18 de febrero de 2017

CfP: Worlds of Nature and Medicine

Since the sixteenth century New World and in particular Iberian and Latin America knowledge has been critical to the modern making of ‘nature’ and ‘medicine’. Nevertheless, this long history of the making of new knowledge is not fully recognized in canonical narratives of the histories of science and medicine, which still emphasize European and North-American ‘discoveries’ and pay little attention to the transoceanic circulation of knowledge and people. At this two-day workshop, leading historians from around the world will present new research on the emergence and development of concepts and practices related to natural history and materia medica in the New World from the sixteenth to the twentieth century, illuminating the connections between global and local processes in natural science and medicine.
Papers can be presented in Portuguese, English and/or Spanish. Submit title, 100-word abstract, and 2-page CV, by MARCH 1, 2017 to LAGLOBAL Network Facilitator José Guevara at jose.guevara@postgrad.sas.ac.uk. Informal inquiries may be addressed to LAGLOBAL Director, Mark Thurner (University of London) at mark.thurner@sas.ac.uk and Marcos Cueto cuemarcos@gmail.con (Fiocruz).

17 de febrero de 2017

Seminario on line: Stethoscope and Auscultation in Historical Perspective

Wednesday 22nd of February, Time: 16:00

Presentation of the Seminar, Commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the stethoscope by the French physician René Laënnec, in charge of Joan Lloret, pediatrician and member of the Institute History of Medicine and Science López Piñero (Univertisity of Valencia).


16:30.- Josep Lluis Barona.- Professor of History of Science, member of the Institute History of Medicine and Science López Piñero (University of Valencia)
“Stethoscope, patient examination and medical profession”

17:00.- Melissa Van Drie.- Chercheur post-doctoral ECHO [ECrire l’Histoire de l’Oralité], Projet ANR, THALIM, équipe ARIAS (CNRS) / Bibiliothèque nationale de France. Paris. Cambridge University
“How we learn to listen in medicine: situating pedagogical transmission of auscultation and stethoscopic knowledge (19th-20th century case studies)”

18:00.- Jacalyn Duffin.- MD, PhD, FRCPC, FRSC, FCAH. Professor Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine. Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario Canada

"Stethoscope: revolutionary instrument, obsolet now?"  (Video Conference Intervention from Canada)

Més informació: cartell  i programació

CfP (with travel grants): Workshop “Group decision-making in scientific expert committees”

Workshop “Group decision-making in scientific expert committees”
TiLPS, Tilburg University (NL), 12-13 April 2017

Scientists are regularly called upon to serve as experts advisors for various institutions, be it on the authorization of a new drug, the effects of climate change, or a monetary policy. Typically, expert advisers are constituted in panels, who are to utter their advice collectively. This raises a variety of questions about the decision-making process: How should the group best take advantage of the individual strengths and expertise? How to wager individual opinions and how to ideally deal with peer disagreement? One may want to devise special deliberation procedures to avoid groupthink, and to install voting rules tailored to the situation at hand.

This workshop aims at gathering researchers who tackle these normative questions, from a variety of perspectives. We aim to bring together approaches from fields such as philosophy of science, social epistemology, political philosophy, political science, judgment aggregation, social choice theory, or agent-based modeling that provide inside on these problems. We are particularly looking for papers who are concerned with the specificity of both group decision-making and scientific expertise (compared to, say, an individual scientist giving advice, or a group of friends choosing a restaurant). Submissions may cover abstract work as well as case studies, and may involve formal tools.

Topics may include, but are NOT limited to:
-          Judgment aggregation and voting rules
-          Deliberation procedures
-          Information dynamics
-          Expertise and expert judgment
-          Collective risk assessment
-          Epistemic vs non-epistemic values
-          Precautionary decision-making

Invited speakers:
-          Roger Cooke (Risk Analysis and Mathematics, Delft & Washington)
-          Franz Dietrich (Economics and Philosophy, Paris)
-          Rafaela Hillerbrand (Philosophy, Karlsruhe)
-          Rida Laraki (Computer Science and Economics, Paris)
-          Behnam Taebi (Philosophy, Delft)

Abstract submission:
Please submit an extended abstract of maximum 1000 words suitable for blind review, together with a short abstract of maximum 100 words, before 24 February, 2017 at
Notifications of acceptance are expected on March 3, 2017.

Wellcome University Award in Medical History

The Department of History at University College London is seeking a candidate (in any field of history of medicine, post 1500) to support for a bid for a Wellcome Trust University award. If successful, the candidate would be supported by the Wellcome Trust for five years, and would then be appointed to a permanent post. Those who already hold a permanent post are not eligible to apply.

