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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!
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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

Call for Applications: CSTHA-AHSTC Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis

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Call for Applications – Editor, Scientia Canadensis

Deadline: 31 July 2014. (Download Call for Applications Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis.doc)

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie seeks applicants for the position of Editor-in-Chief of the journal Scientia Canadensis beginning with the 2015 issues. The term is typically for five years and is a volunteer position.

Scope of the Journal: Scientia Canadensis, CSTHA/AHSTC’s official journal, aims at building understanding of the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. (See https://cstha-ahstc.ca/scientia-canadensis/) In addition, the journal is opening its pages to international, comparative articles (for example, a recent special issue includes articles on circumpolar science and technology in Greenland, the USSR, Norway, and Canada). A scholarly, refereed journal since 1981, it includes original research and historiographical articles, shorter research notes, critical book reviews, and bibliographies. In 2009, the journal became available online through Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia), and beginning with Volume 37 (2014), it will be published only in an online format.

Qualifications: recognized expertise in the history of science, technology or medicine in Canada; managerial, organizational, editorial, and computer skills to oversee the editorial cycle; a compelling vision for the future of the journal; the ability to attract established and new scholars to publish in the journal; tact in communicating with authors; membership in CSTHA/AHSTC; and institutional support for the duration of the appointment. Bilingualism is an asset but is not mandatory.

Major responsibilities: In general, the editor-in-chief is responsible for the intellectual content, quality, and timeliness of the journal issues as well as the overall success of the journal. Specific duties may include but not be limited to: providing a clear vision for the direction of the journal, representing the journal in outside venues and conferences, soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors, selecting a sufficient pool of competent peer-reviewers and managing the peer review process of manuscripts, deciding which manuscripts to publish, assisting authors in seeing their manuscripts to publication, and representing the journal in outside venues and conferences. The editor-in-chief is a member of the Executive Committee. Upon appointment, the Editor-in-Chief will select 8-10 scholars to join the Editorial Advisory Board of Scientia Canadensis, to provide advice and counsel, and to be nominated by the CSTHA / AHSTC Executive Committee

The Editor-in-Chief will work in cooperation with the Managing Editor, Dr. Stéphane Castonguay (who is responsible for the digital production of the journal), and the Book Review Editor, Dr. Jennifer Hubbard.

Search procedure: Applications will be reviewed by the CSTHA/AHSTC Executive Committee following the submission deadline. An application should be no more than five pages (not including the cv) and include: a) cover letter, which includes the applicant’s name, affiliation, and other relevant information, and evidence of the applicant’s ability and experience; b) vision statement of no more than two pages, which outlines the applicant’s perspective on challenges and opportunities; future plans for the journal; expected tasks and objective milestones; etc. c) statement of institutional support, if any. Candidates should address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the institutional resources likely to be available. CSTHA/AHSTC does not pay for office space, clerical assistance, or release time; and d) curriculum vitae. The cv should include publications and any editorial experience.

Applications should be sent via e-mail preferably as a single pdf file (filename: lastname-Scientia-Canadensis-editor.pdf) to Dr. Eda Kranakis, President CSTHA / président, AHSTC, Department of History, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 6N5 (kranakis@uottawa.ca).

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Poste à pourvoir – Rédacteur en chef*, Scientia Canadensis

*L’emploi du masculin vise uniquement à alléger le texte.

Date butoir : le 31 juillet 2014 (Download Call for Applications Editor-Redacteur Scientia Canadensis.doc)

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / L’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada (CSTHA-AHSTC) est à la recherche de candidats pour pourvoir le poste de rédacteur en chef de la revue Scientia Canadensis à compter de l’année 2015. Le mandat de ce poste bénévole a généralement une durée de cinq ans.

Envergure de la revue :Scientia Canadensis, la revue officielle de la CSTHA/AHSTC, vise à étendre nos connaissances sur l’histoire de la science, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada. (Voir : https://cstha-ahstc.ca/scientia-canadensis/). La revue s’ouvre aussi aux articles comparatifs internationaux (par exemple, un numéro thématique inclut des articles sur la science et la technologie circumpolaire en Groenland, l’URSS, la Norvège, et le Canada). Depuis 1981, la revue scientifique évaluée par les pairs présente des articles de recherches originaux, des articles historiographiques, des notes de recherche plus courtes, des comptes rendus de lecture et des bibliographies. Depuis 2009, on peut la lire en ligne grâce à Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia), et à partir du volume 37 (2014), la revue sera publiée seulement dans un format « en ligne ».

