Graduate and Early Career Caucus of the History of Science Society

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GECC is pleased to announce that registration for the HSS and SHOT 2020 Virtual Forum, for October 8-11, is now open! 

The registration form and more details can be found here. 

The registration fee is $75 US (regular attendance) and $25 US (attendance for graduate students, retirees, and lower income participants). Registration includes access to all events on both the HSS and SHOT programs and provides closed captioning service and other features to enhance accessibility. Grants, provided by HSS and the National Science Foundation, will be available to fully reimburse graduate students for their registration fees. For more details on registration and other aspects of the Virtual Forum visit the HSS homepage.

You can now view the preliminary program for the HSS 2020 Virtual Forum and also view SHOT’s preliminary program.

GECC has several events planned, and we hope you’ll join us! You can also help us by taking this survey to help make our Teach-In session the best it can be.

Supporting International Scholars in Pandemic Times: A Teach-In (October 8, 12:30-1:30 pm, EST)

In the wake of the July student visa directive issued by the United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ongoing travel restrictions that many have had to navigate in the past months—and will no doubt continue to going forward—the Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) will focus this year’s Tacit Knowledge panel on strategies for keeping our vulnerable graduate and early career scholars safe. Panelists with experience in immigration law and activism will give a series of short presentations elucidating bureaucratic details and tactics for supporting scholars navigating the visa process. Questions and scenarios will be drawn from throughout our membership, based on responses to an online survey and discussion in advance of the Virtual Meeting. We will also feature a discussion of how historians of science can help resist the emerging deportation-information technology complex. On the whole, the panel aims to equip grad students and early career scholars with knowledge of what they can try and where they can turn in a precarious immigration-related scenario, and empower faculty to become more effective advocates. Speakers TBA.

Roundtable: What Do We Do about the Future of the Profession? Challenges from COVID-19 and Beyond for Women and Early Career Scholars Through the Lens of Diversity (co-sponsored with the HSS Women’s Caucus) (October 9, 9:30 am-10:30 am, EST)

This roundtable will discuss the effects of the current pandemic on women and early career scholars, and pose the question: What do we do in response? Recent statistics from Isis show that submissions from women have declined over the past several months with a presumed link to COVID-19. Additionally, a recent article in the Chronicle notes that 40% of research universities in the US and Canada do not provide paid parental leave. The numbers alone are reason for concern but also open a window to talk about the systemic challenges women (at all career stages) face, including (but by no means limited to) disproportional caretaking responsibilities, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

Another impact on publishing also directly affects early career scholars, whose ability to travel, access archives, and engage the academic job market is unusually constricted. This impact is an exacerbation of a longer trend that has been shaped by the interplay of economic forces and ideologies that further marginalize areas of scholarship among early-career scholars, especially those who are pursuing scholarly agendas relevant to critical, global affairs and beckon for a transformation of not only how we define publication but also how we support and promote emerging careers dedicated to work within and beyond the academy.

In considering “What Do We Do?” participants in the discussion will be prompted to consider intersectionality among identities: how do the impacts of the pandemic affect members who are LGBTQ+, Black, indigenous, people of color, and/or persons with disabilities? Speakers TBA.

We will keep you updated on developments related to GECC’s involvement at the Virtual Forum! Please reach out to hss.gecc@gmail.com with any questions.


The Graduate and Early Career Caucus is currently looking for graduate students and early career scholars who would like to review books for Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society!

If you would be interested in being considered to write a book review, please fill out the form below. We will be organizing an online workshop for potential book reviewers later this summer, date TBD, where representatives from Isis and GECC will explain the journal’s review process and best practices for writing a book review. If you fill out the form below, you will receive notification for the review workshop.

Form for potential reviewers


The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) seeks to address the concerns and issues of graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. As an official caucus of the History of Science Society (HSS), GECC offers mentoring programs and organizes sessions as well as social events at the annual meetings of the HSS. The chairs and officers are graduate students and early career members of HSS, who serve as liaisons between the standing committees of HSS and the student/early career constituency.

Contact us:

GECC officers can be reached by e-mail at hss.gecc@gmail.com.