July 2016 News from the Profession

Chinese Reader Project—A Note from HSS Past President Angela Creager

You may remember the call for nominations last fall for outstanding articles on history of science, medicine and technology (with publication dates ranging from 1990–2015) to be translated and published in Chinese. After Council approved joining with the MPIWG in the venture, I worked closely with Dagmar Schäfer, Hansjakob Ziemer, and Tanja Neuendorf at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) to coordinate the committee that selected the articles for translation. (More detail may be found at https://www.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/de/node/14435.) We invited several other learned societies in the targeted fields to participate in nominating and selecting the articles. The reader selection committee was comprised of representatives from each of the participating societies as well as the directors of the MPIWG:

  • David Beck (British Society for the History of Science)
  • Angela N. H. Creager (Coordination, HSS)
  • Christopher Cullen (Div of the History of Science and Technology/IUHPST)
  • Lorraine Daston (MPIWG)
  • Yao Dazhi (Society for the History of Technology)
  • Olga Elina (European Society for the History of Science)
  • Florence Hsia (HSS)
  • Jürgen Renn (MPIWG)
  • David S. Jones (American Association for the History of Medicine)
  • Dagmar Schäfer (MPIWG)
  • Carsten Timmermann (Society for the Social History of Medicine)
  • Hansjakob Ziemer (Coordination, MPIWG)

We worked from a pool of almost 225 nominated essays, and our long list—which we all read and ranked—was 80 articles! In the end, the top-scoring articles comprised a surprisingly good set, in terms of field, authorship, time period, and region. I have appended [below] the list of 12 articles. The committee members found our work very rewarding, and each of the selected authors was delighted to be included. Greg Macklem deserves particular thanks for hosting our selection committee’s Adobe Connect meetings.

Here are the articles we selected. They will be translated in summer and fall 2016, to be published in 2017:

Anderson, Warwick. 2000. “The Possession of Kuru: Medical Science and Biocolonial Exchange.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 42, 713–744.

Blair, Ann. 2003. “Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload ca. 1550–1700.” Journal of the History of Ideas 64, 11–28.

Bray, Francesca. 1998. “Technics and Civilization in Late Imperial China: An Essay in the Cultural History of Technology.” Osiris 13, 11–33.

Galison, Peter. 2003. “The Collective Author.” In Scientific Authorship: Credit and Intellectual Property, edited by M. Biagioli and P. Galison, 325–353. New York: Routledge.

Green, Monica H. 2008. “Gendering the History of Women’s Healthcare.” Gender & History 20, 487–518.

Harwood, Jonathan. 2009. “Peasant Friendly Plant Breeding and the Early Years of the Green Revolution in Mexico.” Agricultural History 83, 384–410.

Hecht, Gabrielle. 1994. “Political Designs: Nuclear Reactors and National Policy.” Technology and Culture 35, 657–685.

Kohler, Robert E. 1999. “Moral Economy, Material Culture and Community in Drosophila Genetics.” In Science Studies Reader, edited by M. Biagioli, 243–257. New York: Routledge.

Long, Pamela O. 1991. “The Openness of Knowledge: An Ideal and Its Context in 16th-Century Writings on Mining and Metallurgy.” Technology and Culture 32, 318–355.

Netz, Reviel. 1998. “Deuteronomic Texts: Late Antiquity and the History of Mathematics.” Revue d’histoire des mathématiques 4, 261–288.

Rosenberg, Charles E. 1992. “Framing Disease: Illness, Society, and History.” In Explaining Epidemics and Other Studies in the History of Medicine, edited by C.E. Rosenberg, 305–318. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Secord, James A. 2004. “Knowledge in Transit.” Isis 95, 654–672.

I have organized a roundtable for the fall HSS meeting in Atlanta to discuss this reader project and the other possibilities for using translation to connect scholars and readers in different regions of the world and language communities. The panel includes three members of the committee (Dagmar Schäfer, Florence Hsia, and Lorraine Daston) and two prominent scholars working in Latin America and Asia (Edna Suárez-Díaz and Kevin Chang). Please feel free to join our conversation!

