26 de mayo de 2018

Convocatoria de becas de Doctorado 2018-2019


La Fundación Juanelo Turriano convoca dos becas para la realización de tesis doctorales, dotadas con 14.400 euros anuales cada una. 


La tesis debe versar sobre materias propias de la historia de la ciencia o de la técnica, valorándose la relación del tema con la historia de la ingeniería en los campos de la hidráulica, construcciones civiles, mecánica o arquitectura.

El plazo para la presentación de solicitudes concluye el 17 de septiembre de 2018.


Call for thematic issue: Journal of History of Science and Technology


HoST– Journal of History of Science and Technology is an open access, on-line peer-reviewed international journal devoted to the History of Science and Technology, published in English by a group of Portuguese research institutions and De Gruyter (https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/host).
HoST encourages submissions of original historical research exploring the cultural, social and political dimensions of science, technology, and medicine (STM), both from a local and a global perspective. Past thematic issues have dealt with topics as diverse as circulation, communication of science and the relation between science and politics.
The editors of HoST are looking for proposals for two thematic issues to be published in 2020 (HoST volume 14, issues 1 and 2). Each thematic issue should be prepared by a guest editor and include four research papers.
Proposals should include the following items:
  1. An abstract describing the topic for the thematic issue and its significance (500 words);
  2. A list of the contributors along with the titles and abstracts (300 words) of the four research papers;
  3. Brief CVs (300 words) of the guest editor(s) and authors.
 The guest editor(s) and the contributors must be prepared to meet the HoST publication schedule:
– Abstract and titles submission: 30 May, 2018
– Submission of complete research papers: 31 May, 2019 (issue 1); 30 November, 2019 (issue 2)
– Publication: June, 2020 (issue 1); December, 2020 (issue 2)
 Proposals will be subject to approval by the Editorial Board and the outcome will be known to the authors by June 2018.
Submissions should be sent as an e-mail attachment (preferably in one single .doc, .docx, .rtf or .odt file), to the editor: chiefeditor@johost.eu

For further information: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/host

25 de mayo de 2018

Becas FECYT

La Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología, FECYT, es una fundación del sector público que depende del Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Nuestra MISION es impulsar la ciencia, la tecnología e innovación, promover su integración y acercamiento a la Sociedad y dar respuesta a las necesidades del Sistema Español de Ciencia, Tecnología y Empresa (SECTE).
La Fundación, además, gestiona el Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, MUNCYT que tiene como objetivo contribuir a la educación científica efectiva y de calidad , conservar y poner en valor el patrimonio histórico científico y tecnológico y ser escaparate de la ciencia y la tecnología españolas.
Para cumplir con la MISION que FECYT tiene encomendada contamos con un programa formativo para la realización de practicas académicas en diferentes áreas.
Si como entidad estas interesada en alguno de nuestros programas formativos será necesario la  firma de un convenio de colaboración con FECYT. Si como estudiante estás interesado en nuestros programas formativos, tendás que realizar la inscripción a través del servicio de practicas de tu propia entidad educativa.

Url: https://empleo.fecyt.es/becas-fecyt

CfP Workshop: Histories of Technology’s Persistence: Repair, Reuse and Disposal


Workshop at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C2DH), University of Luxembourg
7-8 December 2018
Submission deadline: 2 July 2018

The everyday use of technology involves practices of maintenance and repair but also raises questions of reuse and removal, dismantling and disposal. According to Stephen Graham and Nigel Thrift (2007: 19), repair and maintenance constitute “the engine room of modern economies and societies”. The current “maintainers network” (Russell/Vinsel 2018) argues for an emphasis on maintenance instead of the traditional focus on invention and innovation in the field of history of technology. Indeed, we still know surprisingly little about the history of repair, reuse and disposal practices. In his plea for a history of “technology-in-use”, David Edgerton (2008: 81) summarised: “Unfortunately we are not in a position to give an overview of the main trends in the history of maintenance and repair. Has maintenance as a proportion of output gone up or down? Where there has been a trade-off between initial cost and maintenance, what have producers and consumers gone for?” We still lack answers to these questions, which is why we are organising a workshop to bring together historians of maintenance and repair. 

Furthermore, we want to combine our focus on maintenance and repair with issues of reuse, dismantling and disposal. Repair, reuse and removal are closely interlinked phenomena related to the lives and persistence of technologies, and they go beyond the question of innovation: When technical artefacts become old and outworn, decisions have to be taken as to whether it is necessary, worthwhile or possible to maintain and repair them, to reuse or dismantle them for different purposes, or to get rid of them. And these decisions depend among other factors on the availability of second-hand markets, repair infrastructures and dismantling or disposal facilities. This is why cultures of repair should be studied with regard to the life span of technical artefacts and their possible “second” or “third lives” and “afterlives” (Krebs/Schabacher/Weber 2018). Steve Jackson recently argued for “broken world thinking”: Historians of technology should take “erosion, breakdown, and decay, rather than novelty, growth, and progress, as (...) starting points” for their research and narratives (Jackson 2014: 221). In a similar vein, but with an emphasis on technology’s persistence, we would like to stress the long lives of old technologies whose form and duration has been shaped by maintenance, repair, reuse and disposal infrastructures, by their availability or absence, and by the related economies of waste, recycling and reuse. It is generally assumed that practices of repair and reuse have gradually declined along with the rise of 20th-century mass production, mass consumption and throw-away societies. However, it is safe to argue that maintenance and repair have not become obsolete in modern consumer societies. For one, production and infrastructure facilities are in constant need of maintenance to keep them running. And even the spread of new consumer technologies such as automobiles, television sets and household appliances has greatly depended on maintenance and repair services as well as second-hand markets and refurbishment shops (Krebs/Schabacher/Weber 2018). Moreover, while cultures of repair have declined in certain areas, they have thrived in others, as can be seen by the post-war “do-it-yourself” and the current “iFixit” movements. Seen from a global perspective, repair and reuse markets have not disappeared, but have been outsourced – along with toxic waste disposal and recycling practices – to regions far away from the places of technologies’ first-time usage.

In short, the aim of our international workshop is to bring together the growing scholarship in the history of repair, reuse, dismantling and disposal. Some of the questions we would like to address are:

Postdoc advert from CRASSH colleague


ARTEFACT is a 5-year project (2017-2022) led by Dr. Inanna Hamati-Ataya and funded by the European Research Council under the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Approaching the global history of human political organisation as an artefact of our cultural evolution, the project aims to develop an anthropological understanding and theorisation of ‘the global’ grounded in the deep history of humankind’s epistemic development. ARTEFACT interrogates the ways in which the emergence, development, and diffusion of human knowledge systems have shaped the constitution, functioning, and path-dependent transformation of global political structures and world systems. It does so specifically by taking as a case-study the rise, diffusion, and impact of four major successive global agricultural revolutions of the Neolithic/ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras, and their associated global-political configurations.

ARTEFACT also aims to develop ‘Global Epistemics’ as a trans-disciplinary field of theoretical and empirical inquiry concerned with the systematic study of processes of socio-epistemic co-evolution, and of the global formation, diffusion, exchange, and use of human knowledges across their various cultural configurations and material or discursive embodiments. The newly established Centre for Global Knowledge Studies (gloknos), which will be officially launched at CRASSH in Autumn 2018, will foster cross-disciplinary and cross-sectorial collaborations in this field, through a range of research, training, and outreach activities.

(For more information on the project, please see: http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/programmes/artefact)

CfP: BSHP annual conference (London)

Proposals for individual papers and for papers organized in themed symposia are invited on any period and aspect of the history of philosophy. In line with the BSHP’s commitment to broadening the canon, proposals on currently under-represented philosophical traditions, periods and authors are especially welcome. All proposals must be anonymized for blind peer-review. 

Individual papers: please send an abstract of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a paper suitable for a 30 minute slot (20 mins for the paper, 10 mins for Q&A) to katharine.oreilly@kcl.ac.uk.
Symposia: please send a proposal of MAX 500 words (in word format) for a symposium of 3-4 papers (each paper suitable for a 30 minutes slot) with abstracts of MAX 300 words for each paper to katharine.oreilly@kcl.ac.uk. Please also submit, in a separate document, the email address and institution of each participant, and the name and email of the symposium organizer who will serve as contact person. 
Deadline: Monday 10 September 2018.

Please note: all conference participants, including accepted speakers, must be BSHP members. For information on the BSHP and how to join please visit https://www.bshp.org.uk

As signatories of the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme, the BSHP will take steps to ensure gender balance among speakers and participants. As for all BSHP events, some funding is available for childcare. If you require childcare in order to attend the conference please contact katharine.oreilly@kcl.ac.uk.

Up to 10 bursaries of £100 will be available for speakers who are graduate students/unwaged members. 

Conference Organizer:
Maria Rosa Antognazza,
Chair, BSHP


Conference Assistant and contact for queries:

Katherine O’Reilly 

3 postdoctoral positions in ethics and digital technologies: 2 in Oxford and 1 in London, The Alan Turing Institute

Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethics and Digital Technologies (2 posts)
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Grade 7: £31,076 – £38,833 p.a.
Deadline: 11 June 2018
Job description and how to apply: https://t.co/lgg2Vmx9yy

Ethics Fellow
The Alan Turing Institute
SALARY £45,000 p.a. (negotiable dependent on skills & experience)
HOURS Full-time
CONTRACT TYPE Permanent
CLOSES 6 June 2018

Exposición "Maestros y Discípulos en la Edad de Plata de la Ciencia española", Facultad de Educación (UCM), 30 de mayo

Exposición "Maestros y Discípulos en la Edad de Plata de la Ciencia española", que celebraremos (con una Visita guiada) el próximo miércoles 30 de mayo de 2018, a las 12:00 h., en la Biblioteca de la Facultad de Educación de la UCM: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1602727633177330&set=gm.2178215652189352&type=3&theater&ifg=1 

En la Exposición podrás ver 20 artículos originales de autoridades internacionales como Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Henri Poincaré, Maurice De Broglie, Arnold Sommerfeld, Lord Rutherford, Paul Langevin, Enrico Fermi, Pierre Weiss, Pieter Zeeman, etc., junto a 30 trabajos de personalidades españolas tales como José Echegaray, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Leonardo Torres Quevedo, Zoel García de Galdeano, Odón de Buen, Blas Cabrera, Esteban Terradas, Julio Rey Pastor, Enrique Moles, Mª Teresa Toral, Sixto Ríos, etc.: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1604956612954432&set=pcb.2181229291887988&type=3&theater&ifg=1 

La Exposición, que ya se encuentra abierta al público, puede visitarse de lunes a viernes, en horario de 9:00 a 21:00 horas, hasta octubre de 2018. Tienes más información en la página web de la Facultad de Educación de la UCM, donde puede hacerse una Visita virtual a los contenidos de la Exposición,  https://biblioteca.ucm.es/edu/maestros-y-discipulos-en-la-edad-de-plata-de-la-ciencia-espanola 

24 de mayo de 2018

CfP: First Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg,Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics


*First Irvine-Munich-PoliMi-Salzburg Conference in Philosophy and Foundations of Physics*

*(IMPS 2018)*

*Salzburg, Austria, 03-04. Sep 2018*

*Organizing committee: *Erik Curiel (Munich), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Giovanni Valente (Milan), Jim Weatherall (Irvine), and Charlotte Werndl (Salzburg)

*Call for Papers*

Over the past decades, important contributions to the mathematical and conceptual foundations of physical theories have been made within the philosophical community.  Conversely, critical analysis of the formal structures of our best physical theories inform central philosophical concerns, and in some cases new theorems have been proven and new lines of argument developed that are of philosophical significance. This conference aims to bring together philosophers, physicists, and mathematicians working on such issues. The event will be held on September 3-4, 2018 at the University of Salzburg (Austria). It will immediately precede a workshop on "Time in Physics" taking place on September 4-5, 2018. Speakers for the workshop include Harvey Brown
(Oxford), Patricia Palacios (Salzburg), Bryan Roberts (London), Jos Uffink (Minnesota), Francesca Vidotto (Bilbao) and Christian Wuthrich (Geneva). Papers on any topic of philosophy and foundations of physics by younger researchers, especially graduate students and post-doctoral scholars, are particularly encouraged and will be given priority.

Anonymized papers of no longer than 5000 words should be submitted as PDF, via EasyChair (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=imps20180 ) by June 1, 2018. Please inlcude a brief abstract to start the paper. Decisions will be communicated by July 1, 2018.

For more information visit: https://impsnetwork.wordpress.com/


18 de mayo de 2018

CFP: Travel and the Hospital: from pilgrimage to medical tourism, Barcelona, April 2019

International Network for the History of Hospitals and Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) of the University of Barcelona. 12th Conference of the INHH and VIII Abrils de l’Hospital. 24-26 April 2019 University of Barcelona


Medical tourism is an increasingly popular feature of health care today. Yet it is not always recognised that, throughout their history, hospitals have attracted patients from afar seeking cures, both spiritual and physical, not available at home. While much work has previously focused on the institution as a fixed place, often closely associated with a specific locality, the hospital’s role as a focus for a wider network of health needs and health consumers has been largely overlooked. This neglected topic will be the focus of our twelfth conference.
From its inception the hospital provided care and cure for pilgrims, either en route to, or on their arrival at, shrines, as well as for patients from beyond the urban centre, some from local areas and others travelling great distances to access treatment. These institutions were also distinguished by their architectural and artistic heritage, being decorated with paintings and sculptures, some of which still survive today and depict pilgrims, the poor and the sick. Although many buildings have disappeared or been transformed over time, others remain that reflect their original size and beauty and are important destinations for tourism.
Over the centuries major man-made crises such as war have prompted the introduction of many forms of mobile hospital. Among them were the first ambulances, the medical units that travelled with troops on campaign, and the sophisticated network of treatment stations developed by the combatants of the First World War, including hospital trains with more patients than a London teaching institution. Hospitals have also featured at the heart of migration stories – with staff moving around empires and across borders to acquire medical training and to assist a growing body of patients, whose access to hospital medicine has been limited by poverty, race, lack of citizenship, or the unavailability of specialist services locally. In many parts of the world, and especially in areas with limited healthcare infrastructure or widely dispersed population, hospitals came to the patients, with a variety of mobile institutions being developed to serve the sick in Africa, Russia, Central Europe and across Asia. These many activities reflect the variety of topics that can be included in our theme of Travel and the Hospital.
We seek abstracts of 300 words in ENGLISH [or Spanish or Catalan with and English translation] pertinent to the conference theme. Papers on any historical period, region or country might focus on, but are not restricted to:

Pilgrimage and the hospital
Migration and hospitals – patients and staff
Perceptions of’ diverse staff and patient populations.
Sites for medical testing (remedies or techniques which are imported)
Global connections, including missionary and transnational organisations
War and campaign medicine
Itinerant healing and healers in rural areas.
Mobile hospitals
Centres of excellence, learning and medical education.
Hospitals as historic monuments; their importance to cities both today and in the past.

The conference languages will be English, Catalan and Spanish. We hope to be able to offer some bursaries for doctoral and early career researchers.

Conference organisers Antoni Conejo (Barcelona), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London, UK) and Barry Doyle (Huddersfield, UK)
Abstracts should be emailed to b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk OR abrils.hospital@ub.edu by the closing date of Monday 2 July 2018