BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHILOSOPHY AND HISTORY OF BIOLOGY
History and Evolution
Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) meets every two years, in
odd numbered calendar years. The next meeting (2009) of the ISHPSSB will be
During the even-numbered, "off" years, the Society stimulates and provides support to thematic workshops. In 2008, the ISHPSSB approved the proposal of the Brazilian Society for Philosophy and History of Biology (ABFHiB - Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia) of promoting a meeting on "Natural History and Evolution Just Before Darwin".
This thematic workshop will be
held in the city of
The workshop on "Natural History and Evolution Just Before Darwin"
is included in the series of events commemorating the second centennial of
* Richard Burkhardt, “The Lives of the Specimens”
* Thomas F. Glick, “Jefferson and the Great Chain of Being”
* Nelson Papavero, “The Evolution of
the Principles of Biological Taxonomy from Linnaeus to
Scholars interested in presenting a paper should submit an abstract with 500 to 800 words, plus bibliography, before July 30. Abstracts should be sent to email@example.com. All members of the ISHPSSB and other interested scholars are eligible to attend. Graduate students can also submit papers for presentation.
There is some funding available to help
graduate students to participate in this meeting. The International Society
for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology has allocated a
maximum of $100 for graduate student participants who come from outside
The scientific committee of the meeting will select speakers taking into account:
* whether the paper deals with history, philosophy and/or social studies of biology;
* whether the subject of the paper is adequate for this specific thematic meeting;
* whether it is an original research paper or not.
Each speaker will have 25-30 minutes for his/her presentation, plus 10-15 minutes for discussion (total time of 40 minutes for each paper).
After the meeting, speakers will
be invited to submit a final version of their papers for publication in book
form. This book will not include all contributions; papers will be submitted
to referees, and only high-quality papers will be accepted for publication.
Local organizing committee:
* Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira Martins (chairperson), Professor of the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), President of the Brazilian Association for Philosophy and History of Biology.
* Maria Elice Brzezinski Prestes, Professor of the Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), Treasurer of the Brazilian Association for Philosophy and History of Biology.
* Roberto de Andrade Martins, Professor of the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).
* Nelio Bizzo, Professor of the
* Waldir Stefano,
Professor of Universidade Presbiteriana
Mackenzie, Secretary of the Brazilian
Association for Philosophy and History of Biology.
Site of the workshop:
Although scholars from several Brazilian universities are involved in the organization of this meeting, it was decided that the best place to run this specific meeting would be a hotel out of the main Brazilian cities, because this would present the best opportunity for informal discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.
The meeting will be held in the
All activities will be held in a hotel, which offers special rooms for people using wheelchair, with total accessibility to the conference rooms, restaurant and and other rooms (Itu Colonial Plaza). The city has two other hotels with special rooms for wheelchair users – and that is quite uncommon for a small city like this one.
a small city, and the only attractions are several old buildings and churches
(18th and 19th centuries), antiquaries and a few shops. There is also a paleontological site (Varvite
from Itu – see http://www.unb.br/ig/sigep/sitio062/sitio062english.htm). There will be
guided visits to the Varvite site on the days
before the beginning and after the end of the workshop. Foreign visitors who
would like to visit other places in
Transportation to the site:
All major international airlines have flights to the São Paulo International Airport of Guarulhos (GRU). In early December, the price of air tickets is low; it is easy to obtain excellent discounts when air tickets are bought several months in advance.
1. Registration costs: US$50.00 (US$25.00 for students)
2. Hotel rooms: the daily fee for a single in-suite room is R$120,00 (about US$70.00) including breakfast, and R$145,00 (about US$85.00) for a double in-suite room, including breakfast. There are other less expensive nearby hotels in the city.
3. The use of all hotel facilities (including Wi-Fi Internet) is free.
4. Meeting banquet (optional): R$50.00 (about US$30.00).
5. Meals: Buffet-style lunch and dinner will be available at R$25,00 (about US$15.00). A sandwich costs about R$10,00 (US$6.00). Special meals can be provided for vegetarians or people with other special diet needs, on demand. There are many nearby restaurants, and it will not be necessary to have meals at the hotel.
6. Local transportation (
Estimated total cost to
registrant (excluding travel to
July 30, 2008 – deadline for submission of paper proposals (send an abstract with 500 to 800 words, plus bibliography, to firstname.lastname@example.org)
August 10, 2008 – authors will receive information of acceptance of their papers
August 10 to
31, 2008 – registration and hotel reservation (registration forms and
further information will be available in July)