January 2019 News from the Profession

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CHSTM Newsletter, featuring Digital Forum

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Call for Manuscripts: Studies in the History of Healthcare

(edited by Prof. Linda Bryder and Prof. Martin Gorsky)

Peter Lang is seeking proposals for the series Studies in the History of Healthcare, edited by Professor Linda Bryder (University of Auckland) and Professor Martin Gorsky (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

Studies in the History of Healthcare provides an outlet for academic monographs (sole- or multi-authored) devoted to both the social and the intellectual dimensions of the history of medicine, with a special emphasis on public health, health care and health services. The focus of the series is on the nineteenth and/or twentieth centuries, and is international in scope. The series encourages investigations into public health including environmental health, preventive medicine, responses to lifestyle diseases, and maternal and child health. It also embraces studies of health policy, health systems and state medicine, including in colonial and postcolonial settings. While studies may focus on general medicine, they would also give appropriate weight to healthcare as it relates to sectors such as indigenous peoples, older people, mentally ill and/or other vulnerable social groups. Unless they are placed in a broad context and address significant historical questions the series does not include biographies or histories of individual institutions and organizations. The monographs included in this series reflect the cutting edge of research in the now well-established and still expanding field of medical history.

Studies in the History of Healthcare is a successor to Studies in the History of Medicine, edited formerly by Charles Webster.

Please contact commissioning editor Philip Dunshea (p.dunshea@peterlang.com) for more information on the series or to discuss a proposal.


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.

Authors will be informed of the acceptance or rejection of their contributions within a maximum period of six months, as well as the evaluations or recommendations of the observers. The Committee will receive articles and reviews exclusively to the following electronic address: iheuca@uca.edu.ar.

Sent articles and reviews must be formally adapted to the rules of publication (see web site). Those that do not closely conform to the journal’s style and format will be returned to authors.

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: http://erevistas.uca.edu.ar/index.php/EHE

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


Islamic Scientific Manuscripts Initiative (ISMI) website

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

The ISMI database provides a means to access Islamicate authors, their works, and extant manuscript witnesses in the various fields of the mathematical sciences. These fields include the “pure” mathematical sciences (such as geometry, arithmetic, algebra, and trigonometry) as well as the “mixed” mathematical sciences (such as astronomy, optics, music, and mechanics). In addition to its bio-bibliographical function, the database is designed to facilitate research by, among other things, allowing for “transitive queries” that return chains of teachers/students, original texts (matn)/commentaries, ownership chains, and so forth. A Query Builder allows the researcher to query the data in numerous ways; one could, for example, search for all works on astronomical instruments copied between 1250-1350. Visualization tools are also being developed as aids for this research. You can find a preliminary set of tools in the “ISMI Lab” section of the website.

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 ismi-feedback-bounces@listserver.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de.

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)


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

Deadline for Submissions

  • 11:59 PST MARCH 1, 2019

Please address questions to Marco Roc, Souls Managing Editor, mroc2@uic.edu.


Launch of the Newberry Institute for Research and Education

In the fall of 2018, 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 and New Issue (December 2018) for Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science

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.


November HPS&ST Note

The November HPS&ST Note is now online.


  • Introduction
  • 16th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (DLMPST), Czech Technical University, Prague, August 5-1
  • 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

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 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. It is an information list, not a discussion list.

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.

Contributions to the Note (publications, thematic issues, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor: Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, m.matthews@unsw.edu.au.

If you would like to subscribe to the list, send a message to: hpsst-list-subscribe@lists.unsw.edu.au. There is no need for subject header or any message; the email itself suffices for addition to the hpsst-list.


March of Dimes Archive

From H-Disability on H-Net

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 (drescalera@uma.es); Concepción Cortés (ccorteszulueta@uma.es)


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 Kazimierczak, Lucy van de Wiel, Hannah 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 Chakravartty, Mara Mills, Hannah Alpert-Abrams, Anita 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 editor@catalystjournal.org.

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 (c.mody@maastrictuniversity.nl), 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 1900s.

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 1900s. Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for downloading entire copies online.

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, PhD
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 (see link above) 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


H-Net’s Future: A Glimpse of the Next 25 Years

Quo Vadis, H-Net? It’s our 25th anniversary, so naturally we wonder where the next 25 years will take us. Our transition to the H-Net Commons five years ago opened a new world of possibilities for content sharing, networking, publishing, and communications services for scholars in the social sciences and humanities. Will you help us get there?

Our talented professional staff and a legion of wonderful volunteer editors are already marking out an exciting future for our organization. A few glimpses beyond the horizon:

  • Expanded coverage of new scholarship at our innovative Book Channel, to help authors, publishers, and audiences find each other and support academic publishing
  • Build capacity for podcasting and innovative reviewing of scholarship. Our podcast series, The Art of the Review, and our new network H-PODCAST are helping to develop new standards for online reviewing and scholarly communications.
  • Growing collaborations with scholarly societies through joint recording and dissemination of conference sessions, publication of conference reports, and podcast interviews with new and rising scholars.
  • An exciting new adventure in open-access publishing with the development of enterprise-wide peer review standards and the launch of the Journal of Festive Studies on a new Open Journal platform.
  • As always, welcoming new H-Net networks that gather fresh audiences in new fields of study.

