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History of Human Science Talks at HHS, Atlanta, Nov. 3-6, 2016

As a followup to yesterday’s post on the Forum for History of Human Science (FHHS) sponsored session at the History of Science Society (HSS) meeting, November 3rd through 6th in Atlanta, we’ve rounded up all the history of human science content on the program.

Still to be announced are the FHHS business meeting and invited speaker.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2016
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Session 1. Between the Natural and Human Sciences: Historical Lessons from the Study of [Our] Brains and Behaviors
Chair(s): Tara Abraham, University of Guelph
Organizer(s): Tara Abraham, University of Guelph

Neurohistology and the ‘Radical’ Surgical Treatment of Epilepsy in the 1920s and 30s. Delia Gavrus, University of Winnipeg

Radical to Some Yet to Others, Ho-Hum: Adolf Meyer’s Biological Theory of Mind, 1895- 1925. Susan Lamb, University of Ottawa

The Sciences of Brain and Mind in American Medical Education: The Case of Harvard’s Medical School, 1900-1945. Tara Abraham, University of Guelph

Epigenetics as Trending Science. Michael Pettit, York University

Thursday, November 3
3:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Session 11. Collecting, Colonialism, and Material Culture in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Materials of the Mind: Phrenology and the Making of a Global Science, 1815-1920. James Poskett, University of Cambridge

Session 16. Reforming the Everyday: Scientific Expertise and its Publics
The Psycho-Technocratic Society: Psychological Expertise and Everyday Life in Progressive Era America. Jeremy Blatter, New York University

Session 19. The Fake and the False: Science, Law, and Trickery
Counterfeiting Madness: The Problem of Imposture in Nineteenth-Century Insanity Trials. Susanna Blumenthal, University of Minnesota

Friday, November 4
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Session 21. Binaries, Scales, and Other Modes of Classification in the Social and Life Sciences
Left, Right, Mixed, or Scaled? Dexterity Questionnaires and Genetic Theories of Handedness in Britain, 1967–1979. Tabea Cornel, University of Pennsylvania Continue reading History of Human Science Talks at HHS, Atlanta, Nov. 3-6, 2016

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FHHS Sponsored Session: “Human Science Fictionalized: A Novel, a Visual Narrative and an Indie Film”

This November’s History of Science Society (HSS) meeting features a session sponsored by HSS’s special interest group the Forum for History of Human Science (FHHS). The HSS meeting runs November 3rd through 6th in Atlanta, Georgia. The session “Human Science Fictionalized: A Novel, a Visual Narrative and an Indie Film,” organized by Ben Harris (right), will take place on the morning of Sunday November 6th. Full details follow below.

Sunday Nov. 6, 9-11 am
Session 87. Human Science Fictionalized: A Novel, a Visual Narrative and an Indie Film
Chair(s): John Carson, University of Michigan
Commentator(s): Nadine Weidman, Harvard University
Organizer(s): Ben Harris, University of New Hampshire

A Novelist’s Perspective, Andromeda Romano-Lax, Independent Scholar
An Artist’s Perspective, Matteo Farinella, Independent Scholar and Columbia University
Putting Stanley Milgram on Film, Gina Perry, University of Melbourne

Summary:

In studies of science popularization the focus is usually on non-fiction. But what about fictionalized portraits of science? This session looks at three attempts to bring the human and neuro- sciences to the public through fiction. Among the questions explored are: how is the fact/fiction boundary negotiated? how do a “fact writer” and a “fiction writer” think about popularization differently? What are the different relationships that they have to their sources, or that they envision with their audiences? Andromeda Romano-Lax is a successful novelist whose most recent work, Behave (2016), dramatizes the life and career of Rosalie Rayner, wife and former student of behaviorist John Watson. Matteo Farinella is an illustrator and artist with a doctorate in neuroscience. His visual narrative, Neurocomic (2013, co-authored with Hana Roz), portrays the history of neuroscience through a young man’s a voyage of discovery in a land of giant neurons and encounters with famous scientists. Gina Perry is an Australian journalist who used her investigative and narrative skills to write a Behind the Shock Machine (2013), a history of Stanley Milgram’s obedience studies. Now a doctoral student in psychology, she will review Experimenter, Michael Almereyda’s 2016 film about Milgram and his work. Our commentator is Nadine Weidman, a historian of science at Harvard University known for her work on public controversy and popularization in the twentieth century human sciences. Our Chair is John Carson, a historian at the University of Michigan and Director of Undergraduate Studies for its Program in Science, Technology, and Society.

