23 de septiembre de 2017

Invitation to MCAA/Euroscientist joint webinar What does"open science" really mean?


“Open science”: never have terms been interpreted in so many different ways. The diversity of perspectives may reflect the paradigm shift in how science is done that is encoded in these words. Open science encompasses open access to journals, sharing of scientific data, easy reproducibility, and transparency in research evaluation, among many other aspects. Future perspectives include the “uberisation” of science and the harnessing of social networks mechanisms in research. In this webinar, we will rely on important actors in the process of opening science to put order among these ideas. We will try to understand where academia is going and how to engage more scholars in open science.

Making science count in policy making
The Marie Curie Alumni Association, in collaboration with EuroScientist, will be hosting a round table with the participation of representatives of the most important stakeholders :
  • Julie Sainz, Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG EAC, Unit C.2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • Ivo Grigorov, marine science researcher and member of the FOSTER project to promote open science education among researchers
  • Eva Méndez, professor of Information Science and member of the EC’s Open Science Policy Platform
  • Sascha Friesike, researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, focus on how technology can help in opening science and the role it can play in creative processes
The round table will be moderated by Dr. Michele Catanzaro (physicist, freelance science journalist for Nature, El Periódico, and other outlets).

This is a free online event. Updates with the access link will be sent to the registered attendees before the event.

XV Jornada sobre Història de la Ciència i Ensenyament Recibidos x


Us recordem que el termini per presentar una proposta de comunicació per la "XV Jornada sobre Història de la Ciència i Ensenyament" d'enguany es tancarà el proper 30 de setembre.
Us animem a participar en aquesta jornada que ha estat sempre un lloc d'intercanvi d'experiències i reflexions en torn a les relacions entre la història de la ciència i l'ensenyament.
Per a més informació consulteu la pàgina:

Novedad bibliográfica: Promesas incumplidas. Una historia política de las pasiones

Autor: Javier Moscoso

Ambición, resentimiento, envidia, celos... El Promesas incumplidas explora las emociones más estrechamente relacionadas con la rivalidad, pero también la fraternidad, el patriotismo, la compasión o la amistad.

Las fuentes consultadas incluyen tratados de medicina, de filosofía moral y política, así como de lo que hoy denominamos psiquiatría. Junto a estos se han consultado textos biográficos y autobiográficos, así como material iconográfico, fuentes publicadas y manuscritas.

CfP Gendering Humanitarian Knowledge 20-21 de avril, 2018

Present humanitarian crises have increasingly led scholars to look back at the past in order to provide a long-term history of disaster relief work that would help us to track the empirical knowledge accumulated during wars, famines, epidemics and other natural disasters. Although this empirical knowledge produced by humanitarian workers in the field of operations is mainly rooted in medical practices concerning hygiene, epidemiology, psychiatry, nursing or nutrition, it extends historically beyond the borders of what we understand today as “humanitarian medicine” (Brauman, 1996). 
In order to epistemologically approach all those relief practices as a whole body, including socio-cultural skills and competences that remain at the margins of science, we propose to use the term humanitarian knowledge in this conference, in accordance with recent studies on the history of science (Renn, 2016), the history of knowledge (Burke, 2016), and post-colonialist studies (Purtschert and Fischer-Tiné, 2015). We invite scholars to think about this notion of humanitarian knowledge in a multidisciplinary way, by combining perspectives such as gender history, the histories of emotions and the body, literary and visual culture studies, global health history, as well as the history of institutions and their agents. All of them are useful to explore the transnational networks through which humanitarian practices and ideas have been promoted, disseminated and standardised. 
Specifically, gender history is a promising way to complexify humanitarian knowledge, by shedding light on the construction of female and male subjectivities in relation to the sexual division of relief practices that have been implemented from the mid-nineteenth century to the present in particular spheres of aid: ambulances, field hospitals, sanitary trains, refugee camps, dispensaries, maternity hospitals and children’s colonies. Furthermore, gender history allows us to examine women’s participation in emergency relief operations in close connection with the production of what has been called a “situated knowledge” (Haraway, 1998), which does not represent the hegemonic knowledge represented by the experts, namely physicians. 
Gender history also enables us to analyse women humanitarians’ knowledge in relation to a broader definition of care than that provided by nursing, according the work of feminist scholars like Carol Gilligan, Ariel Hochschild and Joan Tronto (2013). Moreover, gender history is a challenging way of examining “women’s caring power” (Drenth and Haan, 1999) by considering it altogether with race, class and religious identities within the histories of war and empires written from a global perspective (Midgley, Twells and Carlier, 2016). 
Gender history seems, therefore, the right place to discuss the ways through which social ideologies have influenced male and female cultural conceptions and self-perceptions concerning what it means to feel other people’s suffering and to relieve it. This can be done by focusing on compassion, but also taking into consideration other affective experiences: sympathy, empathy, resentment or what has been called “the pornography of pain” (Halttunen, 1995).

