Digital Research Survey – with Gift Drawing

The History of Science Society is offering several free gifts to anyone responding to this short online survey about research in the digital environment. We are looking for responses from technophobes to digital natives from around the world.

The survey is designed to help the broader history of science, technology, and medicine community understand how digital resources have affected scholarship in the field.

The survey is for anyone who working in history of science at all levels: students, researchers, teachers, librarians, curators, and anyone else working in history of science, technology, and medicine or allied fields.

The survey is designed by Stephen Weldon (IsisCB Explore and the Isis Current Bibliography) and two members of the Technology and Communication Committee: Kathleen Sheppard and Margaret Gaida.

If you complete the survey, you can elect to be entered in to a drawing to receive either a $25 gift card (for HSS members), or a 2019 one-year e-membership to the History of Science Society with access to Isis and other benefits. Two awards of each type are available. The drawing will be held in mid January. (The survey is anonymous, and the drawing entry form is not connected to the survey collector.)

Once again, the link to the survey is here.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns via

CFP: Scientific Magazine Estudios de Historia de España, ISSN 0328-0284

Estudios de Historia de España, biannual online magazine of the Instituto de Historia de España of Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina, calls to the academic community to submit their articles and book reviews.

The proposals, adapted to the publication rules attached will be topic and subject free, and may refer to the Spanish history and culture in their various eras and from all disciplines and perspectives; accepted languages: Spanish, Portuguese, English and French.

It is hereby notified that in the arbitration procedure, in order to ensure a proper evaluation, neither the author nor the examiner will be identified. Each work will be considered by two academic peers. In case of disputes in the evaluation, it will be submitted to a third arbitrator.

The Committee reserves the determination of the journal number journal in which the positively evaluated works will be published and may reject an article, without having to evaluate it, if it considers that it does not conform to the standards or does not fit the content profile of the publication.

The author will be informed of the acceptance or rejection of his contribution within a maximum period of six months, as well as the evaluations or recommendations of the observers and it will be established the dates corresponding to the reception and acceptance of the work.

The Committee will receive articles and reviews exclusively to the following electronic address:

Sent articles and reviews must be formally adapted to the rules of publication in attached file. Those that do not closely conform to the journal’s style and format will be returned to authors, delaying the assessment and, possibly, the publication process.

Estudios de Historia de España has been categorized in level of excellence by the Latindex System and is included in Núcleo Básico de Revistas Científicas Argentinas (CONICET) and the colection SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online)

Open Journal System:

In addition the published articles are indexed by: INDEX ISLAMICUS (University of Cambridge), INTERNATIONAL MEDIEVAL BIBLIOGRAPHY (University of Leeds), DIALNET (Universidad de La Rioja – España), CENTRE DE DOCUMENTATIONANDRE-GEORGES HAUDRICOURT (CNRS, Francia), FONDAZIONE INSTITUTO INTERNAZIONALE DI STORIA ECONOMICA “FRANCESCO DATINI” (Italia), (España), Portal del Hispanismo (Instituto Cervantes- Ministerio de Cultura de España), Medievalia (Universidad Autónoma de México), REGESTA IMPERII (Akademie del Wissenschaften und der Leteratur Mainz – Alemania), Fuente Académica Plus (EBSCO), Fuente Académica Premier (EBSCO), Boletín de la Asociación Hispánica de Literatura Medieval (España).

For more information about the publication, please visit our website.

Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) website

Dear Colleagues,

We’re delighted to announce the launch of the Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) website. This covers the period to ca. 1350 CE.

This launch represents the culmination of over two decades of collaborative work that has brought together many institutions and individuals (see the <Acknowledgements> under <About>). We have worked together to provide a usable online database to facilitate research in the history of the mathematical sciences (broadly conceived) in the Islamic world.

We would appreciate receiving your input—suggestions, corrections, additions, criticisms—at

Best regards,

The ISMI Executive Board
Prof. Lorraine Daston, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin)
Prof. Jamil Ragep, McGill University
Dr. Sally Ragep, McGill University
Senior IT Researcher: Dr. Robert Casties, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin)

Gravitational waves have redefined gravity and proposed a unified theory of special connectivity

Was Sir Albert partially right? Has Young’s Double Slit Experiment one more hidden mystery? Do we have a Unified Theory?

