Call for Papers – Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science

Spontaneous Generations is a new online academic journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. The journal aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate about issues that concern the community of scholars in HPS and related fields.

We welcome submissions from scholars in all disciplines, including but not limited to HPS, STS, History, Philosophy, Women’s Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, and Religious Studies.

The journal consists of four sections:

An editorial section that may include a commentary on or a response to current concerns, trends, and issues in HPS. Recommended length for submissions: up to 500 words.

A focused discussion section consisting of short peer-reviewed articles devoted to a particular theme. The first theme is Science and Expertise (see a brief description below). Recommended length for submissions: 1000-3000 words.

A peer-reviewed section of research papers on various topics in the field of HPS. Recommended length for submissions: 5000-8000 words.

A book review section for books published in the last 5 years. Recommended length for submissions: up to 1000 words.

The first issue of Spontaneous Generations is scheduled to appear in September 2007.

Submissions for the first issue should be sent no later than May 15, 2007.

Theme: Science and Expertise Scientific experts have come to play a prominent role as advisors in many areas of public life, including law and governmental policy. Yet these experts’ advice can often make it more difficult for the layperson to arrive to an informed decision. Different experts may represent opposing scientific schools of thought and divergent social interests which may not appear transparent to a casual observer. The role of experts and the nature of expert testimony thus raise a number of philosophical, historical and sociological questions. We welcome short papers that explore these issues for inclusion in the focused discussion section of Spontaneous Generations’ first issue.

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