Finally, studying the gendered meanings of compassion, the emotion that has been celebrated as the ultimate humanitarian feeling (Taithe, 2006), gives us the opportunity to interpret humanitarian practices as a material expression of emotions, by specifically thinking about the reasons that led women to claim their maternal love when they cared for the victims of disasters (Martín Moruno, 2017).
We invite scholars interested in working on the history of humanitarian knowledge from a gender perspective to submit a proposal that deals with stories of flesh and blood, which put women’s and men’s humanitarian experiences at their centre, in order to inscribe their local practices within a global history of compassion from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. 
For those who are interested in participating in this workshop, please submit a 300-word abstract and a brief CV in English or French by the 31st December, 2017 to genderinghumanitarianknowledge@gmail.com  
A publication is planned resulting from the celebration of this conference, which is funded by the SNSF Professorship’s project “Those Women who performed Humanitarian Action: A Gendered History of Compassion from the Franco-Prussian War to WWII”. 

CfP: Soirées: socialising knowledge, innovation and material culture, 1837-1924

A one-day conference at the Royal Society, London, 27 April 2018.

This event aims to explore the purpose, content, audiences and impact of Victorian and Edwardian soirées from 1837 to the British Empire Exhibition in 1924. We invite papers and posters exploring these cultures.

Soirées developed from eighteenth century salons and society ‘at homes’, and the term ‘soirée’ was increasingly used interchangeably with ‘conversazione’. By the mid-nineteenth century a typical social event included exhibitions at a learned society or civic building with associated talks or lectures.

The Royal Society’s scientific conversazioni at Burlington House were the equivalent of the Royal Academy’s displays of art. They were attended by ‘literary lions, artistic celebrities, famous lecturers upon science, distinguished inventors in mechanics, discoverers of planets’ and they foregrounded ‘the very pick of the best of the most recent inventions’ (The Standard, April 1871).

However, these were not purely scientific gatherings. At the Royal Society, for example, William Morris majolica tiles might be displayed alongside Australian meteorites. Celebrated artists including Gustav Doré and Lawrence Alma-Tadema showed their work. Around them, scientists, clergymen, artists and politicians networked in environments where new technologies – colour and motion photography, high-speed and novel printing techniques, film and television – held equal promise for science and the arts. Women too, were present, as exhibitors and audience.

Scholars have an increasingly good grasp of the public culture of science in this period. However, the ephemeral aspects of the social activities of learned and societies, field clubs and fledgling museums, and the extent to which their activities supported organisational goals, have not been systematically researched, nor has their complex ecology of regional and national material culture, with its potential for dynamic inter-personal and inter-institutional relationships.

Contributors might consider some of the following questions:

1. What were the ambitions behind the evolving design of period soirées at the Royal Society and at other organisations at home and abroad? Did such temporary displays leave a permanent legacy in museum culture?

2. How were the contents of such displays and demonstrations determined, and what was the profile and responses of stakeholders and audiences?

3. What can be learned about how visions of the future were mobilised and materialised in the ‘pre-disciplinary’ networked cultures of innovation in soirées? Did they contribute to the development of new technologies and new disciplinary specialisms?

4. Is the demise of the soirée associated with the decline of empire? Or is it in part related to the development of mass media and new communications media?

Important information

CfP: IMAGINATION - Philosophy World Congress - RIO DE JANEIRO

March 26-31, 2018 will take place in Rio de Janeiro the 37th edition of the ASPLF Congress
ASPLF means  Association des Sociétés de Philosophie de Langue Française

The congress of the ASPLF is organized every two years in a different country.
It is a wolrd congress of philosophy where all the lectures are in French.
For each edition there is a specific topic.
For the next edition the topic is:  L'IMAGINATION
There are 14 invited talks by speakers from 13 different countries

Contributing speakers  also are  welcome.
Send a one page abstract (in French!)  by October 5
You can also organize a round table.