Come back tomorrow for a roundup of all the history of human science related programming at HSS!

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“I’ve been to Dwight” 2016

51obiAJOTML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Lancaster University, the Alcohol and Drugs History Society, and the Wellcome Trust have organized a conference in Dwight, Illinois for “transnational perspectives addiction, temperance, and treatment in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.”

The “I’ve been to Dwight” meeting (July 14-17), is being held at the home of the Keeley Company, the history of which serves as a unique lens to approach the topic:

Though nearly forgotten today, the Keeley Company, based in Dwight, Illinois, distributed its “gold cure” for the alcohol, tobacco and drug habits by post and from franchised clinics across North America, Europe and Australia between 1880 and 1966. The company’s popular, international success ensured that its founder, Dr. Leslie E. Keeley, was among the world’s most famous physicians at the turn of the twentieth century. Keeley however, faced constant accusations of quackery from the forces of professional biomedicine, particularly the BMA and the AMA. Nonetheless, tens of thousands of satisfied patients from around the globe were convinced that his “gold cure” had rid them of their alcohol and drug habits and “I’ve Been to Dwight” was a catchphrase they used to explain their sobriety. After Keeley’s death in 1900, the company worked to conform to shifting standards of biomedical practice, but competition from state-run sanitaria led to its closure in 1966.

Because of its global presence, its difficult relationship with the medical mainstream and its tenacious popularity among ordinary people, marking the closure of the Keeley Company begs many historical questions and it urges us to answer them in broadly critical, comparative and/or transnational terms.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Sarah Tracy, historian of medicine from the Department of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma.

The conference program can be found here.

The village of Dwight, Illinois is directly in between Chicago and Bloomington, and is a short train ride from the city.

Some further online resources about the Keeley Cure:

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April 2016: “The Future of the History of the Human Sciences”

To mark the end of James Good‘s time as editor of History of the Human Sciences a special two-day meeting on “The Future of the History of the Human Sciences” is planned for April 7th and 8th, 2016. The meeting, hosted jointly by Chris Renwick and History of the Human Scienceswill take place at the University of York and feature as speakers: Roger Smith, Steve Fuller, Peter Mandler, Marianne Sommer, Amanda Rees, Michael Finn, Elizabeth Toon, Jessica Hendy, Maurizio Meloni, Des Fitzgerald, Alexandra Bacopoulos Viau, and Jonna Brenninkmeijer. Full details about the meeting, including (free) registration and postgraduate bursary information, follow below.

The Future of the History of the Human Sciences
University of York
Thursday 7th & Friday 8th April 2016

This two-day meeting, hosted jointly by Dr Chris Renwick and History of the Human Sciences, gathers together established scholars and early-career researchers to consider changes wrought in the broad interdisciplinary field of the history of the human sciences by new developments in the medical humanities, biological sciences, and literary/cultural theory. Marking the end of James Good’s 15-year tenure as HHS editor and the beginning of a new editorial team, comprising Dr Felicity Callard, Dr Rhodri Hayward, and Dr Angus Nicholls, the meeting will survey the field’s development since the foundation of HHS almost 20 years ago, and offer provocations – from various disciplinary perspectives – about the directions that it might take in the future.

Speakers include Roger Smith, Steve Fuller, Peter Mandler, Marianne Sommer, Amanda Rees, Michael Finn, Elizabeth Toon, Jessica Hendy, Maurizio Meloni, Des Fitzgerald, Alexandra Bacopoulos Viau, and Jonna Brenninkmeijer.

There will be four intensive sessions:

  1. The Problem of the Archive: biological data, digital media, material culture, and their impact upon the archive and human nature;
  2. The Problem of the Human: how the neurosciences are challenging conventional approaches to history;
  3. The Problem of the Social: How do models of ‘the social’ in the life sciences challenge those in the social sciences and humanities?
  4. Practice in the Human Sciences: new methods and approaches in medical humanities and science studies.

