24 de enero de 2015

Leoncio López-Ocón Aulas modernas. Nuevas perspectivas sobre las reformas de la enseñanza secundaria en la época de la JAE (1907-1939

Ya está accesible en su versión digital el libro editado por Leoncio López-Ocón (CSIC) Aulas modernas. Nuevas perspectivas sobre las reformas de la enseñanza secundaria en la época de la JAE (1907-1939) . La obra ha sido publicada por la editorial Dykinson y la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. En ella se ofrece un renovado enfoque sobre el desarrollo de la enseñanza secundaria en la sociedad española del primer tercio del siglo XX.

Para más información sobre la obra y sus capítulos acceder a https://leonciolopezocon.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/la-educacion-secundaria-en-la-espana-del-primer-tercio-del-siglo-xx-a-traves-del-libro-aulas-modernas/

18 de enero de 2015

Call for applications for research grants from the Scientific Instrument Society (SIS)

ust a brief reminder that the deadline for the next round of research grants from the Scientific Instrument Society (SIS) is Sunday 1st March 2015.

The SIS awards small grants, of up to £500 each, for research on the history of scientific instruments. Applicants do not need to have any institutional affiliation and applications that are for less than the full amount are just as welcome - a properly costed proposal with a clear relevance to the Society's interests in historic scientific instruments, a realistic timetable and a tangible result are the most important factors that the committee will be considering. 

Please note that the grant awarded will be paid against actual expenditure and funds cannot be paid in advance.  The grant is intended to cover items such as travel, accommodation (excluding meals) and photocopying costs.  Please note that we cannot fund conference travel.

Further information on what the Society can support and the terms and conditions of the award can be found at
Examples of previously successful applicants may be found at http://www.sis.org.uk/grants/sis-grant-aided-projects

The short application form may be found at http://www.sis.org.uk/grants/sis-grant-application-form

If you have any queries about the grants, please contact grants@sis.org.uk and a member of the Society will respond in due course.

To learn more of the Society, or to join, visit http://www.sis.org.uk

Best regards,

Louise Devoy

Grants Officer
On behalf of the Scientific Instrument Society Committee

17 de enero de 2015

CFP: Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) - "Making and Doing" - New meeting format and award

STS Making and Doing Call for Submissions
The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related awards called “STS Making and Doing”.
The STS Making and Doing initiative aims at encouraging 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. By increasing the extent to which 4S members learn from one another about practices they have developed and enacted, the initiative seeks to improve the effectiveness and influence of STS scholarship beyond the field and/or to expand the modes of STS knowledge production.
The STS Making and Doing Awards formally acknowledge and celebrate distinctive achievements in practices of STS making and doing. It recognizes 4S members who have demonstrated scholarly excellence in formulating, enacting, and sharing theoretically-informed practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study.
The STS Making and Doing program is organized as part of the 4S annual meeting. Selected presentations will be displayed at an exhibition during the meeting.
STS projects to be considered include but are not limited to the following categories:
  • Policy: STS projects that resulted in policy papers, recommendations, regulations, devices, decision-making practices, or other policy outcomes. Policy arenas include medicine and health, development, infrastructures, and communication in addition to those explicitly oriented to science and technology. 
  • Design and Planning: STS projects that resulted in the design and creation of effective products, graphics, spaces, and landscapes. The outcomes can be large or small in scale, and can be digital in content. Projects can be organized around different design themes, .e.g. participatory design, sustainable design, etc.  The presentation should show explanation of design process and how various actors are involved in the process.
  • Arts: STS projects that resulted in effective artistic creations, including those in audio-visual format or in public installations, exhibits, and performances. The presentation should be accompanied by a narrative that links the project to STS scholarship.
  • Pedagogy: STS projects that resulted in effective practices for education and training. The project can aim at different levels and forms of education and training, for instance university courses, high school classes, or special training courses. The presentation should indicate how the project increases awareness and understanding of STS scholarship.
  • STS infrastructures: STS projects that resulted in effective informational or material infrastructures for the construction, operation, and travel of STS as field or discipline. Such might include the building of degree programs, modes of print and electronic publication, professional organizations, summer schools, institutes, scholarly collectives, and the 4S annual meeting itself. The presentation should move beyond promotion to include reflective analysis.
  • Open Category: Any project that reflects the objectives of STS Making and Doing, including civic engagement, social activism, public debate and festivals, etc.


Proposed presentations on STS Making and Doing must include a 400-500 word project description. The project description includes objectives, practices, outcomes, and learning. It must show how the project produces and expresses STS knowledge and expertise.
Submission for the 2015 meeting, in Denver, opens February 4, 2015. The submission deadline is March 29. For more meeting and submission information: http://www.4sonline.org/meeting.

Criteria for Selection

A subcommittee of the Scientific Committee will review submissions.  The subcommittee will assess the project in terms of four main criteria:
  1. Issue of concern: Does the issue fit one or more areas of STS knowledge and expertise?
  2. Critical thinking and creativity: Does the project enact critical analysis and contribute to the production and expression of STS knowledge and expertise in creative ways?
  3. Conceptual Development: Does the project further the intellectual development of STS concepts and theories?
  4. Consequences and Responses: Do the presenters show how their project’s outcomes extend STS knowledge and expertise into the targeted arena? Do the project’s outcomes draw knowledge and expertise from the targeted arena?

