8 de diciembre de 2016

CfP: Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference

Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference
29th – 30th June 2017
Call for Papers

The by now well established University of Exeter Postgraduate Medical Humanities Conference is returning in 2017 for the fourth consecutive year to showcase the diversity of contemporary medical humanities research. Our conference this year will provide a platform for an international community of postgraduate researchers to share insights and network with academics working within and across disciplinary boundaries.
While we encourage innovative submissions that relate to any aspect of medical humanities, the following subject areas are of particular interest: 
·         History of medicine
·         Disability studies
·         Gender and sexuality
·         Transformations of the body
·         History and philosophy of science
·         Occupational health and industrial psychology
·         Trauma studies
·         Affect studies
·         Medicine and the law
·         Medicine and the body in popular culture
·         Literature and medicine
·         Medical practise and issues of intersectionality
·         Globalization and biomedical practice

Although all proposals must address the conference’s central theme, we welcome scholarly submissions from
those operating outside of traditional humanities research settings, such as medical students and community activists.
Applicants are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words (for 20-minute previously unpublished papers) to pgmedhums@exeter.ac.uk by Friday 10th February 2017 with “PGMH 2017 Conference Abstract” written in the subject line of the email. We are also keen to receive panel and workshop proposals. These should include 300-word abstracts for up to four speakers, along with a 500-word overview that explains the aims and rationale of the session.
We hope to offer a small number of travel bursaries for this event, the details of which will be announced in due course.

7 de diciembre de 2016

CfP: Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference 2017

Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts

The 7th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference


The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, USA

May 18-21, 2017

Including sessions presented jointly with the

Comics and Popular Arts Conference

## Keynote Speakers

* Alice Dreger, PhD, historian and author of Galileo’s Middle Finger
* Ari Larissa Heinrich, PhD, UC San Diego - Department of Literature

## Conference Description

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how values and science can and do influence one another, but also how they should interact (as well as interactions and influences that should be avoided). Finally, we are ultimately interested in promoting ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, the social conditions for the pursuit and appreciation of science and technology, and critical reflection about the influence of science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and worldview.

Target themes include:

* Science, Technology, and Social Justice
* Socially-Driven and Public-Interest Science
* Values in Climate Science and Policy
* Authority of Science in Democratic Societies
* Science and Moral Imagination
* Values in Interdisciplinary Research
* Interdisciplinarity in the Study of Values in Science
* Connecting Philosophy of Science & Philosophy of Technology
* Connecting Bioethics and Philosophy of Medicine / Philosophy of Biology
* "Values in Science" in History & Sociology of Science
* Representations of Science in Pop Culture
* Imagining the Future of Science and Society through Science Fiction
* Politics and Ethics of Media Representations of Science

More information about the conference and how to submit at the website: <http://www.utdallas.edu/c4v/2017-cfp/>

Exposición "La medicina de les dones. Ginecologia Històrica a Catalunya"

Entrem en el darrer mes per tal de visitar l’exposició, que quedarà tancada el 5 de gener de 2017. Recordeu que la visita es gratuïta, a la seu del Col·legi de Metges de Barcelona, en horari laboral, de dilluns a dissabte.

No us perdeu la possibilitat de veure en directe una cadira de parts: una reflexió que va més enllà de la transformació espacial de les persones que hi participen.
Una darrera oportunitat per a veure escultures en guix policromat i en cera sorgides dels tallers escultòrics de la Facultat de Medicina de la Universitat de Barcelona al segle XIX.
Un espectacular quadre de J. Sala permet assistir a una intervenció quirúrgica en una de les primeres sales d’operacions de la Barcelona de finals del segle XIX.
També l’extraordinària riquesa material de la ginecologia i de l’obstetrícia com a especialitats mèdiques en el seu procés de formació a la Catalunya contemporània.
No descuidem tampoc els espais professionals a la geografia de la ciutat de Barcelona.
Una especialitat en mans de dones a principis del segle XXI: ja són més de la meitat de la professió. Un sostre de vidre, però, no ha permès encara que liderin tots els àmbits institucionals laborals.
Una exposició del Museu d'Història de la Medicina de Catalunya per al CoMB.
Més informació a:

PG Engagement Fellowship: Linnean Society

On behalf of the British Society for the History of Science (BSHS), The Linnean Society of London is hosting an Engagement Fellowship, worth £1,000, for current Master’s or doctoral students whose research is in the history of science, technology or medicine for a total duration of one month in 2017. It is anticipated that this BSHS-funded Fellowship project will be split into two, two-week placements; the first at Burlington House, Piccadilly to undertake research using the Linnean Society’s collections and archives, and the second at the Linnean Society’s Wimbledon site to then produce a science festival exhibition from the research.
About the Project
In this project (Classification through the Ages), the Engagement Fellow would spend two weeks utilising a selection of the Linnean Society’s historical archives and collections to research how methods and techniques in classification and taxonomy have changed over the last few hundred years. The Fellow would then be invited to prepare an article on their research for the Linnean Society magazine PuLSe. Having assisted with the Society’s exhibition at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2017, in the second placement the Fellow would spend two weeks working with the Linnean Society Education Team to produce a new science fair exhibit based on their research and work. Finally, this exhibit will be converted into a fixed exhibition or workshop run from within the Linnean Society headquarters at Burlington House, London.

For full details, and to apply for this exciting opportunity, please visit https://www.linnean.org/the-society/vacancies-and-volunteering

CfP: Food Anxieties in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland

Call for papers: Food anxieties in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland
Friday 7th April 2017
Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, Ulster University.
BA-03-019-3 (Board Room, Belfast campus)

The twentieth century witnessed mounting anxiety about what we eat.  In the western world obesity rates rose, the popularity of ‘junk food’ raised concerns about dietary health, and constant food scares caused deep unease. Partly in response to such problems, the post-war period saw rising interest in organic food, vegetarian diets and health foods. The changing epidemiological structure of western societies meant that people were more likely to live longer but suffer from chronic illness such as diabetes and heart disease linked by medical scientists to poor dietary choices.

This workshop will explore anxieties that surrounded food in twentieth-century Britain and Ireland. It asks: In what ways were diet, health and illness linked? To what extent was nutritional advice scientifically objective or moralising in nature? How did consumers interpret the diverse messages emanating from medical scientists and other dietary advisors? In what ways did new medical discourses on ideal weight stigmatise the obese? Did the new diets of an increasingly multicultural society raise health concerns? And how much attention did consumers and patients actually pay to changing warnings about over-eating and negative nutrition?

While a rich historiographical literature on topics such as obesity exists in relation to North America, this workshop seeks to build a network of active researchers with an interest in British and Irish contexts with a view to forging future collaborations. The interdisciplinary event is open to researchers from all relevant disciplines whose research examines the intersection between diet, health and illness.

Potential themes could include:
  • Dietary change in twentieth-century Britain and Ireland
  • Moralising tendencies in dietary advice
  • Food scares and their meanings
  • Health, diet and well-being
  • Eating and emotional cultures
  • The rise of fast food and health foods
  • Food politics and public health
  • Vegetarianism
  • Ethnic diversity in the British and Irish diets
  • The ethics of consuming and producing
  • Cultures of dieting and dietary ‘fads’
This Wellcome Trust-sponsored event, organised by Dr Ian Miller (lecturer at Ulster University) and Dr Bryce Evans (senior lecturer at Liverpool Hope University) will take place on 10 April 2017 at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, Ulster University, Belfast campus.

A keynote address will be delivered by Dr Matthew Smith, University of Strathclyde).

A limited amount of funding is available to speakers to cover transport costs.

Abstracts (c.250 words) should be submitted no later than 25 January 2016. Enquiries should be sent to i.miller@ulster.ac.uk or evansb1@hope.ac.uk

CfP: Science in Public 2017

Our 11th Annual Conference will be on the theme of 'Science, Technology and Humanity' and will be held at the University of Sheffield, 10th - 12th July 2017. 

We are issuing a Call for Open Panels with a closing date of 31st January 2017. For further details please see: https://scienceinpublic.org/science-in-public-2017/ or email warren.pearce@sheffield.ac.uk

In addition to our annual conference, Brunel University will be hosting a SiP research-practice workshop on the theme of informal science learning, titled 'STEM and Beyond? Informal Science Learning Across Disciplines', on 19th May 2017.