These sessions will be followed by a roundtable in which the outgoing and incoming History of the Human Sciences editors, plus speakers from the conference, discuss the state of the field and its future. Continue reading April 2016: “The Future of the History of the Human Sciences”

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Deadline Extended for Joint ESHHS & Cheiron Meeting Submissions

The deadline for submissions to the 2016 joint meeting of ESHHS & Cheiron has been extended to January 25th, 2016. The full call for papers follows below. More details on the meeting can be found here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

ESHHS and CHEIRON invite submissions to their joint conference to be held from June 27 to July 1, 2016, at the Centre for History of Science (CEHIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Sessions, papers, workshops, round-tables and posters may deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioural or social sciences. However, this year’s conference will devote particular interest in topics such as:

  • historiography
  • history and philosophy of science
  • popularization of science and the role of experts in modern society
  • the circulation of science and technology in the European periphery

Submissions: must be received by January 25, 2016 (there will no more changes of the date from now on). Please send your proposal electronically as attachment in MSWord (.doc/.docx) to the three members of the programme committee:

Ø  Ingrid Farreras (farreras@hood.edu)

Ø  Sharman Levinson (slevinson.eshhs@gmail.com)

Ø  Annette Mülberger (annette.mulberger@uab.cat)

Only original papers should be sent. Please indicate the submission type (session, paper, poster, workshop or round-table proposal). Any submission must include the name, email, and institutional address of the author.

Papers: send a 500-600 word abstract in English plus short bibliography. In case your communication will be in another language, please inform the committee in order to assist in planning linguistic support, if necessary. 

Posters: send a 300 word abstract.

Session, workshop or round-table: send a 500-600 word rationale of the event (plus short bibliography) as well as a short abstract for each paper or intervention.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 29, 2016.

A limited number of travel stipends will be available to students or scholars who present a paper or a poster and need economic support. Please indicate along with your submission if you wish to be considered for this arrangement.

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2nd CfP: Joint Meeting ESHHS & Cheiron, Barcelona 2016

SECOND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
JOINT MEETING
ESHHS (European Society for the History of Human Sciences)
&
CHEIRON (International Society for the History of Behavioural and Social Sciences)
Barcelona, Spain, June 27-July 1, 2016

ESHHS and CHEIRON invite submissions to their joint conference to be held from June 27 to July 1, 2016, at the Centre for History of Science (CEHIC), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Sessions, papers, workshops, round-tables and posters may deal with any aspect of the history of the human, behavioural or social sciences. However, this year’s conference will devote particular interest in topics such as:

  • historiography
  • history and philosophy of science
  • popularization of science and the role of experts in modern society
  • the circulation of science and technology in the European periphery

Submissions: must be received by January 15, 2016. Please send your proposal electronically as attachment in MSWord (.doc/.docx) to the three members of the programme committee:

Ø  Ingrid Farreras (farreras@hood.edu)

Ø  Sharman Levinson (slevinson.eshhs@gmail.com)

Ø  Annette Mülberger (annette.mulberger@uab.cat)

Only original papers should be sent. Please indicate the submission type (session, paper, poster, workshop or round-table proposal). Any submission must include the name, email, and institutional address of the author. 

Papers: send a 500-600 word abstract in English plus short bibliography. In case your communication will be in another language, please inform the committee in order to assist in planning linguistic support, if necessary.

Posters: send a 300 word abstract.

Session, workshop or round-table: send a 500-600 word rationale of the event (plus short bibliography) as well as a short abstract for each paper or intervention.

Notification of acceptance will be sent by February 29, 2016.

Information about the Registration Fee

ESHHS/CHEIRON members non-members
Early bird registration (beforeApril 15) 100 € 130 €
late registration 200 €
Student fee 50 € 100 €

Note: The registration is not yet open (we will announce when it starts – probably in February, 2016 – and send information about how to make the transference). Please take into account that the registration fee does not include the conference dinner, which is optional and will suppose an extra cost of approximately 50 or 60 €.

Accommodation: please keep in mind that Barcelona is a touristic place and June high season. Therefore, if you want to stay in the city we recommend you to book your hotel or apartment as soon as possible. The conference itself will take place in Bellaterra (the campus of the Univ. Autònoma), about 20 km away.  From the campus you can get to the centre of the city by train, which takes about 35 minutes (but the train does not circulate during the night).

Here are some recommendations:

A) For the hotel on the campus of the UAB (“Hotel Campus”) we have a special offer: a single room for 60 euros and a double room for 66 euros. If you are interested please send us an e-mail. As soon as we receive your response we make a pre-reservation (which can be cancelled or changed by you at any time until April 2016). Later on (in January/February) when you probably will start to make travel plans we will send you a booking form to fill out to formalize the reservation (in it you will have to indicate the date of arrival and departure).

