25 de marzo de 2017


En su deseo de impulsar los estudios sobre el pasado de las Ciencias de la Salud, la Fundación Uriach 1838 tiene instituido un premio anual de ámbito internacional, el cual será adjudicado al mejor trabajo que, a juicio de un jurado designado al efecto, trate de un tema sobre Historia y Ciencias de la Salud.
Su concesión se adaptará a las siguientes

1. El XLVIII Premio Fundación Uriach “Historia de la Medicina” correspondiente a 2017 está dotado con 3.000 euros para el ganador y un accésit de 1.000 euros, si el jurado lo considera oportuno.
2. Las monografías que opten al Premio deberán ser originales e inéditas, no siendo aceptadas aquellas que en el momento de la adjudicación hayan sido publicadas total o parcialmente, así como tampoco las presentadas a otros concursos.
3. Los trabajos deberán ser presentados en formato electrónico junto a una copia impresa con interlineado doble y una extensión recomendada de 80.000 caracteres, con espacios, incluyendo bibliografía o referencias documentales, además de iconografía complementaria.
4. Los originales redactados en lengua española, serán remitidos a la Fundación Uriach, siendo la fecha máxima de entrega el día 1 de noviembre de 2017 bajo el sistema de lema y plica, sin firma de autor o autores, cuya identificación deberá figurar en un sobre cerrado a su vez identificado con el mismo lema del trabajo original.
5. El XLVIII Premio Fundación Uriach “Historia de la Medicina” será otorgado por un Jurado cuyo fallo se hará público durante el mes de diciembre de 2017.
6. Tras la adjudicación del Premio, el secretario del Jurado procederá a la apertura de la plica correspondiente al ganador y, en su caso, a la del accésit.
7. En el supuesto de que el Jurado lo considere oportuno, la obra ganadora, así como otros trabajos presentados, podrá ser publicada en la revista Medicina e Historia, siempre de común acuerdo con los autores.
8. Las monografías premiadas quedarán en propiedad de la Fundación Uriach 1838 y los trabajos no premiados ni seleccionados para su publicación serán destruidos sin la apertura de sus plicas.
9. La participación en el presente concurso implica la aceptación total de las bases de esta convocatoria.
Palau-solità i Plegamans, enero de 2017
La correspondencia relacionada con esta Convocatoria deberá dirigirse a:

    Fundación Uriach 1838
    Pol. Industrial Riera de Caldes. Av.Camí Reial, 51-57
    08184 Palau-solità i Plegamans (Barcelona)
    fundación-historia@uriach.com - (34) 93 863 02 25

24 de marzo de 2017

CfP: Monográfico "Violencia sobre las mujeres"

El próximo número de MUSAS: revista de investigación en mujer, salud y sociedad estará dedicado a abordar de forma monográfica, y desde cualquier perspectiva (sanitaria, social, jurídica, antropológica...), diversos aspectos relacionados con la violencia de género como la conceptualitzación, detección u otras aproximaciones al tema. 

Se anima a enviar la propuesta de artículo antes del 30 de mayo de 2017.

23 de marzo de 2017

CfP: "Extraordinary Bodies in Early Modern Nature and Culture", 26-27 October, Uppsala University

Url: http://www.idehist.uu.se/research/research-areas/history-of-medicine/medicine-at-the-borders-of-life/extraordinary-bodies-in-early-modern-nature-and-culture/


A wealth of literature has shed light on religious, philosophical, scientific and medical concepts of extraordinary bodies, wonders and monsters in the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lorraine Daston and Katharine Park have been tremendously influential with their Wonders and the order of nature (1998) and in many ways contributed to our understanding of emotions and the monstrous before 1750. One of their suggestions is that there was no disenchantment, or clear pattern of naturalization, of monsters in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Monstrous births were explained by natural causes, such as a narrow womb or an excess of seed, already by medieval writers whereas they could still be read as divine signs in the late seventeenth century. No linear story took monsters from an older religious framework to a newer naturalistic one or from prodigies to wonders to naturalized objects. Wonders eventually lost their position as cherished elements in European elite culture but that had nothing to do with secularization, the “rise of science”, or some triumph of rational thinking. Rather, the emergence of strict norms and absolute regularity, both of nature’s customs and God’s rules, is a better description of this shift. Nature’s habits hardened into inviolable laws in the late seventeenth century and Daston and Park picture “the subordination of anomalies to watertight natural laws, of nature to God, and of citizens and Christians to established authority”. Monsters became, in an anatomical framework, regarded as organisms that had failed to achieve their perfect final form. Their value now depended, not as earlier on their rarity or singularity, but on the body’s capacity to reveal still more rigid regularities in nature.
The history of monsters as submitted, not to secular powers, but to strict norms in early eighteenth century nature, culture and religion is intriguing and a number of questions can be raised. Were all bodies normalized by 1750 or can monsters still be found in science and medicine in the late eighteenth century? What else do we know about bodies and breaches of the expected in the early modern period? In the field of the deviant, has there been a general shift from natural rules to moral orders, from bodies to behavior? What other aspects of corporeality are there that can help us frame early modern nature and culture, to grasp its orders and disorders?
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars from different fields to discuss current research on extraordinary bodies in natural history, medicine, law, religion, philosophy, and travel literature in the early modern period. It will comprise of paper presentations and a concluding general discussion.