Qualités requises : compétences particulières reconnues en histoire de la science, de la technologie ou de la médecine au Canada; compétences en gestion, en rédaction et en informatique et sens de l’organisation pour encadrer le cycle rédactionnel; vision convaincante de l’avenir de la revue; capacité d’attirer les publications de chercheurs établis ou de nouvelles collaborations; tact dans ses communications avec les auteurs; adhésion à la CSTHA/AHSTC et soutien de son établissement pour la durée du mandat. Le bilinguisme est un atout, mais n’est pas obligatoire.

Responsabilités principales : De façon générale, le rédacteur en chef est responsable du contenu intellectuel, de la qualité et de la rapidité de diffusion de l’information, de même que de la prospérité de la revue. Les tâches spécifiques peuvent inclure sans s’y limiter : conférer une vision claire à l’orientation de la revue; solliciter des articles de grande qualité auprès d’auteurs potentiels, sélectionner un bassin suffisant de pairs évaluateurs compétents et gérer l’examen des articles de façon à décider lesquels publier et d’aider les auteurs en ce sens; et représenter la revue à l’extérieur et lors de colloques. Le rédacteur en chef est de fait membre du Comité executif. Après sa nomination, le rédacteur en chef sélectionnera de huit à dix membres près à former le comité consultatif de la revue. L’exécutif de la CSTHA / AHSTC entérinera la nomination d’un comité consultatif.

Le rédacteur en chef travaillera en coopération avec le directeur général de la revue, monsieur Stéphane Castonguay, Ph.D. (qui est responsable de la production numérique), et avec la rédactrice des comptes rendus, Mme Jennifer Hubbard, Ph.D.

Procédure de dotation : Après la date butoir, les candidatures seront examinées par le comité exécutif de la CSTHA/AHSTC. Une candidature ne peut excéder cinq pages (sans compter le curriculum vitae) et doit comprendre : a) une lettre de présentation indiquant le nom du postulant, son affiliation et autres renseignements pertinents dont ceux attestant de ses aptitudes et compétences; b) un énoncé de vision de deux pages tout au plus exposant brièvement le point de vue du postulant sur les défis et les possibilités; les projets pour l’avenir de la revue; les tâches prévues et les différents jalons pour l’atteinte des objectifs, etc.; c) une déclaration de soutien de la part de son établissement, le cas échéant. Les candidats devraient traiter de comment ils entendent occuper le poste de rédacteur en chef à la lumière des ressources à leur disposition, selon toute probabilité. La CSTHA/AHSTC ne défraiera pas l’espace de bureau, le soutien administratif ou le congé pour activités professionnelles; d) son curriculum vitae, qui doit indiquer ses publications et son expérience en rédaction.

Les candidatures devraient être transmises par courriel si possible, en un seul fichier pdf (nom du fichier : nom de famille-Scientia-Canadensis-rédacteur.pdf). Prière d’envoyer à l’attention de Mme. Eda Kranakis, Ph.D., President CSTHA / présidente de l’AHSTC, Département d’Histoire, Université d’Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5 (kranakis@uottawa.ca)

Scientia Canadensis: CFP: Energy and Society

Please find attached to this message a call for papers for an upcoming special issue of Scientia Candensis. This special issue under the topic ”Energy and Society in Canada” is scheduled to appear in the winter of 2015. All the relevant information (topics, format, due dates, contacts, etc) can be found is the call for papers. For any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Best regards,
Mahdi Khelfaoui and Yves Gingras, guest editors
Vous trouverez ci-joint un appel à contribution pour un numéro spécial à paraître de Scientia Canadensis. Ce numéro spécial aura pour thème «Énergie et Société» et paraîtra à l’hiver 2015. Toutes les informations (sujets, format, dates de tombée, contacts, etc) se trouvent dans l’appel à contribution. Pour des questions supplémentaires, n’hésitez pas à me contacter.
 
