Fellowships: Mellon ACLS Public Fellows

Announcing the opening of the eighth annual Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows competition. In 2018, the program will place up to 25 recent humanities PhDs in two-year positions at the nonprofits and government agencies listed below. Public Fellows will participate in the core work of these partner organizations while benefiting from professional mentoring and other career building opportunities. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $67,500 per year, as well as individual health insurance, a relocation stipend, and $3,000 toward professional development activities. The program is made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This year’s Public Fellows will take on substantive roles in communications, program management, international affairs, civic engagement, public policy, development, and digital media and will work on issues such as civil rights, cultural preservation, diversity and inclusion, environmental conservation, economic development, and immigration.
The 2018 hosting organizations and positions are:
  • Center for Popular Democracy (Brooklyn, NY) – Strategic Research Associate
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA) – Digital Engagement Manager
  • Chicago Council on Global Affairs (Chicago, IL) – Research Associate, Global Cities
  • Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (Madison, WI) – Global Programs Manager
  • Council of Independent Colleges (Washington, DC) – Development Officer
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center (Chicago, IL) – Senior Research Analyst, Transportation Innovation
  • Innocence Project (New York, NY) – Content Strategist
  • Lapham’s Quarterly (New York, NY) – Digital Producer
  • Los Angeles County Arts Commission (Los Angeles, CA) – Cross Sector Analyst
  • Los Angeles Review of Books (Los Angeles, CA) – Associate Executive Editor and Assistant Director, LARB Books
  • MinnPost (Minneapolis, MN) – Audience Development and Engagement Manager
  • The Moth (New York, NY) – Impact and Evaluation Officer
  • National Immigration Law Center (Washington, DC) – Research Program Manager
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC) – Manager of Curatorial Innovation
  • Participatory Budgeting Project (Brooklyn, NY) – Participatory Design Strategist
  • PolicyLink (Oakland, CA) – Associate, Equitable Economy Research
  • Public Radio International (Minneapolis, MN) – Associate Editor, Global Nation
  • Race Forward (Oakland, CA or New York, NY) – Narrative Impact Analyst
  • Rockefeller Archive Center (Sleepy Hollow, NY) – Outreach Program Manager
  • Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (Washington, DC) – Program Manager for Cultural Disaster Analysis
  • Smithsonian Institution Office of International Relations (Washington, DC) – Global Science Officer
  • Social Science Research Council (Brooklyn, NY) – Program Officer, Media and Democracy Project
  • Stockholm Environment Institute – US Center (Seattle, WA) – Climate Policy Associate
  • United Negro College Fund (Washington, DC) – Policy Analyst
  • United Neighborhood Houses (New York, NY) – Policy Analyst
 Further information about the application process, eligibility criteria, and this year’s fellowship positions is available at www.acls.org/programs/publicfellowscomp/. All applications must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system (ofa.acls.org) by 9 pm EDT on March 14, 2018.

Grants: American College of Surgeons Surgical History Group Research Grants

The Surgical History Group (SHG) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) announces an exciting initiative to support research in surgical history. A $2,000 stipend will be awarded to support research in surgical history that uses the archival resources of the ACS, which includes the records of the ACS in Chicago and the Orr Collection in Omaha. Funds are unrestricted, and can be used for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with study in Chicago and Omaha.

The stipend is open to members of the ACS. Non-members are welcome to apply, with acceptance contingent on becoming a member of the ACS at an appropriate level (Fellow, Associate Fellow, Residents, Medical Students, and Affiliate Member).

Applications opened January 1 2018, with a March 1 deadline. A full application information can be found here: www.facs.org/about-acs/archives/shg/fellowship.

If you have any questions, please contact Meghan Kennedy at mkennedy@facs.org.

Calls for Papers: 11th Symposium of CORPUS

The theme of 11th International Symposium of CORPUS will be “Bodies that eat, bodies that drink. Biocultural approaches to nutrition, incorporation and commensality”.

