4th Annual GTA Symposium on History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The 4th Annual GTA Symposium on History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine will take place at the University of Guelph on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 10am to 4:30pm.

The symposium is an effort on the part of scholars in the GTA to foster opportunities for communication and to provide a forum for scholarly exchange, bringing together faculty and graduate students interested in a range of topics and approaches constitutive of HPS/STS.


10am – 10:15am:                         Coffee, tea, and Welcoming Remarks

10:15am – 10:50am: Marga Vicedo (University of Toronto): Niko Tinbergen’s work on autism: Interpreting gestures in gulls and children

10:55am – 11:30am: Maya Goldenberg (University of Guelph): Trust in Science and the MMR Vaccine Controversy

11:35am – 12:10pm: Aryn Martin and Kelly Holloway (York University): ‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’: The elusive placental barrier in medical and popular discourse

12:10pm – 1:30pm Lunch (at the Art Centre)

1:40pm – 2:15pm: Conor Burns (Ryerson University): Giving form to Woodland chronology in American archaeology: A preliminary study

2:20pm – 2:55pm: Alexandra Rutherford (York University): ‘Poor Risks for the Professions’: Alice Boring, Georgene Seward, and Psychology’s ‘Woman Problem’ Revisited

3pm – 3:15pm Coffee/Tea Break

3:20pm – 4pm Eric Desjardins (University of Western Ontario): Reflections on Unpredictability and Resilience Thinking in Ecological Management

4pm – 4:30pm Open Discussion

The symposium will be held in the Lecture Room of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre (http://www.msac.uoguelph.ca) which is located at 358 Gordon Street (at College Avenue), adjacent to the University of Guelph.  Buses coming from out-of-town can stop at the intersection of Gordon and College (right in front of the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre).

For the bus schedule, visit the Greyhound webpage (http://www.greyhound.ca).  Visitor parking on campus is situated behind War Memorial Hall on College Avenue.

A lunch will be provided.  At the end of the day, participants are welcome to join us for food and drinks at The Albion Hotel located at 49 Norfolk Street in downtown Guelph (http://thealbionhotel.ca).

All are welcome!


For more information please contact Tara Abraham (taabraha@uoguelph.ca) or Sofie Lachapelle (slachap@uoguelph.c