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6 month postdoc with Wellcome-funded Hidden Persuaders project at Birkbeck

Url:  https://cis7.bbk.ac.uk/ vacancy/postdoctoral- researcher-410826.html Application deadline 27th January 2020 You will contribute to the development of research proposals and/or objectives, and to conduct and write up both individual and collective research projects for publication. You will produce independent research and publications, and collaborate in generating research findings and delivering shared final outputs  and helping with a new funding bid, now in progress. Ideally, you will have a regional specialism in Africa or Asia, and will bring your own prior expertise in modern politics, the history of the human sciences, cultural history,  anthropology, sociology or psycho-social studies. Alongside research and publication, you will be expected to dedicate up to 50 % of the working week to research collaboration, grant preparation  and publication outputs, with the PI and his team; 10% to project management and administration, the remaining 40% to the

CSHPS 2020 call for abstracts

The Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of  Science (CSHPS)  is holding its annual conference as part of the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in London, ON, May 30-June 1, 2020 ( http://www.yorku.ca/cshps1/ meeting.html ). The Program Committee invites scholars working on the history and philosophy of  science to submit abstracts for individual papers or proposals for sessions (typically 3 papers). We particularly encourage scholars to engage with  the theme for Congress 20 20  – “ Bridging Divides: Confronting Colonialism and Anti-Black Racism ”. Unrelated topics and themes are also welcome. ·          Meeting languages: The CSHPS is a bilingual society. Individual papers may be given in English or French, but efforts to broaden participation are appreciated (e.g. a presentation in English could be accompanied by a PowerPoint in French, and vice versa). Similarly, sessions can be presented in either English or French, but bilingual sessions

Plastics and their controversies

Plastics are everywhere!  we take them for granted, they have helped to improve living standards, hygiene and nutrition around the world. Plastics serve positive functions in sectors as important as medicine (human tissues, organ transplants), transport (cars and ultralight aircraft), construction (insulation), food (smart packaging that monitors food content for signs of deterioration), etc. Plastics will keep playing an increasingly significant role in our lives in the future. Despite the enormous potential of plastics, there are still concerns about its impact on the environment. Plastics are not enemies, on the contrary, they will be more and more the materials for all uses. This roundtable intends to discuss why, nowadays, the plastics have been demonized and to what extension the Plasticophobia impacts the consumption, the economy and, the artistic, architectural, ecological and social life. We are looking for contributors for a potential roundtable on “Plastics

CfP: “Histories of Maintenance and Repair” (Uni Luxembourg, C²DH, 3-4 September 2020)

We are calling for abstracts for our workshop on “Histories of Maintenance and Repair”, which will be held at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) on 03-04 September 2020. The workshop is part of our FNR-funded REPAIR project that investigates the maintenance (practices) of the Luxembourg telephone network, continuity and change in local repair opportunities for everyday objects, as well as the role and influence of do-it-yourself cultures on repair practices. Based around the idea of “repairing technology – fixing society”, the project aims to highlight that maintenance and repair practices have not become obsolete in modern consumer societies and that both practices are still fundamental for keeping everyday technologies, the economy and society functioning and running. The workshop seeks to explore the history of maintenance and repair in Western consumer societies in the short 20th century. We are interested in a variety of associated narratives ra

CfP: Launching the Atmospheric Humanities, Greece, 14-16 July 2020 (deadline 20 Feb)

Launching the Atmospheric Humanities The Fifth International Workshop on Science, Philosophy and Literature Hermoupolis, Syros Island, Greece 14-16 July 2020 Organized by the International Commission of Science and Literature and the International Commission on History of Meteorology The Atmospheric Humanities is a new and fast-emerging multidisciplinary field of scholarship that explores socio-cultural dimensions of atmospheric knowledge and practice. Atmospheric Humanities is envisioned as a trans-disciplinary exercise designed to capture the atmosphere's agency as it becomes manifest as a medium, life-giver, carrier, nutrient source, threat and a concern in modern life, politics, and art. In foregrounding these manifestations, the atmosphere emerges as a site of inquiry into the cultural appropriations of air’s modalities and diverse forms of climatological citizenship. This foundational workshop aims to foster discussions on how atmospheric t

CfP RGS-IBG 2020 Worlds of wisdom: ontologies of geography, philosophy and geosophy

Convenor: Dr Emily Hayes, Humanities and Social Sciences, Oxford Brookes University Discussant: Prof Roger Crisp, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford Recent   critical scholarship has laboured to shift Geography’s theories and praxes (Ferretti 2019). In spite of these efforts  the discipline continues to be associated with the oft-told associations of topographical exploration and imperialism and its crimes (Yusoff 2019; Dorling 2019).  Keeping apace with the conceptual, multi-scalar methodological concerns of the ontological turn (Evens 2008; Harman 2010; Holbraad and Pedersen 2017), and surveying Geography’s inductive and transforming role, notably of the sciences and humanities, this session will explore how geographical knowledge, materials and cognitive, physical and visual practises constitute an untapped reservoir of something which might generally be conceptualized as  wisdom . The session welcomes papers which theorise that the multiplicity of the

CfP: How to Do History and Philosophy of Science with Hans Blumenberg?

