18 de enero de 2019

Funded PhD Opportunity: Sports-Related Concussion: A Socio-Historical Analysis - Ulster University

Funded PhD Opportunity: Sports-Related Concussion: A Socio-Historical Analysis - Ulster University
Supervisors: Dr Katie Liston and Dr Ian Miller

Social epidemiology is broadly concerned with the ways in which social, political, cultural and economic structures, institutions and relationships influence health. In that regard, the sports-related brain injury known as concussion has both a neurological and social basis: it being the only injury that one international sports board (the IRB) seeks to define, and along with blood injuries, is subject to specific regulation. This project sets out to rebalance the information asymmetry associated with concussion in sport, that is, the predominance of the bio-scientific approach.

The project will redress this imbalance by examining the injury from a socio-historical perspective with a number of possible research avenues: an examination of the historical, medical and scientific literature related to head trauma in one or a number of competitive sports played in Ireland and Britain; archival research around one or a number of chosen sports to trace the growing awareness and understanding of sports-related brain injury over time and whether/how this has prompted reform efforts; a longer-term analysis of civilised bodies and the culture of risk in one or a number of sports, including changing discourses (in popular media, within various sports) around the diagnosis and treatment of concussion; interviews with current and former sports competitors, coaches/managers, medical personnel and the like.

This project will also permit the doctoral researcher the opportunity to consider the implications (e.g. policy, sports governance, coach education, athlete welfare) for the future development of sport and public health policy more widely.

Methods to be used:

The strengths and interests of the particular doctoral candidate will inform the final decision on research design once final research objectives are agreed. It is envisaged that the research methods will be chosen for their relevance to the project and no method will be given any primacy per se over the objectives of the research.
The candidate will refine detailed aspects of the methodology and analysis. Applicants should, in consultation with the lead supervisor, propose a detailed research design that enables them to explore the socio-historical milieu of injury in sport and brain injury in particular, the various socio-historical sources that may reveal the attitudes, beliefs and values of medical and sports people with regard to pain and injury, the ways in which such attitudes have been mediated historically by social relationships and power relations, and the implications for future developments in relation to the management of concusssion.

Objectives of the Research:
The following are the general objectives of the proposed project:
*To explore the socio-historical habitat and habits of competitive sports, in particular the historical normalisation of risk, pain and injury;
*To examine the socio-historical attitudes, beliefs and values held by those involved in/with competitive sport regarding civilised bodies and sports-related brain injury specifically;
*To examine the growing awareness and understanding of concussion in one or a number of sports in British and Irish contexts;
*To consider the implications of this for sport and health policy more widely, including that of concussion reform, coach education, athlete welfare and so on.

Essential Criteria
Upper Second Class Honours (2:1) Degree or equivalent from a UK institution (or overseas award deemed to be equivalent via UK NARIC)
Sound understanding of subject area as evidenced by a comprehensive research proposal
A comprehensive and articulate personal statement

Vice Chancellors Research Scholarships (VCRS)
The scholarships will cover tuition fees and a maintenance award of £14,777 per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance). Applications are invited from UK, European Union and overseas students.


The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 14,777 per annum for three years. EU applicants will only be eligible for the fees component of the studentship (no maintenance award is provided).  For Non EU nationals the candidate must be "settled" in the UK.

CfP: Barcelona Workshop 11 @ LOGOS (Barcelona, 30-31 May 2019)

@ LOGOS Barcelona (30-31 May 2019) — 20th anniversary edition

The *Barcelona Workshop: Issues in Conceptual Ethics and Conceptual Engineering* is a small format conference that attempts to provide ample space for discussion and informal interaction among participants. The Workshop will have no parallel sessions.

The first BW took place in 1999, which means that BW11 is the 20th anniversary edition. 


We invite submissions for 35-40 minute presentations (with 25-20 additional minutes for discussion). Submissions should take the form of a 1200-1500 words abstract. Submissions are made through easychair: https://easychair.org/cfp/BW11.

Authors' names, postal address, affiliation, phone number and e-mail address should be given separately. Submissions will be anonymously refereed by an international committee, and selected on the basis of general quality and relevance to the special topic of the workshop. 

Communication of acceptance: End of February 2019

We regret that we cannot cover travel and other expenses. We will try to help to cover accommodation expenses for speakers who are graduate students and don’t have travel funding from their home institutions. 

