Notifications for 2016 HSS Meeting

Notifications regarding proposals for the 2016 Annual Meeting of the History of Science Society have been emailed. Please note that the preliminary program is still in the final stages of development, so we do not yet have scheduling information for accepted sessions and papers. Once that information is available, it will be emailed as part of a formal acceptance letter.

If you are part of an organized session, please contact your session organizer for information on your session’s status.

If you submitted a proposal for the 2016 Meeting but did not receive a notification email today, please contact

Galison Directs New Documentary

Poster for the documentary Containment

Peter Galison (Harvard University) and Rob Moss have directed a new film titled Containment (2015), a documentary on the long-term consequences of nuclear waste storage. The film has been screened internationally at over a dozen film festivals.

Click here to see more and to find a screening near you.

Latest Issue of Isis

The latest issue of Isis (Volume 107, Number 2 | June 2016) is now available online. Publication CoverIn this issue: “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” by André Goddu; “An Amphibious Being: How Maritime Surveying Reshaped Darwin’s Approach to Natural History,” by Alistair Sponsel; and “The Pedagogical Roots of the History of Science: Revisiting the vision of James Bryant Conant,” by Christopher Hamlin.

This month’s open access Focus Section is titled “History Manifesto and the History of Science” and includes pieces from Noortje Jacobs, Daniel J. Kevles, Karine Chemla, and many more.

The History of Science Society Prizes for 2015 presented at the HSS Annual Meeting are reviewed in the “News of the Profession” section.

This issue also contains an essay review, “Editing Early Modern Scientific Correspondence: The Way Forward” by Michael Hunter, and over four dozen book reviews.

The 2017 ISHPSSB Meeting in São Paulo

The 2017 meeting of International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will be held at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo; those attending this meeting will also be able to participate in the 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST).

For more information about the ISHPSSB meeting in general, please click here.

Isis Books Received (Updated)

The list of books received in the editorial offices of Isis from April-June 2015 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.

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.

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

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:

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)