Call for Papers

We especially welcome research relating to topics such as:
  • Concepts of monsters in natural philosophy/history and medicine
  • Transgressions – species, individuals, elements, life and death
  • Anatomy, embryology and obstetrics
  • Bestiality, violations of the law
  • Emblematic bodies, signs and religion
  • Witnessing the extraordinary, emotions and perceptions
  • Visual cultures of the early modern body
  • Physical deviances and the law
  • Pregnancies, births and midwifery
  • Normalization and medicalization
  • Collections of wonders and curiosities
  • Classification
  • Moral and natural rules and orders
  • Embryos in medical research and education
  • Linnaeus, wonders and paradoxes of nature
  • Travel and the meaning of distant and exotic bodies
  • The politics of monster history
Abstracts for papers of 200-300 words should be submitted no later than June 1, 2017 to Helena Franzén. Please provide your full name, institutional affiliation, and contact details.

The format of the workshop will not allow for more than c. 10 papers. We will select the abstracts to be presented at the meeting considering original research and relevance to the theme of the workshop. By June 15, 2017 applicants will be notified if their papers have been accepted or not.

CfP: IASC Conference (Lisbon): Crossing Borderlines: Controversies and Interdisciplinarity

In front of the dramatic effect of the problems that humanity is facing today, more and more deep collaboration between scholars of different disciplines is necessary. Problems like deprivation, war, cannot be faced by only one disciplinary domain. They are too big and too complex as to claim for an interdisciplinary approach.
However, interdisciplinarity (ID) is a vague concept and a much demanding practice. It claims not only to a mere juxtaposition of theoretical positions, in which any scholar is isolated in her/his own language. ID supposes the continuous search of convergent theoretical perspectives and methodologies, the definition of common spaces and grammars as well as a true dialogical and open mind attitude of the several scholars.
For these reasons, ID is closely connected to the ethics of communication. Before proposing any hypothesis, the scholar must put in place her/his not obvious listening attitude, which is one of the fundamental dimensions of the ethics of communication.
On the other hand, controversies are a special mode of discussion able to show the way to new and innovative solutions to all kind of problems. In fact, controversies are not an eminently philosophical phenomenon. They are distributed among different areas, both in theoretical and in practical life, both in academia and in ordinary day life. Inevitably, the proper study of controversies is interdisciplinary, requiring the cooperation of scholars focused on the art of controversies as well as researchers in communication, mediation, diplomacy, linguistics, logics, rhetorics, history, anthropology, psychology, etc.
The IASC International Conference “Crossing Borderlines: Controversies and Interdisciplinarity” (Lisbon, 1-2 June 2017) aims to put face to face scholars interested both in ID and in Controversies. We believe that this original confrontation may facilitate deciphering the complex problems mankind is today confronted with.

How to submit a proposal?
Please send a 400-500 Word abstract (in English) with a short bio for a 20-minutes paper (max. 20 minutes of presentation and 10 minutes for discussion) to: vicepresident@iasc.me
Paper proposals should include the following elements:
  • Title of the paper 
  • Author(s) name 
  • Author(s) institution affiliation, address, and contact e-mail 
  • Abstract text (max. 400-500 words) 
  • Times New Roman font size 12 pt. 

Conference Venue
Center for Philosophy of Science of the University of Lisbon (CFCUL), Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

PhD position history of colour research

Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Fac­ulty I - Insti­tute of Philo­sophy, His­tory of Lit­er­at­ure, Sci­ence, and Tech­no­logy

Research assist­ant - 0.65 work­ing time - salary grade E13 TV-L Ber­liner Hoch­schu­len

Work­ing field:

Research within the pro­ject (fun­ded by DFG) "The order of col­ours. Col­our sys­tems and col­our ref­er­ence tables in 18th cen­tury Europe". The suc­cess­ful applic­ant is expec­ted to develop a com­pre­hens­ive and con­tex­tu­al­ized pic­ture of European col­our ref­er­ence tables.
The pos­i­tion allows to work out a PhD thesis and, if suc­cess­ful, to obtain the PhD degree.


