15 de junio de 2018

El proyecto TuPHOTOMUSEO trata de recuperar la memoria visual del Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales a través de las imágenes obtenidas por sus visitantes hasta el año 1990.

Anímate a donarnos copias de las fotos antiguas del Museo que conserves y podrás participar en un concurso muy especial que otorgará los siguientes Premios:
  • Premio a la mejor Fotografía
  • Premio a la Fotografía más antigua
Ambas categorías estarán dotadas con un lote de catálogos de exposiciones del Museo, un vale por valor de 100 euros en productos de la Tienda del Museo y 10 entradas gratuitas para visitar el Museo con tu familia o amigos.
Para participar solo tienes que rellenar el siguiente formulario y subir la foto digitalizada, añadiendo una pequeña descripción que nos cuente algo interesante de la foto (quiénes salen, por qué te gusta, etc.).
Las fotografías recibidas serán compartidas en un álbum on line (ver Galería) y, además de pasar a formar parte del Archivo Histórico del Museo, podrán ser utilizadas en exposiciones y publicaciones de tipo divulgativo y de investigación.
¡¡¡Esperamos vuestras imágenes!!! Podéis enviar las fotografías hasta el 15 de Mayo de 2019.

Funding Call: British Academy GlobalProfessorships 2018


The British Academy is providing mid-career to senior scholars - active in any discipline within the social sciences and the humanities and based in any country overseas - with the opportunity to work for four years in the UK and make a contribution to UK research and higher education. This new programme is supported under the UK Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund. It aims to demonstrate and further enhance the UK’s commitment to international research partnerships and collaboration as well as strengthen the UK’s research capacity and capability in the humanities and the social sciences.
 
Aims
Up to 10 Global Professorships each year will be offered during the course of the programme (which will run for three years in the first instance). Each award will provide funding for four years to an outstanding international researcher, not currently working in the United Kingdom, to bring their research experience to the UK. The purpose of the Global Professorships is to enable world-class scholars to further their individual research goals while strengthening the UK research base and advancing the research goals and strategies of their UK host universities. Each four-year appointment is intended to be a complete project in itself and is expected to involve a specific research focus, although the British Academy does not have a preferred model for the balance of time to be spent between research and teaching (which may vary over the course of the award and will depend on the UK host institution’s needs).
 
Eligibility Requirements
Suitable candidates for the Global Professorships include internationally-recognised mid-career to senior researchers active in any field within the social sciences or the humanities who are currently employed outside the UK. The applicant must either be in a permanent (full-time or part-time) position at their home institution overseas or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the Global Professorship. Applicants must be available to take up a long-term secondment or employment at an eligible UK university or research institution.
 
Value and Duration
Awards are expected to run for four years each. The British Academy will provide up to £250,000 per annum for the first three years, making a total contribution of £750,000 per award. The costs of the fourth year will be expected to be committed in full by the UK host institution. Successful applicants to the 2018 competition will be required to start their awards between 1 December 2018 and 31 May 2019.
 
Application Process
Applications must be submitted online using the British Academy's Grant Management System, Flexi-Grant®
Application Deadline: Wednesday 12 September 2018 (17.00 UK Time)
UK Host Institution Approval Deadline: Thursday 13 September 2018 (17.00 UK Time)
 
Contact Details
Please contact internationalgrants@britac.ac.uk or call 020 7969 5220 for further information. 

Vacancies doctoral student / postdoctoral researcher KU Leuven

VACANCY: DOCTORAL STUDENT

Nederlands

Voor de Onderzoeksgroep Cultuurgeschiedenis vanaf 1750 zoeken wij een gemotiveerde doctoraatsstudent(e) die binnen het EOS-project 'B-Magic. The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940)' zal werken over het gebruik van lichtbeelden in de geschiedenis van het onderwijs. Solliciteren kan tot 21 juli. Voor meer info, zie: vacature doctoraatsstudent.

English

For Cultural History since 1750, KU Leuven, we are looking for a doctoral student who will work in the framework of the EOS-project 'B-magic. The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940)’ on a doctoral project entitled ‘Education through Images.The Magic Lantern in Belgian Schools, 1830-1940’. You can apply for this job no later than July 21. For more information, see: vacancy doctoral student.

VACANCY: POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

Nederlands

Voor de Onderzoeksgroep Cultuurgeschiedenis vanaf 1750, KU Leuven, zoeken wij een gemotiveerde postdoctoraal onderzoeker die binnen het EOS-project ‘B-Magic. The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940)’ zal werken op het subproject ‘Between Instruction and Delight: the Magic Lantern in the late 19th- and early 20th century Belgian Visual Media Landscape’. Solliciteren kan tot 21 juli. Voor meer info, zie: vacature postdoctoraal onderzoeker.

