(Oct 2016) The Past, Present, and Future of Integrated History and Philosophy of Science: An International Postgraduate Forum

University of Leeds 13 - 14 January 2017

Integrated History and Philosophy of Science (IHPS) is commonly understood as the study of science from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. Yet since its gradual formation as a research field there has been constant discussion about how to suitably integrate the two disciplines. IHPS remains an ever-shifting, highly demanding and disparate area of research which incorporates a multitude of different subjects and methodologies. The Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2016-17; we see this as an opportunity to create a dialogue amongst young scholars about the future of the field by drawing upon lessons from past achievements, and reflecting upon current problems within IHPS.

 

The First International IHPS Postgraduate Forum is aimed at young international researchers (MA and PhD students, and young professionals within no more than 2 years of having completed their PhD) who study different aspects of science, medicine and technology from a combined historical and philosophical perspective. The purpose of the Forum is to improve communication among young scholars, create a space for dialogue and an open exchange of ideas, and foster relationships between researchers from different national and institutional backgrounds. We intend to explore recent and ongoing projects as way of representing the international landscape of IHPS research, and ultimately provide a snapshot of the current developments in the field. We also wish to facilitate discussion about current methodological issues and problem-solving techniques, and to explore the connection of IHPS with other academic disciplines and fields. These may be, but are not restricted to:

 

  • The History of IHPS
  • Methodology: Integrating the H and the P
  • IHPS: An International Perspective
  • The Analytic and Continental Traditions within IHPS
  • Writing IHPS

 

Abstracts can address one or several of the following problems: how do you combine historical and philosophical perspectives in your own research? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the integrated approach? Do you think that there is a place for a general IHPS methodology which would be applicable to all sciences, or do we have no other choice than to continue with IHPS of particular disciplines? What is the relationship between IHPS and Épistémologie Historique? Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and that we are open to any other IHPS problems or topics you may have in mind.

 

The Forum will be a great opportunity to showcase and get feedback on your research in a welcoming and international environment. We aim to stimulate discussion by means of conventional conference presentations as well as round tables and spotlight papers. We encourage young scholars to submit brief abstracts of no more than 250 words before November, 7 2016 to ihpsleeds@gmail.com.

 

Please note that the working language of the Forum is English. Abstracts must be in PDF or Word format, and should be anonymised and prepared for blind review. Some travel and accommodation bursaries may be available (subject to confirmation). Further details of the event can be found on our website https://ihpsleeds.wordpress.com, which will be updated regularly. You can follow us on Twitter @IHPSLeeds for the most recent updates on the event. Please not hesitate to contact us at ihpsleeds@gmail.com if you have any questions. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Leeds next January!

 Organisation: Emily Herring, Matthew Holmes, Kevin Jones, Konstantin Kiprijanov and Laura Sellers