San Diego, CA, USA
15-18 November 2012
(Joint meeting with PSA)

The History of Science Society will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting in the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina. We will be meeting with our colleagues from the Philosophy of Science Association and will open our conferences with a joint plenary on Kuhn's Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 50 years later. Registration for one conference will entitle the registrant to attend the sessions for both conferences. There will be an administrative fee for any individual who appears on more than one program.

All proposals (sessions, contributed papers, and posters) must be submitted by 2 April 2012 to the History of Science Society's Executive Office (short abstract, up to 250 words). Poster proposals must describe the visual material that will make up the poster. The HSS will work with organizers who wish to precirculate papers.

Submissions on all topics are encouraged. All proposals must be submitted on the HSS Web site ( or on the annual meeting proposal forms that are available from the HSS Executive Office. HSS members are asked to circulate this announcement to non-HSS colleagues who may be interested in presenting a paper or poster at the Annual Meeting (all participants must register for the meeting). 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. An individual may only appear once on the HSS program (see the guidelines for exceptions). Prior participation at the 2010 (Montréal) or the 2011 (Cleveland) meetings will be taken into consideration.

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. Instructions are available on the site. Before sending a proposal to the HSS Office, we ask that everyone read the Committee on Meetings and Programs' "Guidelines for Selecting Papers, Posters, and Sessions." The 2012 program co-chairs are Janet Browne (Harvard University) and Dave Kaiser (MIT).

For further information please visit the HSS website at:


Manuela Fernandez
Graduate Assistant
History of Science Society