  1. B) A (cheaper) option is to rent an apartment for 2 persons (called “Vila 2“) on the university campus of the UAB. The price per week is 377€. The apartment includes private bathroom and equipped kitchen. The price also includes a weekly cleaning service. Please take a look at the link below to see the pictures. Please contact us if you are interested in this option.
    For more information see: http://www.uab.cat/web/your-home/type-q-for-1-or-2-persons-1248300550667.html

(Note: there are 3 restaurants linked to the Hotel Campus and the cafeteria opens all days from 8 a.m. to 12a.m. (midnight)).

  1. C) In the city centre: in general hotels in the city centre are more expensive and we have no chance of getting a special price. There are plenty possibilities and maybe use com to get a good cancellation policy. An attractive option could be also the “Residència d’Investigadors” (a hotel for scholars near the Ramblas, about 15 minutes walk to the train station to UAB/Bellaterra; the travel to the conference from there would take about 1 hour aprox.). The price for an individual room is 71€, the double room costs between 88€ and 100€. More information at:
    http://www.residencia-investigadors.es/ca/espacios/allotjament-9.htmPlease note that a limited number of travel stipends will be available to students or scholars who present a paper or a poster and need economic support. Please indicate along with your submission if you wish to be considered for this arrangement.

In case you want a list of hotels of the city centre or if you plan to stay on the campus please contact us(eshhs2016@gmail.com).

Kind regards,
The organisers

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CfP: “Alcohol Flows Across Cultures: Drinking Cultures in Transnational & Comparative Perspective”

A call for papers has been issued for a research symposium on alcohol consumption across cultures that will take place at St. Anne’s College, Oxford at the end of June, 2016. Full details follow below.

Alcohol flows across cultures: Drinking cultures in transnational and comparative perspective

Wednesday 29 June 2016 – Thursday 30 June 2016
Location: St Anne’s College, Oxford

Details

International Research Symposium

Alcohol consumption is currently seen as a major public health hazard across the globe. The medicalisation of alcohol use has become a prominent discourse that guides policy makers and impacts public perceptions of alcohol and drinking. This symposium intends to map the historical and cultural dimension of these phenomena and to trace the development of changing attitudes to consumption and historical and contemporary representations of alcohol and drinking in different regions, from the pre-modern to the postcolonial period. Emphasis is on the connected histories of different regions and populations across the globe in terms of their consumption patterns, government policies, economics and representations of alcohol and drinking. This transnational perspective facilitates an understanding of the local, transnational and global factors that have had a bearing on alcohol consumption and legislation and on the emergence of particular styles of ‘drinking cultures’. A comparative approach helps identify similarities, differences and crossovers between particular regions and pinpoint the parameters that shape alcohol consumption, policies and perceptions. The exploration of plural drinking cultures within any one particular region, their association with particular social groups, and their continuities and changes in the wake of wider global, colonial and postcolonial economic, political and social constraints and exchanges will be important dimensions of analysis.

Compensation for travel expenditure and local hospitality during the conference is aimed at but cannot be guaranteed. The closing date for abstracts (300 words) is 10 January 2016. Please indicate the primary source base of your contribution in your abstract, and clearly state your research questions, aims and arguments.

Contact for submission of abstracts and for inquiries:
Professor Waltraud Ernst, wernst@brookes.ac.uk
Professor David Foxcroft, david.foxcroft@brookes.ac.uk

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Reminder: Submission Deadline for 2016 Society for the History of Psychology Meeting

The Society for the History of Psychology (SHP), Division 26 of the American Psychological Association, has issued a reminder of the submission deadline for their 2016 meeting. SHP will meet as part of the 2016 annual convention of the American Psychological Association, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, August 4-7, 2016. The full details follow below.

We welcome inclusive proposals for symposia, individual papers, posters, and conversation hours related to the history or historiography of psychology, or to the human sciences more generally. An award is given for best student paper.

Dr. James Lamiell’s Presidential Theme this year highlights the problem of the diminishing profile of graduate-level coursework in history and philosophy of psychology within the overall education of our Ph.D.s. Critical discussion of this state of affairs is encouraged (but not required).

All proposals are to be submitted online here: http://www.apa.org/convention/proposals.aspx?tab=2

The full call for proposals and more information regarding submissions can be found here: http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdf

Requirements for submission (abstract length, etc.) are available in the online convention proposal submission system.