For further information, please write to any member of the Organizing Committee.

Doctoral Fellowships in Ancient Philosophy and Science, Berlin

The Research Training Group *Philosophy, Science and the Sciences* (RTG 1939) (ancient-philosophy.hu-berlin.de) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is offering several

*salaried positions for doctoral candidates*
*stipends for pre-doctoral studies*

to candidates working on a research project within the RTG 1939 on the dialogue between different forms and models of knowledge in ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic thought (including its medieval and early modern reception). Topics involve both philosophy and some special science or other (including mathematics, medicine, and other disciplines that we might not today consider special sciences, such as grammar or divination). 

Salaried doctoral positions (T-VL Berlin E13 at 65%) will be funded for three years, starting on 1 October 2019
Stipends for pre-doctoral studies have guaranteed funding for one year, starting on 1 October 2019. Pre-doc students making good progress toward the doctorate will receive a further three years of funding, leading to the completed doctorate.

Additional funding is available for conference travels, research stays abroad and other qualification measures, such as language training.

Applications: Please follow the instructions given on our website (ancient-philosophy.hu-berlin.de). The application deadline is 31 January 2019.     

ERC StG-758145 PROTEUS: JOBS - deadline January 31, 2019

ERC StG-758145 PROTEUS: Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s)
Host Institution: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Calls for application for 1 postdoc and 1 PhD positions in Philosophy of Physics:

1) Postdoc in Philosophy of Physics
The Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is seeking to appoint a postdoc in Philosophy of Physics for a fixed-term period of 24 months. The position is to support the research project PROTEUS - Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s), which is funded by the European Research Council and led by Dr Silvia De Bianchi.
Job description and instructions to apply can be found at EURAXESS:

Closing date: January 31, 2019

2) PhD Scholarship in Philosophy of Physics
The Department of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is accepting applications to appoint a PhD student in Philosophy of Physics for a fixed-term period of 36 months. The position is to support the research project PROTEUS - Paradoxes and Metaphors of Time in Early Universe(s).
Job description and instructions to apply can be found at EURAXESS:

Closing date: January 31, 2019

More information about the project can be found at http://www.proteus-pmte.eu/
For any further question, please contact Dr Silvia De Bianchi: silvia.debianchi@uab.cat 

17 de enero de 2019

2 funded PhD positions in the project “The Construction of Diagrams of Relatedness in the History of Natural History and Genetics, 17th to 20th Centuries”

Two funded PhD positions are available at the Institute for Medical History and Science Study at the University of Lübeck in the context of the project  “The Construction of Diagrams of Relatedness in the History of Natural History and Genetics, 17th to 20th Centruies”. The project is funded by the Swiss National Foundation as part of the Sinergia-Grant “In the Shadow of the Tree. Diagrammatics of Relatedness as Scientific, Scholarly, and Popular Practice” (Prof. M. Sommer, Luzern, Leading house; Prof. C. Arni, Basel; Prof. S. Müller-Wille, Exeter/Lübeck; Prof. S. Teuscher, Zürich). It combines approaches from cultural history, history and philosophy of science, science studies and historical anthropology to study the diversity of diagrams that have been used since the late medieval period to conceptualize relatedness and descent.

More detail on the positions is available from the website of the University of Lübeck (https://www.uniluebeck.de/fileadmin/uzl_personal/stellenausschreibungen/IMGWF.pdf). Bewerbungsschluss ist der 15. Februar 2019. Please contact Staffan Müller-Wille (sewm201@ex.ac.uk) for further questions.

Nueva sección sobre historia de la ciencia en 'Investigación y Ciencia'

En 'Investigación y Ciencia' acabamos de inaugurar una nueva sección sobre historia de la ciencia. Se trata de una serie de 12 artículos titulada "Correspondencias" y firmada por José Manuel Sánchez Ron. Se publicará a lo largo del 2019 (un artículo cada mes) y se propone explicar la historia de la ciencia a través de las cartas privadas de los grandes científicos.

La primera entrega (enero) se ha centrado en Pasteur (su descarga es gratuita: Pasteur, el científico prudente). La segunda entrega (febrero) estará dedicada a Newton, Halley y la edición de los Principia.

Este proyecto se suma a la sección fija sobre historia de la ciencia que venimos publicando bimestralmente desde 2011.

