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.


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:


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,


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:

N’hésitez pas à faire circuler l’information.


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

Call for Papers: Artifacts in Agraria Symposium

A pottery jug, rag rug, handmade nightdress, coal-oil lamp, plow, buggy, barn….  Some experiences of the agrarian past have escaped being put into language but survive long after the period under study as artifacts.

We invite proposals that begin with a material artifact of everyday life, either made or used, and explore it as a valid historical source that gathers meaning when understood in the context of surviving written records, family history, fashion trends and international commerce.  How is the artifact conceived and used by particular groups?  How does it connect aesthetic and cultural beliefs, symbolize self-identity, affirm values, tell stories, purvey heritage and have meaning ascribed to it through display?  We encourage papers that provide a better understanding of rural life in and beyond Canada, and that explore new methods or ways of viewing and contextualizing artifacts. Though organized by historians, we welcome ethnologists, archaeologists, art historians, cultural geographers, museum professionals and connoisseurs.

Please submit a 400 word proposal and 1 page CV to C. Wilson, cawilson@uoguelph.ca

For more information visit: www.uoguelph.ca/ruralhistory/

Deadline for proposals is 26 January 2015. Artifacts in Agraria Symposium, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 17-18 October 2015

New Editor-in-Chief

The CSTHA is pleased to announce David Pantalony as the new Editor-in-Chief of Scientia Canadensis. David has been a long-time member of the CSTHA, is Curator of Physical Sciences and Medicine at the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and teaches part-time at the University of Ottawa. He begins his five-year term in January 2015.

David will be replacing James Hull, a leading scholar in the history of technology in Canada at the University of British Columbia. James brought to publication several excellent issues, and we thank him for his years of service.

Welcome, David!


L’AHSTC est heureux d’annoncer que David Pantalony sera le nouveau rédacteur de Scientia Canadensis. David est conservateur des sciences physiques et de la médecine au Musée des scienes et de la technologie du Canada, et il enseigne à l’Université d’Ottawa. Il commence son mandat de cinq ans en janvier 2015.

David remplace James Hull, un spécialiste de l’histoire de la technologie au Canada, à l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique. James a fait paraître plusieurs excellents numéros, et nous le remercions pour ses années de service.

Bienvenue, David!


Exciting things are happening with the CSTHA, starting with our new site. Feel free to explore our links, our archives, or send us a message: we’d love to here from you.

Stay tuned for more…


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

La version française apparaît ci-dessous

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).


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)