28 de julio de 2018

CfP: 2nd Joint Meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences and the International Society for Gender Medicine

We welcome proposals in all areas of sex and gender differences research, spanning the gamut from fundamental biology (including evolution, genetics, molecular/cellular biology, and physiology) to translational science and clinical research. Symposia should highlight an area of current research on sex and gender differences, rather than being focused on issues related only to one sex. Proposed symposia should attempt to include basic and clinical science (i.e., from bench to bedside).

We particularly encourage proposals involving speakers and topics new to the OSSD and IGM, including proposals focusing on fast-moving, timely areas, and proposals bringing together interdisciplinary perspectives on a common theme.

Symposia should be chaired by an OSSD or IGM member or co-chaired by two members. Proposals from new and prospective members are encouraged, so membership of the chair(s) is not required at the time of proposal submission. However, non-member chairs should be prepared to join the OSSD before the meeting. Each symposium should have three to four speakers (slots 20-30 mins each) related by a coherent theme, with topics accessible to a range of OSSD and IGM members. Speakers will typically be faculty members (or the equivalent), though up to one speaker in each panel may be a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow. The symposium chair(s) may, at their discretion, be included in the speaker line-up. Confirmation of participation from each speaker is helpful but not essential for proposal submission. When appropriate, the Program Committee may work with the   chairs to combine symposia or suggest additional/alternative speakers. Please note that OSSD and IGM are not able to cover costs for speaker travel or housing. However, a $150 honorarium plus one night hotel accommodations will be provided for non-member speakers.

We also invite individual proposals from faculty and senior trainee members of OSSD or IGM for talks in any relevant area. Accepted talks will be grouped into symposia or incorporated into existing symposia as appropriate. Please use the final page of proposal form to submit  an individual proposal.

Proposals may be prepared using this form and should be submitted by email to ossd2019program@gmail.com by Sept. 15, 2018. Please address questions to the OSSD/IGM 2019 Program Committee Chair, Karyn Frick, at frickk@uwm.edu.

Oferta col·laboració de SECCB - IEC

La Secció de Ciències Biològiques (SECCB) de l’Institut d’Estudis Catalans cerca un col·laborador/a científic/a per a dur a terme estudis bibliogràfics, compilar informació científica i contribuir als treballs de redacció d’un informe que la SECCB vol elaborar sobre canvi climàtic i salut humana durant el proper curs acadèmic 2018-2019 i que serà coordinat pel president de la SECCB, Pere Puigdomènech, amb el suport específic dels membres de la Secció, Cèlia Marrasé i Jordi Camí.

Aquesta col·laboració s’estendrà des de l’1 d’octubre fins al 31 de desembre de 2018, tot i que és possible que es pugui allargar uns quants mesos més de l’any 2019.

Les persones candidates han d’haver completat el doctorat i, preferiblement, han d’estar desplegant la seva etapa postdoctoral en l’àmbit científic. Es valoraran positivament les candidatures de persones que estiguin desenvolupant la seva tasca científica en àmbits directament relacionats amb el canvi climàtic i la salut humana.

Per a l’execució dels treballs no cal la presència física del col·laborador/a en les dependències de l’IEC, però sí que ha de tenir disponibilitat per a reunir-se amb els coordinadors del projecte quan sigui necessari, així com disposar de mitjans electrònics propis per a la redacció dels informes corresponents i per a la comunicació amb els coordinadors.

Les persones interessades han d’enviar, per correu electrònic, un resum del seu curriculum vitae de fins a cinc pàgines, juntament amb un escrit de motivació d’un màxim d’una plana, a l’adreça electrònica seccb@iec.cat, abans del dia 15 de setembre de 2018.

Novedad editorial: Health Policies in Interwar Europe

By Josep L. Barona

Research into public health policies and expert instruction has been oriented traditionally in the national context. There is a rich historiography that analyses the development of health policies and systems in various European and American countries during the first decades of the twentieth century. What is often ignored, however, is the study of the great many connections and circulations of knowledge, people, technologies, artefacts and practices during that period between countries. This book redresses that balance.

