The kind of conference you’d naturally select

My academic home is the Economics Program in the Research School of Social Sciences (RSSS). Located in a building named after HC Coombs (an economist turned social campaigner), RSSS is comprised of five programs – philosophy, history, political science, sociology, and economics.

One of the benefits of being part of an interdisciplinary school is that we run an annual social science conference. This November’s conference is being organised by my philosophy colleague Kim Sterelny, on the theme “Darwin and the Social Sciences”. Details over the fold.

First Call For Papers: “Darwin and the Social Sciences”

Interdisciplinary Conference, organised by the Research School of the Social Sciences, Australian National University, November 12-14, 2009

at Sparkle Helmore Lecture Theatre, Law School

1. Keynote Speakers

Peter Godfrey-Smith (Philosophy, Harvard)
Dalton Conley (Sociology, NYU)
Paul Seabright (Economics, IDEA, France)
Brian Boyd (English, Auckland)

2. The Origin Cycle

In addition, the conference will host the Australian premier of “The Origin Cycle”: a connected series of compositions written for and to passages of the Origin, and sung by Jane Sheldon. More details on this unique event will be provided in the next CFP/conference information notice.

3. Registration.

There is no fee for conference attendance. But space at the lecture theatre is limited, so those intending to attend should e-mail Professor Kim Sterelny (kimbo AT to notify him of your interest. If lack of space is a problem, he will let you know.

4. Papers.

Contributed papers are invited: they should be of about 40 minutes duration, allowing about 20 minutes for questions/discussion. Those offering a paper should e-mail Sterelny (kimbo AT with a brief abstract and a brief biographical note (a link to an academic website suffices) so he can group similar-themed papers together. Offers should reach him by August 14 (for preference); he will confirm acceptance by the end of August.

5. Accommodation.

There is a reasonable amount of accommodation available on campus at University House and Liversidge. (There may be somewhat cheaper, but less upmarket accommodation available at the various student halls of residence). But this can be booked out quite early. So those intending to come are urged to book early (;

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