Sunday, 12 July

Conference registration


President's Plenary: Honoring Marjorie Grene

18:30-20:00 Dining Hall Chair: James Griesemer

Richard Burian, Jean Gayon, Betty Smocovitis


20:30 Wickham Terrace

I.1. Ecological Language Games and Concepts for Innovation

Monday, 13 July

Monday Session I


Boatsheds Chair: Astrid E. Schwartz

The language game “ecosystem” in ecology and beyond

Astrid Schwarz

Systems of governance and innovation: A political history of synthetic biology

Matthew Kearnes

Theories of design

Alfred Nordmann

I.2. Contested Objects: X, Y and Other Chromosomes


Riverview Chair: and Commentator Marsha Richmond

How the X and Y became the Sex Chromosomes

Sarah Richardson

‘More exciting than the back of the moon’: Human chromosome images, 1950s-1960s

Soraya de Chadarevian

Understanding Clinical Care out of Laboratory Research: Arthur Robinson’s calling to bring genetics into medicine
Daniella Perry

I.3. The Relevance of Psychological (Cognitive) Perspectives to Biology, I.


I.4. Altruism Monday/9:00-10:30

Kyle Chair: Shunkichi Matsumoto

Information and meaning assignment in living systems

Toshiyuki Nakajima

Evolutionary Functional Analysis and Its Methodological Pitfall

Shunkichi Matsumoto

Implicit and Explicit Reasoning on Species

Yuichi Amitani

Seminar 1 Chair: Grant Ramsey

Revisiting Comte to Understand Altruism better

Glenn Ewan

Altruism and the Levels of Selection

Grant Ramsey

I.5. Training and the Development of Specialty Cultures


Seminar 2 Chair: Mary Sunderland

Teaching Field Research at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

Mary Sunderland

Training to Collaborate: Model Systems as Multi-Specialty Research Cultures

Christopher DiTeresi

Education in an intersection: organizational contingencies shape careers and specialties
Elihu Gerson

I.6. Epistemological Integration


Coffee break


Monday Session II

Kings College Chapel Chair: Ingo Brigandt

Toward an Epistemology of Explanatory Integration in Biology

Ingo Brigandt

Unacceptable Explanations in Biology

Greg Frost-Arnold

A causal reformulation of statisticalist pluralism

Marshall Abrams

Wickham Terrace

II.1. Emergence, Essentialism, and Natural Kinds



Chair: Sandra Mitchell


Riverview Chair: Richard Creath

The Role of History in Science

Richard Creath

One Long Argument is Taking One Long Time: Lessons from Thomas Huxley in the Current Debates Over the Teaching of Evolution
Sherrie Lyons

From Darwin to Davidson: Episodes in the History of a Mechanistic Theory of Evolution and Development
Manfred Laublicher

Emergence: Logical, Functional and Dynamical Accounts

Sandra Mitchell

Emergence, Levels and Distributed Causal Explanations

Jonathan Davies

Essentialism and natural kinds in biology

John S. Wilkins

II.2. History of Biology from a Long Durée Perspective

II.3. The Relevance of Psychological (Cognitive) Perspectives to Biology, II Monday/11:00-12:30 Kyle Chair: Shunkichi Matsumoto

Where is evolutionary psychology heading?

Hisashi Nakao

Bounds of Agential Systems

Sean Keating

Philosophical Interpretations of Mirror Neuron Research

Laura Landen

II.4. Realist and Functionalist Issues in Biology, I


Seminar 1 Chair: Matt Bateman

The Role of Predictive Techniques in Functional Neuroimaging

Matt Bateman

Landscapes in theoretical biology: how to say mathematics with images

Sara Franceschelli

Making Meaning of Mathematics: Computer Technology in Systematics and Taxonomy

Beckett Sterner

II.5. Information and Function


Seminar 2 Chair: Alan Love

Investigating Biological Information With Noise

Alan Love

Choosing an Account of Teleofunctions: A Look at Recent Arguments From the Systematic Account
Nicolas Frank

Mechanism, computation, and explanation in cognitive neuroscience

David Kaplan

II.6. The Sociality of Biology


Lunch break


Kings College Chapel Chair: Michelle Jamieson

Inheriting Epigenetics

Noela Davis

Tolerance: On the origin of the immunological self

Michelle Jamieson

Plastic perceptions: ‘If the brain is like Play-Doh, how is it that we remain ourselves?’*

Florence Chiew

Dining Hall

Graduate Student Meeting

13:30-14:30 Riverview Chair: Don Goodman-Wilson

All graduate students are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend. The agenda includes the election of a new student representative, having a conversation about future student-led off-year workshops, and providing a forum for students to raise issues or concerns.

