Ontario Node

The Ontario Node is based at York University with ties to the University of Toronto.

See the York STS series here

HERE for past events at York ISTS.

Some Node news and events on this page relate to activities in Ottawa and other areas of Ontario.

Node Manager(s)

Dr. Bernie Lightman (York University)



Bernard Lightman, Professor of Humanities, York University, is the current Society Editor of the History of Science Society and editor of Isis, the leading history of science journal, and oversees the production of the annual bibliography and the annual journal Osiris. Lightman is also editor of a monograph series titled "Science and Culture in Nineteenth-Century Britain" (Pickering and Chatto) and was the general editor of the four volume Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Scientists (Thoemmes Press, 2004). His publications include Origins of Agnosticism (Johns Hopkins, 1987), Victorian Faith in Crisis (Macmillan, 1990), Victorian Science in Context (University of Chicago Press, 1997), and Figuring it Out (co-edited with Ann Shteir, University Press of New England, 2006) Science in the Marketplace (co-edited with Aileen Fyfe, University of Chicago Press, 2007) Victorian Popularizers of Science (University of Chicago Press, 2007). Lightman has organized nine international conferences.

At York University he has been appointed to a number of administrative positions over the years, including Associate Dean of Arts, Acting Director of Academic Staff Relation, Coordinator of the interdisciplinary program Science and Society, and Director of the Graduate Program in Humanities. From 1997 to 1999 he was a regular contributor to the CBC Radio programme, Quirks and Quarks.

416.736.5164  Ext. 22028
» lightman@yorku.ca       

News: Dr. Lightman was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada


Research and Development

MA Students 2013-14:

Jovian Parry holds an MA in cultural studies from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is currently a PhD student in York University's Science and Technology Studies program. His interests broadly include critical animal studies, social science fiction, gender studies, ecofeminism, and the history of science and technology. Specifically, he is interested in the ideological entanglements of gender, ‘Nature’, and nonhumans throughout the history of scientific thought. He is also interested in the impact of new technologies and new social movements upon modes of food production and consumption. jovian[@]yorku.ca

Lina Pinto is a student of the Science and Technology MA Program at York University. She holds a BSc in biology (Universidad de los Andes, Colombia) and a MSc in biotechnology (Université de Strasbourg, France). She has worked in museum exhibit conceptualization in Germany and Colombia, and for the past two years was part of the research support team of a biomedical research institute in Colombia, mainly devoted to the study of neglected tropical diseases. Lina is interested in issues related to community participation in research and other mechanisms that encourage dialogues between scientists and communities to efficiently respond to their needs, particularly those associated with health. Other areas of interest include science communication, science popularization, and engagement and mobilization of communities in the political decision-making process for science related issues. lbpinto[@]york.ca; linapintog[@]gmail.com

Post-Doctoral Appointment

2010-12: Melinda Baldwin began her post-doctoral position at York University in the fall of 2010.
She is a graduate of Davidson College, where she earned her B.S. in 2004. She also holds an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge. After finishing her PhD at Princeton University, she joined the SSHRC cluster at York in the fall of 2010. Her dissertation, "Nature and the Making of a Scientific Community, 1869-1939," investigates the early history of the journal Nature, focusing on the journal's nineteenth-century rise to prominence in Britain, its treatment of scientific controversies such as spiritualism and radioactivity, and its impact on scientific internationalism in the twentieth century. Her broader research interests include the history of scientific communication, gender and science, and the history of chemistry.
Please see "Publications" for a list of her work as part of her fellowship


Upcoming Node Events




University of Toronto, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Stathis Psillos (CRC Philosophy of Science) concludes The Lives of Evidence national lecture series. [+]




Queen's University, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
June 22-26, 2014: A 5-day summer school that will provide advanced training in the fields of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and Science and Technology Studies (STS) near Kingston, Ontario. [+]

Node News and Events

Situating Science Summer School 2014
From the FedCan Blog  - SSH NewsThursday, February 6, 2014"Know a grad student who's outside of or new to the field of History and Philosophy of Science or Science and Technology Studies and...
Critical Itineraries Technoscience Salon - Ontologies
Event :: ONTOLOGIES Speakers :: Paul Nadasdy (Cornell University), Keiichi  Omura (Osaka University) Discussants :: Mark Vardy (Queen’s University), Petra Hroch (University of Alberta)...
Alter Life: Biology + Technology + Art?
INCUBATOR Lab welcomes the Technoscience Salon to Windsor! Join us for a round table discussion, fun and prizes with theorists and artists! Alter Life: Biology + Technology + Art? Thursday, March 27...
From the ‘Bankruptcy of Science’ to the ‘Death of Evidence’: Science and its Value
From the ‘Bankruptcy of Science’ to the ‘Death of Evidence’: Science and its Value Stathis Psillos, Rotman Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Science, Department of Philosophy, Western...
Those Who Have the Gold Make the Evidence: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Clinical Trials
Those Who Have the Gold Make the Evidence: The Pharmaceutical Industry and Clinical Trials Joel Lexchin, Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University Thursday, April 10 2014,...
An xLECTURE on the xCLINIC Natalie Jeremijenko, associate professor of art and art education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Tribute Communities Recital Hall,...
Critical Itineraries Technoscience Salon - Imperial Debris
Please join us for the next Technoscience Salon event of 2013-2014! Event :: IMPERIAL DEBRIS Speakers :: Gregg Mitman (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Denielle Elliott (York University)...
Critical Itineraries of Technoscience Salon - Geneological Aspirations
Please join us for the next Technoscience Salon event of 2013-2014. Event :: GENEALOGICAL ASPIRATIONS 'A Dream Deferred': The Politics of Race after the Genome Speakers :: Alondra Nelson (Columbia...
Recalibrating the Science-Media Conversation
Recalibrating the Science-Media Conversation Op-Ed Jacob Berkowitz, Writer in Residence, ISSP Full article here: http://www.issp.uottawa.ca/eng/documents/RecalibratingtheScience-MediaConversation....
Benjamin Olshin: Adventures in History of Science: Maps, Marco Polo, and other Curiosities
The Institute for Science and Technology Studies is pleased to announce the following talk by Prof. Benjamin Olshin of the University of the Arts, Philadelphia: "Adventures in History of Science:...
Influencers panel
Influencers Panel Panel of influential decision-makers discussing results of the symposiumDate: Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 Time: 17:30 – 19:00 Location: Desmarais Building, Rm. 12-102 (12th floor),...
Temporalities Technoscience Salon
Event :: TEMPORALITIES Speakers :: Fa-Ti Fan (Binghamton University), Eric Cazdyn (University of Toronto) Discussants :: Grant Otsuki (University of Toronto), Sara Martel (York University) Chair ::...
Influencers Panel
Influencers PanelPanel of influential decision-makers discussing results of the symposiumDate: Wed. Oct. 23, 2013 Time: 17:30 – 19:00 Location: Desmarais Building, Rm. 12-102 (12th floor), University...
The Transformations in the Relations between Science, Policy and Citizens
THE TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE RELATIONS BETWEEN SCIENCE, POLICY AND CITIZENSDr. Yves Gingras, Canada Research Chair in History and Sociology of Science, Université de Québec à Montréal Monday Oct. 21...
Uncertain Science, Uncertain Times
UNCERTAIN SCIENCE, UNCERTAIN TIMES Selections and discussion of Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play, Copenhagen Moderated by Jay Ingram Directed by Kevin OrrTuesday Oct. 22, 2013, 7:30 pm...