News From the Profession – October 2020

The Sixth Notes and Records Essay Award

Are you a researcher in the history of science, technology and medicine? Have you completed a postgraduate degree within the last five years? If the answer to these questions is yes, then you can enter our Essay Award for a chance to win £500 (or local currency equivalent) and publication of your winning essay in our history of science journal Notes and Records: the Royal Society Journal of the History of Science. One runner-up will also receive £250 and there will be £100 prizes for an additional three ‘honourable mentions’. All winning categories will benefit from a free online subscription to the journal for one year. Deadline for entries is 28 February 2021.

Further information available at

Humanities Without Walls

Humanities Without Walls (HWW) invites applications from doctoral students pursuing degrees in the humanities and humanistic social sciences to participate in a three-week, virtual workshop for doctoral students interested in learning about careers outside of the academy, to be held in the summer of 2021. Selection for the workshop also includes a $5,000 fellowship.

The 2021 workshop will be the first such for HWW, which is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 16 major research universities throughout the United States. This is a limited-submission application. Eligible doctoral students must be nominated for this workshop and fellowship by their home institution and only one nomination may be made to HWW by each university.

Full details of the program, including required application components, are available at:

News from the Consortium of History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The consortium shares recent podcasts with HSS members:

Propose a New Online Working Group
CHSTM invites proposals for new online working groups focusing on specialized topics in the history of science, technology or medicine. We encourage proposals with a mix of conveners at different levels of seniority. This call is for groups that will meet between January 1 and December 31, 2021 and applications are due no later than November 15, 2020. Details on proposals can be found here: Contact with any questions regarding working groups.

Introducing CHSTM Perspectives
Perspectives, is a new library of podcasts, videos, and essays, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations. Accessible through the Consortium’s website, Perspectives provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from renowned history of science collections. To find out more, please visit Perspectives at

Three New Podcasts: Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic
This series of discussions by scholars in the humanities and social sciences raises questions and explores perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Episodes:

CFP: Association of East Asian Environmental History Sixth Biennial Conference

The Association for East Asian Environmental History (AEAEH) is now accepting proposals for organized panels and individual papers for its Sixth Biennial Conference to be held 7–10 September 2021 at Kyoto University, Japan.

The general theme of the conference is “Humans and Nature in East Asia: Exploring New Directions in Environmental History.” The deadline for submitting paper and panel proposals is November 30, 2020. Complete information about the conference, instructions for submitting a proposal and special pandemic precautions and caveats may be found on the AEAEH website.

Updates from the American Association for the History of Medicine

The American Historical Association has launched the Bibliography of Historians’ Responses to COVID-19. Many AAHM members contributed to this bibliography. AHA is still accepting submissions here: A Bibliography of Historians’ Responses to COVID-19. AAHM members can connect to these resources from the website on the COVID 19 Resources page or the History of Medicine Resources page.

AHA has also launched Remote Teaching Resources to help with the challenges of being a historian, and a history teacher, in a virtual environment. This ongoing project compiles materials and tools to aid historians in developing courses and teaching remotely in online and hybrid environments, providing a central location where instructors can access high-quality materials that meet professional standards. All resources are vetted by a team of historians at the AHA. Remote Teaching Resources is part of “Confronting a Pandemic: Historians and COVID-19,” which has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, using funding from the CARES Act. Finally, Antoine Johnson, Chair of the AAHM Committee on Student Affairs and other contributors have compiled an excellent resource on the history of anti-black racism in medicine. Syllabus: A History of Anti-Racism in Medicine is available here and is linked from the AAHM website on the History of Medicine Resources page.

New Book Series on the History of Chemistry

Annette Lykknes and Brigitte Van Tiggelen invite proposals for contributions to their new book series, Analysis. Historical cases in chemistry by World Scientific publishing. Complete details about the series’ ambit as well as guidelines for proposals may be obtained from the publisher’s website here. For more information contact the series editors Annette Lykknes: or Brigitte Van Tiggelen:

Call for Book Chapters

The editors of Genetic Histories and Liberties: Eugenics, Genetic Ancestries and Genetic Technologies, a new project in Literary and Visual Cultures Gender and the Body Series from Edinburgh University Press, invite original chapters from scholars working in the area. Detailed information about the topics to be covered in this volume as well submission guidelines and deadlines are available via this link.
Please send your inquiries or submissions to the editors at:

Inaugural Issue of the Journal for the History of Knowledge

The first issue of the Journal for the History of Knowledge is now available.

East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal

Volume 14, Number 2, June 2020

  • SPECIAL ISSUE: Thinking and Acting with Diagrams
  • Guest Editors: Hsiang-Ke Chao and Harro Maas
  • Collaborating Editor: Pingyi Chu

A Call for Collaboration: Top 100 Scientists

John Galbraith Simmons plans to revise a book first published in 1996: The Scientific 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Scientists, Past and Present. This book, never out of print and the rights to which he recently recovered, is a popular title of collective biography that’s been translated and published in the United States and throughout the world. With the 25th anniversary of publication upcoming, a substantial revision is in order.

