Author Archive for Hiba Seager

Job Opportunity: Fellowship Program for Scientists and Artists at the STAGE Lab, University of Chicago

STAGE is seeking up to six fellows to work collaboratively on the creation and development of its original theatrical works inspired by science and technology. This opportunity is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably within the last two years. Fellows receive a stipend, and while there is no guarantee, typically participate for one-to-two years, subject to satisfactory performance and in compliance with University policies.

Ideally, we are looking for people with hybrid interests and skills, i.e., scientists who have had some theatre experience and/or theatre people with experience/a strong interest in science and/or technology. We want people who are excited about our work process, as well as people who share our philosophy and are able to honestly assess whether or not they do so.

For application details and to apply, please visit the fellowship website.

Application review will commence on June 1, 2018 and applications will be considered in the order in which they are received. The deadline for applying for the fall 2018 fellowships is July 15, 2018.

Please email at with any questions.

Call for Applications: Fellowships with the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The Consortium invites applications for research fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed.

The Consortium comprises 25 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine. Taken together, members’ collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups, held at the Consortium’s offices in downtown Philadelphia.

Applications are now being accepted for Consortium Research Fellowships for scholars using the collections of the Consortium’s member institutions. Scholars residing in Brazil, India and South Africa and working in medical humanities and the history of medicine are eligible for additional support generously provided by the Wellcome Trust.

Applications are due before June 16, 2018. Interested scholars can apply for these Research Fellowships through the Consortium fellowships page

Job Opportunity: Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study

The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science whose work intersects with the social sciences and humanities, for instance with economics, anthropology, or literature. Potential candidates’ work may focus on the intersections of environment, technology, urbanism, and politics in the Global South; the human impact on ecosystems and the natural world; the ecological impacts of warfare or industry; the influence of nature on social, economic and cultural development; the cultural and political contexts of climate science.

This is a one-year appointment beginning on September 1, 2018 that is potentially renewable for another year. The teaching load for this position is four courses per year (two in the fall and two in the spring). In addition, the position involves serving as an adviser for 5-7 undergraduate students.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in hand by time of appointment. The position is open until filled. For more details and to apply, please visit the job posting website.



Call for Papers: Journal of Religion and Demography

The Journal of Religion and Demography seeks submissions for publication in 2019.

Every year, data on religious adherents around the world are collected through censuses, surveys, polls, religious communities, scholars, and a host of other sources. These data are collated and analyzed by research centers and scholars around the world. Large amounts of data appear in analyzed form in the World Religion Database (Brill) and World Christian Database (Brill), aiming at a researcher’s audience.

The peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Demography presents information on the state of religious statistics around the world in sets of well-arranged tables and scholarly articles. Disciplines represented in the first (2014), second (2015), third (2016), and fourth (2017) issues (previously the Yearbook of International Religious Demography) include social science, demography, history, and geography. Each issue provides summaries of findings, sources, methods, and implications surrounding international religious demography. The JRAD is published twice a year, in February and August.

The JRAD is primarily aimed at scholars, government officials, journalists, and others who are interested in the numbers of religious adherents in countries, regions, and globally. Scholars in other disciplines are increasingly interested in religious demographics and how such data impacts their particular fields of study. The JRAD is distinguished by its comprehensive character and exacting scholarly standards and is the first journal of its kind.

Articles submitted to the JRAD should demonstrate uses of religious statistics, discuss methodological challenges related to quantitative data on religion, or illustrate various ways of utilizing international religious demography. Authors are encouraged to choose subjects that highlight new ways of using religious demographic data and its application to other fields (social science, anthropology, international relations, etc.). The editors encourage articles that focus on religions and regions outside of Western settings. Articles should be roughly 5,500 words in length.

