Scientia Canadensis Volume 38, No. 1

Dear colleagues,

We are happy to inform you that Vol 38, No.1 of Scientia Candensis has just been issued and is available on the Erudit platform. The issue is composed of three articles, one research note and twelve book reviews.

Articles

Research Note

Book Reviews

We are always pleased to receive contributions of papers, research notes or
book reviews that relate to Canadian history of science, technology and
medicine.

Three Societies Meeting update

A message from CSHPS:

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT FOR HOTEL CONFERENCE RATES FOR THREE SOCIETIES MEETING.



Book your hotel room before May 19 for the Three Societies Meeting in order to take advantage of the reserved conference rates. This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference. This conference will take place June 22-25, 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

 We are busy with final preparations for this conference, and look forward to welcoming you to Edmonton.

We have an exciting program taking shape, complete with a new addition – a play reading of Radical, a Canadian play written by a fellow historian of medicine, Charles Hayter, concerning early resistance to radical mastecdomies in Canada in the 1970s. I also want to point out an amazing exhibition at the Art Gallery of Alberta, where we will be holding a reception, called include 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. This is a truly iconic exhibition, of some of the most famous Canadian aboriginal artists.

There are a wide range of affordable housing options: just go to https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting/accommodations and follow the links to the hotel of your choice. But don’t delay, since we only have the conference rate until May 19th.

You can access the special conference rates for the hotels both before and after the conference (from June 19-27), in case you want to do a bit more exploring. We will also provide you with links to make your own arrangements for other travel in the area such as: to the Rocky Mountains and Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefields; to the Alberta Badlands and Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum; or to the Oil Sands in Fort McMurray. 

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to register at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting

Be sure to check out our website at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting, which lists some travel information, accommodation options, information about how to get around in Edmonton, and all the things to potentially
do while staying in the city. Also, follow us on our Facebook page for informal updates about things to do and see while in the city at https://www.facebook.com/ThreeSocieties2016/?fref=ts.

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR THREE SOCIETIES MEETING

ONLY 2 WEEKS LEFT FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FOR THREE SOCIETIES MEETING

Register before April 15 for the Three Societies Meeting in order to take advantage of the early bird rates.  This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference.  This conference will take place June 22-25, 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

We are excited to welcome you to Edmonton, capital of the Province of Alberta and one of Canada’s major cities.  June is an ideal time to visit Edmonton, one of the sunniest places in Canada, with over 17 hours of daylight at the summer solstice and average temperatures of 22C/72F.  Edmonton is also known as a Festival City – during June we have The Works Art and Design Festival (June 17-29), The Edmonton International Jazz Festival (June 17-26), and Free Will Players (Shakespeare in the park – Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost  – June 21–July 17).

We have an exciting program taking shape.  There are a wide range of affordable housing options, and lots of time to meet your fellow historians of science in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are planning a wonderful reception in our newly renovated Art Gallery (exhibitions planned include  7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and Unvarnished Truth: exploring the material history of painting).  And a great final banquet – and we promise no speeches!

You can access the special conference rates for the hotels both before and after the conference (from June 19-27), in case you want to do a bit more exploring.  We will also provide you with links to make your own arrangements for other travel in the area such as: to the Rocky Mountains and Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefields; to the Alberta Badlands and Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum; or to the Oil Sands in Fort McMurray.

Register at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting.

Registration for Three Societies Meeting Open

A note from the organizers of the Three Societies Meeting

Register now for the Three Societies Meeting.  This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference.  This conference will take place June 22-25, 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

We are excited to welcome you to Edmonton, capital of the Province of Alberta and one of Canada’s major cities.  June is an ideal time to visit Edmonton, one of the sunniest places in Canada, with over 17 hours of daylight at the summer solstice and average temperatures of 22C/72F.  Edmonton is also known as a Festival City – during June we have The Works Art and Design Festival (June 17-29), The Edmonton International Jazz Festival (June 17-26), and Free Will Players (Shakespeare in the park – Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labour’s Lost  – June 21–July 17).
We have an exciting program taking shape.  There are a wide range of affordable housing options, and lots of time to meet your fellow historians of science in a relaxed atmosphere.

