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Three Societies Meeting – Edmonton, Alberta December 1, 2015

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Final CFP and Extended Submission Deadline – 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.

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. U of A has 37,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty and academic staff. Accommodation will be available on campus and near campus.

The program will include parallel themed sessions, plenary lectures, education and outreach activities, a reception at the Art Gallery of Alberta and a Conference Dinner (TBA).  Delegates can explore the vibrant arts scene, and there are many festivals in June, including the Edmonton International Jazz Festival.

The Program 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 organizing 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: www.uab.ca/3societies

Inquiries concerning the program should be directed to: aede@ualberta.ca

Inquiries concerning the conference should be directed to: threesocieties2016@ualberta.ca.

HSS San Fran 2015: Everything You Need to Know August 25, 2015

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It’s that time of year again! By now you know if you’ve made it into the 2015 HSS Annual Meeting program, and you’ve started searching anxiously for funding, scrolling Orbitz for the best flights and counting frequent flyer miles. The GECC blog will do its best to keep you up-to-date on all of the pertinent info about deadlines for networking activities, events (and whether there will be alcohol present), and give you easy access to the HSS webpage.

A few reminders…

Scholar profiles: HSS GECC wants to feature HSS early careerist and graduate student scholars here on this blog! It’s a great way to stir up some interest in your panel or talk and get people excited! Plus, we love to hear from you. Check out our previous scholar profiles. If interested, email hss.gecc@gmail.com.

Volunteering: HSS is still looking for volunteers to help run the show during the annual meeting in San Fran. Email volunteer@hssonline.org if interested or see our link. This is a great way to meet people, and you will have your registration fee waived or reimbursed (if you’ve already paid it). It’s an easy way to save a few bucks!

Accommodations: If you are a graduate student with or without membership in HSS, there may still be available rooms in the conference hotel at the reduced graduate student nightly rate! Get in touch with HSS by emailing info@hssonline.org ASAP to make your reservations at the Westin St. Francis.

Mentorship: Keep in mind that the sign-up for the Graduate and Early Career Caucus Mentorship program is now available. Sign-up is easy, quick, and will ultimately connect you to a more senior scholar at the upcoming meeting in November.

Funding: Also, do not hesitate to apply for funding! The deadline is coming up quick. HSS allots travel grants to professional scholars and graduate students to assist them in getting to conference destinations every year. There are also Dependent Care Grants available. Deadline: September 30, 2015.

CV Review: Going on the job market? Need to polish up your CV, Cover Letter, or ask an expert tips on interviewing? The History of Science Society’s Graduate and Early Career Caucus invites you to have our CV review workshop. Have a professional in your field look over your job materials and give you instant feedback IN PERSON at HSS). Sign up now!


Stay tuned for more information about the GECC Business Meeting, mentorship events, networking receptions and mixers in the coming weeks.

Early Career Profile – Monique Dufour November 5, 2014

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In our newest Career Profile meet Monique Dufour, a recent PhD who will be presenting her paper “‘The Library as Laboratory’: Bibliotherapy and the Clinical Study of Literature as Medicine, 1940–1960,” at HSS 2014 on Saturday morning (9:00AM-11:45AM) as part of the panel “The Institution as Laboratory: Captive Bodies and the Production of Scientific Knowledge” (Michigan Ballroom I, Level 2).

What is your approach to the history of science?

I explore encounters between science, medicine, and the humanities, especially in the 20th- and 21st centuries. I am curious about how and why people have tried to connect these domains and how each may have been reconstituted and transformed in the process. For instance, my dissertation, Reading for Health: Bibliotherapy and the Medicalized Humanities in the US, 1930-1965, aims to recover and explore the midcentury processes by which therapeutic reading became at once natural, medical, and scientific. I tell the story of midcentury hospital librarians, psychologists, and language arts educators who believed that reading could and should promote health, and for whom science seemed to offer the most promising way to develop knowledge about the “embodied reader.” I’m driven by topics and questions that allow me to explore how science—as an epistemological project, a cultural resource, as an article of faith—circulated.

Monique Dufour

Monique Dufour, Virginia Tech

What was your experience like at your first HSS meeting?

I first presented at HSS in 2011, when I was just starting to think about my dissertation. I came to doctoral work in Science and Technology Studies from the fields of writing, literature, and book history. As I developed my project, my advisor Matthew Wisnioski encouraged me to focus on the questions about science raised by my historical actors. “This is a history of science project,” he often told me. Because I was still learning about the history of science, I was a bit nervous about conceiving of the project in that way. But the experience of submitting that paper, presenting it, and participating in the conference was tremendous. I appreciated the collegial and genuinely curious spirit among the panelists and attendees alike, and especially the constructive feedback I received at my panel. While I came to the conference certain that the history of science was relevant to my emerging research program, I came away equally sure that this was a community of which I wanted to be a part. Anyone who has the erroneous impression that the history of science is only a specialized field for focused experts should attend HSS to experience for themselves the astonishing scope of topics, and their essential connections to cultural and social issues.

