Call for proposals to house the HSS Executive Office

Dear Colleague,

The History of Science Society Executive Office is currently housed at the University of Notre Dame.  The society is now inviting bids from universities that could host the Executive Office after the current arrangement with Notre Dame expires on 30 June 2021.  I am attaching a copy of the call for proposals in the hope that your institution might be interested in submitting such a bid.

Having the HSS Executive Office at your university would immediately put you at the centre of the field.  It would provide some of your graduate students with unique research assistant positions that would give them a view of the workings of the HSS from inside.  Both the Society Coordinator and the Executive Director would be on site and could contribute to the life of the department (the current Coordinator holds a PhD in the philosophy of science and the current director has a PhD in the history of science).

Jay Malone, Executive Director of the society, will be happy to give you more information about the Executive Office.  I am also happy to discuss the bidding process with you, if you wish.  We look forward to receiving your response.

With best wishes,

Jan Golinski
HSS President


Call for proposals to house the HSS Executive Office

The History of Science Society seeks proposals for the next site for its Executive Office, with occupancy to begin in July 2021. The Executive Office is the main administrative office of the History of Science Society. The HSS, established in 1924, is an international organization and an affiliate of the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Historical Association and numerous other organizations. Presently located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the HSS Executive Office coordinates all day-to-day Society business, all annual HSS functions, and all activities that involve the Society in scholarly pursuits on the national and international level.  Its activities include supervision of the HSS annual meeting, management of the HSS Web site, maintenance of the Society’s records and finances, and oversight of HSS programs and grants. The Office is supervised by an Executive Director (an employee of Notre Dame with salary and benefits paid by HSS). At present, the Executive Director is assisted by a full-time Coordinator (also a Notre Dame employee paid for by the HSS) and 2-3 undergraduate students (paid by HSS) and one graduate student (paid by Notre Dame).

The University of Notre Dame has generously provided the Society with office space (ca. 400 square feet), including file cabinets, office furniture, computers, and space for bookshelves/library and some document storage; funding for a part-time graduate assistant, including tuition (one-semester appointment); internet connectivity and technical support; and has waived administrative overhead. Notre Dame also covered relocation expenses (up to $5000) and previously paid benefits for the Executive Director and Coordinator.  The History Department has given the current Executive Director and Coordinator teaching privileges, with the opportunity to teach undergraduate and graduate courses contingent on the needs of the Department. The Society wishes to secure similarly favorable terms under a new five-year contract.  Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate support from a Dean or equivalent, the existence of an active community in the history of science, the existence of a flourishing graduate program, and the availability of technical support.

In addition to information about the history of science program(s) at the host institution, details about the quality of life in the host city and local area would be welcome.

Proposals (due 1 April 2020) should be directed to the HSS President, Jan Golinski (  Questions about the office or about the proposal should be directed to HSS Executive Director, Jay Malone (

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


Previous Isis Books Received Lists

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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


Previous Isis Books Received Lists

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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