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Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine and British History at Birkbeck, University of London

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for a Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine. We seek to appoint an outstanding scholar working on any aspect of the field, but the appointee should also have wider teaching competency in modern (post-1800) British history. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in History or appropriate similar field, and they should have a research record that shows clear evidence of outstanding potential to contribute to the national and international profile of the Department.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly research and publication; take responsibility for organisation, supervision and teaching in the broad field of the history of science and medicine (including direction of the History of Science and Medicine MA programme); contribute to teaching and supervision in modern British history at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and participate in Departmental, School and College administration as required.

The application deadline is June 1, 2017; for more information and to apply, please visit the job opportunity’s website.

Science Policy and Diplomacy Course

Thursdays from 6 pm -7:30 pm from June 8th to July 27th
Hammer Building (701 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032) Room: LL205

Organized by Debanjana Chatterjee, PhD, this course aims to introduce the role of scientists and academicians in international/national diplomatic affairs and public policy decision making. A series of experts will give lectures to explain the framework of science policy and diplomacy, its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, its future and potential for action. The course will emphasize four primary themes: science diplomacy through government, science diplomacy through academia, science diplomacy through institutions, and science diplomacy through media.

Participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic/international framework through a group-based case study. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for successfully completing the course.

Assignment: Write a policy memo in a small group (2-4) on a key diplomatic / public policy issue with strong scientific underpinnings. The memo should be no more than 2 pages. Due by the end of the course. The memo would be reviewed by a policy expert and/ or scientific expert in the concerned field.

Publication: The policy memos drafted as a part of the course can be potentially published as a summary in a peer-reviewed journal ‘Science and Diplomacy’ by AAAS. Individual policy memos can be published, if desired, on, an online sci-com journal with 20000+ monthly viewership.

Registration is required; for more details on the lectures and to register, please visit the event website.

CSS Sponsored Course on Archeological Illustration is Profiled by Columbia to the Core

Columbia to the Core recently featured an archaeological illustration course that was funded by the Center for Science and Society. Science and Art in Archaeological Illustration was co-taught by artist Tracy Molis and Associate Professor of Anthropology Zoe Crossland, and offered by the Anthropology Department.

“It’s a really unique experience for students to be able to make art while handling things like lithic tools and metal buckles and pottery and clay pipes,” said Molis, who has taught in Columbia’s Visual Arts Program since 2011. “It infuses their work in this class with storytelling and the subjective impact of these objects, which is usually left out in the way that these things have been traditionally represented in archaeology.”

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Call for Papers: 43rd Annual Cleveland Symposium – Ars et Scientia: Intersections of Science and the Visual Arts

Despite the semantic divide that seems to separate art and science in modern culture, the boundaries between the two disciplines have always been fluid and permeable. From the earliest recorded botanical illustrations, painted on papyrus scrolls in Egypt in the 2nd century AD, to contemporary artist Josh Kline’s use of 3D printing in his work, art and science have long been used in tandem to make sense of the world and explore our place within it. The working notes of printers like Louis-Marin Bonnet as they experimented with the technique of chalk-manner engraving resemble nothing so much as a scientist recording data and observations for his experiments. Representations of the scientist at work in his laboratory also abound, from Pieter Bruegel’s Alchemist to Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, and serve as social commentaries on the role of the scientist in society. More recently, scientific technologies have proven to be invaluable tools for the modern art historian and museum curator, allowing us to better understand artists’ working methods and materials through the use of imaging technology and chemical analysis. This symposium seeks to foster a re-examination of the complex interactions between artistic and scientific disciplines that are more interdependent than they first appear.

Innovative research papers from graduate students of all disciplines that challenge the divide between humanities and STEM fields are welcomed. Papers may explore aspects of this topic across any time period, medium, or geographical region.