Online Preview

Selected presenters will prepare materials for a web-based exhibition prior to the 4S meeting. This online preview will allow both subcommittee members and meeting participants to browse the concepts and exhibit materials prior to the 4S meeting. After the 4S meeting, presenters will be invited to update their presentation for a permanent web-based exhibit.


Selected proposed contributions will be presented as part of the 4S meeting. The event will be organized as an “STS fair” exhibit in which selected submissions are displayed in the conference venue. Participants may choose the presentation format as appropriate, constrained by the space occupied by a table. Presentation modes may include inter alia product samples, models and prototypes, mechanical/digital demonstrations, slide shows, and other installations. Each presentation will be given an A3-sized sheet for meeting attendees to write comments.
The public display will take place on Thursday from 12PM to 5PM in the conference venue concourse. Participants will install presentation materials from 7AM to 11AM on the day. Each project will be allocated a space of approximately 2x2 meters. Basic facilities to be provided by 4S include a table with covering and sockets for electricity. Other requests will be considered in the context of availability and expense. Please note that use of table is optional and other forms of presentation are encouraged. 


The evaluation process will be carried out through qualitative assessment on each contribution. It takes crowd-sourced assessment from meeting attendees as a starting point. Attendees will be encouraged to make comments on each of the presentations as appropriate. Comments can be submitted electronically via the STS Making and Doing website for which they can use their mobile devices. Additionally, computer stations will be set up in the venue to facilitate attendees in making comments. Free wifi connection will be available on site for those using their own device to make comments. In addition to online comments, attendees are able to make comments manually on an A3-size sheet provided in each presentation booth. The committee will evaluate each presentation by applying the criteria listed above and taking into account comments on the presentation. Drawing on suggested criteria from crowd-sourced evaluation, the committee will stipulate three winners for different categories to be awarded the prizes.
For further information, please contact Sulfikar Amir: sulfikar@ntu.edu.sg

Star-Nelkin Paper Award Competition - American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT)

Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology's Star-Nelkin Paper Award, 2015
Call for Nominations
The Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for the 2015 Star-Nelkin Paper Award. In 2011, our newest award was renamed in memory of Susan Leigh Star and Dorothy Nelkin, each of whom contributed in numerous ways to our field. SKAT welcomes nominations of published articles that advance the field of sociology of science, knowledge, and technology. To be eligible, an article’s earliest date of publication in a scholarly journal (whether online or in print) must have been in 2013 or 2014. The winner will be honored at the ASA meetings in Chicago (August 22-25, 2015) and will receive a plaque. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominated articles must be received no later than March 15, 2015. Please send brief nominating statements and copies of nominated articles in PDF format to all members of the selection committee, listed below, via email:

James Evans (chair) (jevans@uchicago.edu)
Carol Heimer (c-heimer@northwestern.edu)
Daniel Breslau (dbreslau@vt.edu)
Janet Vertesi (jvertesi@princeton.edu)
Steven Epstein (ex officio) (s-epstein@northwestern.edu)

Post-Doc Position at Berlin Museum für Naturkunde/DFG Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung

Job Advertisment - Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (German version below)

Our Mission: Discovering and describing life and earth - with people, through dialog.
The Berlin Natural History Museum is an integrated Research Museum of the Leibniz Society recognised 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: Post-Doc Position

Hours: Part-Time (75%)

Time Period: Third party funding, starting from April 1st, 2015 limited to 24 months

Pay: E13 TV-L Berlin

Background to work environment:
The position is situated in the project “Mobile Objects” within the DFG Cluster of Excellence Image Knowledge Gestaltung. “Mobile Objects” is a joint cooperation between the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin Department of History, the Humboldt-Universität Collections, the Ibero-American Institute and the Museum for Naturkunde Berlin. It addresses shifting concepts and conditions of mobility of scientific objects since the post-war era (https://www.interdisciplinary-laboratory.hu-berlin.de/en/base-projects/mobile-objects).

The scope of activities in this post includes the development and execution of a research project centering on the topic: “Political object mobility. Natural history collections in Berlin’s post war era.” Close collaboration and exchange with members of the base project “Mobile Objects” are required.

• Successfully completed university studies and a doctoral degree in one of the following disciplines: History of Science, Art History, History, Literary and Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Ethnology, Sociology, Science Studies • Knowledge of discussions and literature on material culture • Familiarity with the history of Berlin’s natural history collections • Familiarity with the relevant archives • Excellent reading comprehension skills in German Experience working in an interdisciplinary research context as well as strong team and communication skills are preferred.

The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin is an equal opportunity employer. Women and applicants with disabilities are explicitly encouraged to apply. Applications should be sent by 06.02.2015, citing job advertisement No. 02/2015 to: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Personalreferat, Invalidenstrasse 43, 10115 Berlin. Printed applications will not be sent back. Therefore, only copies of important documents should be submitted.

Visiting Scholars Awards announced / University of Aberdeen

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me please to draw your attention to this recent notice of a new round of Visiting Scholars Awards, which provide financial support for travel and accommodation up to £2,000 to cover expenses over a two to four week period while carrying out research relating to the University’s Special collections.  Details can be found here: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/news/7162/

There is scope within the scheme for you to make applications on behalf of colleagues from outwith Aberdeen if part of their includes discussion of their research and its findings on campus via a lecture or seminar, etc.

Please do help get word around to those you know who may benefit from this opportunity.

Kind regards,

Rev’d Dr. Philip G. Ziegler
Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
King's College, University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen  AB24 3UB, United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1224  272 378
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