He is seeking a collaborating author with a view to sharing the task of revision. He plans to circulate a proposed revision list of entrants and is seeking input from historians and scientists themselves. Visit his website at

Dissertations in the History of Science

Our thanks to Jonathan Erlen for this latest compilation:

Call for Photo Essay Proposals

Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine is accepting proposals for photo essays.

The photo essays include: 1) 10-20 high-quality images with descriptive captions and complete source information, and 2) a non-peer reviewed essay (1000-5000 words) contextualizing the photographs and highlighting their significance for current trends of inquiry in our field. This essay can be written by the photographer or by an invited scholar or collaborator.

The photographs may be contemporary images taken as part of the photographer’s research, or archival materials (permission to reproduce required before submission). Please consult the mission statement below to determine whether the proposed essay fits within the journal’s scope.

Proposals should include: 5-10 sample images (as a single PDF); a one-page description of the theme of the essay and the importance of the images to the field; and complete contact information. Please email proposals to

HoST—Journal of History of Science and Technology (14.1, June 2020) online

HoST—Journal of History of Science and Technology is a peer-reviewed open access journal, available online, published in English by De Gruyter/Sciendo, as a result of a partnership between four Portuguese research units (CIUHCT, CIDEHUS, Institute for Social Sciences, and Institute of Contemporary History). View the Table of Contents of Volume 14.1.

Announcing Environmental History Week: April 19-26, 2021

The American Society for Environmental History is excited to announce their Environmental History Week, an international celebration of environmental history to foster scholarly collaboration, academic research, teaching and public awareness of environmental history.

Environmental History Week events can take many forms. In person, face-to-face events could be all-day mini-conferences; environmental history lectures on a campus or at a public library or museum; student presentations at a student research symposium; film series with audience discussions; field trips or tours, or hands-on projects in collaboration with non-profits in your area; or a teacher training program for local K-12, community college, or graduate students. Digital events could be virtual conferences conducted on an online, video conference platform; streamed films with online discussions; self-guided field trips; or a virtual museum exhibit. Programs for all audiences are welcome. If you have other ideas for events, please share them.

Already planning an event for Earth Day 2021? Fill out the form and add it to the Environmental History Week events calendar. Please promote your events with the hashtag #EHW2021.

Have questions? Visit Environmental History Week Frequently Asked Questions.
Contact Info: David Spatz, Executive Director,;

BSHS Announces 2020 Prize for Best Monograph in History of Science

The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to announce Vernacular Medicine in Colonial India: Family, Market and Homoeopathy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019) by Shinjini Das, as the the winner of the 2020 Pickstone Prize, awarded once every two years for the best English-language scholarly book in the history of science, technology and medicine.

The panel agreed that due to the strength of all the other books on the shortlist, and their diversity of character, it would not award a runner-up prize. Instead, it highlights the excellence of all three remaining shortlistees:

  • Sarah Dry, Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unravelled the Mysteries of Our Seas, Glaciers, and Atmosphere—and Made the Planet Whole (London: Scribe, 2019)
  • Jacqueline Feke, Ptolemy’s Philosophy: Mathematics as a Way of Life (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2018)
  • Erika Milam, Creatures of Cain: The Hunt for Human Nature in Cold War America (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019)

2020 PSA Election Results

The Philosophy of Science Association is pleased to announce the results of the 2020 PSA Election.

Michela Massimi of the University of Edinburgh has been elected President of the PSA. She will serve a two-year term (from 1/1/21 through 12/31/22) as Vice-President and President-Elect of the PSA, and then a two-year term (from 1/1/23 through 12/31/24) as President of the PSA delivering the PSA Presidential Address at PSA2024, followed by a two-year term as Past President.

Anya Plutynski of Washington University in St. Louis and Jutta Schickore of Indiana University Bloomington were elected to the Governing Board of the PSA. Each will serve a four-year term (1/1/2021-12/31/2024).

As of January 1, 2021, the Governing Board of the PSA will be comprised of: Hanne Andersen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) 1/1/19-12/31/22; Alisa Bokulich (Boston University) 1/1/18-12/31/21; Hasok Chang (University of Cambridge) 1/1/18-12/31/21; Soazig Le Bihan (University of Montana) 1/1/20-12/31/23; Kareem Khalifa (Middlebury College) 1/1/20-12/31/23; Anya Plutynski (Washington University in St. Louis) 1/1/21-12/31/24; Jutta Schickore (Indiana University Bloomington) 1/1/21-12/31/24; Sean A. Valles (Michigan State University) 1/1/19-12/31/22.