Digital Primary Sources

The HSS’s strategic plan calls for a renewed emphasis on digital materials. So we are pleased to see that the American Historical Association has added a new digital resource to the American Historical Review. This new feature serves as a preliminary guide to freely accessible online collections of primary sources. The sites identified here draw on the expertise of AHR staff and the Board of Editors, but they also solicited submissions from a small group of readers to test a larger crowdsourcing initiative that will drive the list of archives in the future. AHA intends to add to this section with each issue, with the complete list to be available online at historians.org/digital-primary-sources. Readers are encouraged to use the online form to submit their own favorite primary-source archival collections.

UNESCO and L’Oréal Foundation Launch Manifesto to Promote Gender Parity in the Sciences

Paris, 25 March—A manifesto for women in science was launched in Paris at the close of Thursday’s L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award ceremony, which recognized five outstanding scientists and 15 young researchers. The Manifesto aims to draw attention to the need to ensure gender parity in science.

The Manifesto sets out to improve women’s access to science at all levels and in all disciplines. Its first signatories were Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oréal and head of the L’Oréal Foundation, and Elizabeth Blackburn, President of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Jury.

“The UNESCO Science Report shows that the disparities between men and women are still very considerable,” said Ms Bokova. “More equality and parity in the sciences would create more opportunities to attain scientific excellence, which is part of UNESCO’s mission.”

“Women and their discoveries are needed in our fast-changing world as never before,” said Mr Agon. “With the For Women in Science programme, the L’Oréal Foundation is committed to promoting women scientists who will change the world. We are determined to fight on their side, for science, to build a better world.”

The Manifesto @4womeninscience promotes a six-point agenda:

  1. Encourage girls to explore scientific career paths,
  2. Break down the barriers that prevent women scientists from pursuing long-term careers in research,
  3. Prioritize women’s access to senior positions and leadership positions in the sciences,
  4. Celebrate with the general public the contribution that women scientists make to scientific progress and to society,
  5. Ensure gender equality through participation and leadership in symposiums and scientific commissions, such as conferences, committees and board meetings,
  6. Promote mentoring and networking for young scientists to enable them to plan and develop careers that meet their expectations.

Over the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has been celebrating women scientists from all over the world. Each year, it distinguishes five women researchers from every part of the globe for their exceptional discoveries and awards 250 fellowships to women researchers from 112 countries who are in the early stages of their careers.

To sign the Manifesto please visit http://www.fwis.fr/en/manifesto

History of Science and the UN

HSS member Hans Haubold reports that educational curricula that were developed from 1998 to 2003 to be used for education, research, and applications in seven UN-affiliated Regional Centres for Space Science and Technology Education drew on the work of Lewis Pyenson. Please see (http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/psa/regional-centres/index.html).

Division of the History of Science and Technology Prize for Young Scholars

The deadline for applications to the DHST Prize for Young Scholars is approaching: it is on 31 August 2016. Applications should be made online at: http://www.hpdst.gr/youngscholarsprize

2016 HIST Award Recipient Announced

The recipient of the 2016 HIST Award of the Division of the History of Chemistry of the American Chemical Society is Professor Dr. Ursula Klein of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. This award is the successor to the Dexter Award (1956-2001) and the Sydney M. Edelstein Award (2002-2009), also administered by the Division of the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the American Chemical Society.

The HIST Award consists of an engraved plaque and a check for $1500 and will be presented to Professor Klein at the fall national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia in August 2016. Additional information about the award can be found on the HIST website at http://www.scs.illinois.edu/~mainzv/HIST/awards/hist_award.php

COSSA News: 2016 Golden Goose Awards Choose Landmark “Add Health” Study

The researchers behind the landmark National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health Study, otherwise known as Add Health, have been chosen to receive the first of the 2016 Golden Goose Awards. The study, conceived by Drs. Peter Bearman, Barbara Entwisle, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Ronald Rindfuss, and Richard Udry in the late 1980s and early 1990s while at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a federally-funded study designed to “illuminate the impact of social and environmental factors on adolescent health.” The Award honors “scientists whose federally-funded work may have seemed odd or obscure when it was first conducted but has resulted in significant benefits to society.”

Add Health findings have helped to identify major determinants of health and health behaviors during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood. The study followed its original nationally-representative cohort for more than 20 years. Add Health “combines longitudinal survey data on respondents’ social, economic, psychological and physical well-being with contextual data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships, providing unique opportunities to study how social environments and behaviors in adolescence are linked to health and achievement outcomes in young adulthood.” It has provided insights into the ways that families, schools, neighborhoods, and peers can influence positive health outcomes. This insight also led to better understanding of negative outcomes and behaviors, such as violent behavior, drinking, illegal drug use, smoking, and sexual behavior. A 1998 COSSA Congressional seminar, What Do We Know About Adolescent Health?: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, allowed the researchers to share some of the study’s initial findings with Congress. The study’s name was recently changed to the National Longitudinal Study of Adult Health.

