CfP: 'Epidemics and their determinants: Past and present' / Barcelona

COVID-19 has shown that epidemics are not solely relics of the past, nor are they exclusive to lowincome countries. Consequently, there has been a surge of academic interest in studying contemporary and historical epidemics. Despite efforts to reference and employ historical epidemic management measures such as cordons sanitaires or quarantines, historical epidemics have rarely been used as a testing ground to advance our understanding of present and future outbreaks or as a foundation for future preparedness.  This workshop aims to create a platform for interdisciplinary debate bridging the gap between past and present epidemics. It aims to bring together historians, demographers, epidemiologists, geographers, and related disciplines that deal with the study of infectious diseases. The workshop will focus on epidemics and their dynamics, both past and present. Possible topics to be addressed are: Socioeconomic and environmental determinants in the spread of epidemics.  Role of non-pha

Novedad bibliográfica de libre acceso: A Mist Connection An Environmental History of the Laki Eruption of 1783 and Its Legacy

Author information: Katrin Kleemann, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München. In the summer of 1783, an unusual dry fog descended upon large parts of the northern hemisphere. The fog brought with it bloodred sunsets, a foul sulfuric odor, and a host of other peculiar weather events. Inspired by the Enlightenment, many naturalists attempted to find reasonable explanations for these occurrences. Between 8 June 1783 and 7 February 1784, a 27-kilometer-long fissure volcano erupted in the Icelandic highlands. It produced the largest volume of lava released by any volcanic eruption on planet Earth in the last millennium. In Iceland, the eruption led to the death of one-fifth of the population. The jetstream carried its volcanic gases further afield to Europe and beyond, where they settled as a fog, the origin of which puzzled naturalists and laypersons. "A Mist Connection" is an environmental history that documents the Laki eruption and its consequences for Iceland and the wider wo

CfP: AMS History of Meteorology Panel

This session invites anthropological and historical case studies examining how people of the past have understood, lived in, and coped with changing environments, both global and local. We are children of the Quaternary period (2.6 mya - present), but we are increasingly apprehensive about our future prospects in the so-called "Anthropocene" epoch. Our species (Homo sapiens) emerged in the Pleistocene and survived scores of major climatic fluctuations, including multiple ice ages and interglacial epochs. Civilization developed in the Holocene, the most recent interglacial epoch. Was human survival and flourishing due to wisdom and knowledge, technology, social organization, luck, or to a number of such interacting factors? On the other hand, could such human attributes also generate additional problems? Turning to the historical record, ancient, medieval, early modern, and enlightenment-era natural philosophers and scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries speculated on the c

CfP: Fugitive Histories and Migrant Knowledge in Latin America and the Caribbean (May 20-21, 2024)

Workshop at the University of California, Irvine | Conveners: Kevan Antonio Aguilar (University of California, Irvine), Amy Kerner (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), Fabio Santos (University of California, Berkeley & GHI Washington | Pacific Office), and Chelsea Schields (University of California, Irvine) In recent years, scholars of migration and exile have challenged standard integration and assimilation paradigms that (mis)represent migration as a one-way street. Postcolonial and decolonial approaches have opened fruitful conceptual and theoretical notions such as entangled (im)mobilities, migrant knowledge, connected histories and sociologies, and multidirectional memories, which together spotlight varied movements and influences beyond those of hegemonic groups. This workshop aims to bring together empirically rich contributions informed by these new approaches. Regionally focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, the workshop is incl

CfP: RCL nº. 59 | Media-Bodies: matter and imaginary

Revista de Comunicação e Linguagens/ Journal of Communication and Languages. (ICNOVA / NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities) Url: https://rcl.fcsh.unl.pt/index.php/rcl/announcement/view/6 Submissions deadline: July 31, 2023 changed to September 22, 2023 (full articles) Expected publication date: December 2023 Editors: Aida Castro (ICNOVA / I2ADS) Maria Mire (CICANT / AR.CO) Media-bodies are frontier bodies that operate in the spaces-between. They are bodies that define and materialise themselves, acquire and install bodies in the crossings and, for this very reason, are open to the practices of the imaginary. Media-bodies show their specific experiences, politics and languages: they are their own medium appearance and their own essay and we can say that this emerges in the embodiment of the materialities they convoke, evoke or even in those that circulate and imagine in the crossings. Does (in) a media-body vibrate the latency of its temporality? The cyborg, as Donna Haraway

