16 de febrero de 2018

Call for applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the UOC (Barcelona)

The  Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Research and Innovation Committee has agreed to publish a call for applications for four places for three-year postdoctoral research fellowships. The positions are open to postdoctoral teaching and research staff in any of the fields of study at the University and its research centres – the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) and the eLearn Center (eLC).

The deadline for applications, as indicated in the terms and conditions, is 4th March 2018.

As applicants need to be endorsed by a research group, we are seeking candidates who are interested in joining our research group CareNet at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). The goal of CareNet is to understand the impact of technologies, particularly ICT, on the social and cultural reconfiguration of care and preparedness in the network society. This interest is built upon our interdisciplinary background in Science and Technology Studies (STS), Disability Studies, Digital Sociology and Social Psychology.

Our main current research lines are:
  1. Technological and social innovations for later life and independent living.
  2. The reconfiguration of care in the context of crisis: concerned and self-help groups, technoscientific activism, mutual support and communities of care.   
  3. Urban infrastructures of care: Socio-spatial relations of labour, care and the body.
  4. Disability, gender and sexuality.
  5. Social Studies of Emergencies, Crisis and Disasters.
  6. Sensing technologies, public awareness and participation.

For more details about the research group and these lines, have a look at this web.

If you are interested in submitting a research proposal to this grant and join our group, please send a motivation letter, a CV including list of publications, and a statement on current and future research interests by email to Israel Rodríguez (irodriguezgir@uoc.edu) or Daniel López (dlopezgo@uoc.edu) by the 26th February 2018.

Wellcome Research Bursary at the John Rylands Research Institute

Wellcome Research Bursary at the John Rylands Research Institute
Deadline for submissions: 5pm, Thursday 1 March 2018.
The John Rylands Research Institute is offering enhanced support for Early Career Researchers (those currently completing or within two years of the award of their doctorate) who wish to apply for a Wellcome Research Bursary to work on the University of Manchester Library’s Special Collections.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email jrri@manchester.ac.uk by Thursday, 1 March 2018 with a 1 page CV and 250 words outlining how you would use the specified collections of The University of Manchester Library and how this work would form the basis of a larger postdoctoral project.

Full details of the opportunity, including collection highlights and particular areas of interest, can be found at: https://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/research/funding/#d.en.622338

Photograph albums and poems sent to Charles Darwin

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday today, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877.  They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the Netherlands. Also online for the first time are the texts of a series of poems written in Darwin’s honour by Friedrich Adler, a young lawyer from Prague.

See the albums and poems here:

The albums provide a snapshot of networks of supporters of Darwin on the Continent, and will also be a useful resource for people studying Dutch, German and Austrian social history. Very little is known about many of the people featured in these albums. If you can help to identify any of them, please get in touch.

15 de febrero de 2018

CfP: Society for the Social History of Medicine Conference 2018 – Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine Liverpool, 11-13 July 2018

Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine

Liverpool, 11-13 July 2018

Hosted by The Centre for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Health, Medicine and Technology

The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major, biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference, and from 11-13 July 2018 it will meet in Liverpool to explore the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine’.

This broad theme plays on several levels. It reflects local Liverpool health heritage as a site of public health innovation; independent and at times radical approaches to health politics, health inequalities, health determinants, treatment and therapies (including technological innovation, community and collective practices, and the use of arts in health).

