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Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Winter 1999, Volume 12, Number 1 
Executive Editors: John Hultberg, Merle Jacob, Managing Editor: Jongwon Park
Contents

Editorial
4S Annual Meeting: San Diego, CA, October 28-31, 1999
 Calls for Papers
Workshops and Conferences
Program Announcement
Grants and Fellowship
Positions
Publications
Electronic Communications
General Announcement
Fieldnotes: The Functional Integration of the "Science Wars" in STS by Tomas Hellstrom
Conference Reports: "STS Meets Environmental Studies: A Report on the 1998 Annual Meeting" by Gary Bowden


EDITORIAL

Welcome to a New Year and yet another issue of Technoscience. This issue straddles the Halifax (see report in this issue) and San Diego meetings. Since the last issue of Technoscience, EASST also had its meeting in Lisbon. Unfortunately, we have no written report from Lisbon but we were both there and are happy to report it went well.

The upcoming San Diego meeting is something to look forward to and all indications show that the programme committee has got off to an early start. Other newsworthy events include the fact that Merle Jacob and myself will be leaving the editorship of Technoscience after the San Diego meeting. The search for a new editorial team is underway and we are happy to report that there are some applicants for the position.

With the ushering in of 1999, one’s thoughts are likely to drift every once in a while to the fact that we are on the verge of a new millennium. What does this mean for science studies in general and for Technoscience in particular? For science studies, it is nearly three decades since the publication of the second edition of Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions and the beginning of the "social turn" in science studies. So what has happened? The initial simple yet bold hypothesis of socially, situated knowledge production has evolved into an intellectual mosaic in which one finds the strong programs, ethnomethodologies, reflexivities, second voices, actor-networks. The question is ‘what now?’ How will/should science studies develop in the next millennium? Perhaps the Mullins prize for the year 2000 should set this as the question for doctoral students to ponder. It’s not an original idea but it might be seen as a good way to call case study timeout.

From the perspective of the editorial chair of Technoscience, there is no need for any Mullins prize to portend or ponder visions of the future. We have the good fortune of having few resources, while this limits the range of material choices open to us, it sets few limits on our creativity. Our future vision is for a Technoscience that embodies the following values: agility (adapting to the society’s growing needs, setting new trends), dependability, resourcefulness and open debate. With this in mind, we invite you all to delve into this issue’s offering.

You can contact us at:

John Hultberg, Associate Professor, College of Health and Caring Sciences, Medical Faculty, Gšteborg University, Box 411, S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden, Tel: 46-31-7735788, Fax: 46-31-7735723 Web: http://viktor.ufhs.gu.se/john E-mail: john.hultberg@ufhs.gu.se

Merle Jacob, Research Fellow, Department of Theory of Science and Research, Gšteborgs University, PO Box 200, 405 30 Gšteborg, SWEDEN, Tel: 46-31-773-1920 Fax: 46-31-773-4723 E-mail: biosphere@vest.gu.se Opinion pieces, conference reports, ideas for debates, and critical commentaries should be sent to us directly.

More routine announcements should be sent to the managing editor,
Jongwon Park
, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345, USA. Fax:404-894-9372 . E-Mail: Technoscience@mgt-sun2.iac.gatech.edu

As you will see on the back of this issue, it is now possible for non-US residents with a VISA credit card to apply for membership to 4S by e-mail. It is also the address that members should use to make inquiries about their subscriptions and notify the society about changes of address: acadsvc@aol.com Subscribers to 4S automatically receive Technoscience (3/yr) and the society journal, Science, Technology & Human Values (4/yr).

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Society for Social Studies of Science

Annual Meeting

San Diego, CA
October 28-31, 1999
Abstract Deadline: March 1, 1999

Conference Webpage: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jlc

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) will be holding its 1999 Annual Meeting October 28-31, in San Diego, CA. The Program Committee is inviting contributions which seek to expand understanding of science and technology from interdisciplinary perspectives. We are interested in new works from diverse positions, whether they are empirical, theoretical, critical, policy-oriented, or from sociological, anthropological, feminist, cultural studies, educational, historical, philosophical or other perspectives.

The thematic streams planned for the program are: STS and its Publics (including science and technology policy, research assessment, science/technology journalism, scientometrics, science and social movements, public understandings of science, and other related topics); Education; Environment; Health and Medicine; Theory and Methodology; Technology Studies (material culture studies, industrial innovation, technology policy, history of technology, design theory and practice, and so on); Studies of the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities; Disciplines and Instruments (work, occupations, scientific instruments, and discipline formation); as well as general open submissions.

Council and prize committee meetings are scheduled for Wednesday October 27. Program sessions will begin Thursday. Panels will be composed of four or five speakers with maximum twenty minute presentations. Individual papers or pre-organized sessions are welcome.

Program Information, Submission Instructions and Hotel Information are available at: http://www.u.arizona.edu/~jlc or by contacting the addresses at the bottom of this message.

Submissions of a 250 word abstract should be directed to the address below, and include the abstract cover sheet and deposit. The deadline for abstracts is March 1, 1999.

For more information, contact the Program Chair or other members of the program committee:

  • Environment Gary Bowden, University of New Brunswick, glb@unb.ca
  • STS and its Publics Yuko Fujigaki, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy, Japan, fujigaki@nistep.go.jp
  • Local Arrangements & Conference Management: Paul Baltes, Engineering Professional Development, University of Arizona, epd@engr.arizona.edu

Send abstracts, abstract deposit or preregistration, and abstract cover sheet to: Engineering Professional Development The University of Arizona 1224 N. Vine Avenue Tucson, AZ 85719-4552 phone: 520-621-3054 fax: 520-621-1443 email: epd@engr.arizona.edu

 


CALL FOR PAPERS

CALL FOR PAPERS -- SHOT ANNUAL MEETING 1999 IN DETROIT. The Society for the History of Technology will hold its next annual meeting in Detroit, Michigan, October 7-10, 1999. The program committee invites proposals for individual papers and sessions on topics related to all aspects of the history of technology. Proposals that deal with the historiography and methodology of history of technology are encouraged. Send completed proposals (in triplicate), bearing a post-mark or equivalent indication of submission date, by March 15, 1999 to Dr. Hans Weinberger, SHOT Program Chair, Dept of History of Science and Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden. Tel: +46 8 790 87 99; fax: +46 8 24 62 63; email: hans@tekhist.kth.se

"HOPOS 2000": THIRD INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE CONFERENCE The History of Philosophy of Science Group (HOPOS)/ Institute Vienna Circle (IVC) Vienna (Austria), July 6-9, 2000 The History of Philosophy of Science Group (HOPOS) announces its Third International Conference to be held in conjunction with the Institute Vienna Circle (IVC) in Vienna from July 6th to July 9th, 2000. Contributions to the history of philosophy of science from all time periods and from all scholarly approaches are invited. Michael Heidelberger (Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin), Friedrich Stadler (Universitaet Wien and IVC) Address inquiries to: Institute Vienna Circle, Museumstrasse 5/2/17, A-1070 Wien, Austria. Tel./Fax.: +431-526-1005 Email: i_v_c@ping.at http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos/index.html http://hhobel.phl.univie.ac.at/wk

The American Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (AARST), an affiliate of the National Communication organization (NCA), sponsors panels at the annual NCA conference, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, on November 4 to 7, 1999. AARST invites submission of programs and paper proposals to cover any area of rhetoric of science, including the rhetorical analysis of science policy debates, the analysis of scientific texts, the transfer of scientific rhetoric into literary or other contexts, and the rhetorical impact of popular representations of science. While there is no need to join NCA in order to give a panel or paper, favorable hotel rates and airfares may make membership desirable for participants. Program proposals should include a rationale for the program, abstracts of papers to be featured, and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of participants. Submissions must be postmarked February 15, 1999 and should be sent to Alan G. Gross, Department of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108. While email or fax submissions are not acceptable, for inquiries you make contact Alan Gross at grossalang@aol.com .

1st IEEE Conference on Standardisation and Innovation in Information Technology SIIT '99 Aachen, Germany September 15-17, 1999 http://www-i4.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/~jakobs/siit99/home.html To be innovative is crucial in today's increasingly competitive environment. This holds particularly for the deployment and utilisation of IT systems and applications, and it holds at both the corporate and the national/international level.Standards, on the other hand, have frequently been accused of hampering progress because of their slow development processes and an alleged lack of responsiveness to market needs. Yet, few large IT systems would ever materialise without them. With an unprecedented such system - the Global Information Infrastructure - on the horizon it is about time to study both innovation and standardisation processes, as well as - particularly - their interrelation. The conference aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners from the normally separated disciplines of telecommunications, technology studies, economics, business studies, management sciences, politics, and computer science, as well as IT users. Papers that address issues relating to standardisation and/or innovation in IT, with an emphasis on the 'and', are solicited. Send a Postscript version or a PDF version of your paper either via ftp to ftp-i4.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/pub/incoming or as a MIME-encoded e-mail attachment to Kai.Jakobs@i4.informatik.rwth-aachen.de . Only if these options fail should hardcopies (4) of a paper be sent to Kai Jakobs; RWTH Aachen; Informatik IV; Ahornstr. 55; D-52074 Aachen; Germany. Deadline for Submissions: March 5, 1999

Re-Organizing Knowledge: Transforming Institutions Knowing, Knowledge and the University in the XXI Century, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Amherst, Massachusetts USA September 17-19, 1999. An international, interdisciplinary conference sponsored by The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (USA), in conjunction with The University of Lancaster (UK) and The University of Warwick (UK) Organization: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory and Society Call for Abstracts Deadline extended: April 25, 1999 Does the university as a "house of knowledge" have a future? Is it an institution in the process of transforming its identity ("entrepreneurial" and "market driven") or an institution soon to be extinct? Should the house of knowledge be re-organized, or should a house of knowledge exist at all? The conference brings together scholars from around the world interested in exploring shifting social and organizational re-arrangement now underway, as contests of meaning over "knowledge," and its production, ownership, dissemination, and consumption continue. Issues to explore include, among others: Interested scholars are invited to send abstracts of 800-1000 words by April 25, 1999, via email if possible. For further information and submissions contact: Marta B. Calas and Linda Smircich, Editors marta@mgmt.umass.edu / smircich@mgmt.umass.edu Organization ‹Editorial office for the Americas Department of Management, School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, MA 0l003 USA. Check the website for more information http://www.som.umass.edu/som/resource/projects/conference/