Job Posting: Environmental History at Michigan State University


Assistant Professor of Environmental History

Lyman Briggs College (http://lbc.msu.edu/) and the Department of History (http://history.msu.edu/) at Michigan State University invite applications for a tenure-system academic year position at the assistant professor level for a scholar of Environmental History, with a preference for a scholar whose research focuses on water and with an additional focus on one or more of the following: borderlands, social justice, race, subaltern, indigenous, colonialism, and post-colonial studies. The position will be 75% in Lyman Briggs College (LBC) and 25% in the Department of History (HST) in the College of Social Science and will start on August 16, 2018.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in History or an allied field, such as the History of Science or Science and Technology Studies, and expertise in both Environmental History and History of Science. Preference will be given to candidates whose research and teaching focus on questions about issues like water management, distribution, or pollution.  Time period and geographic area are open. Duties include (1) teaching three small LBC undergraduate courses annually in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (HPS) on topics in the history of science, technology, and the environment; (2) teaching one course on environmental history annually in HST; (3) maintaining an active program of research in environmental history via publication (including peer-reviewed scholarly publication), grant activity, and research-related outreach and engagement; and (4) typical academic service duties in LBC and HST, with duties in each reflecting the split appointment. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrable records of success in peer-reviewed publication, the use of evidence-based teaching methods, the teaching of environmental history and the history of science, and promoting the value of inclusion via one’s teaching, research, or service (see: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/about/president-statements/index.html).

Founded in 1967, LBC is a vibrant residential college at MSU that focuses on the study of science in its social contexts. Bridging the “two cultures” of the sciences and the humanities, the LBC curriculum integrates natural sciences and mathematics courses with courses in the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. Nearly all of the students in LBC major in biological or physical sciences.  About 60% of LBC students are women and about 20% are students of color.  More than 20% of LBC students belong to MSU’s Honors College. The college’s faculty, staff, and students promote inclusion through a range of initiatives and have won awards for diversity and inclusion in their instruction and research. Faculty work closely with students in small classes and with student groups such as Women in Science and the Briggs Multicultural Alliance. LBC welcomes applications from strong candidates who can enhance and complement the intellectual and cultural diversity of the LBC faculty. The joint appointment in HST is part of MSU’s investment in cross-college collaboration. This position complements existing strengths in the Department of History with its doctoral field in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.

MSU is home to over 60 science studies scholars, ranging from historians and philosophers of science to legal scholars of science policy. Interactions are facilitated by research centers such as the Center for Ethics, Humanities and the Life Sciences and the Center for Gender in Global Context. The university fosters a culture of cross-unit collaboration and offers financial resources such as seed grants for science studies scholars to work with STEM/biomedical scholars (http://s3.msu.edu), and for interdisciplinary environmental science collaborations (http://www.espp.msu.edu/research/itbi.php). MSU has many strong STEM departments, two medical schools, a nursing school, and a veterinary school.

Application materials must be uploaded by the candidate to the Careers @ MSU page at http://careers.msu.edu. The job number for this position is 466185. Complete applications will include a C.V., teaching portfolio (see guidelines at: http://lymanbriggs.msu.edu/faculty_staff/LBC-cand-teach-portfolio-2009-6-29.pdf), a cover letter that outlines the candidate’s expertise and qualifications for the duties described above, and an article or chapter length writing sample. In addition, three letters of recommendation that together address the candidate’s teaching experience and research expertise must be uploaded by the recommenders to MSU’s application system; the letters from the recommendation will be solicited after a candidate completes and submits their application.  