The Society for the Social History of Medicine hosts a major biennial, international, and interdisciplinary conference. From 11-13 July 2018 it will meet in Liverpool to explore the theme of ‘Conformity, Resistance, Dialogue and Deviance in Health and Medicine’.
This broad theme plays on several levels. It reflects local Liverpool health heritage as a site of public health innovation; independent and at times radical approaches to health politics, health inequalities, health determinants, treatment and therapies (including technological innovation, community and collective practices, and the use of arts in health).
We envisage that this conference theme will also stimulate participants to think about how medical orthodoxy has been shaped and re-molded, and how patients and practitioners choose to conform to conventional practices, seek alternatives, resist or compromise. The theme further facilitates a transnational conference strand, examining the construction of, and attitudes towards, Western and other medical traditions and health systems. In light of this theme, the 2018 conference committee encourages papers, sessions, round-tables and other interventions that examine, challenge, and refine histories of conformity, resistance, dialogue and deviance in medicine and health. These might be set in relation to inclusions, exclusions and injustices; insiders, outsiders and mediators; peoples, places and cultures; and diverse and expanding new social histories of health and medicine.
But the biennial conference is not exclusive in terms of its theme, and reflects the diversity of the discipline of the social history of medicine. Proposals that consider all topics relevant to histories of health and medicine broadly conceived are invited. Nor are submissions restricted to any area of study: we welcome a range of disciplinary approaches, time periods and geographical contexts. Submissions from scholars across the range of career stages are most welcome, and especially from postgraduate and early career researchers.
Possible topics include:
  • Health and medicine in colonial, postcolonial and transnational contexts
  • The political economy of health and medicine
  • Theories and practices of conformity and deviancy in health and medicine
  • New ways of framing working within the social history of medicine
  • Radical politics and resistance to dominant medical knowledge and practice
  • Critical theory and social movements such as feminist, postcolonial, disability and queer theory and activism in relation to health and medicine
  • Relations between different cultures of health and medicine
  • Inequalities of health and medical care
  • Public health
  • The environment and health
  • Animals, disease and health
  • Work and health
  • Arts and health
  • Popular representations of health and medicine

Job: Harvard University, Lecturer on the History of Science

Harvard University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Department of the History of Science

Position Description: The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University seeks applications for one or more lecturers on the history of science. Specific areas of teaching may include the following: history of medicine, history of the human sciences, gender studies. Lecturers will be responsible for advising undergraduate students and teaching as many as four courses. The position(s) may be part-time or full-time depending on the area of specialization and the curricular requirements of the department.

The position is for one year with a start date of July 1, 2018 and an end date of June 30, 2019.

Keywords:* faculty, instructor, Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, MA, Northeast, New England

Fields: history of medicine, history of human sciences, gender studies

Basic Qualifications: Doctorate in history of science or related field is required by the time the appointment begins.

Additional Qualifications: Evidence of excellence in teaching is desired.

Special Instructions: Please submit the following materials through the ARIeS portal 
(http://academicpositions.harvard.edu). Candidates are encouraged to apply by March 15, 2018; applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
1 Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Brief abstracts of possible courses
3. Names and contact information of three references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted by your recommender)

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Contact Email: guarente@fas.harvard.edu

BSHS PG Engagement Fellowship: Jamaican Natural Science collections at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery

We are pleased to announce the opportunity for a current postgraduate student working in the history of science, technology and medicine, or a closely-related field, to work with the Curator of Natural Science at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to research the Jamaican Natural Science collections. The Fellowship is worth £2,000 which will support up to one month’s work (20 working days) on a part-time basis from April 2018, with further funding of up to £1,000 towards project outputs. All work is expected to be complete by the end of December 2018.
The collections to be studied comprise 3 volumes of bound herbarium (1786-1790s) collected from Jamaica by Bristol-born Dr Arthur Broughton; 4 volumes of illustrations of Jamaican natural history and accompanying handwritten text including The Elegancies of Jamaica by Reverend John Lindsay (1758-1788); and an unpublished manuscript of Robert Long containing his theorems on the natural history of Jamaica with drawings (1750s).
This placement provides the opportunity to develop and extend the enormous potential of this collection. The curators are keen to understand more about the historical and contemporary uses of the plants in food and in medicine and use these to build resources or activities that increase engagement with the collections, including preparing material for talks, digital resources, or adding to the museum’s catalogue.  The museum already has links with the Natural History Museum in Jamaica, and Ujima Radio, Bristol, and are keen to continue to strengthen relationships with the Jamaican communities in Bristol and Jamaica.
The successful appointee will have a unique opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary museum. The Fellowship offers the option of carrying out collections research and gaining training in the curatorship of botanical collections in addition to developing skills in public engagement.
Application Procedure
Please send electronically or in hard copy an expression of interest of no more than one side of A4 and a CV to Rhian Rowson (rhian.rowson@bristol.gov.uk, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol, BS8 1RL), Natural Sciences Curator, to whom enquires can also be directed by telephone (0117 9223597). The deadline for receipt of applications is 9thMarch 2018. For more general enquiries about the scheme contact Dr Liz Haines at outreach@bshs.org.uk.
Please note, shortlisted candidates who are not British citizens will be required to provide proof of their eligibility to work in the UK.

