New Books Received: Oct – Dec 2019

Check out the latest titles in the history of science. See the full list of books.

Deadly Biocultures: The Ethics of Life-Making by Nadine Ehlers
Darwin's Most Wonderful Plants: A Tour of His Botanical Legacy by Ken Thompson
Curves for the Mathematically Curious: An Anthology of the Unpredictable, Historical, Beautiful, and Romantic by Julian Havil
Destined for the Stars: Faith, the Future, and America’s Final Frontier by Catherine L. Newell
The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America by Michael Rossi
The Age of Intoxication: Origins of the Global Drug Trade (The Early Modern Americas) by Benjamin Breen


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HSS Newsletter (Jan 2020)

HSS Newsletter 2020

Welcome to the new year and a new edition of the HSS Newsletter, with a welcome message from the new HSS President, Jan Golinski, and two new sections that we hope to feature more or less consistently in future issues (there’s a lot of “new” here): a corner for showcasing innovations in education, and an op-ed type column to which you, the readers, are invited to contribute. Also, in this issue are two interviews with authors of prize-winning books about our discipline and a photo-essay from a museum curator. As always, you can read about the doings and achievements of individual members, of the Society, and of our profession at large. Last, but not least, we bid farewell to those whom we said goodbye.

Call for Papers: HSS 2020

HSS 2020, 8 to 11 October 2020,

HSS Annual Meeting

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA | 8-11 October 2020

Deadline for Proposals: Sunday, 1 March 2020 (23:59 EST)

The History of Science Society (HSS) will hold its 2020 conference in New Orleans, LA, USA. This will be a joint meeting with the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The Society encourages submissions on all topics.

Important Links

HSS Award-Winning Books in the History of Science

Selection of book covers and titles that have won HSS awards

We’ve collected all of our prize/award-winning books on one page for easy perusal. The collection goes back to 1958 and includes all winners of our Pfizer, Davis, Rossiter, Levinson, and Pauly prizes!

See the collection

HSS Newsletter (Oct 2019)

HSS October 2019 Newsletter Cover featuring Utrecht, the Netherlands Welcome to the Oct. 2019 issue of the HSS Newsletter, a well-packed volume with goodies for and from our members from different walks of life in history of science.

Even as we are delighted to be welcoming the newest initiates to the profession—who tell us a bit about their research and what makes them tick in HPS—we are also sadly reminded of those whom we have lost. To paraphrase Michael Ruse’s apt goodbye, we mourn their passing but celebrate their lives.

Last year’s Pfizer Award winner Anita Guerrini shares some insights about her book, and Kristen Frederick-Frost offers a glimpse into her job as a curator of scientific objects in a history museum.

We have our usual round-up of news from members, the society and the profession at large, the growing size of which sections offer evidence that we are a vibrant and robust company of like minds and shared interests.

HSS Newsletter Editor
Neeraja Sankaran

New Books Received: July – Sept 2019

Check out the latest titles in the history of science. See the full list of books.

Marking Time: Romanticism and Evolution
Holy Science: The Biopolitics of Hindu Nationalism (Feminist Technosciences)
Higher and Colder: A History of Extreme Physiology and Exploration
Poisonous Skies: Acid Rain and the Globalization of Pollution
Working with Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge
Psychiatry and Its Discontents


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Videos of HSS 2019 Plenary and Paris Lecture

🎥 Plenary Session: Getting Engaged: Ways of Being an Engaged Historian of Science

Tuesday, 23 July 2019
Janskerk, Utrecht, the Netherlands


  • Benjamin Franta
  • Edna Bonhomme
  • Jopppe van Driel
  • Sheila Jasanoff

Organized by Lissa Roberts

🎥 Elizabeth Paris Public Engagement Lecture: In Europe

Friday, 26 July 2019
Railway Museum, Utrecht, the Netherlands


  • 🎹 Susanna Bloem
  • Jeroen van Dongen
New Issue of Isis (Sept 2019)

🔔 New Isis: A Journal of the History of Science Society

🗓 Vol. 110, No. 3 | Sep 2019


Cover of Isis Volume 110, Number 3, September 2019. Word Map

HSS Council Early Career Representative – Call for Nominations and Voting Information

Beginning in 2020, the History of Science Society council will include an early career representative (ECR), serving a three year term (2020-2023). The successful candidate will represent graduate student and early career interests, provide an early career scholar’s perspective to other council members, and keep the early career and graduate community abreast of relevant HSS policies and initiatives. This is a non-voting council position. For more information about HSS council, please see here.

The HSS Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) is facilitating the call for nominations for this position and subsequent election. All graduate students and early career members of HSS in good standing are members of GECC and eligible to vote in this election. You may check your membership status here. Graduate student memberships are $36/year and those who have received their PhD in the last year are eligible for a year of membership a no cost, see here for details. We invite any interested individuals to nominate themselves for this position or have others nominate them.

Interested candidates or those interested in nominating others should keep the following in mind:

  • Candidates must be a graduate student or early career member of HSS in good standing at the time of the election.
  • For the purposes of this position, “early career” is defined as “having received a Ph.D. within the last five years.” Nominees for the position should either a) fit this description when they are nominated (i.e., have received a Ph.D. in the last five years, even if they will be more than five years past graduation by the end of the position term of 2023), or b) be current graduate students who are within a year of completing their degree.
  • Nominees can nominate themselves, or they can be nominated by others. All nominees must be seconded.
  • All candidates are required to write a candidate statement (no more than 300 words), which will be posted on the GECC website
  • This position is not a GECC officership and no current GECC officers are eligible to run.
  • HSS will cover the ECR’s major expenses (registration, transportation, and housing) for HSS annual meetings (New Orleans 2020, Mérida 2021, TBD 2022).

All nominations must be submitted and seconded by November 15, 2019. Voting will take place through the GECC website from November 25 through December 6, 2019. Both nominations and seconds should be submitted via email to Please also email this address with any questions or concerns.