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CfP: CPA History and Philosophy of Psychology (HPP) Section

The History and Philosophy of Psychology (HPP) Section of the Canadian Psychological Association has issued a call for papers for their June 2016 meeting. Submissions are due December 1st. The full call for papers follows below.

Call for Proposals – History and Philosophy of Psychology (HPP) Section
CPA Convention, 2016
Victoria, BC, June 9-11

The call for submissions for the Canadian Psychological Association’s 77th Annual Convention (Thursday, June 9th to Saturday, June 11th, 2016) in Victoria, BC, has gone out. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2015.  See: http://www.cpa.ca/convention/callforsubmissions/

The History and Philosophy of Psychology (HPP) Section is seeking symposia, individual oral paper presentations, theory reviews, and conversation session submissions.

This year we are encouraging symposium submissions as it will allow us to better manage time restrictions and group presentations within the parameters of CPA’s programming guidelines.

We are asking that all proposals be submitted through both CPA’s online system and to HPP’s Program Co-Chairs; we hope to avoid some of the issues encountered in previous years when only the CPA online system has been used. Please submit your proposals to one of the Program Chairs – Patric Plesa (patricplesa@rogers.com) or Wanda Power (wpower@sfu.ca) – as well as through the CPA website listed above.

We hope to put together a dynamic program for our Section, and we look forward to receiving your submissions. We have also prepared a “submission guideline” as the CPA submission portal has changed this year. We apologize for any cross-posting.

With best wishes,
Patric Plesa & Wanda Power
Program Co-Chairs CPA-HPP

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CfP: Spanish Society for the History of Psychology

The Spanish Society for the History of Psychology has issued a call for papers for its 2016 meeting, to be held May 4-6, 2016. Submission abstracts will be accepted in Portuguese, English, and Spanish, and are due December 31, 2015. Full details follow below and can be found on the the society’s website.

The “Spanish Society for the History of Psychology” organizes its XXIX Annual Symposium on University Portucalense (Porto, Portugal) from 4 to 6 May 2016.

The overall theme of the Symposium, the participants proposed, focuses on the “History of Psychopathology and Psychotherapy” assuming full range of theories, models and practices, with special emphasis on the Latin American world.Therefore, the Symposium will provide an opportunity for dissemination, discussion and critical deepening of historical and epistemological issues personalities and institutions in the Latin American world, they have contributed to the theoretical and practical innovation in the context of understanding / explanation psychopathological and psychotherapeutic intervention. It is intended, therefore, to encourage research in a scientific-cultural and geopolitical sphere that has been systematically marginalized.

However, special attention to this general theme does not mean the exclusion of other important themes in the history of psychology, among which we highlight the following:

  • Philosophical Foundations of Psychology,
  • Psychology at the Ibero-
  • History of psychological schools,
  • History of the Neurosciences and Neropsicología,
  • Biographies reviews Psychologists / as,
  • History of psychiatric institutions,
  • Psychology, colonialism, racism and multi / inter-cultural,
  • Psychology of sexuality and gender,
  • Women and feminism in psychology,
  • Psychology of religion and spirituality,
  • Efemerides held in 2016, including the following anniversaries: Foundation Club Zurich by Carl Gustav Jung (1916), E. Mach (1838-1916), Th Ribot (1839-1916), O. Külpe (. 1862-1916), H. Münsterberg (1863-1916), Leta Hollingworth (1886-1939, PhD 1916), H. Eysenck (1916-1997), Julian Rotter (1916-2014), Virginia Satir (1916-1988 ).

Participants can submit:

  • Papers : oral presentations of 20 minutes maximum;
  • Roundtables : maximum 4 papers (90 minutes), with thematic coherence;
  • Posters (recommended size: A1).

 All proposals must be written in English, Castilian and Portuguese, and will be evaluated by double blind review. These should include:

  • Title; Abstract: 550-750 words 150-250 for Communications and Posters; References (5-10); (. 5 max) keywords; a separate document with the institutional linkage and a brief biographical note of the author (100 words maximum) indicating the issues that interest you and publications in the area.

Successful proposals will be published in e-book with ISBN.
To request further information and to send the proposals should be addressed to the following address: SEHPsymposium@upt.pt

Important dates for the Conference:

  •  Submission of proposals for papers, panels and posters: until 31 December 2015 .
  • The decision on the proposals: to the January 31, 2016.
  • The Conference program will be ready by March 31, 2016.
  • Registration: from 31 January 2016.
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