English

For Cultural History since 1750, KU Leuven, we are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will work in the framework of the EOS-project 'B-magic. The Magic Lantern and its Cultural Impact as Visual Mass Medium in Belgium (1830-1940)’ on the subproject ‘Between Instruction and Delight: the Magic Lantern in the late 19th- and early 20th century Belgian Visual Media Landscape.’ You can apply for this job no later than July 21. For more information, see: vacancy postdoctoral researcher.

New book: Une Carrière de géographe au siècle des Lumières: Jean-Baptiste d’Anville

Dir. Lucile Haguet et Catherine Hofmann 

Véritable ‘Strabon français’ pour ses contemporains, Jean-Baptiste d’Anville est considéré comme l’un des plus grands géographes des Lumières. Comment cet inconnu, fils de tailleur parisien, se retrouve-t-il à vingt-deux ans géographe du roi et précepteur du jeune Louis XV? C’est ce parcours extraordinaire que retracent les auteurs de cet ouvrage, en reconstituant le réseau qu’il a su se créer tout en s’assurant la protection des ducs d’Orléans sur trois générations et l’intérêt de la couronne portuguaise. Au fil des chapitres se révèle l’impressionnante habilité intellectuelle de d’Anville, capable de satisfaire les exigences de ses mécènes sans trahir ses sources, conservant son intégrité de savant malgré la pression des enjeux diplomatiques. Sans quitter son cabinet parisien, par le seul exercice d’une critique aiguisée et d’un croisement systématique des sources (textes anciens, récits de voyage, mesures astronomiques, informations orales...), d’Anville remodèle les contours du monde ancien et moderne, avec une exactitude qui sera validée par les mesures de terrain a posteriori.

Laurence Engel, Préface
Christian Jacob, Avant-propos
Lucile Haguet et Catherine Hofmann, Introduction générale
I. Faire carrière au dix-huitième siècle
Introduction, Lucile Haguet
1. Participer à l’éducation des princes: d’Anville et son élève Louis XV (1718-1730), Pascale Mormiche
2. Elargir ses réseaux, diversifier ses commandes: les travaux de d’Anville pour la couronne portugaise, Júnia Ferreira Furtado
3. Convaincre ses mécènes: un plan d’affaire prévisionnel pour faire commerce de cartes, Mary Sponberg Pedley
II. Dessiner le monde depuis sa chambre
Introduction, Lucile Haguet et Catherine Hofmann
1. La bibliothèque cartographique, outil de travail du géographe de cabinet, Lucile Haguet
2. Une ‘science de pure érudition’, la géographie critique et comparée selon Jean-Baptiste d’Anville, Georges Tolias
3. L’utilisation des sources orientales par Jean-Baptiste d’Anville, Jean-Charles Ducène
4. Jean-Baptiste d’Anville et la cartographie de l’Amérique du Nord, Jean-François Palomino
III. La réception de l’œuvre de d’Anville
Introduction, Lucile Haguet
1. Entre publicité, débat scientifique et vulgarisation: Jean-Baptiste d’Anville dans les journaux, Nicolas Verdier
2. D’Anville, Gibbon et l’espace des empires: la réception britannique du géographe français à travers l’exemple de l’historien anglais, Robert Mankin
3. L’appropriation des cartes de d’Anville dans le monde luso-brésilien: mémoire toponymique et stratégie diplomatique dans la région amazonienne, 1798 et 1904, Iris Kantor
IV. La réception institutionnelle, patrimoniale et symbolique d’un ‘grand homme’
Introduction, Catherine Hofmann
1. Splendeur et décadence d’un ‘grand homme’: réception et postérité de d’Anville et son œuvre, Lucile Haguet
2. La ‘collection d’Anville’ au ministère des Affaires étrangères (1772-1828): modalités et enjeux d’une appropriation, Catherine Hofmann
3. D’Anville et la Bibliothèque royale/nationale: forces et ambiguïtés d’un héritage, Catherine Hofmann
Conclusion: célèbre et méconnu – un géographe réévalué, Jean-Marc Besse
Annexes

ISBN 9780729412094, xxxiv+494 pages, 73 black-white ills, 16 colour ills 


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Postdoctoral position in history of computing


We are delighted to announce that we are advertising a 2.5 year research assistant post in the History of Mathematics group in Oxford, working with Christopher Hollings and Ursula Martin on the circulation and impact of foundational research in mathematics or computing.