Monday Session III

III.1. Human Embodiment and Cultural Evolution
Monday/15:30-17:30 Boatsheds Chair: Linnda R. Caporael

Towards an Embodied-Developmental Account of Cultural Evolution

William Wimsatt

Human Embodiment: Individuals and Groups

Linnda R. Caporael

How Not to Get Your Knickers in a Knot: Cultural Enskillment beyond the Brain

Emily Schultz

Earthrise, or the Globalization of the World Picture

Benjamin Lazier

III.2. Extending the Boundaries of Development


Riverview Chair: Thomas Pradeu

A Mixed Self. The Role of Symbiosis in Development.

Thomas Pradeu

On Compound Individuality as a Norm for Biological Organisms

Richard Burian

How Heredity ws Severed from Development, and How the Wound may Heal

Roy Amundson

Development, ageing, and stem cells

Michel Morange

III.3. Mechanisms of Cognitive Neurobiology
Monday/15:30-17:30 Kyle Chair: Sarah Robins

Rats! The Endless Debate over Cooper and Zubek’s (1958) Maze-Learning Study

James Tabery

Two Ways to Break it Down: The Relation Between Functional and Constitutive Decomposition in the Search for Neurocognitive Mechanisms
Sarah Robins

Face recognition: neural mechanisms and the ontogeny of expertise from a philosophical point of view
Denis Forest

Are the Levels of Cognitive Neurobiology Continuous?

Carl Craver

III.4. Fitness and Heritability


Seminar 1 Chair: Peter T akacs

From Heritability to Probability

Omri Tal

Does the propensity interpretation of fitness need propensities?

Isabelle Drouet, Francesca Merlin

“Can Biological Fitness Be Etiologically Inert and Explanatorily Efficacious?”

Peter Takacs

III.5. Critical Issues in 20th Century Genetics


Seminar 2 Chair: Karen Frost-Arnold

The Epistemic Value of Trust in the Drosophilist Community

Karen Frost-Arnold

Biometry and Mendelism: A Philosophical Controversy

Charles Pence

Rogues and Purity in British Genetics, 1890-1914

Berris Charnley

Isolation in integration: Retracing McClintock's geneology in the History of Genetics.

Jung Sung Uk

III.6. The Challenges of Scientific Biography


Kings College Chapel Chair: Michael Dietrich

The Helical Biography

Oren Harman

Who would “qualify” to write a scientific biography?

Tomoko Steen

Is this a biography? The history of ideas and the history of individuals

Mark Borrello

Scientific Biography and the Question of Vindication

Michael Dietrich

Monday Session IV

Roundtable: Quo Vadis ISH?

Monday/18:00-19:30 Riverview Chair: Manfred Laubichler

The discussion in this roundable will consider future directions for ISHPSSB.


19:30 Dining Hall

V.1. Aimless Models: Biologists' Use of Non-Target-Directed Models in Theorizing

Tuesday, 14 July

Tuesday Session V


Boatsheds Chair: Michael Weisberg

Models, Metaphors, and Fitness Landscapes

Brett Calcott

From Non-comittal Models to Explanatory ones: Skyrms et al on the Evolution of Justice
Arnon Levy

Three-Sex Mating (and other biological models without targets)

Michael Weisberg

V.2. Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution, I: Beyond the Modern Synthesis


Riverview Chair: Marion Blute

Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution: Evolutionary Solutions to Theoretical Dilemmas in Cultural and Social Theory
Marion Blute

Reproduction, development, and modes of cultural evolution

Joeri Witteveen

The Pleasures and Perils of Darwinizing Culture (with phylogenies)

