April 2018 – News from the Profession

Recently Released Darwin Documents

To celebrate Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday, the Darwin Correspondence Project, Cambridge Digital Library, and English Heritage Trust, have released online for the first time, two albums of portrait photographs presented to Darwin in 1877. They were sent by his admirers in Germany and Austria, and in the Netherlands. Also online for the first time are the texts of a series of poems written in Darwin’s honor by Friedrich Adler, a young lawyer from Prague. See the albums and poems here. The albums provide a snapshot of networks of supporters of Darwin on the Continent and will also be a useful resource for people studying Dutch, German, and Austrian social history. Very little is known about many of the people featured in these albums. If you can help to identify any of them, please get in touch by contacting the Darwin Correspondence Project.

Dr Francis Neary
Editor, Darwin Correspondence Project
University Library, West Road
Cambridge, CB3 9DR, UK
Email: fjn26@cam.ac.uk
Website: www.darwinproject.ac.uk

Call for Submissions of Essays on Goethe in the History of Science

The Goethe Society of North America invites the submission of essays on Goethe’s contribution to the history of science and on Goethe in the history of science.

The Richard Sussman Prize is awarded annually for the best essay published in 2017 in an academic journal on Goethe’s contributions to the history of science and on Goethe in the history of science. The prize carries a $500 award.

Besides his literary accomplishments, which inaugurated a new era in modern German culture, scientific studies also played a significant role in the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Goethe’s research coincided with the emergence of modern scientific disciplines and their institutional establishment within the university system, thereby supplanting earlier scientific practices and methods. As rector of the scientific institutes at the University of Jena, Goethe stood in close contact and corresponded with scientists in Germany and beyond.

The completion of the Leopoldina edition of his scientific writings allows the opportunity for a new assessment of Goethe within the context of science as it was emerging during his lifetime and within the history of science in general. This award seeks to foster scholarship in this area.

Please submit a copy of the essay (electronic version preferred) by May 1, 2018 to the Society’s Vice-President, Catriona MacLeod: Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures, University of Pennsylvania, 745 Williams Hall, 255 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305 (cmacleod@sas.upenn.edu).

The following articles are eligible:

  1. articles written by a North American scholar (defined by institutional affiliation at the time of publication); or
  2. articles written by a current member of the GSNA; or
  3. articles published in the Goethe Yearbook.

NB: Articles by current GSNA board members are not eligible. GSNA members are encouraged to submit their own articles for consideration.

Latest Dissertations

The latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-03 A and B and 78-02 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts that pertain to the broad scope of history of science, medicine and health care are now available at this URL. ProQuest has altered how they release their individual issues. No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random. Thus titles will range from 2017—yes they have some 2017 dates—back into the early 1900s. You may find duplicates in this list, not only for this month but from past months. ProQuest has been adding over 25% duplicate titles to its list of dissertations.

Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

The American Council of Learned Societies has announced the 2018 Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellows. The Burkhardt Fellowship program, which supports recently tenured faculty as they pursue ambitious scholarship at a consequential stage of their careers, is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Burkhardt Fellowships carry a $95,000 stipend and a $7,500 research budget, and allow awardees to take up year-long residencies at institutions whose resources and scholarly communities are ideally suited to facilitate the proposed research project. One set of awards, which is open to recently tenured faculty at all US-based colleges and universities, supports residencies at 13 national and international research centers that partner with ACLS for this program. Another set of awards, reserved for faculty from liberal arts colleges, enables fellows to carry out their residencies at any research university-based humanities center or academic department in the United States. The fellowships are designed to accommodate long-term, multi-year research projects and thus may take place in any of the three academic years following the fellow’s selection.

“A central tenet of the program is that the residential fellowship experience fosters multidisciplinary conversations and encourages connections among faculty from different backgrounds and different types of institutions,” said Matthew Goldfeder, ACLS’s director of fellowship programs. “This experience enriches fellows’ individual projects and fosters long-lasting scholarly networks, preparing the fellows for careers of far-reaching research and leadership in the humanities.”

Projects that may be of interest to HSS members are listed below. Further information on this year’s awardees is available here.

  • Katherine Epstein (Associate Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden)
    State Secrets: Computers, Defense Contracting, and the Origins of the National-Security State
    Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies in 2018-2019
  • Paul Fyfe (Associate Professor of English, North Carolina State University)
    The Age of Transmission: From Victorian Media Cultures to the Digital Humanities
    National Humanities Center in 2018-2019
  • Mitra Sharafi (Associate Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    Fear of the False: Forensic Science in Colonial India
    National Humanities Center in 2020-2021

The fellowships are named for the late Frederick Burkhardt, president emeritus of ACLS, whose decades of work on The Correspondence of Charles Darwin constitute a signal example of dedication to a demanding and ambitious scholarly enterprise.

Contact: Matthew Goldfeder, fellowships@acls.org

The American Council of Learned Societies, of which HSS is a member, is a private, nonprofit federation of 75 national scholarly organizations. It is the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences. Advancing scholarship by awarding fellowships and strengthening relations among learned societies is central to ACLS’s work. This year, ACLS will award more than $20 million to over 350 scholars across a variety of humanistic disciplines.

ISH Off-Year Workshop at the MBL in Woods Hole

The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts will host an International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) Off-Year workshop, on the theme of “Regeneration Across Complex Living Systems: From Regenerating Microbiomes to Ecosystems Resiliency,” from October 21-24, 2018. The workshop will include around twenty speakers in four sessions, with extended discussions of the papers following each session. Please save the date and consider submitting an abstract. The coordinators will be Kate MacCord (MBL) and Kathryn Maxson Jones (Princeton, MBL). A Call for Papers will be circulated in early May, but in the meantime please contact Kate (kmaccord@mbl.edu) with questions.