CFP: Science and Technology Across Borders

November 6-8, 2015, York University in Toronto

Call for papers

The 2015 CSTHA biennial conference will be held November 6 to 8 at York University in Toronto. The Program Committee invites papers addressing this year’s conference theme:”Science and Technology Across Borders”. We also invite papers all on subjects relating to the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada.

Science and technology have long been used to imagine, draw, enforce, and naturalize borders of all kinds — between areas of knowledge, between subjects and objects, between nature and machine, between bodies and their environments, nations, and regions. But over their history, those enterprises have also challenged and destabilized boundaries. From the Humboldtian sciences of the 19th century and the geophysical sciences of the Cold War, to nuclear proliferation, artificial intelligence and the hybrids of cybernetics, science and technology have repeatedly pointed to the instability and permeability of the very borders they help create.

We welcome proposals for both individual and thematic sessions, in English and/or French, on any topic related to the history of Canadian science and technology. We particularly encourage papers addressing this year’s theme of “Science and Technology Across Borders.” Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • cross-border exchanges and flows
  • infrastructure
  • nations, regions, and technoscientific systems
  • technological identities and sovereignties
  • quantification and its objects
  • invisible boundaries and borders

Individual proposals must include a title, an abstract of about 150 words, and a short resume for the presenter(s). Session proposals must include a title, a brief summary of the theme, titles and abstracts for each paper, and a short resume of each speaker. Posters can also be presented and will be available for the duration of the conference. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2015. York University is Canada’s third largest university. Located in the north of the City of Toronto, it is home to both undergraduate and graduate programs in Science and Technology Studies (

Please see for information on submitting papers or registration. Presenters at this conference must be members of CSTHA. To become a member or to renew your membership, visit If you have any questions, please email Dorotea Gucciardo, CSTHA Secretary, at

Deadline: June 30, 2015

Posted: May 14, 2015