THE UNIT FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SYDNEY CENTRE FOR THE FOUNDATIONS OF SCIENCE

2018 RESEARCH SEMINARS

The HPS Research Seminar Series runs on selected Mondays during Semester time.

All Welcome. No Booking Required. Free

Please note NEW START TIME: 5:30

CCANESA MEETING ROOM, MADSEN BUILDING
CAMPERDOWN CAMPUS

Best access to CCANESA is from the Eastern Avenue entrance of the Madsen Building. When you enter you will be on the 3rd floor. Please proceed across the foyer and take the stairs on the right up one floor. The door to CCANESA will be straight ahead on this landing



Research Seminar Series - Semester One 2018.
Date e Speaker Topic

MONDAY

5TH MARCH

6PM - 8PM

NICHOLSON MUSEUM

Professor Alan Chalmers

Professor Rachel Ankeny

Dr Daniela Helbig

HPS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE, A CELEBRATION

Recently HPS was promoted from a Unit to School. This is a welcome change that supports and recognises the achievements of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney from 1945 to now and into the future. We have three speakers that will address the past, present and future of HPS and to recognise the outstanding success of the seminal text " What is this thing Called Science?" Alan Chalmers.

To all those who have contributed to the success of History and Philosophy of Science and to all our friends and colleagues please join us for a cocktail party.

Please RSVP: hps.admin@sydney.edu.au

 

This will be held in conjunction with the awarding of the  HPS Prizes.

12TH MARCH

CCANESA MEETING ROOM

Wendy Kline

Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine

Purdue University

 
Psyschedelic Birth: Bodies, Boundaries, and Consciousness in the 1970s "

On November 13, 1956, recently certified Czech psychiatrist Stan Grof swallowed 150 micrograms of LSD as one of the earliest Czech volunteers for a research study. Within a few hours, his entire conception about the human psyche and the role of psychoanalysis was turned upside down.  He described being hit by a radiance comparable to a “nuclear explosion” which catapulted him out of his body, expanding his consciousness to “cosmic dimensions.”

The timing was fortuitous, for Grof was in the midst of an existential crisis.  Like many psychiatrists in Europe and the U.S. in the 1950s, he was inspired by Freudian analysis. Psychoanalysis was brilliant in theory, he believed, but abysmal in practice.  It lacked visible proof of efficacy, a reminder of the profession’s struggle for legitimacy.  Over the next fifteen years, Grof set out to provide that proof.  He established himself as the world’s foremost researcher of psychedelics, conducting over 2000 psychedelic sessions first at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Institute and then at the Esalen Institute in CA.

In this talk, I draw on the records of the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center LSD Training Program Study and the papers of Grof to explore the unexpected entanglements between psychiatry, midwifery, and psychedelics. 

19th MARCH

CCANESA MEETING ROOM

MADSEN BUILDING

Anika Fiebich

  Philosopher of Mind and Action 

University of Milan  

 

26th March

CCANESA

ADAM HOCHMAN

DEPT PHILOSOPHY

MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY

 

MONDAY 16TH APRIL  CCANESA MEETING ROOM MADSEN BUILDING

BIRGIT LANG

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

Title TBC

" Normality, agency and normativity: The human case study in Sexology and Psychoanalysis”

 23RD APRIL  

CCANESA MEETING ROOM

MADSEN BUILDING

 DR JOHN FORGE  

"Moral Responsibility Gaps and Autonomous Weapons Systems"