For preliminary queries, please contact Professor Margot Finn: m.finn@ucl.ac.uk

CfP: Data-Intensive Science, Hannover, October 26-27

Confirmed Speakers
Stefano Canali (Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Gregor Halfmann (University of Exeter)
Koray Karaca (Universiteit Twente)
Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter)
Wolgang Pietsch (Technical University of Munich)
Federica Russo (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Judith Simon (University of Hamburg)

Call for Papers
Discussions on the role of data in the sciences have acquired a central position in current philosophy of science. As part of a wider critical debate on the rhetoric of ‘big data’, philosophical discussions are now focused on the practices involved in the use of data in specific scientific disciplines, documenting challenges and benefits of working with data and studying the ethical dimensions of what is known as “data-intensive science”.
This workshop is aimed at promoting and further expanding this line of research, by focusing on a number of particularly important questions for the debate:
Discussions on these issues will follow a practice-based approach to philosophy of science, thus aiming at studying actual contexts of practice in the sciences, as well as at improving and advancing scientific practice itself by highlighting its potentially problematic aspects.

How to submit an abstract
Philosophers of science and researchers from other areas with interests in these issues, including PhD candidates and early career researchers, are encouraged to submit an abstract of up to 500 words.
Abstract should be sent in anonymised version to permit blinded review. Please state your name, affiliation and title of the abstract only in the body of your email.
The final deadline for abstract submission is 2 June 2017.

  • What is the role played by ‘traditional’ aspects of scientific research (e.g. experiments, causal discovery, etc.) in data-intensive science?
  • Which kind of practical and methodological issues are part of scientific practices involved in the use of (big) data?
  • Which modes of integration are made necessary by the need of using different kinds of data regarding significantly different phenomena?
  • Which role should we conceive for values in data-intensive science?
  • Does data-intensive science entail new aspects of responsibility? If so, which notion of responsibility do we need and which aspects should we highlight?

CfP: Comparative History of Philosophy, Università degli Studi di Milano

Call for Abstracts
Comparative History of Philosophy
9th June 2017
Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences, University of Milan
Confirmed Keynote: Prof. Enrico Pasini (University of Turin)
History of philosophy has grown into one of the main fields in philosophical research, with a flourishing and ever-expanding scholarly literature. Specialization followed, almost as a natural consequence of the growth of history of philosophy. Philosophers now specialize in a variety of specific historical periods and topics, such as Eastern Philosophy, Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Early Modernity, Post-Kantian Continental Philosophy, Early Analytical Philosophy and so on.

In recent years, the methodological side of historical philosophical research has attracted the attention of both philosophers and historians. This has happened, we believe, as a consequence of the maturity of history of philosophy and because it raises specific meta-philosophical and historiographical questions. In 2016, two international conferences were dedicated to this topic: the international Symposium of the Swiss Philosophical Society in Geneva and the 17th Graduate Philosophy Conference at the Boston College. In 2017, the conference “Distant Reading and Data Driven Research in the History of Philosophy”,  held in Turin, added the digital humanities approach to the debate.

We announce a call for papers for an exploratory, one-day symposium on the idea of a comparative history of philosophy to be held at the University of Milan on 9th June 2017.

The aim of the workshop is to discuss the methodology of the history of philosophy by focusing on the role that a comparison between different philosophies and periods might play. We believe that a comparative history (or histories) of philosophy is a new approach to the discipline worthy of more scrutiny.

While in other human and social sciences, such as sociology, geography and history, the comparative method has a strong tradition, in history of philosophy (at least in the last decades) it has not been widely used by scholars, who in general preferred to focus on particular subjects. We think that it is time to discuss the idea of comparison as a tool of the historian of philosophy.

We invite proposals for papers on the following topics, but not limited to:
  • Trans-historical trends in history of philosophy
  •  Comparison of different epochs in the history of philosophy, even very distant in time (e.g. Late Scholasticism and contemporary analytic philosophy)
  •  “Continuist” (e.g. Claude Panaccio, Robert Pasnau) versus “discontinuist” (e.g. Alain de Libera) readings of the history of philosophy: which contribution can the comparative study of history of philosophy bring to this debate?
  •  Evaluating the possible application of specific categories, born to describe a particular period, to other periods in the history of philosophy
  • Meta-philosophical significance of the comparative method: what insight can it give on the nature of philosophical research?
  •  Longue durée approaches to the history of philosophy
  • Comparative history of philosophy and the problem of periodization in the history of philosophy: when and how does a philosophical epoch end or begin?
  • Paradigm theory: what use, if any, in history of philosophy?
  • The "social dimension" of philosophical production: today and yesterday

16 de febrero de 2017

CfP: British Society for the History of Medicine Congress

Abstract submission is now open for the BSHM Congress to be held from 13th-16th September 2017 at Surgeons’ Hall, Edinburgh, in association with the Society for the Social History of Medicine.

