29 de julio de 2017

CfP: Special Issue of the Journal History of Technology on “Technology in Latin American History”

Special Issue of the Journal History of Technology 
on “Technology in Latin American History”
Expected: Volume 34, 2018
Journal: History of Technology (Bloomsbury Publishing, London) https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/series/history-of-technology/
Guest editors: Dr. David Pretel (Colegio de México) and Dr. Helge Wendt (Max Plank Institute for the History of Science)
Journal editor: Prof. Ian Inkster (SOAS, University of London)
The purpose of this special collection is to offer a variety of critical analyses of the history of technology in Latin America from colonial times through the present day. Although research on the history of technology in Latin America has undergone major advances in recent years, we still lack a publication in English that brings together articles on the region’s various countries. Meanwhile, studies that are explicitly comparative and transcend a purely national approach remain rare.
This special issue will bring together contributions from researchers that examine the history of technology, considered in a broad sense, from the colonial period through the post-independence era, including twentieth-century history. We invite researchers to submit papers on any country in Latin America, including the Caribbean. Both general analysis and case studies will be considered. We are especially interested in articles that go beyond national historiography. We likewise welcome critical contributions that consider methodological, theoretical and conceptual issues related to the history of technology in Latin America.
This publication will accommodate any and all contributions focusing on the history of technology in Latin America. Possible topics to be addressed may include:
  • The globalisation of technology and transnational knowledge networks.
  • The history of technology in specific sectors, including case studies on mining, textiles, agriculture, transportation, communication, infrastructures, manufacturing, etc.
  • Cultures of technology and innovation.
  • Everyday technologies and technologies in use.
  • Technology and industrialisation.
  • Technology transfer and the circulation of knowledge.
  •  Resistance to technology, indigenous knowledge and the dynamics of appropriation.
  • Technology and intellectual property rights.
  • Energy transitions, environmental topics and technology since the beginning of the Anthropocene.
  • Technology, colonialism and post-colonialism.
  • Education, class structure and technological progress.
  • The political context of technological development.

CfP: Voice, Media, and Technologies of the Sacred

Yale Journal of Music & Religion invites articles examining voice, media, and technologies of the sacred. Approaching voice through its sonic and material dimensions, this issue will focus on the intersections of religion, media, and mediation with the poetics and infrastructures of sacred voice. Possible topics include continuities and ruptures between “old” and “new” media in terms of sacred voice; the shaping of sacred voice through religious conventions, aesthetics, and technologies; media and voicings of religious subjectivity and authority; institutions and infrastructures of sacred voice; vocal identity, embodiment, and mediation; nonhuman/disembodied voices in religious texts and other media; and individual and congregational voices' roles in religious practice and mediation. 

Please contact editor-in-chief Jeffers Engelhardt about possible submission topics: jengelhardt-at-amherst.edu. (Deadline extended to September 1, 2017.)

Contact Info: 
Joanna Murdoch, Managing Editor
Yale Journal of Music & Religion

STSUCL opens 3 teaching fellow posts - applications close from 15Aug

UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies announces three Teaching Fellowships for 2017-18 session. These are fractional appointments.

Autumn Term (Sep-Dec 2017)
Teaching Fellow in Science and Population Culture (40%)
Application closing date 15 August 2017

Spring Term (Jan-Mar 2018)
Teaching Fellow in Research Methods in Social Sciences (40%)
Teaching Fellow in History of Medicine and Science (19thC) (40%)
Application closing dates 25 August 2017

Details on all posts

STS is rated consistently as outstanding for its teaching and student mentoring. We have a strong track record of mentoring Teaching Fellows and developing their skills in teaching and learning in the modern HE environment. Teaching Fellows are integrated into the cultural life of the department, and they have available to them all the resources of UCL as a university, both for research and for professional development.

These fellowships are for module with existing syllabi, and there is some room for customisation. Applicants may apply for more than one post, but separate submissions are required for each.

A Free Highlight issue of Social History of Medicine for ICHST2017

The 25th International Congress of History of Science and Technology is taking place this year between 23-29 July in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The focus of this year’s conference is Science, Technology and Medicine between the Global and Local. The question of place and scales of analysis have been central to the research of historians of medicine and debates on recent trends in global history (see our Second Opinion pieces by Sara Hodges and Warwick Anderson).
As the historian of medicine Marcos Cueto’s keynote and the Congress program suggest, histories of Latin American science, technology and medicine are a crucial part of understanding the historiography, history and conceptualization of circulation of knowledge, global health and the Global South. To contribute to these discussions, the editors of Social History of Medicine have compiled this virtual highlight issue on Latin America, which will be available for free.
Several of our editors – Graham Mooney and Dora Vargha co-editors and Vanessa Heggie book review editor - will be present at the conference in Rio de Janeiro. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with them directly to discuss publication plans and ideas.
This Highlight issue is made up of 14 research articles, which underline the rich and diverse research in and on Latin America, from 18th-century anti-venereal trials in Mexico to the Cold War politics of population control in Haiti and biotypology in Brazil.
All articles are free to read until the end of September 2017.