JOB: Two Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Digital History and/or Philosophy of Biology

The FNRS MIS project Digital History and Philosophy of Biology (DHPB), led by Prof. Charles Pence at the Centre de philosophie des sciences et sociétés (CEFISES) and Institut supérieur de philosophie (ISP) at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) is advertising two-year post-doctoral fellowships in history and/or philosophy of biology.

Application deadline: March 1, 2019
Starting date: May 1, 2019
Ending date: April 31, 2021 (with the possibility of an extension to a third year)
More information: <https://charlespence.net/people/2019-mis-postdocs/>, also soon to appear on Euraxess

The DHPB project aims to expand the use of the tools of digital humanities – particularly textual analysis – to study the history and philosophy of the life sciences. We have developed an application (see doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0146004) and a corpus of journal article data (see doi:10.1016/j.shpsc.2016.04.003) enabling us to study at a broad scale the journal literature in evolutionary biology and related fields, offering a novel perspective on the growth and development of biological science (dating back to as early as 1860).

We will gladly review postdoctoral fellowship applications from candidates trained in either philosophy or history of science, as well as digital humanities or the sciences (if such candidates have expertise in philosophical or historical work).

Please visit the lab website <https://charlespence.net/people/2019-mis-postdocs/> for more information about the requirements and how to apply.

New Publication: Patients as Art

Author: Philip Mackowiak’s

Dr. Philip Mackowiak is Emeritus Professor of Medicine and the Carolyn Frenkil and Selvin Passen History of Medicine Scholar-in-Residence at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  He is a Master of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and a former governor of the Maryland chapter of the ACP. He is a graduate of Bucknell University (B.S. Biology), the University of Maryland (M.D.) and the Johns Hopkins University (M.B.A.), who began his career in academic medicine as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer with the Centers for Disease Control in the early 70’s.  In 1975, he joined the faculty of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where he rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1988.
Throughout his career, Dr. Mackowiak has been recognized repeatedly for his work as a teacher/mentor. Twelve times since 1993 the graduating class of the University of Maryland School of Medicine has selected him as a Faculty Marshall, four times as the Mace Bearer. In 1992, the graduating class honored him further by inducting him into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He received the Department of Medicine’s House Staff Teaching Award in 1993, the Student Council Faculty Award in 1994 and 1998, and the Maryland Chapter, ACP’s Theodore E. Woodward, MD Award for Teaching Excellence in 2009. In 2007, he was the faculty member chosen to address the graduating class at the Medical School’s bicentennial celebration, and in 2010, the Maryland Chapter, ACP honored him by naming its annual student award the “Philip A. Mackowiak, MD Award.” Dr. Mackowiak has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, editorials and book chapters on a variety of medical topics and is perhaps best known in the medical community for his work on the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of fever.  His book, Fever. Basic Mechanisms and Management, now in its second edition, is the first comprehensive monograph on the subject since one published by Wunderlich in 1868. 

For over two decades, Dr. Mackowiak has hosted an internationally-acclaimed series of Historical Clinicopathological Conferences in Baltimore.  These have given rise to scores of peer-reviewed articles, as well as a book titled Post Mortem. Solving History’s Great Medical Mysteries. These works earned Dr. Mackowiak the American College of Physicians’ 2010 Nicholas E. Davies Memorial Scholar Award for Scholarly Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine and have established him as one of today’s most accomplished medical historians. In 2013, Oxford University Press published a sequel to Post Mortem, titled Diagnosing Giants. Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World. Dr. Mackowiak’s latest book, Patients as Art. Forty Thousand Years of Medical History in Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture is to be published in the fall of 2018 by Oxford University Press.

CfP: 46th Symposium of ICOHTEC. Technology and Power

46th Symposium of ICOHTEC in Katowice, Poland, 22 – 27 July 2019
Deadline for proposals is Monday, 18 February 2019

