[Ssnet_list] SSNet News & Notices
aw26 at u.washington.edu
Fri Mar 13 00:08:39 PDT 2009
Here's an end-of-quarter digest of STS news and notices; details follow.
Alexandra Stern - March 27
Ingunn Moser - April 14
Experimental Side of Modeling - March 20-21 (SFU)
Calls for papers:
Evidence in Context (University of Toronto) - abstracts due March 22
International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group (IHPST)
- proposals due March 23
Journal - Spontaneous Generations: History and Philosophy of Science,
Journal - Hydra: Online Graduate Journal for the History of Science
Yale University postdoc - History of Medicine - March 1
Max Planck Institute (MPIWG) and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin -
History of the Human Sciences
UW EVENT: Alexandra Stern, Ph.D. Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in
the History of Medicine, University of Michigan
Friday Mar 27, 12:30-1:30: “The Entangled Histories of Eugenics,
Clinical Genetics, and Genetic Counseling, United States, 1940s-1980s”
- Joanne Woiak forwards this notice; we read Alexandra Stern's
article about the eugenics apologies in the Fall SSNet seminar.
Division of Medical Genetics
Department of Medicine
University of Washington
K-069 Health Sciences
UW EVENT: Ingunn Moser (Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway)
Tuesday, April 14, 3:30 (CMU 202): "Subjects of Dementia Care:
Practices, Ordering and Power in Cultures of Caring"
Abstract: This paper investigates the conditions of possibility for
subjectivity in dementia care practices. Drawing on fieldwork in
sheltered wards in two different nursing homes in Norway, it traces,
articulates and opens up for reflection the enactments of subjectivity
in different cultures of caring for people with dementia. The analysis
brings out three such cultural modes of ordering at work in the care
practices studied: one, a resignated, somaticizing; two, a relational
(re)habilitational; and, three, an economic-administrative mode of
ordering. The paper further explores how these cultural modes of
ordering understand, act on and treat patients and dementia disease;
as well as how they are related. It concludes with a discussion of
these cultures of caring as ethical and political practices.
Bio: Ingunn Moser is Prof/Dr.Art and Dean in the Department of
Nursing, Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo, Norway. Her work is
situated between social studies of science, technology and medicine,
and health care research. She has been researching and publishing
extensively on the relations between disability, embodiment,
technology and subjectivity for more than a decade. More recently her
work has turned to aging and elderly care, with a focus on ethical
frameworks in telecare for the elderly living at home on the one hand,
and on dementia care on the other. In the latter field she is
currently engaged in a study of Alzheimer's disease in science,
politics and everyday care
practices. One recent publication in this project is "Making
Alzheimer's Disease Matter: Enacting, interfering and doing politics
of nature", Geoforum, Vol 39, issue 1, Jan 08, pp.98-110.
CONFERENCE: The Experimental Side of Modeling
San Francisco State University - March 20-21
Karen BARAD (University of California, Santa Cruz),
Nancy CARTWRIGHT [London School of Economics and University of
California, San Diego],
Joe ROUSE (Wesleyan University),
Michael WEISBERG [University of Pennsylvania]
Commentators: Mieke Boon, Bas van Fraassen, Isabelle Peschard, David
Stump, Paul Teller, M. Thompson-Jones, Rasmus Winther.
FREE but you need to REGISTER
For more information see:
CALL FOR PAPERS: Evidence in Context
University of Toronto - May 23, 2009
Graduate Student Society at the Institute for the History and
Philosophy of Science and Technology
The concept of evidence has emerged as a central theme in both the
history and philosophy of science and in science and technology
studies. Historically, disputes over standards of evidence have been
investigated for a wide variety of sciences. From particle physics to
paleontology, from cancer to climate change, historical investigations
into the constantly negotiated boundaries of scientific evidence have
shaped the history of science as a continuous struggle to determine
what, precisely, is required to establish scientific fact. In
philosophy of science, classical notions of evidence in epistemology
have been recently challenged as inadequate for dealing with the
practical challenges facing contemporary policy makers. Thus,
philosophers have called for accounts of evidence that are more
relevant to the development, reform, and refinement of policy and
The Keynote Speaker for this year is Kathleen Okruhlik, The University
of Western Ontario.
We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to, the following
· How can philosophical notions of evidence inform public policy?
· What is evidence for movements such as Evidence-Based Medicine?