We invite contributions from researchers or practitioners by 6th February 2017

CfP: Power and Persuasion: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Constructing and Contesting Legitimacy

12th Annual University of Maryland History Graduate Student Association Conference
Deadline for Abstract Submission: December 21, 2016
Legitimacy is a concept that has long been the purview of political science and political history, but is by no means limited to those fields. In fact, the formation, enforcement, and disruption of legitimacy bears directly on many facets of human life, from the most intimate relationships to global issues of war and peace. The importance of legitimacy, in discourse and practice, makes it a compelling focus for deeper exploration and understanding. What then is legitimacy? According to Max Weber, “Action, especially social action which involves social relationships, may be oriented by the a ctors to a belief ... in the existence of a ‘legitimate order.’” But how do social actors in history create and contest such “legitimate orders”? Who gets to decide who, and what, is “legitimate” and what is “illegitimate”? Legitimacy is realized, or rejected, in processes of exchange between individuals, institutions, states, and other groups, in an attempt to create and control a legitimate, valid order of things. This conference will consider how concepts and practices of legitimacy have been and are still created within human societies, within environments of resistance, contestation, and counter-constructions.
Call for Papers
With the goal of better understanding the diverse discourses and practices of legitimacy found throughout history and across human societies, this conference encourages submissions from various disciplines, fields, geographical areas, and time periods. While traditional discussions of political legitimacy are encouraged, we also welcome submissions dealing with topics outside of the narrowly construed political realm, including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Feminism, gender, and sexuality
  • Race, ethnicity, and class
  • Urban history, indigenous communities, and the environment
  • Empire, colonialism, and nationalism
  • Religion, ideology, science, and philosophy
  • Knowledge production, education, and the history of the body
  • Spatiality, geography, and audio/visual culture
We encourage submissions from all chronological periods, from antiquity to the modern world, and all geographical focuses.
Conference Details

Call for Participation: Lost in Translation? People, technologies, practices and concepts across boundaries

Lost in translation? People, technologies, practices and concepts across boundaries
First Joint Meeting, Red esCTS and Portuguese STS Network, Lisbon 7-9 June 2017
Call For Participation 

We are pleased to announce the first joint meeting of the Red EsCTS and the Portuguese STS network.  The meeting will take place in Lisbon, Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa (Av. Prof. Aníbal de Bettencourt, 9, 1600-189 Lisboa; www.ics.ulisboa.pt) from the 7th to 9th of June with the following title: Lost in Translation? People, Technologies for Practices and Concepts Across Boundaries. We welcome proposals for papers, communications, audiovisual presentations and alternative formats.

Portugal and Spain share many things but they are also divided by several boundaries – political, linguistic, historical, technological. Part of a same peninsula, they are nonetheless entities on their own right: two countries, two political systems, several languages, and, furthermore, two academic systems, two STS communities. In a way, they represent two sides of a border. And yet, as Science and Technology Studies (STS) have taught us, borders and boundaries are far from being self-evident.
An STS perspective shows that boundaries are continuously traversed, continuously challenged, continuously re-made. It also shows that maintaining boundaries is a performative practice, which requires separation and integration, difference and translation as well as interdiction and transgression. In fact, maintaining borders forcefully requires objects, people and information that can pass through such borders.

The idea of ‘boundary objects’, first suggested in 1989 by Susan Leigh-Star and James Griesemer, refers to those entities that are “plastic enough to adapt to local needs and constraints of the several parties employing them, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites” (Leigh-Star and Griesemer, 1989:393). Boundary objects are part of multiple social worlds at once, therefore facilitating communication and translation between them; at the same time, they reside in the borderlands where two or more social worlds overlap, without fully belonging to any of them, like monsters or cyborgs (Bowker and Star, 1999).

