The Department of History at Purdue University seeks nominations and applications for the Endowed Chair - History of Science. Scholars at the rank of full professor with a strong publication record and research agenda as well as exemplary teaching experience are encouraged to apply. The area of specialization and time period are open. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of science, provide leadership for program development in the history of science, medicine, and technology, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department, College of Liberal Arts, and Purdue University. Send letters of nomination and applications to: R. Douglas Hurt, Head, Department of History, University Hall, 672 University Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. Inquiries should be directed by email to email@example.com or by phone to 765-494-4123. The initial review of applications will begin on 3 February 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
The Department of History at Purdue University seeks nominations and applications for the Endowed Chair - History of Medicine. Scholars at the rank of full professor with a strong publication record and research agenda as well as exemplary teaching experience are encouraged to apply. The area of specialization and time period are open. The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of medicine, provide leadership for program development in the history of science, medicine, and technology, and contribute to the intellectual life of the department, College of Liberal Arts, and Purdue University. Send letters of nomination and applications to: R. Douglas Hurt, Head, Department of History, University Hall, 672 University Hall, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907. Inquiries should be directed by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to 765-494-4123. The initial review of applications will begin on 3 February 2014, and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required for employment in this position. Purdue University is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
The College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Science & Technology Studies (STS) beginning fall 2014. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. in STS or a related field by 1 August 2014. While the area of specialization for this position is open, we are especially interested in someone who has both research and teaching expertise in at least two of the following areas: science communication; healthcare policy; environmentalism; risk studies and cognitive theory; media studies; technical writing; emerging technologies. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have a record of accomplishment in or demonstrate a potential for the fields of public engagement and/or the digital humanities. Most important, the successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to work in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment and a willingness to work collaboratively and collegially across the Institute. Duties include teaching six courses per academic year, maintaining an active research & publication agenda, and contributing to our undergraduate majors in STS and Science Communication through academic advising, thesis supervision, student recruiting, and ongoing curricular development. Stevens Institute of Technology is located in Hoboken, NJ, directly across the Hudson River from New York City. Founded in 1870, and newly branded as "The Innovation University," Stevens students, faculty, and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management. The College of Arts and Letters contributes to the mission of Stevens with its programs that engage in research at the intersection of science, technology, the arts, and humanities in ways that benefit society. Candidates interested in applying should prepare an application that includes a letter of intent, current C.V., and the names and contact information for three referees. Please combine all materials into a single document (MSWord or PDF) for submission. Preference will be given to applications received by 1 November 2013. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted electronically through the HR website at http://www.apply2jobs.com/Stevens. Use Requisistion # COAL10181. Questions may be addressed to: STS Search Committee, College of Arts and Letters, Stevens Institute of Technology, Castle Point on Hudson, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or by emailing CAL@Stevens.edu. For more information, please visit www.stevens.edu/cal.
The Medical Library Association Eugene Garfield Research Fellowship promotes and supports research in the history of information science. The $5000 fellowship, established in 2013, is to be used for research-related purposes regarding the history of information science to increase the underlying knowledgebase in this area and enhance the current and future practice of the information professions, particularly health sciences librarianship. Health sciences librarians and information scientists, health professionals, researchers, educators, and administrators are eligible. Applicants must have a master's or doctor's degree or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree and demonstrate a commitment to the health sciences. The fellowship is not designed to support research for a doctoral dissertation or master’s thesis. The award is not restricted to disbursement in a single year and funding may be disbursed over a period of up to two years depending on the needs of the research fellow. The award may be used to supplement or extend other awards, including other private or government-supported fellowships, but is not contingent on receiving other awards. Please see the MLA Grants and Scholarships page (http://www.mlanet.org/awards/grants/) on MLANET for more information. The submission deadline is 1 December 2013. Inquiries: E-mail, telephone or written inquiries are welcomed. Please direct inquiries to Maria Lopez, 312.419.9094 x15, email@example.com.