 All those with an interest in history of medicine are welcome to attend and to submit abstracts for 15 minute oral presentations and for posters. Members of BSHM and affiliated societies enjoy a reduced delegate fee.

The Congress has 4 themes: Women in Medicine; Scotland's contribution and influence; Apothecaries and their successors; Art and photography in Medicine.
These themes are not exclusive. Papers and posters on any aspect of the history of medicine are welcome.

Abstract submission will  close on 31st May.  Abstracts should be no more than 200 words in length and the title no more than 15 words. A single reference may be added (not included in word count). Abstracts will be peer reviewed and authors notified by 7th July.
Keynote speakers include Professor Malcolm Nicolson, Professor David Watters and Philippa Langley.

SSHM collaboration
Postgraduate students, and early career postdoctoral researchers, who are members of the Society of the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) and who do not have  access to institutional funds, may apply for conference bursaries from the SSHM.   Details about applications can be found here – https://sshm.org/bursaries/
Undergraduate students enjoy reduced delegate rates of £25 for the 3 days or £10 per day.

Delegate rates
The early bird delegate rate, which is currently available, is £180 for the 3 day package (£190 for non-members).

CfP: Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities 2017

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce the call for papers for this year’s Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities conference to be held between 27 and 29 November 2017 at the Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester.

The conference will bring together colleagues from across the heritage, library, and academic sectors, in a vibrant and inclusive setting. We will discuss ways of enhancing cross-sector collaboration, collectively seizing new opportunities, and facing joint challenges.

Call for Papers
In today’s uncertain political and economic climate the ability to demonstrate why heritage and culture matter – and to whom - has never been more important or relevant. The ways in which we gather, measure and present evidence of cultural value and impact has attracted increasing attention in recent years, as emphasis has led to a stronger focus on the experience of individuals and of communities.

Archives, libraries, museums and heritage organisations across the UK and further afield have played a leading role in this movement. They have actively looked to examine, capture and measure the wider social, cultural and economic impact of their collections, and to engage more effectively with a wider variety of audiences. Work in this area continues to evolve, as does the need for new and better ways of evidencing value and impact through continuing research and the effective sharing of experiences within and between sectors.

DCDC17 will consider how, by working collaboratively through networks of  inter and cross-disciplinary initiatives, we can continue to improve and develop methodologies in order to build a strong evidence base to demonstrate the  cultural value of collections and their contribution to the creative economy. 
The main conference themes will include, but are not limited to, the following:
DCDC welcomes proposals on collaborative projects involving library, archive, museum, heritage and cultural sectors in partnership with the academic sector, communities, education and funders.

For 2017, we would particularly be interested on submissions within the following themes:
·         Heritage and the human experience: hidden voices, social cohesion, diversity and public wellbeing.
·         The cultural landscape: heritage buildings, regeneration, and engaging audiences with real and imagined environments.     
·         Curative collections: understanding and reflecting voices in conflict, dissent, displacement, repatriation and recovery.
·         New value in old things: opening up collections through original research, heritage science, the internet, and digital technology.
·         Collections and enterprise: the challenges and opportunities of utilising collections for revenue generation, managing the relationship between culture and the corporate, and overcoming the hurdles of copyright.
·         Innovative interpretations: presenting traditional collections to new audiences through art, design, and performance.
·         Measuring value: Holistic value frameworks, benchmarking, cultural and academic partnerships, impact, and the REF.
·         The politics of collections: advocacy for collections, funding, institutional and community support and investment. 

CfP Different Bodies: (Self-)Representation, Disability and the Media

University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom
23 June 2017

This one-day conference seeks to explore representations of the body as strange, shameful, wrong, impaired, wounded, scarred, disabled, lacking, different or ‘other’ in contemporary media. 