We are planning a wonderful reception in our newly renovated Art Gallery (exhibitions planned include  7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. and Unvarnished Truth: exploring the material history of painting).  And a great final banquet – and we promise no speeches!

You can access the special conference rates for the hotels both before and after the conference (from June 19-27), in case you want to do a bit more exploring.  We will also provide you with links to make your own arrangements for other travel in the area such as: to the Rocky Mountains and Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise or the Columbia Icefields; to the Alberta Badlands and Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum; or to the Oil Sands in Fort McMurray.

Register at https://uofa.ualberta.ca/arts/research/3-societies-meeting

Early bird rates until April 15th.

2015 Best Student Papers

Best student papers awards / Prix pour les meilleurs présentations étudiantes

Greetings Colleagues / Chers collègues,

We were so pleased to see many of you come out for our biennial conference held at York University from 6 to 8 November. The Programme Committee did a wonderful job of putting together some thought-provoking and interesting presentations. In total, we had just under 50 presenters, and the Association is pleased to announce the winners of the two prizes for best student papers presented during the conference. Nous étions ravis de vous voir présents en si grand nombre lors de notre dernière conférence biennale qui s’est tenue à l’Université York du 6 au 8 novembre dernier. Le comité organisateur a réalisé un excellent travail en réunissant des communications intéressantes et stimulantes. Au total, nous avons eu un peu moins de 50 communications et l’association est heureuse d’annoncer les noms des deux étudiants ayant obtenu des prix pour les meilleures présentations durant la conférence.

The Royal Society Prize was awarded to Brendan Cull for his paper “Early Canadian Photographic Botanicals at the Exposition Universelle,
Paris 1867”. Brendan has just obtained a Masters in Art History from Queen’s University. Le Prix de la Société Royale du Canada a été attribué à Brendan Cull pour sa présentation “Early Canadian Photographic Botanicals at the Exposition Universelle, Paris 1867”. Brendan vient de compléter sa maîtrise en histoire de l’art à l’Université Queen’s.

Brendan Cull

The CSTHA Prize was awarded to Anne Millar for her paper “Women of Impact in the Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Field in Canada”. Anne is
currently completing her PhD thesis at the University of Ottawa. Le Prix de l’AHSTC a été atribué à Ann Millar pour sa présentation “Women
of Impact in the Materials, Metallurgy, and Mining Field in Canada”. Anne effectue actuellement sa thèse de doctorat à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Anne Millar

2015 Jarrell Prize / Prix Jarrell: Eda Kranakis

The CSTHA is pleased to announce the first winner of the Jarrell Prize for the best article published in Scientia Canadensis. Dr. Eda Kranakis, professor of history at the University of Ottawa, received the award for her article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

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From the awards committee:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

The Jarrell Prize was established in 2015 in honour of a founding member of the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association, Dr. Richard Jarrell, who passed away in 2013.

Prix Jarrell

L’AHSTC est heureuse d’annoncer le premier récipiendaire du Prix Jarrell, attribué au meilleur article publié dans Scientia Canadensis ces deux dernières années. Eda Kranakis, professeur d’histoire à l’Université d’Ottawa, a reçu le prix pour son article “Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance.

Du comité de sélection:

“Dr. Kranakis’s article analyzes the mass media’s coverage of science in Canada (specifically, the Globe and Mail’s coverage of “peak oil theory”). It is unique in its combined usage of both historical methodology and media theory, while drawing from a multitude of sources ranging from historical to journalistic to economical in focus. Her survey is comprehensive and her argument, that the Globe and Mail systematically constructed ignorance on the subject of peak oil by framing it as an ongoing theory rather than an established, growing body of scientific knowledge, is insightful and original — and raising important questions about the responsibilities of the mass media in disseminating scientific knowledge to the general public.”

Le Prix Jarrell a été créé en 2015 en l’honneur du Pr. Richard Jarrell, un membre fondateur de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada, qui nous a malheureusement quitté en 2013.

CFP – Eighth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS, 22-25 June 2016, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Submission deadline extended to 10 December 2015.