(this call for papers in PDF format)
Social theorists from Max Weber to Jürgen Habermas have argued that power relations are among the defining characteristics of every society, along with culture and economic relations. The main theme of this conference, Technology and Power, seeks to interrogate the various roles technologies have played in the development of power relations in the past, in different parts of the world. Political power (local, state, and inter-state) is the most obvious of these, but relations of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, labour, age, and so on, also include elements of power. Technologies have instrumental, mediating, undermining, reinforcing, and constructive roles in all of these relations. Some technologies have been used by elites, others have served the relatively powerless. Think of weapons as means of state power, but also as instruments of revolution; the printed word as a vehicle of state and church propaganda, but also as a disrupter of all kinds of authority; contraceptive devices and pills that have changed relations between the sexes and in families. Power is usually contested, and technologies often change the chances of those involved in these conflicts.
The recent interest in transnational history has extended the range of these topics and revealed their interconnectedness. Technological change is disrespectful of national borders: technical knowledge and technicians travel, and new technologies of communication and transport transform balances of trade and power on a worldwide scale. We have only begun to explore these global dimensions, and the symposium will offer the opportunity to push this project forward.
A broad but non-exhaustive list of possible topics for paper presentations follows. Proposals and presentations on a wide spectrum of topics related to the general theme are very much encouraged. Proposals outside the main theme will also be considered.
  1. Technology and the State
Engineers and architects in power
  • forms of technocracy across the world and in different times
  • case studies of technocrats
  • large technocratic projects (think of TVA or the post WWII dam building projects in the third world, and similar projects in earlier times)
The State and the economy, from mercantilism to the present
  • energy politics
  • technical education
  • stimulating small companies, from crafts to modern start-ups
State power and military technology
  • military technology and the rise of the modern nation-state
  • technology-driven military revolutions
  • war and technological change
  • military and technological aspects of unconventional warfare
  • military technology in non-military settings
  • military-industrial (-academic) complexes (not only US)
Technical forms of government
  • technologies of surveillance (as in border control, security services, public health)
  • environmental governance
  • managing populations by means of statistics or eugenics
Technology and international relations
  1. Design as politics
Urban planning across the world

CfP: Hombres, género y salud

Hace más de cuatro décadas, en diversos países, se ha centrado el foco en la salud de los hombres desde una perspectiva de género. Por la hegemonía de ciertas masculinidades que pueden impactar tanto en la salud de los hombres como en la de las mujeres, o la vulnerabilidad de segmentos masculinos marginados y subordinados, diversas asociaciones, revistas y publicaciones pasaron a ocuparse del tema en términos de morbilidad, mortalidad y expectativa de vida.
Aunque hay una considerable producción sobre el tema, resulta necesario actualizar el conocimiento y la discusión con el fin de profundizar las relaciones entre la salud de los hombres, las identidades de género y la diversidad de orientaciones sexuales. A partir de esta perspectiva, el presente número de la revista Salud Colectiva convoca a la presentación de trabajos que permitan actualizar el conocimiento sobre las relaciones entre hombres, género y salud en las Américas a través de investigaciones empíricas o estudios teóricos que aborden y problematicen los siguientes ejes temáticos:

  • Las desigualdades de género que afectan a la salud de hombres y mujeres.
  • Las articulaciones de género y otros marcadores sociales de la diferencia (raza, generación, clase) en la producción de desigualdad e inequidad en la salud de los hombres.
  • Experiencias de la promoción y cuidado de la salud de los hombres desde una perspectiva de género.
  • Cuadros de morbilidad y mortalidad masculina bajo la óptica de género.
  • La atención a la salud de los hombres transgéneros.
  • El paternaje frente a las diferentes configuraciones familiares.
  • Desafíos de la inclusión de diferentes segmentos masculinos en el cuidado de la salud.
  • Políticas públicas dirigidas a la salud de los hombres en una perspectiva relacional de género.
  • La salud de los hombres frente a la diversidad de las orientaciones sexuales.
Los editores invitados de este número temático serán el Dr. Romeu Gomes, profesor titular del Instituto Nacional de Saúde da Mulher, da Criança e do Adolescente Fernandes de la Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Brasil); la Dra. Márcia Thereza Couto, profesora asociada del Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo (Brasil); y el Dr. Benno de Keijzer, investigador del Instituto de Salud Pública de la Universidad Veracruzana (México), cofundador de Cómplices por la Equidad, MenEngage México.


Los trabajos deberán ser originales e inéditos, redactados en español, inglés o portugués. Todos los artículos recibidos pasarán por una revisión preliminar en la que se determinará si el artículo se encuadra en los objetivos propuestos para el número, la política editorial y las normas de la revista, en cuyo caso los autores serán notificados y se iniciará el proceso de revisión externa. Los trabajos aceptados serán publicados en español o de forma bilingüe español-inglés [ver servicio de traducción].