Cordialement,
 
Mahdi Khelfaoui et Yves Gingras, éditeurs invités

In Memory of a Discipline Builder: Richard Adrian Jarrell (1946–2013)

By Yves Gingras

Richard Jarrell (credit unknown).

Richard Jarrell (credit unknown).

All historians of Canadian science, technology and medicine, as well as sociologists and others interested in these fields, could only be surprised and shocked upon learning that Richard Adrian Jarrell died suddenly on 28 December 2013.

Born in the United States on 29 August 1946, Richard was only 67 and still full of projects and too active to retire when he so suddenly passed away. After a Major in History and Minors in Astronomy and in History and Philosophy of Science from Indiana University, he moved to Canada to attend the recently created (1967) Institute for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. In 1972, he was among a first wave of PhD graduates from this institution, with a thesis on the well-known Tübingen astronomer, Michael Mästlin (1550–1631). From then on, his career would be linked with nearby York University, where he climbed the ladder from tutor and marker in 1970 to Assistant (1977–78), Associate (1978–90) and then Full Professor.

While maintaining an active interest in the history of 17th century astronomy, as his contributions to the General History of Astronomy, the Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: Copernicus to Newton, and the Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics amply testify, he rapidly seized the opportunity to open a virgin field: the history of Canadian science. There had been, of course, papers on the past of Canadian science written here and there by active or retired scientists, including the 1938 volume A History of Science in Canada, edited by H.M. Tory, whose primary function was to show Americans that Canadians also had a scientific tradition. But it is fair to say that professional Canadian historians had never seen science and technology as a part of their research territory.

Still fresh from his PhD thesis, he published a paper in 1973 on “Science Education at the University of New Brunswick in the 19th Century” in the journal Acadiensis. Two years later his first paper on Canadian Astronomy appeared, which in turn led to his major book, The Cold Light of Dawn: A History of Canadian Astronomy, published by the University of Toronto Press in 1988.

What I have personally admired most about Richard’s academic contributions is the breadth of his understanding of Canadian history, which was not limited to its English-Canadian part, even less to Astronomy. His interests covered the history of Quebec science, as shown by his classic paper published in Social History/Histoire Sociale in 1977, “The Rise and Decline of Science in Quebec, 1824–1844.” He also made illuminating comparisons between Quebec and Ireland in his paper, “Colonialism and the Truncation of Science in Ireland and French Canada during the 19th Century,” published in HSTC Bulletin in 1981. One could also mention his work on technical education, which he was still polishing as a book, which I hope will be published, on agricultural and technical education in 19th century Ontario and Quebec. In recent years he moved again to new fields and published a fascinating paper on the birth of the Ontario Wine Industry in Ontario History in 2011. Most recently he started work on the history of skin cancer. Many participants at the Montreal meeting of our Society last November had the chance to hear him present the first results of this new endeavor.
In addition to his numerous papers, he also edited many books on Canadian science and technology as a way to promote the field. In 1974, he co-edited (the bizarrely titled) A Curious-Field-book: Science and Society in Canadian History with Trevor Levere, and this was followed in 1980 by edited volumes stemming from the first and second CSTHA meetings in Kingston (discussed further below). By the 1990s, Richard teamed up with a new generation of researchers, editing a book in 1991 with James P. Hull, containing their selection of the “best” papers from Scientia Canadensis. A year later it would be my turn to work closely with Richard to publish a volume in 1992 devoted to the role of the National Research Council in building Canadian science.

For most of those who have known Richard, his name will remain first and foremost attached to his many contributions toward building Canadian history of science and technology as a legitimate field of research and teaching. We have noted that his edited volumes had this function, and as a fine organizer, Richard also knew that the future of the history of Canadian science and technology could only be secured through the establishment of the basic institutional mechanisms that define disciplines: an academic journal and a scholarly association. His institution-building efforts began in 1976, in cooperation with Arnold Roos, with the launching of the HSTC Bulletin. Journal of the History of Canadian, Science, Technology and Medicine. This bulletin became, in 1985, Scientia Canadensis. Richard served as editor of the HSTC Bulletin and then the founding editor of Scientia Canadensis, and he continued to serve in that position through the 1980s. With regard to the need for a scholarly association, Richard initially turned to the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science. However, although serving on that society’s Executive Committee (1972–75) and holding the position of First Vice President (1981–84), he understood that interest in Canadian topics was marginal in that organization and that the field would never grow on such a terrain. Therefore, together with several colleagues he founded the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CHSTA) in 1980, and he remained its Secretary-Treasurer until 1991.