For consideration, please submit a 350-word abstract and CV to by July 16, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by early August. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, and participants will be invited to author a blog post about their research to be published on the symposium’s TumblrPlease direct all questions to Aimee Caya and Erin Hein at

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NSF Interdisciplinary Grants on the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.  Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components:  (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system.  CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

Proposals are due by November 21, 2017. For more information please visit the NSF website.

Professorship in the History of Art, Science and Folk Practice – Mellon Chair at the University of London

The Warburg Institute has been awarded a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a chair in the history of art, science and folk practice and an associated post-doctoral research position. The Institute is seeking an historian of science, an historian of art, or an anthropologist who, ideally, combines work in the areas of the history of art and images, the history of science, and both historical and present folk practices. The parameters of these fields will be broadly conceived, but the cross-disciplinarity implicit in the description of the post takes its cue from the work of Aby Warburg in each of these areas.

The successful candidate will be critical to restoring, developing and elaborating the theoretical, cultural historical and anthropological implications of Aby Warburg’s work to the Institute. S/he will hold a PhD and will have substantive research experience and an outstanding publications record in his/her field.

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a comprehensive CV and covering letter, through the University of London careers page. Applications close midnight on May 21, 2017. For more information and to apply, please refer to the attached job listing.

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Postdoctoral Researcher, History of Medicine and/or Technology – Maastricht University

Applicants are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position within the project “Making clinical sense: A comparative study of how doctors learn in digital times.” The project is funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant), awarded to the principal investigator, Anna Harris.

Application Deadline: May 27, 2017

The historian will attend to doctors’ learning and teaching with technologies. He/she will work independently and in collaboration with the two PhD ethnographers and the principal investigator (PI) of the project, Anna Harris. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the PI. They will also work synergistically and collectively with the rest of the team. For example, they will: play a crucial role in the conceptual and methodological innovations required by the project as a collective endeavour; lead, and contribute to, academic publications; participate in team meetings; offer active support to the PhDs; engage in presentations; and be involved in the co-organisation of workshops and other events related to the project.

Historians who have a completed PhD in the history of medicine and/or technology (or another relevant topic/field, such as the senses, media or education for example), with methodological experience in oral history interviewing, are invited to apply. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht and will spend several months conducting interviews in Hungary and in Ghana. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of anthropologists and STS scholars on a collaborative project, and have excellent organisational abilities. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite, since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications. Knowledge of Hungarian or a Ghanaian language is an advantage, however not essential as interpreters will be hired for the oral history interviews if necessary.

Starting date is ideally November 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, please refer to the attached document and address questions to Anna Harris:

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Fulbright Opportunities in Sustainable Development in the Western Hemisphere

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in Sustainable Development and Sustainability. The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This award gives scholars the opportunity to teach and/or research at institutions of higher education, NGOs or research centers. Priority specializations include sustainable local development, sustainability of production processes and sustainable management of forest ecosystems.

Further opportunities in Sustainable Development can be found in the catalog of awards.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines, which provide helpful tips to reference during the process. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2017.


Learn More: Science and Art Events in New York City

New York City is home to several exciting science and art collaborations this spring and summer. From traditional art exhibitions that explore the relationship between nature and art to interactive workshops, there’s an opportunity for everyone to explore how science and art enrich one another.

Date: April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017; New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024

Featuring 28 works from two time periods, Big Bird: Looking for Lifesize contrasts a group of exceptional European watercolors from the 1500s—which were recently featured to great acclaim in an exhibition in France—with spectacular examples of the rarest jewel of the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary Audubon collection. On view April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017.

Date: April 09, 2017–September 25, 2017; MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

The Museum of Modern Art is proud to host Ian Cheng: Emissaries, opening April 9. The exhibition that the artist’s complete Emissary trilogy (2015-2017), a series of three live simulation video works dedicated to the history of cognitive evolution. These works ask us to imagine technology not as a subordinate reflection of our own minds, but as a tool to model a non-anthropomorphic vision of history and consciousness. Using an engine for developing video games, Emissary is made up of open-ended animations with no fixed outcome or narrative—a format Cheng calls live simulation. The trilogy was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.

