26 de mayo de 2017

Abiertas inscripciones y call for papers VI Congreso de Comunicación Social de la Ciencia

El VI Congreso de Comunicación Social de la Ciencia, que se realizará en Córdoba del 23 al 25 de noviembre de 2017, ha abierto inscripciones y el plazo para la presentación de comunicaciones. El Congreso está coorganizado por la Asociación Española de Comunicación Científica (AECC) y la Universidad de Córdoba.

El plazo de presentación de comunicaciones orales y pósteres permanecerá abierto hasta el 31 de mayo. El comité científico irá comunicando la aceptación o no de las propuestas conforme las vaya recibiendo, publicando la última resolución el día 19 de junio.

Para participar en el Congreso presenta tu propuesta en línea.
La inscripción en el Congreso será necesaria para todas las personas que presenten comunicación y sean aceptadas.

Inscríbete en línea en la web del congreso y consulta los precios especiales para ‘madrugadores’.

Toda la información, en la web del congreso: www.ccsc.org 

Fellowship: Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History

Rice Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nursing and Health Care History.
The Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (ECBCNHI) and the Religion/Policy/Conflict (RPC) Initiative at the University of Virginia invites applications for one full-time, fixed-term Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship position at the University of Virginia to start in the fall of 2017. This position supports scholars studying the broad history of nursing and health care with a special interest in the nexus of conflict, religion, social values, and care. Projects may include research on knowledge that integrates science and compassion; how nurses and other health care workers historically transformed care in conflict environments (at state, national, and transnational levels); the changing cultural and historical contexts of values towards care; the historical, political, and societal dimensions of domestic and gender-based violence; and/or different narratives of conflict and conflict reduction that have been articulated in specific places and times. Recipients must have received a PhD in the last five years and have a program of research that will advance their fields. Applicants must have well-designed and carefully developed plans for research. The position is intended to provide time and resources to enable recipients to conduct their research. The ultimate product is a major piece of scholarly work that will make major progress toward a book or other equally substantial form of scholarship.
This endeavor is intended to support one academic year of research (nine months) ($50,000).
Participants will have the opportunity to:
  1. Obtain mentorship in their research projects by University of Virginia faculty.
  2. Attend interdisciplinary seminars across Grounds (nursing history, RPC Initiative, etc.).
  3. Participate in a research course in GNUR xxxx (Advanced Historical Methods), as needed.
  4. Present a paper at the UVA School of Nursing through the auspices of the ECBCNHI.
  5. Present a paper at a national conference.
The remainder of the time can be spent carrying out the research. Participants will have considerable flexibility in structuring their research time.
Application Requirements

Novedad editorial: El mundo del trabajo en la marina mercante española (1834-1914)

Autor: Enric García Domingo

El sector marítimo fue uno de los campos donde la industrialización (entendida como un proceso de cambio en la organización de la producción, el trabajo y las relaciones laborales, más que como la adopción de una nueva tecnología basada en el vapor) tuvo un impacto más acusado. No solo económico y social, sino también de identidades y culturas sociolaborales. Este libro se centra en el itinerario que llevó a la marina mercante española de la vela al vapor, y lo hace desde el punto de vista de los marinos mercantes, para observar y explicar cómo este colectivo diverso y complejo se enfrentó y se adaptó a la industrialización. Las tripulaciones de los buques de altura vivieron en primera persona un cambio tecnológico que alteró formas de trabajo y de vida vigentes desde muchos siglos atrás. Para ello se hace necesario analizar con detalle todas las clases y categorías profesionales, desde la clases directoras (el capitán y los oficiales de cubierta y de máquinas) hasta las ejecutoras (los subalternos de cubierta y de máquinas), ya que todos compartieron en esencia los condicionantes del trabajo en la mar. Y entre todos ellos son los marineros quienes conforman el auténtico núcleo de la investigación, pues son los marineros quienes conforman el auténtico núcleo de la investigación, pues son ellos quienes estuvieron sujetos en mayor medida al reto de redefinir su papel a bordo cuando el elemento propulsor de los buques pasó de los palos y las velas a la máquina.

Appel à candidature: Allocation doctorale 2017-2020


Ecole Doctorale « Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société » n°240

Début du contrat / Beginning of the contract: 1er octobre 2017 / 1st October 2017

Professeur responsable de la thèse / PhD supervisor : Mr LAURIOUX Bruno
Lieu : Tours, Villa Rabelais – Cité Internationale de la Gastronomie
Laboratoire / Research Unit : Centre d’Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance – UMR 7223
Contact : bruno.laurioux@univ-tours.fr

Titre de la thèse / Title of the PhD project : :
Écrire la cuisine en latin du XIIe au XVe siècle / Writing the cookery in latin from XIIth to XVth century


Presentación libro: La erradicación y el control de las enfermedades infecciosas

PORRAS GALLO, MARÍA ISABEL; BÁGUENA CERVELLERA, MARÍA JOSÉ; AYARZAGÜENA SANZ, MARIANO; MARTÍN ESPINOSA, NOELIA MARÍA (coordinadores) (2016). La erradicación y el control de las enfermedades infecciosas. Madrid, Los Libros de la Catarata.