The researchers, along with two other teams of still-unnamed Golden Goose Award recipients, will be honored at the fifth Golden Goose Award Ceremony in September. The Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA) is a sponsor of the awards.

COSSA Congressional News: Funding Requests for Social and Behavioral Science Agencies

Over the past several weeks, Members of Congress have been signing their names to “Dear Colleague” letters, formal requests to the House and Senate appropriations committees for specific funding levels for various federal agencies. COSSA has been tracking letters in support of strong funding for the agencies important to the social and behavioral sciences on their funding updates page. COSSA appreciates the efforts of all of the Members who have signed on to the letters.

In addition to the requests for specific appropriations levels, a bipartisan letter in the House reaffirms support for the National Science Foundation’s “current practice of setting national scientific research priorities, investing in all disciplines of science, and using the merit review systems for determining which grant proposals to fund.” A letter in the Senate urges appropriators to include funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on the causes and prevention of gun violence.

On 22 March, the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology held an oversight hearing to discuss the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget request for the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF Director France Córdova and Chair of the National Science Board, Dan Arvizu, testified before the Subcommittee. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) chaired the hearing.

In his opening statement, Ranking Member Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), a PhD political scientist, expressed the importance of getting more people to understand the critical role that NSF plays, especially across all disciplines of science. In addition, and noting that the discussion could turn to the issue of priority setting among NSF’s research directorates, Lipinski quoted House Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Culberson (R-TX) who stated during his Subcommittee’s hearing last week that he does not wish to appropriate specific funding levels for each of NSF’s individual directorates, instead leaving the decision to the agency. That statement was directed at full Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), who has been a vocal critic of federal support for social and behavioral science research and has called for major cuts to social and behavioral science research through his America COMPETES Reauthorization Act (H.R. 1806).

More than 300 Social Science Students Selected as NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the 2,000 winners of the annual Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program competition. Among the 2016 winners are 311 social and behavioral science researchers from across the US. The GRF program provides three years of financial support over a five-year fellowship period for graduate study that leads to a master’s or doctoral research degree in a STEM field, including social science. It is one of NSF’s flagship programs aimed at fostering the next generation of the STEM workforce and ensuring diversity within the workforce.

The 2,000 awardees were chosen from about 17,000 total applications. The winners in the social and behavioral sciences come from the following disciplines and fields of study: psychology (136), archeology/anthropology (57), economics (31), sociology (30), political science (20), geography (14), linguistics (8), history/American studies (3), international relations (3), law and social science (2), communication (2), urban and regional planning (2), decision making/risk analysis (1), peace studies (1), and natural resources (1).

Academic Women Now—A Message from HSS Member Aileen Fyfe

Yesterday, I was part of the team launching the booklet “Academic Women Now: Experiences of mid-career women in Scotland” at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The brochure aims to facilitate and inspire further discussion and study about the career progression of women in different disciplines across the entire range of academic disciplines. We think it is unusual, possibly unique, among these types of publication because it does not focus only on the sciences, but includes the humanities and social sciences.

It showcases the careers of some of the academic women in the Young Academy of Scotland. They provide a fantastic window onto the career paths of current mid-career women in academia, and show us what academia looks like for women now. It offers a set of role models for early career researchers, many of whom still harbor doubts about whether academia is a good career for women.

Therefore, I urge you to circulate the electronic version of the booklet to your PhDs and postdocs—to those who are wondering whether or not they want to stay on in academia. Our booklet both demonstrates what academic career paths look like, but also the diversity of ways in which these academics have developed their careers and (in many cases) combined them with family life. (And it’s surely relevant beyond Scotland—there are quite a few North Americans now working in Scottish universities!)


