CFP: The 1st IU Graduate Student Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

March 11-12, 2016, Indiana University Bloomington

Call for papers

The Indiana University Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine and HPS Graduate Students Association are calling for submissions from graduate students working on topics relating to the history and/or philosophy of science for its first graduate student conference in the spring of 2016. Submissions are welcome on a breadth of historical or philosophic topics in the sciences. This conference is intended to be an opportunity for graduate students to share their work, make connections, and receive feedback from peers and faculty in a congenial environment. The anticipated schedule is for 30-minute student presentations, followed by a 10-minute response by a student commentator, and 15-20 minutes for follow-up questions and discussion. There will also be a poster session reception intended to facilitate discussion, particularly suited to works in their early stages of progress, ideas on new methodologies or tools in HPS, or novel ways of extending HPS into the public sphere.


Please submit papers or extended outlines suitable for a 30-minute talk, or an abstract or description (~250 words) of a topic for a poster. Dual submissions for talks and posters (on related or unrelated topics) are allowed. E-mail submissions to on or before December 1, 2015. Acceptances will be sent out in mid-January.

Conference Time & Place

March 11-12 (half-day Friday and full-day Saturday), 2016, on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.


The conference committee is pleased to have alumna Alice Domurat Dreger as our keynote speaker and featured faculty guest for the conference. Dreger is a historian of medicine, bioethicist, and social activist who has held faculty positions in medicine, bioethics, and science studies at Northwestern University, Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota. Her work includes the history and ethics of prenatal hormonal therapy, issues in academic freedom and activism, and advocacy for patients with atypical and socially unaccepted bodies. Visit her personal website for additional information:

Lodging and Logistics

Funding is not available to cover travel expenses, but we will facilitate lodging for student presenters with graduate student hosts here in town on a first-come, first-served basis. Hotels in Bloomington are also quite reasonably priced, and we’ll be glad to provide recommendations for those who wish to make their own arrangements.

For questions or further details, please contact us at or see our website at

Deadline: December 1, 2015

Posted: September 15, 2015