El próximo lunes, 5 de junio, a las 18 horas, en el Instituto de Historia de la Medicina y de la Ciencia López Piñero (Plaza Cisneros, 4, Valencia) tendrá lugar la presentación del libro La erradicación y el control de las enfermedades infecciosas, coordinado por María Isabel Porras (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha), María José Báguena (Universidad de Valencia), Mariano Ayarzagüena y Noelia María Espinosa (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha). La presentación estará a cargo de Esteban Rodríguez Ocaña, catedrático de Historia de la Ciencia de la Universidad de Granada, y forma parte de una actividad de difusión de resultados del grupo SALHISOC de la UCLM sobre “El papel de las agencias internacionales de salud y sus relaciones con los países en el control y erradicación de las enfermedades víricas”.

La formulación de la doctrina bacteriológica en el siglo XIX y el enorme protagonismo que alcanzó redujeron prácticamente la lucha contra las enfermedades infecciosas a la búsqueda y puesta a punto de una vacuna eficaz, segura y de fácil aplicación. Desde estos presupuestos se combatió la viruela y la poliomielitis en el siglo XX con la finalidad de lograr su erradicación a nivel mundial. Así, en 1980 se consiguió para la primera enfermedad, viéndose como meta cercana para la poliomielitis en esta segunda década del siglo XXI. Las experiencias en ambos casos han puesto de relieve las grandes limitaciones de esa perspectiva reduccionista, el enorme reto que supone la erradicación de las enfermedades infecciosas y la importancia de los distintos contextos locales. Con la finalidad de ampliar la mirada y corregir ese reduccionismo, que se extiende a muchas áreas de la medicina y su práctica, esta obra aborda una reflexión sobre el control y erradicación de estas enfermedades desde ámbitos tan distintos como el de la historia de la salud pública y de la salud internacional, la antropología, la historia política y social o la epidemiología. 

Lecturer B in History of Science and Medicine

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) invites applications for a Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine. We seek to appoint an outstanding scholar working on any aspect of the field, but the appointee should also have wider teaching competency in modern (post-1800) British history. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in History or appropriate similar field, and they should have a research record that shows clear evidence of outstanding potential to contribute to the national and international profile of the Department.
 
HCA has a longstanding commitment to research-led teaching. Experience of lecturing and conducting seminars at undergraduate level is required, but experience in teaching and supervising research at MA level is also desirable.
 
The successful candidate will engage in scholarly research and publication; take responsibility for organisation, supervision and teaching in the broad field of the history of science and medicine (including direction of the History of Science and Medicine MA programme); contribute to teaching and supervision in modern British history at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and participate in Departmental, School and College administration as required.
 
HCA has a long and distinguished record as a centre of research and teaching excellence. In the REF 2014, HCA was ranked seventh among all History departments in Britain (Times Higher Education research intensity table), with 85% of its research portfolio deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. In accordance with its commitment to excellence in research and teaching across broad temporal and geographic ranges, an exceptional candidate will be appointed to this full-time, four-year fixed-term post in the History of Science and Medicine, to begin on 1 October 2017.
 
For further information about the Department, please visit www.bbk.ac.uk/history/



Further Information

CfP: “Technologies of Frankenstein”, 7 - 9 March 2018, Hoboken, NJ


The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century?

Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses.  Partly as a result of this technical gap, and partly as a result of many other features of the novel, Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel’s publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas may include but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
  • Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)
  • Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)
  • Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information Technology)
  • Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief CV by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz (mgeselowitz@ieee.org) and Robin Hammerman (rhammerm@stevens.edu). 


JOB: Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Ethics - Digital Ethics Lab - OII - University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Ethics
Vacancy ID: 129204
Closing Date: 26 June 2017 12:00pm BST
Posted Date: 25 May 2017
Grade 7: £31,076 to £38,183 p.a.

We are looking for a full-time Postdoctoral Researcher to work on the ethical challenges posed by digital technologies (digital ethics).

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be a member of the Digital Ethics Lab, will elaborate new analyses and hypotheses, review the literature, and publish the results, in collaboration with other members of DELab. The selected candidate will also contribute to the dissemination of the findings through presentations, the organisation of workshops, participation into conferences, and social media. 

For more information about DELab and its current projects please see

The position is suited to candidates who have recently completed a doctorate on any relevant discipline, especially philosophy, ethics, law, and sociology. The list is not exclusive and a degree in computer science, AI, machine learning, economics, STS, and geography (this list is only indicative) is also relevant, if combined with a proven interest (e.g., publication, organisation of workshops and panel, and talks) in ethical, legal, or social impact analysis of digital technologies. 

For more information about the position and on how to apply please see

25 de mayo de 2017

Novedad editorial: Portraits of Violence: War and the Aesthetics of Disfigurement

Author: Suzannah Biernoff

Portraits of Violence explores the image and idea of facial disfigurement in one of its most troubling modern formations, as a symbol and consequence of war. It opens with Nina Berman’s iconic photograph Marine Wedding, which provoked a debate about the medical, military, and psychological response to serious combat injuries. While these issues remain urgent, it is equally crucial to interrogate the representation of war and injury. The concepts of valor, heroism, patriotism, and courage assume visible form and do their cultural work when they are personified and embodied. The mutilated or disabled veteran’s body can connote the brutalizing, dehumanizing potential of modern combat.

Suzannah Biernoff draws on a wide variety of sources mainly from WWI but also contemporary photography and computer games. Each chapter revolves around particular images: Marine Wedding is discussed alongside Stuart Griffiths’ portraits of British veterans; Henry Tonks’ drawings of WWI facial casualties are compared to the medical photographs in the Gillies Archives; the production of portrait masks for the severely disfigured is approached through the lens of documentary film and photography; and finally the haunting image of one of Tonks’s patients reappears in BioShock, a highly successful computer game. The book simultaneously addresses a neglected area in disability studies; puts disfigurement on the agenda for art history and visual studies; and makes a timely and provocative contribution to the literature on the First World War.

24 de mayo de 2017

CfP: Contours of the future: technology and innovation in cultural context, St Petersburg, Russia, 1-3 November 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS International Conference (deadline for submissions 1 July 2017)

CONTOURS OF THE FUTURE: TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION IN CULTURAL CONTEXT

1 – 3 November 2017, Saint-Petersburg, Russia


For postindustrial societies the future has turned into a space of risk and construction of expectations. The future exists in the present as a discourse and rhetoric, as a competition of visions and agendas that shape the potential of future innovations. Scenarios of the future are transformative since they direct scientific practices, influence political and economical decisions, and focus stakeholders’ interests.
The conference will highlight processes of knowledge production about technologies of the future as a central sociocultural aspect of technological development. The participants are invited to consider the concept of sociotechnical imaginaries (Sheila Jasanoff) as a set of cultural practices applied by communities in order to construct shared meanings of desired futures - and to reflect on the role of technology in them. These practices involve not only experts such as scientists and engineers, but also politicians, public intellectuals, writers, journalists, artists. Success of innovations and the design of particular technologies depend on the cultural legacy shared by these people, as well as detailed consideration of social, legal, ethical and aesthetic aspects. This perspective emphasizes the ways through which technologies and societies are co-constructed, and how cultural meanings and power relations are embedded in science and technology.

To discuss these questions we invite theorists and practitioners whose work touches upon sociocultural aspects of technological change, including the fields of media and arts, foresight and policy, philosophy and cultural studies, history and sociology, linguistics and communication.

The conference welcomes papers that address the following topics:
            • Philosophy of science and technology: The future as an epistemological problem, philosophy of technological utopias
            • Methods of future studies: STS (Science and Technology Studies), sociology of expectations, sociotechnical imaginaries; forms of “working with the future” through foresight, strategic   
              planning, scenarios analysis, role playing
        • The language of technical change and futurology, history of concepts, descriptions of the unknown
            • Sociology of innovation: The politics of the production of novelty and relevance; social and psychological aspects of information and communication technologies as sites for imagined    
               interactions
             • Ethical aspects of emerging technologies: Bioethics, roboethics, information ethics
            • Aesthetic dimensions of technological change: Science art, news media; representations of science and technology in literature and art, visual images of the future
           • Cultural history of technology: Technology and national identity; technologies as media of cultural transfer; sociocultural aspects of users’ interaction with technology; appropriation and
              domestication of novel technologies
             • Digital Humanities: Making the human past fit for future generations
        • Archives of the future: Historical experience of forecasting and designing the future, museum exhibits, industrial heritage, industrial archaeology, buried and forgotten futures

Publication: Conference materials (short papers and extended abstracts) will be published prior to the conference.
Working languages of the conference are English and Russian.
Participation in the conference is free of charge.
Organizer: Peter the Great Saint-Petersburg Polytechnic University http://english.spbstu.ru/university/
Co-organizer: Society for the History of Technology http://www.historyoftechnology.org/

To apply:
               o Send an application to futurecontour@gmail.com  containing the title of the paper, your personal data (name, surname, institutional affiliation, telephone, and e-mail) and a short abstract up to 150 words by 1 July 2017. Participants will be notified on the status of their application by 15 July 2017.

               o Full text (10000 to 20000 printed characters) should be sent before 10 September 2017, tables and illustrations may be attached if needed.