CFP: 54th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology (JAS-Bio)

March 30, 2019, Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, USA

This is a SAVE THE DATE and CALL FOR PAPERS for the 54th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology. The JAS-Bio offers graduate students and recent graduates in all fields of the history of the life sciences, whose work ranges across all time periods, the opportunity to present their research to experienced colleagues in an encouraging, informal setting. The JAS-Bio has fostered a long tradition of collegiality in the history of biology along the Eastern seaboard, including in the Northeastern United States and in Southeastern Canada. Many of today’s senior participants presented their first academic talks at this unique venue.

The event will be held on SATURDAY, MARCH 30th, 2019 at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. Founded in 1888, the MBL boasts a storied tradition in the history of biology in the U.S. and abroad, having played host to many diverse researchers and groundbreaking discoveries over its 130-year history. The MBL is also an internationally-renowned scientific convening space, drawing thousands of investigators to scenic Cape Cod annually to participate in its dynamic meetings and cutting-edge coursework. The 54th Annual JAS-Bio on Saturday, March 30th will be followed by a festive dinner.

We highly recommend planning to stay for the morning of Sunday, March 31st, when several members of the JAS-Bio community will lead a workshop on digital methods in the history of science. This event is in response to the great interest that many in the community showed at the JAS-Bio 2018 in Princeton. Please stay tuned as well for news of this and any additional events.

For those wishing to present at the conference, ABSTRACTS OF 300 WORDS OR LESS should be e-mailed BOTH to AND in PDF or .doc format by no later than FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019. Each abstract should contain a title, author name and affiliation, and a reliable e-mail address. The program and a more detailed schedule of events will be announced in mid-February.

Registration is free for all participants. Free housing will also be provided for graduate students and presenters. Travel funding is available on an as-needed basis, so please indicate when you register for the conference whether you will be seeking funding to cover your travel costs. Presenters and graduate students will be given priority for travel funding, especially if they indicate that they plan to stay for the digital history workshop on Sunday morning. A conference website, along with mechanisms for registration for all associated activities, communication of food allergies or other special requirements, and housing requests for MBL’s Swope Conference Center, are all forthcoming. For more information about JAS-Bio’s history, see Mary P. Winsor, Isis 90, no. S2 (1999): S219-S225.

The primary sponsors of the 2019 event are the Marine Biological Laboratory, courtesy of funding from the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Center for Biology and Society at Arizona State University. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are greatly looking forward to hosting you in Woods Hole!

Happy Holidays,

The Organizing Committee

Kate MacCord (
Kathryn Maxson Jones (

Call for papers

Deadline: January 18, 2019

Posted: November 27, 2018