Russell Gray

V.3. The Manipulated Mechanism and its Discontents: Problems of Discovery, Modularity, Causation and Explanation

Tuesday/9:00-10:30 Kyle Chair: Don Goodman-Wilson

Modularity and Mechanism and Hodgkin and Huxley: Philosophical Insights from the Voltage Clamp
Don Goodman-Wilson

Break the Toaster: Manipulationist Descriptions of Mechanisms

Juan Montaña

Mechanisms and Downward Causation

Max Kistler

V.4. Issues in Explanation, Models, and Data Collection in Biology Tuesday/9:00-10:30 Seminar 1 Chair: Marta Halina

Formalism and Functionalism in Darwin's Theory of Descent with Modification

Juan Carlos Zamora

Research through the modification of false models: Discovering aflatoxin toxicity

Marta Halina

Re-Using Data, Re-Thinking Organisms: The Epistemic Impact of Databases on Model Organism Biology
Sabina Leonelli, Rachel Ankeny

V.5. Darwin and Philosophy


Seminar 2 Chair: Martin Black

Karl Popper, Charles Darwin and the Most Impressive 19th century Evolutionary Philosopher
Michael Bradie

Merleau-Ponty and Darwin: Retrospective Teleology in Art and Nature

Susan O'Shaughnessy

Teleology in Plato, Aristotle, and Darwin

Martin Black

V.6. Naturalizing the Normative in Nature, I: The Place of Teleology and Normativity in Biology


Coffee break


Tuesday Session VI

Kings College Chapel Chair: Dan Nicholson

It’s the Teleology, Stupid! How to Get Started with Biology

Georg Toepfer

The Normative Nexus and the Nature of Functional Stability

James Barham

Natural Sources of Normativity

Wayne Christensen

Wickham Terrace

VI.1. Trends in the History of 20th Century Genetics



Chair: Luis Campos

Life by Design: ‘Genetic Engineering’ From the Experimental Garden to Synthetic Biology
Luis Campos

Genetic drift is not a fiction

Ryota Morimoto

Sewall Wright’s analysis of the distribution of flower color in Linanthus parryae, 1941– 1978
Yoichi Ishida

VI.2. Darwinian Sociocultural Evolution, II: Beyond the Modern Synthesis


Riverview Chair: Maria Kronfeldner

The evolution of social learning by imitation

Paulo Abrantes

The Role of Organic Selection in Social and Cultural Evolution

Thomas Johnson

Won’t you please unite? On Darwinism, grand theory and the disciplinary structure of science
Maria Kronfeldner

VI.3. Digital Dissemination Roundtable
Tuesday/11:00-12:30 Kyle Chair: Jane Maienschein

Digital Dissemination Roundtable

Jane Maienschein

VI.4. Evolution in History Tuesday/11:00-12:30

VI.5. Science and the Tuesday/11:00-12:30

VI.6. Naturalizing the Tuesday/11:00-12:30

Lunch break


Council Meeting I


Tuesday Session VII

Seminar 1 Chair: Margaret Schabas

The Unusual Relationship between Intelligent Design and Evolution; or Are Intelligent Design and Evolutionary Theory Kissing Cousins?
Daniel Deen

The Evolutionary Context of Hume's Political Economy

Margaret Schabas

First and Last Lamarckians? Erasmus and Charles Darwin

Christopher Smith

Seminar 2 Chair: Alexandra Mareschal

The emergence and narratives of public voices and coastal/landscape guardian groups in the ‘industrialisation’ of the landscape under the impact of wind farms: towards inclusion or placation?
Richard Hindmarsh

The Interaction of Marine Conservation and Human Poverty in the Philippines

Alexandra Mareschal

Constructing Citizen Scientists in Seattle: The Pacific Science Center’s Effort to Promote the Public Understanding of Science in the 1960s
Erik Ellis

Normative in Nature, II: Historical Perspectives on the Naturalization of Teleology Kings College Chapel Chair: Lenny Moss

The Lenoir Thesis Revisited

John Zammito

Hegel's Notion of Nature's Purpose

Francesca Michelini

Moving Behind Schrödinger: How Was Teleology Eliminated in Early Molecular Biology?
Phillip R. Sloan

