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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


The aim of this group is to explore and enhance the interface between HPS and science. Although many of us in HPS engage closely with scientists and their practices, we could benefit from more explicit discussions about the relationship between HPS and science itself, and from more opportunities for HPS-scholars and scientists to help each other's work.

We meet on Fridays, 3.30–4.30pm (unless otherwise indicated), continuing the discussion after the end of the formal session for those who are interested. This year we will be running a mixture of in-person and online meetings (but not hybrid). Further information, any reading materials, and links for online meetings will be distributed through the email list of the group; please contact Hasok Chang (hc372) if you would like to be included on the list.

We are pleased to continue coordinating our activities with the 'Coffee with Clinicians' series, organised by the 'Talking as Cure?' research network. For more information about this network, please contact Hannah Blythe (hgb27). The 'Clinicians' events are included in the list below.

Michaelmas Term 2022

14 October

In-person meeting: Seminar Room 1
Prof. Marcos Martinón-Torres (Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science, Institute of Archaeology, University of Cambridge)
Can complex technological systems be sustained through collective action?

4 November

Online meeting, on Zoom
Coffee with Clinicians
Prof. Giovanni Stanghellini (Full Professor of Dynamic Psychology, Department of Health Sciences, University of Florence; Profesor Adjuncto, Universidad 'Diego Portales', Santiago, Chile)
Prof. George Ikkos (Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust)
Varieties and power of images in psychiatry and mental health care

11 November

Online meeting, on Zoom
Coffee with Clinicians
Dr Fiona Peacock (Co-Lead, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling Programme, University of Cambridge)