15 de mayo de 2021

Novedad: Secreto a voces. Una “enfermedad extraordinaria” y su tratamiento en el París del siglo XIX (Español)

 Autor: Luis Montiel

En marzo de 1837 el Duque y la Duquesa de Hamilton, su hija Susan y el marido de esta, Lord Lincoln se instalan en París procedentes de Inglaterra en busca de la curación de la turbadora enfermedad de la joven. Se trata de una dolencia extraña, aparatosa, que algunos médicos ingleses han sospechado ficticia pero que angustia a los padres y al marido haciendo, además, imposible una vida familiar normal. Los médicos que, a petición de la enferma, se harán cargo de su tratamiento son practicantes convencidos del magnetismo animal, la teoría médica creada por Mesmer. El más relevante de ambos doctores es el judío prusiano David Ferdinand Koreff, personaje apasionante, aventurero intelectual, dotado de una habilidad sin parangón para cautivar psicológi
camente a las damas de la alta sociedad. Tanto él como su compañero Wolowski considerarán que el magnetismo animal es la terapia apropiada para una “enfermedad extraordinaria” como la que aqueja a la Lady y la pondrán en práctica a lo largo de varios meses de tratamiento. Un manuscrito recogerá día por día las espantosas crisis padecidas por Lady Lincoln, la paulatina revelación de sus más íntimos secretos de alcoba en el curso del estado de trance magnético, las tensiones entre la familia y los médicos ante la deriva que va tomando el tratamiento y, finalmente, el proceso judicial en que, con un escándalo que alcanzará proporciones internacionales, desemboca esta aventura terapéutica. Además de su interés casi novelesco el manuscrito se revela a nuestros ojos de lectores del siglo XXI como una especie de “psicoanálisis salvaje”, a través del cual lo que fácilmente podría etiquetarse como un caso de histeria se resuelve más por razones puramente psicológicas que por cualesquiera remedios físicos.

Url: https://www.amazon.es/SECRETO-VOCES-enfermedad-extraordinaria-tratamiento/dp/B0943T8H7Y/ref=sr_1_3?__mk_es_ES=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=secreto+a+voces&qid=1620655165&sr=8-3

14 de mayo de 2021

New open access book: Ageing with Smartphones in...

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CfP: Phenomenology and sociality. The 6th Conference of the Central and East European Society for Phenomenology Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2nd - 4th December 2021

Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021

The phenomenological movement, to which authors from extremely diverse traditions and of utmost heterogeneous provenances—directly or indirectly—can be counted, has since its foundation at the beginning of the 20th century developed into one of the central currents of contemporary philosophy that entails not only fundamental considerations regarding, for instance, epistemology or ontology, but also critically and crucially touches upon (all) other fields of human agency. Phenomenology has, from its initial predominantly methodological reflections, through constant confrontation with opposing standpoints, evolved into a stringent, comprehensive inter- and trans-disciplinary philosophical theory capable of offering invaluable insights into phenomena concerning both science as well as religion, both technology as well as arts, etc. However, it should not be overlooked that—beyond all the transformations—one of the principal problem realms of phenomenological research has been, and is, the exploration and elaboration of the various dimensions of sociality, which—through time tracing (out) always shifting accents and evermore discerning nuances—connect its inception with the 21st century and, thus, co-constitute its entire history. Yet, besides purely theoretical deliberations on sociality, the movement of phenomenology is also essentially defined, as the destinies of certain personalities—with paradoxically manifold, sometimes tragical outcomes—demonstrate, by attempts at their practical and even political implementation.

The phenomenological discussions of sociality, precisely because of the immense variety of approaches, conclusions, and consequences, deserve—perhaps expressly concerning the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that seems, with its exigencies, to threaten the fragile fabric of coexistence amongst human beings—a specific attention and focused elucidation, which could, linking—through the present—the past with the future, ensure not only subsequent advancement of phenomenology but contribute to society of humanity as such.