Dr. J. Nadine Gelberg is guest editing a special issue of Research in Philosophy and Technology on "Sport Technology: History, Philosophy, and Policy." Papers are welcome exploring a variety of themes, including but not limited to - the ways technology has or can shape sports - interactions between sports equipment and different types of athletes - how technology can alter the meaning of a sport - technology policy in sport, Research in Philosophy and Technology is a refereed, annual series, established in 1978 and indexed in the standard social science and humanities indices. The current general editor is Carl Mitcham. Submissions for the special issue on "Sport Technology: History, Philosophy, and Policy" (double-spaced, in triplicate, and with the author's name on a separate cover page) should be sent by November 1, 1999 to Dr. J. Nadine Gelberg, Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Liberal Arts, 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604, Email inquiries can be directed to njggsm@rit.edu

The 5th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (HPSST) CONFERENCE, PAVIA & LAKE COMO, SEPTEMBER 15-19, 1999 The conference will be held at the Alessandro Volta Centre on Lake Como at the base of the Italian Alps. There will be presentations by distinguished historians, philosophers, scientists and science educators. One day of the conference will be held at the University of Pavia which is celebrating the 200th anniversary of Volta's construction of the battery, Volta being at the time professor of physics in Pavia. Registration fee (USD200) payable by July 1st, 1999 (USD230 thereafter). Early registration is important in order to secure hotel accommodation. Final date for paper submission, May 1st 1999. For details, and paper submissions, contact: Dr Enrico Antonio Giannetto, Dipartimento di Fisica 'A.Volta', Universita di Pavia, Via A. Bassi 6, 27100 Pavia, ITALY email: volta99@pv.infn.it web page: www.cilea.it/volta99

The Society for Indian Philosophy & Religion will hold an International Interdisciplinary Conference in Calcutta 1-4 August, 2000. The Conference theme is Language, Thought and Reality: Science, Religion and Philosophy. The theme can be addressed critically, reflectively and creatively by the philosophical, religious and scientific traditions of the World's great civilizations. The program will include plenary addresses, volunteered papers, invited papers and panel discussions. Registered participants who are members of professional associations or societies are encouraged to submit proposals for holding meetings in the conference on behalf of their associations or societies. The organizers are committed to upholding the highest academic standards with emphasis on the exchange of ideas and face to face dialogues among thinkers drawn from a wide range of the world's cultural traditions and movements. We welcome your participation and suggestion. If you would like to contribute a paper to this event please send an abstract of about 150 words to: Dr. Chandana Chakrabarti Elon College Campus Box 2336 Elon College, N.C. 27244, USA. E-mail chakraba@numen.elon.edu . Phone (336) 538-2705, Fax (336) 538-2627. Deadline for proposals is April l, l999.

'Philosophical Issues in Evolutionary Theory', a one-day Graduate Conference on the Philosophy of Mind, World and Knowledge, hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Reading, will take place on Saturday, 6th March 1999. Professor Henry Plotkin, of University College London, will be the guest speaker, and will give a paper entitled 'The significance of evolutionary theory for understanding human intelligence and culture'. Interested graduate students are invited to submit papers, which will be assessed by members of Readings Department of Philosophy. (Abstracts will not be sufficient.) Papers should not take more than 20-25 minutes to read aloud, and should therefore be no longer than eight double-spaced pages. (Papers longer than this may be returned unread). They should be sent to: Postgraduate Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading, Reading RG6 2AA, to arrive by Monday February 8th. Those who wish to attend, but not to submit papers, should notify Mrs. Jean Britland, Graduate Secretary, at the above address by 4th March; or phone 0118 9318325, fax 0118 9328295 or e-mail j.a.britland@reading.ac.uk . Department of Philosophy University of Reading

Women and Technology: Historical, Societal and Professional Perspectives IEEE-SSIT 1999 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS`99) **Revised Date** July 29-31, 1999 Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey The roles of women in technology are more diverse, controversial, and important today than ever before. Historically, women's involvement in the creation, manufacture, and use of new technologies has been seriously neglected. Even today, the public has an understanding of society that usually treats women as "technological illiterates" with little stake in any aspect of new technologies. Submit a one page abstract for a paper or poster, or a proposal for a paper session or panel discussion to the Co-Chairs at email: David Morton, Research Historian, IEEE History Center: d.morton@ieee.org , or April Brown, Associate Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology: april.brown@ee.gatech.edu Mail: David Morton, IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, 39 Union St., New Brunswick, NJ 08904, or April Brown, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia 30332. Deadlines: Proposals for Sessions: January 1999. Abstracts of individual papers: March 1, 1999. Notification of Acceptance: April 15, 1999. Manuscripts for the Conference Proceedings: June 1, 1999. Co-Sponsors: IEEE Society for the Social Implications of Technology, IEEE History Center, IEEE Committee on Women in Engineering Cooperating Institutions: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey For updates, visit http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/j/jherkert/ist99cfp.html

The Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, announces the 13th event in the series of annual International Symposia LOGICA '99, to be held at Liblice Chateau (Central Bohemia), 22th - 25th June, 1999. Since 1987 the LOGICA Symposia have become an interdisciplinary platform for discussion on all aspects of logic among both internationally renowned scholars and young researchers. Contributions devoted to any of the wide range of logical problems are welcome except those focused on specialised technical applications. Particularly welcome are contributions that cover the issues interesting both for 'philosophically' and for 'mathematically' oriented logicians. The official language of the symposium is English. Among invited speakers are: Johan van Benthem (Amsterdam), Rohit Parikh (New York), Stewart Shapiro (Columbus). If you are interested in reading a paper at the symposium, please send us a two-page abstract of the paper accompanied by a separate sheet with your name, contact address, and affiliation to the address below by February 28, 1999. The fee amounts to US$ 250 for participants or US$ 200 for accompanying persons (volume not included). For up-to-date information visit: www.flu.cas.cz/logica/l99cfpgraf.htm Please direct all correspondence concerning the symposium to logica@mbox.cesnet.cz or to Petr Kol‡r, Vladim’r Svoboda Institute of Philosophy, ASCR Jilsk‡ 1 110 00 Praha 1 Czech Republic fax: +4202/242-202-57

INCOMMENSURABILITY (AND RELATED MATTERS) Conference to be held at the University of Hanover (Germany) 13-16 June 1999 Conference language: English Conference website: http://sun1.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/zeww/inc.conf.html This is the second call for contributed papers for the conference `Incommensurability (and related matters)' to be hosted by the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science of the University of Hanover, 13-16 June, 1999. Papers may address various topics related to the issue of the incommensurability of scientific theories. For a list of suggested topics, please consult the conference webpage. To offer a paper, submit an abstract of 2-4 pages in electronic form to Paul Hoyningen-Huene hoyningen@mbox.ww.uni-hannover.de , with a copy to Howard Sankey h.sankey@hps.unimelb.edu.au . Abstracts may also be submitted by fax (+49-511-762-4799) or by conventional mail to: Prof. Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Universitat Hannover, ZE fur Wissenschaftstheorie und Wissenschaftsethik, Oeltzenstr. 9, D-30169 Hannover, Germany. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 28, 1999. Please visit the conference webpage at the homepage of the Center for Philosophy and Ethics of Science at the University of Hanover: http://sun1.rrzn.uni-hannover.de/zeww/inc.conf.html For further information, contact: either Paul Hoyningen-Huene hoyningen@mbox.ww.uni-hannover.de or Howard Sankey h.sankey@hps.unimelb.edu.au .

TWO NEW MONIST CALLS FOR PAPERS

October 2001, Physics Before Newton, Deadline for submissions: October 2000, Advisory Editor: Karl Schuhmann (Utrecht). This issue of The Monist will deal with the theories of physics which were dominant in the centuries before Newton’s Principia.

January 2002, The Philosophy of Biology, Deadline for submissions: January 2000 Advisory Editor: Kim Sterelny (Wellington, New Zealand; e-mail: kim.sterelny@vuw.ac.nz Since the mid-1980’s there has been an explosion of interest in philosophy of biology. What is an ecological community? Does individual development consist of the execution of a genetic program? Contributions are solicited on the conceptual aspects of questions of this kind; especially contributions which extend the range of philosophy of biology from its heartland in evolutionary theory. Further information is available from the Monist website: http://wings.buffalo.edu/philosophy/Publications/Monet/

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE FUTURE This call is for a special issue of FUTURES: THE JOURNAL OF FORECASTING, PLANNING AND POLICY. Futures is a multidisciplinary journal published by Pergamon, which over the last 30 years has been in the forefront of future studies. The journal is currently indexed and abstracted by 25 services in many disciplines and countries. For more information, see http://www.elsevier.nl/locate/futures/ . Papers for this special issue will be peer reviewed, but a wide range of topics and approaches are invited on the following: Philosophical and methodological issues surrounding the history of the future, and their value for more traditional forms of scholarship and policy analysis Critiques and surveys of efforts to write histories of the future First-order examples of histories of the future By 'the history of the future', I mean to cover a broad range of genres, including: How the future looks from the present (dystopian, utopian scenarios) How the present will look to the future (Whig and Tory scenarios) Historical counterfactual scenarios, which are often captured by time travel: what if past figures returned to the present (and the past will be changed?) what if present figures returned to the past (and the future was changed?) There is a 5000 word limit and the deadline is 31 March 1999. The journal format favours endnotes over a reference list. Initial inquiries should include a 100-200 word abstract of the proposed article. Please make contact for this special issue with Steve Fuller at steve.fuller@durham.ac.uk

CALL FOR PAPERS: FOOD AND DRINK IN CONSUMER SOCIETIES A conference at the Hagley Museum and Library, November 12, 1999 Food and drink have formed perennial, if at times exceptional, sources of research and insight on cultural patterns in consumer societies. For a conference on November 12, 1999, the Hagley Museum and Library invites proposals for papers on the production, distribution, and use of food and drink within market economies since 1850. We are especially interested in essays which consider how food or drink studies can influence our understanding of modern consumer societies, much as material culture studies already have done. Sidney Mintz (Johns Hopkins University) will deliver the conference's keynote address. Paper proposals are due by April 1, 1999 and should include an abstract of no more than 500 words and a brief c.v. Funds may be available to support travel to the conference by speakers. Please direct proposals and queries to: Dr. Roger Horowitz, Associate Director, Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society Hagley Museum and Library, PO Box 3630, Wilmington, DE 19807, email: rh@udel.edu ; direct fax: 302-655-3188

REGIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS IN EUROPE, NECSTS-99 CONFERENCE, FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT, Network of European Centres in Science and Technology Studies Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain, 30 September - 2 October 1999 In recent years there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of the regional level for the definition and implementation of innovation strategies in Europe. Regional governments are the decision level closest to economic and research actors and in many cases they have acquired competences in innovation policy. The aim of this conference is to analyze and explain regional experiences of technological innovation in Europe, from the point of view of the generation of innovation capacities, science and technology policies, cultural aspects, and learning processes. There will be about 11 invited speakers. Speakers invited so far include Philip Cooke (Cardiff), Charles Edquist (Linkoping), Mikel Landabaso (Brussels), Loet Leydesdorff (Amsterdam), Slavo Radosevic (Sussex), Arie Rip (Twente) and Michael Storper (Los Angeles and Paris). The deadline for submission of 3-4 page abstracts of contributed papers (in English) is June 10, 1999. Each abstract will be sent to at least two referees from the Programme Committee. Notification of acceptance: by July 30, 1999. Abstracts submitted by e-mail will not be accepted. Please send 3 copies of your abstract to this address: NECSTS'99, ILCLI, UPV-EHU, Villa Asuncion, Avda. Jose Elosegi 275, 20015 San Sebastian, Spain. Authors must include their complete address (including their e-mail address). For further information please contact Mikel Olazaran, e-mail: cipolrom@lg.ehu.es

The Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) is soliciting submissions for a theme issue on the topic of Technology and Place to be co-edited by Kenneth Frampton of Columbia University and Steven Moore of the University of Texas at Austin. The editors propose that technological choices are always political choices that influence material conditions and social settings. We seek contributions that investigate how choices of material and technique in architecture influence the social construction of places. For example, authors might investigate the political content of local and/or globalized construction practices, the philosophical relation between technological means and aesthetic ends, or the social and environmental impacts of specific construction practices. In addition to architects and landscape architects, submissions by science and technology studies scholars, geographers, and philosophers are encouraged. All inquiries should be directed to Prof. Steven Moore, School of Architecture, Goldsmith Hall, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas 78712-1160; Tel. 512.471.0184 or e-mail, samoore@mail.utexas.edu. Submissions should conform to the "Guidelines for JAE Authors," as published in JAE 52/1 (September 1998):64, and be received prior to August 1, 1999 by the managing editor, Howard Smith at POBox 29276, Los Angeles, CA 90029-0276; e-mail hsmith@usc.edu.

Technical University of Gdansk announces the preliminary call for papers for an international conference on Preservation of the Engineering Heritage-Gdansk Outlook 2000. The conference will be held September 7-10, 1999. The main objective of the International Conference PEH-DO 2000 is to gather the relevant specialists in order to achieve an interdisciplinary overview of current research and to explore the benefits of conserving the engineering heritage for the benefit of present and future generations. All activities will be conducted in English. Participants wishing to present a paper are invited to submit an abstract in English of no more than 500 words. Three camera ready copies of this abstract and the relevant diskette, prepared in accordance with instructions, should be submitted by March 30, 1999 (extended from Dec 31). Detailed information about registration will be given in the final invitation. More information can be found at http://www.pg.gda.pl/~pehgo2000/ or from Waldemar Affelt at affew@pg.gda.pl

SCIENCE IN THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY PERIODICAL, AN INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ORGANIZED BY THE SciPer PROJECT, 10-12 APRIL 2000 UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS The collaborative project 'Science in the nineteenth-century periodical' (SciPer), recently launched at the Universities of Sheffield (Centre for Nineteenth-century Studies) and Leeds (Division of History and Philosophy of Science), is designed to identify and analyse representations of science, technology and medicine in the general periodical literature of nineteenth-century Britain. The specific objectives are to publish several volumes of analytical essays on the portayal of science and scientists, and to publish a printed descriptive catalogue and searchable electronic index to the science content of selected periodicals. In addition, it is intended that the project should serve to draw together an interdisciplinary community of scholars with interests in this area, and to this end a series of international conferences is planned. Papers of wide interest and broad scope are invited. We welcome proposals for individual papers or complete sessions of two or three papers. Approximately thirty minutes will be allowed for each paper. We plan to publish a selection of the papers from the conference, for which we have a publisher interested. Abstracts of 200 words should be sent by 1 June 1999 to: Dr. J. R. Topham School of Philosophy University of Leeds LS2 9JT email: j.r.topham@leeds.ac.uk (no file attachments please) tel: 0114-2228484, 0113-2333280 fax: 0114-2228481, 0113-2333265

American Association for the History of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, May 18-21, 2000. The American Association for the History of Medicine welcomes papers on topics related to the history of health and healing; the history of medical ideas, practices and institutions; the history of illness, disease, and public health--from all eras and regions of the world. The program committee welcomes session proposals and proposals for luncheon workshops; as in previous years, the papers for such sessions will be judged on their individual merits. Please send six copies of a one page abstract of no more than 350 words to Harry M. Marks, Dept. of the History of Science, Medicine & Technology, The Johns Hopkins University, 1900 E. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205. Abstracts should not merely state a research question, but describe findings and conclusions sufficient to allow assessment by the program committee. Please also provide the following information: Name, preferred mailing address, work and home telephone numbers, present institutional affiliation and academic degrees. Abstracts must be received by 1 October 1999. E-mail or faxed proposals will not be accepted.

Third European Social Science History Conference Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 12-15 April 2000, The ESSHC aims at bringing together scholars interested in explaining historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences. The conference is characterized by a lively exchange in many small groups, rather than by formal plenary sessions. The Conference welcomes papers and sessions on any topic and any historical period. It is organised in a large number of networks: Africa - Antiquity - Asia - Childhood - Criminal Justice - Culture - Economics - Education - Elites - Ethnicity - Family/Demography - Geography - Government and Politics - Health - Labour - Latin America- Middle Ages - Migration - Nations - Oral History - Political Movements - Quantitative Methods - Religion - Rural - Sexuality - Social inequality - Technology - Theory - Urban - Women/Gender. The Conference fee will be dfl. 300 (at present this is about US $ 150). The deadline for sending in an abstract is 30 April 1999. Further information about the European Social Science History Conference can be obtained from the Conference Internet site at http://www.iisg.nl/ESSHC or from the conference secretariat: European Social Science History Conference 2000, c/o International Institute of Social History, Cruquiusweg 31, 1019 AT Amsterdam, Netherlands; Telephone: +31.20.6685866; Fax: +31.20.6654181 E-mail: ESSHC@iisg.NL

 


WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

Sociality/Materiality: The Status of the Object in Social Science Conference to be held at Brunel University, 9-11 September 1999. Keynote Speakers: Bruno Latour, Rom Harr, Karin Knorr Cetina, Roy Boyne, William Pietz, John Law. The key challenge for this conference is how we can rethink traditional conceptions about the performance of social order and social relations in the face of the newly appreciated impact of material environments and the socialising effect of 'things'. Various new approaches in the anthropology and geography of material culture, in science and technology studies, in the new sociologies of consumption and risk culture, and in art criticism, have pointed towards an understanding of the performative and integrative capacity of 'things' to help make what we call society. By emphasising how much the social is ordered, held, and 'fixed' by the material, these new approaches pose a critical challenge to mainstream social theory, which has only been marginally interested in relationships between humans and nonhumans, culture and nature, or society and technology. The conference organisers can all be contacted at: Dick Pels, Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, If you would like to attend the conference but do not intend giving a paper please write to us and we will put you on our mailing list to receive a booking form. Organising Committee at Brunel University: Dick Pels dick.pels@brunel.ac.uk , Kevin Hetherington kevin.hetherington@brunel.ac.uk , Frederic Vandenberghe f.vandenberghe@brunel.ac.uk .

International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology, 1999 Meeting Wednesday July 7 - Sunday July 11, Oaxaca, Mexico For further information consult the ISHPSSB webpages at http://www.phil.vt.edu/ishpssb/ or Contact Michael Dietrich , Department of Biology, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755. (603) 646-1171; FAX -1347 Michael.Dietrich@Dartmouth.edu

Technology & Identity A Conference at Cornell University April 16-18, 1999, As a theoretical term, identity is being increasingly invoked by analysts in science and technology studies (S&TS) and other fields to order and explain actors' values, interests, practices, and more generally, world-views. As social constructs, heterogeneous assemblages can form, maintain, fragment, and completely transform the identities of collectivities and actors. The graduate students of the Science & Technology Studies Department at Cornell University announce a conference to explore the boundaries of identity, to be held April 16-18, 1999. How are identities constructed and defined? What work do actors achieve by drawing on identity as a resource? In our analyses, what work do we accomplish by using the term "identity" as compared to other theoretical resources? By focusing on the constructed boundaries of identity, including those between other identities, we hope to investigate core questions in S&TS such as how some identities are maintained or how a particular sociotechnical system can support multiple identities. Ken Gergen, Professor of Psychology at Swarthmore College, will deliver the keynote address. Conference information is posted as available at http://www.sts.cornell.edu/TI.html , or contact: Dan Plafcan Abstract Coordinator Science & Technology Studies 726 University Ave., 2nd floor Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14850 E-mail: djp2@cornell.edu

SOCIETY FOR THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 16-18 JULY 1999 MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: IDENTITIES, INTERESTS AND IDEOLOGY The 1999 SSHM Conference, to be held at the Western Infirmary Lecture Suite (Glasgow), will explore the issue of identity and the part it played in making medical professionals and the profession. D'Azeglio's oft-quoted comment upon the role of national identity in nation-building has become a cornerstone of theories of nationalism which see the nation as 'invented', 'imagined' or 'constructed'. How far can similar processes be said to be operating in the making of the medical profession? For further information contact: James Bradley, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 5 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ or email jbradley@arts.gla.ac.uk

THEME SESSION ON HUMAN POTENTIAL AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY AT THE EUROPEAN REGIONAL SCIENCE ASSOCIATION 39TH EUROPEAN CONGRESS DUBLIN, AUGUST 23-27 1999 We are organising a theme session at the forthcoming European Regional Science Association Congress in Dublin 23rd-27th August 1999, on 'Human Potential and the Information Society'. All participants will subsequently need to register for the conference with the ERSA, and unfortunately we cannot provide any support with travel costs or conference fees. For further details on the conference see http://www.ucd.ie/~economic/rsa/index.html The overarching theme of the session is to explore the implications of the Information Society for employment, skills, learning and knowledge, within a regional development framework. For further information, contact: Professor Andrew Gillespie Executive Director Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies University of Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK Tel. +44 (0)191 222 7731 Fax. +44 (0)191 232 9259 Internet: Andy.Gillespie@ncl.ac.uk http://www.ncl.ac.uk/~ncurds/ Neil Pollock Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS), University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU Tel: 0191 2225876 Fax: 0191 2329259

ETHICS IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTER SCIENCE, March 21-24, 1999, Cleveland, Ohio This conference will bring together engineers, engineering educators, engineering managers, ethics officers, and scholars in engineering and computer ethics for a multifaceted exchange. The conference will: 1. Enhance Web resources in ethics that are useful to engineers and scientists. 2. Build on current models of conference collaboration among scholars and teachers to develop new forms of collaboration for building Web resources. 3. Create educational experiences and Web materials that will empower engineering faculty to help their students develop a proficiency in engineering ethics (as required by ABET 2000). For further information, contact: Caroline Whitbeck 11112 Bellflower Rd., Guilford House 203 Case Western Reserve University 10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7119 USA caw9@cwru.edu See the WWW ("Online") Ethics Center for Engineering & Science at http://ethics.cwru.edu for more information.

Conference sponsored by The Science Museum, British Society for the History of Science and the Institute of Contemporary British History 25-26 June 1999 The term 'Defiant Modernism', it is argued, describes well a historical epoch of enormous change as the technologies developed during the Second World War were exploited in war and thereafter adapted for civilian use. The period can be seen as stretching from the Munich crisis of 1938 to the student uprisings of 1968. It saw World War, the Cold War, retreat from Empire, cultural competition between Europe and America, and cycles of economic depression and prosperity. New technologies were developed, such as radar -which underpinned an electronic revolution- and penicillin -which led to a new era of medicine. The computer was born, and nuclear power seemed to offer energy without cost. In the aerospace sector, the jet engine transformed civilian and military aviation whilst rocketry inspired dreams of interplanetary travel. Plastics gave the world a new look. Treatments of the culture of technological innovation in Britain and in other countries will be discussed. Conference organisers: Tim Boon t.boon@nmsi.ac.uk (fax:0171-938-8050). Robert Bud Head of Research (Collections) The Science Museum, London SW7 2DD, UK Tel: (+44) (0) 171 938 8041 Fax: (+44) (0) 171 938 8050 http://www.nmsi.ac.uk/collections/staff/r_bud.html

IUHPS/DHS COMMISSION ON THE HISTORY OF MODERN CHEMISTRY CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT Between Physics and Biology: Chemical Sciences in the Twentieth Century (Joint Conference with the IUHPS/DHS Commission on the History of Modern Physics) 29-30 May 1999, Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany. The conference will explore the emergence of new areas of chemical research in between the 'classical' disciplines, and will ask whether the traditional disciplinary boundaries are still appropriate for an understanding of contemporary scientific practice. This will be achieved by identifying the mechanisms by which disciplinary boundaries are transgressed and new areas of research created. The issues will include the transfer of methods, systematic vs. problem-oriented approaches, the role of specific materials (e.g. living tissues, polymers, surfaces) and the way these new fields are being organised. Leading historians of modern or contemporary science will address these questions under four headings: the emergence of theoretical and quantum chemistry, from radiochemistry to nuclear chemistry and cosmochemistry, chemistry and the solid state, chemistry and biology. Papers will be pre- circulated and subjected to commentary during the conference. The audience will be limited to 50 participants. Younger scholars are particularly encouraged to apply for participation. Registration deadline: 15 April 1999. Registration fee: DM 40 (paid upon arrival). Inquiries and registration: Prof. Christoph Meinel, Wissenschaftsgeschichte, University of Regenburg, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany christoph.meinel@psk.uni-regenburg.de

Defiant Modernism, 25-26 June 1999. Conference sponsored by The Science Museum, British Society for the History of Science and the Institute of Contemporary British History at the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD. The term `Defiant Modernism', it is argued, describes well a historical epoch of enormous change as the technologies developed during the Second World War were exploited in war and thereafter adapted for civilian use. The period can be seen as stretching from the Munich crisis of 1938 to the student uprisings of 1968. The conference will explore the technologies of the post-war and the appropriateness of such master narratives as defiant modernism. It will also explore the literary and media manifestations of its subject. Speakers include: Jon Agar, Tim Boon, Robert Bud, Richard Coopey, David Edgerton, Henry Etzkowitz, Bart Hacker, Gabrielle Hecht, David Matless, Andrew Nahum and Jon Turney. For more information please contact Jane Davies on 0171 938 8076 or j.davies@nmsi.ac.uk

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES, 22-24 July 1999. The Business History Unit, LSE, in cooperation with the Science Museum, will be holding a conference on "Information Technology Policy: International Perspectives". The conference will chart history of policies to promote IT production and use in Europe, the USA, Asia and ex-Soviet countries. Speakers include: Bill Aspray, Martin Campbell-Kelly, Richard Coopey, Jan van Den Ende, Pierre Mounier-Kuhn, Junya Nishimoto, Arthur Norberg, and Seiichiro Yonekura. For further details contact Sonia Copeland, BHU/LSE Tel: 0171 955 7109. Fax: 0171 955 6861. Emai: S.Copeland@LSE.ac.uk

Conference on Women, Science and Health in Post- War North America York University, Toronto, Canada, March 5-6, 1999. This conference, part of a larger project funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Trust, traces themes in the history of women's health research in an effort to place current Canadian and American interest in women's health research in historical context. The comparative Canadian American focus of this conference should be of interest to academics, practitioners and policy makers. We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, York University Centre for Health Studies, Department of History, Division of Social Science, School of Women’s Studies and McLaughlin College. For more information, contact Heather Goodman at hgoodman@yorku.ca tel: 416-736-5941, fax 416-736-5986. Visit our website at http://www.yorku.ca/org/wshc to register and to see the full programme. The conference is structured around health issues of women's life course and includes sessions on conception/pre-conception, work, cancer, and aging and dying.

The World Conference on Science (WCS), Science for the Twenty-First Century: A New Commitment, will take place in Budapest on June 26 to July 1 1999, organized jointly by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The Conference will analyse where the natural sciences stand today and where they are heading, what their social impact has been and what society expects from them. Finally, it will establish what efforts should be invested to make science advance in response to these expectations and to the challenges posed by human and social development. The web-site has been set up by Nature as a source of news about preparatory events leading up to the conference and issues related to its agenda, as a forum for comment from individuals in both industrialized and developing nations about such issues, and as an access point for information about related meetings (including statements to be presented at Budapest). Additional information for publication, contact: news@nature.com The main site can be accessed either through the nature homepage on http://www.nature.com , or directly at http://helix.nature.com/wcs

SKEPTICS SOCIETY 1999 CALTECH CONFERENCE ON EVOLUTION You can register via e-mail (we need your name, address, phone, Visa or Mastercard number and expiration date, how many are coming, and if you are a member or not, and if not if you intend to join--which you should because it gets you the discounted price which is the same as the membership!). You can also fax this information (626/794-1301) or mail it (P.O. Box 338, Altadena, CA 91001). Sometime this week you will also be able to register for the conference on our web page's secure shop cart program at http://www.skeptic.com

SSHM-Conference Programme 1999, Since 1970 The Society for the Social History of Medicine has organized specialised conferences and facilitated research and debate within the discipline of the social history of medicine, with a particular emphasis on inter-disciplinary approaches. The Society's conferences are open to non-members. For membership details contact: Dr David Cantor, Department of History and Economic History, Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester M15 6LL. e-mail: d.cantor@mmu.ac.uk In 1999 the following conferences will be organized by the Society (contact the conference organizers for further details):

  • SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND FOOD POLICY IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, 9-11 April 1999, Aberdeen, With food issues such as BSE, E.coli, diet and degenerative disease, and the role and duties of governments in connection with such issues constantly under discussion in the media, the topics explored during this conference are of considerable contemporary as well as historical interest. Conference organizer: Dr David F Smith, Department of History, University of Aberdeen, Meston Walk, Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3FX. e-mail: d.f.smith@abdn.ac.uk For conference programme see: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/~his049/dddsshm.htm
  • INEQUALITIES AND HEALTH: THE HISTORICAL DIMENSION, 19 April 1999. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),London. The LSHTM's Annual Public Health Forum for 1999 focuses on the theme of "Poverty, Inequality and Health". A one-day conference organized in collaboration with the Society for the Social History of Medicine will examine these issues in historical perspective. Conference organizer: Prof Virginia Berridge, LSHTM, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT. e-mail: virginia.berridge@lshtm.ac.uk
  • MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS: IDENTITIES, INTERESTS AND IDEOLOGY, 16 - 18 July 1999, Glasgow, This SSHM Conference will explore the issue of identity and the part it played in making medical professionals and the profession. D'Azeglio's oft-quoted comment upon the role of national identity in nation-building has become a cornerstone of theories of nationalism which see the nation as 'invented', 'imagined' or 'constructed'. How far can similar processes be said to be operating in the making of the medical profession? Conference organizer: Dr James Bradley, Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, 5 University Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ. email: jbradley@arts.gla.ac.uk
  • THE MEANING OF MEDICINE, 10-12 September 1999, Amsterdam, The conference will explore different sources, methods, theories, interpretations and presentations of diverse and specific healing cultures in Europe over the last five hundred years. Organized in collaboration with the Huizinga Institute, Amsterdam. Conference organizers: Dr. Willem de Blecourt,c/o Huizinga Instituut, Spuistraat 134, 1012 VB Amsterdam, The Netherlands. - Dr. Cornelie Usborne, Department of History, Roehampton Institute, Roehampton Lane, London SW15 5PH, email: c.usborne@roehampton.ac.uk

SCIENCE STUDIES IN CANADA, CANADIAN SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (CSHPS)/ SOCIETE CANADIAN D'HISTOIRE ET DE PHILOSOPHIE DES SCIENCES (SCHPS) CONGRESS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES, JUNE 3-5, UNIVERSITE DE SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC. The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS/SCHPS), has in the past concentrated on the intersection of the history of science and the philosophy of science, working to bridge those two solitudes. The organisers of this years' annual meeting hope to broaden the mandate of the program and seek participation by those working and interested in the wider discipline of "Science Studies" and STS (eg., sociology and anthropology of science, technology and medicine, science and technology policy, science education, environmental studies, women's studies and cultural studies of science). The "Keynote Speakers and Colloquia" theme of this year's Congress will be: "Space and Place", organised jointly by the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). Also, the CSHPS/SCHPS annual meeting coincides with the meetings of the Canadian Philosophical Association, The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine, Canadian Women's Studies Association, Canadian Society for Hermeneutics and Postmodern Thought, and others. For more information, please contact: Gordon McOuat Office Phone: (902) 422-1271 Fax: (902) 423-3357 Contemporary Studies Program e-mail: gmcouat@is.dal.ca University of King's College Halifax, NS B3H 2A1 CANADA Congress URL: http://www.hssfc.ca/CSHPS/SCHPS URL: http://www.uwo.ca/philosophy/cshpsinf.html

