18 de abril de 2014

University of Lugano, Research Assistant/PhD student position: Origins of European radiotelegraphy

Research Assistant / Doctorate in Communication Sciences

The Institute of Media and Journalism (IMeG), Faculty of Communication Sciences at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI-Lugano), Switzerland, invites applications for a combined research assistant and a Ph.D. student position in the area of media and telecommunication history.

We offer an opportunity to work on a research project (founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation) on the origins of radiotelegraphy at the European level.

This projects aims to study the political, economic, and social construction of European wireless from the first international conference in which radiotelegraphy was considered (Berlin 1903) to the first in which radio broadcasting was definitely regulated (Washington 1927).

A detailed description of the project proposal can be found at: http://search.usi.ch/progetti/704/Inventing-European-Wireless-A-cultural-history-of-wireless-from-point-to-point-telegraphy-to-one-to-many-broadcasting-1903-1927.

We are particularly interested in candidates with an interdisciplinary approach, that can combine different fields of research and possess a master degree in media studies, communication sciences, history, international relations, or geography.

Fluency in written and spoken English is a must as well as basic knowledge of French and German.

The position is fully funded for a minimum of three years (contingent on satisfactory progress). During this period the appointee will undertake his/her doctoral studies and will have the possibility to interact with people within the Institute of Media and Journalism studying different fields of media research, from politics to economics, to consumption.

Furthermore, the candidate is expected to join an international network of scholars in the field and to become a credible member of the university‘s community.

The research activities will be carried out in different European archives, but the candidate should take residence in Lugano, Switzerland.

Contact:  Please send your application, incl. detailed CV (with 2 references), university grade transcripts, and a letter of interest electronically to Gabriele Balbi, gabriele.balbi@usi.ch

Deadline:  The call is open until the position is filled, but envisaged to be appointed as soon as possible (the project will start in September 2014 and so applications will be considered from now to late June-early July 2014).

16 de abril de 2014

Wellcome Images historical content freely available for personal and commercial use

We are delighted to announce that over 100 000 high-resolution images, including images of manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements, are now freely available through Wellcome Images.

Drawn from our vast historical holdings, the images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.

This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes so long as the original source is acknowledged (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from our historical collections can be used free of charge.

The holdings offer a rich body of historical images, ranging from ancient medical manuscripts to etchings by artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Francisco Goya.

Treasures include exquisite medieval illuminated manuscripts and anatomical drawings, from delicate 16th-century fugitive sheets, whose hinged paper flaps reveal hidden viscera, to Paolo Mascagni's vibrantly coloured etching of an 'exploded' torso.

Photographic images include Eadweard Muybridge's studies of motion, John Thomson's remarkable 19th-century portraits from his travels in China, and a newly added series of photographs of hysteric and epileptic patients at the famous Salpêtrière Hospital.

The images can be downloaded in high resolution directly from the Wellcome Images website for users to freely copy, distribute, edit, manipulate and build upon as they wish.


Una vez más me pongo en contacto con vosotros/as para informaros de un nuevo destino de la  exposición “Entre España y Rusia. Recuperando la historia de los Niños de la Guerra”, que tengo el honor de dirigir. Dicha muestra, organizada desde el SIECE y el Grupo LEA de la Universidad de Alcalá en colaboración con diversas entidades como fruto del Proyecto de Investigación Entre España y Rusia. Recuperando la historia de los Niños de la Guerra (Ministerio de la Presidencia), tiene un carácter itinerante, científico y divulgativo, por lo que, hasta el momento, ha viajado a Alcalá de Henares, Salamanca, Murcia y Segovia, sedes todas ellas donde ha contado con una gran afluencia de público, además de haber tenido una amplia cobertura mediática.

En esta ocasión, y gracias al Seminario de Fuentes Orales de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid y a la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, la exposición se celebrará en la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (C/ Tomás y Valiente, 1, Ciudad Universitaria de Cantoblanco, Madrid) del 23 de abril al 5 de mayo de 2014, de lunes a viernes, en horario de 9:00 a 20:00 h. El acto inaugural tendrá lugar el 23 de abril a las 10:00 h. en la sala de vídeo nº 2 del Módulo IV de la citada Facultad. Intervendrán en el mismo Pilar Díaz Sánchez (directora del Seminario de Fuentes Orales de la UCM), Verónica Sierra Blas (directora científica de la muestra), Antonio Cascón Dorado (decano de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras de la UAM), Aurelio Martín Nájera (director del Archivo y de la Biblioteca de la Fundación Pablo Iglesias) y Antonio Crespo Massieu (poeta y autor del libro Elegía en Portbou).

Espero poder contar con vosotros/as y os ruego le deis la máxima difusión al evento entre vuestros contactos.

Un cordial saludo,

Verónica Sierra Blas
Directora Científica

Prof. Dra. Verónica Sierra Blas
Universidad de Alcalá
Facultad de Filosofía y Letras
Departamento de Historia y Filosofía
C/ Colegios, 2
28801, Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
Tel.: 0034+918854428 - Fax: 0034+ 918854410
Correo: veronica.sierra@uah.es - Web: www.siece.es
Blog: http://grafosfera.blogspot.com/

14 de abril de 2014

Emotional Bodies. A Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions


A Workshop on the Historical Performativity of Emotions 

20-22 October, 2014                                                     
Louis Jeantet Auditorium
Geneva, Switzerland