Together with journals and professional societies, scholarly meetings are also an essential means to stimulate research and discussion. Here again Richard was at the center of action in building the field of Canadian history of science and technology. He co-organized the first meeting specially devoted to the history of Canadian, science, technology and medicine in Kingston in 1978 and that meeting — christened the “Kingston Conference” in honor of that founding event — was followed regularly every two years under the firm guidance of Richard, until 1991. Moreover, he took action to preserve and diffuse the results of the early meetings. In 1980, he co-edited the proceedings of the first CSTHA meeting in Kingston with his colleague Norman R. Ball, and then teamed up with Arnold Roos to edit the fruits of the Second, 1981, Kingston Conference under the title Critical Issues in the History of Canadian Science, Technology and Medicine. Eventually Scientia Canadensis became the principal venue for conference papers emanating from the biannual meetings, thus overcoming the need for an ongoing series of edited books.

As editor of the HSTC Bulletin and of Scientia Canadensis, Richard was always looking out for potential papers while attending conferences. It is in this context that I first met him in Montreal in June 1980 during the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, where I presented a talk on the reception of Quantum Mechanics at McGill University during the 1920s. I was then a graduate student at the Institut d’histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences at University of Montreal, and I was surprised that anyone could be interested in publishing my paper! Richard was not the kind of professor to play the mandarin or the-guy-who-knows-better and he did not look upon us as mere students but as researchers. We naturally became friends through our regular meetings at the Kingston Conferences, which (as far as I remember) he never missed.

At the end of the 1980s, convinced that the institutions he helped so much to foster had now grown up (the journal, meetings, and the Association), he passed the hand to a younger generation. James Hull and myself took the editorship of Scientia Canadensis in 1989 and to properly recognize his labor of love, Richard was named Editor emeritus in 1992. The following year he was named Honorary Life Member of our Association, the CHSTA, after he finally stepped down as Secretary-Treasurer in 1991.

Thanks to the breadth of his knowledge on Canadian and Quebec history of science, he has always helped us here in Montreal in participating as external examiner for many Master and PhD theses. Interestingly he was on the jury of the PhD thesis of Quebec’s best known figures in history of science: Raymond Duchesne (1984), Robert Gagnon (1989) and Stéphane Castonguay (1998). Most recently, in September 2013, he was part of the jury for the thesis defense of my student Matthew Wallace on the history of climate science in Canada.

In addition to actively promoting academic research on Canadian topics across the country, Richard made tireless contributions to his home institution. He headed York University’s STS program as its coordinator since 2011; he played a central role in the development of its graduate program in the larger field of STS; and, assisted by his colleagues, he led the recent effort to create an STS Department at York, the only one in Canada. The new Department will begin its operations in July 2014.

As if all that were not enough, Richard was a very active citizen in his local community of Thornhill-Markham. His passion for horticulture made him a member of the Thornhill Garden and Horticultural Society and, as one could guess, its Vice-president (2000–02) and then President (2003–04), only to return again for a second round of service as Second and First Vice-President since 2011. His generous involvement in his community was recognized twice through the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 2002 and 2004, the year in between being filled by the Ontario Heritage Conservation Award offered to him in 2003.

Reflecting on the amazing diversity of all his activities, academic as well as civic, that filled a truly full life, I can only conclude that Richard’s true passion — and mission — was to plant seeds in a good soil, nurture them and closely follow their growth to fruition until they could live their own lives. As a father of two sons, he himself found his true roots in Canada where he will be remembered as an important Discipline and Community Builder. We lost his physical presence, but his memory is now preserved through the institutions he helped to create and nurture and which will continue to bear new fruits as long as we nourish them.

