2019 Doctoral Scholarship Competition – deadline 4 March

Applications are now open for the British Society for the Philosophy of Science doctoral scholarship for 2019, with a deadline of 4th March 2019.

The competition is open to both UK/EU and international students. The scholarship will cover UK/EU fees at the UK Research Councils rate. International fees will be covered in part or in full, depending on the case, but will be covered at least up to UK/EU levels. The scholarship also includes a maintenance grant at the UK Research Councils rate (£14,777 in 2018/19, £16,777 in London). The scholarship will be awarded for a period equal to the institutional norm for PhD study at the student’s institution minus any time already spent on the PhD. For example, applicants in their first year of postgraduate study at institutions that follow a 2+2 (Masters + PhD) model may apply for three years of funding to begin in the second year of their masters degree. Applicants must apply for all other sources of funding for which they are eligible. The scholarship is conditional on being accepted into an appropriate doctoral programme in philosophy or in philosophy of science at a UK university in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year.

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2019. Further information, including full details of the application procedure may be found at: http://www.thebsps.org/funding/doctoral-scholarship/ . Any queries should be directed to the Assistant to the Committee at assistant@thebsps.org .

Call for Abstracts: BSPS 2019 Annual Conference in Durham, 17-19 July 2019.

 

Call for Abstracts:

Submission is now open for abstracts of papers to be presented at the British Society for the Philosophy of Science 2019 Annual Conference in Durham on July 17th-19th 2019. Submissions are invited from anyone with a scholarly interest in the philosophy of science. Submissions from graduate students and people from underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. (A limited number of graduate bursaries will be available.)

Papers may be on a wide selection of topics within the philosophy of science (see list below) and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts should be received no later than 4th February 2019. Abstracts will be anonymously refereed by the programme committee, and successful contributors notified by early April. We do not anticipate being able to share referees’ comments. Please see important information below on BSPS policy regarding multiple submissions.

List of topics:

1. General philosophy of science
2. Philosophy of the physical sciences
3. Philosophy of the life sciences
4. Philosophy of the cognitive sciences
5. Philosophy of the social sciences
6. Formal philosophy of science
7. Integrated history, philosophy, and social studies of science
8. Science and values

Submission Instructions

To submit your abstract, go to: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=bsps2019

1. Log in (create an account if you do not already have one)
2. Select ‘New Submission’ and enter the requested information, including the title of your paper.
3. Enter your abstract (in plain text, of no more than 1000 words) into the Abstract box.
4. Please prepare your abstract for anonymous refereeing. Bear in mind that referees will have to reach a judgement based only the information provided in the abstract.
5. Please select the topic (or topics) that best describe the area of your submission.
6. Finally, select ‘Submit’.

For more information please email: assistant@thebsps.org .

Programme Committee:

Anna Alexandrova (Cambridge)
Valia Allori (Northern Illinois)
Sorin Bangu (Bergen)
Harjit Bhogal (Maryland)
Baptiste Le Bihan (Geneva)
Jonathan Birch (LSE)
Liam Kofi Bright (LSE)
Harvey Brown (Oxford)
Ellen Clarke (Leeds)
Karen Crowther (Geneva)
Erik Curiel (Munich)
Adrian Currie (Exeter)
Richard Dawid (Stockholm)
Natalja Deng (Yonsei)
Zoe Drayson (UC Davis)
Peter Evans (Queensland)
Matt Farr (Cambridge)
Luke Fenton-Glynn (UCL)
Samuel Fletcher (Minnesota)
Laura Franklin-Hall (NYU)
Henrique Gomes (Cambridge)
Carl Hoefer (Barcelona)
Vera Hofmann-Kolss (Cologne)
Nick Huggett (Chicago)
Andreas Hütteman (Cologne)
Alastair Isaac (Edinburgh)
Milena Ivanova (Cambridge)
Molly Kao (Montreal)
Elselijn Kingma (Southampton)
Dennis Lehmkuhl (Bonn)
Peter Lewis (Vermont)
Christian List (LSE)
Conor Mayo-Wilson (Washington)
Fred Muller (Erasmus)
James Nguyen (UCL)
Patricia Palacios (Salzburg)
James Read (Oxford)
Juha Saatsi (Leeds)
Simon Saunders (Oxford)
Samuel Schindler (Aarhus)
Elay Shech (Alabama)
Tuomas Tahko (Bristol)
Karim Thébault (Bristol)
Johanna Thoma (LSE)
Emily Thomas (Durham)
Kirsten Walsh (Exeter)
Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg)
Jon Williamson (Kent)
Alastair Wilson (Birmingham)
David Yates (Lisbon)
Lena Zuchowski (Bristol)

Local organiser: Wendy Parker (Durham)

 

Rules for Acceptance

Attendance at the conference is restricted to members of the BSPS. You may join the Society online at http://www.thebsps.org .

