27 de febrero de 2015

FP: Empire revisited: agricultural surveys and the making of colonial landscapes

FP for panel "Empire revisited: agricultural surveys and the making of colonial landscapes", Old and New Worlds: the Global Challenges of Rural History International Conference, Lisbon, 27-30 January 2016

Empire revisited: agricultural surveys and the making of colonial landscapes

Organizers: Cláudia Castelo, CIUHC, University of Lisbon; Maria do Mar Gago, ICS, University of Lisbon; Marta Macedo, CIUHCT, University of Lisbon

To propose a paper for this panel, contact cscastelo@fc.ul.pt
Deadline for submissions, 31 March 2015

This panel intends to bring together themes and approaches from the history of science, the history of imperialism and the rural history. Our goal is to discuss a central practice of modern European empires, which is directly connected to scientific expertise: the agricultural surveys. The reports produced by scientists working in these surveys are outstanding sources for colonial history. They provide us new insights into aspects of environmental (natural resources, climate, vegetation) and indigenous (traditional agricultural practices, land uses, African cultivators livelihoods, etc.) localities. At the same time, they are also outstanding sources for the construction of wider narratives about modern imperial formations as the scientists responsible are often concerned with the comparison between agricultural realities in different empires. In this panel we want to discuss the role of scientists involved in these missions, not from the point of view of their area of expertise, but according to the nature of their practices. From this point of view, the scientists recruited – botanists, agronomists, geologists, anthropologists, economists – were all ‘naturalists’ as they relied on the traditional practices of natural history: collecting, classifying, naming, describing. What are the advantages of thinking and discussing the role of these scientists from this perspective? This panel wants to respond to this challenge.

Postdoctoral Research Position, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Berlin Natural History Museum
Current vacancies

Researcher – “Berlin’s Brachiosaurus as a Scientific Object”

Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth – with people, through dialogue.
The Berlin Natural History Museum is an integrated Research Museum of the Leibniz Society recognized for its excellence, international presence, and globally networked research infrastructure. It is active in three closely linked fields: collections-based research, collections development, and research-based public outreach and education.

Job Category: Researcher (m/f)
Hours: Full time
Time Period: Third party funding (subject to grant approval) starting at earliest possible date, limited to 36 months
Pay: E13 TV-L Berlin

The Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, together with the Institut für Kunstwissenschaften und Historische Urbanistik at the Technical University of Berlin, the Institute of Asian and African Studies, and the Bild Wissen Gestaltung excellence cluster of Berlin’s Humboldt University, is carrying out the research project “Dinosaurs in Berlin! The Brachiosaurus Brancai as an Icon of Politics, Science, and Popular Culture” sponsored by the German Ministry of Education and Research. This cooperative project studies the history and presentation of world-famous palaeontological discoveries made in the early twentieth century in what today is Tanzania. Brachiosaurus brancai is the representative example of these finds. The hundred-year history from its excavation to the present day forms the focus of this project (http://www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/en/forschung/panperspektiven- auf-natur/dinosaurs-in-berlin/).

Role description:
The post holder will develop and implement a research project addressing the subject “Berlin’s
Brachiosaurus as a Scientific Object”, in which the finds and their political and cultural context will
be studied from a science history perspective. The project will analyze the finds as elements of a
material scientific culture and study the processes of their investigation and presentation.

Essential criteria:
• Degree in the History of Science, History, cultural studies, media studies; PhD preferred
• Basic knowledge in the history of palaeontology and contemporary German history and its international context
• Familiarity with the relevant archives
• Experience in planning and organizing international conferences
• Experience in planning and editing publications
• Knowledge of written and spoken German equivalent to at least upper intermediate level

Desirable criteria:
• Experience in interdisciplinary work and well-developed teamwork and communications skills
• The post holder is expected to cooperate closely with the other sub-projects.

For inquiries please contact:
Ina Heumann, PAN – Perspektiven auf Natur, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

To ensure equality, we specifically welcome applications from qualified women. Severely disabled
applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential consideration.

