Sunday, February 21, 2016

HPS Graduate Conference Preliminary Program

Thanks to all for their submissions!  We're glad to announce the preliminary program for the upcoming conference.  

Friday, March 11th

1:00 – 3:50 pm  Graduate Student Talks
Location: Hazelbaker Hall (Room E159), Wells Library
Talks are 30-minutes in length, followed by commentary and Q&A time, with a short break before the following talk.  

- 1:00 pm, Samuel Schulte, University of Chicago
To be (a baboon), or not to be (a bat); On Time and Subjectivity in Baboon Mothers and Infants
Commentator: Archie Fields

- 2:00 pm, Paul Kelly, Indiana University
Can the Decisions of Historical Scientists be Judged as Rational?
Commentator: Josua Aponte-Serrano

- 3:00 pm, Casey Caldwell, Northwestern University
The Funny Thing About Syphilis: The Sexual Economy of a Jest in Twelfth Night
Commentator: Ashley Inglehart

4:00 – 5:30 pm  Keynote Speech by Alice Dreger
Location: Hazelbaker Hall (Room E159), Wells Library

History and Philosophy of Intersex: Can the Humanities 
Accelerate the Arc of the Moral Universe?

Abstract: Paraphrasing Theodore Parker, in 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr., observed, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” This talk is a bit of a meditation on that conviction, specifically with regard to the intersex patients’ rights movement with which I’ve been involved for twenty years, since finishing my dissertation (in IU HPS) on the history of the scientific and medical treatment of hermaphroditism in France and Britain from the 1830s to 1915. I’ll summarize my own work in the field, explore how scholarship in the humanities has supported the movement, and—drawing a page from my latest book (Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science)—parse out why the search for truth and the search for justice require each other.

6:30 – 8:00 pm  Reception and Discussion/Poster Session (Doors open at 6:00 for poster set-up)
Location: President’s Room in the University Club, Indiana Memorial Union 

Saturday, March 12th

8:00 am  Light Breakfast Fare
Location: Room 664 (HPS Seminar), Ballantine Hall 

9:00 - 11:50 am  Graduate Student Talks
Location: Room 033, Chemistry Building
Talks are 30-minutes in length, followed by commentary and Q&A time, with a short break before the following talk. 

- 9:00 am, Daniel Lindquist, Indiana University
Kant and Hegel on the Logic of Life
Commentator: David Rogers

- 10:00 am, Corey Dethier, University of Notre Dame
Components of Reality: Changes of momentum and causal interactions in Newtonian astronomy
Commentator: Evan Arnet

- 11:00 am, Bohang Chen, University of Notre Dame
Revisiting Logical Empiricists’ Criticisms of Vitalism
Commentator: Chris ChoGlueck

12:00 noon – 2:00 pm  Lunch Break (lunch on own)

2:00 – 4:50 pm  Graduate Student Talks
Location: Room 033, Chemistry Building
Talks are 30-minutes in length, followed by commentary and Q&A time, with a short break before the following talk. 

- 2:00 pm, Mahi Hardalupas, University of Pittsburgh
Implicit learning, attention and consciousness: where gatekeepers fear to tread?
Commentator: Nicholas Zautra

- 3:00 pm, Phillip Henry, University of Chicago  
Recasting Bourgeois Psychoanalysis: Freud, Budapest, 1918
Commentator: Sarah Reynolds

- 4:00 pm, Daniel Halverson, Case Western Reserve University
Ernst Haeckel’s Monism: The Confession of Faith of a Man of Science
Commentator: Ryan Ketcham

Monday, November 30, 2015


Many thanks to those of you who have already sent in your submissions for this conference!  Because we're so close on the heels of a major holiday, we have decided that we are extending the submission deadline for papers and posters until December 15th (at midnight) to make sure everyone has plenty of time to send in their submissions.  

Also, we wanted to note that if you are submitting something for the poster session, be aware this can be "poster" loosely-defined - these do not necessarily need to be large, formal printed posters although those are welcome if you have them.  The idea of the poster session reception is to provide a slightly more informal environment suitable for discussing works in progress, demonstrating new approaches, sharing ideas, and otherwise starting conversations on interesting topics in the field, etc.  We'd encourage you to have enough visual material to at least clearly identify yourself and your topic to people there in order to facilitate interested people finding you, but the format otherwise is very flexible.  

1ST IU Graduate Student Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
March 11-12, 2016
Indiana University Bloomington
Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

     The Indiana University Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine and HPS Graduate Students Association are calling for submissions from graduate students working on topics relating to the history and/or philosophy of science for its first graduate student conference in the spring of 2016. Submissions are welcome on a breadth of historical or philosophic topics in the sciences.  This conference is intended to be an opportunity for graduate students to share their work, make connections, and receive feedback from peers and faculty in a congenial environment.   The anticipated schedule is for 30-minute student presentations, followed by a 10-minute response by a student commentator, and 15-20 minutes for follow-up questions and discussion.  There will also be a poster session reception intended to facilitate discussion, particularly suited to works in their early stages of progress, ideas on new methodologies or tools in HPS, or novel ways of extending HPS into the public sphere.

Submissions: Please submit papers or extended outlines suitable for a 30-minute talk, or an abstract or description (~250 words) of a topic for a “poster” (loosely-defined).  Dual submissions for talks and posters (on related or unrelated topics) are allowed.  E-mail submissions prepared for blind review to on or before December 15, 2015 (extended deadline).  Acceptances will be sent out in mid-January.  

Conference Time & Place: March 11-12 (half-day Friday and full-day Saturday), 2016, on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington.

Speaker:  We are pleased to have alumna Alice Domurat Dreger as our keynote speaker and featured faculty guest for the conference.  Dreger is a historian of medicine, bioethicist, and social activist who has held faculty positions in medicine, bioethics, and science studies at Northwestern University, Michigan State University, and the University of Minnesota.   Her work includes the history and ethics of prenatal hormonal therapy, issues in academic freedom and activism, and advocacy for patients with atypical and socially unaccepted bodies.  Visit her personal website for additional information:

Lodging and Logistics: Funding is not available to cover travel expenses, but we will facilitate lodging for student presenters with graduate student hosts here in town on a first-come, first-served basis.  Hotels in Bloomington are also quite reasonably priced, and we’ll be glad to provide recommendations for those who wish to make their own arrangements.  

For questions or further details, please contact us at or see our website at