“Whatever a Mind can Perceive and a Heart can Believe, you can Achieve”— Napoleon Hill. MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA, INDIA , November 21, 2018 / — Prashant started with a small idea of dust with a vision to make human teleportation a reality. Since he didn’t have a predefined road to his ambition, he needed to create one using unconventional methods. He moved on by redefining gravity in his paper titled “Kaushal and Gravity” which was published on 10 January 2018 by Journal of Physics and Astronomy [1]. That was a kicker and then he started working on wave-particle duality. He proposed a new way of doing an old experiment whose results thrashed the duality. His findings were published on 28 March 2018 by Journal of Physics and Astronomy [2]. He got some more publications until a German Publisher; Scholars’ Press gave him an opportunity to write a book based on his publications. That was a great opportunity and he wanted to make the best of it. He then proposed a unified Theory of Special Connectivity which, he believes, will lay the foundation of human teleportation. His book was published on 23 July 2018 and is available on various Amazon and other websites across the world [3]. He also proposed a second version of Theory of Special Connectivity which includes a prototype for human teleportation [4]. Currently, he is looking for some funding opportunities so that he could make the impossible a possibility.

Kaushal and Gravity includes a new universal constant, Kaushal Constant and using this constant definition of gravity have been redefined”, Prashant quoted. This new definition is based on Gravitational Waves [1]. He said that “the paper titled “Wave-Particle Duality?” includes a new way of performing Young’s Double Slit Experiment and according to the results, light is always a particle”. Also, “the book titled “Theory of Special Connectivity” propose a unified theory which is applicable to all the realms of science and technology and also explains quantum entanglement and many more such phenomenon whose underlying theory is either not available or inappropriate”.

Gravitational Waves is a non-profit online source distribution website running by Prashant for free of cost. It is an informative website that showcases his achievements in term of research papers and published books. Also, it contains all the information about his start and end point which has one thing in common, Gravitational Waves.

Prashant is a post-graduate fellow, studied Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, India. Also, he is a Glasgow University dropout, went there for M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics. Currently looking for funding opportunities for his website as he wants to set up a lab where he can give birth to human teleportation using Gravitational Waves.

If you would like to have more information about this topic, please call Prashant at 8587960326, or email at You can also visit his website here.

CFP: Souls Special Issue on “The Black AIDS Epidemic”

Co-Editors: Marlon M. Bailey (Arizona State University) and Darius Bost (The University of Utah)

           Almost twenty years after the publication of Cathy Cohen’s The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics, HIV/AIDS remains marginal in black studies. In the 1990s (the time of Cohen’s research) black people faced an economic and political crisis that rendered the AIDS epidemic as a marginal social and political concern. The same can be said for this contemporary moment in which the racist social and political backlash after the Obama presidency and administration has redirected black communities’ attention toward policing, criminalization, and mass incarceration and away from a health crisis facing its most marginalized communities, while, in reality, these crises are mutually constitutive. In 2017, 17,528 African Americans received an HIV diagnosis in the United States (12,890 men and 4,560 women). More than half (58%, 10,223) of African Americans who received an HIV diagnosis in 2017 were gay or bisexual men, and more than half (an estimated 56%) of black transgender women are living with HIV. Southern states accounted for 53% of all new AIDS diagnoses in the U.S. in 2016, and more than half of those diagnoses were among black populations. 3,379 African Americans died from HIV disease in 2015, accounting for 52% of total deaths attributed to the disease that year. These disturbing statistics are fueled by other social vulnerabilities from which black people disproportionately suffer, such as poverty, under/unemployment, homelessness and unstable housing; violence and trauma; drug dependency; mental disabilities, and limited to no access to quality and affordable health care (including HIV prevention and treatment), in addition to the social vulnerabilities mentioned above.