Eighth Joint Meeting of the BSHS, CSHPS, and HSS

22-25 June 2016, University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The eighth joint meeting of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and the History of Science Society will take place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Previous successful meetings were in Philadelphia (2012), Oxford (2008), Halifax, Nova Scotia (2004), St Louis (2000), Edinburgh (1996), Toronto (1992), and Manchester (1988).

The theme of the meeting will be ‘Transitions.’  Although presenters are not confined to this theme, the Program Committee is seeking papers or sessions that reflect this theme and encourages participants to consider the broader scientific, scholarly and social implications associated with moments of scientific transition. Transitions might include such ideas as moving from one scientific meme to another, one locality to another or generational change.

The programme will include themed sessions, plenary lectures and panels. A typical presentation will be 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions, but special sessions such as round tables and panels will be accommodated.

The conference will take place at the University of Alberta. Founded in 1905, U of A is located in Edmonton, Canada’s most northern major city. Edmonton is known as the ‘Gateway to the North’ and is the capital of the province. It is a major economic and cultural hub, situated on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The conference will include education and outreach activities, a reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta and a Conference Dinner. Delegates can explore the vibrant arts scene, and there are many festivals in June, including the Edmonton International Jazz Festival. Accommodation is available on campus and near campus. Information on accommodation is available on the conference website.

The Programme Committee welcomes proposals for sessions or individual papers based around the conference theme from researchers at all stages of their careers. Participation is in no way limited to members of the three organising societies, but there will be a discount for members.  Intending participants should also note that the usual HSS rules concerning presenting at successive conferences do not apply to this meeting.

The EXTENDED deadline for submitting a session or paper proposal is 10 December 2015.

Full details of how to submit your session or abstract can be found at:

www.uab.ca/3societies

Enquiries concerning the program should be directed to: aede@ualberta.ca

Enquiries concerning the conference should be directed to: threesocieties2016@ualberta.ca

Job Posting: History of Technology, University of Toronto

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto wishes to request that the members of the CSTHA be made aware of the following academic job announcement:

The position is Assistant Professor – History of Technology, tenure stream.  The deadline for applications is September 30, 2015.

The job description can be found at  https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10050/jobdetail.ftl?job=1500725

Scientia Canadensis v37 n1-2 online

Hello CSTHA-AHSTC members,

The most recent issue of Scientia Canadensis, volume 37 number 1-2, is now available online at Erudit. Here is the official link http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia/2014/v37/n1-2/index.html  for those with access via institutional subscriptions. We are working on providing access for individual members.

Here’s what you can look forward too:

  • Mahdi Khelfaoui (Guest Editor), Introduction: Énergie et société au Canada
  • Henry Vivian Nelles, Light Switch: Towards a History of the Second Enlightenment
  • Christopher D. Conway, Ontario’s Electrical Future: Global Environmental Limits, Systems Thinking, and Electrical Power Planning in Ontario, 1974-1983
  • Jack Lucas, How Hydro Ontario Went Local: The Creation of Local Districts and the Ontario Central System
  • Mark Sholdice, “It is the finest piece of government work that I know of anywhere”: The Influence of the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario on the Giant Power Survey of Pennsylvania, 1923-1927
  • Mahdi Khelfaoui, Le nucléaire dans la stratégie énergétique du Québec, 1963-2012
  • Eda Kranakis, Peak Oil Theory in Canada’s Globe and Mail: A Case Study of the Construction of Ignorance
  • 31 pages of book reviews!

2015 Conference Call/Appel

Greetings Colleagues,
I’m pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the CSTHA’s 19th Biennial Conference, which is to take place this November. The theme for the conference is “Science and Technology Across Borders”. Proposals are due by 30 June 2015.

For further information please visit: https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2015/

**Please disseminate widely**

Warm regards,
Dorotea

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Je suis heureux d’annoncer que la conférence biennale de l’AHSTC pour
l’année 2015 se tiendra en novembre. Le thème de la conférence cette année
est “science et technologies: par-delà les frontières”.La date limite de
soumission est 30 juin 2015.

Vouz pouvez visiter le site internet pour plus d’information:
https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2015/

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler l’information.

Sincèrement,
Dorotea