney - Realist Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics


Dr Pauline Harris : The Great Reconnect: Creating a sustainable world through Indigenous frameworks

Dyason Lecture

6:00–7:30 Libby Robin: Soil in the Air

Friday 26 November

Plenary 2: Dr Alice Gorman: Love on a high-grav world: social and cultural aspects of adaptation to variable gravity

Session 14. Politics of expertise

  • 10:30–11:00 Adam Lucas – Connecting covert networks to lobbying, donations and the revolving door in energy policy
  • 11:00–11:30 Cobi Calyx - Changing positions regarding synthetic biology
  • 11:30–12:00 Darrin Durant – Are (Pandemic) Experts Control Freaks?

Session 15. Practical ethical considerations in Space Traffic Management and access to space (panel session)

  • Thomas Cullum
  • Trevor Sandlin
  • Patrick Neumann
  • Thomas Green

Conference Closing