27 de julio de 2017

CfP: Aging from beyond the skin

Deadline for manuscript submission: September 20th, 2017
Send manuscripts and inquiries to compaso@compaso.eu

For the Winter 2017 issue, we invite research articles and notes that explore how we are being aged from outside the contours of our bodies, through the presence and absence of interaction with others, in materially and technologically organized activities, by living in mediated worlds and incorporating mediated voices into ourselves. We invite authors to reflect on the significance of media, discourses, material shapes and technologies for the form, intensity and diversity of ageing, addressing questions such as the following:

• What forms of ageing are portrayed in children stories, films, textbooks, commercials, comics, and the thick environment of images and narratives in which we are immersed [1], [2]?
• How do people age through gameplay? How are elderly characters included and animated in gameworlds, and how are elderly players imagined through game design [3], [4]?
• How can one do age through clothing and body work [5]–[7]?
• How do people learn to age as women and men? What are the old and new forms of the double standard of ageing across different media [8], [9]?
• How do people age through scientific representations, models and methods? How does social and psychological sciences re-create age categories, influence and strength and how is it re-produced through public communication (Bodily 1994; Rughiniș and Humă 2015; Vincent 2008; Vincent, Tulle, and Bond 2008)?
• How do new technologies shape old age and ageing – through inequalities of access and use, dis/empowerment in relations with the environment, new communities and self-images [14]–[17]?

University of Leeds Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund fellowships: application deadline July 31st 2017

University of Leeds - Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF)

We are pleased to announce a second call for applications for the following funding schemes:

Early Career Researcher Fellowships – to support promising individuals in the basic science, humanities and clinical fields to enable them to realise their potential and position themselves for competitive external Fellowship applications at PhD or postdoctoral levels.

Discipline Hopping Fellowships – to support staff at all levels who wish to explore and develop new interdisciplinary research areas.

Applications from both Leeds and external organisations are welcome. 

The application deadline is 5pm July 31st 2017, shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on September 19th 2017 (applicants should ensure that they will be available to attend for interview on this date).

The completed application form should be emailed to WTISSF@leeds.ac.uk by the July 31st deadline.

Application forms and guidance for applicants are available on the ISSF website: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/2000/research_and_innovation/167/wellcome_institutional_strategic_support_fund/2   

e.g. the Early Career Researcher  application form can be downloaded here:

We also welcome applications for a third scheme – the Return To Work Fellowships.   These are aimed to facilitate a return to work for researchers who have had to take periods of leave.

There are no deadlines for this scheme, applications will be considered on an ad hoc basis.  More information, together with an application form, is also available at the above website.

CfP: Edited Volume on the History of Medical Education

This peer-reviewed volume will bring together original and diverse scholarship on the history of medical education and training in the healing arts. Historical research on all periods and geographies are welcome, including global and comparative perspectives, as well as any aspect of learning processes, systems, or experiences.

The inspiration for the book is to celebrate the exceptional and ongoing contributions to research and teaching in History of Medicine made by the Canadian historian-physician Jacalyn Duffin. The volume’s focus on the history of medical education acknowledges Dr. Duffin’s particular impact as an educator of future physicians and advocate for the utility of history in today’s medical curriculum during her tenure as Hannah Chair in History of Medicine at Queen’s University.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

·      medical education (within and beyond medical schools) – any time period or region
·      comparative, global, non-Western, or local histories of learning how to treat or prevent illness
·      apprenticeships or means of knowledge transmission in the healing arts, broadly construed
·      learning medicine from individual, cultural, professional, and institutional perspectives

Deadline for submissions: October 30, 2017

Please send an abstract of 300 to 500 words detailing the argument, primary sources, and historiographical significance of the proposed chapter, in addition to a 1-page CV. Selection of submissions is by jury. Invitations to contribute will be extended by the end of this calendar year, at which time we will ask all contributors to commit to submitting their manuscripts for peer-review by August  2018.