The Bakken (Minneapolis, MN) awards short-term fellowships and travel grants to scholars and artists to support research using The Bakken’s library and artifact collections. The collections address the history of electricity and magnetism (with a focus on their roles in the life sciences and medicine) and include approximately 11,000 books, journals, and manuscripts, and 2,200 instruments, medical devices, and other artifacts. The awards are to be used to help defray the expenses of travel, subsistence and other direct costs of conducting research at The Bakken for researchers who must travel some distance and pay for temporary lodging in the Twin Cities in order to conduct research at The Bakken. Visiting research fellowships are awarded up to a maximum of $1,500; the minimum period of residence is two weeks, and preference is given to researchers who are interested in collaborating informally with Bakken staff for a short time during their research visit. Research travel grants are awarded up to a maximum of $500 (domestic) and $750 (foreign); the minimum period of residence is one week. Applications are due March 3rd, 2014 and travel must be completed by 1 December 2014. The library collection includes works in early physics (natural philosophy) and early works on magnetic cures, electrotherapeutics, electrophysiology, and their accompanying instrumentation. The Bakken Library also possesses a fine collection of primary sources in mesmerism, animal magnetism, and hypnotism, and works documenting the history of para-psychology, psychical research, and phrenology. Significant holdings include many of the writings of Hauksbee, Nollet, Franklin, Mesmer, Galvani, Volta, Matteucci, Du Bois-Reymond, Marey, and Einthoven. Also of interest to researchers are small collections of 19th-century medical and electro-medical ephemera, trade catalogues and price lists, and miscellaneous scientists' letters from the 18th-20th centuries. The artifact collection comprises objects from the 18th century to the present, including electrostatic generators by George Adams, Edward Nairne, John Cuthbertson and others; magneto-electric generators; medical stimulators designed by Duchenne; induction coils; physiological instrumentation by E.J. Marey; recording devices; cardiac pacing devices; and accessories. Unorthodox devices are well-represented and include electric belts and hairbrushes, magnetic applicators, and radionics equipment. For more information, application guidelines, or to access collections catalogues, visit www.thebakken.org/research
Winterthur, a public museum, library, and garden supporting the advanced study of American art, culture, and history, announces its Research Fellowship Program for 2014–15. Winterthur offers an extensive program of short- and long-term fellowships open to academic, independent, and museum scholars, including advanced graduate students, to support research in material culture, architecture, decorative arts, design, consumer culture, garden and landscape studies, Shaker studies, travel and tourism, the Atlantic World, childhood, literary culture, and many other areas of social and cultural history. Fellowships include 4–9 month NEH fellowships, 1–2 semester dissertation fellowships, and 1–2 month short-term fellowships. Fellows have full access to the library collections, including more than 87,000 volumes and one-half million manuscripts and images, searchable online at winterthur.org. Resources for the 17th to the early 20th centuries include period trade catalogues, auction and exhibition catalogues, an extensive reference photograph collection of decorative arts, printed books, and ephemera. Fellows may conduct object-based research in the museum’s collections, which include 90,000 artifacts and works of art made or used in America to 1860, with a strong emphasis on domestic life. Winterthur also supports a program of scholarly publications, including Winterthur Portfolio: A Journal of American Material Culture. Fellows may reside in a furnished stone farmhouse on the Winterthur grounds and participate in the lively scholarly community at Winterthur, the nearby Hagley Museum and Library, the University of Delaware, and other area museums. Fellowship applications are due 15 January 2014. For more details and to apply, visit winterthur.org/fellowship or e-mail Rosemary Krill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CFP: WORKSHOP FOR THE HISTORY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE, TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE 7-9 FEBRUARY 2014, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, LAWRENCE, KS
