Nominations sought for SHOT Dibner Award

The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) seeks nominations for the 2017 Dibner Award to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Nominations are due by 1 May 2017, and exhibits must  have been open to the public for no more than 24 months before that date.  Complete information is available at:

EASTM: New Special Issue #43 Published

The first volume of special issue on “Numerical Tables and Tabular Layouts in Chinese Scholarly Documents— Part I: On the Work to Produce Tables and the Meaning of their Format” #43 of the Journal of EAST ASIAN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND MEDICINE is published and available online at

Table of Contents

Introduction from the Guest Editor by KARINE CHEMLA

The Planetary Visibility Tables in the Second-Century BC Manuscript Wu xing zhan 五星占 by DANIEL PATRICK MORGAN

Mapping Time in the Shiji and Hanshu Tables 表 by MICHAEL NYLAN

The Question of Pangxing 旁行 and Xieshang 邪上 in the “Sandai shibiao” 三代世表 (Genealogical Tables of the Three Dynasties) of the Shiji 史記 (The Grand Clerk’s Records) by MA BIAO 馬彪


Thomas P. Bernstein and Hua-yu Li, China Learns from the Soviet Union, 1949-Present reviewed by Lowell Dittmer

Feng Jiren, Chinese Architecture and Metaphor: Song Culture in the Yingzao Fashi Building Manual reviewed by Caroline Bodolec

Ian Jared Miller, The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo reviewed by Barbara Ambros

Catherine Jami (ed.), “Mobilité Humaine et Circulation des Savoirs Techniques (XVIIe-XIXe Siècle)—Human Mobility and the Circulation of Technical Knowledge (17th-19th Centuries)” reviewed by Marta E. Hanson

Benjamin A. Elman, Antiquarianism, Language, and Medical Philology: From Early Modern to Modern Sino-Japanese Medical Discourses reviewed by John P. DiMoia

Erica Fox Brindley, Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China reviewed by Eleanor Lipsey and Michael Nylan

PhD Studentship: Science, Technology and Road Safety in the Motor Age

The Science Museum and the University of Leicester

PhD Studentship: Science, Technology and Road Safety in the Motor Age

The Science Museum and the University of Leicester are pleased to invite applications for a three-year plus 6 months (42 months) AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD Studentship, starting on 1 October 2017. The award is made by the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, which is part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. The project will be supervised by Professor Simon Gunn and Dr Sally Horrocks, at Leicester, and Dr Oliver Carpenter, Curator of Infrastructure at the Science Museum and Dr David Rooney.

The successful candidate will undertake a project about how new scientific and technical approaches to mass automobility and road safety (including pollution) were created at the highpoint of Britain’s ‘motor age’ in the 1960s. The project examines the experimentation with new technologies through applied research carried out in government agencies such as the Road Research Laboratory. The experiments include developing innovations, such as the driverless car and seat belts, as well as testing devices designed to reduce accidents, such as anti-lock brakes and road safety furniture. There is scope for the student to define the PhD project in alignment with their areas of interest.

The project involves two main collections: different types of road safety objects held by the Science Museum and the papers of the Road Research Laboratory, Ministry of Transport and Department of Scientific and Industrial Research at the National Archives. Archival research will help contextualise the Science Museum artefacts related to road safety and provide insight into the processes of research which helped to create a new safety culture on British roads at the period. As well as being based in the Centre for Urban History at the University of Leicester, the award holder will also be part of the team at the Science Museum and contribute to the public understanding of their collections.

Person specification

We are looking for a highly promising student who will relish the opportunity of combining academic research with the experience of working as part of a professional team of museum curators.  Individuals with a background in post-war British history, history of science, technology and medicine, science and technology studies, sociology or geography studies are encouraged to apply.  The appointee will be expected to attend relevant training courses run for doctoral students within University of Leicester and at the Science Museum. Applicants must have a first-class or high upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent qualification) and meet the University’s standard English Language entry requirements. It is expected that applicants will have a related Master’s degree with merit or distinction, or be able to show evidence that they will achieve this by September 2017.

Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarship covers tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The national minimum doctoral stipend for 2017/18 has been set by Research Councils UK at £14,553. In addition the student has access to up to £1000 per annum from the Science Museum for research-related costs, and to Student Development Funding (equivalent to an additional 6 months of funding per studentship) to allow time for the student to take up further training and skills development opportunities that are agreed as part of their PhD programme. The student also benefits from staff-level access to the Science Museum’s collections, expertise and facilities, as well as from the dedicated programme of professional development events delivered by the Science Museum in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated to the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme.
How to apply

Further information about this collaborative research project (including academic and eligibility criteria), and full details on how to apply can be found in the further particulars, here:

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries about this collaborative project can be sent to Professor Simon Gunn:

Closing Date: Monday 10 April 2017, 1700 (London Time)                            

Interview Date: Thursday 4 May 2017 at the Science Museum, London 

For details of the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme at the Science Museum please visit

Upcoming Events

·        Species in the Age of Discordance

Start Date: 2017-03-23
End Date: 2017-03-25
Location: University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Flyer: SpeciesDiscord-CFA(1).pdf

·        Biodiversity and its Histories

Start Date: March 24, 2017
End Date: March 25, 2017
Location: University of Cambridge
Flyer: CFP.pdf

·        Interdisciplinary Masterclass: Isaac Newton Historian and Philosopher

Date: March 30, 2017
Location: University of Bucharest
Flyer: Newton-Masterclass-2017.pdf

·        Ether And Modernity: The Recalcitrance Of An Agonizing Object In Physics And In Culture

Start Date: March 30, 2017
End Date: March 31, 2017
Location: San Sebastian/Donostia (Spain)
Website Announcements of Interest

Special issue: Pierre Duhem’s Philosophy and History of Science

Transversal, an International Journal for the Historiography of Science

Call for Papers: Special Issue Pierre Duhem

Deadline for paper submission: March 30th, 2017.Publication of the issue: June, 2017.

We are expecting to receive submissions related to Duhemian History of Science, and the impact it caused in the subsequent historiography. Thus comparative analysis between Duhem and other authors is welcomed, as well as case studies that search to evaluate the conception of scientific development advocated by the French author, exploring its current relevance and intrinsic limits.

Considering the characteristic of Duhem’s unity of thought, articles addressing his philosophy of science in relation to his apologetic project with the philosophy and history of science will be appreciated.

We are also expecting book reviews of Pierre Duhem’s recent translations or reprints, as well as books about the Duhemian work.

In addition to English articles, Transversal: International Journal for the Historiography of Science accepts articles in French, Portuguese and Spanish for evaluation, but after approval for publication the author should send the final version in English.

Submission details:

Author Guidelines

Submissions must be received by March 30th, 2017 via the webpage of the Journal, so they can be considered for the July 2017 issue. There you will also find thorough instructions for authors.

Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Notification of acceptance, or refusal or propositions for correction will be sent by May 30th, 2017.

Online Submissions

In the case of uncertainty about the relevance of a particular topic, abstracts will be accepted for feedback until December 15th. In this case or for any further information concerning this Call for Papers, please contact:

Dr. Fábio R. Leite, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. E-mail:

Prof. Jean-François Stoffel, Haute École Louvain-en-Hainaut, Belgium. E-mail:

For any further information concerning this Journal, please contact the Editors-in-chief below.

Prof. Mauro L. Condé, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. E-mail:

Prof. Marlon J. Salomon, Federal University of Goiás, Goiania, Brazil. E-mail:

Wellcome Trust-funded Master’s at CHSTM, Manchester

Deadline for preliminary applications: Friday 17 March 2017

The Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester, invites expressions of interest and applications for a Master’s studentship in Humanities and Social Science, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The studentship covers full fees and a living allowance for one year of taught Master’s study. UK universities are eligible to nominate one candidate per institution. As the University of Manchester’s leading centre for teaching and research in the field, CHSTM has a strong record of success in securing studentships in this competition.

Applicants must be strongly committed to building a research career relevant to the themes covered by the Wellcome Trust’s Master’s Awards in Humanities and Social Sciences scheme, and must meet the scheme’s eligibility requirements.

Applications will be considered for each of the following CHSTM taught programmes:

A CHSTM panel will review all applications for its programme and select one candidate to enter the University-wide competition.  The final decision of whether funding is awarded to the University’s nominated applicant rests with the Wellcome Trust.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Rob Kirk, as soon as possible to discuss the possibilities. Should you then wish to submit an application for the award, the first stage is to prepare a brief preliminary proposal, as described below.