Arnold Roos adds the following vignette to Yves Gingras’ account of Richard Jarrell’s role in the founding of the CSTHA:

“Richard and I were revising some aspects of the CSHPS (Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science) constitution over a bottle of wine and we wondered if we could write a constitution on one page, which we managed to do. As we had a one page constitution, we decided to start the society (the CSTHA) and elected ourselves as President (in which capacity I served 6 years) and Sec.-Treasurer (in which capacity Richard served almost double that time). Richard himself also wrote about the early history of the CSTHA and this can be found in Scientia Canadensis, Vol. 11, No. 1 (32), 1987, pp. 37-45.

Passings: Richard Jarrell

A message from our President, Eda Kranakis:

Richard Jarrell, Professor in the Science & Technology Studies Program at York University and a founding member of the CSTHA, died on December 28, 2013.  This is a great loss for our society, and a longer statement of his contributions to the development of the CSTHA and the field of History of Science and Technology in Canada will be posted soon. Please also see York University’s announcement at http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/01/03/richard-jarrell-was-a-pillar-of-the-science-technology-studies-community/

Aussi, en francais:

Richard Jarrell, professeur attaché au programme des Science & Technology Studies à l’Université York et membre fondateur de l’ACHST, est décédé le 28 décembre 2013. C’est une grande perte pour notre association. Nous publierons incessamment une communication faisant état de ses nombreux services et de ses contributions au développement de l’ACHST et de l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada. Entretemps, vous pouvez consulter sur le lien suivant l’annonce du décès du Dr. Jarrell publiée par l’Université York: http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2014/01/03/richard-jarrell-was-a-pillar-of-the-science-technology-studies-community/

Conference: Materiality: Objects and Idioms in Historical Studies of Science and Technology

CSTHA members may be interested in the following annoucement:
 
Registration is now open for Materiality: Objects and Idioms in Historical Studies of Science and Technology. Please visit the conference website here. It will be updated with exhibit information in the coming weeks. Spaces are very limited, so register soon if you’re planning to attend. The Conference will be preceded by a public lecture by Peter Galison. Please see details of conference and lecture below.
 

Materiality: objects and idioms in historical studies of science and technology.

May 3-4, 2013
York University
Toronto, CANADA

There is a renewed interest in materiality. After the turn to discourse and signs in the late twentieth century, much recent work in the history of science and technology has revived its focus on matter and meaning, and on their fusion in the potent objects we call “things”. But materiality is about more than things.  As an historical object; as a story of origins; as a tension with immateriality; as an effect of assemblage and argument; and as a way of thinking about scholarly work, materiality begs for broader treatment.

This conference explores materiality as both historical object and emerging idiom in historical studies of science and technology. On one hand, it seeks to push into new sites of inquiry: How do we historicize materiality? When does materiality become a concern for historical actors and for scholars? How do the specific, local materialities of scientific and technical work figure in the wide-scale sweep of historical developments? But alongside new sites and questions, the conference explores emerging research tools and modes of scholarly expression that move beyond traditional text into sound, film and objects. Through paper presentations, hands-on sessions, exhibits and installations, we bring together a range of scholars and projects interested in thinking about materiality as historical object, intellectual resource, and scholarly expression.

Keynote:  Peter Galison (Harvard University)

Presenters: 

  • Katharine Anderson (York University)
  • Bob Brain (UBC)
  • Tina Choi (York University)
  • Kristen Haring (Auburn University)
  • Edward Jones-Imhotep (York University)
  • Carla Nappi (UBC)
  • Sophia Roosth (Harvard University)
  • Hanna Rose Shell (MIT)
  • Emily Thompson (Princeton University)
  • John Tresch (University of Pennsylvania)
  • William Turkel (Western University)
 
Peter Galison, Harvard University — “Time of Physics, Time of Art”
University-Wide Lecture
May 2, 2013 — 4:30pm
Robert McEwen Auditorium, Schulich School of Business
Admission: free

Abstract: In the standard picture of the history of special relativity, Henri Poincaré’s and Albert Einstein’s reformulation of simultaneity is considered a quasi-philosophical intervention, a move made possible by his dis-connection from the standard physics of the day. Meanwhile, Einstein’s engagement at the Patent Office (or Poincare¹s in the Bureau of Longitude) enter the story as lowly day jobs — irrelevant to fundamental work on the nature of the world. I have argued, on the
contrary, that the all-too material and the most abstract notions of time cross in essential ways. In a collaboration with the artist William Kentridge (“The Refusal of Time”) we explored this intersection, pushing on history, physics, and philosophy into a more associative-imaginative register. This talk is an account of this complex of problems at the boundary of art and physics history.
 