The University of Kansas Department of History is pleased to be hosting WHEATS in Spring 2014. Now in its tenth year, the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS) brings together graduate students studying the history of the environment, agriculture, science, or technology. WHEATS is open to submissions from any discipline with interests in these fields. Papers — generally 25-30 pages — are circulated in advance to all participants, and at the workshop papers receive feedback from participants and senior scholars through a roundtable discussion. This format is well suited for works in progress, and the workshop will have sessions on professional development as well as opportunities to meet and engage other scholars in the KU community. Due to logistical constraints, papers must be in English. KU plans to provide housing, food, and some funding to help defray travel costs. Potential participants should submit a one-page abstract (200 words) and a short curriculum vitae by 15 November 2013. Submit proposals at https://history.drupal.ku.edu/call-proposals. All submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail. Acceptance will confirmed by Dec. 1, 2013. http://history.drupal.ku.edu/wheats/ For further information visit the workshop website or contact: Nicholas Cunigan email@example.com
ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION POST-DOCTORAL CURATORIAL FELLOWSHIP, AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, PHILADELPHIA, PA
The American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation’s first learned society, invites applications for its two-year Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, beginning in September 2014. The APS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the fields of history of science, art history, 18th- or 19th-century American history, or any other related humanities disciplines. The fellowship, based in the APS Museum, will provide hands-on experience in curatorial work and the opportunity to pursue an independent research project, preferably one related to the collections or programs of the Society’s library and museum. The Mellon Fellow will conduct research in the APS collections in preparation for the APS Museum’s interdisciplinary exhibitions exploring the intersections of history, art, and science. The exhibitions take place in Philosophical Hall, located within Independence National Historical Park. As the public face of the APS, the museum researches and interprets the APS’s extensive collections for the regional, national, and international visitors who converge on Philadelphia’s historic district. The Fellow’s primary responsibility will be to conduct scholarly research for exhibitions, programs, and other related activities. He or she will be fully integrated into the APS Museum staff, working closely with the curator and others on the curatorial team. The Fellow will gain extensive experience in planning and implementing exhibitions as well as researching and writing interpretive materials for non-scholarly audiences (exhibition texts, publications, etc.). Depending on the Fellow’s interests and the Museum’s needs, he or she may also participate in public programming, museum education, collections management, and/or grant-writing. Twenty percent of the Fellow’s time will be reserved for his or her own independent research, ideally using resources at the APS or kindred regional institutions. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to network with APS Library staff and other post-doctoral fellows in the region’s cultural institutions. This two-year Fellowship will extend from September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2016. Compensation is $45,000 a year plus benefits, along with additional funds for research support, travel, and relocation. The Fellowship may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant. The deadline for receipt of all materials is 9 December 2013. Qualifications PhD in any humanities discipline, awarded within the past five years. The history of science, 18th- and 19th-century American history, and the history of art often relate most closely to exhibition content. However, the museum's approach is interdisciplinary, and applications from qualified researchers in any humanities discipline are welcome.
- Excellent analytical and writing skills; experience in writing for different purposes and broad audiences (including but not limited to scholars).
- Broad interests, along with the intellectual and conceptual tools necessary for working across disciplines and time periods, and for making creative connections.
- Flexibility and the capacity to learn quickly and to work both independently and in collaboration with others.
- Project-oriented organizational skills applied to both academic and practical tasks.
- Strong interest in exploring a career in the museum field.
- Cover letter stating interest in exploring curatorial work.
- Completed application form, found at http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/curatorialfellowship
- Comprehensive Curriculum Vitae, with items listed within categories in reverse chronological order (Include external support received during graduate study: fellowships, teaching or research assistantships, tuition grants, etc.
- Statement of current research interests (no more than 1,500 words). This statement should include a description of a potential research project during the Fellowship, preferably one related to the APS collections or programs.
- Excerpt(s) from completed dissertation or thesis (no more than 5,000 words); example of non-scholarly writing if available.
- Confirmation Letter of Academic Status (candidacy or degree conferred).
- Three confidential letters of recommendation, which must be submitted on the APS recommendation form provided at http://www.amphilsoc.org/grants/curatorialfellowship
- See application form for further instructions.
