18 de mayo de 2018

CFP: Travel and the Hospital: from pilgrimage to medical tourism, Barcelona, April 2019

International Network for the History of Hospitals and Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) of the University of Barcelona. 12th Conference of the INHH and VIII Abrils de l’Hospital. 24-26 April 2019 University of Barcelona


Medical tourism is an increasingly popular feature of health care today. Yet it is not always recognised that, throughout their history, hospitals have attracted patients from afar seeking cures, both spiritual and physical, not available at home. While much work has previously focused on the institution as a fixed place, often closely associated with a specific locality, the hospital’s role as a focus for a wider network of health needs and health consumers has been largely overlooked. This neglected topic will be the focus of our twelfth conference.
From its inception the hospital provided care and cure for pilgrims, either en route to, or on their arrival at, shrines, as well as for patients from beyond the urban centre, some from local areas and others travelling great distances to access treatment. These institutions were also distinguished by their architectural and artistic heritage, being decorated with paintings and sculptures, some of which still survive today and depict pilgrims, the poor and the sick. Although many buildings have disappeared or been transformed over time, others remain that reflect their original size and beauty and are important destinations for tourism.
Over the centuries major man-made crises such as war have prompted the introduction of many forms of mobile hospital. Among them were the first ambulances, the medical units that travelled with troops on campaign, and the sophisticated network of treatment stations developed by the combatants of the First World War, including hospital trains with more patients than a London teaching institution. Hospitals have also featured at the heart of migration stories – with staff moving around empires and across borders to acquire medical training and to assist a growing body of patients, whose access to hospital medicine has been limited by poverty, race, lack of citizenship, or the unavailability of specialist services locally. In many parts of the world, and especially in areas with limited healthcare infrastructure or widely dispersed population, hospitals came to the patients, with a variety of mobile institutions being developed to serve the sick in Africa, Russia, Central Europe and across Asia. These many activities reflect the variety of topics that can be included in our theme of Travel and the Hospital.
We seek abstracts of 300 words in ENGLISH [or Spanish or Catalan with and English translation] pertinent to the conference theme. Papers on any historical period, region or country might focus on, but are not restricted to:

Pilgrimage and the hospital
Migration and hospitals – patients and staff
Perceptions of’ diverse staff and patient populations.
Sites for medical testing (remedies or techniques which are imported)
Global connections, including missionary and transnational organisations
War and campaign medicine
Itinerant healing and healers in rural areas.
Mobile hospitals
Centres of excellence, learning and medical education.
Hospitals as historic monuments; their importance to cities both today and in the past.

The conference languages will be English, Catalan and Spanish. We hope to be able to offer some bursaries for doctoral and early career researchers.

Conference organisers Antoni Conejo (Barcelona), John Henderson (Birkbeck, London, UK) and Barry Doyle (Huddersfield, UK)
Abstracts should be emailed to b.m.doyle@hud.ac.uk OR abrils.hospital@ub.edu by the closing date of Monday 2 July 2018

CfP: Humanidades en transición

Url: https://humanitiesconference.imf.csic.es/comunicaciones

Las propuestas para comunicaciones se realizarán a uno de los ámbitos generales del congreso.
Cada comunicación contará con 30 minutos para exposición y debate.
Idiomas: español, catalán o inglés.
Fecha límite de presentación de propuestas: 31 de mayo de 2018 (prorrogado)
Notificación de aceptación de propuestas: 15 de junio de 2018

Deberá adjuntarse título y resumen (de unas 300 palabras), indicando el ámbito concreto del congreso en el que se desea presentar la comunicación.

Call for Application: Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation Fellowship

The Women in Medicine Legacy Foundation is pleased to provide one $5,000 fellowship grant to support a research project based at the Harvard Medical School Center for the History of Medicine, located in Boston, MA. The fellowship grant can be used for travel, lodging, and incidental expenses for a flexible research period between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Foundation Fellowships are offered for research at the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine which serves the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA.

Preference will be given to:
                    Projects engaging specifically with the history of women physicians, health workers or medical scientists; Proposals on the history of women’s health will also be considered.
                    Projects using collections from the Center’s Archives for Women in Medicine (a full list is available at https://www.countway.harvard.edu/awm.)
                    Applicants who live beyond commuting distance of the Countway Library; however, all are encouraged to apply, including graduate students.