The conference is made possible by the generous support of the SSHRC Situating Science Cluster, the Institute for Science and Technology Studies, the Faculties of Science and Fine Arts, and the departments of History, Philosophy and Science and Technology Studies/Natural Science.

CSTHA-AHSTC Call for Papers / Appel de communications XVIII colloque / conference

Updated: 2013 June 12: Updated Call/Appel: CSTHA-AHSTC @ UQAM 2013 (PDF)

CALL FOR PAPERS and POSTERS

cstha-ahstc xviii conference / colloque

Nov. 1-3, 2013, UQAM, Montreal

ENERGY AND SOCIETY

An Energy Rich Canada in an Energy Hungry World

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Deadline: 31 August, 2013 Extended: 20 September 2013

The Conference Program Committee invites papers on general subjects relating to the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. In addition, the program committee invites papers relating to the scientific and technological aspects of Canadian environmental history.

Economies rise and fall on energy sources. From the founding of Louisbourg and exploitation of its local coal fields, to the Le Grande Complex, to the oil sands, nuclear energy, to Arctic sovereignty, energy has been a constant focus of activity in Canada. Our northern geography and climate dictate an insatiable need for energy. Energy can pit provincial governments against each other, while federal energy policies can create additional tensions. Contemporary debates around climate change, carbon sequestration and “cap and trade” reflect the consequences of living in an energy-intensive world with an insatiable need for energy. Energy production in Canada has relied on discoveries, innovation and pushing boundaries.

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be H.V. Nelles, the L.R. Wilson Professor of Canadian History at McMaster University and Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University. Dr. Nelles is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received numerous awards including the Newcomen Prize. He is currently working on a collaborative research project with Christopher Armstrong and fellow CSTHA member Matthew Evenden on an environmental history of the Bow River in Alberta.

We encourage papers for the forthcoming CSTHA/AHSTC conference which address any topic related to energy from the history of the various sectors to social perception of various energy sources, R&D, energy consumption and conservation, to histories of personalities and companies. We also seek papers with an international perspective. CSTHA welcomes proposals for both individual papers as well as thematic sessions, in English and/or French. Individual proposals must include a title, an abstract of about 150 words, and a short résumé for the presenter(s). Session proposals must include a title, a brief summary of the theme, titles and abstracts for each paper, and a short résumé of each speaker. Posters can also be presented and will be available for the duration of the conference.

Please see https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2013/ for information on submitting papers or registration. If you have any questions, please email Dorotea Gucciardo, CSTHA communications coordinator, at conference@cstha-ahstc.ca.

Presenters at this conference must be members of CSTHA. Become a member or renew your membership at https://cstha-ahstc.ca/membership-adhesion/.

Updated Call/Appel: CSTHA-AHSTC @ UQAM 2013 (PDF): NB: ANY TOPIC WILL BE CONSIDERED, NOT JUST THOSE DEALING WITH ENERGY.

Appel de communications (articles et affiches)

ahstc-cstha xviii colloque / conference

1 au 3 novembre, 2013, UQAM, Montréal

ÉNERGIE ET SOCIÉTÉ

Un Canada riche d’énergie dans un monde énergivore

Date butoir: 31 aout 2013 Extended: 20 septembre 2013

Le comité scientifique appelle à la présentation des travaux de recherche sur les sujets portant sur le thème général de l’histoire des sciences, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada, de même que sur les problématiques plus spécifiques liées aux aspects scientifiques et technologiques de l’histoire de l’environnement au Canada.