Call for Papers for a Conference on Blumenberg’s History and Philosophy of Science, to be held at the Zentrum für Kulturwissenschaftliche Forschung Lübeck , Germany, from October 23 to 25, 2020. If you are interested in participating, you should send your proposal to Josefa Ros Velasco ( Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University / Complutense University of Madrid)   no later than February 29, 2020. Those selected will be noticed within one month from their acceptance. The Hans-Blumenberg-Gesellschaft kindly agreed to offer travel stipends for young scholars submitting and presenting their work at the conference. I would be grateful if you might share this call for papers with other people and colleagues interested in Blumenberg’s philosophy. 

CfP: Approaching Probabilistic Truths (Synthese Topical Collection)

It is a widespread view that both scientific and ordinary knowledge aims at approaching some kind of truth about some matter of fact. Many more-or-less realist philosophers of science think that scientific progress consists in approach towards truth or increasing verisimilitude. A typical example of such position is the fallibilist program of Karl Popper, who emphasized that scientific theories are always conjectural and corrigible, but still later theories may be “closer to the truth” than earlier ones. The logical problem of verisimilitude consists in finding an optimal definition of closer to the truth or the distance to the truth. The epistemic problem of verisimilitude consists in evaluating claims of truth approximation in the light of empirical evidence and non-empirical features of relevant theories or statements. So far, theories of truth approximation have usually assumed some kind of deterministic truth to be approached. This target could be descriptive or factual truth abo

2 x Wellcome MA Studentships in History of Medicine at Newcastle, and NUAcT Postdoctoral Academic-Track Fellowships

Newcastle holds a Wellcome Master's Programme Award for its MA in the History of Medicine programme, and will be offering two fully funded studentships (fees + stipend + research opportunities) for September 2020 entry. Full details of how to apply can be found here . Please note the upcoming deadline (April 3rd), and note that candidates need to have been accepted on to the MA programme before we can consider their application for a studentship. We host a growing network of medical humanities researchers at Newcastle across the humanities, social sciences and creative arts; we welcome expressions of interest from those wishing to pursue doctoral research in this field, and are happy to discuss supporting applications for funding from the Wellcome Trust to suitable candidates. We also encourage medical humanities postdoctoral researchers to consider an application to the  NUAcT Fellowship  scheme (Newcastle University Academic-Track Fellowship) - this scheme enable

CfA: ERC-funded PhD position at the TU Berlin/ HRP-IAEA

Research assistant - 0.66 working time - salary grade E13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen Faculty I - Institute of History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Literature / ERC- project HRP-IAEA DEADLINE: 28 February 2020 The ERC research program HRP-IAEA: Living with Radiation led by Prof. Maria Rentetzi and hosted by the Technical University in Berlin is presently looking for a research assistant with excellent qualifications. Research theme: The successful applicant is expected to explore IAEA's emerging role in regulating civilian applications of nuclear energy, and the tensions inherent in its activities. Relevant questions involve the IAEA's regulatory practices in competition and/or in collaboration with other institutions (i.e. the World Health Organization, the International Labor Office, and the International Commission on Radiological Protection) and the diplomatic practices that allowed the IAEA to undertake a significant role in radiation pr

CfP: Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences Special Issue

In the last few years, humanities scholars and social scientists studying medicine and healthcare have paid increasing attention to affect theory and the history of emotions. Indeed, emotions and affect are key to many of the fundamental themes in the history of medicine. Historians are attuned to the emotions of suffering patients, they have attended to the role feelings play in the construction of pre-modern clinical stereotypes, and they have addressed the emotional intensity of healthcare activism and the political deployment of public feeling. However, less attention has been paid to the feelings of healthcare practitioners and the efforts on behalf of governments, administrators, managers, and policymakers to manage the emotional landscape of twentieth-century healthcare.  These concerns are timely. Anxieties about the emotional health and ‘wellbeing’ of healthcare professionals have gained increased public attention in both Britain and the United States of Ame