30 de noviembre de 2015

Research Fellow position in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) at the University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to carry out research into the sociological, philosophical and/or governance dimensions of the synthetic yeast project, an international project that aims to build a synthetic ‘designer’ version of the entire genome of the yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae (http://syntheticyeast.org/).

Applicants should have experience of conducting high quality academic research in the field of Science and Technology Studies, and should be willing to engage with scientists and engineers.

The Research Fellow will belong to a dedicated cluster of researchers from the social sciences and humanities critically analysing the field of synthetic biology, and will be affiliated with the 'Engineering Life'

This full-time, fixed-term post of 20 months is available from 1st February 2016 (start date is flexible).

Salary Scale: £31,656 - £37,768 per annum

Closing Date: 5pm (GMT) on Friday 8th January 2016

For further details see:

CFP: Third panelist sought for SHARP 2016

From Trade Manual to Treatise and back again: the Transformation of Technical Literature, 1600-1800
We are seeking a third member for a panel proposal for SHARP’s (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) 2016 conference in Paris, 18-22 July 2016, “Languages of the Book/Les langues du livre” http://www.sharpweb.org/conferences/2016/call-for-papers/
This panel will explore how books of secrets, trade manuals, pamphlets, and other technical publications were transformed by time, translation, and transportation to scientific literature, and how the reverse also happened. Topics include, but are not limited to, any scientific or technical text whose initial publication was modest or important, but was transformed by later editions, adaptations, and translations. Of particular interest are texts that gained or lost importance by translation to another country, continent, or context. There is no geographic limit.
Deadline: November 29, 2015 (panel submission due November 30, 2015)
Please submit proposals to:
Jennifer E. Steenshorne
Associate Editor, The Selected Papers of John Jay
Columbia University
Brant Vogel
Independent Scholar

Seeking panelist: Waste/Recycling, WWII: A Transnational Perspective on Waste Flows in Times of Total War & Occupation

Waste and Recycling during WWII: A Transnational Perspective on Waste Flows in Times of Total War and Occupation

We are seeking a third (or forth) panelist for a session on “Waste and Recycling during WWII” at the SHOT conference (Singapore, 22-26 June 2016; deadline: Dec. 15). We aim to investigate different national efforts during WWII to turn waste into assets and war resources. In particular, we are seeking contributions on Asian regions, on the US American case, or on a European occupied economy. So far, we have two papers: one on wartime metal collections in Japan and in annexed regions (Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan) (Chad Denton) and the other on the Nazi "Recycling Regime" with a focus on paper, bones, and textiles (Heike Weber).

The panel aims towards a transnational perspective on waste flows and their re-ordering in warring as well as occupied economies . With our focus on war and recycling, we hope to bring together insights from the historical sub-disciplines of business history, environmental history, the history of technology and the history of war and society. Waste recycling was not only a means to “feed” war economies. In most warring nations, collecting waste such as metal scrap, paper, or bones for recycling purposes turned into a means to mobilize the home front: saving and collecting scraps and channeling them into recycling facilities became a national duty. Furthermore, the hegemonic expansion and exploitation strategies of both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan included collecting and reusing waste in those regions brought under control – a dimension hardly studied so far. 

Questions to be raised include:

In what ways are European and Asian occupied economies similar, different or specific and unique in respect to recycling?

In what ways differs, for example, the American, British or Swiss cases of war-time recycling from the aggressors’ strategies?

Which materials were favored, by whom, and for what reasons?

What are the links between waste recycling, forced labor, and marginalized or persecuted social groups (Koreans in the Japanese empire, or European Jews)?

What impact did wartime recycling have on later recycling technologies and on patterns of resource use?

If you are interested in participating in the panel, please contact Heike at hweber@uni-wuppertal.de with a short description of your potential contribution (latest by the 5th of Dec.) so that we can hand in the full proposal by Mid-December.