CfP - 12th History of Recent Economics Conference (Octobert 5-6, 2018)

The twelfth History of Recent Economics Conference (HISRECO) will be held at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) of the University of Cergy-Pontoise on October 12-13, 2018. Since 2007 HISRECO has brought together researchers from various backgrounds to study the history of economics in the postwar period. It is the organizers’ belief that this period, during which economics became one of the dominant discourses in contemporary society, is worth studying for its own sake. The increasing availability of archival materials, along with the development of new perspectives inherited from the larger history and sociology of knowledge, has helped to provide insightful histories of the development of recent economic practices, ideas, and techniques. In particular, this area of research offers good opportunities to young scholars who are interested in interdisciplinary approaches to the history of economics.

We invite researchers in all related fields to submit a paper proposal of no more than 500 words. Even though the organizers are open to a wide range of approaches to the history of economics, paper proposals that address the interface between this field and the history and sociology of science, or cultural and science studies will be particularly appreciated.  Proposals should be sent electronically (as a pdf file) to Jean-Baptiste Fleury (jean-baptiste [DOT] fleury [AT] u-cergy [DOT] fr) by April 15, 2018. Successful applicants will be informed by May 31, 2018.

Thanks to financial support from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of Cergy and FIPE (The Institute of Economic Research Foundation, Brazil), HISRECO has limited funds to partially cover travel and accommodation for a number of young scholars (PhD students or researchers who have obtained their PhD over the past two years or so, from October 2015 to January 2018). Young scholars should include in their proposal their current affiliation and the university and year of their PhD, if this is the case. Those needing more information about funding are welcome to approach the organizers.

For those who want to know more about HISRECO, a list of past conferences and contributors can be found at http://www.hisreco.org.

The organizing committee: Cléo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche (University of Lausanne), Béatrice Cherrier (University of Cergy-Pontoise), Pedro Duarte (University of São Paulo), Jean-Baptiste Fleury (University of Cergy-Pontoise) and Yann Giraud (University of Cergy-Pontoise). 

10 de febrero de 2018

CfP: Risk and the Insurance Business in History An International Conference, Seville 2019

The International Conference on Risk and the Insurance Business in History will be held in June 11th to 14th 2019 on the historic city of Seville. 

The Scientific Committee has accepted a set of 23 parallel sessions to shape the program of the conference.  

Now we are opening the call for participation in these sessions. Please feel free to consider the most suitable session for your paper. Proposals should include names and affiliations of the author/s; title and abstract. Please note that session organisers have the final decision to accept paper proposals for their sessions. Session organisers are requested to forward to the conference organisers any proposals for papers that they cannot include in their session, so that the conference organisers, with the assistance of the Scientific Committee, have an opportunity of placing the papers elsewhere in the conference if that proves possible. The definite list of accepted papers will be announced in September 30th 2018. 

Proposals of sessions should be directed to the organiser/s of the session, with copy to the conference mail insurance.international.conference@unia.es 
The deadline to send paper proposals is June 30th 2018.

