Tuesday, June 29, 2010


New Academic Building, University of King’s College, Halifax, Nova Scotia
July 21-23
with FREE public evening lecture July 21st, 7pm!

Wed. July 21st 7P.M.
Alumni Hall, New Academic Building, University of King’s College

Dr. Sundar Sarukkai, Manipal University,
“Nature of Knowledge in Indian Intellectual Traditions”

Exploring the extensive debate on the nature of knowledge in Indian philosophical and medical traditions and its significant influence on the nature of discourse about the world.


July 21-23

Inspired by Dalhousie University's online launch of their Dinwiddie Archives*, this conference aims to further international dialogue and scholarly exchange between those working on the history of science in Asia, Europe and North America by examining the global circulation of scientific knowledge from the Early Modern Period to today.

For further details – including the poster and information on registration – please visit: http://www.situsci.ca/ and http://www.situsci.ca/en/conf.html

Note: Early registration rates for the conference end July 1st.

(Program available online)

Arun Balasubramaniam
, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
“Bringing Eastern Science to the West: Portuguese Voyages of Intellectual Discovery”

Paola Bertucci
, Yale University
“Enlightenment and the Secret Knowledge Economy”

Fa-ti Fan
, State University of New York at Binghamton
"Nationalism, Internationalism, and the Science of Antiquities in Modern China"

Yves Gingras
, l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)
“Changing Networks of Collaboration Between Countries in the Sciences from 1980 to 2008”

Jan Golinski
, University of New Hampshire
“From Calcutta to London: James Dinwiddie’s Galvanic Circuits”

Savithree Preetha Nair
, Independent Scholar
“Bungallee House set on Fire by Galvanism”: Exhibition, Electricity and the Social Life of the Voltaic Pile in India (1794-1806)"

Khyati Nagar
, York University
“Between Calcutta and Kew: The Divergent Circulation and Production of Hortus Bengalensis and Flora Indica

Jahnavi Phalkey
, Imperial College London
“From Origins to Practice: Problems in the Historiography of Science”

Dhruv Raina
, Jawaharlal Nehru University
“18th Century Jesuit Astronomy, Pere Boudier and Jai Singh’s Astronomers”

Veena Rao, National Institute of Advanced Studies
“J.B.S. Haldane’s Indian Period”

Sundar Sarukkai
, Manipal University
“Translating Concepts”

Grace Shen
, Max Plank Institute for the History of Science
“Meetings and Metonymy: Geology and Representations of China on the International Stage”

Larry Stewart
, University of Saskatchewan
“The Spectacle of Experiment: From Dumfries to Calcutta and Back”

Jon Topham
, University of Leeds
“Print and the Circulation of Knowledge between the UK and Continental Europe in the Early Nineteenth-Century”

Haiyan Yang
, Peking University
“Knowledge across Borders: Encounter, Transmission and Interaction of Darwinism in the Chinese Context”

CIRCULATING KNOWLEDGE, EAST AND WEST will culminate in a half-day facilitation workshop to plan for further Science Studies dialogue and exchange, “East” and “West”, with future conferences in Bangalore and Singapore.

Sponsored by the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (University of King’s College)

*The James Dinwiddie (1746-1815) papers were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in 1999 and are prepared for online access. Dr. Dinwiddie (1746–1815) was the scientific attaché of the first British embassy to the 18th Century Chinese imperial court, and the first Professor of Mathematics, Natural Philosophy and Chemistry at the College of Fort William in Calcutta, India. One of the most important of the new itinerant Newtonian natural philosophers and lecturers of the Early Modern Period, the bulk of Dinwiddie’s papers consist of his scientific observations, experiments, lecture notes, and journals with dates ranging from 1767 to 1815.

See more at: http://www.library.dal.ca/archives/dinwiddie/din_bio.htm

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Call for Article Submissions

The journal, Between the Species is seeking submissions for its Fall 2010 edition. The journal is devoted to animals and philosophy. Most, though not all, articles focus on ethical issues in the human-animal relationship. Please consult the guidelines for submission at


Please send your papers by July 1 for blind review to the editor

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

New SIO community and science graduate course

New graduate-level course in the fall quarter of 2010:
SIO 209 Community-Based Science
Fri 2-4pm IGPP 3110


SIO 209 Community-Based Science will explore the theory and practice of developing authentic, two-way, respectful connections between universities and communities, with a particular emphasis on UCSD and City Heights.

The course will focus on critiquing current university structures and exploring alternative methods of conducting science research and education. Participants will engage in weekly discussions, participate in the science education program at a high school in City Heights, mentor high school students, interview community organizers and prepare a proposal for changes in university practice to foster better connections to working class communities.


For details, check out the course website:

additional information about the course will be added to the website over the summer. please contact Professor Brad Werner with questions: