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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.

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 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

Conference: “Powers from the North”/ “Le Nord Électrique”

“Power from the North” is a two-day conference March 23 & March 24 at the University of Vermont. March 23 is designed to bring together policy makers, energy professionals and academics from both sides of the international border to consider the growing importance of the Quebec-Vermont/New England electric energy relationship. The conference intends to “tell the story” of this evolving relationship, to examine its economic and environmental consequences, and ultimately to inform present and future decisions regarding energy production, distribution and use in the Quebec-New England region, including the role that Quebec might play in de-carbonizing electric systems in Vermont.

For more information, see: http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?Page=news&storyID=19511&

Les 23 et 24 mars 2015,  l’Université du Vermont sera l’hôte d’une conférence à deux volets, intitulée   « Le nord électrique ». La première journée rassemblera décideurs politiques, professionnels de l’industrie de l’énergie et universitaires provenant des deux côtés de la frontière. Dans le contexte actuel, où les relations énergétiques électriques s’intensifient entre le Québec et le Vermont (et la Nouvelle-Angleterre dans une plus large mesure), les participants seront invités à « raconter l’histoire » de l’évolution de cette relation et à en examiner les motivations et les conséquences économiques et environnementales. Les décisions actuelles et futures concernant la production, la distribution et l’utilisation de l’électricité dans la région Québec/Nouvelle-Angleterre, seront également abordées, y compris le rôle que le Québec pourrait jouer dans la décarbonisation du système électrique du Vermont.

Visitez le site internet pour plus d’information: http://www.uvm.edu/~crvt/?Page=news&storyID=19504&category=crvevent

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

Canadian Science Policy Conference

The 2011 Canadian Science Policy Conference will be held at the Ottawa Convention Centre from November 16 to 18, 2011.

Come join over 500 delegates in dialogue about the role of science in: humanitarian efforts, international diplomacy, aboriginal health, and many more issues of enduring and immediate concern to
Canadian scientists, industry, government, and policy-makers, including: Science, Politics and Culture in Canada; Enabling Private Sector Innovation; Exploring the True North: Reflections on Northern Science Policy; Special Focus: International Year of Chemistry; Major Issues In Canadian Science Policy; Special Optional Workshops: “The Nuts and Bolts of Science Policy.” The full list of this year’s panels is available at: http://www.cspc2011.ca/agenda.php. Register now at www.cspc2011.ca

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Conference: Science and Method in the Humanities

Science and Method in the Humanities

3/2/12, abstracts due 11/1/11

Rutgers University announces “Science and Method in the Humanities,” an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University, Brown University).

The aim of the conference is to explore questions of method and methodology in the sciences and in humanities scholarship that engages the sciences. This one-day event will bring together scholars working across that curricular divide for an interdisciplinary discussion of science and method, ranging from the historical development of scientific methods and their various historical re-articulations to broader concerns of methodology across the humanities.

How does interdisciplinary scholarship reframe questions of methodology, broadly construed? How is method variously understood and how are its formulations shaped by historical, theoretical, and disciplinary concerns? How does method relate to matters of fact and theory? How do humanities disciplines appropriate and modify particular scientific methods?

Related themes/topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Scientific methods and the history of science
  • Methodology, disciplinary history, and the professionalization of the humanities
  • Method and form, genres of scientific knowledge, aesthetics of science, or as science
  • Inscription and writing: media, authority, translation, referentiality
  • Elements of method: hypothesis, collaboration, witnessing, objectivity
  • Historical method: induction, deduction, experimentation
  • Philosophy and the Analytic/Continental divide
  • Vitalism in the sciences and in critical theory
  • The afterlives of positivism
  • The “cognitive revolution” and the humanities
  • The curriculum and the “two cultures” debate
  • Science Studies/STS, Actor Network Theory, and historical study
  • Vernacular Science and Mobile Technologies
  • Digital humanities: computation, quantitative analysis, electronic publishing and peer review

Please send 400-500-word abstracts to Lizzie Oldfather (lizzie.oldfather@gmail.com) by November 1, 2011.

Sponsored by: Rutgers British Studies Center, Program in the History of Science, Technology, Environment and Health, Center for Cultural Analysis, Program in Early Modern Studies.

For more information, please visit http://sciencemethodhumanities.wordpress.com/

CSTHA-AHSTC XVII Conference / Colloque

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CALL FOR PAPERS AND POSTERS

Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association
Biennial Conference XVII
18-20 November 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Extended Deadline: 26 September 2011

The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA) will be returning to Ottawa to the Canada Science and Technology Museum for its next biennial conference to be held on 18-20 November 2011.

The Conference Program Committee invites papers on subjects relating to all aspects of the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. Recognizing that 2011 is the United Nations International Year of Forests, we welcome papers relating to the scientific and technological aspects of Canadian forests and forestry, and environmental history. In addition, as the Canada Science and Technology Museum will be hosting
the conference, papers relating to science, technology or medicine museums in Canada will be welcomed. Proposals from students will be particularly welcomed.

Professor Graeme Wynn, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, will give the opening keynote address. Dr. Wynn is the team leader for the Forest History Project of the Network in Canadian History & Environment (NiCHE), which promotes historical and geographical study of Canada’s forests in our nation’s environmental history.

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-congres-2011/ 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/.

Download PDF: CSTHA-AHSTC CFP Conference – ADC Colloque

APPEL DE COMMUNICATIONS (ARTICLES ET AFFICHES)

XVIIe colloque biennal de l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie
Du 18 au 20 novembre 2011
Ottawa, Ontario

Extension de la date limite – 26 septembre 2011

Dans le cadre de son prochain colloque biennal, l’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie (AHSTC) retourne à Ottawa, au Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada, du 18 au 20 novembre 2011.

Le comité de programmation du colloque invite la soumission d’articles sur des sujets en relation avec l’histoire de la science, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada. Puisque l’Organisation des Nations Unies a proclamé 2011 l’Année internationale des forêts, nous serons heureux de recevoir des articles en lien avec les aspects scientifiques et technologiques des forêts et de la foresterie au Canada, et avec l’histoire de l’environnement. Par ailleurs, le Musée des sciences et de la technologie étant l’hôte du colloque, nous invitons les articles en relation avec les musées de la science, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada. Nous invitons plus particulièrement les propositions étudiantes.

Le professeur Graeme Wynn, du département de géographie de l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, prononcera le discours d’ouverture. Monsieur Wynn dirige l’équipe qui travaille à l’histoire de la forêt dans le cadre de la Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement (NICHE). NICHE encourage l’étude de l’histoire et de la géographie des forêts canadiennes en lien avec l’histoire de l’environnement de notre pays.

L’AHSTC souhaite recevoir des propositions d’articles individuels et de séances thématiques, en anglais ou en français. Les propositions individuelles doivent comporter un 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-congres-2011/. 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/

Download PDF: CSTHA-AHSTC CFP Conference – ADC Colloque