CfA: 2023 meeting of the International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB)

ISHPSSB 2023, 9–15 JULY 2023. University of Toronto and Western University Ontario 

We invite submissions for the next International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology biennial meeting, which will take place in Toronto, Canada, 9–15 July 2023.

Returning to in-person meetings after the four-year hiatus, the Council, Local Organizing, and Program Committees are working to put together an exciting program inspired by socially relevant work on biology and the life sciences, contemporary challenges of climate change and the pandemics, the growing global interests into indigenous ways of knowing, and knowledge and concerns of the local communities living in the Toronto and Ontario area and around the Great Lakes. To do so, we are building on the ISHPSSB membership; keynote lecture and a panel that will highlight these themes, the strengths of local communities of scholars in HPS, the social studies of science, sciences and museum studies; and exploring new and established topics through engaging and innovative formats.

As our keynote speaker, Deborah McGregor (York University) will present on climate and environmental justice, and an interdisciplinary public panel will discuss how environmental degradation, indigeneity, human right to water and health all intersect in and around the Great Lakes. The panelists are Patricia Corcoran (University of Western Ontario), Blaire Morseau (University of Massachusetts Boston), Jennifer Read (University of Michigan), and Marsha Richmond (Wayne State University). These conversations will be complemented with a tour of the Royal Ontario Museum natural history and world cultures collections, walking through the causes, consequences and solutions to climate crisis.

Please visit the conference website to submit your abstracts. Registration will open soon. 

Important dates:

  • November 2022–31 January 2023: Submissions open for all submission formats
  • December 2022: Open Session Board opens
  • 31 January 2023: Deadline for all submission formats
  • 31 March 2023: Final notification of acceptance for all formats
  • 07 May 2023: Deadline for early registration
  • 08 May 2023–7 June 2023: Late registration
  • 14 June 2023: Program posted online

Program Co-Chairs:
Jan Baedke (Ruhr University Bochum)
Tatjana Buklijas (University of Auckland)