  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Mas­ter, Dip­lom or equi­val­ent) in His­tory of Sci­ence, Art His­tory or other fields that are rel­ev­ant for the pro­ject. Com­pet­ence in his­tor­ical research
  • lan­guage skills in Ger­man, Eng­lish, and another European lan­guage, prefer­ably French, Por­tugese or a south-east European lan­guage
  • com­pet­ence of both inde­pend­ent research and intense team­work within the strongly cooper­at­ive Pro­ject
  • exper­i­ence in His­tory of Sci­ence and His­tory of col­our research is an asset

How to ap­ply:

Please send your writ­ten applic­a­tion with the ref­er­ence num­ber and the usual doc­u­ments to Tech­nis­che Uni­versität Ber­lin - Der Präsid­ent - Fakultät I, Institut für Philosophie, Prof. Dr. Steinle, z.Hd. Frau Krampitz, Sekr. H 23, Straße des 17.Juni 135, 10623 Berlin. or by e-mail to nina.krampitz@tu-berlin.de.

To ensure equal oppor­tu­nit­ies bet­ween women and men, app­li­ca­ti­ons by women with the requi­red qua­li­fi­ca­ti­ons are expli­citly desi­red.
Qua­li­fied indi­vi­du­als with disa­bi­li­ties will be favo­red.

Please send cop­ies only. Ori­gi­nal docu­ments will not be retur­ned. The online version of this announcement can be found with the code I-155/17 on https://www.personalabteilung.tu-berlin.de/menue/jobs/stellenausschreibungen/

CfP Materia medica on the move II (Amsterdam, October 4-6, 2017)

Contextualizing drug components as collectables, commodities, and cultural markers in the early modern period
Amsterdam, October 4-6, 2017
 After the successful Materia medica on the move conference in 2015, Utrecht University Descartes Centre, Huygens/ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre will host a three-day follow-up conference, again devoted to the circulation of knowledge regarding non-native natural substances that were used in medicine in the early modern period (1500-1800). The conference will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 4 till 6 October 2017. 
Goal of the conference
In recent years the history of non-native natural substances, to which therapeutic properties were attributed, has received substantial attention from scholars in a range of disciplines. The various contexts and perspectives from which these substances can be studied (e.g. medicinal, scientific, socio-cultural, ethnobotanical, artistic) have led to much cross-disciplinary research by historians of science, pharmacists, ethnobotanists, and the like. The conference intends to provide a platform for these researchers, to provide an overview of current research, and to exchange insights and ideas about the knowledge, trade, and acculturation of drug components in the past. 
Keynote speakers
Matthew Crawford (Kent State University)
Patrick Wallis (The London School of Economics and Political Science)
Pratik Chakrabarti (University of Manchester)
Valentina Pugliano (University of Cambridge)

Paper submissions
We invite early and mid-career researchers to submit their work in progress, to be discussed in thematic parallel sessions. Themes to be addressed include, but are not limited to:
·         Hybridity in use: The ways in which materia medica have transgressed the boundaries of medical applicability, and how these use categories were culturally defined.
·         Agency of objects: How inherent natural characteristics of substances, and cultural identities acquired in the global circulation process, have shaped and transformed the meaning of materia medica.
·         Collections and collectors: How collections of materia medica, collected drawings of materia medica, herbaria and the like reflect the ideas and visions of the collectors.
·         Commodification: The processes that turned materia medica into consumer products, making them recognizable and knowledgeable for a large audience; and the people and places associated with these processes.
·         Identity formation: The ways in which medicinal natural substances, and knowledge about them, has shaped social and cultural identities across European and non-European cultures.
·         Knowledge and power: The mechanisms that have been used to create and maintain positions of power (often associated with “empire”) based on new knowledge and goods in the domain of materia medica.
Although most of the historical evidence and modern research relates to plants, we encourage presentations that focus on mineral and animal drug components. We also encourage presentations that are based on surprising new types of sources for this field of research.
Selected authors will be given the opportunity to publish their work in a special journal issue.

Call for Papers Science in Public Conference - panel 24: Bonding with Our Immediate Public: (Non)Human Dimensions of STS research

In many ways Science and Technology Studies (STS) scholars are a part of ‘the public’ for life scientists, and life scientists are in a sense the STS scholars’ most immediate and direct ‘public’. We are each ‘Other’ to some extent to each others’ worlds, as at the same time we can in our interactions become each others’ audience in Goffman’s sense. Yet to understand each others’ world making to what extent must we engage with each other at an affective, even intimate level? We invite contributions that consider the human and nonhuman dimensions of the bonds that STS scholars establish with their research subjects. We seek papers that analyse the characteristics of this bonding, including relations between STS scholars and humans (dead or alive) and non-humans (i.e. animals, documents, plants, instruments, microorganisms, matter). We welcome interrogation of the significance and affects of these primary associations for STS knowledge, and for the lives of those involved. The goal of this panel is to generate a better understanding of the social and political implications of the human relations generated by, and perhaps necessary, to contemporary and historical research about science and technology.