ISCHE Chicago août 2016 appel à symposia

Cher-e-s collègues,
Dans le cadre du congrès d'ISCHE ((International Standing Conference for the History of Education) qui se déroulera à Chicago du 17 au 20 août 2016, et dont le thème du congrès est cette année Education and the body; Claudia Martinez Moctezuma et moi-même souhaitons proposer et organiser deux symosia, dont le titre est le suivant : Les maladies à l'Ecole et les maladies de l'Ecole : préventions et soins, pédagogies et partenariats (XIXe-XXe siècles).
Si vous êtes intéressés et souhaités nous faire une proposition de communication, tous les renseignements se trouvent dans notre appel en pièce jointe.
Nous arrêtons le délai au 15 décembre afin de pouvoir ensuite proposer et déposer notre projet final sur le site du congrès.
N'hésitez pas à transmettre cet appel aux personnes qui pourraient être intéressées.
Nous restons à votre disposition pour toute question.
Bien amicalement à tous et à bientôt
Séverine Parayre

icohtec cfp Rio de Janero 2017

The International Committee for the History of Technology (ICOHTEC) will hold its 44th symposium
as part of the 25th International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, on 23-29 July 2017 (http://www.ichst2017.sbhc.org.br). The general theme of the
Congress is “Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and the Local.” The
Programme committee of ICHST suggests interpreting this theme broadly and encourages studies
of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at global, national and local levels, across all
periods, and from a variety of methodological and historiographical approaches. While open to
all proposals, the programme committee suggests the following sub-themes for the
consideration of session organizers and contributors:
1. Does technology have a homeland or is it international, multicultural, transnational,
universal or something else?
2. Interspatial dependence: Local activities and global consequences and vice versa
3. Can technology save the world? Geographical dimensions of technological fix
4. Race, gender, age and class: Social dimensions of technology
5. Impact of the market scale on technology
6. Made in the spot: Will indigenous, local and national technology have a future?
7. Culture, education, economy and politics: Societal contexts of technology
8. Reflections of users’ surroundings in shaping technology and designing products
9. Moving and removing technology: Territorial movements of technology and technological
10. Failed technology: How to define it and who decide on it?
11. Medicine and technology as tools of imperialism/colonialism
12. Interrelations between medicine and globalization: From national to international medicine R&D
13. Vision on media history: Technological bases of the ‘global village’
We urge contributors to organize a full session of three papers, or multiple related sessions of
three papers each, with a named chair for each session. Individual paper submissions will, of
course, be considered and grouped into sessions if deemed appropriate, but full sessions are
strongly preferred. The ICOHTEC programme committee encourages the organizers of sessions
to announce their plans to compile sessions and communicate with potential collaborators
through H-NET and other networks such as social media. It is also possible to propose papers
unrelated to the general theme. They can be presented in a “Special Topics” session.
Note: Membership in ICOHTEC is not required to participate in the symposium. We especially
encourage graduate students and young researchers to participate in the symposium and submit
their proposals. Limited travel grants will be available; see further information at:
http://www.icohtec.org/ .
SESSION proposals must include: (1) an abstract of the session (300 - 450 words), listing the
proposed papers (see individual paper proposal guidelines below) and the chairperson; (2)
abstracts for each paper (200 - 300 words); (3) a one-page biographical sketch for each
contributor and chairperson. Sessions consist of at least three or four speakers, and may include
several sections of three or four speakers each, which might extend over more than one day.
Each individual section of a session should have a chairperson.
INDIVIDUAL PAPER proposals must include: (1) a 200 – 300 -word abstract in English; and (2) a
one-page biographical sketch. Abstracts should include the author’s name and email address, a
short informative title of the paper, a concise statement of the thesis, a brief discussion of the
sources, and a summary of expected conclusions. In preparing your paper, remember that
presentations are not full-length articles. You will have no more than 20 minutes speaking time,
which is roughly equivalent to 8 double-spaced typed pages. Contributors are encouraged to
submit full-length versions of their papers after the congress for consideration by ICOHTEC’s
journal ICON. If you are submitting an independent paper proposal dealing with a particular subtheme
mentioned above, please, indicate this in your proposal.
The final deadline for all submissions is 15 February 2016.
Please, submit proposals for papers and sessions via the ICOHTEC online submission system at:
http://icohtec.org/annual-meeting/cfp-system/2017-rio/ (the online submission system will be opened
Please pay close attention to the instructions, particularly those that relate to the word length of
submitted documents.
Should you have any queries on the procedure, please contact Timo Myllyntaus, the chair of the
programme committee, via email (timmyl@utu.fi).
If you are unable to access the submission website, you may sent your proposal by email to

Timo Myllyntaus.

Otherwise, they may be sent via regular mail, postmarked 1 February 2016 to
Timo Myllyntaus
School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
Historicum, Kaivokatu 12
University of Turku
20 014 Turku

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