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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March of Dimes Archive

From H-Disability

Lisa Pruitt:
Does anyone know the fate of the March of Dimes Archive? My understanding is that the MoD headquarters in White Plains is closing; the archives are being shipped to Arlington, VA; the current archivist, David Rose, is not going and does not know if the archives will continue to be available to researchers.

Leanna Duncan:
I may have been the last to visit the archives (I wanted to get there before they moved in case there wasn’t an opportunity to see these materials again), but I’m afraid I don’t have much of an update beyond echoing some of the uncertainty. When I went, the building was getting pretty empty as the organization prepared to move, and David Rose was unsure about what the plans for the archive were, though obviously he was a strong advocate for their continued use and preservation. It would be awful if they never became available again, but the situation doesn’t seem very reassuring.

CFP: Boletín de Arte (n. 40/2019) – Special Commemorative Issue on Animals and Art History

Submission of articles: 30 November 2018 – 28 February 2019.
Accepted languages: Spanish, English, French and Italian

Co-editors of the monographic issue: Reyes Escalera Pérez and Concepción Cortés Zulueta

In order to be accepted for consideration and double blind peer reviewed evaluation, the articles have to address the topic of Animals and Art History with a maximum of 31,500 characters (including spaces) and with no more than 10 images. The submission has to be made online, by registering in the on-line platform of the Boletín.

Please, find detailed submission guidelines in the Boletín’s webpage, scroll down for the guidelines’ English version.

Boletín de Arte, an open access journal edited since 1980 by the Department of Art History, University of Málaga, proposes a special thematic issue commemorating its 40th anniversary. This special issue will focus on the representation, presence and agency of non-human animals in art history and visual culture.

As humans, we live surrounded by animals that we often ignore, or that we tend to substitute with or filter through our meanings, perceptions and symbolism. However, in recent decades animals have been increasingly present among the concerns and interests of our societies not just through their representations, but also as subjects and agents whose perspectives are worth considering. In parallel, animal studies (or human-animal studies) have reclaimed animals as a field of inquiry of the humanities and social sciences, including art history. This transversal approach is usually acquainted with biology and other related disciplines, interacts with other area studies (gender, postcolonial, queer, etc.), and is reinforced and may be accompanied by frameworks like posthumanism, or by environmental concerns.

This Animals and Art History issue of Boletín de Arte is open to address the subject of non-human animals from all periods, methodologies and approaches of art history.

Possible topics include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
– Representations of animals (portraits, photographs, scientific illustrations, etc.).
– Biographies of historical or artistic animals.
– Emblems and treaties on animals.
– Museums and animals, animals inside the white cube.
– Nature and symbology of animals.
– Artistic genres or topics about animals.
– Artists and their animals.
– Artists who collaborate with other animals.
– Animals as creators or artistic agents.
– Cinema and animals.
– Videos of animals on the Internet.
– Animals, art and gender.
– Animal activism and art
– Eco-art and animals.
– Art or designs for other animals.
– Animals and aesthetics.

Note: This CFP and special thematic issue only affects “Articles” and “Varia” sections, not the sections of “Book reviews” and “Exhibition criticism”). For any queries contact Reyes Escalera (; Concepción Cortés (


Envío de artículos: 30 de noviembre, 2018 – 28 de febrero, 2019.
Idiomas aceptados: Español, Inglés, Francés e Italiano

Co-editoras del número monográfico: Reyes Escalera Pérez y Concepción Cortés Zulueta

Para ser aceptados para su consideración y evaluación por pares de doble ciego, los artículos deberán abordar el tema de Animales e Historia del Arte con un máximo de 31 500 caracteres (incluidos los espacios) y con un máximo de 10 imágenes. Las directrices para los autores, así como las instrucciones para el envío de los artículos a través de la plataforma web, se pueden consultar en la página web del Boletín de Arte.

Boletín de Arte, revista de acceso abierto editada por el Departamento de Historia del Arte de la Universidad de Málaga desde 1980, propone con motivo de su número 40 / 2019 un monográfico centrado en la representación, presencia y agencia de los animales no-humanos en la historia del arte y de la cultura visual.

Los humanos vivimos rodeados de animales a quienes con frecuencia ignoramos, o tendemos a sustituir por o filtrar mediante nuestros significados, percepción y simbolismos. Sin embargo, en las últimas décadas los animales han estado cada vez más presentes en las preocupaciones e intereses de nuestras sociedades a través no sólo de sus representaciones, sino como sujetos y agentes a cuyas perspectivas y necesidades habría que prestar atención. En paralelo, los estudios animales (animal studies o human-animal studies) los han recuperado y reivindicado como tema a investigar también por parte de las humanidades y ciencias sociales, y asimismo, de la historia del arte. Este enfoque transversal suele fijarse en la biología y demás disciplinas afines, interacciona con otros estudios de área (de género, poscoloniales, queer, etc.), y se refuerza y puede venir acompañado de marcos como el posthumanismo o la preocupación por el medio ambiente.

Este número monográfico de Boletín de Arte busca abordar esta temática de los animales no-humanos desde todos los periodos, metodologías y aproximaciones propias de la historia del arte.

Posibles líneas o ejes temáticos a tratar (entre otras posibilidades):

– Representaciones de animales (retratos, fotografías, ilustraciones científicas…).
– Biografías de animales históricos o artísticos.
– Emblemática y tratados sobre animales.
– Museos y animales, animales en el cubo blanco.
– Naturaleza y simbología de los animales.
– Géneros o tópicos artísticos sobre animales.
– Artistas y sus animales.
– Artistas que colaboran con otros animales.
– Animales como creadores o agentes artísticos.
– Cine y animales.
– Vídeos de animales en Internet.
– Animales, arte y género.
– Arte y activismo animalista.
– Arte ecológico y animales.
– Arte o diseños para otros animales.
– Animales y estética.

Nota: Las secciones dedicadas a este número monográfico se limitarán a las de Contrastes, Artículos y Varia

Para cualquier duda o consulta:
Reyes Escalera:
Concepción Cortés:

CFP (Collection of Essays and Poems): American Genocide: Indians and Other Animals

American Genocide: Indians & Other Animals
(Call for Essays and Poetry)

Deadline: 15 December 2018

Contact: Tom Gannon, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or Matthew Guzman, PhD Candidate, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Critical scholarship on the indigenous humans of North America and scholarship in Critical Animal Studies often remain separate and rarely appear in dialogue with one another. And yet, both fields of study can benefit greatly from being placed in conversation. There has not been a volume to date that adequately grapples with the similar exploitation and extinction of these two marginalized “Others.” The crucial intersection of the human indigenous and other non-human species entails both trope and reality, as both a longtime ideological comedy of errors and misprisions — and a longtime material tragedy of genocide and extinction. To be sure, this “bestial” conjunction may be said to be a foundational matrix of Western civilization. American Genocide puts these voices of genocide and extinction in conversation with one another, including new critical scholarship as well as newly published poetry. The bringing together of ingenious and non-human, however, is not meant to conflate these two unique populations, which is the all-too-often move in ideologies of oppression. Instead, by combining these topics and genres — human and non-human, scholarly study and poetry — this book attempts to speak back against such colonialist models of hierarchy and separation. The collection also introduces a new transdisciplinary approach, Eco-Colonial Discourse theory, an approach towards discourses across species. Furthermore, it is through uncovering the ways in which non-human exploitation serves as the originary template for the de-humanization of disempowered human groups that American Genocide begins of a hybrid field of study that extends and complicates Native American Studies, postcolonial theory, and Critical Animal Studies.

As we are theorizing it, Eco-Colonial Discourse theory is intended to be a descendant of postcolonial theory; however, this new approach recontextualizes, or repositions, questions of imperialism and power with special attention to the intersections between the Native American and nonhuman animal. As colonial discourse theory itself issues from Edward Said’s seminal perception that the Foucaultian matrix of language and power is central to the success of the colonial enterprise, “race” itself has ultimately always been the invention of colonial discourse-as-power — as a rationalization at last for the cruel exercise of that power. And so “the plight of the Redman” has been largely about language, about discourse, in a thoroughly poststructuralist sense. Similarly, the categorical distinction of “animal” in western discourse (as Jacques Derrida has also claimed) remains an issue of power informed by language. In this way, American Genocide seeks ways to identify and move beyond eurocentrism as well as anthropocentrism.

We invite original essays from a wide range of disciplinary fields such as (but not limited to) literary criticism, ethnic studies, gender studies, history, art history, and philosophy that illuminate intersections between the Native American and nonhuman animal.

Suggested intersections include but are not limited to the following:

  • Nonhuman and Native extinction/genocide
  • Critical Animals Studies and Native American Studies
  • Native American Studies and other animals
  • Human Natives and other species in the wake of 19th-century Manifest Destiny
  • Linguistic/categorical distinctions and hierarchies regarding the indigenous and nonhuman
  • Interspecies and intercultural/intertribal communication
  • Rhetoric of the Native and nonhuman animal “Others”
  • Ontology, race, and species meet U.S. settler colonialism
  • Native and nonhuman animal resistance and rebellion
  • Representing the Native and nonhuman animal in popular culture
  • Preserves/reserves/reservations and colonial/imperial projects
  • Documenting and cataloging the “Wild” and/or the “Savage”
  • Zoology and Anthropology: Natural and social sciences on the U.S. frontier
  • Native ethnobotany and the natural world
  • Taxonomic systems and catalogues of imperialism
  • Cartography, Native Americans, and nonhuman animals
  • Native and nonhuman migration(s)
  • Native American “myth,” spiritualism and nonhuman animals

Submit your 300-500 word abstract to and by 15 Dec 2018 with the subject line “American Genocide Abstract.” Please also include C.V. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 15 Jan 2019. Completed essays (5,000—9,000 words) will be expected by 15 May 2019 in MLA or Chicago Manual of Style format.

We also invite submissions of previously unpublished poetry that bridge, intersect, or complicate the indigenous human and nonhuman animal.

Submit one to three poems to and by 15 Dec 2018 with the subject line “American Genocide Poetry.”

Fall Issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2018 (Vol. 4, No. 2) issue of Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience featuring a special section on ‘The Processes of Imaging/The Imaging of Processes’ edited by Bettina Papenburg, Liv Hausken, and Sigrid Schmitz. The special section explores how imaging technologies shape the complex processes through which scientific images are constructed and how imaging technologies drive processes of inclusion and exclusion, hierarchical social relations, and discrimination. The section features articles by Karolina Agata KazimierczakLucy van de WielHannah Fitsch & Kathrin Friedrich, and Ashton Bree Wesner.

In addition, the latest issue features a Virtual Roundtable in our Critical Commentary section on the theme of ‘Decolonial Computing’, edited by Mara Mills and Paula Chakravartty, that revisits discussions that take us beyond the dominant developmentalist approaches to technology in the global South, weighing the gains that have been made to incorporate decolonial theory and practice. This section puts into conversations papers by Paula ChakravarttyMara MillsHannah Alpert-AbramsAnita Say Chan,  and Lilly Irani & Kavita Philip.

This issue of Catalyst also includes two original research articles by Margaret F. Gibson & Patty Douglas on “Disturbing Behaviours: Ole Ivar Lovaas and the Queer History of Autism Science” and by Kathryn Zyskowski & Kristy Milland on “A Crowded Future: Working against Abstraction on Turker Nation,” as well as a Critical  Perspectives reflection by Stefan Helmreich on “Ghost Lineages, Ghost Acres, and Darwin’s ‘Diagram of Divergence of Taxa’ in On the Origin of Species.” The issue includes five book reviews of recent noteworthy books.

Catalyst is an online, juried journal that expands the feminist and critical intellectual legacies of science and technology studies in to theory-intensive research, critique, and practice. Catalyst is inviting submissions of papers and media work, as well as proposals for future special sections or critical perspective discussions. Please direct any questions to


Nora Tataryan
Rianka Singh

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience
Find us on Twitter: @catalyst_sts

Call for Submissions: Engineering Studies

The editorial staff of the journal Engineering Studies is seeking manuscripts on social and cultural aspects of engineers and engineering broadly defined. Our mission is:

• to advance critical analysis in historical, social, cultural, political, philosophical, rhetorical, and organizational studies of engineers and engineering;
• to help serve diverse communities of researchers interested in engineering studies;
• to link scholarly work in engineering studies with broader discussions and debates about engineering education, research, practice, policy, and representation.

The editors of Engineering Studies are interested in papers that consider the following questions:

• How does this paper enhance critical understanding of engineers or engineering?
• What are the relationships among the technical and nontechnical dimensions of engineering practices, and how do these relationships vary over time and space?

We invite works from humanists and social scientists studying the historical, political, philosophical, rhetorical, organizational, geographic, literary, or other dimensions of engineering. Practitioners in technical communication, technical work, engineering education, and policy studies are also invited to submit research which brings critical analysis to bear on the ideologies and assumptions underlying engineering’s culture and practice.

Engineering Studies publishes regular research articles, systematic literature reviews, reports, book reviews, and Critical Participation pieces. The latter should make an intervention in the engineering studies and/or engineering communities. Regular research articles will be double-blind reviewed and Critical Participation articles single-blind by expert referees under the guidance of an Associate Editor. Click here to see for information on style, scope, formatting, and how to submit a manuscript.

Engineering Studies is the journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies. Members of the Network receive a subscription to Engineering Studies in addition to resources for teaching, research, and dialogue in the field of engineering studies. For more information, click here. Memberships and subscriptions run 1 January to 31 December of each year; memberships registered after 1 November 2018 will be valid for calendar year 2019.

Please contact the editor in chief, Cyrus Mody (, with further queries regarding Engineering Studies.

Dissertation Abstracts Issues 78-09 A and B

View the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-09 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts related to your subject area. ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2018-yes they have some 2018 dates-back into the early 1900’s.

There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations. ProQuest has begun adding numerous titles from many universities world-wide dating back into the early 1900’s. Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for down loading entire copies on line.

You may find some duplicate citations-the ProQuest database is including over 30% duplicate titles, sometimes in multiple months. I try and catch these duplicates but I am sure you will find that I missed some.





Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D.
History of Medicine Librarian
Health Sciences Library System
University of Pittsburgh

New Translation: Wilhelm Johannsen’s “About Darwinism, seen from the point of view of the science of heredity”

The British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) is delighted to announce the release of the second in our Translations series. Nils Roll-Hansen’s translation of Wilhelm Johannsen’s “About Darwinism, seen from the point of view of the science of heredity” is now freely available on our website.

Introduction from the translator:
“Wilhelm Johannsen is a standard reference in the history of genetics. He clarified the distinction between genotype and phenotype, and introduced the term ‘gene’. He also carried out the famous experiment of selection within pure lines of beans, an experiment that became a paradigmatic demonstration of the stability of genotype. Arguably Johannsen’s experimental and theoretical development of the distinction between the phenotype — which depends on variation in environment, — and the genotype — which remains stable through generations, — provided the basis for genetics as an exact science, experimentally and theoretically.

Johannsen’s magisterial treatise Elemente der exakten Erblichkeitslehre [Introduction to an exact science of heredity] profoundly influenced the development of genetics in the early decades of the 20th century. The original publication of 1909 was followed by thoroughly revised editions in 1914 and 1926. Johannsen published only a couple of relatively short and specialized genetics papers in English (in particular, Johannsen 1907, 1911, 1923). The popular 1903 article on Darwinism and heredity that is translated below gives an insight into the background and context of his developing theory of genotype. The article was written the same year that he published his classical bean selection experiment (Johannsen 1903), and shows how Johannsen at that point related his ideas about heredity to running debates on evolution, systematics and plant breeding.”

EASTM: New Issue #47 Published

The latest issue #47 of the Journal of EAST ASIAN SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE is published and available online.

Table of Contents

Note from the Editor by CATHERINE JAMI

Obituary: Jeon Sang-woon 全相運 (1932-2018) by SHIN DONG-WON


Elixir, Urine and Hormone: A Socio-cultural History of Qiushi (Autumn Mineral) by JING ZHU

Yi Chema and the Psychosocial Body in Late Nineteenth Century Korea by KIEBOK YI

Research note

A Missing Link in the History of Chinese Medicine: Research Note on the Medical Contents of the Taishō Tripiṭaka by C. PIERCE SALGUERO


Xiaoping Fang, Barefoot Doctors and Western Medicine in China by BEATRIZ PUENTE-BALLESTEROS

Tina Su Lin Lim and Donald B. Wagner, The Continuation of Ancient Mathematics: Wang Xiaotong’s Jigu suanjing, Algebra and Geometry in 7th-Century China by JIA-MING YING