Consequently, we invite researchers (anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, philosophers, physicians, psychologists, sociologists, etc.) interested in the bodies that eat and drink to participate at this meeting, especially considering one of the following themes:

  • Cultures of the body that eat and drink: way of eating/drinking, positions and forms of involvement of the body during the eating/drinking processes, use of utensils, etc.
  • Sensory experiences and their cultural transcriptions: epistemology of sensory analysis, cultural use, control and lecture of facial expressions of disgust/satisfaction, biocultural dynamics of taste, etc.
  • Cultural, medical and psychological implications of food/drink incorporation: magic eating, placebo/nocebo, superfoods, ideal diets, aphrodisiac/anaphrodisiac foods, etc.
  • Dietetics paradigms and nutritional knowledges: ancient, traditional and biomedical dietetics conceptions, popular reception of academic nutritional knowledge, etc.
  • Cultural responses to the physiological consequences of food/drink incorporation: management of drunkenness and flush syndromes, aesthetic constructions of slim/fat bodies, material culture and representations of excretion, etc.
  • Eating disorders, malnutrition and their social and political readings.
  • Valorisation and demonization of drinks/foods within the framework of health politics:  forms, effectiveness and social consequences.
  • Gender approaches to forms of commensality, rituals of consumption, etc.
  • Representations of the bodies that eat or drink in arts and advertising.

Presentations will be preferably delivered in English. The proposals must include an abstract (400 words) and a current CV. The deadline for receiving presentation proposals is January 20th 2018. Please use the addresses provided below to send your proposal to Frédéric Duhart, Maria José García Soler y Paris Aguilar Piña. All proposals will be evaluated by an international scientific committee.

There will be no registration fee. Transportation, visa, travel insurance costs and accommodation will be the sole responsibility of each participant.

Contacts:

Frédéric Duhart, CORPUS General Coordinator, frederic.duhart@wanadoo.fr

Maria José García Soler, 11th Symposium Coordinator, mj.garcia@ehu.eus

Paris Aguilar Piña. Scientific Committee Coordinator, papcomplex@gmail.com

Contact Info:

Founded in 2009 after a series of seminars organised between 2001 and 2008 at the EHESS (Paris) and the Autonomous University of Madrid, CORPUS aims to be an effective participant in the construction of a widely diverse and scientifically based dialogue on the subject of the anthropological aspects of the body. CORPUS aims to offer a forum of cross-thinking and open dialogues about this fascinating object of study.

CORPUS now boasts around 460 researchers from more than sixty five different countries. The eleventh International Symposium of CORPUS will be organised with the support of the Universidad del País Vasco/ Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) on May 2018.

Calls for Papers: 7th STS Italia Conference

The 7th STS Italia Conference will be hosted at the University of Padova, Italy, June 14 through 16, 2018, by the Italian Society of Science and Technology Studies. The topic of the 2018 is Technoscience from Below broadly construed. The conference will be an opportunity to present empirical and theoretical work from a variety of disciplines and fields: history, sociology, anthropology, design, economics, philosophy, law, psychology and semiotics.

CALL FOR PAPERS – Between the Local and the Global: Connection, Sharing, and Entanglement in the History of Technoscience (Track 25)

This track solicits contributions focused on the historical critique of diffusionist models of technoscience which represent innovations as originating in a single centre and diffusing in a one-way relationship to centres outside of the centre. Postcolonial critiques of diffusionist “centre-periphery” models inherited from the Cold War era have been highly effective in their exposure of the deeply embedded Eurocentrism of prevailing historical narratives in which social, cultural, and political formations are depicted as one-way relationships of “sending” colonisers and “receiving” colonial subjects. Additionally, these critiques have generated other lines of critique which feature what have variously been called “connected,” “shared,” and “entangled” approaches to history that stress networked relations and processes of mutual influencing in establishing innovation relationships. These lines of inquiry permit a foretaste of what can be achieved by untangling and reconnecting local histories of technoscience in ways that throw highlight, on the one hand, on unique schemes of local development according to the distinctive needs of local populations and, on the other, how local infrastructures are reworked and redeployed from below to accommodate global processes of technoscientific innovation. The convenors seek to open up and develop these lines of inquiry with a track that explores the role of bottom-up innovation processes and departs from the deeply rooted territorial approaches of the past.