 


PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Science and Technology Studies in Switzerland Spring School in Zurich March 1 - 5, 1999 By organizing the Spring School 'Science and Technology Studies (STS)' in Zurich from the 1st of March to the 5th of March 1999, Switzerland intends to encourage new research projects, to provide them with stimulating input, and thus to drive the institutionalization of research in this field forward. The initiative for the 1999 Spring School has been taken by Bettina Heintz, Professor of Sociology in Mainz, who wrote books and papers in the field of STS and currently leads two STS-research projects in Switzerland. She is scientific adviser of the Spring School. Bernhard Nievergelt - at present doctoral student in the field of STS in Berlin - is entrusted with the refinement of the conception and the realization. For further informations - Call for Papers and Call for Participation - about the Spring School in Zurich and the book 'Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung in der Schweiz-Sondierungen einer neuen Disziplin' please contact: http://www.snf.ch/Programme_d/inhaltfr.html For specific questions please contact: beniegel@zedat.fu-berlin.de Bernhard Nievergelt Graduiertenkolleg Insititut fŸr Soziologie FU Berlin Babelsbergerstr. 14-16 10715 Berlin, Tel. 0049 30 85002-215 Fax 0049 30 85002-139

Organization: Philosophical & Anthropological Studies. The Federated History Department of NJIT and Rutgers University- Newark invite applications for its graduate degree programs in the History of Technology, Environment and Medicine (HisTEM). The department offers the Masters of Arts (M.A.) for generalists and for students interested in preparing for further graduate study in history; it offers the Masters of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) for current and prospective secondary school teachers of history and social studies. Program administration and teaching are shared by faculty from both campuses, and the full resources of both universities are available to all history graduate students. Degrees are awarded jointly by Rutgers and NJIT. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified students. For more information, please contact Lisa Herschbach, Graduate Coordinator, HisTEM, Federated Department of History, NJIT/Rutgers University-Newark, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102; 973 596 5634; email: herschba@megahertz.njit.edu Admissions information is available from the Office of University Admissions, University Heights, NJIT, Newark, NJ 07102; 973 596 3300; email: admissions@NJIT.edu For on-line application for admission, see NJIT on the Internet: http://www.njit.edu . Applications for Fall (September) admission must be received by June 5; for Spring (January) admission by November 5.

Teaching critical and creative thinking about science-in-society, Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) is a unique interdisciplinary graduate program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston which continues to grow and contribute to the wider national and international discourse on critical and creative thinking. Staffed by faculty from education, philosophy, psychology and other life sciences, it offers a master of arts degree, a graduate certificate and other non-degree options. Graduate students from many states and several countries join those from Massachusetts in pursuing these options. Some are teachers and college professors, teacher educators, curriculum specialists, and school administrators. Others are museum educators, artists, musicians, and policy makers in government and corporate settings. The CCT Program has recently moved from the University's College of Arts and Sciences to the Graduate College of Education, but it continues to welcome students from a variety of fields. The specialty areas offered by the CCT Program itself are * Moral Issues and Moral Education * Criticism and Creativity in Literature and the Arts * Critical and Creative Thinking in Mathematics, Science, and Technology * Critical and Creative Thinking in Environmental Studies [in development] * Critical and Creative Thinking in the Work Place Students may enter the program in the fall, winter or summer. For application and other inquiries, contact the CCT administrative assistant, Shelly Billingsley, at 617-287-6520 or g6383sbill@umbsky.cc.umb.edu . CCT's website (under development) can be found at http://omega.cc.umb.edu/~cct .

SOCIOLOGY OF KNOWLEDGE: THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL ISSUES, 10 - 15 May 1999 INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE DUBROVNIK, Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 DUBROVNIK, Croatia, Tel. + 385 20 413 626/627, Fax. + 385 20 413 628, E-mail iuc_du@zamir-zg.ztn.apc.org or iuc@alf.te.hr Internet: http://www.tel.fer.hr/iuc Course Directors: Douglas Benson (Plymouth University), Thomas Brante (Lund University), Marja HŠyrinen-Alestalo (Helsinki University), Sven-Axel MŒnsson (Gothenburg University) This course focuses on various approaches in the sociology of knowledge and its impact on social science research. It will include presentations and comparative analyses of philosophical assumptions, theoretical models and research programmes, such as grid-group theory, in relation to both institutional changes and controversies among researchers and practitioners. The aim of the course is to discuss the relevance of the contributions and results from the sociology of knowledge for social science in general through examples from, for instance, sociology, anthropology, and social work. General Information: Those interested in taking the course are requested to register with the Secretariat or one of the course directors supplying them with the relevant information, i.e. name, address, academic standing and - if the applicant is an undergraduate - a recommendation from one of the professors. Upon arrival in Dubrovnik participants will pay to the IUC a course fee in Croatian kunas equivalent to USD 25 per week. Information on accommodation, travel etc. can be obtained from the IUC Secretariat at the address above.

The Association for Institutional Research is pleased to announce the expansion of the 1999 Science Policy and NSF Database Summer Institute to be held in Arlington, Virginia June 19-25, 1999. Attendance at the Institute is open to faculty and doctoral students in the Social Sciences and Education who wish to expand their knowledge of the content and uses of NSF's integrated data bases on science, engineering and higher education. The institute is a combination of policy seminars and hands-on instruction in the use of the data bases. The Institute is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Education Statistics and participant travel, room and board costs are paid. The revised proposal "postmark" deadline (e-mail or fax submissions only) is April 1, 1999. To obtain a copy of the guidelines for the brief proposal, call the AIR office, (850) 644-4470. You may also obtain a copy online by visiting the AIR Web site: http://airweb.org (click on Grants and Awards, then click on Grants). For further information, contact Susan Gertel, Coordinator of Continuing Education and Grants at: sgertel@garnet.fsu.edu

New MA in the CULTURE AND HSTORY OF SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON, Located in the Faculty of Arts, the new MA in the Culture and History of Science examines the relation of science to culture in terms of questions such as 'what is science?'; 'do science and culture share a common ground in their investigations of "the natural" and "the human" ?'; 'in what ways are literary forms of interpretation bound up with questions of scientific method?' The greatest strengths of this MA programme lie in the social, cultural and intellectual history of early modern and nineteenth-century science, and in the social and cultural history of medicine. The departments of English, History, and Philosophy offer research supervision over a range of topics--from the Renaissance period to the twentieth century. MPhil and PhD research is facilitated by two good libraries, numerous seminars, and a lively and diverse community of staff, students, and visiting scholars. The Faculty of Arts is strongly committed to interdisciplinary work. Teaching staff: Steven Dorney, Waltraud Ernst, David Glover, Lucy Hartley, Cora Kaplan, Peter Middleton, David Pugmire, Jonathan Sawday. Areas of expertise: sociology of knowledge, esp. scientific communities; history of medicine, esp. South Asia during the colonial period; liberalism & scientific knowledge; history & philosophy of science, esp. 19th-century theories of emotion & mind; gender, science, and the rise of racial thinking; art, science & the new physics; philosophy of mind; early modern medicine, science & culture. Resources: Hartley Library; Biomedical Sciences Library, Types of undergraduate courses: Options available as part of English and/or History and/or Philosophy degree. Postgraduate courses offered: MA in Culture and History of Science (1 yr full-time; 2 yrs part-time) Research degrees offered: MPhil, PhD. For futher details contact: Dr. Lucy Hartley, Dept. of English, University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Tel: 01703 593168. Fax: 01703 592859 (Departmental Office: 01703 593409). Email: lh2@soton.ac.uk

 


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

New and Continuing NSF Funding Opportunities in Science & Technology Studies and related areas include:

Continuing "Cross-Directorate" Competition: Knowledge & Distributed Intelligence (KDI) (Program Announcement NSF 99-29; www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9929/nsf9929.htm) funds research in (among other areas) Learning & Intelligent Systems (LIS) and Knowledge Networking {KN). "The goal of KN research is to achieve new levels of knowledge integration, information flow, and interactivity among people, organizations, and communities, and to deepen our understanding of the ethical, legal, and social implications of knowledge networking." Its next deadline for required preproposals is 1 February 1999. Its next deadline for full proposals is 17 May 1999. For further information contact Richard Hilderbrandt rhilderb@nsf.gov

New Competition: "Enhancing Infrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences" (Program Announcement NSF 99-32; www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf9932/nsf9932.htm) funds "innovative large-scale infrastructure projects," including those based on "case and historical records." Its first deadline is 1 March 1999. For further information contact William P. Butz wbutz@nsf.gov or Hilleary D. Everist heverist@nsf.gov

Researchers in Science & Technology Studies and related areas can also seek NSF support through many of the Foundation's other Cross-Disciplinary Activities (www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/ip/start.htm) and (www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/start.htm). These Websites provide direct links to many of them. Those probably most significant for STS scholars are:

  • Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE)
  • Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
  • Faculty Early Career Development Awards (CAREER)
  • Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships
  • Career Advancement Awards for Minority Scientists and Engineers
  • Research at Undergraduate Institutions (RUI)
  • Research Opportunity Awards (ROA)
  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT)

Information about most of these competitions and other Cross-Disciplinary initiatives is available from the current Program Manager coordinating these activities, Bonney Sheahan bsheahan@nsf.gov . Potential applicants working in states included in the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (i.e., EPSCoR: AL, AR, ID, KS, KY, LA, ME, MS, MT, NE, NV, ND, OK, PR, SC, SD, VT, WV, WY) are STRONGLY urged to contact their state EPSCoR coordinators to certify their eligibility for EPSCoR funding BEFORE they submit their proposals.

