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"Eric S. Boyles" <email@example.com> writes: The 1998 meeting of Mephistos (Graduate Student Conference on the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of the Science, Technology, and Medicine) is next week at the University of Minnesota. The conference will be held from Thursday, September 17 through Saturday, September 19 on the East Bank of the Minneapolis Campus of the University of Minnesota in Lind Hall (Thursday night reception) and the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building. Below I have attached the preliminary schedule. Please circulate the schedule among your department members. We would be pleased to have any of your faculty or students attend. If you have any questions about the conference, please feel free to contact me. Mark Largent, Conference Organizer 1998 Mephistos - Graduate Student Meeting for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine. University of Minnesota. Thursday, September 17, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Casual reception and registration in 150 Lind Hall, University of Minnesota. Friday, September 18, 8:30 am to 9:00 am Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Welcome and announcements Friday, September 18, to 9:00 am to 11:30 am Session 1 - "Medical Practice and Professionalization" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Kevin Francis Thomas Burke, University of Missouri - Columbia "The Audrain Doctor's Case: A Case Study in the Struggle for Legitimacy by Osteopathic Physicians." James Satter, University of Minnesota "They Still Called It Science: Changes in American Phrenology from 1865 to 1900" Hsiu-Yun Wang, University of Wisconsin - Madison "American Women Medical Missionaries in China, 1875-1949." Session 2 - "Science After ‘50" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 2-260 Chair: Ioanna Semendeferi Stephen Garber, Virginia Polytech "Looking for Good Science: The Cancellation of NASA's search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Program." Tara Abraham, University of Toronto "Cybernetic Modeling in Developmental Biology, 1966-1973." Pete Reffell, University of Leeds "Whose Theory of Information? Popular vs. Technical Discourses in the ‘Age of Information'" Friday, September 18, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Session 3 - "Historiographical Issues and Methods" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 2-260 Chair: Kai-Henrik Barth Adelheid Voskuhl, Cornell "Performance and Interpretation: Reconstructing Past Experiments in Historical Study of "Practice" in the Physical Sciences." Craig Sean McConnell, University of Wisconsin-Madison "Recalling Victors' Tales and Participants' Accounts: Recasting the History of the Big Bang-Steady State Debate" Abel Franco, CUNY "The Aestheticization of the History of Science: The Historian of Science in the Post- Metaphysical Age of an Interpretative Truth and a Non-Progressive History" Session 4 - "Realism and Its Discontents" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Lisa Gannet John Roberts, University of Pittsburgh "Sellars van Fraassen, and Scientific Realism." Uljana Feest, University of Pittsburgh "Hacking's Entity-Realism and the Discovery of Facts" Tyler Veak, Virginia Tech "Longino and Hacking: Toward a More Complete Explanation of the Stability of Science" Friday, September 18, 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm Session 5 - "Greenisms: Conservation and Environmentalism" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Ronald Amodeo Gary Kroll, University of Oklahoma "Conservation and the Uses of History: Robert Cushman Murphy as Naturalist, Historian, and Conservationist" Kevin Francis, University of Minnesota "James Malin and the Rhetoric of Human Insignificance in Environmental Debates" Maureen McCormick, University of Oklahoma "National Boundaries and International Conservation: Neo-Malthusianism and Cold War America" Session 6 - Session 4 - "Scientific Ideas in Antiquity and Pre-Modernity" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 2-260 Chair: Mary Thomas Matthew Dowd, Notre Dame "Basil of Caesarea and Science in Late Antiquity" Renzo Baldasso, University of Oklahoma "The Rotation of the Sun and the Early Copernicans" Pierre J. Boulos, University of Western Ontario "Newton Sees the Light! Reasoning and the Making of Science" Friday, September 18, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm Reception at Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota Campus. Saturday, September 19, 8:30 am to 11:00 am Session 7 - "Causality, Progress, and Objectivity" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-210 Chair: Kai-Henrik Barth Charles Twardy, University of Indiana - Bloomington "Causal Perception and the Philosophy of Science" Dawn Ogden, University of British Columbia "Reconceiving Kuhn's Evolutionary Progress" Jonathan Evans, University of Western Kentucky "Epistemic Objectivity: Concepts for the Sciences." David Stokes, University of Indiana - Bloomington "Williams, Rorty, and the Objectivity of Science and Ethics." Session 8 - "Challenges to Orthodoxy" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Erik Conway Peter L. Kantor, RPI "Technologies of Transcendence / Technologies of Power" Lydia Scratch, University of Toronto "Rooting for the Underdog: Secondary Characters in Eighteenth-Century Chemistry" Thomas Quinn, University of Wisconsin - Madison "Hyperthesis: A New Classification for Qualitative Scientific Concepts that are Supported by Overwhelming Evidence" Leonore Wigger, York "Popper's Denial of Verifiability and its Ethical Implications" Saturday, September 19, 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Session 9 - "Science and the Public in the Victorian Era" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Karin Matchett Don Opitz, University of Minnesota "Science and Separate Spheres in Late-Victorian Britain: The Balfour Family Circle, 1865-1900." Samuel Alberti, University of Leeds "Re-thinking Victorian Periodicals: Natural History, Post-Structuralist Theory and ‘The Naturalist'" Jennifer Gerstel, University of Toronto "The Science of Courtship: Darwin's Theory of Sexual Selection in Late Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Science and Culture" Michael Robinson, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Paradise in the Arctic: Debating the Theory of the ‘Open Polar Sea' in Nineteenth Century America." Session 10 - "Doing Biology: Field vs. Lab" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-210 Chair: Juan Ilerbaig Jay Aronson, University of Minnesota "Sibling Rivalry: Organismic Biologists React to the New Science of Molecular Biology" Hae-Gyung Geong, University of Wisconsin, Madison "Making a Government Scientist: The Bureau of Entomology and Insect Control" Ronald Amodeo, University of Minnesota "The Laboratory Controversy in American High School Science" Saturday, September 19, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Session 11 - "Issues in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Knowledge Production" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-230 Chair: Lisa Gannet Gary MacIntyre, University of Toronto "Practice and Circumstance: The Early Royal Society of London and the Making of Knowledge" Judith Friedman, University of Victoria "Breaking all the Rules: Dispute Settlement in Seventeenth-Century Natural Philosophy- The Gregory-Huygens Dispute, 1668-1669" Kasper Risbjerg Eskildsen, University of Copenhagen "Losing Track of the Scientific Revolution: Concepts of Decorum and the Value of Truth in the Periphery of the Enlightenment." Session 12 - "Technologies as Systems, Materials, and Knowledge" Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-210 Chair: Erik Conway Jhennifer Amundson, University of Delaware "Mediating Historical Precedent and New Technology in the Modern Architecture of the Nineteenth Century" Greg Downey, Johns Hopkins University "Telegraph Messenger Boys: Human Actors in a Technological System" Christopher Tassava, Northwestern University "Cloaked in the Utmost Secrecy: Secrecy and Technology at Hanford, Washington, 1943- 1946" Saturday, September 19, 5:00 to 5:30 Room: Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 3-210 Closing remarks, announcement of next year's conference site, announcement of outstanding paper awards.