Application information and deadlines

Preliminary applications should be sent to Dr Kirk at the address above no later than Friday 17 March 2017. Your preliminary application should include:

  • a brief CV with details of undergraduate degree held or being undertaken
  • details of the research proposed (maximum of two pages)
  • a letter of support from a current academic sponsor

The successful application will be chosen by a committee of CHSTM staff, who will appoint an academic sponsor to work with the candidate to develop the full proposal for the Wellcome Trust. You will need to be available to work on completing the proposal to a deadline in April, in order to meet the Trust’s final deadline of Tuesday 2 May.

General information about CHSTM’s taught Master’s programmes is available at:

Oral History Training Institute Summer 2017

Center for Oral History Training Institute

12-16 June 2017

The Center for Oral History (COH) at the Chemical Heritage Foundation is proud to provide training to individuals interested in learning oral history and research interview methodologies. For one week, the director and the staff of the COH work with scholars and researchers who are planning or have started research that has interviewing as a core component.

The Chemical Heritage Foundation has been conducting interviews for over thirty years, and is one of the only institutions in the United States to focus its work on oral histories of scientists. During this week individuals are introduced to all aspects of the interview process, including general oral history theory and methodology; interviewing techniques and performing mock interviews; legal and ethical issues; transcription practices; archiving; recording equipment and its use; data management; and other relevant topics. Interested participants are encouraged to bring their research ideas to the workshop. While the scope of the training workshop will focus through a STEM lens, this workshop is open to all researchers interested in oral history and preserving the unwritten past.

Our summer training institute will start on June 12, 2017. There is no cost to attend the training workshop, however, registration is required. Please visit for more information or contact:

Samantha Blatt

Program Assistant, Center for Oral History

Chemical Heritage Foundation

315 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, PA. 19106

(215) 873-8242

Food and Sustainability Studies Programs + Internship Abroad – extension March 15

Due to a large number of requests, the deadline for applying to our Italy summer program has been extended to March 15, 2017!


(Academic internship program is available!!!)

This program was designed and created in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010. Since 2015, it was also promoted by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Quick facts

  • GLi has hosted students from 25 different universities(from four different countries) in its open Summer Program entitled ‘Critical Studies on Food in Italy’
  • In 2015, the program was selected as one of the top five nominees in the GoAbroad Innovation Award category: Innovative New Program – Study Abroad
  • In 2015, the Universal Exhibition in Milan gave us its patronage as an educational project for the program
  • Two students in the 2014 summer program were announced as Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition’s YES! Competition finalists (as part of the 10 international finalists) and were flown into Milan from the U.S. to present the idea that they developed during the Critical Studies on Food in Italy Summer Program at the International Forum of Food and Nutrition
  • Our students can work and collaborate with Italian students thanks to an academic collaboration with niversità di Roma Tre, Università La Sapienza and ISIA Design School
  • Most of our professors and instructors are renowned and awarded (starred chefs, awarded journalists, best rated scientist in nutrition, awarded sommelier, etc.). In 2014, Dr. Sonia Massari won NAFSA’s Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community’s Innovative Research in International Education Award.

DURATION: 5-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 22, 2017 – June 24, 2017


  • Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
  • Food Media, Communication and Trends (3 credits)
  • Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
  • Food Waste in Italy (3 credits) *
  • Italian Language for Food and Business (Italian Lexicon for Food Studies) (3 credits)
  • Elementary Italian Language (3 credits)
  • Intensive Elementary Italian Language (6 credits, minimum of 8 participants)

* NEW! Food Waste in Italy Course

A new course ‘Food waste in Italy’ has been added to the 2017 Critical Studies on Food in Italy program. This course will be taught in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

This year, we are also expanding this program to Vietnam and Japan.


DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: July 2 – July 30, 2017
WHERE: Osaka, Japan


  • Critical Studies on Japanese Food Culture (3 credits)
  • Food Choice and Politics in Japan (3 credits)


DURATION: 4-week Full Immersion Program
WHEN: May 21 – June 18, 2017
WHERE: Vietnam


  • Food Systems in Vietnam (3 credits)
  • Vietnam, Conflict, Contradiction and Change (3 credits)
  • Vietnamese Language for Food and Business (up to 3 credits)

Applications open for Gustolab International programs in Italy (Rome, South and North Italy)

Our open enrollment programs are available to students from all universities.

Applications and information at