New open access book: Wastiary: A bestiary of waste (UCL Press)

UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a new open access book that may be of interest to list subscribers: Wastiary: A bestiary of waste edited by Michael Picard, Albert Brenchat-Aguilar, Timothy Carroll, Jane Gilbert, and Nicola Miller. Download it free: https://bit.ly/43b097t ******************************************* Wastiary A bestiary of waste Edited by Michael Picard, Albert Brenchat-Aguilar, Timothy Carroll, Jane Gilbert, and Nicola Miller Free download: https://bit.ly/43b097t ******************************************* Wastiary, or Bestiary of Waste, is a creative exercise that occupies letters, numbers, and symbols of Western academic language to compose a list of 35 short entries on the uncomfortable but pressing topic of waste in the contemporary world. The collection is richly illustrated with artwork, photography, collage and mixed media. The book is a heterodox compendium of ‘beasts of waste’, playfully re-imagining the medieval treatise on various kinds o

CfP: STAND Commission Early Career Seminar Series - History of Science, Technology and Diplomacy

This is an open call for papers for the STAND (Commission on Science, Technology and Diplomacy) Early Career Researchers Seminar series for 2023-2024. The commission and its members examine the broad history of science, technology and diplomacy and are looking for early career researchers (both PhD students and those who have recently achieved their PhD) to present a work-in-progress paper during next year's seminar series. We are looking for researchers who address the history of science, technology and medicine in their broad international contexts. Topics include but are not limited to: science diplomacy, international cooperation in fields related to science, technology and medicine, and the transnational circulation of technoscientific and medical knowledge, materials and expertise. The seminars will run from October 2023 to May 2024 - dates tbc with organisers - and the usual format entails the circulation of a work-in-progress paper (research article, conference paper, thesi

4-year postdoc position at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Full-time postdoc position in the History of Science and Technology at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland The Laboratory for the History of Science and Technology (LHST) at EPFL invites applications for one full-time postdoc position. We welcome scholars with a research project in any aspect of the history of science and technology (excluding medicine), in any region of the world, in the modern period (1750 to today). The successful candidate will work closely with members of the group and will contribute to the intellectual life of the lab. They will have ample time to pursue their own research project and will be expected to apply for fellowships and grants during their tenure. Profile:Applicants should hold a PhD degree in a field relevant to research in the history of science and technology. Fluent English; French and/or German an asset. Interest in working in a multidisciplinary, international environment. Candidates of all nationalities are invited to apply; a

Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships - Science Museums & Archives Consortium

The Science Museums & Archives Consortium (SMAC) is pleased to open a new call for PhD projects funded by the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme. Full details, including deadlines and application forms, can be found on our website: https://www.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/our-work/research-public-history/collaborative-doctoral-awards/ In summary: SMAC The SMAC consists of the UK’s leading cultural institutions for the historical study of science. Our PhD students engage with interdisciplinary collections, develop innovative methodologies, and address key issues on science’s role in past, present and future societies. The SMAC comprises: BT Group Archives Science Museum Group (National Collection Centre, National Science and Media Museum, Science Museum, Science and Industry Museum, National Railway Museum and Locomotion) Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Royal Society Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. CDP scheme Funded by the AHRC, the CDP s

Doctoral position M/W in the history of science and the history of science museums

Url:   https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/UMR8560-CHABIG-008/Default.aspx?lang=EN Intitulé de l'offre : Doctoral position M/W in the history of science and the history of science museums (H/F) Référence : UMR8560-CHABIG-008 Nombre de Postes : 1 Lieu de travail : AUBERVILLIERS Date de publication : lundi 24 juillet 2023 Type de contrat : CDD Doctorant/Contrat doctoral Durée du contrat : 36 mois Date de début de la thèse : 1 octobre 2023 Quotité de travail : Temps complet Rémunération : 2 135,00 € gross monthly Section(s) CN : Modern and contemporary worlds Description du sujet de thèse This dissertation will partake in the historiographic renewal in the study of popular science and science museums, characterized by an increased attention to materiality, the international dimension and to the way in which they relate to broader political and cultural issues. Created in 1937 within the international exhibition Arts et techniques dans la vie moderne by a team of renowned scientist