Research Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin offers a three-year position, beginning 1 September 1999, as a research fellow (assistant/associate professor level, depending on qualifications) in connection with an interdisciplinary, international research group on "The Moral Authority of Nature" organized by Lorraine Daston. Remuneration is according to the German academic pay-scale (BAT II), between 2500 and 3500 DM per month (net income, depending on age and marital status), with customary benefits. Applications from outstanding scholars in all specialties within the history of science (as well as other relevant disciplines, such as art history and anthropology) and of all nationalities are welcome. The colloquium language is English. Women candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Qualification being equal, precedence will be given to candidates with disabilities. Please send a vita, publication list, brief project description (maximum 1000 words), and three letters of recommendation by 1 March 1999 to: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Abt. Personal Wilhelmstrabe 44, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Science and Technology Studies. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Department of Science and Technology Studies invites applications for a one-year, fixed term, non-tenure track faculty position, with rank open and renewal possible. The ideal candidate should have a research interest in design studies, particularly about engineering, industrial, or product design. The ideal candidate should also be able to teach undergraduate and graduate STS courses in the social, political, historical, or cultural aspects of technology. It is desirable as well for the candidate to have a research and teaching interest in professional ethics and leadership, especially in engineering. The candidate is expected to work well in an interdisciplinary environment that includes the humanities and social sciences at the department level as well as the architecture and engineering disciplines in Rensselaer’s new multidisciplinary, undergraduate program in product design and innovation, which awards a dual degree in STS and either engineering science or building science, with a design studio every semester. The department has a full range of STS degree programs from BS to PhD. Send CV, three letters of reference, and one example of work to John Schumacher, Chair, STS Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590. Screening will begin March 1, 1999, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after March 1, 1999, cannot be guaranteed full consideration. Starting date is August, 1999.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Limited Term, The Philosophy Department at Victoria University of Wellington invites suitably qualified applicants to apply for a one year postdoctoral fellowship in philosophy of biology. The department intends to support research into the philosophical and methodological issues raised by the science of ecology. Those issues might include, but are not limited to: the problems of testing ecological theory; the nature of ecosystems, niches and other ecological units; or the relations between ecology and other branches of biology. For further information on the project, contact Dr Kim Sterelny Kim.Sterelny@vuw.ac.nz or Dr Nick Agar Nick.Agar@vuw.ac.nz Candidates should apply to: Philosophy of Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship; Department of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington, New Zealand. Applicants should include a sample or samples of the their research writing, and should ask three referees to send references on their behalf to the same address. These references should arrive at the university by the closing date of March 1, 1999 quoting ref: HSS 910. The salary for this position will be $NZ43,294 per annum.

Mellon Resident Research Fellowships, 1999 – 2000, The American Philosophical Society Library is accepting applications for short-term residential fellowships for conducting research in its collections. The Society's Library, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture. The Library houses over 6.5 million manuscripts, 190,000 volumes and bound periodicals, and thousands of maps and prints. The fellowships, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are intended to encourage research in the Library's collections by scholars who reside beyond a 75-mile radius of Philadelphia. The fellowships are open to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals who are holders of the Ph.D. or the equivalent, Ph.D. candidates who have passed their preliminary exams, and independent scholars. Applicants in any relevant field of scholarship may apply. The stipend is $1,900 per month, and the term of the fellowship is a minimum of one month and a maximum of three, taken between June 1, 1999 and May 31, 2000. Address applications or inquiries to: Mellon Fellowships, American Philosophical Society Library, 105 South Fifth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386. Telephone: (215) 440-3400. Applications must be received by March 1, 1999. Notice of awards will be mailed by May 1, 1999.

The Center for History of Recent Science, in the Department of History at The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., is offering two two-year postdoctoral fellowships to begin August 1999. "Recent science" comprises lines of research in physical or biological sciences that have been carried out for the most part by scientists who are still living. In effect, that means research done since the second world war. Work in history of recent science poses novel historiographical problems, notably the use of interviews and their integration with the more traditional materials of the historian. Inquiries and letters of application should be sent by March 1, 1999 to Horace Freeland Judson, Director of the Center for History of Recent Science and Research Professor of History, The George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052. Application instructions are also available at: http://www.gwu.edu/~recsci/ Horace Freeland Judson, Director, Center for History of Recent Science, George Washington University, telephone & facsimile: 410 889 4581 email: hfjudson@gwu.edu

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin announces the Lorenz Krueger Postdoctoral Fellowship for 1999/2000 for an outstanding junior scholar whose current research combines perspectives from the history of science with those of the philosophy of science and/or the history of philosophy. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Professor Lorenz Kruger, of the University of Gottingen, whose work sought the connect philosophy with the history of science. The Lorenz Kruger Fellowship is awarded for a one year stay at the Institute in Berlin, beginning October 1999. It is open to scholars of all nationalities who have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than 1994. The stipend for applicants from abroad is 3400 DM per month. Women are encouraged to apply. Qualifications being equal, precedence will be given to candidates with disabilities. Applicants are invited to send a curriculum vitae, a brief research proposal (maximum 1000 words), and two letters of recommendation by 1 April 1999 to:Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Abt. Personal, Wilhelmstrabe 44, 10117 Berlin, Germany

 


POSITIONS

The University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia Lecturer/Senior Lecturer SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES REF. 599 The School wishes to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to assist in the development of its teaching and research in the history and philosophy of science or of technology. It is essential that the appointee holds a PhD in a relevant field, has university teaching experience and a record of research publication in a relevant area as well as the ability to implement equity and diversity policies and programs. It is desirable that the appointee be able to teach and conduct research in ways that bridge historical, philosophical and contemporary concerns in Science and Technology Studies. The salary range for Lecturer is $48,678-$57,806 per year and for Senior Lecturer $59,629- $68,757 per year depending on qualifications and experience. Candidates are advised to seek information from the School about its current teaching activities and subject listings and to take these into account in preparing their application. Candidates should include in their application a sample of their published or unpublished written work (approximately 20 pages). Membership of a University approved superannuation scheme is a condition of employment. Enquiries may be directed to Dr David Miller, Head of School on telephone (02) 9385 2356, email: dp.miller@unsw.edu.au or facsimile (02) 9313 7984. Applications close 12 February 1999. Dr Michael R. Matthews School of Education Studies University of New South Wales Sydney, 2052 AUSTRALIA, email: m.matthews@unsw.edu.au fax: 61-2-9385-6135 work phone: 61-2-9385-4925 home phone: 61-2-9418-3665

In the following weeks we are expecting the official announcement for a professorship in the field of Science and Technology Studies at GERSULP (University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France). As the delays for applicants will be very short (about one month), we decided to distribute this preinformation. The candidate should have large teaching and research experience in the STS field, in particular with regard to Popularisation of Science and Public Understanding of Science. The candidate should be able and willing to direct an STS research group, dealing with a large variety of topics. For details on the group, see our web-site : http://gersulp.u-strasbg.fr/ A good command of French and English is absolutely necessary, as the lab runs both a full French Doctoral programme and a European Masters programme. If you are interested, please send a message and, if possible, a CV to josiane.olff-nathan@gersulp.u-strasbg.fr so that we can send you the official announcement as soon as it is available. Josiane Olff-Nathan Groupe d'Etude et de Recherche sur la Science de l'Universite Louis Pasteur 7, rue de l'Universite 67000 - Strasbourg (France) Tel : +33 (0)3 88 52 80 60 Fax : +33 (0)3 88 52 80 57 Email : josiane.olff-nathan@gersulp.u-strasbg.fr

The Science, Technology, and Globalization (STG) program at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Prescott AZ welcomes applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The STG Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program with a strong foundation in social, cultural, political, historical, economic, linguistic, and psychological analyses of science, technology, and globalization and with three areas of concentration (AOCs) in Security, Environment, and Technology Policy and Management. We encourage interested candidates to look at our web page to have a closer look at the course offerings, industry connections, faculty, and international programs at http://www.pr.erau.edu/~huss/stg/ QUALIFICATIONS. Applicants must have (a) a Ph.D in a relevant area at the time of application; (b) well-established connections with industry, government, academia, and the non-profit sector; (c) a strong record of scholarship and grant-related writing; and (d) curriculum, educational technologies, and program development experience. The search will remain open until the position is filled. ERAU is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women and minority candidates. Interested candidates should send application materials (cover letter, vitae, names and phone number of three professional references, sample of published work, and syllabi) to: Juan C. Lucena, Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Program Director, Science, Technology, and Globalization, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 3200 Willow Creek Road, Prescott, AZ 86301-3720, e-mail: lucenaj@pr.erau.edu phone: (520) 708-3836

PENN STATE University Park, FACULTY POSITION IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY Science, Technology, and Society Program A 3-5 year fixed-term, Assistant Professor position is available in one of the nation's first Science, Technology, and Society Programs, starting in the Fall of 1999. The STS program at Penn State is seeking a talented, energetic scholar to teach core interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level. The applicants should have completed a Ph.D. degree and have outstanding teaching ability. Demonstrated scholarly achievements are expected in one or more of the following areas: environmental studies, science and/or technology studies,science and technology policy, and the design of technology. The selected candidate should anticipate working collegially with faculty and visiting scholars from many different disciplines and countries. Candidates should send an application letter, a resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers, of three references to: Chair, Faculty Search Committee, Science,Technology, and Society Program, Box NT, 133 Willard Building, University Park, PA 16802. Screening will begin February 15, 1999, and will continue until a selection is made Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Head, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University, Applications invited for headship of 12-member Division that offers a BA and BS in Multidisciplinary Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and includes the Bachelor of Social Work. Undergraduate focal areas are Africana Studies; Arts Studies; Environmental Science; Film Studies; Science, Technology, & Society; and Women's & Gender Studies. Ph.D. or equivalent, active involvement in interdisciplinary teaching or research, successful administrative experience, demonstrated interest in pedagogic excellence and innovation, and scholarly record appropriate for full professor appointment at a Research I university required. Ideal candidate will have grant experience and interests that support the strengths of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as cross-campus collaboration. Send letter indicating leadership experience and philosophy, ideas about interdisciplinary education, and research interests along with cv, names of four references with addresses and phone numbers, and selected samples of interdisciplinary work in teaching, research, and/or grant-seeking. In its commitment to diversity and equity, NCState seeks applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Screening of materials begins January 4, 1999, continuing until position filled. For further information see http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chass/mds/ . North Carolina State University is a Research I, public land grant institution enrolling 27,000 students, located in the state capital and within the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. Send materials to Chair, MDS Head Search Committee, Box 7107, NCSU, Raleigh, NC 27695-7107. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact Betty Swayne in the Division, at 919/515-6964, 919/515-5128 (fax), or swayne@social.chass.ncsu.edu

 


PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

Trends in the Careers of Life Scientists. Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1998. A new volume by a Committee appointed by the National Research Council addresses an imbalance between the production of Ph.D.s in life scientists and the permanent research positions available--said to result in a ""crisis of expectation"" for young scientists in achieving career aspirations. The volume presents a comprehensive profile of the career paths of recent recipients of Ph.D.s in life sciences; assesses the implications of the trends both for individual scientists and for the research enterprise; and makes recommendations for science policy. In the recommendations, restraint in growth of number of graduate students is urged, except under rare and special circumstances. Further, toward improvement of the experience of graduate education, investment of federal agencies in training grants and individual research fellowships is urged as preferable to faculty research grants that support doctoral education. Copies of the volume are available through the National Academy Press, tel: 1-800-624-6242 or 202-334-3313. http://www.nap.edu

Loet Leydesdorff announces that The European Guide to Science, Technology, and Innovation Studies is now available in a completely revised final version at http://www.chem.uva.nl/sts/guide/ The hardcopy version is in print and will be available shortly at: European Commission, DG XII- G/4 TSER Central Office SDME 4/51- 200, rue de la Loi, B-1040 Brussels, fax: +32-2-296 21 37 email: tser.secr@dg12.cec.be

 

P. Ahrweiler, University of Bielefeld, Germany N. Gilbert, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK (Eds.) Computer Simulations in Science and Technology Studies, 1998. X, 244 pp. 51 figs., 10 tabs. DM 129,- ISBN 3-540-64871-2 Blurb: What is it about the structure and organisation of science and technology that has led to the spectacularly successful growth of knowledge during this century? This book answers this important and much debated question in an innovative way, by using computer simulations. The computer simulation of societies and social processes is a methodology which is rapidly becoming recognised for its potential in the social sciences. This book is among the first to apply the tools of simulation systematically to a specific domain: science and technology studies. The first introductory section is followed by three application areas: simulations of scientific discovery and theory formation; evolutionary models of science and technology; and models which explore the conditions and dependencies of scientific work. For detailed information on the title please visit the Springer web-site at the URL: http://www.springer.de/cgi-bin/bag_generate.pl?ISBN=3-540-64871-2

 

JOURNALS

HYLE An International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry http://www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~philosophie/hyle.html Members of HPSST-L may wish to look at the recent electronic issue (Vol. 4, No. 2) of HYLE. Full texts are available for free from the HYLE homepage. If you like to receive regular e-mail announcements, please subscribe to the HYLE announcement list, which has now over 440 subscribers. For orders and subscriptions to the PRINT VERSION of the journal, please use our electronic order form or contact the PHILOSOPHY DOCUMENTATION CENTER /Ohio, USA. HYLE An International Journal for the Philosophy of Chemistry http://www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~philosophie/hyle.html

Science & Education The first issue of the journal Science & Education for 1999 (vol.8 no.1 January 99) will be a special issue devoted to the topic of ‘Values in Science and in Science Education’. Both philosophers and science educators have contributed to the issue. Normal, annual subscriptions to Science & Education (6 issues, USD60pa), need to be renewed now, as the IHPST group places a bulk order with the publisher at the beginning of each calendar year. Science & Education Volume 8 No. 1 January 1999 VALUES IN SCIENCE AND IN SCIENCE EDUCATION Further information: Dr Michael R. Matthews, School of Education Studies, UNSW, Sydney 2052, Australia.

The Endless Transition: A "Triple Helix of University-Industry-Government Relations", Special issue of Minerva 36 (1998) 203-288: Introduction, by Henry Etkzowitz and Loet Leydesdorff, -The New Social Contract Between Governments, Universities and Society: Has the Old One Failed? by Blanka Vavakova - University-Industry-Government Relations on the Periphery: The University of Campinas, Brazil, by Renato Dagnino and Lea Velho, - The Internationalisation of European Universities: A Return to Medieval Roots, by Aldo Geuna, - The Role of Research Centres in the Collectivisation of Academic Science, by Henry Etkzowitz and Carol Kemelgor

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews was founded in 1976 as a non-specialist quarterly journal devoted to interdisciplinary approaches in the physical, biological and social sciences. As well as detailed critical reviews, it features a wide ranging book review section and short 'comments' on topical subjects. Subjects covered in recent issues include: 'What is hypnosis?', 'War - some psychological causes and effects', 'The natural history of salicylic acid', 'Evolutionary aesthetics', 'Harwell - the first 50 years', 'Lucidity and science'. ISR has a particular concern with influences of scientific and technological developments on society, and vice versa, and the December 1998 issue contains an extended dialogue between Steve Fuller (Professor of Sociology, University of Durham, UK) and Tony Barnett (Emeritus Professor of Zoology, Australian National University) on the themes considered in Fuller's recent book, 'Science'. The discussion is notable for going beyond the point scoring characteristic of the 'science wars', and the protagonists get close to agreement in some key areas. To request a free copy of the December 1998 issue, please contact Howard Cattermole at The Institute of Materials, 1 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5DB, UK, tel. +44 (0) 171 451 7333, fax +44 (0) 171 451 2289, email howard_cattermole@materials.org.uk .

The Taiwanese Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine is now accepting subscription and submission. It is a bilingual (Chinese and English) journal dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of Taiwanese and Chinese science, technology and medicine. It carries on the historical studies of The Taiwanese Journal for Philosophy and History of Science which will split into two journals after the tenth issue. We are particularly interested in how the Taiwanese and the Chinese understand and control Nature, how they build their scientific, technological and medical systems, and how Western science, technology and medicine are transferred to Taiwan and China. Editorial Correspondence and Submissions should be sent to: Chu Pingyi kaihsin@pluto.sinica.edu.tw, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei, Taiwan. Fax: 886-2-2786-8834.

 


ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

The STS e-list is now served from a new listserver program that we hope will provide more reliable service to medsci subscribers. This message explains the changes in how the e-list is used. Now the same address, sts@kant.ch.umkc.edu , is used both for posting to the e-list and for sending commands which affect your subscription status; the address listcom@kant.ch.umkc.edu is no longer used. An explanation of the new commands and their proper use appears below. You can still use the address admin@scistud.umkc.edu to send messages to the (human) listmasters, should you have concerns not covered in the Help file. If you prefer to subscribe to the digest version of this e-list, you will need to re-issue the command to set this option (see the help file below). Please be aware that we will be monitoring closely the e-list's behavior for any sign of malfunction, and we will correct any such problems as soon as we can. George Gale & Elam O'Renick, Listmasters

The Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies (ECIS) is proud to announce the start of a working papers series in the field of innovation studies, innovation management and innovation policy. The first two papers in the series are: 98.1. Per Botolf Maurseth & Bart Verspagen, Knowledge Spillovers in Europe and its consequences for Systems of Innovation 98.2 Jan Fagerberg & Bart Verspagen, Productivity, R&D Spillovers and Trade. ECIS is a newly created research institute at the Faculty of Technology Management of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. The research of ECIS focuses on the sources and consequences of innovation both within organisations and in networks, sectors and national economies. ECIS working papers will be made available through the ECIS internet site: http://www.tue.nl/tm/ecis/ Prof. Dr. A. Szirmai, Scientific Director ECIS, Eindhoven Centre for Innovation Studies, Faculty of Technology Management P.O. Box 513 5600 MB, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Tel. 31-(0)40-247 5938 fax 31-(0)40-247 2607 e-mail: ecis@tm.tue.nl internet site: http//www.tue.nl/tm/ecis/

The url for the science-wars site is http://www.members.tripod.com/~ScienceWars/index.html The site offers a forum, a chat room, a guest book, and even a periodically updated poll on "Science Wars" questions. Also, a science-wars list has been established for those interested in joining the "Science Wars" Monitor working group. Those interested may subscribe by sending mail to science-wars-subscribe@egroups.com

Stephen Miles Sacks has established a consolidated website for viewing and downloading his articles and papers related to US Science and Technology Industrial Policy. Look at: http://members.aol.com/scipolicy/science2/index.htm

Steve Fuller reports that the cyberconference of February last year on the public understanding of science is now published as a report, which appears in the latest issue of the journal, Public Understanding of Science, as well as the journal's website, which is listed below. http://www.iop.org/Journals/pu then scroll down to the bottom. Those of you interested in cross-cultural communication on matters relating to science should especially find the article of interest.

Technology New Zealand, part of the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, have recently launched their internet site at http://www.technz.co.nz This site is a consolidation of sources of technological advice, assistance and information available primarily on or through the internet. The site is structured into 4 broad areas covering Technology New Zealand itself, Business, Information and Organisations. The site information section contains a full listing of the site and there is also a search facility.

Join the MOST mailing list, The Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme is a research programme, designed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), to promote international, comparative and policy- relevant research on social transformations and issues of global importance. The overall long-term objective of MOST is to establish sustainable links between the scientific and policy communities and to emphasize the relevance of social science research for policy-formulation. MOST operates in three priority research areas: * Multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies * Cities as arenas of accelerated social change * Coping with local-global interactions in economic, technological and environmental transformations More detailed information on the MOST Programme is available on the Internet at: http://www.unesco.org/most If you would like to join the MOST mailing list, please send a message to majordomo@unesco.org with the following command in the body of your e-mail: subscribe most-list If you would like to subscribe someone else, please contact: ssmost@unesco.org Petra van Vucht Tijssen MOST Clearing House UNESCO

 


GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Susan Sheets-Pyenson passed away on 18 August 1998 following a long illness. She received a PhD in History & Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. She taught at Concordia University in Montreal Canada beginning in 1977; there she was Associate Professor of Geography and then Philosophy, and she directed the Programme in Science and Human Affairs. From 1996 to 1998 she was Associate Professor of History at the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette. Her work on science popularization, the history of printing and publishing, the spread of science from Europe to the rest of the world in the nineteeth century, and the history of geology resulted in many articles and books, including Cathedrals of Science: The Development of Colonial Natural History Museums during the Late Nineteenth Century (1988) and John William Dawson: Faith, Hope, and Science (1996). She is survived by her three children and her husband, historian of science, Lewis Pyenson.