The Institute Nova Revija for the Humanities and the Phenomenological Society of Ljubljana intend to organize in collaboration with the Central and East European Society for Phenomenology an international conference dedicated to the problematic of “Phenomenology and Sociality.” The thematic scope of the conference scheduled to take place in Ljubljana in (early) December 2021 includes the following topics:

CfP: Equality and Inequality in the Global World (1950-2020) - Deadline 30 November 2021


The concept of inequality has always been little practiced within the social sciences, especially due to the difficulty of answering questions such as: according to what aspects should we judge whether people are or are not equal? What criteria can be used to measure the implications of inequality with respect to well-being? After the 2008 crisis, the theme of inequality returned to the academic scene, mainly thanks to the publication of works such as Angus Deaton's The Great Escape and Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century.

In the wake of the renewed debate, the goals of this volume are mainly two. The first is to investigate the reasons that led to the marginalization of the issue of inequality: liberalism has never gone beyond the pursuit of equality of opportunity and a minimum level of equality of outcomes (in the form of a minimum social security); the socialism of Western democracies had as its purpose the reducing of inequality in the distribution of income and wealth; even societies formally committed to achieving communism have not sought to eliminate inequality. The question we would like to try answering is this: why has inequality always struggled to fit into political theories and practices? The second objective is to analyze the role of economic globalization as an engine of inequalities both within nation states and between rich and developing countries. In the context of globalization, the survey will focus on the inequalities produced by the shift of industrial work from Western countries to developing countries and the progressive precariousness of employment contracts. Finally, a further object of study will be the relationships between the increase in inequality, the crisis of the left (or, in any case, progressive) parties and the rise of new political movements defined as populists: these dynamics are debated mainly in Europe, but they also appear to be present in the Americas and Asia.

CfP: Messiness in the production and operationalization of biomedical evidence (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Special Issue)

We are soliciting papers for a special issue in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science on the topic “Messiness in the production and interpretation of biomedical evidence”. The special issue will be co-edited by Thomas Bonnin (Université Clermont-Auvergne) and Charlotte Brives (CNRS, Centre Emile Durkheim). 

Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2021.

The second half of the 20th century witnessed the rise of an experimental ideal in the production and interpretation of biomedical evidence. In this period, the emblematic randomized controlled trial rose to a hegemonic position. The practices and normative prescriptions of the Evidence-Based Medicine movement play an increasingly influential role beyond medicine, notably in policy evaluation. Social scientists (historians, sociologists, philosophers, STS scholars, anthropologists…) have documented the history, material and conceptual underpinnings, strengths and limits of these recent upheavals. This special issue is a novel contribution to this rich literature, through a focus on the notion of “messiness”. 

Messiness, at first sight, is an obstacle. It is something that needs to be tamed in order to successfully produce and interpret biomedical evidence. Can there be good clinical evidence about a “messy” disease? How to build operationalizable data with “messy” populations? This search for order and standardization is simultaneously risky. Achieving internal validity can trade-off with external validity, hence with a loss of relevance to real-world situations. It can also carry problematic assumptions and harness existing power relations. 

13 de mayo de 2021

CfP: Diplomatic Studies of Science — Cain Conference 2021

Diplomatic Studies of Science: The Interplay of Science, Technology and International Affairs After the Second World War 

Monday, November 8th, 2021 and Tuesday November 9th, 2021. 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Maison de la Chimie, 28 Rue Saint-Dominique, 75007 Paris


The Gordon Cain Conference 2021 focuses on the fascinating interplay of science, technology and international affairs after the Second World War. By doing so it marks the emergence of Diplomatic Studies of Science as a field at the intersection of Science and Technology Studies, History of Science, Diplomatic History, and International Politics. The Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the Science History Institute and the Gordon Cain Conference Fellow, Maria Rentetzi, invite contributions that explore the ways science and diplomacy have been co-produced throughout the second half of the 20th century reaching the present.

Call for Abstracts

To submit a paper to the 2021 Cain Conference, please send a 250-word abstract and a two-page CV to the following email address: Cainconference2021@sciencehistory.org. The deadline for submissions is June 13, 2021. Decisions will be made by July 7, 2021. Travel and accommodation subsidies will be available to contributors. Following the conference Prof. Rentetzi will invite contributors to submit draft manuscripts of approximately 5,000 words for publication in an edited volume.

