The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and social studies of science. The biennial ISHPSSB summer meetings are known for innovative, transdisciplinary sessions, and for fostering informal, co-operative exchanges and on-going collaborations.
Newsletter Volume 27 No. 1 Issue 50 (Spring 2016)
The Spring newsletter (link) contains a variety a lot of important news on recent ISHPSSB developments:
- President's Report
- Two 2016 ISHPSSB Offyear Workshops (Note: Vienna applications are due by Friday, Apr. 15)
- Toward the 2017 ISHPSSB Meeting (Note: conference website launched! http://ishpssb2017.abfhib.org)
- Call for Proposals to Host the 2019 and 2021 Meetings (Note: Replies requested by May 31, 2016)
- In Memoriam: William Provine
- In Memoriam: Eric H. Davidson
- Call to Organize an ISHPSSB Session at the 2016 Philosophy of Science Association Meeting
- Appendix: Results from a Survey of the ISHPSSB Members, by Chantelle Marlor, Michelle Riedlinger and Aaron Penner
Two 2016 ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshops
Off-Year Workshops offer an opportunity to ISHPSSB members to meet and discuss particular topics both in traditional formats and also in unconventional formats. It is also a way to encourage our youngest members to organize discussions on issues that promote their research careers. For 2016, the ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop Committee selected two meetings, one devoted to extra-scientific issues in astrobiology and the other to the debate on function and malfunction in biological, biomedical and social sciences.
SoCIA 2016: Social and Conceptual Issues in Astrobiology
This workshop will be a place to discuss conceptual, ethical and meta-scientific issues about the emerging field of astrobiology. It is designed to promote discussion in an area that will probably become more important and which will offer very complex challenges in the coming years. It is open to researchers in any discipline interested in applying their expertise to thinking about astrobiology. The meeting will take place on September 24–25 at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, USA. The deadline for applications is June 1st. See the Call for Applications at http://kcs098.wix.com/socia
Function and Malfunction in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, and the Social Sciences
This workshop will reassess the modern philosophical debate on function in the dual perspective of (1) malfunction (or dysfunction), and (2) with respect to the use of such concepts in both the biological and the social sciences. Early-career scholars in the history and philosophy of the life sciences (including medicine) and early-career social scientists are invited to apply. The meeting will take place on September 5–9, 2016 at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Klosterneuburg near Vienna, Austria. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 15. See the Call for Papers at http://www.easpls2016.kli.ac.at
ISHPSSB 2017 Meeting: July 16–21 in São Paulo, Brazil
The 2017 meeting of ISHPSSB will be held at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo (USP), in São Paulo.
Founded in 1934, it is one of the most important higher education institutions in Brazil and South America generally. The Institute of Biosciences is a leading center of biological research in the country, and is located in the middle of a forest preserve within the USP campus.
Current Council and Editorial Board
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