AHRQ Accepting Advisory Council Nominations

In November 2016, seven vacancies will open on the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality, the advisory body to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The council is seeking nominations for new members who have expertise in: “(1) The conduct of research, demonstration projects, and evaluations with respect to health care; (2) the fields of healthcare quality research or health care improvement; (3) the practice of medicine; (4) other health professions; (5) representing the private healthcare sector (including health plans, providers, and purchasers) or administrators of health care delivery systems; (6) the fields of health care economics, information systems, law, ethics, business, or public policy; and, (7) the representation of the interests of patients and consumers of health care.” More information is available in the Federal Register notice.

New Academies Study on Advancing Social and Behavioral Science within the Weather Enterprise

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine has announced a new study, “Advancing Social and Behavioral Science Research and Application within the Weather Enterprise.” The goal of the study is to “to develop a framework for generating and applying social and behavioral science (SBS) research within the context of meteorology, weather forecasting, and weather preparedness and response.” The Academies is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in the following fields: weather forecasting, meteorological research, behavioral economics, communication research, decision making, risk perception, assessment and communication, human factors and product design, disaster and risk management and response, meteorology education and workforce development, and weather institutions and policy. Nominations were due by 13 April 2016.

CNDRA announces the launch of A Liberian Journey

The Liberian Center for National Documents and Records Agency (CNDRA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new public history website, A Liberian Journey: History, Memory, and the Making of a Nation. A Liberian Journey is meant to inform, raise questions, and invite stories about a transformational moment in Liberia’s past by making historical sources available for the first time in one place related to a 1926 Harvard scientific expedition to Liberia. The website features a pilot exhibit on Chief Suah Koko—a noted woman leader in Liberia’s history—along with digital collections containing nearly 600 photographs, more than two hours of motion-picture footage, oral histories, and documents linked to an interactive map. This effort marks the beginning of a recollection of Liberia’s lost history and is a very important step in reawakening the Liberian national consciousness.

In 1926, Firestone Tire & Rubber Company secured a ninety-nine year lease for up to one million acres of land from the Liberian government to establish one of the world’s largest rubber plantations. To help the company understand the conditions and challenges it faced, Firestone sponsored a Harvard team of scientists and physicians to conduct a four-month-long biological and medical survey of Liberia’s interior. Loring Whitman, a Harvard medical student, served as the expedition’s official photographer.

The motion picture record Whitman gathered is the earliest known surviving motion picture footage of Liberia. The moving images, along with hundreds of still photographs that appear in this digital collection, give a view of Liberia shaped by an early-twentieth-century Western world view of the American scientists. At the same time, the footage and photographs offer a valuable historical record of the peoples, cultural traditions, and landscapes of Liberia at a time of rapid economic, cultural, and environmental change.

The images in A Liberian Journey do not speak for themselves. CNDRA invites visitors to explore and then share their own meaningful stories, photographs, or documents about Liberia’s past, sparked by the materials found on this website. Plans are underway to work with educators in Liberia’s high schools and colleges to implement the site as a teaching tool and to expand the virtual exhibits to give voice, meaning, and historical context to the sources within. A Liberian Journey is designed to be accessible via mobile phones and in areas with limited internet connectivity.

A Liberian Journey was made possible through a partnership with CNDRA, the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Indiana University Liberian Collections, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with generous support from the National Science Foundation.

Huntington’s Disease Pioneer Delivers Inaugural Hermann J. Muller Award lecture at IU

A leading geneticist and neuropsychologist whose research led to the identification of the Huntington’s disease gene spoke at Indiana University Bloomington (IU) as the inaugural recipient of the Hermann J. Muller Award for Contributions to Our Understanding of Genes and Society.

Nancy Wexler, president of the Hereditary Disease Foundation and Higgins Professor of Neuropsychology in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry at Columbia University, delivered the lecture during the award ceremony on 25 April. The event was open to the public.

The award is named in honor of Hermann J. Muller, who won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine while serving on the IU faculty from 1945 to 1964. Muller greatly expanded understanding on the structure of genes, how they work and how they are modified by mutations. He was also interested in the role of genetics in society.

“Hermann Muller’s massive contributions to the field of genetics and its societal impact continue to influence much of today’s work in this field,” said Michael Lynch, IU Distinguished Professor of Biology and chair of the Hermann J. Muller Award committee. “His two decades at IU Bloomington, along with that of several other key colleagues, marked the golden age of genetics on this campus, which continues to influence much of the biology department’s research and international reputation in this area.

A highly recognized expert in her field, Wexler is internationally known for her role in the discovery of the location of the gene that causes Huntington’s disease. Her research has also led to the discovery of the genes responsible for familial Alzheimer’s disease, kidney cancer, two types of neurofibromatosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and dwarfism.

