2011 HSS Annual Meeting


2011 HSS Annual Meeting
Cleveland, Ohio
3-6 November 2011


The 2011 History of Science Society meeting will be held on November 3-6, 2011 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, in the heart of downtown Cleveland.

Business Meeting

The HSS Business Meeting will be held on Sunday morning, 9:00 – 10:00, in Shucker’s on the 1st floor of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

The agenda may be downloaded here.

The minutes of the 2010 Business Meeting are here.

Committee reports can be found here.

The treasurer’s report can be found here.

Meeting Registration

Online meeting registration is now closed. All meeting registrations at this point must be done on-site. The registration desk will be in the Gold Assembly area on the 3rd floor of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel.

Registration for the HSS, SHOT, or 4S conference entitles the registrant to attend any of the regular sessions for all three meetings; programs will be posted at the conference sites for ease of reference.

Please note that tickets (US$10 each) to the joint opening reception at the Great Lakes Science Center on Thursday evening (3 November) must be purchased separately from registration.

Everyone who appears on the HSS program must register for the HSS conference. For those appearing on both the HSS and SHOT programs, you must pay regular registration (at the full or student rate) to your primary group (HSS or

SHOT) and then pay an additional US$50 to the secondary group to cover administrative costs, a/v rental, a copy of the printed program for that conference, and other conference-related expenses. For those appearing on both the HSS and 4S programs, you must pay the regular registration (at the full or student rate) to 4S, and must pay the $50 administrative registration rate to HSS. Tickets for the HSS dinner on Saturday evening (5
November) are included in all regular HSS registrations, although a ticket must be requested; it is not included in the exhibitor or the administrative registration. Additional tickets may be purchased separately on the HSS site.

Not currently a member? You can join the HSS for 2012 at a 15% discount – simply click here to go to the society’s membership. Click on the “Join Now” link and at checkout, enter the promo code HSSPRG. Joining for 2012 will still entitle you to member registration for the meeting, a 15% savings. Please note that this offer is not valid for student memberships.

Onsite registration rates are:

Member $200 Non-Member $240
Student Member $100 Student Non-Member $110
Low-Income $130 Single-Day $80

Co-Located Meetings: SHOT and 4S

The History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting will be co-located with the meetings of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). The SHOT meeting will be held at the Marriott Key Center, while 4S will be located at the Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel.

Information for the SHOT Meeting can be found here, and the preliminary program is here.

Information for the 4S Meeting can be found here, and the preliminary program is here.

Your meeting registration will permit you to attend sessions at any of the three meetings. Buses will run between the meeting hotels, although you can also traverse the distance on foot quite easily.

If you are presenting at more than one meeting, you will need to register for each of the meetings. Please see the meeting pages of the relevant societies for more details. Click here for registration information for the HSS.

Meeting Extras

In addition to the regular meeting activities, there are several other events and extras that you can include with your registration. These include:

  • The Joint Reception on Thursday night at the Great Lakes Science Center
  • The Women’s Caucus Breakfast
  • The History of Chemistry Breakfast
  • Extra tickets for the Saturday night dinner
  • HSS mugs

Local Attractions and Activities

The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is within walking distance of both the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The Greater Cleveland Aquarium is scheduled to open in fall 2011 and can also be reached on foot. You can also hop on the Healthline transit system and ride 20 minutes to the University Circle area, home of Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Clinic, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. University Circle is also home to the Cleveland Orchestra, one of the preeminent orchestras in the United States.

A restaurant guide assembled by Alan Rocke of Case Western Reserve University and the Meeting Local Arrangements Committee can be downloaded here.

You can download and view an essay on Cleveland’s museums and other sights, written by Molly Berger and Virginia Dawson, here.

The April 2011 issue of Smithsonian Magazine includes a very nice article entitled “Cleveland’s Signs of Renewal” on the city and its resilience. You can find it here.

A welcoming letter to the History of Science Society from Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland, can be found here.

Tours and Special Activities

The Society for the History of Technology has made special arrangements for several tour and other activities before and during the meeting in Cleveland, including a steel mill, Cleveland’s historic bridges, an architectural walking tour, the Dittrick Medical History Center and Museum, and the Great Lakes Brewing company. HSS meeting attendees are invited to participate – please go here for more information and to sign up for an activity.

SHOT prides itself on being open and welcoming to graduate students.  On Friday, 4 November from 7 to 8.30am, currently-enrolled graduate students are cordially invited to breakfast and to meet the Society’s officers.  Students from all three societies–SHOT, HSS, and 4S–are welcome to attend this free event.  This continental breakfast will offer graduate students a chance to meet each other, learn about SHOT programs (including prizes and fellowships), and find out about SHOT’s journal, Technology and Culture.  This breakfast is free, but you must register in advance in order to attend.  If you wish to attend, please email info@hssonline.org no later than 24 October.