What do you see on your professional horizon?
Having just completed my PhD, I will soon be, like many of us, “on the market.” (What a phrase!) To help me through this process, I try each day to remember powerful advice given to me by a Virginia Tech colleague, Brian Britt: “Take seriously the idea of making a contribution.”

If I can paint my own horizon, I see a post-doc in which I can participate in a community of scholars, think and write together, and continue to develop my projects and research program. I then see a tenure-track position where I may build a writing and teaching life among colleagues. We all know that these goals are elusive, but I remain committed to believing that they are possible.

But as Annie Dillard says, “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” So I’m working toward these goals through how I spend my days teaching and writing. Currently, I’m finishing an article for the medical humanities community about how U.S. librarians and psychologists in the 1970s deliberated quite explicitly about how to define therapeutic reading either as science-based medicine or as a humanistic practice. I’m also writing an article for a history of science and medicine audience about how literacy educators in the midcentury U.S. came to believe that it was their job to promote health. I really enjoy thinking about how my research and writing can and should change for different audiences, such as students at a range of levels and scholars from different disciplinary contexts. It keeps my writing fresh and challenging, and helps me to feel connected to others even when I’m sitting at my desk among my books and ideas.

Monique Dufour is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech, where she is also directs the Medicine and Society minor. She holds a PhD and MS in STS, as well as an MA in English. Before her doctoral work, she directed the University Writing Program and was a faculty development consultant at VT’s Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Previously, she was a Writing Fellow at Duke University’s University Writing Program. Her paper at this year’s HSS meeting in Chicago is a part of the panel, “The Institution as Laboratory: Captive Bodies and the Production of Scientific Knowledge.”

CV Reviews at HSS 2014 November 3, 2014

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Graduate Students: Does you CV need a little work? Are you attending the History of Science Society meeting this week?

The History of Science Society’s Graduate and Early Career Caucus is offering free CV reviews for graduate students and early careerists during the History of Science Society’s meeting.

Sign up here. Although it may be possible to sign up during the meeting, we ask that you sign up ASAP to ensure your session time.

Early Careerist Profile – Thomas Darragh October 14, 2014

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1. How did you become interested in history of science?

During my time as a master’s student, my focus was on US intellectual and transnational history. As I was studying at the University of Strathclyde, I became interested in the transnational exchange of scientific ideologies between the US and the rest of the world. When the time came for me to start my Ph.D. work, I decided to focus on the exchange of ideas between scientists and how these ideas enter into the public sphere. Currently, I am focusing on how scientists define the difference between humans and non-human animals and how these definitions affect racial ideas.

Thomas Darragh, Central Michigan University

Thomas Darragh, Central Michigan University

2. How did you get involved in the GECC?

I attended the CV review workshop during the 2013 HSS meeting in Boston. During the workshop, I meet Sandy Clark, who was the CV review coordinator. I share his passion for working with other graduate students, and he encouraged me to attend the GECC meeting. The opportunity to run this year’s CV workshop was open, and I decided that it would be a great opportunity to work with the HSS.

3. What has your experience been like during your term?

Working with the other members of the GECC is a wonderful experience. It is a great feeling to realize how much effort is going into making the 2014 HSS meeting a success. The commitment to helping graduate and young professionals have the best experience possible, during the meeting, is easy to underestimate. It is amazing how much the HSS and GECC boards care about helping graduate students and other young professionals.

4. What is something you have learned about the HSS through being an officer that others members may not know about the society?

It is easy for us to forget how many hours go into planning an event as big as the HSS. What is amazing is how many members are willing to make an effort to ensure that the newest members of HSS have a terrific experience. For example, the number of people willing to donate their time to the mentorship and CV review programs is amazing.

5. What is one of your current toughest professional challenges?

Currently, I am getting ready to defend my dissertation, and I am applying for jobs. Both are full time jobs. Keeping focused and not being discouraged is always a challenge at this stage of graduate life. It is too easy for young professionals to forget that they are not alone in having a feeling of not knowing what their future holds. Being a member of HSS has helped to remind me that the ups and downs of being Ph.D. candidate is a shared experience that we all must go through.

Thomas Darragh was born and raised in Michigan. He went to Michigan State University for his undergraduate, where he studied History, International Relations, and Political Theory. He holds a MA in History from Central Michigan University and a MSc in Historical Studies from the University of Strathclyde. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in History at Central Michigan University and an instructor for Central Michigan University’s Global Campus program.

His fields of study are America in the World, Transnational, and the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. His dissertation – Civilized Animals, Savage Peoples: The Human, the Animal, and the Formation of Transnational Consciousness – looks at how various theories about the difference between humans and non-human animals have changed the way Western society has defined itself in relation to other peoples.