12 de mayo de 2021

Call for Book Chapters: Edited volume on Star Trek and Star Wars

 Edited by Emily Strand, MA and Amy H. Sturgis, PhD. Vernon Press

The generations-spanning, multimedia franchises Star Trek and Star Wars will form the focus for this edited collection of scholarly essays. As venerable and evolving repositories of science fiction and fantasy storytelling, and as towering pillars of popular culture, both Star Trek and Star Wars inspire, transform, and even at times inflame their often overlapping fan bases. Together with the publisher, the editors seek proposals for essays exploring these franchises’ themes, narratives, characters, treatment of moral and philosophical dilemmas, religious or spiritual notions, and other aspects. (Abstracts for essays which compare or contrast the two franchises are also welcome.) Collected essays will offer insight — from a variety of disciplines and perspectives — on how these franchises contribute to popular culture and the tradition of speculative storytelling. 

Abstracts and subsequent essays should be academically rigorous yet accessible to the informed (even non-academic) reader. Abstracts of 300-500 words in length should be submitted, along with a brief biographical statement, by August 2, 2021. Authors of accepted papers will be notified by September 1, 2021, and paper drafts should be submitted by January 10, 2022.

Please submit proposals via email (with or without attachment) to Emily Strand and Amy H. Sturgis

11 de mayo de 2021

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowships in Early Modern Thought at the University of Bucharest - Expressions of Interest

The research group in Early Modern Thought at the University of Bucharest invites expressions of interest from candidates wishing to apply for a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship in Early Modern Science, Philosophy, and/ or Intellectual History. Information about the 2021 call will be soon available at the following link:

The research group in Early Modern Thought is a very active interdisciplinary group of scholars working on a variety of aspects of the Renaissance and the early modern period (philosophy, literature, religion, science, etc.). Our members do research and teach in several faculties at the University of Bucharest (Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, the Research Institute of the University of Bucharest-ICUB. For more details, please visit: https://icub.unibuc.ro/2021/04/19/early-modern-cluster-at-the-university-of-bucharest/). We coordinate various research projects, and we organize early modern conferences and colloquia in Early Modern Philosophy and Early Modern Science, including the Bucharest-Princeton Seminar in Early Modern Philosophy. The working atmosphere is very friendly and supportive, and we are committed to international events.

We are looking for candidates working on any topic related to the early modernity (broadly conceived) and highly determined to be involved in the dynamic group we have built in Bucharest. Potential applicants are invited to send a letter of interest to Dana Jalobeanu and Mihnea Dobre.

Postdoctoral fellowships Sorbonne University / Ecole normale superieure, Paris, on Research Integrity

Two post-doc positions in philosophy of science on research integrity

Sorbonne University and Ecole normale supérieure - Université PSL seek to recruit two postdoctoral researchers to join the interdisciplinary ANR-funded research project CRISP (Addressing the Challenge of Research Integrity in Scientific Practices).


Scientific context 

The research project CRISP aims to explore the conditions at which institutional action and discourse on research integrity can improve research practices, to anticipate their impact on research practices and organization of research, and to propose recommendations. Inquiries carried out in the framework of the project are expected to be sensitive to the actual structure and dynamics of the sciences, academic disciplines, and the nature of everyday research practices, in all their diversity. For more information about CRISP see http://www.crisp.ens.psl.eu/  

The CRISP project includes philosophers of science and scholars working in behavioral economy, sociology, psychology, law, and philosophy of law. 


Profile of the candidates and description of the position

The successful candidates must have obtained a Ph.D. (or expect to have obtained their Ph.D. by October 2021) in philosophy of science, and show aptitudes for conducting interviews with practicing scientists. 

8 de mayo de 2021

Tesoros y fantasmas de la ciencia española

Tesoros y fantasmas de la ciencia española es una serie documental de cinco episodios de cerca de 30 minutos de duración, realizada por los hermanos Juan y Paco Pimentel, historiador y cineasta respectivamente. Mediante unas entrevistas, algunos profesionales (historiadores, bibliotecarios, científicos) nos hablan de ciertas piezas, personajes y capítulos del pasado relacionados con el fascinante mundo del conocimiento.

Cinco historias tan bellas como desconocidas para el gran público: un lapidario medieval, un tratado de anatomía renacentista, una colección de ilustraciones botánicas, el esqueleto fósil de un animal extinto y finalmente una campaña de vacunación para combatir una pandemia. Una serie que quiere contribuir a hacer cultura científica en España.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/540201391/d5daa44c6f

Ver en Filmin: https://www.filmin.es/serie/tesoros-y-fantasmas-de-la-ciencia-espanola