Molly W. Berger, SHOT member, Instructor of History at Case Western Reserve University, and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be offering a behind the scenes tour of the Renaissance Hotel featuring the history and building of the 1918 historic hotel and its role as a first step in the development of the Terminal Tower complex. Tour participants can purchase Professor Berger’s new book, Hotel Dreams: Luxury, Technology, and Urban Ambition in America, 1829-1929, for $30.00, tax included, (a discount of 50%) on site from the Johns Hopkins University Press. This offer is good for anyone who signs up for the tour and applies to shipped orders as well as taken books. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday November 5.  The tour begins at 10:30 a.m., Saturday November 5.  Participants may sign up at the Johns Hopkins University Press tables in the Renaissance book exhibit hall any time before then, and should assemble there just prior to tour’s start.

Meeting Program

The condensed meeting program for the 2011 HSS Annual Meeting can be downloaded here. The full program will be posted after the meeting. Please contact the Executive Office at info@hssonline.org if there are any errors. Please note that the awards section of the program has been removed.

You can download session and paper abstracts here.

The preliminary program for the SHOT meeting can be found here.

The preliminary program for the 4S meeting can be found here.

Meeting Hotel Information

The 2011 HSS Annual Meeting will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, 24 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44113.

Tel: (216) 696-5600

Fax: (216) 696-0432

Reservations can be made online here. Please use the same link to confirm your reservation. If you prefer to make your hotel reservations over the phone, you may call 1-800-266-9432.

Rooms for the Meeting are $139/night for single- and double-occupancy. Taxes will bring the total to roughly $162. There will be a $20 charge per person for a third and fourth occupant. To receive the conference rate, you must reserve your room no later than 10 October 2011.

There will be a block of rooms reserved for graduate students at a rate of $99 (roughly $115 after taxes). These rooms can only be reserved by HSS student members until 31 August. They will be available to any graduate students beginning on 1 September. The graduate student room block is currently full. If you would like to place your name on a waiting list, please contact the Executive Office of the HSS by phone (574-631-1194) or email (info@hssonline.org). You should still reserve a regular hotel room if your name is on the waiting list. Graduate students can also check out the Roommate Finder on the GECC website. Please note that this is provided for informational purposes only; be sure to consider potential roommates carefully.

The Renaissance Cleveland Hotel is part of Marriott hotels, and Marriott Rewards members will receive free internet.

For the hotel website and information on the surrounding area, maps, directions and hotel services, go here.

Traveling to Cleveland


Cleveland is served by Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), which is about 12 miles away from the meeting hotel. The airport is a hub for Continental Airlines, and Continental is providing a discount for air travel, detailed below.

To get to the hotel from the airport, a taxi will take about 20 minutes and cost about $20. The Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Red Line train, however, costs only $2.25 and will drop you off in Tower City Center, which connects to the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The ride takes about 30 minutes, and the train can be boarded inside the airport. RTA schedules can be found online.


The Cleveland Lakefront Station is serviced by Amtrak. It is located at 200 Cleveland Memorial Shoreway. Trains arrive from both the east and the west, and reservations can be made at www.amtrak.com. The station is about a 10 minute walk from the hotel.


Cleveland can be reached via Interstates 71, 77, 80, or 90.

Discount Agreement with Continental Airlines

Continental Airlines has agreed to provide discounts to HSS meeting attendees. The discounts range from 2-10% off the price of the ticket, plus an additional 3% discount if the tickets are booked on Continental’s website. Please use the offer code ZK9Y803338 when booking. If you are using a travel agent, please use the following codes: Z-Code ZK9Y, Agreement Code 803338. You will still get the ticket discount, although there may be other fees.

Publisher and Book Exhibitor Information

The book exhibit will be hosted at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, site of the History of Science Society Meeting. The publisher’s brochure, which includes information regarding book exhibits, packet inserts and advertising can be downloaded here. Please email info@hssonline.org with any inquiries.

Please click on the appropriate link to view the guidelines for the Book Exhibit, the Collective Book Exhibit, or the Packet Inserts.

Travel Grants from the National Science Foundation

Travel grant reimbursement forms can be downloaded here.

As in past years, the History of Science Society has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help fund travel to meeting participants who are graduate students, independent scholars or recent PhDs. These grants can be used for travel to and from the meeting as well as registration costs. Unlike in past years, only U.S. citizens and individuals at U.S. institutions are eligible. Applications for travel grants are no longer being accepted.

Future History of Science Society Meetings

  • 11-14 July 2012 British-North American Conference (hosted by the HSS)Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 15-18 November 2012 (joint meeting with the PSA)San Diego, California
  • 21-24 November 2013 (100th anniversary of Isis)Boston, Massachusetts

Previous Meetings

  • 4-7 November 2010 Montreal, QC
  • 19-22 November 2009 Phoenix, AZ