CfP: Women and the chemical elements

Call for contributions, book project Women in their element
In 2019, the 150th anniversary of Mendeleev’s first publication of the Periodic Table of Elements will be celebrated, and UNESCO has declared 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table. Of the many publications dealing with the history of the Periodic Table, few texts deal with women’s contributions. We are planning a collective volume on women and their contribution to the building and the understanding of the Periodic Table and of the elements themselves. The volume has the title Women in their element: Selected women’s contributions to the periodic system and will be edited by Annette Lykknes and Brigitte Van Tiggelen.
 However, while a book on women’s work will help make historical women chemists more visible, we do not intend to create new stories of heroines in the sciences. Rather, we would like to shed light on the multifaceted character of the work on the chemical elements and their periodic relationships. Stories of female input, we believe, will contribute to the understanding of the nature of science, of collaboration as opposed to the traditional depiction of the lone genius.
 While the discovery of elements will be a natural part of our collective work, we aim to go beyond discovery histories. We are seeking stories of female contributors to the chemistry of the elements, to understanding the concept of element, identifying properties, developing analytical methods, finding applications of elements and their impact on health and environment, and other ways in which women’s contributions are intertwined with the history of the Periodic Table and the chemical elements.
There are two primary readerships for this book: academics in the history of science (a specialist readership) and historically interested, science curious adult audiences (an advanced readership). This book will also be a useful reference tool for those who want to introduce historical aspects or insights in the teaching of chemistry, at undergraduate or even high school level.
 As for the selection of women, we aim to include pre-periodic table contributions as well as recent discoveries, unknown stories as well as more famous ones. The main emphasis will understandably be on work conducted in the late 19th century and 20th century. Furthermore, we intend to include elements from different groups in the periodic table, so as to represent a variety of chemical contexts. We propose to include c. 35 contributions of 4-5 printed pages each, including illustrations.
If you are interested in contributing a chapter to this volume, please send an abstract of 250-500 words to annette.lykknes@ntnu.no no later than 20 August. The selection will be made no later than 1 September.
Tentative schedule:
15 October: Deadline for submission of manuscript
15 November: Result of review of manuscripts

20 December: Deadline for submission of final version of book chapter

27 de julio de 2018

Recurso: enlaces a los vídeos del ciclo de coloquios "Vulnerables"

8 de març
Save the Children and the question of compassion for “enemy” children
Rebecca Gill, University of Huddersfield (Huddersfield, UK)


15 de març
“I have done my own duty”: la fatiga de la compasión en Florence Nightingale
Dolores Martín Moruno, Université de Genève (Ginebra)


22 de març
Fernanda Jacobsen y la Scottish Ambulance Unit en la Guerra Civil Española
Linda Palfreeman, Universidad CEU – Cardenal Herrera (Elx)


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CfP - Plastics Heritage Conference, May 2019 - Lisbon, Portugal

Under the aegis of the Plastics Heritage European Association (PHEA), the Portuguese Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT) will host the Plastics Heritage Congress 2019.
Plastics Heritage: History, Limits and Possibilities (congress general theme), is the fifth in a series of international Plastics Heritage Conferences and will be held in Lisbon (29 – 31 May 2019), the capital city of Portugal at Museu da Farmácia.
This congress aims to address plastics history and heritage by encouraging papers that contribute to a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic culture and material culture of historic polymeric materials (HIPOMS) in their various representations and functions in society.
The main theme embraces the concepts of history, limits and possibilities of plastics heritage as organizing principles, thus perceiving their impact on the consumer and their technical and scientific developments. The programme committee suggests the following non-exhaustive sub-themes for contributors of individual papers, and posters:
  • Plastics history (historic polymeric materials [Hipoms] manufacturing, engineering, companies)
  • Plastics heritage (Hipomsin art, design, everyday use, technical objects and architecture)
  • Collecting Hipom objects
  • Conservation of Hipoms (artefacts, technical heritage, material characterization)
  • Documentation and reproduction (archives, data bases, digital scanning, 3D-printing etc.)
  • Plastics limits (degradation, waste problems, environmental impacts, history of social interactions)
  • Plastics and emotions: impact on consumers and design personalisation.
Historic polymeric materials (Hipoms) comprise:
  • The large group of natural polymeric materials (amber, birch pitch, bitumen, natural rubber, gutta-percha, natural fibers, natural lacquers and varnishes, vegetable and animal glues, linoleum, shellac and Bois Durci etc.).
  • Chemically modified biopolymers like cellulose nitrate, cellulose acetate and casein-formaldehyde masses.
  • Historic synthetic polymeric material like phenolics, urea and other early thermosets, thermoplastics, elastomers, fibers, lacquers, glues etc.
All proposals must be in English. For advice on preparing your submission and the conference presentation, please consult the guidelines.
In addition to the scientific programme, the congress will include social events.

Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis Project/CFP -- medieval/early modern mss in Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania

New Work on Manuscripts in Philadelphia: Coming out of the Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis Project

As a celebration of the completion of the three-year Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis project (aka BiblioPhilly), through which we are digitizing over 450 medieval codices from across Eastern Pennsylvania, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is sponsoring a session of papers on new work on manuscripts from Philadelphia area libraries. We welcome proposals from anyone with new findings coming out of manuscripts from any library in the Philadelphia area.
Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (available here:https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions) to dorp@upenn.edu by September 15th.

26 de julio de 2018

CP: Mathematics and Poiesis in the Long Renaissance, RSA 2019, Toronto

Paper abstracts are invited for the seminar "Mathematics and Poiesis in the Long Renaissance," to be held at the 17-19 March 2019 Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting in Toronto.


