[SPSP-members] Halifax June 21-24: International conference brings big science thinkers together

Situsci situsci at dal.ca
Wed Jun 13 09:41:26 CDT 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 13, 2012

WAXING PHILOSOPHICAL ABOUT SCIENCE
International conference brings big science thinkers together

(Halifax, NS) – Debates about "proof" and "evidence", “good” and “exact” sciences linger among academics just as they do among the general public.

Three experts in the field of Science and Technology Studies, or the humanities and social studies of science, will be featured at the 9th biennial meeting of the International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science at the University of King’s College, 6350 Coburg Rd. in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 21-24, 2012.  

Distinguished philosopher, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Companion of the Order of Canada, Ian Hacking will explore rhetoric, especially paradigms, in scientific discourse on June 22. This will follow a lecture on the previous night by prominent professor in the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton University, Heinrich von Staden, about shifting notions of “proof” and “evidence” in experimental science. Kathleen Okruhlik, a professor at the University of Western Ontario and President of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, caps the conference with her investigation of the roles of desire and will in notions of “good science” on June 23. The free keynotes start at 5:30pm.

A special Plenary Symposium on the nature of “exact” science is also open to the public June 23rd at 2:15pm. All public events will occur in Alumni Hall.

“It’s not very often that leading thinkers like these are brought together in this way in Canada,” says Emily Tector, Project Coordinator of one of the event’s keynote supporters, the Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster in Canada (www.situsci.ca) “the free events are a great chance to involve the public in key underlying science issues that continue to engage us. These are big questions requiring big thinking.”

The International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science conference program and information can be found at: www.hopos.org

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For more information, please contact: 
Emily Tector, Project Coordinator
Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster  |  www.situsci.ca  |  situsci at dal.ca  |  902 422-1270 x 200

or
Cheryl Bell
University of King's College Advancement Office - Communications |  902.422.1271 ext 136  |  Cell 902 266 9403

ABOUT HOPOS  (WWW.HOPOS.ORG)
The International Society for the History of Philosophy and Science is devoted to promoting serious, scholarly research on the history of the philosophy of science, across related disciplines and in all historical periods.  They aim to promote historical work in a variety of ways, but especially through encouraging exchange among scholars through meetings, publications, and electronic media. HOPOS is a member organization of FISP (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie). For more information, please visit: WWW.HOPOS.ORG

ABOUT UNIVERSITY OF KING’S COLLEGE (WWW.UKINGS.CA)
Established in 1789, King's College is Canada's oldest chartered university. A small and extraordinarily lively academic community located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, King's is known nationally and internationally for its highly acclaimed interdisciplinary programs in the humanities and journalism. For more information, please go to WWW.UKINGS.CA

ABOUT SITUATING SCIENCE (WWW.SITUSCI.CA)
The Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster is a 7-year networking project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Situating Science represents the first coordinated effort in targeted knowledge exchange and partnership creation in the humanities and social studies of science and technology in Canada. Our mandate is to bring philosophers, historians, sociologists, and anthropologists together with scientists, journalists, museologists, and others, to study the influences that have shaped the field of science, and the influence that science has on our lives. For more information on our themes, podcasts, videos, events and network, please visit: WWW.SITUSCI.CA


Emily Tector
Project Coordinator
Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster 
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Rd
Halifax  NS  B3H 2A1
Phone: (902) 422-1271, ext. 200
Cell (Emergency Phone): (902) 789-8392
Fax: (902)423-3357
www.situsci.ca
7 Years. 6 Nodes. 4 Themes. 

Follow our Situating Scien
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Emily Tector
Project Coordinator
Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster 
University of King's College
6350 Coburg Rd
Halifax  NS  B3H 2A1
Phone: (902) 422-1271, ext. 200
Cell (Emergency Phone): (902) 789-8392
Fax: (902)423-3357
www.situsci.ca
7 Years. 6 Nodes. 4 Themes. 

Follow our Situating Science Facebook Page and Twitter feeds (@situsci)




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