Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Visiting faculty search in STS at Wesleyan University

The Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) seeks a one-year visiting assistant professor or instructor beginning July 1, 2012, with teaching and research interests in social and cultural studies of science and/or medicine. Ph.D. or ABD in STS or related field is required. To apply please visit:  The application process will require you to upload a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching interests (with course syllabi if available), and provide email addresses for 3 letters of reference. Applications received after May 1, 2012 may not receive full consideration. Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts college with strong support for both research and teaching.  SiSP is a vibrant interdisciplinary program with 60+ majors, who study history, philosophy and social studies of science and medicine together with a science. Teaching load for visitors is 3-2.  Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer who welcomes applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Sonia Mañjon, PhD, Chief Diversity Officer, 860-685-4771.

Call for UC Graduate participants: "Indisciplines of Enlightenment: Firsts, Origins, Foundations" (seminar, July 19-22)

This seminar will be at UC Berkeley this summer.  Applications are due by May 1, 2012.  For details:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lecturer/Associate Director, STS program, Stanford

Lecturer and Associate Director
Program in Science, Technology and Society - Stanford University
 The Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS) at Stanford University seeks a Lecturer to serve as Associate Director for a three-year, renewable term starting on September 1, 2012 (with an annual appointment of nine months).
 The Program serves approximately 170 undergraduate majors. It brings together faculty from across the humanities, the social sciences, engineering and the natural sciences to explore issues emerging at the intersection of their fields. The Associate Director will teach three courses per year, manage our Honors Program (which includes leading monthly research and writing workshops in collaboration with others), and advise students in the STS Program. He or she will also develop a research profile through publications and presentations and will work with the Director and the Program’s Executive Committee to set curricular priorities and policies, facilitate innovative and collaborative teaching, develop research programming (including lecture series and symposia), and help to connects STS majors to research labs and projects on campus.
 Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a cognate discipline at the time of appointment. They should have an excellent record of undergraduate teaching and a forward-looking research agenda related to STS. Fields of special interest include social and cultural approaches to information technology; sociology of innovation; bioethics and biopolitics; science, technology and the environment; and security studies.  Applicants should also be able to build bridges across multiple intellectual communities and possess exceptional communication and organizational skills.
 To apply send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and a sample of your research-based writing as a single PDF file to Denise Curti, STS Program Manager, at Please also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent by email to the same address. The review of files will begin on April 21. 
 Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women and members of minority groups, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university's research and teaching missions

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

CFP: Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy at University of Pittsburgh

Early Modern Medicine and Natural Philosophy

Friday - Sunday, 2-4 November 2012
Center for Philosophy of Science
817 Cathedral of Learning
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA USA

Call for Papers

We invite the submission of extended abstracts (approximately 1000 words) for individual paper presentations (limit 30 minutes).

The aim of the conference is to bring to the fore the medical context of the ‘Scientific Revolution’ and to explore the complex connections between medicine and natural philosophy in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. Medicine and natural philosophy interacted on many levels, from the practical imperative to restore and maintain the health of human bodies to theoretical issues on the nature of living matter and the powers of the soul to methodological concerns about the appropriate way to gain knowledge of natural things. And issues of life, generation, ageing, medicine, and vital activity were important topics of investigation for canonical actors of the Scientific Revolution, from Boyle, Hooke and Locke to Descartes and Leibniz. Recent efforts to recover the medical content and contexts of their projects have already begun to reshape our understanding of these key natural philosophers. Putting medical interests in the foreground also reveals connections with a wide variety of less canonical but historically important scientists, physicians, and philosophers, such as Petrus Severinus, Fabricius ab Aquapendente, Lodovico Settala, William Harvey, Richard Lower, Thomas Willis, Louis de la Forge, and Georg Ernst Stahl. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scholars of Renaissance and Early Modern science, medicine and philosophy to examine the projects of more and less canonical figures and trace perhaps unexpected interactions between medicine and other approaches to studying and understanding the natural world.

Confirmed Speakers include:

Domenico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana University)
Antonio Clericuzio (University of Cassino)
Dennis Des Chene (Washington University)
Patricia Easton (Claremont Graduate University)
Cynthia Klestinec (Miami University, Ohio)
Gideon Manning (Caltech)
Jole Shackelford (University of Minnesota)
Justin E. H. Smith (Concordia University, Montreal)

Submission Guidelines

Please submit an extended abstract of approximately 1000 words and a 1-2 page CV to Peter Distelzweig at Submission should have full institutional and contact information and should be in doc/docx or pdf format.

Deadline for submissions is 1 June 2012.

Decisions will be announced by 30 July 2012.

Partial funding will be available for accepted papers.