Tuesday, February 8, 2011

ISHPSSB 2011 in Salt Lake City

Call for Papers:
International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology 2011
in Salt Lake City, UT

The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) welcomes submission of paper and poster proposals for the biennial meeting to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, July 10-15, 2011. ISHPSSB brings together scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds to discuss historical, conceptual, epistemological, political, institutional, and ethical issues of the life sciences in an open and informal setting. At the Salt Lake City meeting, we plan to continue our tradition of an inclusive and experimental approach.

Scholars are welcome to submit one proposal for a poster as well as one proposal for an individual paper or a paper within an organized session.

We are excited to announce a poster session that will be connected to a reception and vibrant discussion session with distinguished scholars from across the disciplines represented by ISHPSSB membership. Although less common in meetings of historians and philosophers, poster sessions are a standard venue for biologists, social scientists, and educators. Of special note, a poster session offers the possibility of open-ended time to engage in dialogue with others about one's work.

Planned sessions will be scheduled into a conventional 90-minute forum, allowing up to four speakers (or three speakers and a commentator) to present their work. A session organizer can submit a proposal for the session.

Those scholars planning to submit an individual paper – not part of a planned session– are encouraged to post ideas for sessions and discussion panels on the ISHPSSB discussion board (http://www.ishpssb.onefireplace.com/) in advance of submission. Posting ideas here provides a good way to find others who are interested in presenting on similar topics and organize meaningful and interdisciplinary sessions together.

Scholars are invited to submit poster, session, and paper proposals by following the links on the ISHPSSB website (http://www.ishpssb.org/).

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2011.

Additional information about proposal submission is available online, or by contacting the program co-chairs at program@ishpssb.org (Chris Young and Mark Largent).

ISHPSSB 2011 website: http://www.conferences.utah.edu/ishpssb/index.html

Graduate Student Travel Support

The International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will meet July 10-15, 2011 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. ISHPSSB supports travel to the biennial meeting for graduate students using funds made available through memberships, donations to the society, and proceeds from past meetings. Some NSF funding may also be available.

The society’s allocation of support for graduate student travel is determined by these priorities: (1) students who are presenting papers at the biennial conference or participating in ISHPSSB governance; (2) students who have never received previous funding; and (3) students who did not receive funding at the previous ISHPSSB meeting.

The society has the financial means to support only a portion of travel costs for students whose applications are successful. Award amounts will depend on the total amount of funding available to ISHPSSB, the relative cost of travel between the students’ locations and Salt Lake City, and the ability of applicants to access additional resources. For ISHPSSB 2009 in Brisbane, award amounts averaged about USD 600.

Additional information and application forms are available on the society’s website: http://www.ishpssb.org/meeting.html. Send applications and supporting documentation to Lisa Gannett, ISHPSSB Treasurer: via email attachment to lisa.gannett@smu.ca; via fax to Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary’s University, (902) 491-6286; or via regular mail to Department of Philosophy, Saint Mary’s University, 923 Robie St., Halifax, NS, B3H 3C3, Canada.

For your application to be considered complete, you must (i) provide documentation of your travel costs (copy of receipt, travel agent quote, screen shot from airline website or site such as Expedia or Travelocity, etc.) based on best available fare, and (ii) ensure that your graduate advisor sends an email to lisa.gannett@smu.ca confirming the amount and source of any additional financial support you have available and that you are currently enrolled as a full-time graduate student in good standing.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is April 15, 2011. This deadline is firm: NO LATE OR INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

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