Les économies évoluent en fonction de l’énergie. Depuis la fondation de Louisbourg et l’exploitation des gisements locaux de charbon jusqu’au complexe hydro-électrique de La Grande, en passant par l’énergie nucléaire et les sables bitumineux, l’énergie a été au cœur de la vie économique du Canada. La géographie et le climat imposent un besoin insatiable d’énergie. Les questions d’énergie ont dressé les provinces les unes contre les autres : les politiques fédérales ont ajouté aux tensions. Aujourd’hui, les débats entourant les changements climatiques, la séquestration du carbone et les stratégies de « cap and trade » sont le reflet de la vie dans un monde dépendant de l’énergie et où la demande croît sans cesse. L’histoire de l’énergie au Canada est aussi l’histoire des découvertes et des innovations qui ont sans cesse repoussé l’horizon.

Le conférencier d’ouverture cette année sera H.V. Nelles, Professeur titulaire de la chaire d’histoire canadienne L.R. Wilson à l’Université McMaster, et professeur chercheur émérite à l’Université York. Dr. Nelles est également membre de la Société royale du Canada et récipendiaire de nombreux prix dont le Prix Newcomen. Il travaille présentement sur un projet de recherche en collaboration avec Christopher Armstrong et un confrère de l’AHSTC, Matthew Evenden, sur l’histoire environnementale de la rivière Bow, en Alberta.

Pour la prochaine Conférence AHSTC/CSTHA, nous sollicitons des communications portant sur l’histoire de l’énergie au Canada, les filières énergétiques, les aspects sociaux, la R&D, la consommation et la conservation, les personnes et les organisations. Nous communications comportant une perspective internationale.

L’AHSTC souhaite recevoir des propositions d’articles individuels et de séances thématiques, en anglais ou en français. Les propositions individuelles doivent comporterun titre, un résumé d’environ 150 mots et le curriculum vitae succinct du ou des présentateurs. Les propositions de séances doivent comporter un titre, un bref sommaire du thème, les titres et résumés de chaque article et un curriculum vitae succinct de chaque présentateur. On peut également présenter des affiches qui pourront être vues durant toute la durée du colloque.

Pour plus de détails sur la soumission d’articles ou l’inscription : https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-colloque-2013/. Les questions peuvent être adressées à Dorotea Gucciardo, coordonnatrice des communications de l’AHSTC (conference@cstha-ahstc.ca).

Les présentateurs doivent être membres de l’AHSTC. Pour adhérer ou renouveler votre adhésion : https://cstha-ahstc.ca/membership-adhesion/

Updated Call/Appel: CSTHA-AHSTC @ UQAM 2013 (PDF) NB: ANY TOPIC WILL BE CONSIDERED, NOT JUST THOSE DEALING WITH ENERGY.

Reminder: Register for the CSTHA-AHSTC 2011 Conference-Colloque

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association biennial conference opens on 18 November 2011 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa.

To celebrate the International Year of Forests, the conference keynote address will be given by Dr. Graeme Wynn, University of British Columbia, a leading expert on forests. The conference will feature over 40 papers by historians, information and museum professionals, scientists, and students, demonstrating the spectrum of interests and subjects represented in the Association. In addition, tours and a banquet round out the programme

Register now to attend this informative conference (https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-congres-2011/). We are looking forward to your participation in the conference.

Sincerely,

CSTHA / AHSTC 2011 Conference Planning Committees

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Le colloque biennal de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada débutera le 18 novembre 2011 au Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada à Ottawa.

Pour marquer l’Année internationale des forêts, le discours d’ouverture sera prononcé par M. Graeme Wynn, Ph.D., de l?Université de la Colombie-Britannique, un spécialiste du domaine. Le colloque offrira plus de quarante articles d’historiens, de professionnels des musées et de l’information, de scientifiques et d’étudiants, ce qui témoigne de la gamme d’intérêts et de thèmes représentés à l’Association. Des visites et un banquet complèteront le programme.

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant à ce colloque enrichissant (https://cstha-ahstc.ca/conference-congres-2011) et au plaisir de vous y retrouver.

Cordialement,

Les comités de la programmation du colloque CSTHA / AHSTC 2011

National Science and Technology Week 2011, October 14 to 23

Celebrate Science and Technology in Canada!

Host a Cafe Scientifique! Join the Canada Science and Technology Museum and host your own Café Scientifique event this October in celebration of National Science and Technology Week. It’s easy and we will show you how. See attached PDF “Cafe” for details.