Wexler’s work on Huntington’s disease intensified in 1979 when she led a research team to Venezuela to collect genetic information from the world’s largest family with Huntington’s disease—now numbering over 18,000 family members over 10 generations—which began a 24-year odyssey into the study of the genetic origins of the disease. Her efforts were inspired in part by her father, Hereditary Disease Foundation founder and psychologist Milton Wexler, and her mother, who had a master’s degree in biology. Her mother died from Huntington’s disease.

In addition to her work on genetic disease, Wexler provides leadership to numerous governmental groups on creating guidelines to handle the extremely sensitive information yielded by genetic testing. She is a member of the Advisory Group for Human Gene Editing, which counsels the presidents of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, and the National Academy of Medicine’s Evidence Base for Genetic Testing Committee.

The title of Wexler’s lecture was “Mendel, Muller, Morgan, Mom and Me: An Ever-expanding Voyage of Discovery.” It discussed Muller’s research in fruit flies at IU, which proved that genes reside in specific homes on chromosomes and that their inheritance is governed by a series of key principles first described by Austrian scientist Gregor Mendel in 1866.

Today, the IU Department of Biology plays a major role in the study of fruit flies through resources such as the Drosophila Stock Center, which provides thousands of genetically modified flies to research laboratories around the world, and FlyBase, a major database on drosophila genetics in molecular biology.

Muller’s biographer, Elof Axel Carlson, presented a brief overview of Muller’s life at the event. A former graduate student of Muller’s at IU, Carlson spent the majority of his career at the Stony Brook University, where he achieved the rank of Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology. He is currently a visiting scholar at the IU Institute for Advanced Study.

The Muller award and lecture series are intended to recognize luminary international geneticists whose discoveries, like Muller’s, have made or are making a significant impact on the field of genetics and society. Awardees are selected by a committee of faculty at IU.

Consortium Appoints New Fellows

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology, and Medicine has announced their new fellows for 2016-2017. The applications were read by 34 librarians and archivists from the 24 member institutions as well as 23 historians from around the world. These readers awarded one NEH postdoctoral fellowship, two dissertation writing fellowships and 12 research fellowships. Together, these fellows will make about 60 research trips to the collections of member institutions.

  • Leah Aronowsky, Harvard University
    Research Fellow
    “Configuring ‘Life’ in the Biosphere, 1950-2000”
  • George Aumoithe, Columbia University
    Research Fellow
    “Epidemic Preparedness in the Age of Chronic Illness: Public Health and Welfare Politics in the United States, 1965-2000”
  • Sarah Basham, University of British Columbia
    Dissertation Writing Fellow
    “Rethinking the Ontology of Chinese Encyclopedias: The Life and Times of Treatise on Military Preparedness (1621)”
  • AJ Blandford, Rutgers University
    Research Fellow
    “Labor and the Visualization of Knowledge in American Geological Surveys”
  • Nicholas Bonneau, University of Notre Dame
    Research Fellow
    “Unspeakable Loss, Distempered Awakenings: North America’s Invisible Throat Distemper Epidemic of 1735-1765”
  • Melissa Charenko, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Research Fellow
    “‘The Science of Prophecy’? The Role of the Paleo-Disciplines in the Face of Anthropogenic Change, 1916-2015”
  • Rosanna Dent, University of Pennsylvania
    “Studying Indigenous Brazil: The Xavante and the Human Sciences, 1958-2015”
  • Betsy Frederick-Rothwell, University of Texas, Austin
    Research Fellow
    “Inside Out: Office Buildings and the Hybrid Nature of Space, 1870-1930”
  • Louis Gerdelan, Harvard University
    Research Fellow
    “Calamitous Knowledge: Understanding Disaster in the British, Spanish and French Atlantic Worlds, 1666-1755”
  • Alison Laurence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Research Fellow
    “An Unnatural History of Deep Time: Extinct Animals & the Politics of Place in the Modern United States”
  • Christine Peralta, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Research Fellow
    “Labor Pains: Working Class Women’s Access to Healthcare in the Philippines, 1898-1950”
  • Alicia Puglionesi, Johns Hopkins University
    NEH Postdoctoral Fellow
    “The Astonishment of Experience: Americans and Psychical Research, 1885-1935”
  • Tricia Ross, Duke University
    Research Fellow
    “Care of Bodies, Cure of Souls: Medicine and Religion in Early Modern Germany”
  • Michelle Smiley, Bryn Mawr College
    Dissertation Writing Fellow
    “Becoming Photography: The American Development of a Medium”
  • Angela Smith, Austin Community College
    Research Fellow
    “The Romantic Roots of Evolution in Scotland”
  • Oscar Moisés Torres Montúfar, El Colegio de México
    Research Fellow
    “Miners, Oilmen and Chemists: Globalization and Technology in the Mexican Sulphur Industry (1933-1972)”