Applications with the usual documents (cover letter, CV, certificates of credentials and an abstract
of a case study related to the topic described above (max. 270 words)) are to be sent by
18.03.2015 with the reference number 07/2015, addressed to Museum für Naturkunde, Personalreferat,
Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin. As we are unable to return application documents,
please include only copies in the application.

See also: http://www.naturkundemuseum-berlin.de/fileadmin/startseite/institution/stellenausschreibungen/07_2015_Wiss_MA_Dinosaurier.pdf

Clystere n° 38 mars 2015

Clystère n° 38 – Mars 2015 est paru ( March 2015 is online / Marzo de 2015 es aparecida) :

Dr Jean-Pierre Martin
service de gériatrie
centre hospitalier Jean Leclaire
24200 Sarlat-la-Canéda
Clystère : E-revue histoire des objets et
instruments médicaux anciens, histoire
de la santé : www.clystere.com


L’image du mois : Un clystère sur une chromolithographie publicitaire.

Histoire des instruments :

-          Trois objets égyptiens antiques du Musée du Val-de-Grâce (Richard-Alain Jean)
-          La trépanation oculaire mécanique invention de Louis de Wecker (Jean-Michel Meunier)

Histoire de la santé :

-          Un diplôme, une médaille, une évocation de l’École Française d’Orthopédie et de Massage  (Bernard Petitdant)
-          Intervention malheureuse de Röntgen (René Van Tiggelen)

En musardant sur la Toile

Courrier des lecteurs

Nouveautés en librairie

Le coin des vétérinaires

Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries

Dear colleagues,
With apologies for cross-posting.
I just wanted to bring to the attention of this list the new Wellcome Trust Research Bursaries scheme.
This scheme is for small and medium-scale research projects based on library or archive collections supported by the Wellcome Trust. Projects must focus either on Wellcome Library holdings (http://wellcomelibrary.org/collections/) or on any collection supported by a previous Wellcome Trust Research Resources grant (http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Medical-humanities/Funding-schemes/Research-resources-awards/Projects-funded/index.htm), but they need not be historically grounded.
These awards can support experienced researchers based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Applications may also be made from scholars based outside the UK or the Republic of Ireland who wish to carry out research on a collection supported by the Trust.
Awards are not limited to academic researchers. Applications may also be submitted by conservators, artists, performers, broadcasters, writers, public engagement practitioners and others working in the creative arts.
More information on the scheme is available on the Wellcome Trust website:http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/Funding/Medical-humanities/Funding-schemes/Research-resources-awards/Research-bursaries/index.htm.

With best wishes,

Ross MacFarlane
Research Engagement Officer
Wellcome Library
Wellcome Trust
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE, UK
T +44 (0)20 7611 7340
F +44 (0)20 7611 8369
E r.macfarlane@wellcome.ac.uk

Job opportunity: 1-year teaching associate in the history of modern science

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge
Applications are invited for a 1-year teaching associate in the history of modern science.

The successful candidate will have completed a PhD (and will hold a PhD certificate) before taking up the post. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the lecturing, supervising, examination and administration of courses for both undergraduate and graduate students in the Department. The candidate should be prepared to deliver lectures and supervise written work on a broad range of topics in the history of the natural sciences during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries up through the end of World War II.

This will include up to 24 lectures, together with leading a primary source seminar and an MPhil seminar. Key lecturing responsibilities will include courses on 'Science and Empire' and 'Science and Technology, 1914-1945'. The position will start on 1 September 2015, and will include an initial 6-month probation period.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button at the following link http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6316/ This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applicants are able to upload a maximum of three documents. These should be arranged as follows:

1.) cover letter, curriculum vitae and full list of publications combined into one document. Please include weblinks or doi's for your publications, where possible, 2.) details of teaching experience and research interests, 3.) two samples of original written work. If you are unable to upload your work samples, please email these as attachments to hpsjobs@hermes.cam.ac.uk, ensuring that you include your surname in email subject line and in the file names.

Please provide the names and contact details of three referees in the space provided. We will contact the referees of longlisted candidates directly to request references (unless you advise that you do not wish us to do so). Referees will be asked to comment specifically on the candidate's ability to undertake this role in the Department.

Interviews will be held on 20 April 2015. If you have questions about the position, the application process, or eligibility, please contacthpsjobs@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference JN05473 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information Further Details http://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/6316/file/TA+in+HoS+19th+and+20th+Further+particulars+2015.docx

SALARY £28,695-£37,394


CLOSING DATE 31 March 2015

CFP: The Tree of Knowledge: Theories of Sciences and Arts in Central Europe, Warsaw, 28-29 May 2015 - reminder

This is just a reminder about a call for papers for the “Tree of Knowledge” seminar, to be held at the University of Warsaw in May. For details see below.

Michal Choptiany

The Tree of Knowledge: Theories of Sciences and Arts in Central Europe, 1400−1700

Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, University of Warsaw, Poland
Date: 28th–29th May 2015
Call for Papers

We invite submissions for papers to be given at the forthcoming seminar on theories of knowledge in late medieval and early modern Central European sources.  The seminar is open to all scholars working in the field of early modern intellectual history, or related disciplines such as history of philosophy or theology, but contributions from younger scholars (doctoral candidates and post-doctoral fellows) are particularly invited.  It seeks to investigate the way in which new currents of reflection on epistemology, the structure of knowledge, and the relations between arts and sciences impacted the intellectual culture of Central Europe on a variety of different levels: from philosophy of knowledge and theoretical reflection, through pedagogical organisation and methodology – the reform of schools and universities, to the wider dissemination of knowledge through print, and the fostering of national and international intellectual networks.  A particular focus will be on Ramism and the reception of Ramist, pre-Ramist and post-Ramist models in diverse intellectual and religious milieus of Central Europe.  In this way the seminar aims to place Ramism (broadly understood) in a wider intellectual trajectory, stretching back to the Middle Ages and Renaissance and looking forward to the Enlightenment and Scientific Revolution.

Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
* The medieval and Renaissance roots of Ramist method and pedagogy.
* The metaphysical and anti-metaphysical dimensions of Ramism.
* The development of Ramism and its relation to competing Aristotelian, Lullist, Baconian and Comenian methodologies.
* Central European readers of Ramist, Lullist and related sources.
* New models of knowledge and their relation to the new natural sciences.
* Ramism, the confessionalisation of knowledge and ‘universal reformation’.
* The impact of new models of knowledge on the teaching of particular arts in Central Europe.
* Students’ notes as a source of knowledge on pedagogical practice.
* New models of knowledge and publishing in early modern Central Europe.
* The relation of Central European intellectual developments to those elsewhere in Europe or the New World.

Conveners: Dr. Simon J. G. Burton, Dr. Michał Choptiany

Proposals should be sent to the following address: arborscientiarum2015@gmail.com. Abstracts for papers of 20 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. All applicants are also required to submit a brief biography of 200 words or less. The deadline for paper proposals is 31st March 2015. The organisers reserve the right to select up to 20 papers. All applicants will be informed about the results of the selection process in the first week of April. All participants will be invited to submit a draft version of their papers to the organisers before the seminar in order to enable the circulation of manuscripts among the participants before the seminar. The conference fee is € 50 and will partially cover the costs of organisation.

The BSPS Annual Conference: CfP deadline approaches

2–3 July 2015, University of Manchester
Please note that the deadline for receipt of abstracts is Saturday, 7 March. Submission instructions are reproduced below, together with updated accessibility information.
Plenary Speakers:
Katherine Brading (Notre Dame)
Émilie du Châtelet and the foundations of physical science