Session 8. Friendly Societies/Societies of Mutual Aid and health risk coverage:

Pilar León-Sanz (University of Navarra) mpleon@unav.es
A comprehensive historical study of the Health Insurance sector requires us to examine the development and the functions of the Friendly Societies and Mutual Insurance Systems. In general, a health-care system has been defined as the means by which health care is financed, organized, delivered, and reimbursed for a given population. It includes considerations of access, expenditures, and resources (Gil-Sotres, 2010). From the nineteenth century, diverse health-care systems such as the Friendly Societies, Mutual aid societies and health insurance companies have been closely associated with the social and economic vulnerability of workers.
The existence of these Mutual Insurance Systems coincided with other traditional charitable institutions (general hospitals, homes for the elderly, asylums, orphanages), and others organized at municipal or national levels. Private health insurance companies also began to offer medical-pharmaceutical services in urban centres. It is a time that reviewed the notion of a subsidiary role of the State in Health and Social care of the population.
Care and assistance to society arises as a result of the sum of all these systems and institutions. This idea serves as the impulse for the essays collected here. The study of Mutual Health Insurance in general has increased its presence in the agenda of world social and economic history.

The session will consider questions as the following:
- Costs and Benefits of Friendly Societies/Mutual Insurance Systems
- Friendly Societies/Mutual Health Insurance Systems and the management of Health risks
- Contributions of Friendly Societies/Mutual Health Insurances to the Hospital care
- Relationship between Friendly Societies, Mutual Insurance and Private Health Insurances

9 de febrero de 2018

Convocatoria: Transferencias técnicas y culturales en la historia rural de Europa y América (siglos XVII-XX)

Coloquio Internacional organizado por el seminario de historia agraria mexicana (SEHAM)  y el GDRI-AAA (Groupe de Recherches International-Agriculture, Approvisionnement, Alimentation)
Instituciones sede: Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana- Iztapalapa (UAMI), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (IISUE-UNAM) y El Colegio de Michoacán
15 y 16 de octubre de 2018
Recepción de propuestas: 5 de abril de 2018
El panel se interesa en discutir la internacionalización del conocimiento agrícola, centrándose, principalmente en la creación, transmisión y circulación de saberes y experiencias en el universo rural de Europa y latinoamérica, pero también de las antiguas colonial iberoamericanas a la historia rural europea entre los siglos XVII y XX.
Observación, experiencia, transmisión y difusión del conocimiento se entremezclan en la circulación de saberes. Sabemos que algunos contextos resultan más o menos permeables a la innovación, o necesidades concretas que pueden facilitar o dificultar la transmisión y circulación de saberes técnicos o normativos. Se sabe igualmente que la heterogeneidad es la norma que caracteriza esas vías de circulación. Nos proponemos explorar aquí la creación, transmisión y circulación de saberes en el ámbito rural de los siglos XVII-XX.  Nuestro objetivo es ofrecer nuevas herramientas conceptuales y distintas aproximaciones para estudiar las técnicas agrícolas y la literatura especializada en América subrayando el papel fundamental que desempeñaron los códigos europeos, tanto como el conocimiento agronómico y técnico .
Nos interesa explorar, por ejemplo, el modo de actuar de individuos que, viviendo en zonas rurales aisladas de América Latina  en el siglo XVIII o XIX, conocen sus derechos y recursos jurídicos pese a que, al igual que la cuasi totalidad de sus vecinos, no sabe leer ni escribir. ¿Cómo se transmitían ese tipo de conocimientos que a menudo sorprenden por su precisión y pertinencia? Si nos situamos en la perspectiva de los estados en formación, vemos como en el siglo XIX, también en Latinoamérica, se van dibujando las naciones y diferenciando ideales de estado que se plasmarán en sendos códigos civiles, todos ellos inspirados en mayor o menor grado en el código napoleónico y conservando una fuerte impronta del derecho colonial. ¿Cómo circularon y con qué criterio y objetivos se adaptaron y codificaron leyes y normas concebidas en otros horizontes y contextos?
Si esto lo observamos en el marco de la transmisión de las normas jurídicas, no es menos importante el de las técnicas. Nos interesa explorar el tema del reencuentro entre saberes europeos y no europeos posibilitado por el imperialismo ecológico que ha colaborado a transformar el modelo de centro-periferia tan en boga en la historia de las ciencias. En lugar de ser el producto de racionalidades occidentales proyectadas al resto del mundo, las ciencias coloniales aparecen como el producto local de una hibridación entre los saberes y las prácticas europeas e indígenas.
Nuestro evento examinara estos problemas en el marco de la circulación y adquisición de conocimientos agrícolas, normas, técnicas y sistemas agrarios, de irrigación y silvícolas entre el viejo y el nuevo mundo, así como sus obstáculos y limitaciones.
Las propuestas deben incluir un resumen de 200 a 300 palabras y una breve descripción curricular del proponente. Los resúmenes deben incluir el nombre del autor, su dirección de correo electrónico, una breve descripción de su propuesta subrayando sus aportes, una sumaria descripción de sus fuentes y sus principales conclusiones.
Enviar propuestas a:

Salvador Álvarez, El Colegio de Michoacán: salfalvs@gmail.comsaalvarezs@prodigy.net.mx
Margarita Menegus, IISUE-UNAM:    menegusmargarita@gmail.com

Alejandro Tortolero, UAM-Iztapalapa:  tortoleroalejandro@yahoo.com, atv@xanum.uam.mx

CfP: Self-Fashioning Scientific Identities in the Long Nineteenth Century

University of Leicester, 15th June 2018

Keynote: Dr Patricia Fara, University of Cambridge

At the beginning of the nineteenth century, there was no such thing as a scientist. While professional careers in science were gradually formalised, many scientific practitioners aspired to none at all. Lacking blueprints to guide their behaviour, practitioners of all descriptions had to carve out their own identities to demonstrate expertise, prestige, taste, authority. How did one comport oneself? How should one write, and where? Who should be included in the community and who excluded? Were you a natural philosopher, a savant, a man of science, a scientist, or none of the above?

Scholars of nineteenth-century science and culture have revealed diverse scientific identities, including romantic geologists, chemical-wielding showmen, and poetic physicists, alongside artisan botanists, unpaid draughtswomen, and husband-and-wife collaborations. Recent scholarship complicates rigid distinctions between amateur and professional, populariser and primary researcher, and scientific writing and imaginative prose, producing increasingly nuanced studies of the ways in which scientific practitioners sought to shape their own identities.

Stephen Greenblatt’s now-classic study of ‘self-fashioning’ demonstrated how one might carve out for oneself ‘a distinctive personality, a characteristic address to the world, a consistent mode of perceiving and behaving’. Indeed, self-fashioning has been a valuable tool for thinking about how complex changes in scientific culture were carried out across the nineteenth century. Studying the shaping of practitioners’ identities in these terms allows us to explore the formation and negotiation of scientific communities in insightful ways.

This one-day workshop aims to bring together scholars interested in the processes through which scientific practitioners constructed identities for themselves and how these identities were, in turn, perceived by their colleagues and wider society. Although the focus will predominantly be upon the long nineteenth century, we are also happy to consider papers that speak to these issues outside this timeframe. We would particularly welcome papers that explore self-fashioning beyond the exclusive circles of English men of science. Submissions are invited on the following topics:

    - Gender identity and science
    - Class identity and science
    - National identity and science
    - Ethnicity and science
    - Amateurs/amateurisation and professionals/professionalisation
    - Popularisers and primary researchers
    - Self-fashioning through correspondence
    - Self-fashioning through literary style
    - The identities of scientific periodicals
    - Key terms, such as ‘(gentle)man of science’, ‘savant’, and ‘scientist’
    - Scientific practitioners in fiction, poetry, and cartoons

Papers will be 20 minutes in length, and the deadline for abstracts of up to 250 words is 9th April. We will inform accepted speakers by the 23rd April.

Please send abstracts and any other enquiries to: sciself2018@gmail.com

There will be no registration fee, and we are able to support the travel costs of postgraduates and ECRs who are accepted to speak. Those who receive this assistance may be asked to contribute a short blog post regarding their experience of the event.

The venue is yet to be confirmed, but we will advise attendees regarding accessibility as soon as this information becomes available. If you would like to discuss your specific requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us via the above email address.

Organised by Richard Fallon (Leicester), Matthew Wale (Leicester), and Alison Moulds (Oxford).