Summer School: “Borders and Crises in European Past and Present – angles from the history of technology”

The Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group ( organises the summer school “Borders and Crises in European Past and Present – angles from the history of technology” in connection to the 8th Tensions of Europe Conference (Athens, 7-10 September 2017; see

The summer school aims at introducing PhD’s and early career scholars to the Tensions of Europe network as well as to facilitate and encourage network between young scholars across borders, while building their academic skills. The summer school further relates to the overall conference theme, problematizing how history of technology contributes to the study of border related phenomena. It also aims at revisiting the close connections between borders and technology by focusing at another keyword, which is related to the on-going discussion of Tensions of Europe future research agenda: crises (see Following the main objective of the Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group, the event focuses on network building through workshops, discussions and informal events.

One of the main themes we will discuss is the concept of crisis and how it has been co-produced with narratives about technology and borders in a historic perspective. How is a crisis formulated and perceived in relation to technology? How have different politics of crises looked over time? What links or separates definitions of crises over time? And what role does the memory of past crises play in the definition of and coming to terms with later crises? We also invite you to relate these issues to the conference theme of borders, and discuss themes such as migration, security and violence, political regimes and identities, human rights, economic infrastructure and more. We hope for a fruitful discussion that can inspire and help all participants in their future research.

Schedule and structure

In order to promote network building, the summer school is organized to a large extend around workshops and group discussion. The expected schedule of the summer school will include one lecture, one session for introductions, one workshop on writing and publication, one session on funding, one session co-organised with the ‘Borders, Technology, Peace’ Pre-Conference Meeting (to be confirmed), one workshop on the topic of crises, and two sessions connecting these activities and discussions to the Tensions network and its research agenda (see link above).

How to apply

In order to participate, we invite applicants to submit a short bio (no more than one page) and a short text (300-500 words)explaining their interest in the topics of the summer school and how their work would benefit from these discussions.

Proposals should be sent until 30th April 2017 to (Elena Kochetkova).

In the beginning of the summer, participants will be asked to read texts and write short contributions for the workshops. The deadline for submitting these contributions will also be communicated to the participants at that time.

Location and other practicalities

The summer school will take place in Athens, on the 5th and the 7th September, in the seminar room in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and on the 6th September it is expected to take place in Delphi, as part of the ‘Borders, Technology, Peace’ Pre-Conference Meeting (see (to be confirmed).

The participants of the summer school are expected to be on-site, but in some of the sessions, we might also be able to include a few on-line participants. Those who apply for that option should include that in their application.

As usual, the Tensions of Europe network will have travel grants to which the conference participants can apply to. To apply for these travel grants, the summer school participants will also have to attend the conference. See more on travel grants at

Anna Åberg, Elena Kochetkova, M. Luísa Sousa and Elitsa Stoilova, on behalf of the Tensions of Europe Early Career Scholars’ Group

Call for proposals: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (1976–)

Background: the journal

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (ISR) is a quarterly journal that aims
to set contemporary and historical developments in the natural and
social sciences, engineering and technology into their social and
cultural contexts and to illumine their interrelations with the
humanities and arts. Much more is said about ISR’s intellectual project
in an editorial that appeared in the journal at the beginning of
last year. I attach it, below.

Most of ISR’s issues are devoted to specific though wide-ranging themes;
approximately one issue per year is for unsolicited essays. Examples of
the thematic issues from the recent past are the Two Cultures Debate
(41.2-3), Software and Scholarship (40.4), Theatre and Science (39.3),
Master and Servant in Technoscience (37.4) and Computational Picturing
(37.1). In 2010 ISR devoted a double-issue to the work of the historian
of ancient science G.E.R Lloyd (35.3-4, freely downloadable). It
included an essay by Lloyd, “History and human nature”, to which 15
colleagues responded. For 2018 a similar double-issue on the work of
anthropologist Tim Ingold is currently underway.

The thematic issues are guest-edited; some of them take on a life of
their own and become reference points in the fields they address.

The call: Interdisciplinary Engineering

On behalf of ISR allow me to issue this call for proposals, in the first
instance on the topic of engineering with the emphasis on knowing
through making and on world-building. Computationally orientated
contributions would be welcome, but the aim should be to include a wide
range of philosophical, historical, biological and anthropological
disciplines. Hands-on, embodied, motile, experimental and exploratory
perspectives would be most welcome.

Whatever our academic paymasters may say, editing such an issue offers a
significant opportunity — as well as a not insignificant amount of
work. Experience suggests, however, that such burdens are light.

ISR is completely booked until late 2019, so there is time to find
contributors, negotiate with them and manage their submissions. If you
are interested please write to Willard McCarty (
A proposal should be no more than 2 pages in length. Kindly include a c.v. or URL.

Upcoming Public Lecture: “Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor”, 16th February 2017

You are warmly invited to a public lecture with Professor Ankhi Mukherjee (University of Oxford) which takes place on Thursday, 16th February in the Treehouse, Berrick Saul Building at the University of York, (starting at 6.00 pm)​. All are welcome and no booking is necessary. Please do circulate to colleagues, students or friends you feel would be interested in attending.

Unseen City: Travelling Psychoanalysis and the Urban Poor

This lecture examines the institution of Freudian psychoanalysis in an international frame, with reference to its inadequate engagement with urban poverty, as seen in the specific context of global cities in India. Using case studies, it will discuss literary and aesthetic representations of poverty in relation to India’s psychoanalytic and psychiatric culture, as that culture is manifested in public attitudes toward the psychic life of the poor. The lecture presents research from the India chapter of Professor Ankhi Mukherjee’s third monograph, The Psychic Life of the Poor: A City Unseen in Mumbai, London and New York.

See for more details:
Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH)


History of Anthropology Newsletter, Seeking Graduate Student Associate Editors

The History of Anthropology Newsletter is seeking several Associate Editors to join our editorial team and we invite applications from graduate students and other early career scholars in anthropology and the history of human sciences.

George Stocking founded HAN in 1973 and edited the Newsletter until 2004, when Henrika Kuklick took over until 2013. Over those forty years, the Newsletter had a significant impact on the emerging field of history of anthropology. Now, under a new editorial team based at the University of Pennsylvania, HAN has been relaunched. We’ve made all previous issues available in searchable format online, and we’ve redesigned its format and subsections to renew it as a site for interdisciplinary explorations of the history of the science of humanity.

The work of publishing HAN is shared by ten members of an editorial collective. We would now like to expand the team by adding new Associate Editors: graduate students and future academics who will learn the ropes by helping with the ongoing work of the journal. The work required is varied, and includes collaboration with both the editorial collective and our always-growing international list of contributors.

We are looking for people to help with its several sections, including News (recent and upcoming events and a Twitter feed), Reviews of recent books, Bibliographies of relevant publications, Field Notes (a section devoted to focused reflections and new essays engaging the history of anthropology), and Clio’s Fancy (a section for curiosities found in the archives). We are also looking for people to help with Website Administration and Development, to continue work on the website’s logic and features.

We are finding this to be an exciting and auspicious time for rethinking the scientific study of humanity across time and space, by examining anthropology’s many pasts and futures, and using tools of the digital age to spur new perspectives and connections. As an Associate Editor, you would be learning about these fields, gaining experience in editing and online publishing, while working with a diverse and committed group of graduate students and faculty. Since we’re still figuring out just what this project is about and where it might be heading, you’d also be helping shape its direction.

If you are interested in being part of this project, we’d love to hear from you. Please respond by sending a brief description of your work and your interest in working with HAN, any preferences about sections in which you would most like to work, and a short CV noting relevant experience or skills. We’d be happy to hear from you any time, but if you are interested and available now, please write to by February 20th.

We’d also be grateful if you could pass this on to anyone you think might be interested. Finally, even if you are not interested in joining the editorial collective but would like to receive updates from HAN, please subscribe and join the conversation!

Questing for Life: Emerging Scholar Workshops on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology

Center of Theological Inquiry

An interdisciplinary research institution in Princeton, NJ

Call for Applications

Questing for Life: Emerging Scholar Workshops on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology

June 6-9 and June 13-16, 2017

Astrobiology is the quest to understand the potential of the universe to harbor life beyond
Earth. Societal understanding of life on Earth has always developed in dialogue with scientific
investigations of its origin and evolution. Today, the science of astrobiology extends these
investigations to include the possibility of life in the universe. As astrobiology develops and its
discoveries become more widely known, scholars in the humanities and social sciences will
have new opportunities to interpret the significance of these discoveries and deepen our
understanding of life itself. These research workshops offer one such opportunity. Questing for
Life is for emerging scholars who are open to this new angle of vision on perennial questions.

The Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) will host two four-day workshops on the quest for life,
on Earth and beyond, focusing on the joint contributions of the sciences and humanities. Early
career scholars (doctoral students and post-docs) working on research related to astrobiology are
invited to apply. Sample topics include the use of narratives in understanding life in space; historical
studies of first encounters with other cultures and natural life on Earth; how literature and
the arts shape expectations of life; ethical, philosophical, and theological implications of the
quest; conceptual questions in defining life; theoretical problems in identifying life; the
legal, environmental, political, and commercial issues in planetary protection; and the
impact of astrobiology on views of nature for indigenous and world religions. CTI aims
to foster a community of discussion that crosses traditional boundaries.

Successful applicants will receive lodging and travel support to attend one of the workshops.
Workshop Leaders, Dr. Lucas Mix (Evolution, Astrobiology, and Theology) and Dr.
Frederick Simmons (Astrobiology and Ethics) are both members of CTI’s Inquiry on the
Societal Implications of Astrobiology. They and each emerging scholar will present a paper
and receive feedback toward publication. Participants will experience CTI’s distinctive
environment for collaborative research in Princeton, and extend their network of colleagues
investigating these topics. Applications should include a current CV, a short letter of interest, and
a research paper proposal of no more than 750 words that bears on the workshop’s theme.

For full details and online application, visit the CTI website:
Applications deadline: 26 March, 2017
Announcements: 10 April, 2017
Please direct questions to

Workshop: Race, Sex, and Reproduction in the Global South

Workshop: Race, Sex, and Reproduction in the Global South, c.1800-2000, Sydney, 18-19 April 2017

An international workshop at the University of Sydney, 18-19 April 2017
Conveners: Warwick Anderson (Sydney), Chiara Beccalossi (Lincoln), Hans Pols (Sydney)

Sponsored by Race and Ethnicity in the Global South, an ARC Laureate Research Program, and the
Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science
Biomedical scientists grew preoccupied with the size of the population and patterns of reproduction at the
beginning of the nineteenth century. By its close, sexology, a science devoted to the study of human sexual
behavior, emerged, and at the beginning of the twentieth century the eugenics movement advocated active
social engineering and state intervention in citizens’ reproductive sexuality. This medical attention to
reproduction and sexual behaviour has been closely intertwined with interest in evolutionary theories, the
improvement of hereditary traits and racial differences. Scientific and pseudo-scientific inquiries into race and
sexuality increasingly informed national policies in the modern period. The medical and scientific knowledge
on race and sexuality has moved across countries and continents to become global through processes of
translation, hybridisation and transculturation. However, historical accounts of how science and medicine have
shaped modern ideas of race and sexuality in a global context often refer only to developments in the
Global North. Recent histories of the Global South have shown that debates on race and reproduction in the
southern hemisphere have their own history. Biomedical scientists in the southern hemisphere, for instance,
showed greater interest in racial plasticity, environmental adaptation, mixing or miscegenation, and blurring
of racial boundaries; sexologists in the Global South were more likely to cross disciplinary boundaries,
incorporating criminal anthropology, psychiatry, biology, endocrinology and psychoanalysis in their studies
until well into the 1970s.

Keynote speakers: Alison Bashford (Cambridge), Margaret Jolly (ANU)

Presenters: Ellen Amster (McMaster), Chiara Beccalossi (Lincoln), Shrikant Botre (Warwick), Nicole
Bourbonnais (Graduate Institute Geneva), Eve Buckley (Delaware), Sarah Ferber (Wollongong), Vera Mackie
(Wollongong), Daksha Parmar (Jawaharlal Nehru), Yolana Pringle (Cambridge), Lisa Todd (New Brunswick),
Rebecca Williams (Exeter)

The workshop is free, but limited places are available. Registration is required, by 4 April 2017:

Dr James Dunk E T +61 2 9351 2809

Call for Journal Submissions on Present-day Eugenics

Present-day Eugenics

Call for papers for a monographic issue of «Contemporanea. Rivista di storia dell’800 e del ’900»

Eugenics has long been an area of particular interest for research being a complex historical phenomenon, in which science, ideologies, power and policy dynamics intertwine.

Studies have mainly focused on the eugenics’ founding stage, ranging between the nineteenth-century origins – contained in Galton’s studies and in the dynamics of the positivist and evolutionist determinism – and the totalitarian regimes of the early twentieth century that in several ways implemented eugenic policies in a dramatic way.

With the focus on national cases internal forms and differences of the eugenic movement emerged, as well as theoretical-practical diversities between the Lamarckian and Mendelian models in relation to religions and legal arrangements. The variety of cases and experiences at European and extra-European level enabled to discuss the close identification between eugenics and the Shoah, and to point out how eugenic paths have been defined also without making recourse to compulsory forms of intervention on heredity. At the same time, it enabled to discuss the relation between eugenics, birth control policies and – more in general – of the policies of healthcare intervention for the protection of the health of a national body. The relationship with the Shoah and the criminal use of medical practices in totalitarian regimes transformed 1945 in a watershed moment in the eugenics history, forcing science and political cultures to tackle totalitarian experiences and the role played by knowledge and scientists.

Various studies have recently started to study eugenics following that historical period, in order to examine the way through which – in democratic-liberal contexts characterized by egalitarian principles and human rights – eugenic practices and/or theories have found expression and have been legitimized. The relation between the possibility of care and the improvement of the living conditions of the individual and of the community, choices of individuals and collective needs and the intervention of national and supranational institutions was revived but in a scenario that was different from the one of the early nineteenth century, and also from the incredible developments achieved by preventive and genetic medicine that opened up new unthought-of possibilities of action on individuals.

Over the last decades the topic of eugenics presented itself again, intertwining with topics related to demography, birth rate, relation with migration and more in general to problems concerning public health, in a scenario strongly influenced by the movement of populations and by the development of preventive and genetic techniques applied to fertility and reproduction.

Starting from suggestions coming from most recent research, the monographic issue of «Contemporanea» aims at proposing a reflection on the forms of eugenics expressed in the second half of the twentieth century, in European and extra-European contexts, adopting a wide perspective, taking into consideration the ideological and theoretical dimensions, the relation with politics and citizenship policies, the continuity of ideas, people, structures and institutions between totalitarian and democratic contexts as well as the changes in the meaning of eugenics with regard to the developments of genetic and biomedical research.

In particular, Contemporanea is looking for proposals that deal with the topic of eugenics in the second part of XX century in relation to:

  • Ideologies
  • Institutionals networks
  • Eugenics and religion
  • Eugenics and gender
  • Eugenics, demography, birth control
  • Transnational itineraries of eugenists
  • Continuity and discontinuity between totalitarian regimes and democracy
  • Citizenship and genetics therapies

The proposals (around 500 words) accompanied by a brief CV should be sent by Februrary 22, 2017 to the editor Emmanuel Betta ( along with a CC to the editorial secretary ( The essays selected have to be delivered in their final form by July 30, 2017; all manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process (double blind). The issue will be published by summer 2018.

Contemporanea publishes contributions in Italian and English. For more information about the journal:  Contemporanea is indexed by: ISI Web of Science (Art & Humanities Citation Index), Scopus Bibliographic Database, Historical Abstracts, America: History and Life, Articoli italiani di periodici accademici (AIDA), JournalSeek, Essper, Bibliografia storica nazionale, Catalogo italiano dei periodici (ACNP), Google Scholar

February HPS and ST Note

The February HPS&ST Note is on the web at:  


# Introduction

# 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017

# Mario Bunge Memoirs and Festschrift

# Introducing BSHS Translations

# Royal Society Biographies

# South Dakota’s “Alternative Facts” Bill

# Opinion Page:  Fake News in the Post-Truth World

# Recent HPS&ST Research Articles 

# Recent HPS&ST Related Books 

# Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,300 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists. 

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

Contributions to the note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW,

Science and Religion Summer School

The Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation is pleased to announce the organization of the Summer School on “Science and Religion” from  5 to 10 June 2017 in collaboration with the Orthodox Academy of Crete.

The one-week intensive Summer School will take place in Crete island in Greece and aims to provide participants with knowledge of the history of the relations between Christianity and Science as well as with an in depth knowledge of the relations between Orthodox Christianity and science.

The school is addressed to undergraduate, postgraduate students and PhD candidates as well as researchers in the field of Religion, Science, History, Philosophy, Technology, Didactics, Theology, as well as to those having a scientific interest in the interconnection between religion and science.

We would appreciate if you could inform all interested parties.

Further information on the Summer School can be found on its website

NYBG-Humanities Institute Symposium: Threshold: Biodiversity, Climate, and Humanity at a Crossroads

A Symposium presented by the Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Center for Science and Society of Columbia University

New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York


10 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Join three influential thinkers for a timely and vital discussion on the great challenges affecting the future of humanity, and indeed, of all life on Earth.

Humanity has reached a crossroads in the effort to combat climate change and protect biodiversity. As the planet’s temperature rises closer to the danger limit set forth by scientists in the Paris Agreement, so does the risk of a range of truly catastrophic events: extreme weather, rising seas, mass extinctions. How have we come so close to such a critical threshold? How can we stop ourselves from crossing it? Three renowned scholars will discuss the implications of the climate crisis for the future of life on Earth and address the elements needed to respond to this most daunting challenge in human history. Threshold will conclude with a panel discussion and questions from the audience on the prospects for a new environmental ethic for the 21st century.


Shahid Naeem
Director of Science, at the Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability, Columbia University, New York

Ursula K. Heise
Chair in Literary Studies, Department of English/Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles

John Nagle
Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana

About the Humanities Institute
A research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Humanities Institute stimulates critical thinking at the intersection of science and the humanities, shaping an intellectual community through academic programming and research fellowships.

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