SOCIETY FOR THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF MEDICINE PRIZE ESSAY COMPETITION 1999, The Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) invites submissions for its 1999 prize essay competition. This prize is awarded to the best original, unpublished essay in the social history of medicine as judged by the SSHM's assessment panel. The winner will be awarded 200 pounds, and his or her entry may also be published in the journal, *Social History of Medicine* The competition is open to students and recently qualified postdoctoral scholars. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 1999. Further details and an entry form can be obtained from the membership secretary, David Cantor, Department of History and Economic History, Manchester Metropolitan University, Geoffrey Manton Building, Rosamond Street West, Manchester M15 6LL. England. d.cantor@mmu.ac.uk or dcantor@fs4.ma.man.ac.uk website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~ahzwww/homesshm.htm

If you are a member of the American Sociological Association, we strongly encourage you to join the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT). Currently, we are slightly below a membership level of 400. If we achieve this level, section members would be allowed to organize four sessions devoted to sociology of science, knowledge, and/or technology at the annual meetings. Membership brings with it such benefits as the ASA-SKAT newsletter edited by Jennifer Croissant and Franz Foltz, reduced prices for SKAT sponsored teaching materials, and participation in a lively section. In addition, it serves as a "vote" that you want more paper sessions on science, knowledge, and technology at the ASA annual meetings. If you have not yet renewed your ASA membership for 1999, all you need to do is check the appropriate box under section membership. If you have already renewed and would like to join, you may do so by sending $12 (students - $5) to the American Sociological Association, 1307 New York Ave., N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C., 20005. Mention that you would like to join the Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology Membership Committee Stephen Zehr, Thomas Gieryn, Jason Owen-Smith

The 1999 National History Day (U.S.) "Science, Technology, Invention in History: Impact, Influence, Change." National History Day is an exciting way for students to study and learn about historical issues, ideas, people and events. This yearlong educational program fosters academic achievement and intellectual growth. In addition to acquiring useful historical knowledge and perspective during the series of district, state and national competitions, students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that will help them manage and use information now and in the future. ... Students are encouraged to choose any topic in local, national or world history and investigate its historical significance and relationship to the theme by conducting extensive primary and secondary research. After analyzing and interpreting their information, students present their findings in papers, exhibits, performances and media presentations that are evaluated by historians and educators. .See the NHD homepage at http://www.thehistorynet.com/NationalHistoryDay/ for information.

News of Members Londa Schiebinger (Pennsylvania State University) has received an Alexander von Humboldt-Forschungspreis for her new project on gender in the votages of scientific discovery. She will be at the Max-Planck-Institut fur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin, 1999-2000.

PRESS RELEASE, History of Science Society, At its annual meeting in Kansas City, MO, the History of Science Society presented the following awards:

  • Sarton Medal for lifetime scholarly achievement to Thomas L. Hankins, University of Washington.
  • Henry and Ida Schuman Prize for the best graduate student essay to Michael D. Gordin, (Harvard University) The Importation of Being Earnest.
  • Derek Price Award for the outstanding article appearing in Isis to Deborah E. Harkness, (University of California, Davis) Managing an experimental household: The Dees of Mortlake and the practice of natural philosophy. Isis 88 (1997): 247-262.
  • History of Women in Science Prize for the outstanding article on the history of women in science to Mary Terrall, (UCLA) milie du Chtelet and the Gendering of Science. History of Science 33 (1995): 283-310.
  • Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize for the outstanding book directed to a wide audience to Ruth Lewin Sime, (Sacramento City College) Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics. (University of California Press, 1996).
  • Pfizer Prize for the outstanding book contributing to the history of science to Peter Galison, (Harvard University) Image and Logic. (University of Chicago Press, 1997).
  • Joseph H. Hazen Education Prize awarded in recognition of outstanding contributions to the teaching of history of science to Gerald Holton (Harvard University) and F. James Rutherford (AAAS).

The Santa Monica, California-based RAND Corporation is pleased to announce that, effective October 1, 1998, the Critical Technologies Institute will become the Science and Technology Policy Institute. This change is mandated by Congress. Along with the name change, the new law enhances the Institute's charter to include science policy and information resources within its research focus. These changes underscore the expanding mission of the Institute, as well as our continued commitment to help improve public policy by conducting objective, independent research and analysis to support the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other government agencies concerned with science and technology. Contact us for more information. Bruce W. Don, Director, 1333 H Street NW, Washington DC 20005, 202.296.5000 x 5351, stpi@rand.org www.rand.org/centers/stpi

The newsletter, Currents in Science, Technology, Policy, Ethics is published by the Center for Science and Technology Policy and Ethics at Texas A&M University. The Center now publishes a quarterly newsletter called Currents in Science, Technology, Policy, Ethics. Each issue features articles on current topics in science and technology policy and ethics. Also included are announcements of upcoming conferences, lectures, and workshops. News items of particular note from newspapers and journals are summarized with reference to their original publication. New discussion papers are also announced and summarized. Hardcopy subscriptions to the newsletter are available for $10.00 per year. Checks should be made payable to TAMU Local Funds and mailed to the Center, along with the subscriber's name and home institution (optional), and a complete mailing address to: Susanna H. Priest, Interim Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy and Ethics at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 77843-4355, USA. Tel: 409-845-5434, Fax: 409-847-9372, Internet: http://www.tamu.edu/cstpe Yearly rates: $10 U.S. funds.

 


FIELDNOTES

The Functional Integration of the "Science Wars" in STS

By Tomas Hellstršm

Much has happened since 1994 when Gross and Levitt published Higher Superstition. The subsequent outbreak of the so called Science Wars has upset a community of scholars (on both sides of the line). New actors have entered the stage, e.g. Alan Sokal, through unexpected foras, but instead of trench warfare, which would have been normal under the circumstances, something else seems to be going on. Gross and Levitt participate in STS conferences discussing their work, Sokal is holding workshops with for instance Bruno Latour, there is engagement from both "sides" on the SciTech mail list, and one of these on-line Science War debates has even been the focus of a doctoral dissertation within STS. It seems that, whether STSers like it or not, the Science Wars are being internalized as a bona fide branch of STS! Both "sides" (are there sides any more?), engage in discourse on a very clearly defined topic, continuously refining their arguments and grounding them in philosophical and meta-theoretical tradition (c.f. Steve Fuller's recent review of the Sokal-Latour LSE-seminar in Technoscience).

Maybe after the initial shock experienced by some top of the line STSers, this new "branch" could functionally realize the mandate of reflexivity often suggested to be of importance for STS (or sometimes more narrowly SSK) activity. There is no embarassment in having this important function initiated "from the outside" so to speak. In fact, that is a province we as STSers have been quite comfortable with in the past vis a vis other academic areas of study, and invested with great political significance. Granted the sub-title of Gross and Levitt's book: "The academic left and its quarrels with science", suggests a sociologizing of STS-issue building that might be uncomfortable, even for the ones admittingly belonging to this "academic left". The Science Wars forces many of us to be candid with respect to our own situatedness in a particular intellectual history, and it is only natural that the field will "branch in" this discourse kicking and screaming. However, the continuity and presence in terms of "in field" published material, workshops etc., suggests that the Science Wars discourse already qualifies as a substantial sub-field of STS. The question is: how do we apply leverage to use this "branch" in ways beneficial to our field? A functional integration of the Science Wars with STS should possibly be resisted for the very reasons argued above, that is, we risk normalizing it and thus rendering it incapable of reflexive capacity. Maybe then the only refexively acceptable option is to continue the quarrels and forget all of the above.

Tomas Hellstršm

FENIX Research Program, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Email: tomas.hellstrom@fenix.chalmers.se


CONFERENCE REPORTS

STS meets Environmental Studies:
A Report on the 1998 Annual Meeting

by Gary Bowden
Program Chair

The 4S/ESAC Joint Meeting in Halifax marked the return of 4S to Canada for the first time since 1980, when the joint PSA/HSS/4S meetings were held in Toronto. As organizers, the Program Committee set itself two basic goals. First, we wanted to re-establish the social intimacy which characterized the original 4S meetings. Second, by bringing together two academic communities which have existed in relative scholarly isolation from one another -- the science and technology studies community and the environmental studies community -- we hoped to open up new avenues of theoretical and empirical discourse. Ironically, however, the return to Canada may be responsible for the most lasting legacy of the 1998 meetings.

Long time 4S members remember with great fondness the early meetings of the society. Not only were they intellectually stimulating, they were small in scale. People had the time to take in a significant proportion of the presentations, meet anyone they wanted, and have long discussions over dinner or drinks. While there are certain advantages to the breadth of topics available at mega-meetings such as the ones in New Orleans and Bielefeld, they tend not to foster a sense of community. The size of the Halifax meeting (approximately 300), the layout of the meeting space, the existence of several receptions with free food and drinks, and the friendly nature and compact scale of Halifax all worked together to bring the participants together. By all accounts, the 1998 meeting was a tremendous social success.

When I proposed bringing together the STS and environmental studies communities my hope was that this would have a discernible impact upon the development of the two fields. My impression is that the Halifax meeting accomplished that in two distinct ways. First, environmental topics have traditionally been quite marginal at 4S. For example, there were only 3 or 4 panels explicitly devoted to environmental topics at the larger Tucson meeting, compared to roughly 20 panels in Halifax. Bringing together a large proportion of the scholars who blend STS and environmental studies validated the importance of the topic and removed any sense of marginality. Second, and perhaps more significantly, the theme brought out a number of sessions -- e.g., "Field versus Lab" and "How Science Reckons Place" -- which focused upon the diverse nature of scientific practice. Hopefully, this signals a revitalization of interest in the comparison between laboratory and non-laboratory science.

As noted above, the most significant and long lasting impact of the meeting may be an unintended consequence of the decision to come to Halifax. For over a decade David Edge has pestered various individuals to write a "country report" on the status of STS in Canada for Social Studies of Science. No one has been willing to do this for a very simple reason -- there is no such thing as "Canadian STS." For most countries with a significant STS presence (Britain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Australia) and even many with a minor presence (India, Japan) it is possible to identify national styles, either in theoretical approach or in substantive focus. This is not the case in Canada. There are a wide variety of factors which contribute to this (and which can be explained by anyone willing to accept Davids challenge to write the country report), but the key point is that the various forces of fragmentation outweigh those of cohesion. Thus, it was with some interest that I, along with roughly 50 others, attended the "STS in Canada Roundtable" discussion. Significantly, this group rejected the idea of forming yet another Canadian society. [Canada already has two STS-like societies, one dominated by (to borrow Steve Fullers terms) high-church philosophers and historians and the second dominated by low-church historians and a smattering of philosophers.] Instead, the forces of cohesion won; strategies aimed at fostering communication among the participants and at breathing new life into the existing associations through reforms aimed to include STS topics and concerns were discussed. Perhaps, in five or ten years, a report describing the emergence of "Canadian STS" will point to the pivotal role of the Halifax meeting. Or, perhaps the continuing forces of fragmentation will reassert themselves as the inspiration of the Halifax meeting fades. Only time will tell.



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