As a condition for the fellowship, the Foundation requests: A one page report on the Fellow’s research experience; a copy of the final product (with the ability to post excerpts from the paper/project); and a photo and bio of the Fellow for web and newsletter announcements. The Fellow will also be asked to present a lecture at the Countway Library.


For application requirements, please visit: https://cms.www.countway.harvard.edu/wp/?p=14648

Call for Applications: 3 years PhD position in the history of late medieval astronomy in Europe

ALFA is an ERC funded project (2017-2022, 60 month, Consolidator grant 2016 agreement 723085, PI Matthieu Husson) dedicated to the study of Alfonsine astronomy which flourished in Europe from the second half of the 13th century to the middle of the 16th century.
Relying on approaches from the history of astronomy, history of mathematics, and history of manuscript cultures to study astronomical tables, instruments, theoretical and mathematical texts, ALFA’s main objectives are to:
·        Retrace the development of the corpus of Alfonsine texts from its origin in the second half of the 13th century to the end of the 15th century by following, on the manuscript level, the milieus producing and using these codices;
·        Analyse Alfonsine astronomers’ practices, their relations to mathematics, to the natural world, to proofs and justification, and their intellectual and social contexts and audiences;
·        Build a meaningful narrative showing how astronomers in different milieus with diverse practices shaped, also from Arabic and Hebrew materials, an original scientific scene in Europe.
ALFA works in a deeply collective manner. Around Matthieu Husson (PI, CNRS-SYRTE Observatoire de Paris PSL), José Chabás (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) and Richard Kremer (Dartmouth College, USA) constitute the project advisory board. A local team of 3 post-docs, 3 PhD students and a digital humanities IT expert, based at the Paris observatory, will work with a team of international collaborators comprised of 10 specialists of the history of late medieval astronomy in Europe. Finally a team of external experts from neighbouring fields will consult with ALFA in order to enrich its methodological and theoretical dimensions and to help design the digital tools.
ALFA invites application for a 3 year doctoral position expected to start, if the position is filled, on October 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter (CNRS-contract, according to CNRS policy 1758 Euros gross per month). This position will be hosted at the Observatoire de Paris (ED 127) inside the history of astronomy team of the SYRTE Laboratory (dir. Michela Malpangotto, UMR 8630). The PhD will be co-directed by Matthieu Husson and Christian Bracco (SYRTE Observatoire de Paris PSL).
The successful candidate will work as part of the local team and will spend most of his/her working time on his/her research project in the context of this collective, international project. The candidate is expected to participate in the publications of the project and will be encouraged to take part in the scientific activities relevant to his research (workshops and seminars). He or she will have also dedicated research funds especially for travel to relevant European libraries.
In line with ALFA’s objectives this PhD project should enhance our understanding of the formation and development of Alfonsine astronomy. Different approaches are possible to achieve this aim. They rely on a range of competences and we thus encourage candidates with different skills and training background to apply. These potential approaches include by order of priority for this call:

CfP: Political Culture & History of Knowledge, Washington DC, June 6-8, 2019

Conveners: 
German Historical Institute Washington DC: Kerstin von der Krone, Simone Lässig
Center “History of Knowledge” at the University Zurich and the ETH Zurich: 
Kijan Espahangizi, Nils Güttler, Monika Wulz

Institute of the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago: Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer
 
