23 de julio de 2022

Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Históricos y Sociales sobre Ciencia, Medicina y Comunicación Científica

Desde el pasado 15 de julio y hasta el próximo 15 de septiembre, permanecerá abierto el plazo de preinscripción por la Universidad Miguel Hernández en el Programa de Doctorado en Estudios Históricos y Sociales sobre Ciencia, Medicina y Comunicación Científica (Universidad de Alicante, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche y Universidad de Valencia).

Se trata de un espacio académico multidisciplinar en torno a los estudios sociales sobre la ciencia, que incluyen la filosofía y la sociología de la ciencia, la historia de la medicina y de la ciencia, el lenguaje médico y científico, la documentación y la información científicas y la comunicación y la divulgación de la ciencia

La preinscripción puede realizarse a través del siguiente enlace: https://estudios.umh.es/2022/07/14/abierto-plazo-preinscripcion-estudios-de-doctorado/

22 de julio de 2022

Call for Manuscripts: "Environment, Health, and Well-being" (Book Series at Michigan State University Press)

This series tackles the relationship between health and the environment, paying particular attention to changes occurring over time and across place. It seeks to illuminate the causes and consequences of human, more-than-human, and environmental ill-health, while also attending to possibilities for well-being, flourishing, and repair. Encouraging an expanded notion of health, Environment, Health, and Well-being presents scholarship that considers human well-being as directly correlated with health systems; extends the notion of health and well-being beyond the purely human frame; and interrogates planetary health through specific landscapes, ecologies, and human and more-than-human activities. Recognizing the ecological, political, social, and viral turbulence of our current times, the monographs and edited collections in this series look to interdisciplinary practice within the field of the environmental humanities as a way of understanding the present, reflecting upon the past, and rethinking possibilities of the future.

Environment, Health, and Well-being, while grounded in the environmental humanities, understands the barriers to environmental health as tied to legacies of extraction, consumption, colonization, and unlimited growth. It is thus especially interested in scholarship from Indigenous, race, gender and queer, and disability studies, as well as approaches that address histories and futures of labor and profit. Environment, Health, and Well-being welcomes projects from new and established scholars, in and outside of academia, which make visible for audiences the timeliness and necessity of interdisciplinary research on the relationships between humanity and environments. The contributions in this series capture the multifaceted nature of environmental health and foreground the importance of perpending the planet’s well-being in these ecologically precarious times.

Series Editor
  • Tatiana Konrad (University of Vienna)

CfP: Compassion and care: emotions and experience in the care of children through history

The John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Deansgate, Manchester, UK. 23-24 March 2023

Deadline: submissions should be emailed to Kate Gibson (University of Manchester) and Claudia Soares (Newcastle University) at compassionandcare2023@gmail.com by 30 October 2022.

The care system in the UK is under increasing pressure: systematic budget cuts, prolonged austerity, and sustained issues with staff recruitment, retention and burnout have all contributed to the crumbling of the nation’s care agencies. Independent care reviews across the UK have highlighted the need to reform and ‘reset’ the system of children’s social care, so that lifelong loving, supportive and nurturing relationships are placed at its heart. These reviews have occurred in the midst of growing demand for accountability and transparency in care processes and defence of the rights of Care Experienced people to access their records and know their history. Moreover, across the globe, carers and care work – usually designated female – have been underpaid, exploited, and devalued. Feminist scholarship on the ethics of care has long debated the invisibility and devaluing of care. But recent events such as the Covid-19 pandemic have highlighted just how central childcare systems are to the everyday functioning of society, requiring us to rethink the value of care work once again. Contemporary systems for children’s care developed out of centuries of informal, familial, community, charitable and state-led practices. This long history has not yet received full scholarly attention, and it is both timely and relevant to focus on the diversity of care relationships and experiences in the past and present. Ideas and experiences of care in the past have implications for how we might envision a caring society and an ethics of care in the future. The vibrancy of scholarship in the history of emotions, the history of childhood and the recent return to the concept of ‘experience’ provide new opportunities to reconsider histories of care.