Dining Hall

Davies Room

VII.1. Species and Taxonomy



Chair: Gal Kober

No Classes, No Individuals, No Species: The Dissolution of 'The Species Problem'

Gal Kober

The Levels of Lineage Problem

Matt Haber

Pattern or Phylogenetic Cladism?: A Reexamination

Christopher Pearson

"A statement of taxonomic ignorance": the Burgess Shale and the meaning of phyla

Keynyn Brysse

VII.2. The Genial Gene: Author Meets Critics
Tuesday/15:30-17:30 Riverview Chair: Angela Potochnik

Sex, selection, and history

Erika Milam

Differentiating natural selection, sexual selection, and social selection

Roberta Millstein

A dispute over the basics of nature

Angela Potochnik

VII.3. Values in Environmental Science and Policy
Tuesday/15:30-17:30 Kyle Chair: Kevin Elliott and James Justus

The Status of the Fact-Value Distinction in the Teleological Sciences

James Justus

The Ethical Significance of Language in the Environmental Sciences

Kevin Elliott

The Natural Environment is Valuable, But Not Infinitely Valuable

Mark Colyvan

Discounting, Growth, Uncertainty and Environmental Decisions

Fabien Medvecky

VII.4. History of Developmental Biology and Genetics


Seminar 1 Chair: Grant Yamashita

Integrated physiological, developmental, and genetic concerns in Richard Goldschmidt’s macroevolutionary thinking
Dennis Pozega

Beyond Embryology: The Foundations and Evolution of Developmental Biology in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Nathan Crowe

Richard Owen and a theory of heredity: what happened?

Grant Yamashita

Edward Stuart Russell's Organismal Philosophy of Biology

Kelly Hamilton

VII.5. New Directions in the Philosophy of Biology


Seminar 2 Chair: Corinne Bloch

Apes at Evensong? Some Scepticism about Kitcher's Plans for Living with Darwin Dominic Murphy

Biological "Information": A Metaphor Run Amok

Kent Van Cleave

Classification and Identification in Science: The Roles of Definitions

Corinne Bloch

What exactly is a theoretical synthesis? Integrating theories in the life sciences.

Tilmann Massey

VII.6. Darwinism, Genetics, and Medicine in Society


Kings College Chapel Chair: Ana Barahona

Images of Women in Early Genetics

Marsha Richmond

The introduction of Darwinism in Mexico in the late 19th Century.

Ana Barahona

The Locus of Culture in the Making Knowledge of Racial Differences: A Case of Ethno- psychopharmacology in Asian-Pacific Region
Sungwoo Ahn

Sterilization Program in California and its relation with Semen Banks

Alicia Villela G.

Coffee break


Tuesday Session VIII

VIII.1. Biology and Ethics Tuesday/18:00-19:30

Wickham Terrace

Boatsheds Chair: Elizabeth O'Neill

Human Dignity and Problematic Bodies – A Return of the Social Darwinism?

Anna M. Tapola

Constructing ethical systems from evolutionary theory during the modern synthesis: An examination of the work of Julian Huxley and C.H. Waddington
Elizabeth O'Neill

Is it time for a relativist turn in ethics?

Katinka Quintelier

VIII.2. How to Really Talk about Cognition across Phyla


Riverview Chair: Pamela Lyon

The great successes in molecular biology of the last half century were enabled in part by the Darwinian assumption of a certain degree of continuity among living things as a result of evolution. Research on model organisms as simple as bacteria and yeast has provided much of what we know about most core biological processes and functions (e.g., inheritance, respiration, signal transduction, development, circadian timing). Genomic comparisons of hundreds of organisms as different as worms and humans suggest that many biological mechanisms, including those underlying information processing, are highly conserved. Yet when it comes to describing cognitive capacities comparison across phyla gets tricky very quickly. Scare quotes and really enter discourse in ways that they don't in discussions of other biological functions. Is bacterial ‘memory’ really memory? Do amoeba really ‘communicate’ when they aggregate to form fruiting bodies, or is that just a way of talking? Do male guppies really ‘evaluate’ the competition when they ‘observe’ contests before challenging? Do chimps really ‘empathize’ with injured conspecifics? The roundtable participants are collaborators in a multidisciplinary project (Foundations for a Cognitive Biology, DP0880559) that seeks to develop a basic conceptual toolkit for describing cognitive phenomena across phyla. The issues to be addressed in the session are:

• simple obstacles to recognizing structural similarity
• structure and mechanism (not just function) in cognitive explanation • integrating explanation across multiple levels
• the importance of ‘basic behaviour’ to understanding cognition
• developmental plasticity and the cognitive toolkit
• conceptual primitives as an entry point

VIII.3. Close Analysis of Darwin's Theory
Tuesday/18:00-19:30 Kyle Chair: Leonore Miller

The Many Interpretations of Darwin’s Principle of Divergence: How Darwin Went Wrong
Leonore Miller

Darwin the Poststructuralist? A Non-Modern and Intradisciplinary Perspective on Reading/Writing Matter/Meaning in Origin of Species
Fiona Druitt

Darwin’s theory of emotion and the impact of his legacy in neuroscience.

Ximena Gonzalez-Grandón, Carlos Viesca-Treviño

VIII.4. Philosophical Issues in Evolutionary Biology
Tuesday/18:00-19:30 Seminar 1 Chair: Joshua Filler

Newtonian Forces and Evolutionary Biology

Joshua Filler

Extrapolation in biology

Megan Delehanty

VIII.5. Understanding Evolutionary Patterns and Biological Discovery


Seminar 2 Chair: Ralph Schroeder

Macro-Patterns and Micro-theory: What would it take to show an explanatory gap?

Stefan Linquist

Community-Driven Discovery in Biology

Lucy Power, Ralph Schroeder, Eric Meyer

Survey on Organizational Culture and Innovation

Akram Hadizadeh, Marjan Farajian, Rohollah Alikhan Gorgani

VIII.6. Naturalizing the Normative in Nature, III: The Relation between Mechanism and Teleology Tuesday/18:00-19:30 Kings College Chapel Chair: John Zammito

Mechanism, Emergence and Miscibility

Denis Walsh

The Concept of Mechanism in Biology

Dan Nicholson

But What is the Mechanism?: Teleology, Detachment and Explanation Beyond the Confusions of ‘The New Mechanistic Philosophy’.
Lenny Moss, Dan Nicholson


19:30 Dining Hall

Workshop. Future Perspectives for Graduate Students and Post-Docs

Tuesday/20:30 Kyle Chair: Manfred Laubichler

An open workshop for faculty, graduate students, and post-docs on the status of HPSSB in 2009 and career opportunities in the future.

Workshop. Heterogeneity and Heritability: Responses from Sociology, Philosophy, and History of Biology


Riverview Chair: Peter Taylor

There is long and politically charged history of scientific and policy debates about the heritability of IQ test scores and genetic explanations of the differences between the mean scores for racial groups. In a series of papers, Peter Taylor argues that, despite the attention given to these debates by researchers and other critical commentators, including science studies scholars, significant conceptual and methodological issues in quantitative and behavioral genetics have been overlooked or not well appreciated. In particular, when similar responses of different genetically defined types are observed, it should not be assumed that similar conjunctions of genetic or environmental factors have been involved in producing those responses. Allowing for the possibility of heterogeneity of factors opens up many issues for the different fields in science studies. An overview of the arguments about heritability and heterogeneity and of the issues above is presented in Taylor, P. J. (2008) "The under-recognized implications of heterogeneity: Opportunities for fresh views on scientific, philosophical, and social debates about heritability," History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences, 30(3-4), in press. This session takes the form of a dialogue process in which participants respond to the arguments and issues raised in the paper above (available via and explore their implications for their own inquiries. The dialogue is preceded by a 7-minute presentation by Taylor to sketch the issues and an introduction to the guidelines for a dialogue process. After that, anyone who indicates that they want a turn to contribute has a chance to join the dialogue. The timing allows for input from afar by internet-mediated conference call (see; 8:45pm Australian EST =10.45am GMT = 6.45am US EST) by phone or Skype. For more details, see:

Wednesday, 15 July

Wednesday Session IX

IX.1. Systems Biology and Artificial Life


Boatsheds Chair: Pierre-Alain Braillard

Systems biology: towards a new theoretical biology?

