Conference address

Our conference will be held at the Social Science Research Commons Room located at Woodburn Hall room #200  (1100 E 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47406).

For more information: Social Commons Event Details

If you have any emergency, feel free to contact us by e-mail. We will be responding e-mails promptly.

Elisabeth Lloyd’s talk: A special session is for graduate students only (1pm-2:30pm).


8-8:30am Breakfast 

8:30-9:50am Grad student presentations (4 presentations) 

Tractability Assumptions and Model Robustness – Dan Li

Confusion of Principle of the Identity of Indiscernible (PII) in the Foundation of Physics – Lara Hu

Consensus and Credibility in Climate Science – Suzanne Kawamleh

A Singularist Semirealist Account of Biological Sex – Charlene Brecevic

*10 minute break* 

 10:00-11:50 Keynote Speaker: Helen Longino

11:50-2:30pm Lunch/Concurrent with Lisa’s talk 

 1-2:30 Elisabeth Lloyd’s talk: A special session for graduate students only

*10 minute break* 

2:40-4:00 Grad student presentations (4 presentations) 

Disordered Female; Disordered Eating – Helen Zhao

Virtues of the Spectrum Theory of Sex -Faeze Fazeli

A Darwinian Dilemma for Social Constructionist Accounts of Sex – Maja Sidzinska

Treading on Each Other’s Skirts: Female Domestic Servants and ‘the Servant Question’ in American Newspapers, 1830-1880 – Erin Barr

*10 minute break* 

4:10-5:10 Grad student presentations (3 presentations) 

Explaining Individual Differences – Zina Ward

Of Monsters and Men: The Supernatural and the Sanctity of Sex in Jacob Rueff’s Trostbüchle – Isabelle Lahaie

What Brings Drug into Being? Rational Drug Design in the Age of Artificial Intelligence – HyeJeong Han

5:10-7:00 Poster session / reception/ pizza ​


Please contact our housing coordinator Becca Jackson at for inquiries about being housed for free with a graduate student during the conference.

Another affordable option is Travelodge Bloomington right off East 3rd street and 5 minutes from Biddle. They are offering a great 12% off discount as described below.

Travelodge by Wyndham Bloomington

2615 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401, EUA

12% OFF   Direct Booking Link:


  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Parking
  • Mini Fridges, Microwaves, Safes in all rooms
  • Prime location on IU Campus within walking distance to over 25 restaurants



The IU HPSC&M Women’s Leadership Conference is calling for submissions from graduate and undergraduate students working on topics relating to the philosophy, history, and sociology of science and medicine for poster or oral presentation in the fall of 2019.

Submissions: Please submit an extended outline with abstract (~600 words) suitable for a 15 minute talk, or an abstract (~250 words) of a topic for a poster. Dual submissions for talks and posters (on related or unrelated topics) are allowed. E-mail submissions to before July 15th. Acceptances will be sent out in August.

About our conference

One day conference to be held on 26th October 2019 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN designed to bring female scholars from philosophy, history, and sociology of science and medicine together to discuss and further develop their research. The three main purposes of this conference are (1) to highlight the work of female graduate students who probe important issues in the sciences and humanities, (2) to provide networking opportunities, insightful feedback, and career guidance from eminent female scholars in their field, and (3) to combat the persistent gender imbalance in these areas of research by empowering and preparing women to exercise leadership in their area of scholarship.

The conference will be built upon three pillars: research presentation, networking, and leadership empowerment. This conference will be an opportunity for female graduate students in underrepresented fields to present their work and engage with IU faculty, alumni, and fellow students to improve and advance their research in a growing interdisciplinary field. We will accomplish this by embodying our three pillars throughout the conference planning process by involving IU faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from the HPSC Department, Philosophy Department and Gender Studies Department. The conference will include Dr. Helen E. Longino as keynote speaker, roundtable discussions with both emerging and eminent female scholars, individual presentations by post-doctoral and graduate students, and poster sessions which will highlight the work of both graduate and undergraduate students.

The Planning Committee will expect abstracts both nationally and internationally, and will determine the acceptances assessed under blind review.