22 de octubre de 2014

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in History, transnational environmental history

The Department of History & Politics at Drexel University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in History, beginning September 1, 2015.  The area of this position is transnational environmental history, with a preference for focus in non-US settings. Relevant specializations may include (but are not limited to) histories of ecology and related natural or life sciences, energy and economy, infrastructure, environmental health and justice, and environmental policy history.
The candidate should have their Ph.D. requirements completed by September 1, 2015.
The present hire supports the Drexel University initiative to expand research in energy and sustainability and it continues the process of building a transnational research focus in History.
The successful candidate's responsibilities will include teaching, research, and service, and candidates will also be expected to contribute to the Department's current and future undergraduate and graduate curricula.
The History & Politics Department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Candidates should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) up to three samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) the names and contact information only of three references. Please do NOT send letters of reference; they will be requested from short-listed candidates at a later date. Only applications submitted via Drexel's online system will be considered.  Please visit drexeljobs.com and search by Job Title - Assistant Professor, History - or Department - 3649, History and Politics.
Review of applications will begin November 24, 2014 and continue until the position is filled.
Located in Philadelphia, Drexel is a privately endowed university founded in 1891. With approximately 20,000 students, it has one of the largest undergraduate cooperative education programs in the nation. The University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission and a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11 percent). It is an opportunity to join an exceptional University, one achieving record growth and strongly committed to further enhancing its reputation in research and teaching. For more information about Drexel University, please visit www.drexel.edu.
Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.
Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.
Please address all queries via email to Scott Gabriel Knowles, Program Director for History, sgk23@drexel.edu.
Website:  drexel.edu/hpol

Call for manuscripts – new book series Cultural Dynamics of Science

The new series Cultural Dynamics of Science (CDS) at Brill aims to contribute to on-going efforts in the history of science to understand the relations between the production, communication, consumption and use of knowledge without having recourse to the traditional equation of popularization with notions such as 'diffusion' and 'simplification'.  The same goes for the distinctions they imply between expert knowledge and practices, on one side, and lay communities and understanding on the other. Focused on the modern period, from the Enlightenment to the present, CDS intends instead to consider the various ways in which interaction, exchange and struggle for scientific authority among the different actors involved has historically fed the productive circulation of knowledge. Sensitivity to specific contexts, epistemologies, spaces and networks, in which material production merges with knowledge production, is therefore paramount.
CDS also aims to contribute to recent efforts in the history of science to move across fields traditionally studied by different scholarly disciplines, and to evolve into more inclusive, interdisciplinary cultural studies. It is further committed to a geographically expansive scope of coverage, focusing on the transnational and transcultural character of the scientific endeavour.
While the series aims foremost at the publication of well-written scholarly monographs, carefully integrated collections of essays will also be welcome.

Please send your manuscripts and book proposals to one of editors of CDS:

Lissa Roberts (University of Twente), l.l.roberts@utwente.nl

Oliver Hochadel (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Barcelona), oliver.hochadel@imf.csic.es

Agustí Nieto-Galan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), agusti.nieto@uab.cat

21 de octubre de 2014

University of St Andrews Library Visiting Scholarship Scheme

To celebrate the opening of our new Research Library, the University of St Andrews instituted in 2014 a new scheme of visiting scholarships.  These scholarships are intended to underwrite the costs of a period of work with our library’s Special Collections.  Six scholars were chosen for summer residency in 2014 (for more information, click here), and it is intended to appoint a similar number in 2015.

St Andrews University has an outstanding collection of books, archives and photography, accumulated throughout the six hundred years since the University’s foundation.  The collection is especially rich in the History of Science, Theology and Church History, Literary Studies and Photography.  In addition to a substantial collection of incunabula and early printed books, the library has a significant eighteenth-century collection dating from its period as a Copyright Library (1710-1836).  The archives also include an exceptional collection of 15th -16th century materials relating to Fife and to the University and city of St Andrews.

The scholarships are open to all interested researchers, whether or not affiliated to a university.  Applications for 2015 should be submitted electronically on the attached application form by 10 January 2015.  A longer description of the research highlights of the St Andrews Special Collections can be downloaded here.  Further enquiries can be addressed to the Acting Head of Special Collections, Mrs Rachel Hart, at speccoll@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Graduate funding opportunities in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, 2015-16

The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge is the largest of its kind in the UK, and has an unrivalled reputation for teaching and research. Staff have expertise in the history, philosophy and sociology of a wide range of sciences and medicine. They run major research projects in association with the AHRC, the Wellcome Trust, the European Research Council and national museums.

If you are interested in studying for an MPhil or PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge, you will find everything you need to know about the Department, the courses, the academic staff (http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/people/staff.html), and the application process from our website at http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/studying/graduate/

For students applying to start in 2015-16, HPS at Cambridge has access to the following studentship opportunities, which each has a 9 January 2015 deadline (except the first, which is earlier):

Cambridge Trusts Scholarships and Bursaries
-- for MPhil and PhD students from the non-UK EU and overseas
** 2 December 2014 deadline **

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentships
-- for PhD students from the UK and EU

Cambridge Home and European Union Scholarships (CHESS)
-- for MPhil and PhD students from the UK and EU

Rausing Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students

Williamson Studentships
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying history of biological sciences

Lipton Studentships
-- for MPhil students

Wellcome Trust Awards
-- for MPhil and PhD students studying medical humanities and PhD students studying society and ethics
-- contact us by 9 January if you would like to be nominated for a PhD studentship

For information on these and other awards available through the Department, please visit 

For more general information on funding opportunities available to graduate students at the University of Cambridge:

For further information about graduate study at HPS in Cambridge: 

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship at the American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation’s first learned society, invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship. The APS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of history of science, art history, 18th- or 19th-century American history, or any other related humanities disciplines. The fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s library and museum.
The Mellon Fellow will conduct research in the APS collections in preparation for the APS Museum’s exhibitions exploring the intersections of history, art, and science. The exhibitions take place in Philosophical Hall, located within Independence National Historical Park. As the public face of the APS, the museum researches and interprets the APS’s extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who converge on Philadelphia’s historic district. Upcoming exhibitions include (working titles):
April – December, 2015:  Jefferson, Science and Exploration
April – December, 2016:  Jefferson, Native America, and the West
April – December, 2017:  The Artistic and Scientific Family of Charles Willson Peale
The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to conduct scholarly research for exhibitions, programs, and other related activities. The Fellow will be fully integrated into the APS Museum staff, working closely with others on the curatorial team. He or she will select objects for exhibition and develop thematic narratives. The Fellow will gain extensive experience in planning and implementing exhibitions as well as researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition labels and text panels, website text, etc.). Depending on the Fellow’s interests and the Museum’s needs, he or she may also participate in public programming, museum education, collections management, website development, and grant-writing. Twenty percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for his or her own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to network with APS Library staff and other post-doctoral fellows in the region’s cultural institutions.
This two-year Fellowship begins September 1, 2015 and ends August 31, 2017. Compensation is $45,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant.
The application deadline is December 9, 2014. Notification is in early spring 2015.
  • PhD in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. The history of science, 18th- and 19th-century American history, and the history of art often relate most closely to exhibition content. However, the museum's approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills; experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences (including but not limited to scholars).
  • Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
  • Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly and to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
  • Project-oriented organizational skills.
  • Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field.
To Download Application Form and Recommendation Forms: 
See also http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=49837