On August 16th and 17th 2012, Arizona State University and the Institute for Systems Biology will host a workshop in conjunction with ISHPSSB to examine the historical and philosophical issues surrounding the contemporary field of Systems Biology.
Systems Biology has been described as a revolutionary approach to understanding living systems.The practice of Systems Biology which has emerged in the post-genomic era of the last decade exemplifies the integration and translation of large databases and scientific practice, methods, and explanations, between different disciplines, and between science, technology, and society. While Systems Biology may have deep historical roots, and embrace many themes at the heart of current philosophy of science, e.g. integration, reductionism, the unity/disunity of science, these issues remain largely neglected or unsatisfactorily addressed in the prevailing mythos of the field.
This workshop proposes to explore the historical and philosophical foundations of Systems Biology by opening a dialogue between practitioners of Systems Biology and historians and philosophers of science. Over the course of two days, four sessions and social activities will give HPS scholars and Systems Biologists the chance to interact and investigate together the historical roots and epistemic commitments of the field so that we can begin to articulate and reflect upon these problems in ways that transcend our own disciplinary assumptions and begin to address the ‘revolutionary’ aspects of Systems Biology.
The 2012 ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop now invites proposals for presentations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 10th, 2012. Travel support funding is available. Please indicate your desire for funding in your submission, and email Kate MacCord (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
We ask that any person interested in participating in this workshop submit an abstract (300 word maximum) for their presentation, along with a 1-2 paragraph biography that includes why they are interested in participating. Please also indicate if you have a session preference. E-mail all submission materials to Kate MacCord (email@example.com) by July 10th, 2012.
PhD, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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