Third Annual GTA Symposium on the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine

Third Annual GTA Symposium on the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine

Tuesday May 4, 2010

Ryerson University
Oakham House
63 Gould Street
(in the Oakham Lounge)

Science studies scholars in the GTA have been working to increase the number of opportunities we have to engage with each other’s work and research interests. As one such opportunity, we have proposed an annual one-day meeting, designed to bring together GTA scholars in the history, philosophy and social studies of science, technology and medicine. Ryerson’s History Department is this year’s host, and we have a program of six speakers from Ryerson, York, U of T, Guelph, Trent, and Western. The event will take place in Ryerson’s historic Oakham House (1848).

As with the previous two symposia, we will allow some time at the end for a general discussion about science studies in the GTA and prospects and possibilities for this meeting. Please encourage all interested colleagues (faculty and graduate students) to attend. If you are unable to attend but want to contribute ideas about themes or speakers or format for the future, please email Ingrid Hehmeyer, Jennifer Hubbard or Conor Burns (contact information below), and one of us will contribute them to the discussion at the end of the day.

*There is no registration fee, and lunch will be provided.*


  • 10: Coffee / Tea & Introductions
  • 10:15-10:50: Lucia Dacome (U of T) “Injecting knowledge: anatomy and the making of an eighteenth-century savant”
  • 10:55-11:30: Kathleen Okruhlik (Western) “Science Policy Studies and the Value-Free Ideal”
  • 11:35-12:10: Ingrid Hehmeyer (Ryerson), “Water: the spiritual and the practical in medieval Islam”
  • 12:15-1:30: Lunch (served in the Oakham Lounge)
  • 1:40-2:15: Sofie Lachapelle (Guelph) “Science on Stage: Recreational Physics, White Magic and Scientific Wonder in Nineteenth-Century France”
  • 2:20-2:55: Ernst Hamm (York) “From Martyr to Experimentalist: Mennonites and Enlightenment in the Dutch Republic”
  • 3:00-3:15 Coffee / Tea break
  • 3:20-4:00 Stephen Bocking (Trent) “History of Science in Northern Canada: Knowledge, Politics, and Boundaries”
  • 4:00-4:30 Open Discussion

Contact info for questions or comments:

Ingrid Hehmeyer (

Jennifer Hubbard (

Conor Burns (

All are invited to the nearby Queen Bess Pub on Elm Street afterward for drinks & food.