The officers of the PSA welcome and congratulate these officers and offer their gratitude to all the candidates who ran for election. The officers also express their appreciation to Sandra D. Mitchell (University of Pittsburgh), Past President of the PSA, Megan Delehanty (University of Calgary) and Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh), who will be stepping down from the Governing Board at the end of the year, for their dedicated service to the PSA.

New Director Takes Helm at National Science Foundation

Following in the footsteps of many great science and engineering leaders before him, Sethuraman Panchanathan has been officially appointed as the National Science Foundation’s 15th director, sharing his vision for his six-year term and promising a continued push for inclusiveness in science and engineering. The full announcement can be found here.

HPS&ST Newsletter

The latest issue of the HPS&ST newsletter, used for the monthly dissemination of HPS&ST-related information such as positions, conferences, publications, books, etc., is now available on its website.

National Air and Space Museum Goes Digital

The National Air and Space Museum has taken its Contemporary History Seminar online. This monthly series of invited talks features scholars whose research engages the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of science, technology, and culture. The 2020-2021 series includes talks by James Fleming, Jessica O’Reilly, Teasel Muir Harmony, Lee Vinsel, and David Winkler. For more information, or to be added to the seminar’s mailing list, contact Matt Shindell at

Science for the People relaunched

Historians of the anti-war movement, the sociobiology controversy, and other such historic movements will likely remember the magazine Science for the People as a fierce participant in these events during its original 1969-89 print run. The reincarnated magazine, including its most recent issue, “A People’s Green New Deal,” can be read here.

NEH Awards for 2020-2021

The U.S.’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced $30 million in grants for 238 humanities projects across the country. The following list may be of interest to our members.

Arizona State University Outright: $192,145 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]

  • Project Director: Jason Robert
  • Project: “Our SHARED Future: Science, Humanities, Arts, Research Ethics, and Deliberation.” A four-week institute for 25 college and university faculty, to introduce humanists to the scientific, ethical, and social dimensions of bioengineering.

Newberry Library Outright: $218,363 [Institutes for College and University Teachers]

  • Project Director: James Akerman
  • Project: “Mapping the Early Modern World.” A four-week institute for 25 higher education faculty to study early modern cartography.

Northwestern University Outright: $245,328 [Collaborative Research]

  • Project Director: Helen Tilley
  • Project: “Constructing African Medical Heritage: Legacies of Empire and the Geopolitics of Culture, 1890–1990.” Preparation for print publication of a multi-authored monograph on the history of African medical heritage from 1890 to 1990 and preparation of a special issue of Méthod(e)s, an African bilingual peer-reviewed journal (English-French).

University of Mississippi Medical Center Outright: $249,836 [Collaborative Research]

  • Project Director: Amy Forbes; Ralph Didlake (co-project director); Patrick Hopkins (co-project director)
  • Project: “An Investigation of the Mississippi Lunatic Asylum as History and Memory.” Preparation of a digital archive and print anthology on the history of the Mississippi Lunatic Asylum (1855–1935) and its role in public memory.

Carroll College Outright: $159,184 [Seminars for School Teachers]

  • Project Director: Edward Glowienka
  • Project: “Re-Enchanting Nature: Humanities Perspectives.” A three-week seminar for 16 teachers on the relationship of humans to the natural world.

Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University Outright: $10,000 [Preservation Assistance Grants]

  • Project Director: George Makari
  • Project: “Rehousing Psychiatry Collections at the Oskar Diethelm Library.” The purchase of preservation supplies to rehouse 612 feet of archival materials documenting the history of psychiatry. Materials include the papers of influential figures, such as Thomas Salmon and Clifford and Clara Beers, as well as the records of the National Committee for Mental Hygiene (1909–1966). Other collections include items from mental health advocates, Dorothea Dix, Thomas Kirkbride, and Isaac Ray, as well as from Donald Winnicott, the British physician who was internationally recognized for his work in pediatric psychiatry and invented the term “transitional object,” e.g. blanket or teddy bear.

Maria Loh Outright: $60,000 [Public Scholars]

  • CUNY Research Foundation, Hunter College
  • Project: “Representations of the Early Modern Sky.” Preparation of a book on the renderings and multiple meanings of the sky in European painting from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries.

New York University Outright: $49,998 [Collaborative Research]

  • Project Director: Alexander Jones; Richard Jasnow (co-project director)
  • Project: “The Ancient Sciences in Cross-Cultural Perspective.” Planning and holding a conference on the ancient sciences in comparative perspective among the Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, and Roman worlds.

University of Oregon Outright: $99,985 [Digital Humanities Advancement Grants]

  • Project Director: Daniel Rosenberg; Anthony Grafton (co-project director)
  • Project: “Time Online II: The Time Charts of Joseph Priestley.” The digital reconstruction of historical infographics, specifically the timelines originally designed by British polymath Joseph Priestley in the eighteenth century.

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