· How are evidence and standards of evidence negotiated by
· How have notions of evidence changed throughout history?
· How do standards of evidence relate to disciplinary boundaries?
· How should contradictory evidence be resolved?
· How have social, cultural, and economic contexts shaped
standards of evidence?
· What is the role of the public in evaluating evidence in
· How do disputes about standards of evidence relate to the issue
of trust in science?
We invite graduate students and recent graduates working in fields
such as HPS, STS, history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and
gender studies and law to submit paper and panel proposals that
critically engage with this theme. For papers please email abstracts
of up to 250 words to HAPSAT at gmail.com by March 22, 2009 and for
panels please email a document with a 250 word abstract describing the
panel as a whole in addition to individual abstracts for each paper
(also 250 words). Each presenter will be given 20 minutes.
We hope to be able to offer billeting and small travel subsidies for
graduate students traveling to Toronto for the conference. Please note
that Evidence in Context is scheduled for the weekend right before
CSHPS (Ottawa). Those interested in both conferences should contact us
to take advantage of group travel from Toronto to Ottawa.
CALL FOR PAPERS: International History, Philosophy, and Science
Teaching Group (IHPST)
IHPST Tenth International Conference, June 24-28, 2009, University of
Notre Dame, South Bend, IN.
Proposals are welcomed in all areas and periods of history and
philosophy of science with implications for theoretical and
pedagogical issues in science and mathematics teaching. Philosophers
of education are also invited to contribute to these same issues.
Deadline for proposals: March 23, 2009. http://www.ishpssb.org/listserv/20090222-5.html
CALL FOR PAPERS: Hydra: Online Graduate Journal for the History of
Hydra is now accepting submissions, and seeks editors and reviewers.
It features articles and book reviews by graduate students, and
provides a forum for online discussion.
For details see:
CALL FOR PAPERS: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History
and Philosophy of Science - Volume 3: Epistemic Boundaries
Spontaneous Generations is an open, online, peer-reviewed academic
journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the
History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of
In addition to articles for peer review, opinion essays, and book
reviews, Spontaneous Generations is seeking contributions to its
focused discussion section. This section consists of short peer-
reviewed and invited articles devoted to a particular theme. This
year, the theme is "Epistemic Boundaries." We welcome submissions from
scholars in all disciplines, including but not limited to HPS, STS,
History, Philosophy, Women's Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and
Religious Studies. Papers from all periods are welcome.
For details, please visit the journal homepage at
POSITION: Yale University - History of Medicine
Two year postdoctoral fellowship in the Section of the History of
Medicine, School of Medicine, beginning 1 July 2009.
Historians working on any geographic area of the history of medicine
since 1800 are encouraged to apply, but preference will be given to
applicants whose primary research interests are in the history of
women's health or in the history of health advocacy.
The deadline for submission is March 1, 2009, but applications will be
considered on a rolling basis as they are received, and therefore
applicants are encouraged to submit as soon as possible. http://www.ishpssb.org/listserv/20090222-3.html
POSITION: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) and
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Junior Professor for the History of the Human Sciences
The requirements for a successful application consist of an
outstanding record of research and teaching in the interdisciplinary
field of the
History of Human Sciences since the 18th century. The Human Sciences
(such as the History of Medicine, Population Science, Biopolitics,
Historical and Systematic Anthropology or Ethnology) are closely
interlinked with the social and natural sciences as well as the
Humanities. They contributed
significantly to the formation of modern knowledge. We expect the
successful applicant to have international experience and the ability
to work in a team in order to enhance the manifold co-operations with
the MPIWG, the institutions concerned with the History of Knowledge
and the History of
Science located at different faculties of Humboldt-Universität, as
well as the existing collaborative research centres, graduate schools
of excellence. The advertised position complements the measures taken
by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, MPIWG and Freie Universität Berlin
Berlin's science campus into an international centre for the History
of Science and of Knowledge.
The candidates must fulfil all requirements for being appointed to a
junior-professorship as stated in §102a of Berlin's Higher Education Law
Applications with the usual documents such as CV, copies of reports,
list of publications (we kindly ask you not provide us with any actual
as yet) are to be sent to "Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, President's
Office, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Markschies, Unter den Linden 6,
Berlin within the next six weeks stating the reference number JP 002/09.
Professor of Philosophy
University of Washington
Seattle WA 98195-3350
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