Knowledge is omnipresent yet its value is increasingly being called into question. Amid the flood of information disseminated by social media, amid talk of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” expertise is subject to challenges from many directions. These developments make the history of knowledge especially relevant today. They also make politics and political culture an ideal test case for assessing the potential and limits of the history of knowledge. Knowledge plays an important role in political activities from voter mobilization to governmental decision-making. As recent historical research on the role of expert knowledge has shown, the political realm functions as a knowledge space – a space where knowledge is gathered, produced, disseminated, manipulated, and regulated. By investigating the role of knowledge in politics, the proposed conference will seek to foster a transatlantic debate on the merits of using knowledge as a category of historical analysis; in particular, it aims to initiate a productive conversation between scholars working in the “history of knowledge” paradigm and scholars in other fields – such as political history, cultural history, and intellectual history – who are open to and curious about using knowledge as a category of analysis.
The conference will explore the role of knowledge in different sectors, institutions, and agents of political life, including the state, the economy, the legal system, the public and the media, political parties, social movements, universities and think tanks. Possible subjects to be investigated from a knowledge perspective include: classic topics of political history (including ethno-nationalism, populism, elections and the electorate); the role of political culture and cultural policy; political symbols and languages; public opinion and the media; biopolitics, medicine, and environmental policy; migration and mobility. However, themes and topics are by no means restricted to these examples. 
To foster a broad dialogue on the merits of knowledge as an analytical category we would like to invite scholars from political history, intellectual history, cultural history, media studies, anthropology, the history of science and technology, political science, sociology, or related fields to submit proposals. We aim for an empirically informed dialogue and prefer historical case studies that speak to knowledge as a category of historical analysis. Focused theoretical contributions discussing or comparing the approach, however, are also welcome especially if they are grounded in empirical work. While the conference seeks to bring into conversation the different historiographical approaches prevalent in Europe and North America, the thematic scope of the conference is not limited to these regions and will range from early modern to contemporary history. In order to leave plenty of time for comment and discussion, we are asking participants to prepare papers not exceeding twenty minutes.
Please send your one-page abstract of no more than 400 words and a short CV of no more than 2 pages in one combined PDF-file to the GHI’s event coordinator Susanne Fabricius (fabricius@ghi-dc.org) by June 30th, 2018For questions regarding possible contributions, please contact Dr. Kerstin von der Krone (krone@ghi-dc.org). We will notify applicants by the end of October 2018 and expect to be able to cover the transportation and accommodation costs of the conference participants.

Convocatòria XIX Premi de Recerca Ricart i Giralt


El premio de investigación Ricart i Giralt empezó su singladura el año 2000 con el objetivo de estimular las investigaciones en el campo de las ciencias sociales relacionadas con el patrimonio y la cultura marítima en el ámbito de la costa catalana. Fue bautizado con el nombre de Josep Ricart i Giralt, capitán de la marina mercante, escritor y director de la Escuela de Náutica de Barcelona. Desde la novena edición se convoca conjuntamente con el Instituto Ramon Muntaner. Esta asociación ha dado un nuevo impulso al premio consiguiendo una mayor difusión y mejores vínculos con la investigación local que se produce en nuestro territorio. Es un premio anual, dotado con 6.000 €, que se concede a un proyecto de investigación a desarrollar a lo largo de un año. Los proyectos son valorados por un Jurado formado por un representante del IRMU, un representante del Museu Marítim de Barcelona, y dos personas más de reconocido prestigio en el campo de la cultura marítima, escogidas a propuesta de cada una de las instituciones convocantes.

CfP: Disagreement in Science (Special Issue of Synthese)

Guest editors:
Maria Baghramian (University College Dublin)
Finnur Dellsén (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences)

We invite submissions of original papers for a special issue of Synthese on the topic “Disagreement in Science”.

Recent epistemology has seen an explosion of interest in disagreement and other related questions in social epistemology. While much progress has been made on abstract and general epistemological issues relating to disagreement, there has been surprisingly little discussion of how, if at all, these lessons can be applied to disagreement within science in particular. Furthermore, several aspects of the topic go beyond merely applying lessons from analytic epistemology. For example, scientific disagreement is unlike many ordinary cases of disagreement in that there is often little reason to think that the disagreement is due to a simple mistake by one of the parties of the type often appealed to in the epistemology of disagreement literature. Rather, if there is disagreement among two or more groups of scientists, it is most commonly grounded in a more fundamental difference in their methods, background assumptions, or scientific outlooks.

The special issue will focus on philosophical questions raised by disagreement within science or particular scientific disciplines. Appropriate topics for contributions include (but are not limited to):
How, if at all, should scientists reevaluate their theories and models upon realizing that their scientific peers have a contrary opinion? How should scientific disagreements be resolved?
Is there such a thing as “peer disagreement” in science – i.e. disagreement between equally well informed and equally competent scientists – or is this too much of an idealization from actual scientific practice to tell us anything worthwhile about scientific controversies?
What sort of things do scientists disagree about – only matter of facts, or also conceptual issues and the proper values used in scientific practice?
Does persistent scientific disagreement support or lend credence to relativism about scientific truths, or about scientific theory evaluation?
Is scientific disagreement a desirable feature of scientific communities, or should scientists strive to build consensus on important topics?
What, if anything, can the public learn from facts about disagreement (or its opposite, consensus), e.g. on topics such as medical research and climate models?
We welcome submissions that approach these questions in variety of ways, including formal approaches and case studies of scientific disagreements within particular disciplines.