Are STS meetings a kind of ‘boundary object’? We somehow think so, and indeed reflections on boundaries and borders are not new to us. Former meetings of the Spanish Red esCTS have explicitly posed the challenge of opening up the boundaries of STS and speaking to concerned publics and collectives beyond academia. The dynamics and paradoxes of academic diasporas have also figured prominently in previous meetings, as many Spanish (and also Portuguese) researchers have been forced to migrate due to lack of funding or other issues related to the economic crisis that has so harshly hit our countries. And we feel that this first joint meeting between the Portuguese and Spanish STS communities offers a privileged opportunity to continue thinking about boundary crossing, identities in the making and remaking, translation between social worlds, and technological, political or academic practices beyond borders.

This meeting aims to be an opportunity for STS scholars in Spain, Portugal and elsewhere to meet and share their social, academic, epistemological and political experiences generated by the difficulties and opportunities arising from crossing territorial, linguistic, disciplinary, and professional boundaries. We invite individual or joint papers, but also short communications, audiovisual presentations and alternative format proposals that reflect upon the following themes:

  • Practices, technologies and objects involved in dismantling/constituting boundaries, in particular geographic, linguistic, disciplinary, technological, and political boundaries.
  • Research practices that work within, and expand, the interstitial spaces between conceptual boundaries.
  • STS views and theories on trends of academic mobility specifically, and migration more generally.
  • The sociotechnical constitution/mapping out of diasporas.  
  • The establishment of hierarchies of academic mobility (“centers” and “peripheries”).
  • What do borders mean and who are they designed to keep out? What is their role in current EU politics of technoscience?
  • The return (or dislocation) to one’s original country/institution and the transformation of individuals and communities who remain.
  • The naturalization of foreign nationals living in Spain and Portugal.
  • Challenges in translating/adapting generic (Anglophone, French) STS concepts into other languages and local contexts.
  • Hybridisation of academic identities and careers.

While these suggestions are an opportunity to reflect upon specific themes that the organizing committee wanted to draw attention on, we are happy to consider proposals and papers that do not directly address these topics but fit into an STS conference and may still enrich and stimulate our meeting.
We welcome presentations, activities, performances and contributions in English, any of the official languages of the Spanish state, and Portuguese. Please send your proposal (max. 250 words) to es.cts.es@gmail.com, including contact data (name, email address, institution if present).

Deadline for sending proposals: Friday 10th of February 2017.

Attendance to the meeting will be open and free of charge.

CfP: Living in a Toxic World (1800-2000)

11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry. Trondheim, Norway, 29 August-2nd September 2017

Living in a Toxic World (1800-2000)

Session organized by Ximo Guillem (Ximo.Guillem@uv.es) and José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez (bertomeu@uv.es)
Institute for the History of Medicine and Science, University of Valencia: <www.uv.es/ihmc>

Historical studies on toxic products have flourished during the last decade. The studies have been inspired in part by the growing social concern over the thousands of new products deposited every year into the atmosphere, rivers, sea, ground, our food, and our bodies. During the last two centuries, this range of substances has included mineral products (compounds of mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic), substances synthesized or isolated in laboratories (pharmaceuticals, plastics, and pesticides) and many other organic products (such as polyvinyl chloride, bisphenol-A, just to name a few). These substances have been employed for many different purposes: medical therapies, colorants, food additives, war weapons, fertilizers, pesticides, or even as part of everyday commodities. Historians have followed these products in different cultures and societies from different perspectives: history of chemistry, environmental history, history of public health, food history, or history of crime. A review of recent trends on these topics can be found in edited volumes such as Massard-Guilbaud and Mosley (2011); Le Roux and Letté (2013), Boudia and Jas (2013; 2014); Davis (2014); and Rodger and Johnson (2014), as well as in the recent special issue of Endeavour (Bertomeu-Guillem, 2016), and the essay reviews by Jas (2014) and Guillem (2015) in the journal Ambix.

The purpose of this session is to provide a multidisciplinary forum for current historical research on toxic products during the two last centuries (1800-2000). Papers are expected to cover issues related to the regulation of toxics, risk control, public and academic controversies, public and occupational health, law (toxic torts, environmental laws, poisoning trials, etc.), inequalities (environmental justice, toxic segregation, etc.), local and global circulation (dangerous trade, standards, international regulations, etc.). Papers can be organized around a particular space (rivers, mines, industries, etc.), historical actors (victims, poisoners, activists, lawyers, experts, politicians, industrial managers, mass media, etc.) or products (chemicals, drugs, tobacco, cosmetics, pesticides, fumes, fertilizers, asbestos, food adulterants, genetic modified organisms, nanomaterials, criminal poisons, etc.). Participants are expected to present a particular case (including work in progress) while addressing general historiographical issues and providing points for comparative analysis.