Closing date 16th July.

More details may be found at:

CfP: Decolonisation & Public Life: The Politics of Knowledge in Uganda

In recent years, decolonisation has made a dramatic return to the lexicon of social movements, academic debates, and political activism. Whether through internal initiatives or outside pressure, universities, state institutions, and private organisations across the global north and the global south have become sites for rethinking the production and transmission of institutional knowledge. If recent discussions have produced their own geographies and economies of debate, they have also sometimes illuminated and at other times obscured deeper and older terrains of knowledge. These include reflections on the nature of the colonial, the postcolonial, and projects of decolonisation or decoloniality themselves. This edited collection invites scholars from diverse disciplinary and institutional backgrounds to analyse how Ugandans’ conceptualisations of institutional knowledge, colonialism, and decolonisation have shaped their respective subfields over time. We regard Uganda as a geographic and conceptual space from which to reflect on the production of knowledge in the colonial and postcolonial worlds.

Debates about the relationship between knowledge and institutions of various sorts often animate shared vocabularies even as their form and contents reflect the particular experiences of their participants. Uganda offers an important space from which to consider the politics of institutional knowledge. Politicians, writers, artists, historians, and ethnographers have frequently observed the entanglement of deep institutional commitments and complex social intimacies in the political, social, and religious life of Ugandan societies. This nexus of the institutional and the intimate has animated diverse ways of understanding and shaping the relationship between knowledge and institutional power. Makerere College and the Uganda Society, for example, have long been internationally recognised sites of research where individuals have produced knowledge in the service of colonial institutions and also challenged the foundations of colonial hierarchies. Often inspired by the contested politics of ethnic patriotism, many Ugandans in the 1950s and 1960s looked to the past in search of useful histories for a new postcolonial order. Academics too increasingly saw historical and ethnographic studies, whether in Makerere’s ‘History of Uganda’ project or the East African Institute of Social Research, as integral to forging new social and political orders. Others worked deliberately to imagine alternative arenas of decolonisation. The 1962 African Writers Conference in Kampala, like Transition magazine founded in 1961 by the young Ugandan writer and activist Rajat Neogy, offered Kampala as a space from which to imagine African literature, art, and politics delinked from colonialism. Young men and women also pursued studies in Egypt, India, Ceylon, the Soviet Union, Britain, and the United States, convinced that Uganda was at the forefront of global movements against racism and neo-colonialism. While they found considerable support back home, they also encountered scepticism among individuals who had contracted colonialism in the service of diverse projects. Chiefs, aristocrats, civil servants, religious notables, and others sometimes offered radically different visions of how institutional knowledge was to be reoriented in an era of political independence under a centralised state.

Over the ensuing decades, the sense of entanglement between institution building and public life in Uganda frayed. Historians have attributed this to the diverse political history of the region, within which precolonial southern and western kingdoms and northern and eastern republican communities offered drastically different visions of political normalcy and social mobility. Political scientists have also pointed to the increasing militarisation of the state and the hardships that accompanied successive government responses to the country’s position in an unequal global economy. The violence of Protectorate rule, from racial hierarchies to regional underdevelopment to the brutalities of daily governance, inhibited efforts to forge democratic and equitable public spheres. The hopes that accompanied the transfer of sovereignty to Ugandan leaders soon gave way to recognition of the enduring challenges of colonialism. The Ugandan army’s attack on Buganda’s Lubiri and the subsequent abolition of the four principal kingdoms reflected the violence that accompanied nation-building projects across the formerly colonised world. Likewise, efforts to redress colonial racial injustice by Africanising commerce and the civil service ostensibly undermined efforts to forge non-racial citizenship binding Africans and Asians to the new nation. Despite the work of women activists to transcend colonial divides, the decolonising efforts of Milton Obote and Idi Amin heralded the rise of hyper-masculine militarism. Amin’s military regime in particular presented itself as a decolonising force. Dismissing stilted intellectual debate in favour of a rhetorical appeal to ‘action’, Amin used the language and performance of authenticity in efforts to transcend the complicated and messy politics of institutional knowledge in early postcolonial Uganda. In these efforts, he found considerable international support as an anticolonial crusader even as others regarded him as an embarrassing opportunist who set back principled work against racism and neo-colonialism.