Pierre-Alain Braillard

Immersive Worlds and Artificial Life

Iliana Hernández

A Husserlian Critique of the Formalization of Nature in Systems Biology

Constantinos Mekios

IX.2. Nurture Goes Molecular, I: Epigenetic Mechanisms and the Innate/Acquired Distinction


Riverview Chair: Karola Stotz

Transgenerational Epigenetic Effects

Emma Whitelaw

Developmental epigenetics and human health: implications for concepts of innateness, nature and nurture
Peter Gluckman

What if the genome is meta-stable?

Ehud Lamm

IX.3. Museum-Based Field Natural History and Biological Phenomena Wednesday/9:00-10:30 Kyle Chair: Kristin Johnson

Ordering the Diversity of Naturalists: the foundation of the International Congresses of Entomology
Kristin Johnson

Are We There Yet? or, the Problem of Locality in Biodiversity Resurveys

James Griesemer, Ayelet Shavit

Weird Science: The Platypus as Problem in the History of Biology

Joanna Radin

IX.4. Adaptation, Constraint, and Functional Design


Seminar 1 Chair: Roger Samson

“The lung and the moth”: A contextual dissection of functional design in biology

Luis Ramírez Trejo

Why Don't Zebras Have Machine Guns? Adaptation, Selection, and Constraints in Evolutionary Theory
Timothy Shanahan

Selection and constraint in evolutionary change: a case study on crossbills.

Roger Sansom, Pim Edelaar

IX.5. Human Evolution, Psychology, and Culture


Seminar 2 Chair: Alkistis Elliott-Graves

Why early humans did not think deductively.

Alkistis Elliott-Graves

Evolutionary Psychologists Don't Practise What They Preach

Justine Kingsbury

Tinbergen’s Four Questions, Culture, and Evolutionary Human Sciences

Tomi Kokkonen

IX.6. Wrangling with the Umwelt: Every Body Has To Do It


Coffee break


Wednesday Session X

Kings College Chapel Chair: Pamela Lyon

The Umwelt of a bacterial predator: Myxococcus xanthus

Pamela Lyon

Representing a world

Jon Opie

How Sphex broke out of its loop (while some humans are still at it)

Fred Keijzer


Colin Allen

Wickham Terrace

X.1. Thus From the War of Nature: Caprice, Contingency and the Dreadfulness of It All


Boatsheds Chair: John Beatty

Not His Caprice, But Hers: Absolving God, Condemning Nature?

John Beatty

The Dark Side of Darwinism: Caprice, Deceit, Degeneration

Staffan Müller-Wille

“Monkeys into Men and Men into Monkeys: Caprice and Contingency in Charles Kingsley’s Water Babies”
Piers Hale

X.2. Nurture Goes Molecular, II: Epigenetic Mechanisms and the Innate/Acquired Distinction


Riverview Chair: Paul Griffiths

Bacterial Epigenetics and the Developmental Niche

John Dupré

Parental Effects in Development and Evolution

Tobias Uller, Alexander Badyaev

Epigenetics, Parental Effects, and Ontogenetic Niche Construction: A Philosophical Analysis of Extended Inheritance
Karola Stotz

X.3. Rethinking Vitalism: Case Studies from the History and Philosophy of Medicine Wednesday/11:00-12:30 Kyle Chair: Charles T. Wolfe

“Accompanied by Psychosomatic Jitters”: Vitalism, History and Psychiatric Disorders

Sean Dyde

Old Bones: The vitalist turn in orthopaedic explanations

Chris Degeling

The Return of Vitalism: Canguilhem and French Biophilosophy in the 1960s

Charles Wolfe

X.4. Developmental Systems and Generative Entrenchment


Seminar 1 Chair: Jacob Stegenga

Generative Entrenchment: (Semi-)(Un-)Layered (Inter-)(In-)Dependencies

Jacob Stegenga

Developmental Systems Theory and its Discontents: O-E Interaction, Constraints, and Macroevolution
Trevor Pearce