Date: Friday, April 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Drawing Center opened Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions on April 14. This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America’s greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. Until July 16th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – May 19, 2017; Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library

A public exhibition, Biodiversity and Its Histories, will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University. Contributors include: Arielle Alterwaite, Stephanie Barral, Tristan Brown, Gabrielle Bruno, Lyra Cooper, Robert Corban, Rosalind Donald, Linda Gordon, Sara Heiny, Maggie Israel, Petros Krommidas, Lila Livingston, Laura McLean, Anna McNulty, Julie Moon, Melissa Morris, Camila Puig Ibarra, Claire Sabel, Zhuoxuan Tian, Daniel West, Adrien Zakar, Mollie Zanger, Wenrui Zhao, Professor Deborah Coen. Until May 19th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Pratt Institute, Myrtle Hall, 536 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Pratt Institute – PreCollege Lecture Series – Art & Science is a lecture/workshop/performance starting with a 15-min audiovisual presentation on how art and science are really more similar than most people think. A variety of contemporary artists that use electronics and technology in their artworks will be briefly presented. Aimed at high school students as part of the Pratt Institute’s PreCollege Lecture Series. RSVP here.

Date: Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm; Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

On April 24, The Science Studios at Pioneer Works presents The Universe in Verse, an evening of poetry celebrating great scientists and scientific discoveries hosted by Maria Popova, Janna Levin and the Academy of American Poets. For tickets, please visit the event’s website.

Date: April 25, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm; American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition on the art of Eugen Gabritschevsky, individuals are invited to learn the art of science illustration with the Dialogue + Studio: Science Illustration workshop. Participants will learn the fundamentals of science illustration and how to draw from bones. Limited to 20 participants. All materials will be provided. For more details, please visit the event’s website. Tickets range from $15-20.

Date: until April 30; New York Hall of Science · 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY

The New York Hall of Science’s Vanitas (in a Petri dish) is a series of digital prints by contemporary bio-artist Suzanne Anker, who uses some of the tools, materials and methodologies of biotech researchers, along with the artistic tools of photography, symbolism and metaphor. This exhibition runs until April 30. Free with NYSCI admission; please visit the website for more details.

Date: May 4, 6-7PM ($3-6); American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Contemporary artist Marina Zurkow will lead a tour through the exhibition Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible, discussing the relationship among the animal, art, and science.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Visualizing and Drawing Anatomy Workshop

The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029

$250 for Academy Fellows, Friends, Students and Seniors | $290 General Public
The deadline is May 2; for more information and to register, please visit the NYAM website.

This four-week workshop led by Kriota Willberg utilizes live models as well as anatomical illustrations from The New York Academy of Medicine’s historical collections to teach participants to look beneath the skin of the human body and draw the structures and tissues giving the body its shape and character. Each class starts with an exploration of body parts and systems in the Academy’s Drs. Barry and Bobbi Coller Rare Book Reading Room. Afterwards, Willberg will draw musculoskeletal structures on a live model so that students may practice visualizing and drawing the skeleton and muscles of a living body. This is not a figure drawing workshop. Our focus will be on visually locating and rendering the anatomy of the body on the page in order to enhance (figure) drawing skills. All skill levels are welcome. Participants should bring a sketchpad and drawing implements of their choice. Handouts are provided. Homework assignments will be given to participants wanting further practice of these skills.

Through graphic narratives, teaching, and needlework, Kriota Willberg explores the intersection between body sciences and creative practice. Her comics are seen on online sites such as Intima, Broken Pencil, 4 PANEL, and in the anthologies Sub Cultures, Awesome ‘Possum, and the upcoming Graphic Canon. Willberg transposes medical imagery of herself and friends into needlework as a form of portraiture. She teaches anatomy for artists at a variety of institutions including The New York Academy of Medicine Library, the Center for Cartoon Studies, and the Society of Illustrators. You can see more of her work at

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