Please send proposals to the co-editors by October 30, 2017:

Delia Gavrus, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Chancellor’s Research Chair
Department of History, University of Winnipeg (Canada)

Susan Lamb, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Jason A. Hannah Chair in History of Medicine
Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa (Canada)

21 de julio de 2017

VII Jornada astronomia 2017, 1ª circular

Aquesta propera tardor, com és tradició des de l’any 2005 i amb periodicitat bianual, s’esdevindrà una nova cita per als estudiosos de la història de l’astronomia i de la meteorologia. De nou la ciutat de Vic es convertirà en un espai de treball i debat historiogràfic d’aquestes dues disciplines. És en aquest sentit que ens plau convocar-vos a la VII Jornada d’Història de l’Astronomia i de la Meteorologia. 
Assistència i comunicacions
El comitè organitzador de la VII Jornada anima les persones interessades en la història de l’astronomia i de la meteorologia a participar-hi i a presentar comunicacions sobre recerques acabades, o en curs. La durada de cada comunicació serà de quinze minuts i, posteriorment, es farà un debat breu. Cada persona podrà defensar una sola comunicació, excepte si ho fa en col·laboració amb altres inscrits.
Programa provisional
La Jornada s’iniciarà amb la conferència inaugural a càrrec de Aitor Anduaga, investigador d’Ikerbasque al Museu d’Història de la Medicina i de la Ciència (UPB) sobre un tema d’història de la meteorologia. A continuació, en sessions de matí i tarda, es presentaran les comunicacions i es durà a terme el debat corresponent. La Jornada es clourà amb una conferència sobre temes astronòmics a càrrec de Josep Maria Oliver, de l’Agrupació Astronòmica de Sabadell.
La versió definitiva del programa, la distribució de les comunicacions i altres detalls sobre l’organització de la Jornada es faran conèixer a través del web de la SCHCT (La versió definitiva del programa, la distribució de les comunicacions i altres detalls sobre l’organització de la Jornada es faran conèixer a través del web de la SCHCT http://schct.iec.cat/ a partir del 16 d’octubre de 2017.
De l’1 al 28 de setembre de 2017
·                    Recepció de propostes de comunicació a schct@iec.cat (IMPORTANT: indiqueu al tema RESUM VIC). Cada proposta inclourà títol i un resum, en format word, d’un màxim de 500 paraules.
·                    Sol·licitud de beca. S’ofereixen beques a estudiants i llicenciats en atur, o a aquells que demostrin que les necessiten, per a la inscripció i viatge. Cal enviar a schct@iec.cat (indicant al tema: BECA VIC) un escrit justificant-ne els motius i adjuntant, escanejada, la documentació necessària: certificació d’atur o matrícula d’estudiant vigent.  Es comunicarà la resolució abans de l’inici del període d’inscripció.