Call for Contributions: FORMA FLUENS - Histories of the Microcosm

Contributions are invited for the new CSMBR Blog


Forma Fluens (“flowing form”) is a blog dedicated to the history of the body. A metaphor for life itself, as a rhythmic flow that alters the shape and the diachronic identity of the human being, the Blog aims at providing scholars at any stage of their career with a platform to share knowledge about the intellectual, cultural, social and material history of the body (500-1800 AD), with a view to reaching out to the curious reader and to a wider audience.

Articles, book reviews, and commentaries on ongoing projects are welcome. Contributions should not exceed 1200 words, spaces included, and ten footnotes. Material from the blog counts as a regular online publication and must be credited as per the title, author, affiliation and sources displayed.

For queries or to express an interest in submitting an article, feel free to contact the centre at info@csmbr.fondazionecomel.org.

CfP: Automation, Control, and Incompetence – Socio-Technical Ecologies of Responsible Filtering in the 20th and 21st Century

How do practices of "filtering"—technical, racial, cultural, political, environmental, and otherwise—produce the ecologies of modern life? How might a theory of filtering encompassing technological and cultural operations better explain the forms of control, responsibility, and incompetence ordering modern life? We invite papers addressing these questions from fields including media studies, cultural studies, histories of science and technology, human-computer interaction, digital humanities and informatics.

We understand filtering as a fundamental technique that enables human and non-human actors to shape and create environments through differentiation. The environments emerging from processes of filtering are interconnected and encompass several dimensions. They are always material, but also invoke the symbolic and social (Cubasch et al 2021; Razghandi and Yaghmaei 2020). We consider these filtered environments as powerscapes that are shaped by constellations of interests, entangled agencies and power relations. The notion of powerscapes addresses filtering not only as a fundamental technique of making environments but also as techniques that must be open to critique from all involved. Powerscapes hint at the underlying power and hierarchical structures that emanate from filtering technologies, as technologies – or “engines” – of differentiation (Irani and Philipp 2018), in situations where different actors, entities and machines interact and share awareness. We raise the urgent question of how filtering can become responsible filtering both as a design process and with regard to the resulting socio-technical environment.

Questions on the extent of automation and control (Endsley 2016; Shneiderman 2020) are at the center of many current and historical filtering technologies and the environments they create. This holds especially true for industrial production, work spaces, health care systems, forms of cultural production and circulation as well as the sciences themselves that were and are subject to the introduction of novel processes and design strategies. The operationalization of such automated settings requires programmed infrastructures involving planning/design, materials, people and meaning. A prominent example for such distributed agencies and acts of delegation is the operation room in the military (see Galison 1994, Geoghegan 2019), transport or economic settings, where automated tasks and human control interact in ways that unsettle the cybernetic fantasies of computing and predicting everything.

Call for Symposium Proposals: Sessions for the Joint Commission of the IUHPST at CLMPST, Buenos Aires, July 2023

The Joint Commission of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for symposia to be presented at the XVIIth Congress on Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CLMPST), taking place July 24-29, 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Joint Commission brings together the IUHPST’s Divisions of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (DLMPST) and History of Science and Technology (DHST), promoting work that genuinely integrates historical and philosophical perspectives on science and technology. At each Congress, it organizes symposia that showcase such work.

We thus invite submissions for symposium proposals aligned with the JC’s mission. We are especially interested in proposals that align with the Congress’s theme, Science and Values in an Uncertain World, although we welcome proposals on any topic.

Symposia should include at least four speakers. Proposals should consist of a 500-word synopsis of the symposium theme, together with 500-word abstracts for each of the talks and contact information for authors. They should be formatted according to the general guidelines for CLMPST symposium submissions, available here, and submitted by email to Agnes Bolinska.

Submissions should be received no later than November 1st, 2022.

21 de julio de 2022

CfA: "Russell 150" conference, University of Bucharest, November 4-5, 2022 (mixed format)

The "Russell 150" conference is organized in partnership between the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Bucharest (through its Department for Theoretical Philosophy and the Center for Logic, Philosophy and History of Science) and the Romanian Academy's "Constantin Rădulescu-Motru" Institute of Philosophy and Psychology.