Taking Construction Seriously: Re-rethinking Inheritance, Development, and Evolution

Gregory Mengel

X.5. Theoretical Biology and Artificial Life


Seminar 2 Chair: Owen Woodberry

Punctuated Equilibrium in an ALife speciation simulation

Owen Woodberry, Kevin Korb, Ann Nicholson

Quantum Indeterminism and Microevolution

Benjamin Jantzen

Prebiotic Chemical Evolution

Christophe Malaterre

X.6. Biology of Man: Race, Sex, and the State


Kings College Chapel Chair: Sheila Weiss

Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer and the Symbiosis of Human Heredity and Politics During the Adenauer Era
Sheila Weiss

Herbert Spencer’s Institutional Influence on French Imperialism: L’Armée Coloniale and La force noire, 1880-1920
Joe Lunn

Sciences of Sex in Interwar Europe: Contesting Nature-State Relations and Boundaries

Jason Byron

Life in Motion: Sex, Truth, and Their Transformations in China

Howard H. Chiang

Dining Hall

Lunch break


Wednesday Session XI

XI.1. Ecology, Belief and Environmental Policy: Finding Ways Forward in the Atomic Age

Wednesday, 15:30-17:30

Boatsheds Chair: Garland Allen

The Path to the Endangered Species Act

Johnny Winston

Ecumenism, Ecology, and “Ecological Theology”: The Case of the World Council of Churches, 1961-1979
David Steffes

The Phreatophyte Subcommittee: Science, bureaucracy and scapegoating

Matt Chew

Essentializing Invasion

Nathan Smith

XI.2. Representing the History of Life by Trees: Scientific, Historical and Philosophical Issues


Riverview Chair: Richard Burian

Trees and networks before and after Darwin

Mark Ragan

Philosophy of Biology, Ernst Mayr, and the Tree of Life

Maureen O'Malley

Trees, Trellises, and the Garden of Eden

Lisa Gannett

On Arguments Over The Tree of Life

Robert A. Wilson

XI.3. Economical Concepts, Evolutionary Biology, and Adaptive Rationality: Exploring the Interplay Wednesday/15:30-17:30 Kyle Chair: Philippe Huneman

Model pluralism, concepts-pluralism and process-pluralism in the study of cooperation

Philippe Huneman

Evolutionary economics: what relationship with evolutinary biology

Jean Gayon

Invisible hand and the tragic commons in evolutionary theory

Johannes Martens

Adaptive Rationality: An evolutionary perspective on cognitive bias

Andreas Wilke, Martie Haselton, Christophe Heintz

XI.4. Mechanisms and Mechanistic Explanations


Seminar 1 Chair: Dan Brooks

Concerting mechanisms: Unifying explanations of male homosexuality

Fabrizzio McManus

The "New Mechanism" as an Interface for Evolutionary and Constitutive Explanation

Dan Brooks

Mechanism and Natural Selection

Joyce Havstad

Non-explanatory biological mechanisms

Ulrich Krohs

XI.5. Biological Theory and Conceptual Power: Studies in Scientific Practice


Seminar 2 Chair: Kevin Amidon

Weismann’s Theoretical Biology and the Debate over Legitimate Scientific Practice, 1850-1900
Lukas Rieppel

Switches and batteries: two models of gene regulation and historiographical myths

Vivette Garcia, Edna Suarez

Styles of Scientific Reasoning in Cybernetics and the Sciences of Brain and Mind

Tara Abraham

The biophysics of the developing embryo: a new challenge in theoretical integration.

Laura Nuño de la Rosa

XI.6. Conceptual Issues in Evo-Devo


Kings College Chapel Chair: Ellen Clarke

How different types of modularity affect evolvability during evolutionary transitions in individuality
Ellen Clarke

Behavior, a Neglected Component of Evolutionary Transitions.

Michael Trestman

Evincing Baupläne: Why Body Plans are Real and Why We Should Care

Mark Ulett

Steps towards an ecoevodevo synthesis—and beyond?

Peter Taylor

Wickham Terrace

Coffee break


ISHPSSB Members Meeting

18:00-19:30 Riverview

All Invited

Conference Banquet

19:30 Hillstone Country Club

Reservation required.