Latest Dissertations

The latest dissertations from the issues 76-6 A and B are now listed on the HSS website. 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 2016—yes they have some 2016 dates—back into the 1930s.

Seeking Contributions for an Encyclopedia

ABC-CLIO seeks contributors for a 4-volume encyclopedia on history’s most important technologies and inventions. A number of entries have already been written, but many await a suitable scholar. ABC-CLIO offers contributors who write more than 10,000 words of entries a print copy of the encyclopedia and a check in US dollars. Inquires may be directed to Chris Cumo at ccumo@juno.com.

Historian Joins Group That Aims to Advocate for the Humanities Nationally

A recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education (5 June 2016) reports on a new Humanities Advocacy group in the U.S. To see the article, go to http://chronicle.com/article/Historian-Joins-Group-That/236703/.

Atlanta November 2016.  Workshop on Writing the Transnational History of Science and Technology

Call for Papers

A partially-funded one-day workshop will be held at the School of History and Sociology of the Georgia Institute of Technology from noon on 2 November to noon the next day. The campus is about a mile from downtown Atlanta where HSS will hold its annual meeting beginning on 3 November 2016.

Is transnational history just a fad, or does it pose important new questions for historians of science and technology? What is the place of the national in the transnational? What are the intellectual and social costs of writing transnational history? How does transnational history of science and technology intersect with other histories e.g. of colonialism, imperialism, global history? By combining theoretical reflection with empirical case studies this workshop will provide a space for extended debate on the transnational turn and its significance for historians of science and technology. A comprehensive position paper will be circulated to participants closer to the time to help give shape to the discussions. Please write john.krige@hsoc.gatech.edu to receive a copy.

Interested persons should submit abstracts of some 200 words no later than 30 July 2016. Selected papers must be submitted for pre-circulation no later than 30 September 2016.

Funding is available for up to 12 participants. It will cover transfer from the Atlanta airport to the Georgia Tech campus, the night of Wednesday, 2 November 2016 in the Georgia Tech Hotel and meals and other incidental expenses during the duration of the workshop.

No financial support is available for travel to Atlanta.

Non-funded participants are welcome to join the discussion at their convenience.

In consultation with the participants, and subject to merit, a selection of papers will be published in an edited collection. An advance contract for publishing a volume focusing on the transnational circulation of knowledge has been signed with Amherst College Press.

For submissions and further information please contact john.krige@hsoc.gatech.edu (www.johnkrige.com)

Just earned your PhD in the history of science? Congratulations! Here’s a free e-membership to HSS.

Making the transition from the student world to a post-doctoral existence can present challenges.

The HSS would like to recognize your signal achievement by providing a free electronic membership (one year) to those who graduated in 2015 or in 2016.

Please go to https://subfill.uchicago.edu/JournalPUBS/HSSpromotion.aspx for details.

ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 MeetingISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting

São Paulo, Brazil
16 to 21 July 2017

The 2017 Meeting of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) will be held conjointly with the 2017 Brazilian History and Philosophy of Biology Meeting, promoted by the Brazilian Association of Philosophy and History of Biology (Associação Brasileira de Filosofia e História da Biologia – ABFHiB).

leopard, BrazilThe ISHPSSB & ABFHiB 2017 Meeting will happen at the Institute of Biosciences of the University of São Paulo, in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Researchers and graduate students are welcome to submit papers in English for presentation at this joint meeting.

blue bird, BrazilDeadline for sessions, papers and poster proposals:
1 October 2016 to 15 January 2017

More information is available at: http://ishpssb2017.abfhib.org/
E-mail: ishpssb.2017@gmail.com

rodent, Brazil

We are looking forward to seeing you in São Paulo!