The event is scheduled to take place November 4-5, 2022. It will have a mixed format, in that speakers may choose whether they present online only, or face to face at the event's location (if so, their session will enjoy a live audience, but it will also be streamed to remote participants).

Professors Mircea Dumitru and Ilie Pârvu (University of Bucharest, Romanian Academy), Constantin Stoenescu, Sorin Costreie, Gheorghe Ştefanov (all at the University of Bucharest), James Cargile (University of Virginia), Mark Sainsbury (University of Texas at Austin), Angela Mendelovici (Western University), Gregory Lavers (Concordia University), and Andrei Moldovan (University of Salamanca) have already kindly agreed to give talks in the conference.

If you would like to give a talk in the conference, please send, by August 15, 2022, midnight local time for Bucharest, Romania, a message to russell150@filosofie.unibuc.ro, bearing the title "abstract submission".

Lisa Jardine travel grants from the Royal Society

The following Royal Society funding opportunity for travel and subsistence grants in support of archival research may be of interest to PhD candidates and early career researchers.

The Lisa Jardine Grant is currently open for applications. It provides travel grants to support archival research and career development. The scheme is open to PhD students and early career researchers in history of science, and other interdisciplinary studies combining humanities and the natural sciences.

  • The scheme offers funding for:
  • Extended research trips for UK and overseas-based researchers to use the Royal Society’s own rich historical collections and related London collections (up to £8,000 available for travel and subsistence costs depending on destination and length of research, 1 - 3 months. up to £2,000 international travel and £2,000/month subsistence).
  • International travel and expenses for UK-based scholars to carry out short, exploratory archival research trips (up to £2,000 available for trips up to 1 month)
  • International travel and expenses for UK-based scholars to attend conferences and networking or training events (up to £2,000 available for trips up to 1 month)

The deadline for applications is 22 September 2022.

In the current round funding is available for research taking place between January 2023 and December 2023.

20 de julio de 2022

New small research grants scheme

The Friends of the Archives at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries are delighted to announce a new small grants scheme. The Friends will award up to 4 grants each year, each of £250, to support researchers to use the Society’s collections. The grants are intended to encourage researchers to use the collections either as the main focus of their project, or as part of a larger research proposal. We are keen to widen further use of the collections and engage with a wider range of researchers. Grants are available to all, although applications are particularly welcomed from those early in their research careers, independent researchers or those who are precariously employed.

Further details are provided in the guidance document, and applications should be made using the standard form. They are available here: https://www.apothecaries.org/history/our-collection-and-access/

We would be very grateful if you would share details with your colleagues/networks/students/members as appropriate.

16 de julio de 2022

OBERTA CONVOCATÒRIA Premis Societat Catalana d'Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica per a treballs de màster d'història de la ciència

S'han convocat i ja es poden presentar candidatures als premis de la Societat Catalana d'Història de la Ciència per a treballs de màster en història de la ciència en modalitat professional i acadèmica. El termini de presentació acaba el 2 de desembre de 2022. Si teniu dubtes sobre en quina categoria, professional o acadèmica, pertany el vostre treball, ens ho dieu (schct@iec.cat) i us assesorarem.

Per presentar candidatures:

Premi Societat Catalana d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica per a treballs de màster d’història de la ciència amb una orientació professional. 
8a convocatòria.  Premi instituït l’any 2015.

Els objectius del premi són donar suport als estudiants de postgrau d’història de la ciència, de la tècnica i de la medicina, que en el futur constituiran el col·lectiu professional d’aquesta disciplina, i fomentar la participació dels estudiants que compaginen la investigació històrica de qualitat amb activitats i projectes de comunicació científica en el món del periodisme, la comunicació, la museologia o el turisme.

Ofert a treballs de fi de màster d’història de la ciència en els àmbits de la història de la ciència, de la medicina i de la tecnologia, estretament relacionats amb el periodisme científic, els museus, el patrimoni científic i altres formes de comunicació.

Els treballs han d’ésser inèdits.