The submission deadline is October 30, 2018. For further information and guidelines for writers, contact Gina Zurlo at

Call for Applications: Weaving Knowledge Workshop on Lanna Weaving and Dyeing, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pamela H. Smith (Seth Low Professor of History and founding Director of the Center for Science and Society at Columbia University) and Nussara Tiengkate (textile historian, weaver, and designer, Jai-Sook Studio, Chiang Mai, Thailand) are now accepting applications for the Weaving Knowledge Workshop to be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from January 4-18, 2019. Participants will arrive January 3 and depart January 19.

This two-week workshop aims to engage both the theory and practice of craft knowledge by teaching participants the Lanna techniques of weaving alongside expert weavers, at the same time engaging with the scholarly challenge of making embodied craft knowledge explicit. As the students are trained in crafts by practitioners in a weaving workshop near Chiang Mai, they will discuss concepts such as tacit expertise and technological literacy, pedagogy in sensory and material knowledge, innovation and sustainability in traditional technological cultures, with the practitioners, as well as invited scholars and activists in history, anthropology, and sociology from around the world. Set in the rural environment around Chiang Mai, this workshop will bring together two conveners: one historian of science and technology, and one weaving/craft expert to guide the group of doctoral candidates in reflexive practice – both of weaving and writing.

Students will learn Lanna techniques of weaving in a workshop near Chiang Mai while living in a basic setting near the workshop. Activities include pre-loom preparation, daily weaving practice, dyeing, possible field trips to Wat Pah Daed, Yang Luang, Karen and Lua communities to observe their weaving practice, to village co-operatives, local markets, and private textile museums, as well as academic sessions.

By requiring that students engage in learning weaving and dyeing, not as observers but as participants, and by reinstating craftspeople as experts and teachers, not just of the craft, but also in mobilizing knowledge about it, the workshop seeks both to invert the social and political hierarchy of knowledge that positions scholarly knowledge over craft, and to explore what craft knowledge can bring to academia, and to the larger societal challenge of sustainable development. It will require sometimes strenuous physical labor as well as reflexive scholarly engagement by students. Students will assume the role of apprentices as well as problem solvers and storytellers who, for example, use metaphors to capture how things look, sound or smell. Focusing on these two different modes of thinking about and making knowledge – the practice of weaving and scholarly work – the workshop will afford new possibilities to understand the nature of embodied knowledge. For a glimpse of what the 2017 cohort of students derived from their experience, see the Weaving Knowledge Workshop website. Students accepted to the 2019 Workshop will reflect on their processes and engagements by also contributing to this website.

Applications are welcomed from PhD students whose research deals with the themes of the Workshop. No previous experience of weaving is required. Applications must be submitted by June 15th, 2018. No tuition is required, and accommodation, local transportation in Thailand, and most meals will be provided during the Workshop. Partial travel grants are available for selected participants. To apply for a partial travel grant, please use this supplemental form by June 15, 2018.

For questions related to the Workshop, please contact Dr. Sophie Pitman or review the Call for Applications

The Workshop is sponsored by Columbia University’s Center for Science and SocietyDorothy Borg Research Program, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and Chiang Mai University’s Regional Center for Social Science and Sustainable Development.

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Call for Applications: 2018 Precision Medicine Research Fellowship, Columbia University

The Precision Medicine fellowship aims to create the next generation of leaders in the development and application of Precision Medicine science and methods to improve public health. This new research fellowship in precision medicine will train physicians/researchers as Postdoctoral Research Scientists to use genomics and complex clinical data to improve clinical care and clinical outcomes by tailoring prevention, screening, and medical interventions based upon individual patient characteristics. The two-year program will include required didactic lectures in precision medicine as well as coursework in systems biology, genomics, statistics, ethics, and/or medical informatics according to the applicant’s background and future career goals.

The award amount is $200,000 ($100,000 per year). To be eligible, applicants must have a PhD, MD, DDS, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Eligible doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to, the following: DMD, DC, DO, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, DrPH, DNSc, DPT, PharmD, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), DSW, PsyD, as well as a doctoral degree in nursing research. Two years of full-time participation are required. Applicants with prior research experience and background in genomics or informatics are especially encouraged to apply. The Fellowship is open to eligible applicants regardless of citizenship status.

