Friday, October 14, 2011

Postdoctoral Research Positions at Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB

Announcement from
Barbara Herr Harthorn, Feminist Studies/Anthropology/Sociology, UCSB
Director, UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

Social Science/Humanities Postdoctoral Research Positions Available
at UCSB Center for Nanotechnology in Society

The National Science Foundation Center for Nanotechnology in Society
at the University of California, Santa Barbara has immediate openings
for 1-2 postdoctoral research positions for scholars interested in
societal aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on
nanotechnology. Successful candidates will contribute to one of three
collaborative Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) addressing:
1) the historical context of nanoscience and technology;
2) the effects of nanotech R&D and policy on economic development in the global
economy, with regional focus on East Asia and Latin America; or
3) multiple party risk perception and public deliberation in US, Europe
and Asia.

Applicants may either propose a new project within the scope of the IRG or, in
some instances, apply to join an ongoing project. See for further
information about CNS-UCSB activities and application procedures.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Max Planck Institute Postdoctoral Research Positions

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin,
Department II (Lorraine Daston), announces two Postdoctoral Fellowships for up
to two years, starting date September 1, 2012.

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply.
The fellowship will be awarded in conjunction with the following three
Working Group research projects:

The Archives of Deep-Time Sciences

Machines of Memory: The archival technologies and the genealogy of datapower
(17th-20th century)

Beyond the Academy: Histories of Gender and Knowlegde

Candidates should hold a doctorate in the history of science or a
related field at the time the fellowship begins; the Ph.D. degree
should have been awarded in 2009 or later.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sustainability Conference - Vancouver, Canada, 10-12 January 2012 - Call for Papers

Robson Square, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada    
10-12 January 2012      

This year's Sustainability Conference will take place in Vancouver, Canada at Robson Square, University of British Columbia. A satellite of the University of British Columbia, UBC Robson Square is located in downtown Vancouver.  The largest city on Canada's west coast, Vancouver is dedicated to incorporating sustainability in all of its practices, making it the ideal city to discuss the themes of the conference.

This conference aims to develop a holistic view of sustainability, in which environmental, cultural and economic issues are inseparably interlinked. It will work in a multidisciplinary way, across diverse fields and taking varied perspectives in order to address the fundamentals of sustainability.

The conference will include presentations by the following plenary speakers:

- Ian Bentley, Emeritus Professor, Joint Centre for Urban Design, Oxford Brookes University, UK.      
- Sean Atleo, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa, Canada      
- Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, Affiliated Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge, UK;  Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL),  Montreal, Canada and Chief of the Environment and Sustainable Development Law Program of the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Rome, Italy.      
- Jo Williams, Director of Sustainable Urbanism in the Built Environment Faculty, University College London, UK.

In addition to Plenary Presentations from leading speakers in the field, the conference will include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. We would particularly like to invite you to respond to the conference call-for-papers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and social Sustainability. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at this conference, we also encourage you to present on the conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the conference website for further details.  We also invite you to subscribe to our monthly email newsletter, and subscribe to our Facebook, RSS, or Twitter feeds at

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 20 October 2011. Future deadlines will be announced on the conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the conference website -

We look forward to receiving your proposal and hope you will be able to join us in Vancouver in January 2012.

Yours Sincerely,

Amareswar Galla      
Convener, Pacific Asia Observatory for Cultural Diversity in Human Development

For the Advisory Board, The International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability and The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

8th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge, and Society

University of California, Los Angeles, USA    
16-18 January 2012    

We are pleased to host the Technology Conference this year at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA.  Los Angeles is a world economic center of business, science and technology as well as entertainment, art, media and culture.  With its diverse mix of industry and innovation Los Angeles is the ideal place to discuss Technology and Society.

This year's conference will include presentations from plenary speakers:
- Henry Jenkins, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA
- Christiane Paul, The New School, New York, USA
- Victoria Vesna, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

This cross-disciplinary conference is attracting scholars from all backgrounds, all over the world.  It is a meeting point for technologists with a concern for the social, and social scientists with a concern for the technological.  The focus is primarily, but not exclusively, on information and communications technologies.

Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the fully refereed International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society.  If you are unable to attend the conference in person, virtual registrations are also available.

Visit our website for more information about the conference, our submission process and this year's themes, to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, and to become an active member of our community.  It is all available at:

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 October  2011.  Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission.

OSU Center for Historical Research Opportunity

The Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University
2011-2013 Program: Health, Disease, and the Environment in Global History

The Center for Historical Research brings together faculty, students, and the general public to examine the historical foundation and development of critical issues of global importance.  The Center offers resident fellowships for senior and junior faculty, as well as those completing dissertations.  We also invite members of the academic community and independent scholars to make presentations at our seminars.

The 2011-2013 CHR Program is exploring the problem of "Health, Disease, and Environment in World History."  All human groups have modified their environments and battled endemic and epidemic diseases.  Societies have collapsed due to environmental degradation or pandemics.  We will examine many of the key issues and events in the interaction of peoples with their planet from the Ancient World to the present.  This year (2011-2012) we are exploring demographic transitions and epidemiology in history.  The 2012-2013 program will focus on the state, environment and disease, and the relationship of race, poverty, and inequality to disease.  We are open to scholars from any discipline, and we are interested in exploring these issues on global, regional, and local levels.

Application information for fellowships can be found on our website,, and are due by March 15, 2012.  Those interested in making presentations at the seminars should contact the CHR director, John Brooke, at<>.

The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer.  Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fellowships at the Huntington

Dibner History of Science Program
2012-13 Fellowships

The Dibner History of Science Program offers historians of science and
technology the opportunity to study in the Burndy Library and the other
history of science and technology resources at the Huntington.

Short-Term Awards
Eligibility:  PhD or equivalent; or doctoral candidate at the dissertation stage.
Tenure of fellowship:  One to five months.
Amount of award:  $2,500 per month.

Long-Term Awards
Eligibility:  PhD or equivalent.
Applicants must have received the PhD by June of 2011.
Tenure of fellowship:  Nine to twelve months.
Amount of award:  $50,000.
Applicants may either be conducting research in the collections; or
already be at the writing stage and require access only to reference

The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2011.  For
more details and instructions on how to apply, visit our website at

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Max Planck Institute fellowships

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG-Berlin) is advertising six fellowships for advanced graduate students and postdocs in connection with a new project organized by Anthony Grafton (Princeton University) and Glenn Most (Scuola Normale, Pisa/University of Chicago) on "Learned Practices of Canonical Texts" (see description at ). The project will apply the practice-centered approach that has proved so fruitful in the history of the natural sciences to the world's great philological traditions (including Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Sanskrit). The six junior fellows will spend six weeks during the summer of 2012 with six distinguished senior fellows investigating these questions in seminars and intensive discussions.