Proposals of approximately 200 words summarizing the contents of the paper, historical actors, main focus and general approach, accompanied by a brief CV (one page) of the author(s), are due by 15th January 2017. Please direct proposals or queries to Ximo Guillem (ximo.guillem@uv.es) and José Ramón Bertomeu-Sánchez (bertomeu@uv.es

More details in the 11th ICHC conference at the  conference web site: http://www.ntnu.edu/11ichc
Contact information for practical questions: 11ICHC@videre.ntnu.no

Call for Applications: BSHS PG Fellowship @ Bristol Museum

BSHS Engagement Fellow
(A funded placement opportunity supported by the British Society for the History of Science)
Bristol Museums Development Trust supporting Bristol Museums & Archives
Jamaican Natural Science Collections: Illustrated Manuscripts & Herbarium (1750s - 1790s)

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, researching the Jamaican Natural Science collections. The Fellowship is worth £1,000, which will support up to one month’s work (20 working days) on a part-time basis (one or two days a week, preferably Tuesday or/and Thursdays) from January 2017, with further funding of up to £500 towards project outputs. All work is expected to be complete by the end of June 2017.

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, and link it to Jamaican communities in Bristol and Jamaica as well as connecting it with scientists and historical researchers. The Engagement Fellow will also have the opportunity to present their work alongside similar projects at the BSHS Annual Conference to be held at the University of York, 6-9 July 2017.

The successful appointee will lead on two or more of the following areas:
·         Researching the social history background of Broughton to understand his role and impact on the community and the landscape of Jamaica. This will include all resources collected by the curators on their 2016 trip to Jamaica and within the museum’s historic files
·         Supporting curators with their work on identifying the most scientific, historic and culturally significant Jamaican material and preparing for publication
·         Comparing the botanical and historical contexts of Broughton’s herbarium with that of Sir Hans Sloane (collected 1687-1689) held at the Natural History Museum, London
·         Researching into the economic and cultural significance of the Breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis) and comparing the Breadfruit recipes made by the Dutch in the ‘East Indies’ transcribed by Broughton with those made today
·         Researching more closely into the texts of Lindsay and Long to establish the importance of the specimens portrayed as materia medica or as food sources
The successful appointee will then:
·         Collate all the current research findings and archive material into a more easily accessible resource for research and engagement
·         Research and develop opportunities for community engagement
·         Help to publicise this work and the current work of the curators
·         Update the web and social media with any new findings and help to promote the benefits of international collaboration by supporting curatorial out reach
Potential outputs, with support from the Natural Sciences curators:
·         Producing and updating Wikipedia pages on Robert Long, Rev John Lindsay and Dr Arthur Broughton; making the world aware of the information we hold in our archives
·         Developing Bristol Museum’s collections online to capture significant scientific, sociological and historic information, by inputting individual specimen data into our KE EMu collection management system
·         Linking non-science groupings to the searchable specimens, allocating additional search categories from areas such as medicine, household items or recipes
·         Running events with Jamaican communities in Bristol or with the Natural History Museum, Jamaica, from exchanging breadfruit recipes to highlighting rare endemic Jamaican plants with the Community Engagement team
·         Promoting via local articles, international portals used by scientists interested in the collection and via social media for a more popular audience
·         Curating freshly collected plant material from Jamaica (2016) into the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery Collection
Support and training
·         Provided with a unique opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary museum
·         To gain a better understanding of the Natural Science Collection, its purpose, use and importance and the background to the research so far
·         Provided with professional training on curation of a botanical collection
·         Trained in data input of a multidisciplinary system, KE Emu
·         Provided with a work station and support from the project’s curator
·         Mentored by the Outreach and Education Committee of the BSHS
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 3 January 2017.