CALL FOR PAPERS: ICOHTEC SYMPOSIUM 2014, TECHNOLOGY IN TIMES OF TRANSITION, 29 JULY – 2 AUGUST 2014, BRASOV, ROMANIA
ICOHTEC Symposium will be held in Romania at the turn of July and August next year. The main theme of the meeting will be Technology in Times of Transition. The aim is to examine major breaks and turning points in technological development with the following conversion periods in a multidisciplinary framework. Deadline for proposals is 3 February 2014 The general theme is tailored for the site, while the intention is to examine flexibility of technology to adjust to major societal transitions in the past and present. Times of transition refer to rapid and even revolutionary phases of history when major societal structures changed and nations had to bend to new conditions. Industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th century, restructuring the economies during and after World War I, depression of the 1930s, post-war period of reshuffle and economic growth and collapse of the Soviet regime in the 1990s are examples of times of transition. In addition, the idea of the symposium is to promote dialogues between East and West as well as North and South and – if possible – also to compare experiences of various countries in the similar circumstances. Brașov, where the medieval heritage is uniquely combined with rich industrial history, is going to be an excellent site for examining imprint of technological change on culture and civilization. Evidently Brașov is one of the cities where the transition has been felt and lived through several times in the past. Especially transition first to a massive industrialization regime during the planned economy and then to a drastic regime of de-industrialization after 1989 affected strongly to Brașov. ICOHTEC welcomes individual paper and poster proposals as well as the submissions of entire sessions to this symposium. The tendency is to favour compact and coherent session proposals where presentations communicate with each others. The symposium programme will include scientific and plenary sessions, poster presentations, business meetings and the general assembly of ICOHTEC as well as social events such as excursions, receptions and a banquet, and possibly pre- and postconference trips. The premises of the Transilvania University of Brașov will serve as venues for this meeting. The programme committee suggests the following subthemes for the consideration of session organizers and contributors.
- Technological basis for the breakthrough of industrialisation
- Technology for warfare and post-World War I industrialisation
- Technology during the interwar economic recession and other depressions
- Post-World War II restructuring of production and markets
- Technology during the Cold War
- Post-1989 deindustrialisation and reindustrialisation of Eastern Europe
- Restructuring in memories: experiences on technological transitions
- Technology policy in retrospect
- New insights into the industrial and cultural heritage
- Skilful hands: Handicrafts under the pressure of mass production
- Extensions of the human hand and brain: Advanced technologies
- Technological utopias and symbols of technological progress
- Technology in constructing gender in the market and former socialist economies
- Artistic presentation of technology and technological perspectives of visual culture
- Technology, design and new materials: How they have shaped society
- Special topics
- Technology, design and new materials: How they have shaped society
CALL FOR PAPERS: NEW DIRECTIONS, EXAMINING THE PAST, CREATING THE FUTURE, TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S BIENNIAL SYMPOSIUM, 10-14 SEPTEMBER 2014, LOS ANGELES, CA
TSA’s Biennial Symposium will take place in Los Angeles, California on the campus of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). To encourage the maximum amount of scholarly interchange, TSA has devised a new format for 2014, and plans to hold two days of multiple, concurrent sessions at UCLA as well as a full day of plenary sessions at LACMA on the last day. In addition to the sessions, there will be a series of dynamic pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions and collections, receptions, special programs and awards ceremony. Online submission process opens 1 May 2013. Deadline for submission 1 October 2013 The theme of TSA’s 14th Biennial Symposium, New Directions: Examining the Past, Creating the Future will explore change and innovation in textiles in the past while looking at the state of the field of textiles, textile study, production and creativity, today and for the future. Where have we been and where are we going? What are the moments that encapsulate change? What are the shifts in direction for cultures, technology, creativity and knowledge? And how do these effect our understanding of textiles? TSA seeks presentation proposals from all textile-related disciplines and interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to anthropology, archaeology, art, art history, conservation, cultural geography, design, economics, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, marketing, mathematics, political science, and theater, among others. Participation of international and U.S. scholars, researchers, artists, museum professionals, and others is welcome. Submission of abstracts is open to TSA members. Further information may be found at http://textilesocietyofamerica.org. Submissions will be accepted from 1 May through 1ctober 2013. For questions about the online submission process please contact:Newdirections@textilesociety.org