20 de julio de 2017

Digital Technologies, Bodies, and Embodiments

In the last five years or so, rhetoric and composition scholarship has offered work that brings digital media and bodies to the forefront to shape pedagogical praxis, illuminate cultural practices, and extend composition studies (into writing studies). Yet, much of this scholarship remains focused on the rhetorical construction of embodiment, as indicated by several recent journal special issues: Perspectives and Definitions of Digital Rhetoric (Enculturation 23 2016), Wearable Rhetorics: Bodies, Cities, Collectives (Rhetoric Society Quarterly 46.3 2016), Embodied and Affective Rhetorics (Present Tense 6.1 2016), Embodied Sound (Kairos 21.1 2016), and Sexing Colorlines: Black Sexualities, Popular Culture, and Cultural Production (Poroi 7.2 2011). The advent and, now, ubiquity of digital media and digital writing practices demands a rethinking of the relationships between rhetoric, bodies, embodiments, and writing (as broadly construed): how writing embodies and composes a writer; how writing embodies and composes others; and, inversely, how bodies and embodiments compose hegemonic regimes of—or sites of resistance to—contemporary writing modalities, both in and outside the writing classroom.
This special issue will examine questions of digital media, bodies, and embodiments with specific attention to writing studies itself: how writing composes embodiments and how embodiments compose writing within and through digital technologies and institutions. We are calling for scholarship that offers theoretical, methodological, and/or pedagogical work that contributes to the latest research on, about, with, and between (dis)connections of digital technologies, bodies, embodiments, and writing in digital-cultural contexts, texts, and events. Following Computers and Composition’s emphasis on the use of computers and digital technologies in teaching and the writing classroom, writing program administration, and writing research, we are particularly interested in submissions that apply theoretical methods to the practical dimension of the field. To this end, our special issue of Computers and Composition seeks to continue and extend some of the ideas in the journal’s past and forthcoming special issues, such as Jonathan Alexander and Will Banks’ “Sexualities, Technologies, and the Teaching of Writing” (2004) and Jason Tham, Megan McGrath, Ann Hill Duin, and Joe Moses’ forthcoming “Wearable Technology, Ubiquitous Computing, and Immersive Experience: Implications for Writing Studies.”
For this special issue, we distinguish “the body” and “embodiment” as different conceptual terms—a move laid out by N. Katherine Hayles and Anne Frances Wysocki. The body, according to Hayles, is abstract and normalized; embodiment, in contrast, is an instantiated materiality, a corporeality that cannot be separated from its medium and context (196). We might conclude that the body is general and embodiment is particular. Likewise, Wysocki asserts that embodiment “calls us to attend to what we just simply do, day to day, moving about, communicating with others, using objects that we simply use in order to make things happen” (3). Of course, embodiment and the body are always woven together in lived experiences and social contexts. The key is not to create a binary relationship between the two or privilege one over the other; rather, the two need to be conceptualized together as they are inextricably intertwined.
Suggestions for topics that contributors may wish to engage with include, but are not limited to: rhetoric, composition, and writing; histories of composition, writing, and digital technologies; critical pedagogies, teaching praxes, and classroom practices; theoretical legacies (in praxis): feminism, post-colonial theory, decolonial theory, queer theory, critical race theory, poststructuralism, cultural rhetorics theory, etc.; digital humanities, digital media, and digital studies; art, creative-critical work/scholarship, and genre studies; disability studies; visual culture and rhetorics; new media and game studies; social justice, activism, and community outreach; space, place, and land; subjectivity, identity, agency, and difference; professional and technical communication and writing, UX/XA, and design; and computational rhetorics and analytics.
Some possible questions authors may wish to engage (but are not required):
1. How do we account for the indistinguishable materiality between bodies, embodiments, and digital technologies, and how does writing negotiate this tension?
2. How do we consider the relations of bodies and embodiments to non-digital and digital places, technologies, and others? Likewise, how does the shift from non-digital to digital writing further complicate such relations?
3. What affordances and constraints do non-digital and digital writing technologies create for the bodies and embodiments of teachers and students in the classroom?
4. How do subjectivities and identities (race, gender, class, sexual orientation, nationality, dis/ability, age, and/or creed) factor into the use, accessibility, and practice of digital technologies and writing both in and outside the classroom?
5. How do writing program administrators create writing programs that tend to the complexities of embodiment, especially as digitally mediated?
6. How does the relationship between embodiment, identity, and ubiquitous computing challenge “traditional” conceptions of writing assessment?
7. What technologies, bodies, embodiments, and writing practices emerge, oppress, subvert, and augment if we consider ideas of space, place, and land?
8. What constitutes the meaning/content of a body and embodiment and the grammar/syntax of a body and embodiment, and how do we arrive at such?
9. How might art and artists illuminate dominant assumptions of embodied technologies, and how might writing studies take on such aesthetic methods?

Proposals due: October 31, 2017 
Decision to authors on preliminary inclusion: December 31, 2017
Initial drafts of 6,000-7,000 words to guest editors: June 30, 2018 
Article revisions due to guest editors: December 31, 2018
Publication of special issue: September 2019

CfP: Papers for AAS panel on Disaster Temporality

We’re 3 Japan anthropologists looking for 2 more papers for the panel we’re organizing below (draft abstract) for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in Washington, DC, in March 2018. We want to put together a cross-border and interdisciplinary panel, so we’re particularly interested in papers outside of our expertise. Please send abstracts to chika.watanabe@manchester.ac.uk by July 20th

Disaster Temporality: Alternative Pasts and Possible Futures
What if a mass earthquake struck Tokyo tomorrow? What if evacuation centers had been effective during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines? What if our estimates of future disasters are unable to account for demographic and climate changes?
As events of rupture, disasters provoke counterfactual "what if" questions that call for alternative histories and futures (Clarke 2006). People must assess what went wrong (or right) and how that "lesson" can be used to expand the imaginable, and thereby be better prepared for the future--as well as to come to terms with the past. This panel investigates how disasters push actors across the Asia-Pacific to reevaluate the region's histories and futures in the face of increasingly destructive "natural" disasters. As the most disaster-prone region in the world (ESCAP 2016), the Asia-Pacific presents a context in which people have to negotiate the relationship between experiences of (past) catastrophe with strategies of (future) preparedness in short spaces of time. The temporality of disasters is not neatly linear, but cyclical, compressed, and often messy. By comparing case studies between X, X, and X, we explore how the interconnected histories in the region impact the ways that people rework the past and future in contingent directions (Oakes 2017). Gagne explores how the intersection of national policies, local recovery plans, and ongoing displacement creates a "zoned liminality" for evacuees of the 2011 disaster in Japan. Kimura and Watanabe examine how Japanese aid actors re-envision Japan's experience with disasters into the future of preparedness in other countries such as Chile. [Add about other papers.] The panel offers a cross-border and interdisciplinary perspective on how disasters are reshaping people's formulations of the region's temporal trajectories.
Contact Info: Chika Watanabe, University of Manchester, Social Anthropology