Panel Number: 24. 
Deadline: 18 April 

JOB POSTING: 4 PhD positions in ethics of science/philosophy of science, Hannover/Bielefeld

  • 4 fully funded positions for doctoral candidates in ethics of science and/or philosophy of science
  • Starting Date: October 1st, 2017
  • Within the research group "Integrating Ethics and Epistemology of Science" (jointly organized by the philosophy departments of Leibniz Universität Hannover and Bielefeld University, Germany)
  • 2 positions at Leibniz Universität Hannover, 2 at Bielefeld University
  • Net salaries roughly between 1480 and 1600 € per month, plus benefits such as health insurance
  • Appointment for 2.5 years (6 months extension planned)
  • Working language English, no command of German required
  • Application Deadline: May 28th, 2017
  • More details under http://grk2073.org/apply
  • For further inquiries, please contact rafael.ugarte.chacon@philos.uni-hannover.de

CfP: Biopolitical expert - Quaderni storici - deadline May 10, 2017

Biopolitical experts
Call for papers for a monographic issue of «Quaderni storici»

Social sciences have long focused their attention on the profile and the role of experts, considering their emergence and the role they acquired into the decisional processes of national and supranational political institutions as an occasion to investigate transformations in the relationship between practices, knowledge and powers.
The expert is involved in uncertain situations, for the neutrality recognized to his own capacity to get a deeper level of truth. According to the research of social sciences, talking about experts is equivalent to discuss the process of legitimization of knowledge, starting from the relationship with the concrete experiences and the statutes of truth that define the knowledge. In these terms, the processes of selection and identification of experts appear as a complex and full social process, mobilizing different requests through which criteria and profiles of belonging and identity are replicated.
 Although the presence of experts is testified in different time periods, literature has identified the Nineteenth century as a turning point, mainly for the definition of the forms of government and for the launch of the professionalization's process. In this period the use of terms as experts and expertise started to spread significantly, in regard to technical and scientific competences at the service of public administration and institutions of modern state.
The main European dictionaries ascribe to the expert's knowledge a cognitive foundation linked to a practical experience, repeated over time and derived from a knowledge which is operative, efficient and able to achieve the result. This cognitive foundation enables to make the distinction between the expert and the technician, figures that often have been considered as synonymous. Although experts have emerged in various fields (art, medicine, economy), the research has focused mainly on the technological and scientific knowledge because of its relationship with sharper and more recognizable statutes of truth. Experts dealing with life and the living have been investigated mainly into more formalized decisional processes, as those concerning tribunals and the role of legal medicine.
Following the gradual crisis of the representative state and the growth of decisional power of supranational institutions, the recourse to experts has spread, throughout institutional or para-institutional networks, considered as the option to resolve doubts and promote decisions based on assessment considered as impartial and scientifically founded. The increased social and administrative intervention on life's spaces favored the recourse to experts coming not only from biomedical knowledge or health-related knowledge, but also to the creation of specific knowledge, as in the case of bioethics. These practices are considered part of the so-called biopolitics, an inspiring theoretical category, which, however, requires to be  tested for the concreteness of various experiences of intervention on life and on specificity of different involved actors.
Considering the suggestions and the results of social sciences’ research on experts and expertise, this issue of Quaderni storici intends to investigate genesis, paths and profiles of the subject involved in decisional processes through which institutions act on human bodies and life. Who are the life's experts involved in questions concerning life, its origin, its end? How those figures are selected? Which are the priorities guiding the selection of knowledge for the decision concerning the biological and physiological dimension of human life? What is the relationship between the nature of political decision on the issue of life and the contents analysis of the experts?

Hobbes Studies Essay Competition 2017

Hobbes Studies is pleased to invite submissions to the 2017 Hobbes Studies Essay Competition. Submissions should treat the philosophical, political historical, literary, religious, or scientific aspects of the thought of Thomas Hobbes and be no more than 10 000 words. Essays are invited from researchers in any field who are currently enrolled in postgraduate study or completed their PhD no earlier than 3rd March 2012. Submissions must be received by 15th May 2017 (DEADLINE EXTENDED). The judges reserve the right not to make an award.

All submissions should be uploaded to the journal's Editorial Manager website: http://www.editorialmanager.com/hobs/default.aspx. When submitting your manuscript for consideration, please note in the comments box that you desire to be considered for the 2017 competition (immediately before uploading the files), and include your CV. Submissions must follow Hobbes Studies submission guidelines. For questions, please email the Assistant Editor at hobbestudies@gmail.com. Essays must not have been previously published or simultaneously submitted for consideration elsewhere.

Submissions will be considered for publication in a forthcoming issue of Hobbes Studies. The competition submission selected by the Editorial Board will be published in Hobbes Studies, awarded €350, and receive a year’s subscription.