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Biennial Meeting, 12-16 July 2009, Brisbane, Australia


The 2009 meeting of the International Society for the History, 
Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology will take place from 
Sunday, 12 July, through Thursday, 16 July, at Emmanuel College, St. 
Lucia, Brisbane, Australia, hosted by the University of Sydney.

ISHPSSB brings together scholars from diverse disciplines, including 
the life sciences as well as history, philosophy, and sociology of 
science.  The ISHPSSB biennial summer conferences are known for their 
innovative, transdisciplinary sessions and for fostering informal, 
cooperative exchanges and on-going collaborations among a variety of 
international scholars.  This will be the first meeting to be held in 
the southern hemisphere.

The aim of the conference is to facilitate the exchange of research 
ideas and results across a range of fields.  The submission of papers 
and sessions on any topic within the society's scope is welcomed. We 
also encourage the submission of posters, workshops, and general 
interest sessions based on themes identified in session proposals. It 
is our goal to develop a program that will allow maximal 
interactions, while also giving people the chance to present their 
ideas to their colleagues.

Meeting near the Great Barrier Reef in the year of the 150th 
anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species 
and the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and the publication of 
Jean Baptiste Lamarck's Philosophie Zoologique, we suggest some 
possible ideas for proposals, including:  (1) Darwinism from 
different perspectives, including future perspectives on Darwinism; 
(2) The history, philosophy, social studies, and theory behind 
current debates about the genetics of evolutionary change; (3) The 
history, philosophy, social studies, and biology of coral reefs-a 
subject that engaged Darwin and which is now the subject of much 
attention related to the global environmental crisis; (4) The nature 
of amateur participation in science, especially "citizen science" 
that encourages stakeholders of various kinds to protect the coastal 
environment, and the role of NGOs in shaping science policy; and (5) 
Topics such as biodiversity, biogeography, and systematics. 
Submissions on other subjects that reflect an individual's current 
area of research, however, are also welcomed.

Scholars wishing to attend the meeting are invited to submit session 
and paper proposals on the ISHPSSB website: 
Deadline for submissions is 1 February 2009.  Abstracts should not 
exceed 500 words; instructions for using the abstract submission 
system can be found at: 
To facilitate collaboration in putting together sessions, a forum is 
available on the ISHPSSB website to post ideas and solicit 
participants for sessions and discussion panels: 

Acceptance decisions will be communicated in early March.  Graduate 
students are especially encouraged, and there will be opportunities 
available for obtaining travel funding.  Information on registration 
and accommodation will be provided on the conference website.

Please direct any inquiries to the Program Co-Chairs:

Manfred Laublicher: 
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Marsha Richmond:    <mailto:[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]

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