Evidence in Context – new deadline: 22 March

On Saturday, May 23, 2009 HAPSAT, the Graduate Student Society at the
Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at
the University of Toronto, will host its fifth annual conference,
/Evidence in Context/.

The concept of evidence has emerged as a central theme in both the
history and philosophy of science and in science and technology studies.
Historically, disputes over standards of evidence have been investigated
for a wide variety of sciences. From particle physics to paleontology,
from cancer to climate change, historical investigations into the
constantly negotiated boundaries of scientific evidence have shaped the
history of science as a continuous struggle to determine what,
precisely, is required to establish scientific fact. In philosophy of
science, classical notions of evidence in epistemology have been
recently challenged as inadequate for dealing with the practical
challenges facing contemporary policy makers. Thus, philosophers have
called for accounts of evidence that are more relevant to the
development, reform, and refinement of policy and practice.

The Keynote Speaker for this year is *Kathleen Okruhlik*, The University
of Western Ontario.

We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to, the following questions:

·     How can philosophical notions of evidence inform public policy?
·     What is evidence for movements such as Evidence-Based Medicine?
·     How are evidence and standards of evidence negotiated by scientists?
·     How have notions of evidence changed throughout history?
·     How do standards of evidence relate to disciplinary boundaries?
·     How should contradictory evidence be resolved?
·     How have social, cultural, and economic contexts shaped standards
of evidence?
·     What is the role of the public in evaluating evidence in
scientific controversies?
·     How do disputes about standards of evidence relate to the issue of
trust in science?

We invite graduate students and recent graduates working in fields such
as HPS, STS, history, sociology, philosophy, anthropology and gender
studies and law to submit paper and panel proposals that critically
engage with this theme. For papers please email abstracts of up to 250
words to [email protected] <mailto:HAPSAT

[at] gmail [dot] com> by *March 22, 2009*
and for panels please email a document with a 250 word abstract
describing the panel as a whole in addition to individual abstracts for
each paper (also 250 words). Each presenter will be given 20 minutes.

We hope to be able to offer billeting and small travel subsidies for
graduate students traveling to Toronto for the conference. Please note
that /Evidence in Context/ is scheduled for the weekend right before
CSHPS (Ottawa). Those interested in both conferences should contact us
to take advantage of group travel from Toronto to Ottawa.