           While HIV/AIDS remains a central concern of the state’s public health apparatus, public health’s turn toward criminalization, its history of racist ideologies, and its neoliberal economic and political interests have marked it as ill-equipped to grapple with the forces of racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and capitalism that have converged to produce and perpetuate an ongoing AIDS epidemic in black communities. Although scholars and health practitioners in public health and medicine are trained to study and know HIV/AIDS and other diseases and epidemics, most are not trained to study and understand black lives, communities, and cultures. Thus, public health approaches lack the interdisciplinary knowledge and theoretical and analytic tools to effectively address this multidimensional crisis impacting Black communities. Challenging public health’s focus on intervention, this special issue builds on Marlon M. Bailey’s work on “intraventive” cultural practice to think about how black communities have theorized, conceptualized, struggled against, and withstood AIDS through art, cultural work, activism, advocacy, community-building, and the development of community-based epistemologies.

           Because this special issue centers “intraventive” cultural practice and knowledge, we do not see artistic modes of production as separate from other modes of theorizing. Therefore, in addition to literature, visual cultures, music, and theatre/performance, we are also interested in analyses emerging from cultural studies, performance studies, critical race, feminist, queer, disability studies, and interdisciplinary approaches to public health. We follow black feminist scholars such as Evelynn Hammonds, Cathy Cohen, Linda Villarosa, Lisa Bowleg, Michele Tracy Berger, Angelique Harris, and Celeste Watkins-Hayes, who have advanced an intersectional analysis of HIV/AIDS rooted in community-based knowledges. Moreover, following Angela Davis, who has theorized intersectionality as also about the interrelations between political struggles, we hope to situate the urgent struggles against AIDS amid other crises facing black communities, such as medical apartheid; disability justice movements; black feminist and LGBTQ movements; movements for prison abolition; and the contemporary movement for Black lives. The ongoing AIDS epidemic forces a rethinking of contemporary black thought, black cultural production, black struggles for liberation, and AIDS discourses emerging from state and community discourses. How might we re-theorize blackness in the age of AIDS? How does blackness trouble dominant AIDS discourses? We invite scholars who are engaging these questions through interdisciplinary and/or intersectional approaches to contribute to this special issue. We also invite creative writers and artists to submit work (visual art, fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction) that explores these themes.

Topics of Interests Include:

  • AIDS and black cultural production (literature and visual art, film, contemporary black media)
  • AIDS, performance, and cultural practice
  • Political economy of AIDS/AIDS Industrial Complex
  • AIDS and black trans experience/transing the black AIDS epidemic
  • AIDS, blackness, and geography/region, particularly the South and Midwest regions of the U.S.
  • AIDS in the African Diaspora
  • Black social movements against AIDS and intersections with other social justice movements (Black Lives Matter, black feminism, prison abolition, sex worker rights, black health movements, disability justice)
  • Black cultural, political, and intellectual critiques of public health discourse
  • AIDS, blackness, and biopolitical management (PEP and PREP, treatment as prevention, undetectable=untransmittable)
  • AIDS and black cultural institutions (church, family, museums, archives)
  • Black sexuality in the age of AIDS/How to have sexual pleasure in the black AIDS epidemic


Please address questions to: Marco Roc, Souls Managing Editor,

CFP: Special Issue on Sexpertise: Sexual Knowledge and the Public in the 19th and 20th Centuries

We seek proposals for contributions to a special issue of a leading history of medicine journal on the modern history of “sexperts” and “sexpertise”.

With these guiding categories in mind, contributions will seek to explore the circulation and transmission of sexual knowledge and ideas between experts and publics in the 19th and 20th centuries, or else to question this distinction altogether.