Contributions could include (but are not limited to) studies of “connected,” “shared,” and “entangled” relations of technoscience which:

– have occurred between colonial powers and (now) independent former colonies

– have occurred under (pre- or post-1989) first-second-third world interactions

– have occurred in the course of development (i.e., developing/developed nations)

– have occurred as a result of collaborations in international and/or supranational technoscientific projects (e.g., Human Genome Projects, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, CERN and SESAME, Millennium Seed Bank Partnership).

Submissions: To submit a paper for this track, we require an abstract of roughly 300 words submitted as .docx, .doc, or .pdf.

Please send submission directly to the co-convenors:  William Leeming, OCAD University, bleeming@faculty.ocadu.caand Ana Barahona, National Autonomous University of Mexico, ana.barahona@ciencias.unam.mx

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: February 10, 2018.

Conference Website: https://www.frombelow-stsitaliaconf.org/

Grants: Travel Grants David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

The History of Medicine Collections in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University is accepting applications for our travel grant program.
http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/history-of-medicine/grants

Research grants of up to $1,500 will be offered to researchers whose work would benefit from access to the historical medical collections at the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Our holdings include over 20,000 print items and 4,500 unique manuscripts along with photographs, prints, and over 800 medical instruments and artifacts including a large collection of ivory anatomical manikins. Collection strengths include but are not limited to anatomical atlases, human sexuality, materia medica, pediatrics, psychiatry, and obstetrics & gynecology,.

Any faculty member, graduate or undergraduate student, or independent scholar with a research project requiring the use of materials held by the History of Medicine Collections is eligible to apply. Writers, creative and performing artists, film makers and journalists are welcome to apply.  All applicants must reside outside of a 100-mile radius of Durham, NC.

Grant money may be used for: transportation expenses (including air, train or bus ticket charges; car rental; mileage using a personal vehicle; parking fees); accommodations; and meals. Expenses will be reimbursed once the grant recipient has completed his or her research visit(s) and has submitted original receipts.
Research topics should be strongly supported by the History of Medicine Collections.  We encourage applicants to contact the Curator of the History of Medicine Collections to discuss research projects and Rubenstein Library collections that might support it before submitting an application.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2018 by 5:00 PM EST. Recipients will be announced in March 2018. Grants must be used between April 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Calls for Papers: Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800

Angelical Conjunctions: Crossroads of Medicine and Religion, 1200-1800

to be held at McGill University on April 13-15, 2019

“Angelical Conjunction” was the term coined by the seventeenth-century New England Puritan Cotton Mather to denote the mutual affinity of medicine and religion. Indeed, medical and spiritual practices have a long history of coexistence in many religious traditions. This connection took many forms, from the pious provision of health care (in person or through endowed charity), to the archetypal figure of the healing prophet. Yet despite decades of specialized research, a coherent and analytical history of the “angelical conjunction” itself remains elusive.   This conference therefore aims to explore the connection between medicine and religion across the time-span of the late medieval and early modern eras, and  from an intercultural perspective. Taking as our focus the Mediterranean, the Islamic World and Europe, and the various Christianities, Islams and Judaisms that flourished there, we aim to develop methodological and theoretical perspectives on the “angelical conjunction(s)” of these two spheres. How did the entanglement of religion and medicine shape epistemologies in both of these spheres? What are the conceptions of the body and its relationship to the soul that these entanglements assumed or envisioned? What were the limits to coexistence? How did the “conjunction” change over time?

We invite papers on a range of themes that include, but are not limited to:

–       The relationship between spiritual charisma and medical practice
–       The involvement of medical practitioners in theological debates
–       Medicine and “fringe” religious traditions (e.g. Hermetic, heretical, “occult”…)
–       Representations of the healer-prophet or healer-saint in art
–       Debates on body and soul informed by medical and theological knowledge
–       Spiritualization of physical illness
–       Devotion as therapy, and (the provision of) therapy as devotion

Accommodation and meals will be provided. We are seeking grant support to subsidize travel.

Please submit an abstract of 300 words and a CV to Dr. Aslıhan Gürbüzel at angelicalconjunctions@gmail.com by January 10, 2018.

Calls for Papers: Society for the History of Navy Medicine Conference with Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences along with the Society for the History of Navy Medicine will be co-sponsoring a conference on the medical history of WWI.