The advent of digital media has underlined the importance of visual culture and our curiosity in representations of the body to form opinions about ourselves and others. Media portrayals of bodies can affect our lives because media are one of the primary agents of socialization (Moore and Kosut, 2010). Bodies we see in newspapers, on television and in our social media feeds are often made to appear perfect in order to conform to racialized and heteronormative ideals of what it means to be beautiful and normal in contemporary capitalist societies. Presentations of the body that are white, young, slim and productive have been critiqued from different fields in academia such as feminism, queer theory, disability studies, critical theory and postcolonial studies.  

The digital media landscape is posing new challenges to the study of body representation. The Internet and social media in particular have led to an increased representation and engagement with the body through practices such as selfies, webcamming, blogging, vlogging and so on. While digital media may contribute to an empowerment of excluded and silenced bodies, they may equally open up spaces of discrimination, threats, hatred, trolling and silencing online, as the #gamergate controversy or author Lizzie Velásquez’ self-presentation on social media have recently illustrated.

A critical approach to representations of bodies and disability is therefore essential as a means of change (Bolt, 2014). This conference aims to develop a new understanding of disability and the media in the 21st century by establishing a dialogue between different scholars on the theme of body representations. In particular, we seek to formulate new questions to comprehend how the tension between non-digital and digital media is creating spaces for new ways of framing disabled bodies. How are new narratives being developed to recount diversity? What is their function? What is the relationship between representation of the body in news outlets and self-representation on social media? What are the epistemological opportunities the media could embrace in order to promote equality, health literacy and ultimately, a more comprehensive understanding of what it means to be human?

We encourage interdisciplinary paper presentations of 15 minutes that aim to explore how narratives and images of other bodies are constructed in the media and what their aesthetic, social, cultural, epistemological and political implications are.
Papers may draw on media and communication studies, as well as queer theory, disability studies, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, critical theory, psychoanalysis, psychosocial studies, literature, history, visual studies, anthropology, health communication, religious studies, medicine and philosophy.

Possible themes include but are not limited to:
- Researching bodies and the media: frameworks and methodologies
- Journalism and practices of othering the body
- The mediated body as spectacle
- Celebrity bodies and the spectacles of transformation
- The abject body 
- Stigma and the body
- De-colonizing and de-westernising the mediated body
- Neoliberalism, policy and austerity politics
- (Dis)Empowerments of the disabled body
- The objectification of the disabled body in the media
- Contemporary coverage of disability in print/online/television/radio
- Reality television and the body
- Auto-ethnographic accounts of the body in / through digital media
- The medicalised body in the media
- Representing wounds and scars
- Affective labour of bodies
- The body and trauma

This conference is part of the research project ‘Facial Disfigurement in the UK Media: From Print to Online’, led by Dr. Diana Garrisi (University of Westminster) and Dr. Jacob Johanssen (University of Westminster) that is financed through the University of Westminster Strategic Research Fund. Invited speakers include Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy at the UK charity Changing Faces (http://www.changingfaces.org.uk/).

Please send in abstracts of no longer than 500 words to both Jacob Johanssen (j.johanssen@westminster.ac.uk) and Diana Garrisi (d.garrisi2@westminster.ac.uk) by 28th April 2017. Conference attendance will be free. We seek to provide an open and inclusive space for everyone.

CfP: Arctic Mapping Conference: National Maritime Museum. July 2017

Mapping the past, exploiting the future: cartographies and understandings of the Arctic.
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London.
21-22 July 2017.

Royal Museums Greenwich will host an interdisciplinary conference which aims to interrogate the processes and products of mapping the Arctic, to coincide with the opening of a major new exhibition, Death in the Ice: the shocking story of Franklin's final expedition, about John Franklin's voyage to look for a North-West Passage, and the searches for those involved which followed. At a moment when the story of Franklin's 1845 expedition is being exploited by various commercial and political interests, we seek to broaden and deepen our understanding of voyages of exploration, surveying and mapping practices, and their subsequent narration.

This topic is particularly relevant given increasing nuance in work on the social and political implications of cartography, and recent moves in the history of cartography to include work on reception and use. Although the Franklin voyage and searches are the taking off point for the conference, we are interested in papers dealing with cartography in this region from the sixteenth century to the present day.

We particularly encourage papers on (though not limited to) the following

- surveying and resource exploitation

- countermapping in the Arctic

- Inuit mapping traditions and understandings of the landscape

- relationships between different genres of inscription

- mapping and surveying in unstable environments

- mapping and geopolitics

- administrative cartography and international law

We anticipate papers will be 20 minutes, with additional time for questions.
Please an abstract of no more than 250 words and a brief biography to research@rmg.co.uk by 1 March 2017.