CFP: 2009 Meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

From the Listserv for the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology:

Biennial Meeting, 12-16 July 2009, Brisbane, Australia

The 2009 meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology will take place from Sunday, 12 July, through Thursday, 16 July, at Emmanuel College, St. Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, hosted by the University of Sydney. ISHPSSB brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and sociology of science. The ISHPSSB biennial summer conferences are known for their innovative, transdisciplinary sessions and for fostering informal, cooperative exchanges and on-going collaborations among a variety of international scholars. This will be the first meeting to be held in the southern hemisphere.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of research ideas and results across a range of fields. The submission of papers and sessions on any topic within the society’s scope is welcomed. We also encourage the submission of posters, workshops, and general interest sessions based on themes identified in session proposals. It is our goal to develop a program that will allow maximal interactions, while also giving people the chance to present their ideas to their colleagues.

Meeting near the Great Barrier Reef in the year of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and the publication of Jean Baptiste Lamarck’s Philosophie Zoologique, we suggest some possible ideas for proposals, including: (1) Darwinism from different perspectives, including future perspectives on Darwinism; (2) The history, philosophy, social studies, and theory behind current debates about the genetics of evolutionary change; (3) The history, philosophy, social studies, and biology of coral reefs-a subject that engaged Darwin and which is now the subject of much attention related to the global environmental crisis; (4) The nature of amateur participation in science, especially “citizen science” that encourages stakeholders of various kinds to protect the coastal environment, and the role of NGOs in shaping science policy; and (5) Topics such as biodiversity, biogeography, and systematics. Submissions on other subjects that reflect an individual’s current area of research, however, are also welcomed.

Scholars wishing to attend the meeting are invited to submit session and paper proposals on the ISHPSSB website: Deadline for submissions is 1 February 2009. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words; instructions for using the abstract submission system can be found at: To facilitate collaboration in putting together sessions, a forum is available on the ISHPSSB website to post ideas and solicit participants for sessions and discussion panels:

Acceptance decisions will be communicated in early March. Graduate students are especially encouraged, and there will be opportunities available for obtaining travel funding. Information on registration and accommodation will be provided on the conference website.

Please direct any inquiries to the Program Co-Chairs:
Manfred Laublicher:
Marsha Richmond:

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