For some, Tanzania’s 1979 invasion marked a principled commitment to human rights, while others saw it as an attack on national sovereignty that enabled the resurgence of internal sectarianism and external economic predation. More recently, younger generations with no direct memory of the 1970s have sometimes articulated nostalgia for an era of perceived nationalism under Amin. Likewise, the subsequent Obote II years saw violence and economic shocks that inhibited academic work but still produce no widespread popular or scholarly consensus. The resolution of the ‘Bush War’ of 1981–1986 provides a unifying narrative for the National Resistance Movement but often obscures the complexities of that conflict and the experiences of those who endured it. Following its seizure of power thirty-two years ago, the NRM has continuously called for the knowledge produced by academic and civil society institutions to serve the interests of national development defined in advance by a narrow government elite.

Scholarly, literary, and artistic reflections on Uganda’s institutional, intellectual, and social life have continued throughout the country’s postcolonial history but found a sense of renewed energy in the late 1980s and 1990s. A series of conferences and edited collections organised by Holger Bernt Hansen and Michael Twaddle (1988, 1991, 1995, 1998) opened a set of conversations across academic disciplines about how scholars might study and re-engage with Uganda’s political, social, and institutional life. Historians such as Samwiri Karugire (1980, 1988), T.V. Sathyamurthy (1986), Phares Mutibwa (1992), and Abdu Kasozi (1994) built on earlier work by Tarsis Kabwegyere (1974), Mahmood Mamdani (1976, 1983), Jan Jelmert Jørgensen (1980), and Dan Nabudere (1981) to provide explicitly national histories while generally abandoning their predecessors’ reliance on dependency theory. Anthropologists such as Susan Whyte (1997) and Christine Obbo (1980, 1996) not only mined earlier fieldwork but also began to assess how social practices, institutions, and networks of knowledge transmission had adapted or changed during the intervening years. Social scientists such as Ali Mazrui (1977, 1991), Holger Bernt Hansen (1977; with Twaddle 1988, 1991, 1995, 1998), and Nelson Kasfir (1976, 1995) turned from explaining the consolidation of military power to analysing the contested resurgence of civil society and civilian governance. Novelists and playwrights such as John Ruganda, Austen Bukenya, and Peter Nazareth found rich, if often deeply troubling, inspiration during the 1970s and 1980s, after which they continued to grapple with legacies of personal and artistic displacement. Artists also took advantage of relative political stability to forge new (and reimagine old) spaces from which to produce and display work within Uganda. Moreover, young scholars and artists in recent decades, with little first hand experience of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, made important interventions that reshaped their fields, opening radically new directions for subsequent work.

14 de junio de 2018

Des bourses pour attirer les chercheurs

si vous êtes intéressé-e ou connaissez des collègues susceptibles d'être intéressé-e-s, trois laboratoires de l'EHESS peuvent les accueillir: le Centre Norbert Elias, le Credo et l'Imaf. N'hésitez pas à leur signaler:


Des bourses pour attirer les chercheurs

Depuis plusieurs années, la Ville de Marseille a instauré une procédure en faveur de la recherche à Marseille. Elle vise à soutenir l'accueil et l'installation des chercheurs expérimentés dans la ville.

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Objectifs


Favoriser le rayonnement et l’attractivité des laboratoires et équipes de recherche marseillais par l'attribution de bourses d’accueil ou d’installation au profit de chercheurs et d'enseignants-chercheurs de haut niveau, qui ont choisi Marseille, pour y exercer leur métier ou pour y effectuer leur période post-doctorale

Qui peut bénéficier d'une allocation d'accueil ?

 

  • des chercheurs étrangers, titulaires d’une thèse ou d’un diplôme équivalent et venant d’un laboratoire étranger.
  • des chercheurs français, ayant soutenu leur thèse dans une autre académie et ayant accompli à l’étranger un post-doctorat d’au moins 24 mois.
Dans tous les cas, les chercheurs étrangers ou français doivent bénéficier d’un soutien financier principal et être accueillis dans un laboratoire de recherche, situé sur la commune de Marseille, pour une durée comprise entre un et trois ans.

Qui peut obtenir une allocation d'installation?


  • des chercheurs ou enseignants-chercheurs français ou étrangers, titulaires d'une thèse ou d'un diplome équivalent, ayant passé au moins deux ans dans un laboratoire externe à l'Académie d'Aix-Marseille.
  • les chercheurs ou enseignants-chercheurs ayant obtenu leur thèse à Marseille, sont tenus de justifier d'une période d'au moins deux ans dans un laboratoire extérieur à l'académie.
  • les candidats doivent être affectés au sein d'un laboratoire de la Ville de Marseille dans le cadre d'un premier recrutement (en qualité de stagiaire ou immédiatement après la titularisation) ou d'une mutation.
Modalités
 
Sélection effectuée par un jury composé de personnalités scientifiques proposées par des représentants d’Aix-Marseille Université et par les organismes publics de recherche.

