• 2015 HSS Call for Papers
  • Update Time: 2015-03-16

  HSS 2015 Annual Meeting: Call for Papers  

  San Francisco, California, USA   

  The History of Science Society will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting in the historic Westin St. Francis hotel in downtown San Francisco, across the street from Union Square. 

  The HSS encourages submissions on all topics. Proposals must be submitted on the HSS Web site (http://www.hssonline.org) or on the annual meeting proposal forms that are available from the HSS Executive Office:info@hssonline.org. Unlike most other academic societies, the HSS does not require that participants be members, but all participants must register for the meeting (organizers who invite speakers should ensure that registration fees are paid). Applicants are encouraged to propose sessions that include diverse participants: a mix of men and women, and/or a balance of professional ranks (i.e., mixing senior scholars with junior scholars and graduate students). Strong preference will be given to panels whose presenters have diverse institutional affiliations. Only one proposal per person may be submitted and an individual may only appear once on the HSS program — workshops andother non-typical proposals (e.g., interest group lectures and roundtables) are excluded from this restriction. To encourage broad participation, priority will be given to those who did not present at the 2013 (Boston) and 2014 (Chicago) conference (but the quality of the proposal remains paramount in the decisions). 

  Before sending a proposal to the HSS Office, we ask that everyone read the Committee on Meetings and Programs’ “Guidelines for Evaluating Proposals.” Submissions should be made online at http://hssweb.org/callforpapers. 

  All proposals (roundtables, sessions, contributed papers, and posters) must be submitted by 6 April 2015 to the History of Science Society’s Executive Office (midnight Eastern Daylight Time). Poster proposals must describe the visual material that will make up the poster. The HSS will work with organizers who wish to pre-circulate papers. 

  To encourage and aid the creation of panels with strong thematic coherence that draw upon historians of science across institutions and ranks, the conference organizers have created a wiki at http://hssmeeting.wikia.com.  Please note that the rejection rate for assembled sessions is dramatically lower than that for individual papers.  

  The 2015 program co-chairs are Susan Lederer and Florence Hsia(University of Wisconsin, Madison). 

  Support: National Science Foundation travel grants (SES-1354351), intended to defray the cost of travel to the meeting (hotels and meals are not included), will be available for graduate students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs (degree in the past 5 years) — only U.S. citizens or those studying at U.S. institutions are eligible. We plan to offer travel grants for students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs who are ineligible for NSF grants. We will also award a limited number of dependent-care grants (up to $200) for those who need such assistance. For information on these grants, please contact info@hssonline.org or 574.631.1194 (9-5 Eastern Time). 


  HSS Special Call for Roundtables  

  In an effort to facilitate dialogue at its annual meeting, the History of Science Society requests proposals for roundtables at its San Francisco conference, 19-22 November 2015. The HSS will designate a prime-time slot (early afternoon) for these roundtables and will not place restrictions on participants, e.g. a person may participate in a roundtable and also share her research in a formal session. The typical roundtable (100 minutes) will include 5 presenters, including a commentator, who will each speak for 10 minutes, leaving ample time for exchanges with the audience. In an effort to facilitate interchange further, the conference will feature a longer afternoon break to encourage the conversations to continue. Roundtables may include pedagogical concerns, such as strategies for teaching Kuhn’s SSR. The conference organizers have created a wiki at http://hssmeeting.wikia.com to encourage collaboration in developing a theme. Anyone with a panel or paper idea seeking like-minded presenters should post and consult the postings there. The deadline for submissions is 6 April 2015 and proposals should be submitted through the following link: http://hssweb.org/callforpapers. For questions, please contact info@hssonline.org or phone 574.631.1194 (9-5 EST). 

19-22 November 2015