Possible themes for consideration therefore include (but are by no means limited to) the following:

  • Forms of “popular” sexual expertise and knowledge, such as sex manuals, marriage guides, family planning and sexual health instruction, and advice columns in newspapers and magazines
  • “Alternative” forms of sexual expertise/knowledge and the creation of sexual counterpublics, as well as the partial admission of alternative forms of sexual knowledge into the cultural “mainstream” (e.g. those developed by the feminist and women’s health movements, new religious movements, countercultures, identity- and community-based movements, etc) or, conversely, the cultural marginalisation of the previously “mainstream”.
  • Professional or medical expertise/knowledge and its relationship with the broader public
  • Sexual experience and subjectivity as sexual expertise/knowledge (e.g. the expertise of friends and family, or expertise through self-reflexivity/growth/examination)
  • The “history of sexuality” as itself a form of sexual knowledge/expertise aiming to shape public understandings of sex, sexuality and the sexual past

Whilst proposals on any relevant topic by scholars at any career stage are welcome, those that propose histories of sexpertise beyond Britain are particularly encouraged. We also especially encourage submissions by scholars of colour.

If you are interested in participating in this special issue, please send an article abstract of no more than 500 words to the email addresses below by 4 January 2019, along with a short bio. If you would like to discuss your ideas prior to submission, or if you have any questions, please also get in touch.

Selected abstracts will form part of a submission package to the journal: whilst the journal has expressed an interested in a special issue on this topic, it is unable to confirm acceptance until this package has been reviewed. If the special issue is confirmed, we then expect a submission date for articles of late November 2019. All articles will be subject to internal review by the special issue co-editors, and after this the formal review process of the journal.

Articles should be no more than 12,000 words including footnotes.

Dr Hannah Charnock, University of Bristol (
Dr Sarah L. Jones, University of Exeter (
Dr Ben Mechen, Royal Holloway, University of London (

Launch of the Newberry Institute for Research and Education

This fall, the Newberry rebranded and refashioned its Division of Research and Academic Programs into the Newberry Institute for Research and Education, with three primary goals in mind. First, the Newberry Institute will nurture communities of scholars through its highly-competitive fellowship program, its focused research centers, and its rich offerings of seminars for scholars, graduate students, and undergraduates. Second, the Newberry Institute will foster public engagement with the humanities through public programs, adult seminars, and professional development programs for teachers. Finally, it will collaborate internally and externally to bring the work of scholars to life for the broader public.

The Newberry Institute has recently launched several initiatives. Our new Chicago Studies program replaces the Scholl Center for American History and Culture. Led by Liesl Olson, Chicago Studies is off to a strong start, producing a 2018 NEH Summer Institute on Art and Public Culture in Chicago and as well as public programming on the literary life of this city. Our wide-ranging Scholarly Seminars lineup has expanded this year to 16 separate seminars, with most involving works-in-progress by scholars from across the region. Finally, the new Department of Public Engagement, led by Karen Christianson, has strategically invested in public programming with the goal of reaching new audiences. Formats are more varied, attendance is up, and recordings are now available online.

The Newberry Institute for Research and Education includes the following programs, which work collaboratively to support the mission of the Newberry:

Read the full article on the Newberry website.

New Video Initiative for Notes and Records (The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science) and New Issue (December 2018)

Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science has a new video initiative for special issues. Our December 2018 issue, John Wallis at 400: science, mathematics and religion in seventeenth-century England, debuts our first online editor and author interview, with an accompanying blog post by guest editors Drs. Adam D. Richter and Stephen D. Snobelen.  Click here for the online video and blog.


Click here for the special issue.

The November HPS&ST Note

The November HPS&ST Note is now online here.


# Introduction

# 16th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (DLMPST), Czech Technical University, Prague, August 5-10

# Mario Bunge Symposium at DLMPST: Contributors Invited

# International Congress on the History of Science in Education, May 30 – June 1, 2019, Vila Real, Portugal

# 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, July 15-19, 2019

# Joseph Novak Autobiography: Free and Downloadable

# International Seminar Material Culture in the History of Physics

# 2019 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

# Philosophy of Science with Children

# Engineering: Its Social and Cultural Dimensions

# Downloadable and Gratis Book: Being Modern: The Cultural Impact of Science in the Early Twentieth Century

# Opinion Page:  Teaching research integrity – Using history and philosophy of science to introduce ideas about the ambiguity of research practice (Frederick Grinnell)

# PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain

# Recent HPS&ST Research Articles

# Recent HPS&ST Related Books

# Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences


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