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December 2017

Research seminar with Cheryl Misak

December 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College + Google Map

We will be discussing: Misak, Cheryl, “Ch. 8 The foundations are so philosophical” in Frank Ramsey: A Sheer Excess of Powers Participants are expected to read this chapter in advance. If you are planning to participate, write to Sunguk Jung (jung.sunguk@mail.utoronto.ca) for a copy of it. Join us for this exciting event! Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.

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January 2018

Research Seminar with Dr. Alex Csiszar

January 31, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

We will be discussing: Csiszar, Alex, “Metrics and the Bureaucratic Virtuoso: Robert K. Merton, Eugene Garfield, and Goal Displacement in Science”. Abstract: This paper gives a short intellectual history of perceived abuses of scientific publishing focusing on forms of behaviour that target measures of productivity. While the paper takes a long view stretching back to the early nineteenth century, it focuses on the early days of citation analysis. In the late 1960s, three linked circumstances combined to legitimate and fund…

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March 2018

Research Seminar with Michael Miller

March 7, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

He will be discussing the following topics: Why do we need such a thing as the philosophy of quantum field theory? How is the philosophy of quantum field theory related to the general philosophy of science? This seminar will provide us with a great opportunity to learn about our new faculty member Dr. Miller’s fascinating research. Join us for this exciting event! Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided.

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April 2018

Research Seminar with Janice Boddy

April 11, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Research Seminar with Dr. Janice Boddy We will be discussing: Boddy, Janice, “The normal and the aberrant in female genital cutting: Shifting paradigms,” HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6:2 (2016): 41-69. Abstract: In this lecture I consider preliminary results of continuing fieldwork in Sudan while revisiting my earlier observations on female genital cutting there in light of the growing practice of “female cosmetic genital surgery” (FGCS) in the West. Despite remarkable similarities in their aesthetic rationales, FGCS is becoming increasingly…

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September 2018

Research Seminar: Lisa Haushofer

September 19, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Lisa Haushofer is a historian of science, food, and economic life. Her research examines the emergence of nutritional consumer products and their role in shaping the production of nutritional knowledge. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre of the University of Toronto. Before coming to Toronto, she received a PhD in history of science from the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, and an MA in history of medicine from the Wellcome Trust…

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October 2018

Research Seminar: Robert DiSalle

October 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Robert DiSalle is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Western University and he is visiting the IHPST during 2018-2019. His research interests include the history and philosophy of physics from Newton to the present, philosophical problems of space and time, history of the philosophy of science from the 17th century to the present, and connections between philosophy of science and analytic philosophy. For more information about Professor DiSalle, visit his website at http://publish.uwo.ca/~rdisalle/ . The paper to be discussed: "On…

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Research Seminar: Karen Kovaka

October 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Karen Kovaka is an assistant professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech. Her research is all about life science and environmental science. Her work addresses questions such as: How do disciplines like biology and ecology manage to come to grips with the messy, chaotic, and complex phenomena that they study? How can we use results from these sciences to solve social and environmental problems? What does the general public need to know about life science and environmental science? The paper to…

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January 2019

Research Seminar: Jessica Wang

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Jessica Wang is Associate Professor of U.S. History at the University of British Columbia and the author of American Science in an Age of Anxiety: Scientists, Anticommunism, and the Cold War. Her research explores fundamental questions about the relationship between knowledge and power, political imagination and possibility, and the dynamics of international and global phenomena at the local and national levels. She has examined these themes in essay-length works about the history of cold war science, science and liberal democratic…

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February 2019

Research Seminar: Alisha Rankin

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Alisha Rankin is Associate Professor of History at Tufts University. Her broad research interests include early modern European history (c. 1450-1700), the history of science and medicine, the history of pharmacy, and women’s history. Her first book, Panaceia's Daughters: Noblewomen as Healers in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2013) examined German princesses who became widely known and admired for their medical knowledge in the sixteenth century — and particularly for making medicinal cures. It won the 2014 Gerald…

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March 2019

Research Seminar: Eran Tal

March 20 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
IHPST Common Room, VC 303, Victoria College

Eran Tal, Philosophy Department, McGill University https://www.mcgill.ca/philosophy/eran-tal Tal’s current work focuses on the philosophy of measurement, an area within philosophy of science that deals with the concepts and problems involved in designing, operating and interpreting measurement procedures in the natural and social sciences. His studies are informed by the history and current practice of the relevant scientific disciplines, and particularly by the methods of metrology, the science of measurement and standardization. In recent years he has been developing a model-based…

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