Havi Carel (Bristol)
Illness, pathology and disease: a phenomenological analysis

Kim Sterelny (ANU)
Cumulative Cultural Evolution and The Origins of Language

Mauricio Suárez (Madrid)
Propensities and Statistical Modeling

Local organiser: Michael Rush
Call for Papers
Submissions are invited from anyone with a scholarly interest in the philosophy of science. Graduate students are particularly encouraged. (Graduate bursaries will be available.) Papers may be on any topic within the philosophy of science and should be suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, which will allow 10 minutes discussion. Abstracts should be received no later than Saturday 7th March 2014. Abstracts will be blind refereed, and successful contributors notified by early April. We do not anticipate being able to share referees' comments.
Submission Instructions
To submit your abstract, go to:
Log in (create an account if you do not already have one)
Select ‘New Submission’ and enter the requested information, including the title of your paper.
Enter your abstract (in plain text, of no more than 1000 words) into the Abstract box.
Please prepare your abstract for blind refereeing.
Please select the topic (or topics) that best describe the area of your submission.
Finally, select ‘Submit’.
For more information please email: <bsps2015@easychair.org>.
PLEASE NOTE: attendance at the conference is restricted to members of the BSPS. You may join the Society online here.
Accessibility Information
We are signed up to the BPA/SWIP Good Practice Scheme. The conference will take place in the Barnes Wallis Building and Manchester Meeting Place. These buildings are next door to each other and there is internal lift access between them as well as external access to each. Accommodation is in Weston Hall, which is about 200m away. Click the links to get full accessibility information about each building from DisabledGo. A loop system is available in the plenary lecture theatre, and a portable loop system is available for use in the parallel session rooms. Please email helen.beebee@manchester.ac.uk if you are not sure whether your specific requirements are covered by the above information.
A limited number of nursery places will also be available. Further details will be announced when registration opens.
About The Society
The purpose of the Society is to study the logic, the methods, and the philosophy of science, as well as those of the various special sciences, including the social sciences. The Society holds an annual conference with invited speakers and contributed papers, as well as ordinary meetings running throughout the year at which invited speakers present a paper. The Society makes small grants to support conferences relevant to research and education in its areas of study, awards an annual doctoral studentship for doctoral work in philosophy of science in a UK university and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science is published on our behalf by Oxford University Press. Visit www.thebsps.org for more information.

CfP "Doing Science: Texts, Patterns, Practices" 20.-21. November 2015, University of Cologne


The relationship between science and literature continues to spark critical cross- and intradisciplinary debates. From the late 1970s, Bruno Latour’s work in laboratory studies and sociology of science moved scientific practice and its interrelations with texts into critical focus, and scholars like Gillian Beer established the study of literature and science as a field that takes account of the “two-way traffic” between the disciplines.
Following these developments, the last four decades have seen a surge in representations of “doing science”, including, but by no means limited to, the role of texts, patterns, and laboratory practices. The focus of the two-day conference organised by the Department of English in collaboration with the a.r.t.e.s. Research Lab “Transformations of Knowledge” is on the mutual influence of scientific practice and textual production in the later twentieth to the twenty-first century. We invite contributions from a variety of angles that explore representations of doing science in and across different disciplines and media.

Topics may include but are not limited to:
• Facts and fictions of ‘doing’ science
• The figure of the scientist
• Experimentation as event/mode/structure/approach
• Lab vs. library: representations of text-based and practice-based research
• Patterns: enabling and limiting – cognitive, narrative, communicative
• Staging (of) science: science plays, adaptations, film, cross-media representation
• Best practice: the ethics of science

Deadline for abstracts of 200-300 words (for 20 min papers) is 1 June 2015.
Please send abstracts and a short bio-note stating professional affiliation and research interests
and  julia.hoydis@uni-koeln.de

We plan to publish a selection of the conference papers.

Dr. Nina Engelhardt
Universität zu Köln
a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities
Research Lab »Transformations of Knowledge«
Albertus Magnus Platz
50923 Köln


En su deseo de  impulsar los  estudios sobre el pasado de las Ciencias  de la Salud, la Fundación Uriach 1838 tiene instituido un premio anual de ámbito internacional, el cual será  adjudicado al mejor trabajo que, a juicio  de  un  jurado designado al  efecto,  trate  de  un tema sobre Historia y Ciencias de la Salud.

Su concesión se adaptará a las siguientes


1. El  XLVI   Premio   Fundación  Uriach   “Historia   de   la   Medicina”  correspondiente  a  2015 está dotado con 3.000 euros y un accésit de 1.000 euros.