We cannot make this journey into the future without you. Please help us bring these new initiatives to fruition and ensure they remain free and open to all.

Thank you to the thousands of H-Netters who have stepped forward to help our 25th Anniversary Campaign! If you have not yet joined your colleagues in contributing, please consider doing so! We cannot do it without you, our readers. Please help us continue by donating to H-Net today as we celebrate 25 years of service.

Peter Knupfer, PhD
Executive Director, H-Net: Humanities & Social Sciences Online


New Open Access Book: Being Modern: The Cultural Impact of Science in the Early Twentieth Century

UCL Press is delighted to announce the publication of a brand new open access book that may be of interest: Being Modern: The Cultural Impact of Science in the Early Twentieth Century (Download it free from http://bit.ly/2ybnIB8). Edited by Robert Bud, Paul Greenhalgh, Frank James and Morag Shiach.

In the early decades of the twentieth century, engagement with science was commonly used as an emblem of modernity. This phenomenon is now attracting increasing attention in different historical specialties. Being Modern builds on this recent scholarly interest to explore engagement with science across culture from the end of the nineteenth century to approximately 1940.

Addressing the breadth of cultural forms in Britain and the western world from the architecture of Le Corbusier to working class British science fiction, Being Modern paints a rich picture. Seventeen distinguished contributors from a range of fields including the cultural study of science and technology, art and architecture, English culture and literature examine the issues involved. The book will be a valuable resource for students, and a spur to scholars to further examination of culture as an interconnected web of which science was a critical part, and to supersede such tired formulations as ‘Science and culture.’


International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) Off-Year Workshop

“Regeneration Across Complex Living Systems: From Regenerating Microbiomes to Ecosystems Resiliency” 22-23 October 2018, Woods Hole, MA

In October 2018, an ISHPSSB Off-Year Workshop, “Regeneration Across Complex Living Systems: From Regenerating Microbiomes to Ecosystems Resiliency,” took place at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. The Workshop convened scholars from three continents to discuss regeneration across complex living systems from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing a total participation of about twenty-five individuals including scientists from the MBL. On Monday, 22 October, the nine speakers delivered their papers in three panels, which were loosely clustered around the levels of cells and microbes, organisms, and ecosystems. The talks ranged from a report of cutting-edge imaging technologies for assessing nerve regeneration in octopodi; to an anthropological analysis of the tension between axolotl limb regeneration and the organism’s collapsing natural habitat; to assessments of microbiome and ecosystem regeneration through both intellectual histories and present-day applications.

On Tuesday, 23 October, the Workshop concluded with a three-hour discussion of major themes. Together, the participants grappled with the talks of the previous day in terms of the systems, processes, and results of regeneration. Some tentative conclusions were drawn for each category, including that analyses of the initial and final “states” of regenerating systems are complicated by fluctuations through time; regeneration as a process can be healing or pathological, induced or natural, and also multiply realized; and understanding the “results” of regeneration requires attention to the various timescales, from seconds to years to centuries, across which regeneration might take place. Two other questions addressed in the discussion were whether regeneration in complex living systems requires the removal of an entity in order to take place, and whether it is possible to understand regeneration without reference to adaptation. Interested readers may still visit the website.

The Workshop Coordinators are grateful for the graduate student and postdoctoral travel funding provided by the ISHPSSB, and funding from the James S. McDonnell Foundation which made the workshop possible. Further information about the ongoing McDonnell Foundation Initiative at the MBL can be found here: https://mcdonnellinitiativeatmbl.com/. From the Workshop Coordinators, Kate MacCord (kmaccord@mbl.edu) and Kathryn Maxson Jones (kmaxson@princeton.edu).


FHHMLS/CUP Graduate Student Essay Award

The Forum for the History of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Cambridge University Press invite submissions for our inaugural Graduate Student Essay Award. The award will be given for the best original, unpublished essay in the history of health, medicine and the life sciences submitted to the competition as judged by the FHHMLS’s assessment panel. This award advances the FHHMLS mission of encouraging scholarship that addresses conversations occurring across and between the histories of science, medicine, and technology broadly conceived. The author of the winning essay will receive 5 books of their choosing from the current book list of the Cambridge University Press.


We welcome submission of unpublished manuscripts in English on any aspect of the history of health, medicine and life sciences written by students registered part-time or full-time in a graduate degree or completing their degree in 2019. Submissions should bridge the histories of science, medicine and/or technology.

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes and all references). Entries should be accompanied by a one-page cover letter detailing how the research fosters new conversations between the histories of medicine, science and/or technology.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019. Entries should be sent to fhhmls.hss@gmail.com. Please submit cover letters and essays as two separate files. The essay file should only include the title, with all author information removed.

The winning submission will be announced at the 2019 HSS meeting in Utrecht. Authors do not need to be members of HSS at the time of submission.

We are grateful to Cambridge University Press for their generous sponsorship of this prize.

FHHMLS Steering Committee:
Elizabeth Neswald
Robin Scheffler
Elaine Leong
Jaipreet Virdi
Heidi Morefield