Dolores Martin Moruno - IEH2, University of Geneva

Sophie Milquet - Department of French Modern Studies, University of Lausanne

Beatriz Pichel - PHRC, de Montfort University

Deadline: 1st July, 2014

The idea that the body is the site in which emotions are expressed is an old one in Western Culture. We manifest fear through trembling, embarrassment while blushing or demonstrate love by showing that the pulse quickens and breathing becomes irregular. However, we cannot take for granted the existence of a natural relationship between emotions and these bodily translations. For instance, while the passions were considered in the Early Modern period to be the expression of the movements of the soul, as well as powerful agents shaping bodies in health and disease, late nineteenth century and early twentieth century physiologists and psychologists would discover that the material body was an effect of “the immediate and local emotions produced in the laboratory” (Dror, 1998). From this historical perspective, the relationships between bodies and emotions seem to be far from being universal, as they are also socially and institutionally produced in specific historical contexts. 
This three-day workshop seeks to challenge the idea that emotions invariably correspond to certain bodily expressions, by showing that they can alternatively be understood as cultural practices that have the affective power of transforming reality by creating emotional bodies. On the one hand, bodies will be interpreted as an expressive medium that allows us to “negotiate the boundaries and crossings of self and society” (Porter, 2001). These malleable boundaries of the body will be understood in connection with the changing meaning of social norms, cultural codes and institutions, but especially as the result of the work of emotions. On the other, we propose the understanding of emotions as cultural practices that do things. This performativity of emotions has been stressed by scholars working on the history of the French revolution (Reddy, 1997; 2001), the history of medicine (Bound-Alberti, 2006), political theory (Ahmed, 2004) and literary theory (Labanyi, 2010) as one of the most fruitful lines of research in emotion history.
Taking the metaphor of the body as starting point, this conference aims at discussing new possibilities to enhancing our understanding of the historical performativity of emotions as agents that have generated meaning to physical, social, political, artistic and literary bodies. Therefore, the expression “emotional bodies” may be regarded as an analytical category enabling us to explore how different historical conceptions of emotions (e.g. sentiments, passions, affects and feelings), as well as the practices and objects associated with them, had produced systems of symbolic and physical relations which we understood here as “bodies” with a multidisciplinary purpose. We invite scholars working in any historical period to focus on one of the following topics; each of them related to the creation of scientific, socio-political and artistic bodies.
Producing emotional bodies in the sciences. Observation, experimentation and diagnosis have been historically used as techniques of scientific standardisation for defining the body in love, pain or pleasure. For instance, passions have been identified since Aristotle as powerful agents shaping human and animal physiognomies. Particularly, the body in love has been defined by determining the state of the pulse and the redness of countenance in Ancient medicine or through its twentieth-century conceptualisation in terms of hormone adrenaline and excitement. In which ways have scientific practices normalized emotional expressions throughout history? Have scientists’ emotions affected their work in hospitals or laboratories? How have emotions of non-speaking bodies such as those of infants and animals been scientifically categorized? Have scientific approaches on emotions penetrated into popular culture through novels, theatre, photography or film? We are looking for proposals that can contribute to shedding light on what extent the scientific production of emotions has shaped bodies that are recognisable in everyday life.
Emotions as sites for social exchange and political change. From the politics of fear examined by Joanna Bourke, to Anne-Claude Ambroise-Rendu and Christian Delaporte’s analysis of indignation and Sara Ahmed’s study on happiness, the collective dimension of emotions has been stressed as a potential site for social activism and political change. Is there any connection between the emergence of emotional styles and the production of the revolutionary bodies? What kind of materials and sources do we need to explore in order to reconstruct the emotions of the crowd? Has the performance of different emotions contributed to defining new bodies such as those of the feminist, anti-racist and queer movements? In this panel, we would like to address the question about the possibility of creating new social and political bodies through the performance of collective emotions.
The affective power of literature, photography and film. Scholars working in literary and photographic studies have claimed an affective turn in order to look at texts and cultural productions from the point of view of what they can do, rather than what they mean (Labanyi, 2010; Edwards, 2012; Bouju and Gefen, 2012). Thus, for example, a great number of novels, photographs and films of war have mobilised our empathy towards a humanitarian sensibility (Taithe, 2006). It was not long ago that Stéphane Hessel’s Indignez-vous! reminded us that emotions could also be a call for social and political action. How we should understand the performativity of aesthetic emotions? What role have they played in the creation of broader emotional regimes (e.g. mobilization of empathy, compassion or pity in the actual rise of the victim figure)? Can books, photographs or works of art be considered as “affective objects” produced by our sensory, haptic engagements with them? We encourage scholars interested in discussing the affective power of literary texts, photographic and film documents or artistic creations to present a proposal exploring the ways in which these objects can be interpreted as emotional bodies.
If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please send us a proposal of no more than 300 words for a 20 minutes presentation to emotionalbodies@gmail.com by the 1st, July 2014.
Dolores Martin Moruno - IEH2, University of Geneva
Sophie Milquet - Dept. French Modern Studies, University of Lausanne
Beatriz Pichel - PHRC, de Montfort University

Un cordial saludo,
Dolores Martín-Moruno

iEH2 (Institut Éthique, Histoire, Humanités)
Faculté de Médecine
Université de Genève 

13 de abril de 2014

DEADLINE APRIL 27th! Research travel grant for Yale's Cushing/Whitney Medical Historical Library

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.
The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country’s largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S. Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula.  The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects.  The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.
The 2014-2015 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library:  http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/.  There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015.  Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library.  This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at Yale.  Applications are due by Sunday, APRIL 27th, 2014.  They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 6th, 2014. An application form can be found on our websitehttp://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant
Applications and requests for further information should be sent to:
Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University
P.O. Box 208014
New Haven, CT 06520-8014
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: melissa.grafe@yale.edu
Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/