Montant
 
Le montant des allocations attribuées varie entre 2 000 et 3 000 euros.

Calendrier

 
Les dossiers de candidatures pour la campagne 2018-2019 - dûment complétés et signés par le Directeur de Laboratoire - sont à retourner, au plus tard le 20 juillet 2018, par courrier postal, à l'adresse suivante :

Ville de Marseille – Direction des Projets Économiques
Service Développement Territorial
Gestion des allocations chercheurs
13233 MARSEILLE CEDEX 20



Le jury final se réunira courant octobre 2018. 

CfP: 7th Tuebingen HPS Summer School, with T. Ryckman (Stanford)

The Forum Scientiarum (University of Tuebingen) kindly invites 15 graduate students and young researchers in the field of philosophy, physics and mathematics, to apply for the 7th Summer School on the History and Philosophy of Science:

August 6th - August 10th, 2018

What can we learn today from Einstein’s interface of physics and philosophy?

five lectures by Thomas Ryckman (Stanford University)

and a keynote lecture by Jeroen Van Dongen (University of Amsterdam)

Application deadline: June 15th, 2018

There is no program fee. More details about the program and the application procedure are available at our website.

13 de junio de 2018

PSA2018: Call for Posters

Twenty-Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
November 1 – November 4, 2018
Seattle, WA

Submission is open for abstracts for posters to be presented at the PSA2018
meeting in Seattle, WA, on November 1-4, 2018. The poster forum will be on the
evening of November 2. The deadline for full consideration of poster abstracts
is July 1, 2018. 

8 de junio de 2018

CfP: Science and Spiritualism, 1750-1930

The Leeds Centre for Victorian Studies is pleased to announce a two-day conference, to take place at Leeds Trinity University on 30 and 31 May 2019. We are delighted to have Professor Christine Ferguson (University of Stirling), and Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, University of London) as our keynote speakers.

Description:
Since the emergence of modern mediumship in the middle of the nineteenth century, science and spiritualism have been interwoven. Sceptics and believers alike have investigated spirit and psychic phenomena to determine its legitimacy. This two-day interdisciplinary conference will explore the history of the intersection of science and spiritualism during the long nineteenth century.

Key scholarship includes:
  • Ferguson, Christine, Determined Spirits: Eugenics, Heredity and Racial Regeneration in Anglo-American Spiritualist Writings 1848-1930, Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
  • Lamont, Peter, Extraordinary Beliefs: A Historical Approach to a Psychological Problem, Cambridge University Press, 2013
  • Luckhurst, Roger, The Invention of Telepathy, 1870-1901, Oxford University Press, 2002
  • McCorristine, Shane, Spectres of the Self: Thinking about Ghosts and Ghost-Seeing in England, 1750-1920, Cambridge University Press, 2010
  • Oppenheim, Janet, The Other World: Spiritualism and Psychical Research in England, 1850-1914, Cambridge University Press, 1985
  • Owen, Alex, The Darkened Room: Women, Power and Spiritualism in Late Victorian England, University of Chicago Press, 2004
We welcome proposals from any discipline, covering any geographic region.

Possible topics include:
  • Scientific investigations at séances
  • Scientific literature on spirit and psychic phenomena
  • Technology and spiritualism (such as photography, telegraphy, telephony)
  • Medicine and spiritualism (such as studies in physiology and psychology)
  • Shamanism, animism and spiritualism in anthropology
  • Science, spiritualism and the periodical press
  • Cultures of science and religion and its connection to spiritualism
  • Spiritualism and material culture (such as haunted objects or locations)
  • Contesting cultural authority in spiritualism cases
  • Scientific experiments on spiritualism
  • Crisis of evidence in spirit and psychic investigations
  • Magicians and spiritualism (such as exposing fraud through replicating tricks)
  • Science and spiritualism in literature (such as Browning’s Mr Sludge)
  • Scientists as spiritualists and spiritualists as scientists

     
    Please send a 250-word abstract, along with contact information to e.sera-shriar@leedstrinity.ac.uk. The Deadline for submission is 15 November 2018

    Some small travel bursaries will be available to postgraduate and early career scholars. If you would like to be considered for one, please include a short expression of interest detailing your research, and how this conference will be of benefit to you.