Call for Papers: 2015 HSS Meeting

Golden_Gate_WebThe Call for Papers for the 2015 History of Science Society Annual Meeting is now available. The meeting will be held at the Westin St. Francis hotel in downtown San Francisco, Nov. 19-22, 2015.  We are accepting proposals for organized sessions, individual papers, poster presentations, and other events. This year features a special call for roundtable proposals. Please click here for more details on the 2015 Meeting and the Call for Papers.

Social Science Funding Factsheets

The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA), of which HSS is a member, has released state-by-state factsheets detailing the amount of federalCOSSA logo social and behavioral science funding available across the United States and the major institutional recipients.

Click here to find your state.

2015 Call for Papers Coming Soon

The Call for Papers for the 2015 History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting will be posted here soon. The meeting will be held November 19-22, 2015 in San Francisco, CA at the Westin St. Francis Hotel. We thank you for your patience. If you have any questions in the meantime, please email

January Newsletter Now Available

The January Newsletter of the History of Science Society is now available and can be viewed here. In this issue: Editor H. Floris Cohen describes how submissions are handled at Isis, a personal narrative from Rhodes Scholar Sarah Swenson, results of the post-meeting survey from Chicago, a report on the first Joint Caucus for Socially Engaged Philosophers and Historians of Science event, the newly-approved strategic plan for the HSS, an annual report from Executive Director Jay Malone, a list of the 2014 prize winners, Steven Shapin’s Sarton acceptance talk, as well as member news, news from the profession, and other items.

New Issue of Isis Online

IsisCoverDec2014The December issue of Isis is now available online by clicking here. In this issue: Francis Bacon’s “interpretation of nature,” defining paleoanthropology in the late 19th century, and Aaron T. Beck’s school of Cognitive Therapy, as well as a free access Focus section titled  “Relocating Race.”

History of Science Society Strategic Plan – 2014

Early in 2013, the History of Science Society Executive Committee made a commitment to launch a structured strategic planning initiative to take on the tasks of reviewing the organization’s mission; agreeing on a vision; identifying and coping with changing circumstances; providing a framework of deliberate priorities to guide day-to-day decision-making and allocation of human and financial resources; evaluating performance and organizational effectiveness; and making a sound case for philanthropic support.

The 2013 annual meeting in Boston marked the first formal meeting for strategic planning. Much behind-the-scenes activity led to a planning retreat in Chicago, where 40 members of the HSS, from around the world, gathered to debate and discuss whom the HSS serves and, essentially, our raison d’être. The retreat members identified 6 goals that they considered paramount.

To view these goals, their objectives, action steps, and evaluation procedures, as well as the rest of the strategic plan, click here.

Isis Books Received Updated

The list of books received in the editorial offices of Isis through September of 2014 can be found at the Isis Books Received page here. Any books purchased through links on the Books Received page will help support the History of Science Society.

NSF-STS Proposal Due-Date Clarification Notice

Normally, the website of the Science, Technology & Society (STS) Program of the National Science Foundation — — lists two deadlines per year: February 1 and August 1. Currently, only the August 1 deadline is listed. The reason for this is that the Program’s formal solicitation expired at the end of August 2014. The Program hopes to have a new solicitation in place sometime soon. There will again be two deadlines per year as before, except for Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant proposals, which will have only one deadline per year, August 1.

Comments from Experienced NSF-STS Grantees:

  • The NSF STS Program supports research and training in history, philosophy, & social studies of science & technology.
  • Now is a good time for prospective applicants — especially those new to NSF and the Program and the submission process — to begin planning their proposals. In particular, all potential applicants should review the Program’s new FAQ Website — — and inexperienced institutionally-based applicants should probably consult their institutions’ Sponsored Programs Offices long before any submission deadline.
  • We hope that the forthcoming solicitation will stimulate larger numbers of submitted proposals than the Program has received in recent years. We believe that a noticeable growth in the number of high quality STS proposals is the best way to demonstrate the intellectual vibrancy of our disciplines to the NSF Leadership and, not coincidentally, to attract further funding for the Program, from which we all would profit.

HSS Awarded NSF Grant for Conference Travel

The History of Science Society has won a grant of over $200K from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Eight Societies Travel Grants for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Recent PhDs” (SES-1354351). The award will provide travel assistance to graduate students, independent scholars, and those who have recently received PhDs who wish to attend the professional meetings of the following eight societies:

•     the History of Science Society (HSS)
•     the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
•     the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA)
•     the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
•     the American Society for Environmental History (ASEH)
•     the International Society for the Psychology of Science and Technology (ISPST)
•     the International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISH)
•     and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA).

Elizabeth Paris Endowment for Socially Engaged History and Philosophy of Science

The Elizabeth Paris Endowment for Socially Engaged History and Philosophy of Science honors the life and interests of Elizabeth Paris (1968-2009), a historian and philosopher of science and HSS member. The Endowment aims to provide for a regular public event that will bring to a wider audience an understanding of the value of the history and philosophy of science. The first event was a Baskes Lecture in History, presented by Peter Galison at the Chicago Humanities festival titled “From Einstein’s Clocks to the Refusal of Time.”

For more information on Elizabeth, the Endowment, and how to give, please click this link.

Sites for Future Meetings Finalized through 2019

The History of Science Society has finalized arrangements for the dates and sites for the annual meetings through 2018. Future HSS meetings are scheduled for:

19-22 November 2015 – San Francisco, California

3-6 November 2016 – Atlanta, Georgia

9-12 November 2017 – Toronto, Ontario

1-4 November 2018 – Seattle, Washington

early August 2019 – Utrecht, The Netherlands (dates TBD)