No one will be permitted to present more than once at BSPS 2019. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at BSPS 2019 only once.

All questions about submissions should be directed in the first instance to the assistant to the committee at assistant@thebsps.org .

The purpose of the Society is to study the logic, the methods, and the philosophy of science, as well as those of the various special sciences, including the social sciences. The Society holds an annual conference with invited speakers and contributed papers, as well as ordinary meetings running throughout the year at which invited speakers present a paper. The Society makes small grants to support conferences relevant to research and education in its areas of study, awards an annual doctoral studentship for doctoral work in philosophy of science in a UK university and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is published on our behalf by Oxford University Press. Visit http://www.thebsps.org for more information.

Symposia at the BSPS 2019 Annual Conference in Durham

Submission is now open for proposals for symposia to be presented at the BSPS 2019 Annual Conference in Durham on July 17th-19th 2019. The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 4th, 2019.

Overview

A symposium should involve several presenters, typically 3-4, organised around a topic of interest. Symposia may be on any topic in the philosophy of science. A maximum of 90 minutes of space on the programme will be allocated to successful symposia. The symposia will be selected by the BSPS committee. The committee will strive for quality, variety, innovation, and diversity on the programme; ideally the programme will reflect the full range of current work in the philosophy of science. Symposia that make connections with, or include, working scientists are warmly invited. We will not be considering ‘Author Meets Critics’ sessions, but topical sessions that build upon recently published books are acceptable.

Instructions

Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. Proposals for symposia should include:

  • The title of the proposed symposium
  • A short descriptive summary of the proposal (100-200 words)
  • A description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (500-1000 words)
  • Titles and abstracts of all papers, with 250-500 words for the title and abstract of each paper
  • A list of participants and either an abbreviated curriculum vitae or short biographical description (not to exceed 1 page) for each participant, including any non-presenting co-authors.
  • Institutional affiliation and e-mail addresses for all participants, including any non-presenting co-authors.

Deadline and dates

The deadline for submitting symposium proposals is January 4th, 2019. Symposium organisers will be informed of the committee’s decision prior to the deadline for submitting contributed papers (February 4th, 2019). Please see important information below on BSPS policy regarding multiple submissions.

Submission

Proposals for symposia should be submitted via email as one pdf file to assistant@thebsps.org

Rules for Acceptance

No one will be permitted to present more than once at BSPS 2019. Thus, if a symposium proposal in which you are a presenting author is accepted, you cannot submit a contributed paper for which you are the presenting author. Commentators that are part of symposia are considered to be presenting authors. A scholar may appear as co-author on more than one paper or symposium talk, but may present at BSPS 2019 only once.

Any individual can be part of only one symposium proposal in which he or she is a presenting author. Note that this policy excludes the practice of being a presenting author for more than one symposium proposal and subsequently choosing to present in only one symposium if multiple proposals are accepted.

If an accepted symposium subsequently loses participants, maintaining acceptance will become contingent upon the symposium organiser developing satisfactory alternatives to maintain the quality and coherence of the committee.

All questions about submissions should be directed in the first instance to the assistant to the committee on assistant@thebsps.org

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Registration Open for 2017 BSPS Conference in Edinburgh

Registration is now open for the BSPS conference in Edinburgh:

 

The Early Bird (discounted) registration deadline is 2 June 2017, and the final registration deadline is 30 June 2017. More information is available on the Conference Webpage. We look forward to seeing you there.

2016-2017 Upcoming Lectures

We are pleased to announce the new lecture series for 2016-2017 associated with the Ordinary Meetings of the BSPS. Lectures take place from 5:15-6:45pm in Room 2.06 of the Lakatos Building at LSE in central London. Each lecture is preceded by tea at 5pm. This year’s speakers are:

10 October 2016, Wendy Parker
“Scientific Modelling and Limits to the Value-Free Ideal”
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21 November 2016, Luke Fenton-Glynn
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16 January 2017, Marta Halina
“The role of values in animal cognition research”
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13 March 2017, Karim Thébault
“Cosmic Singularity Resolution via Quantum Evolution”
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12 June 2017, Heather Dyke
“Experience of Passage in a Static World”
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We hope to see you there!

Cardiff Conference Registration

Conference registration is available for the 2016 BSPS annual conference, which will take place at Cardiff University. Members of the BSPS are invited to register and/or purchase inexpensive accommodation for the conference at the host university website.