CfP: Reading and Writing in the History of Logic


Practices of Reading and Writing in Logic 
(Vichy, France, 23-24 June 2018) 
(A workshop within UNILOG ?18, The Sixth World Congress and School on Universal Logic) 

EXTENDED DEADLINE: September 29, 2017 

A great deal of the working logician?s job is: to write ? and read. This holds in at least two senses: 
First, to work a problem in logic, it is necessary to apply certain rules for transformation or deduction. In order to apply these rules correctly, you may produce inscriptions and watch a sequence of transformations of an initially given formula, i.e., you may write down the consecutive steps and eventually read off the result. 
Secondly, communicating logical problems (and solutions) inevitably requires activities of writing for an audience, and most commonly producing at least some bits of prose. But participating in the logical community will also require to work through writings of others. Hence activities of reading are necessary, too. Moreover, the range of available input may depend on activities of selecting and systematizing contributions to logical research. Hence what there is for you to read may to a great extent depend not only on what has been written, but also on what and how it has been read by others. 
The presently announced workshop aims at an account of logic as construed from logicians? practices of writing and reading in both respects. Further interests are activities of commenting or reviewing, and of publishing and collecting. 
In order to take an interdisciplinary stance, the workshop will allow for a variety of approaches. 

For further information, also see the Unilog 18 website: https://www.uni-log.org/vichy2018

CfP for panel proposal on “Social Movements and the American Welfare State,”


The recent failure of Congress to “repeal and replace” the 2010 Affordable Care Act brought renewed attention to the longstanding debate over the strengths and limits of the American welfare state. The object of a vast scholarship, it has been called at different times “(neo-)liberal,” “hidden,” “maternalist,” “divided,” “laggard,” or “two-track.” Regardless of the various adjectives used to describe it, one of the key features of the U.S. welfare state has been the extent to which its history was shaped by actors not just within the state—such as government experts or lawmakers—but in civil society as well—ranging from intellectuals to activists and interest groups. Each advancing their own definition of freedom, social movements advocating for the rights of groups such as women, the poor, or racial minorities have helped expand (but also narrow) the boundaries of welfare policy.
This panel aims to promote the latest scholarship on the interaction between social movements (broadly defined as any “sustained campaign of claim-making, using repeated performances that advertise the claim, based on organizations, networks, traditions, and solidarities that sustain these activities”) and the American welfare state from the colonial era to the present. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged. Submissions on all aspects of U.S. history are welcome, including but not limited to gender, race, ethnicity, mass incarceration, the military, taxation, the environment, sexuality, religion, labor, disability, business and capitalism, and global or transnational influences.
The 2019 Conference of the Organization of American Historians will be held in Philadelphia at the Downtown Marriott May 4-6, 2019. More details about the conference are available here.
Please send 250-word proposals for papers in Microsoft Word or PDF format by October 15, 2017. Proposals must include the following information:
  1. A complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation for each participant
  2. A biography of no more than 500 words

15 de septiembre de 2017

CfP: History Of Women In Engineering In The UK

Established in 1919 in the immediate aftermath of the First World War, the Women's Engineering Society (WES) provided a focal point for demands by women for a role and voice in the engineering industry as well as its societies and institutions.  However, the foundation of WES does not mark the origins of women in engineering in Britain but rather forms part of a longer history stretching back to the nineteenth century and possibly beyond.
 
We are especially interested in exploring a longer history of women in engineering (loosely defined) and in recovering, highlighting, and better understanding the diverse roles of women in British engineering in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  We are also interested to explore how a significant number of women came to participate in British engineering (loosely defined) including as facilitators of women’s work in engineering, most pre-eminently Caroline Haslett, and how they faced the challenges of crossing gender boundaries, sometimes with the support of professional engineering bodies such as the IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers, now the IET).  We would especially like to hear papers on women that have not featured in any previous scholarly study and the factors the brought their careers into this hitherto exclusively masculine profession, for example: women whose careers in engineering began with the new industries of aeronautics and automobile engineering as well increased opportunities for women in engineering, technical, scientific and mathematical roles during the First World War.
 
Co-organised by Anne Locker at IET archives and Elizabeth Bruton at the Science Museum, the History of Women in Engineering one-day conference will take place at the IET Savoy Place in central London on Monday 27 November 2017.  The Women's Engineering Society (WES) are pleased to support the conference in advance of their Centenary celebrations in 2019.
 
Our conference will be of interest to historians and academics, professional engineers, museum curators, archivists, and others involved in and interested in the gender history, women’s history, and the history of science, technology, engineering, and medicine (STEM) as well as those who teach and lecture in these areas.  We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers, or panels of three papers, on the subject of the history of women in engineering.