The deadline is May 18th, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit the application website.

Job Opportunity: Director of Administration and Lecturer, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments (CHSI), Harvard University

The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University is seeking a Director of Administration and Lecturer in the History of Science Department.

Working closely with the Faculty Director of the CHSI and other faculty, this person will develop courses in the history of science and technology relating to scientific instruments, material culture, museology, and/or digital humanities. As part of the Department of History of Science, the Collection is at the cross-roads of new forms of scholarship in the study of material culture and is an exciting potential site for significant interdisciplinary work connecting instruments to scholarly research in the sciences and humanities.

Candidates should have a PhD degree in History of Science, STS, History of Technology, or equivalent; seven plus years of experience including supervisory experience, at least three years of progressively responsible collections management and administrative management experience, and project management experience in an academic or research environment; and must also possess teaching experience.

For more information and to apply, please visit the job listing.

Job Opportunity: University Lecturer, Psychology and the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology

The Psychology and the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program in the Department of Humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology seeks a University Lecturer. Applicants should have a background in Psychology or Social Psychology, with a particular interest and expertise in the psychological and social psychological dimensions of technological innovation. Especially useful will be an understanding of issues pertaining to social media, pervasive computing, surveillance, artificial intelligence, digitization, and robotics.

The start date is September 1, 2018. 

The University Lecturer position at NJIT is a full-time non-tenure track position with the primary responsibility of teaching four courses (12 hours) or the equivalent each semester. One-year renewable contract. The primary teaching responsibility will be to teach one or more sections of the introductory course in Psychology, as well as electives in the STS program that focus on the psychological and social psychological dimensions of technological innovation. The lecturer reports to the Chair of Humanities.

Requirements: A Master’s degree in a relevant field is required; Ph.D. preferred. Minimum of one year teaching experience at college or university level. Publication record a plus. An ability to teach courses in the psychological and social psychological dimensions of technological innovation is preferred.

Applications are due April 15th, 2018. For more information and to apply, visit the official job listing.

Call for Applications – Student Travel Grants for Yale conference, New Approaches to Preindustrial Technology: Bodies, Minds, and Machines

This international workshop will be held at Yale University, 20-21 April 2018. The workshop is organized by Paola Bertucci with the support of The Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Program in the History of Science and Medicine, the Department of History, and the Humanities Program.

Three travel grants (up to $300 each) available to graduate students who are working on related topics and would like to attend. Please email Professor Paola Bertucci ( a short note with your motivations for attending the workshop and your advisor’s contact details.

Deadline: March 30, 2018.

Please refer to the conference schedule for program details.

Call for Submissions: Richard Sussman Prize at the Goethe Society

The Goethe Society of North America invites the submission of essays on Goethe’s contribution to the history of science and on Goethe in the history of science. The Richard Sussman Prize is awarded annually for the best essay published in 2017 in an academic journal on Goethe’s contributions to the history of science and on Goethe in the history of science. The prize carries a $500 award.

Besides his literary accomplishments, which inaugurated a new era in modern German culture, scientific studies also played a significant role in the life of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832).  Goethe’s research coincided with the emergence of modern scientific disciplines and their institutional establishment within the university system, thereby supplanting earlier scientific practices and methods. As rector of the scientific institutes at the University of Jena, Goethe stood in close contact and corresponded with scientists in Germany and beyond. The completion of the Leopoldina edition of his scientific writings allows the opportunity for a new assessment of Goethe within the context of science as it was emerging during his lifetime and within the history of science in general.  This award seeks to foster scholarship in this area.

The following articles are eligible: articles written by a North American scholar (defined by institutional affiliation at the time of publication); articles written by a current member of the GSNA; or articles published in the Goethe Yearbook. Articles by current GSNA board members are not eligible. GSNA members are encouraged to submit their own articles for consideration.

The deadline is May 1, 2018. For more details and application materials, please visit the Goethe Society website.

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