Call for papers: HSS Annual Meeting (Atlanta, Georgia, 3-6 November 2016; Deadline 8 April 2016)

26 februari 2016

The History of Science Society will hold its 2016 Annual Meeting in the Westin Peachtree hotel in downtown Atlanta on 3-6 November this year. At 73 stories (220.37 m (723 ft)), the Westin is the second tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere, with sweeping views of Georgia’s cityscape. And because we will be meeting with our colleagues from the Philosophy of Science Association and, for the first time, with the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts, we are fortunate that we can occupy the same hotel with plenty of space to move around. (Please note that if you are accepted onto more than one program there is a chance of a scheduling conflict and you will be asked to choose.)

The HSS encourages submissions on all topics. Proposals must be submitted on the HSS Web site ( or on the annual meeting proposal forms that are available from the HSS Executive Office: Unlike most other academic societies, the HSS does not require that participants be members, but all participants must register for the meeting (organizers are responsible for invited speakers). Those who do not register by 12 Sept will be removed from the program. Applicants are encouraged to propose sessions that include diverse participants: a mix of men and women, and/or a balance of professional ranks (i.e., mixing senior scholars with junior scholars and graduate students). Strong preference will be given to panels whose presenters have diverse institutional affiliations. Only one proposal per person may be submitted and an individual may only appear once on the HSS program — workshops and other non-typical proposals (e.g., interest group lectures, roundtables) are excluded from this restriction. Prior participation at the 2014 (Chicago) and 2015 (San Francisco) meetings will be taken into consideration.

All proposals (roundtables, sessions, contributed papers (posters will be solicited in a separate call) must be submitted by 8 April 2016 (midnight EST) to the History of Science Society’s Executive Office. The HSS will work with organizers who wish to pre-circulate papers.

To encourage and aid the creation of panels with strong thematic coherence that draw upon historians of science across institutions and ranks, the conference organizers have created a wiki at Anyone with a panel or paper idea seeking like-minded presenters should post and consult the postings there to round out a prospective session. It should be noted that the rejection rate for assembled sessions is lower than that for individual papers.

Before sending a proposal to the HSS Office, we ask that everyone read the Committee on Meetings and Programs’ “Guidelines for Evaluating Proposals.” The 2016 program co-chairs are Brian Ogilvie and Sigrid Schmalzer (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). National Science Foundation travel grants (SES-1354351), intended to defray the cost of travel to the meeting (hotels and meals are not included), will be available for graduate students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs (degree in the past 5 years) — only U.S. citizens or those studying at U.S. institutions are eligible. We will offer travel grants for students, independent scholars, and recent PhDs who are ineligible for NSF grants. We will also award dependent care grants (up to $200) for those who need such assistance. For information on these grants, please contact or 574.631.1194.

Submissions should be made online at

HSS Special Call for Roundtables

To facilitate dialogue at its annual meeting, the History of Science Society requests proposals for roundtables at its Atlanta, Georgia conference, 3-6 November 2016. The HSS will not place restrictions on participants, e.g. a person may participate in a roundtable and also share her research in a formal session. The typical roundtable (100 minutes) will include 5 presenters, including a commentator, who will each speak for 10 minutes, leaving ample time for exchanges with the audience. Roundtables may include pedagogical concerns, keeping in mind that the principal objective is to facilitate discussion. The conference organizers have created a wiki at to encourage collaboration in developing a theme. Anyone with a panel or paper idea seeking like-minded presenters should post and consult the postings there.

The deadline for submissions is 8 April 2016 (midnight EST) and proposals should be submitted through the following link: For questions, please contact or phone 574.631.1194 (9-5 EST).