CFP: Spontaneous Generations: "Science and Public Controversy" - Deadline: Feb. 25, 2011

*Spontaneous Generations* is an open, online, peer-reviewed academic journal
published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and
Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto.

*Spontaneous Generations *publishes high quality, peer-reviewed articles on
any topic in the history and philosophy of science. For our general
peer-reviewed section, we welcome submissions of full-length research papers
on all HPS-related subjects. Scholars in all disciplines, including but not
limited to HPS, STS, History, Philosophy, Women's Studies, Sociology,
Anthropology, and Religious Studies are welcome to submit to our fifth
(2011) issue. Papers from all historical periods are welcome.

In addition to full-length peer-reviewed research papers, *Spontaneous
Generations *publishes opinion essays, book reviews, and a focused
discussion section consisting of short peer-reviewed and invited articles
devoted to a particular theme. This year’s focus is "Science and Public

*Submission Guidelines*

The journal consists of four sections:

1. The focused discussion section, this year devoted to "Science and
Public Controversy" (see below). (1000-3000 words recommended.)
2. A peer-reviewed section of research papers on any topics in the fields
of HPS and STS. (5000-8000 words recommended.)
3. A book review section for books published in the last 5 years. (Up to
1000 words.)
4. An opinions section that may include a commentary on or a response to
current concerns, trends, and issues in HPS. (Up to 500 words.)

Submissions should be sent no later than *25 February 2011* in order to be
considered for the 2011 issue. For more details, please visit the journal
homepage at **

*Focused Discussion Topic: Science and Public Controversy***

The relationship between science and the public is often framed in terms of
controversy. From early modern arguments over the age of the Earth and its
place in the cosmos, through twentieth century discussions of the biological
credibility of racial categories, to contemporary debates over the
production of genetically modified foods and the anthropogenic nature of
global climate change, science has served to both create and resolve
controversy. Science, in turn, has been shaped by political and social

The variegated interactions throughout history between science and the
public raise a host of questions, particularly concerning the *appropriate*and
*inappropriate* roles of science in public life. Historical episodes of
scientists engaging in public controversies offer historians and
philosophers of science an ideal starting point for investigating the
complicated inter-relations between scientific research and public life.

In this issue of *Spontaneous Generations*, we invite papers for a focused
discussion that will explore and give new perspectives on the relationship
between science and public controversy from antiquity to the present.

Some questions that may be addressed by papers submitted for the focused
discussion section include:

· What roles has science played in political and social controversies
throughout history?

· Is there a principled distinction between scientific and
non-scientific controversies?

· How has scientific change led to new discussions about and new
perspectives on recurring social issues?

· What does it mean to practice socially responsible science on
controversial issues?

· What roles have historians and philosophers of science played in
public controversies involving science? What roles should we take on?

· How has the development of science been shaped by public
controversy over science and scientific engagement with public controversy?*

· How have different societies, at different times and in different
places, related their social and political discourses to scientific

· What role have scientific ideals such as objectivity and
value-neutrality played in scientific controversies and controversies about

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