Deadline for submissions: October 15th, 2018.

Call for applications: CSH Fellow (postdoc, University of Bern, 16.7.2018)


The Center for Space and Habitability (CSH) at the University of Bern, Switzerland, invites applications for a CSH Fellow in Philosophy of Science, to be filled on 1st September 2018 or later. The CSH Fellow is expected to be an independent postdoctoral researcher, who will carry out their own early-career research program that is broadly consistent with CSH interests. In addition to research, we expect the CSH Fellow to take on leadership roles in the intellectual life of the CSH, including leading coffee/lunch discussions, journal clubs, inviting and hosting seminar/colloquium speakers, etc. 

For this position, we are interested in applicants with expertise in philosophy of science. The successful applicant will carry out research in philosophy of science (either in general philosophy of science, or in the philosophy of a discipline represented at the CSH, in particular of physics or biology). The research topic need not be closely related to the key topics of the CSH (e.g., origins of life, search for life, planetary science), although this is an advantage. It is in any case important that the research of the CSH Fellow allows for fruitful exchange with the scientists from the CSH. The applicant is also expected to lead an interdisciplinary program designed to explore the exchange of ideas between philosophers and scientists. He/she will divide his/her time equally between the CSH and the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Bern. 

Each CSH Fellowship is held for 2+1 years at the University of Bern and comes with an annual 5000 CHF research budget. The annual salary is between 85,000 and 95,000 CHF, depending on experience (years after Ph.D) and is set by a predetermined matrix from the University and Canton of Bern. Child allowance and maternity/paternity leave are offered. 

Each prospective candidate will submit a research proposal with a maximum length of 5 pages. The candidate will use a maximum of 2 pages to explain her/his existing expertise and projects performed either during the Ph.D or last postdoctoral position. The rest of the proposal (minimum 2 pages) should describe the future research to be pursued at the CSH, including the key questions addressed and the expected exchange with the CSH scientists. Additional application materials include a 2-page CV, a list of publications (no page limit) and a cover letter (1 page) listing the names of 3 referees/references. The entire application should be submitted as a SINGLE PDF FILE to CSH Director Kevin Heng (kevin.heng ‘at’ csh.unibe.ch) and to Claus Beisbart from the Institute for Philosophy (claus.beisbart ‘at’ philo.unibe.ch). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that three letters of recommendation are sent directly to CSH Secretary Danielle Zemp (danielle.zemp ‘at’ csh.unibe.ch) by the application deadline of 16th July 2018. 

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by 6th August 2018, and will be invited to Bern, Switzerland, for talks and/or interviews. We expect to extend formal offers by 20th August 2018. 

Please consult the CSH website (http://www.csh.unibe.ch) for details about the CSH. Questions should be addressed to Claus Beisbart (claus.beisbart ‘at’ philo.unibe.ch). 

17 de mayo de 2018

Job Announcement:


Faculty Positions in the Fields of Humanities, Science. or Social Science

The University Scholars Programme (USP), a premier undergraduate honours programme at the National University of Singapore (NUS), plans to hire dedicated individuals to fill multiple full-time and renewable lecturer positions that include both the opportunities for research funding and for promotion to Associate Professor on the NUS Educator Track, as described below. The primary responsibility of these positions is to contribute to an interdisciplinary and student-centric curriculum through the teaching of innovative, self-designed, small class modules, including both our team-taught freshman and senior seminars and our mandatory first-year course in academic writing and critical thinking, to which you will be expected to bring your own disciplinary expertise.
Candidates with a PhD in any field are therefore eligible, and we would particularly welcome applications from candidates with backgrounds in history of science, STEM, sociology, anthropology, politics, cultural and technology studies, as well as scholars of performance studies or the visual arts. Academics whose research involves fieldwork in the Southeast Asian region are likewise encouraged to apply, as are candidates whose research interests are explicitly interdisciplinary. In short, USP seeks innovative and creative candidates who will further diversify our already multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary faculty.
The successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be introducing our first-year students to the practices and conventions of academic thinking and writing in our mandatory first-year Writing and Critical Thinking (WCT) module, and while prior experience in teaching undergraduate writing courses is not a requirement for these positions, evidence of aptitude for teaching the conventions of academic thinking and writing, broadly conceived, would be advantageous. WCT modules are capped at 12 students per section, and all other USP modules likewise maintain small faculty-to-student ratios. The position also offers ample opportunities to design and teach non-WCT classes in your own fields of interest and areas of research expertise.
Most importantly, we are looking for candidates who have a commitment to innovation in undergraduate education, are devoted to both their own research and teaching excellence, and who have the willingness and ability to engage students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Candidates must hold a PhD by December 2018 and should be able to begin in January 2019, although an August 2019 start-date may also be possible. Remuneration and benefits are highly competitive on the global research university level.
Appointments begin at the level of Lecturer on the Educator Track, and possibly Senior Lecturer if previous work experience warrants it, as late careerists dedicated to undergraduate education are also encouraged to apply. Although the USP Educator Track is not a tenurable line, it offers a flexible pathway to promotion to Associate Professorship, as well as opportunities for research funding, including overseas research and conference travel. The contract is for three years in the first instance and is renewable subject to good performance, with the eventual possibility of promotion to Associate Professor on an open contract. Salary is competitive with worldwide standards and includes both re-location assistance and housing subsidies for the first nine years.
Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter, CV, and short synopsis of no more than 500 words each describing briefly two different courses (one WCT and one non-WCT) that you would be prepared to design and teach to the interdisciplinary undergraduates of the USP. Examples of the kinds of WCT and non-WCT modules that we currently offer can be found HERE.
In addition, applicants should download and complete the NUS Personal Data Consent for Job Applicants HERE.
Interviews for overseas candidates will normally be conducted through Skype. Candidates who are further shortlisted will be asked to provide three letters of reference (though you may also feel free to send them along with your initial application if you wish) and will be invited for a campus visit in August and September of this year. Please email all applications to uspbox23@nus.edu.sg. Applications received by 15 July 2018 will receive full consideration.

More information about USP and the WCT can be found on USP website and additional information about Academic Appointments at NUS can be found HERE.

11 de mayo de 2018

CfP: Living Well: Histories of Emotions, Wellness & Human Flourishing

A special issue of the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Submission deadline: November 1, 2018
Organized by the Forum for the History of the Human Sciences in honor of historian John C. Burnham (1929-2017), this special issue will bring together historical studies that analyze how the social and behavioral sciences have attended to the meanings and conditions of living well and human flourishing. We are interested in accounts that consider what these sciences, as well as popular works that draw on them, have said about living well, in its spiritual, psychological, cultural, social, economic, and/or political dimensions.
We welcome article-length submissions that explore the development, implementation, and critique of social and behavioral science research and theoretical frameworks in this area. In addition, we are interested in studies that consider the uptake of such work in the broader society, at the level of ideas, social practices, popular culture, and/or public policy.  We welcome manuscripts that engage with the topics, geographical areas, and theoretical approaches that Burnham used himself.  But we are equally interested in manuscripts that advance other lines of analysis.
Possible topics of historical investigation include:
- self-help and other advice literature
- humanistic psychology, positive psychology, and happiness studies
- work on mindfulness and resilience
- studies of the emotions
- research from behavioral economics
- social justice movements’ use of the behavioral sciences to challenge the conditions and inequalities impeding human flourishing at the levels of the individual, group, and/or society 
- social and behavioral scientific studies of “bad habits” and strategies for overcoming them
- critiques of scholarly work and popular accounts of living well, happiness, and/or positive thinking
- the biopolitics of living well
-the relationship between popular and expert views of how to live well and flourish
- the sponsorship of studies on well-being and the use of such work by communities, groups, private organizations, philanthropy, business, and government.

Send manuscript submissions of approximately 10,000, including notes and references, by November 1, 2018 to guest editors Mark Solovey (mark.solovey@utoronto.ca) and Debbie Weinstein (debbie_weinstein@brown.edu). The guest editors also welcome preliminary inquiries about the appropriateness of particular subject matters and lines of analysis. All submissions should follow the format outlined in the journal’s Author Guidelines.  Submissions selected by the guest editors will be peer-reviewed per the standard procedures of the journal.