The deadline for abstract submissions is 15 August 2018. Proposers must be members of the RSA to access the submissions portal. Required information includes:
--seminar session selection
--paper title (15-word maximum)
--abstract (150-word maximum)
--curriculum vitae (.pdf or .doc/.docx upload)
--PhD completion date (past or expected)
--discipline area

Acceptance decisions will be delivered by email in early September. Paper proposals not selected for inclusion by seminar organizers roll over to the general submissions pool for review by the full Program Committee.

Final papers of approximately 4000 words will be due at a time TBD before arrival in Toronto, and pre-circulated among seminar participants and auditors.

Seminar organizers:
Travis D. Williams, Department of English, University of Rhode Island, tdwilliams@uri.edu
Valerie Allen, Department of English, John Jay College, CUNY, vallen@jjay.cuny.edu

Tenure-track assistant professorship in history and philosophy of science at the University of Copenhagen

The Department of Science Education, Section for History and Philosophy of Science seeks an excellent scholar for a tenure-track assistant professorship in history and philosophy of science, with a specialization within areas of relevance to scientific practice and/or to science education (e.g. philosophy of science in practice, integrated history and philosophy of science, socially relevant philosophy of science, or similar).

The tenure track assistant professor’s duties will primarily include research, including obligations with regard to publication and research-based teaching with associated examination obligations within philosophy of science for science students, especially students from programs in biology, chemistry, geology, geography or nanoscience. To a limited extent, the position may also include other duties. 

The tenure track assistant professor must have an academic standing showing internationally competitive research, and/or have internationally recognized high potential to make a future impact. The Department collaborates closely with other departments at the Faculty of Science, and applicants should have sufficient competences in the natural sciences to develop and participate in cross-departmental collaborations on courses at the BSc, MSc and PhD level. 

Assessment of applicants will primarily consider their level of documented, internationally competitive research. The ability to attract external funding will be considered together with outreach qualifications. Teaching qualifications are not mandatory but documented teaching qualifications and teaching experience will be considered. 

The position is open from 1 February 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Further information on the Department is linked at https://www.science.ku.dk/english/about-the-faculty/organisation/. Inquiries about the position can be made to Head of Department Hanne Andersen at hanne.andersen@ind.ku.dk .

20 de julio de 2018


10th European Spring School on History of Science and Popularization HANDLING THE BODY, TAKING CONTROL: TECHNOLOGIES OF THE GENDERED BODY
Institut Menorquí d’Estudis, Maó (Balearic Islands, Spain) 23-25 May 2019
Organized by the Catalan Society for the History of Science 

Coordinated by Montserrat Cabré and Teresa Ortiz-Gómez


The aim of the 10th European Spring School [ESS] “Handling the body, taking control: Technologies of the gendered body” is to encompass a diversity of themes around the axis of the historical construction of the gendered body as a locus of both empowerment and disempowerment and the place of the natural philosophical and biomedical disciplines in shaping the political and subjective dimensions of human experience. 

The School is particularly concerned with exploring how diverse intellectual and social movements have struggled to gain authority and cultural hegemony over women´s bodies by way of defining sexual difference and the gendered body. 

As in previous sessions, this ESS is structured in four key-note lectures and a research workshop. The keynote lectures will be delivered by four outstanding scholars covering areas such as sexual practices, the language of physiology, visual representations and feminist definitions of health expertise.  

The ESS is envisaged as a space for junior scholars to discuss their current work-in-progress with colleagues in a creative and supportive environment. The workshop will be organized in three thematic paper sessions and one poster session. All contributions –in both paper and poster format- will be commented by participants, lecturers and organizers of the School. Sessions and discussions will be conducted in English.

The ESS  “Handling the body, taking control: Technologies of the gendered body” is open to graduate students, early career scholars, professionals, and activists concerned about past and present approaches to the gendered body and the analysis of the epistemological frameworks that feminism has developped to analyse them.

Participants would be expected to address such issues as:

Abortion and contraceptive cultures

Expert knowledge and experiences of pregnancy and birth

Feminist activism and body technologies

Feminist epistemologies of the body

Gendered biopolitics

Illness, sickness, disease

Medical constructions of sexual difference

Patologization and depatologization of the female body

Sexual education and women’s health knowledge

Sexual violence, perceptions of harrassment and rape

Sexualities, female sexuality and asexuality

Visual and textual discourses of the gendered body

Women’s sexual desire and medical knowledge on female sexuality

Women’s versus medical representations of the female body

Please send proposals to discuss your research (around 300 words) before October 30 to Montserrat Cabré and Teresa Ortiz-Gómez at: 10thEES@gmail.com 

A limited number of grants will be available for graduate students and early career researchers.