History of Science Society Annual Meeting

The preliminary program for the History of Science Society‘s annual meeting (November in Pittsburgh) has been placed online and it looks like the best series of sessions in a long while with the organizers managing to avoid scheduling sessions on similar themes at the same time. It’s a three-day meeting but I’ll only be around for the Friday & Saturday. Here’s what my preliminary schedule looks like:


  • 9:00 – The Hard Parts: Paleontology and the Evolutionary Synthesis. Some nice papers here on Sewall Wright, species concepts, Osborn, random drift, and ID.
  • 12:30 – lecture by Gar Allen on eugenics and the conservation movement.
  • 1:30 – The Christian Confrontation with Science. I’m chairing this session of papers on reactions to syphilis, race & creationism, and Darwinism as a secular religion.
  • 3:30 – Intellectual Histories of 20th Century Biology. Depending on whether or not I am deep in conversation with folks, I may get to this session’s papers on JBS Haldane & Dobzhansky.


  • 9:00 – Negotiating the Human: Paleoanthropology Images, Objects & Audiences. Papers on the human boundary, Raymond Dart, Le Gros Clark, and Charles Knight.
  • 1:30 – In Darwin’s Day.  Homology, Robert Chambers, William Bateson & George Romanes.
  • 3:30 – New Studies of Religion & Science in America and Great Britain. Popularization, scientific naturalism, John Gulick, and Catholic reactions to evolution.

The Philosophy of Science Association is meeting at the same time in the same hotel and that always has a few sessions worth attending, so it look like it’s going to be a busy few days.

I see Janet is going to be at the PSA. Any readers going to be at the HSS or PSA?


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