2. Las  monografías  que  opten  al  Premio  deberán  ser  originales e inéditas,  no  siendo  aceptadas  aquellas que  en  el  momento  de  la  adjudicación  hayan sido  publicadas  total  o  parcialmente,  así como tampoco las presentadas a otros concursos.

3. Los trabajos deberán ser presentados en formato  electrónico junto a una copia  impresa con interlineado  doble y  un máximo de  80.000 caracteres,   con   espacios,   incluyendo   bibliografía   o   referencias documentales, además de iconografía complementaria.

4. Los originales  redactados  en lengua  española,  serán  remitidos a  la Fundación  hasta  el día 15  de  octubre de 2015 bajo  el sistema de lema  y  plica,  sin  firma  de autor o autores,  cuya  identificación (no deducible  a  través de  las  notas bibliográficas)  deberá figurar en un sobre  cerrado a su vez  identificado  con el  mismo  lema  del trabajo original.

5. El  XLVI  Premio Fundación Uriach  “Historia de la Medicina” será  otorgado  por  un Jurado cuyo fallo, que será inapelable, se hará público durante el mes de enero de 2016.

6. Las  monografías  premiadas quedarán  propiedad de la  Fundación Uriach 1838 que,  si así  lo recomendara el  Jurado,  podrá publicarlas en la revista Medicina e Historia.

7. Tras la adjudicación  del Premio, el secretario del Jurado procederá a la  apertura de  la plica correspondiente al ganador y,  en su caso, a  la del accésit. En el supuesto de que el Jurado lo considere oportuno, se seleccionarán otros trabajos para su posible publicación en la revista Medicina e Historia, siempre de común acuerdo con los autores.

8. Los trabajos no premiados ni seleccionados para su publicación serán destruidos sin la apertura de sus plicas.

9. La  participación en el presente concurso implica la aceptación total de las bases de esta convocatoria.

Palau-solità i Plegamans, enero de 2015

La  correspondencia  relacionada  con  esta  Convocatoria  deberá  dirigirse  a:
Centro de Documentación de  Historia de las Ciencias de la Salud
Fundación Uriach 1838
Pol. Industrial Riera de Caldes. Av.Camí Reial, 51-57
08184 Palau-solità i Plegamans (Barcelona)
fundación-historia@uriach.com - (34) 93 863 02 25

25 de febrero de 2015

Mind, Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School and Conference

Mind, Value and Mental Health: Philosophy and Psychiatry Summer School and Conference
23 – 25 July 2015: St Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
Two linked events exploring areas in which the philosophy of mind and ethics or the philosophy of value make contact with issues about mental health.
25 July 2015
A one-day international conference delivered by renowned experts in the field through keynote lectures including:
  • Willing Addicts? Drinkers, Dandies, Druggies and other Dionysians: Owen Flanagan (James B Duke Professor and Professor of Neurobiology, Duke University, USA)
  • Psychopathology and self-relatedness: conceptual issues: Gerrit Glass (Professor of Philosophy and Psychiatry, VU University, Netherlands)
  • Premembering Perception: Anna Christina Nobre (Professor of Translational Cognitive Neuroscience, Oxford Centre for Human Brain Activity and Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK)
  • DSM-5: Stasis and change: Rachel Cooper (Senior lecturer, Lancaster University, UK)
2nd Oxford Summer School
23–24 July 2015
Delivered by renowned experts in the field through guest lectures and seminars, and providing opportunities for substantial dialogue between philosophers, scientists and mental health practitioners.
Topics include:
  • Other Minds (Anita Avramides, Joel Kruegar and Vasu Reddy)
  • Hallucinations/Psychosis (Matthew Broome, Matthew Parrott and Owen Earnshaw)
  • Mental Illness and Creativity (Mathew Kieran and Ann Dowker)
  • Embodiment (Katherine Morris and Emily Troscianko)
  • Mental Health and Human Flourishing (Edward Harcourt and Jeremy Holmes)
  • Ancients and Mental Health (Karen Margarethe Nielsen and Chris Megone)
Further details and online booking: www.conted.ox.ac.uk/ppss2
Venue: St Hilda’s College, Oxford offering plenty of networking opportunities.
Residential and non-residential options are available.