XII.1. Theoretical Biology and Biosemiotics

Thursday, 16 July

Thursday Session XII


Boatsheds Chair: Ruth Emilia Garcia Chico

"Physical Space in Biological Molecules"

José Luis González Recio, Ruth García Chico

Levins’ Strategy of Model Building, Loop Analysis and Ecological Mechanisms

Viorel Pâslaru

Mood and tense in the language of the genes

Brant Pridmore

Biosemiotics must be grounded in an organizational approach to functionality

John Collier

XII.2. The Evolution of the Capacity of Culture, I


Riverview Chair: Ben Jeffares

Apprentice Learning and Human Evolution

Kim Sterelny

The Evolution of Cultural Diversity

James Maclaurin

The Evolution of Technical Competence

Ben Jeffares

XII.3. Themes in the History of Molecular Biology and Immunology Thursday/9:00-10:30 Kyle Chair: Neeraja Sankaran

Rosalind Franklin and the DNA Double-Helix: Historiographical Interpretations

Marcos Rodrigues da Silva

The Bacteriophage, Its Role in Immunology: The impact of Frank Macfarlane Burnet’s Early Research on Phages on the Development of His Scientific Style.
Neeraja Sankaran

Models and the History of the Biological Studies of Aging

Maria Strecht Almeida, Miguel Gomes, Susana Lopes

Peter Brian Medawar and the Making of Immunological Tolerance

Hyung Wook Park

XII.4. Topics in Conservation Biology


Seminar 1 Chair: Christopher Eliot

A Value Free Framework for Conservation Biology.

Clement Loo

Stability and normality in biodiversity conservation

Julien Delord

Do ecological communities need to exist?

Christopher Eliot

XII.5. Historical Issues in Twentieth Century Biology
Thursday/9:00-10:30 Seminar 2 Chair: Christina Brandt

When Style Matters: The Controversy between A. Weismann and T. H. Morgan on Regenerative Phenomena
Maurizio Esposito

The metaphor of "nuclear reprogramming': 1960s and early 1970s cloning research

Christina Brandt

Imperial Ornithology: Hunting, Natural History, and Japanese Empire Building

Coffee break


Thursday Session XIII

Akihisa Setoguchi

Wickham Terrace

XIII.1. Realist and Functionalist Issues in Biology, II



Chair: Michael Devitt

Natural Kinds and Biological Realisms

Michael Devitt

The Speciation of Species

Eric Oberheim

Reconsidering individuality

Senji Tanaka

In Search for a Temporal Ontology for Biology: Philosophical Considerations on Applying Discrete and Continuous Time-Series for Grounding Biological Processes Luciana Garbayo

XIII.2. The Evolution of the Capacity for Culture, II


Riverview Chair: Kim Sterelny

Pointing the finger. Ostensive definition: the missing link in language evolution.

Fiona Cowie

Behavioural evolution: The problem of many kinds of minds

Rachael Brown

The Relevance of Track-ways Reading to the Co-evolution of Human Cognition and Culture
Kim Shaw-Williams

Culturally-Mediated Social Selection: A Revolutionary Evolutionary Transition?

William Catton

XIII.3. Thinking Formally About Evolutionary Change: Detection and Ontology Thursday/11:00-12:30 Kyle Chair: Patrick Forber

Detecting the signature of selection

Patrick Forber

Evolutionary nominalism

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Is it just hype? Measuring and predicting cultural evolution online

Kenneth Reisman

XIII.4. Topics in the History of Ecology
Thursday/11:00-12:30 Seminar 1 Chair: Brad Wilson

Mechanisms in Evolution and Ecology

Bradley Wilson

Rousseau’s Anthropocentricism versus Evolution

Jeu Jenq Yuann

XIII.5. The Developmental Synthesis


Lunch break


Council Meeting II


Seminar 2 Chair: Lindsay Craig

The Structure of the Developmental Synthesis

Lindsay Craig

Neo-Darwinism and sociobiology in the postgenomic era

Laurence Perbal

Developmental Explanations of Evolution: a Challenge to Neo-Darwinism?

Stavros Ioannidis

Dining Hall

Davies Room