Mostrando entradas de noviembre 22, 2015

Call for Papers for the 6th International Conference on the Science of Computus in the Middle Ages

Since 2006, the Moore Institute of the National University of Ireland in Galway hosts, under the direction of Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín, a biannual conference on the science of computus in the Middle Ages. The science of computus – the mathematics required to calculate the date of Easter, and related topics (incl. astronomical observations and calculations) – straddles the fields of mathematics and astronomy, biblical interpretation and cosmology, empirical astronomical observation, and the perennial quest to understand the concepts of time and time-reckoning. The core period covered by the conference stretches from the formation of Easter calculations in the third century to the introduction of Arabic and Greek science in the Latin West in the 12 th century, but papers on the reckoning of time and its cultural context in the later Middle Ages have also always been welcomed. Each conference had a special theme (the formation of computus in Late Antiquity; the rise of prognosti

“Imagination/Meaning: Technological Dreamscapes, Fictions, and Futures”

Abstracts DUE December 15, 2015!!! Proposal for Open Session – Call for Contributions Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Annual Meeting – Singapore, 22-26 June 2016 “Imagination/Meaning: Technological Dreamscapes, Fictions, and Futures” Organizer: Annie Tomlinson, Cornell University annie.g.tomlinson@gmail.com The technical imagination—a constructed, illusory realm of technological fantasies, hopes, and fears—has long coexisted with technological artifacts and prospects for technological change. Evidence of imaginaries can be found across a be found across time and space in official governmental rhetoric surrounding technology R&D and policy priorities, the business plans for Silicon Valley tech start ups, science fiction portrayals of distant and future worlds, art and visual culture, and individual visions of a future technologies. Imaginaries, visions, projections, and predictions for technology, whether a single artifact or a large system, can pr

Agricultural History Society CFP Deadline Extension

*Submission deadline extended* The 2016 annual meeting of the Agricultural History Society will explore the always mutually dependent, sometimes amicable and often tendentious relationship between urban and rural spaces through the conference theme “Town and Country”; and what better place to do so than in New York City? Long the United States’ foremost city, New York is a metropolis built in part on agriculture. From the Dutch patroon estates that once lined the Hudson River, to Long Island potato farms, to commodity exchange floors, to a thriving modern farm market and community supported agriculture movement, “The Big Apple” exemplifies much that is fascinating about the nexus of urban and rural life. The meeting will begin at City College of New York, on the morning of Thursday, June 23, 2016, then move to the sylvan Edith Macy Conference Center in Briarcliff Manor, forty-five minutes up the Hudson River, for full conference days on June 24 and 25. In keeping with the them

Assistant Professor: Huntington-UC Program for the Advancement of the Humanities

Huntington-UC Program for the Advancement of the Humanities. The College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences at the University of California, Riverside, in partnership with The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, announces a search for two beginning Assistant Professors to be appointed in the departments of Art History, English or History. The College is searching for scholars whose research will engage deeply with The Huntington’s extraordinary collections, which contain extensive and diverse materials that encourage approaches from a rich variety of perspectives. Scholars whose research investigates the Long Eighteenth-Century or the History and/or Cultures of Science, are particularly encouraged to apply in these areas of great strength in The Huntington Collections. During their first five years of employment, the appointees to these positions will receive two years of full-time research fellowship in residence at The Huntington, with approval of t

CFP: Engineers in the Archive (Singapore, 22-26 June 2016)

Engineers in the Archive Proposed Open Session, SHOT 2016 Singapore , 22-26 June 2016 Organizer: Chris Leslie, NYU Tandon School of Engineering ( chris.leslie@nyu.edu ) In his short work  Archive Fever,  Jacques Derrida remarks that the act of writing is conditioned by the realization that what is written may end up in an archive. Looking at archival sources teaches us as much about the assumptions of people in the field as it does the cultural practice of memory. This insight might be applied to the history of technology to promote a better understanding of the ways in which history is a part of engineering and how the practice of engineering might benefit from a broader understanding of historical methods.     The call for the greater use of archival materials in the broader field of history goes back to at least 1975, when the Society of American Archivists sought to improve outreach efforts to universities and the public. Because of a sustained effort to broaden access to