It will be hosted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations on all facets of naval medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of navy medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of navy medicine; navy medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar navy medical issues; navy mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.  A special call is made for papers tied to gender and navy medicine, especially in the context of navy nurses who served in World War I.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.  Shorter papers are welcomed as well.

A travel grant award for graduate students who wish to present papers at the conference will be offered.  Encourage graduate students to submit papers.  Any facet of naval medicine will be acceptable.

Those interested in presenting in the context of naval medicine please contact the Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History, Old Dominion University, acroswhi@odu.edu

THE NEW DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2017.

Please consider proposing a panel or paper for the upcoming conference in San Antonio.

We want to be present at this important conference in San Antonio, Texas, US

Contact Info: Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Department of History, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA  23529-0091; Email: acroswhi@odu.edu

Grants: Georgia College Special Collections Library Research Grants

Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, offers short-term Library Research Grants every year to scholars and students whose work would benefit from access to materials in Ina Dillard Russell Library’s Special Collections. Strengths of the collections include Milledgeville/Baldwin County history and culture, (local/regional) women’s history, and Georgia College history. Special Collections houses the papers of authors Flannery O’Connor and Alice Walker and several political figures, including U.S. Secretary of Labor W. J. Usery, U. S. Senator Paul Coverdell, U. S. Representative Carl Vinson, and Georgia State Senator Floyd L. Griffin, Jr. History of Medicine collections include Clyde E. Keeler and Kathleen Wilkinson Wootten. For more information about Special Collections or the grant, please visit: http://libguides.gcsu.edu/c.php?g=388927&p=2641633

Deadline: April 2, 2018
Contact: nancy.davisbray@gcsu.edu

Fellowship: Reynolds-Finley Research Fellowships in the History of the Health Sciences for 2018

The Reynolds-Finley Associates, in conjunction with the Historical Collections (HC) unit of UAB Libraries, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), are pleased to announce the availability of short-term awards of up to $2,500 to individual researchers studying one or more aspects of the history of the health sciences during the 2018 calendar year. Intended to support research using the HC unit as a historical resource, the fellowship requires the on-site use of at least one of the unit’s three components, which are the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, Reynolds-Finley Historical Library and UAB Archives. All application materials must be submitted by January 31, 2018 to receive consideration. For details go to: http://www.uab.edu/reynolds/fellow.

Calls for Papers: Joint Meeting of the Asian Society of the History of Medicine and History of Medicine in Southeast Asia

CALL FOR PAPERS
Joint meeting of The Asian Society of the History of Medicine (9th meeting) and HOMSEA (History of Medicine in Southeast Asia)
to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 27-30, 2018

Theme: Colonial Medicine after Decolonisation: Continuity, Transition, and Change

Guidelines for Submission: Submissions on all topics related to the history of medicine in Asia are welcome; submissions related to the conference theme are especially encouraged.
Participants can submit full panels (2, 3, or 4 papers) as well as individual papers. Paper proposals (title, author, and an abstract in English of no more than 200 words) and a1-page
curriculum vitae or panel proposals (a panel proposing of no more than 200 words with abstracts and 1-page CVs of all participants) should be sent by electronic mail to Dr. James
Dunk (james.dunk@sydney.edu.au). The program committee reserves the right to suggest changes and revisions to abstracts and panel proposals.

Deadline for submission: 1 February 2018
Notification of acceptance will be given by 1 March 2018.

Program committee: Dr. Harry Yi-Jui Wu (Hong Kong); Dr. Ning Jennifer Chang (Taipei); Prof Laurence Monnais (Montreal); A/Prof Hans Pols (Sydney); Dr. Yu-Chuan Wu (Taipei);
Dr. Por Heong Hong (Kuala Lumpur); and members of the Local Arrangements Committee. Unfortunately, the ASHM cannot offer funds to defray travel expenses due to budget
constraints. There is a range of affordable accommodation available near the conference venue. Participants are encouraged to apply for support from their home departments or
institutions.

The conference will be hosted by the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, which is located in the new buildings of the Indonesian National Library in the centre of Jakarta.