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Ramón y Cajal Exhibit Jan 9 – Mar 31 at the Grey Art Gallery

Visitors will have the exciting chance to see the vivid illustrations of the father of neuroscience in an upcoming exhibition at the Grey Art Gallery at NYU. The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal includes around 80 live-like depictions of the brain by the renowned scientist and illustrator that are still in use today in the medical profession.

The exhibition was organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota in collaboration with the Cajal Institute, and is accompanied by a book, The Beautiful BrainIt has traveled from Minnesota to Canada, and will move to Massachusetts and North Carolina after its stop in New York.

The opening reception will be January 8th, and the exhibition will open January 9th and last through March 31st, 2017.

For more information, visit the Grey Art Gallery’s website.

Call for Papers: The Right Use of the Earth: International Conference on Knowledge, Power and Duties within a Finite Planet

The Right Use of the Earth The Right Use of the Earth: International Conference on Knowledge, Power and Duties within a Finite Planet will be held in Paris May 29 – June 1, 2018. This is a joint conference of the Paris Sciences et Lettres Environmental Humanities Program and the New York University.

The Organizing Committee welcomes abstracts from academics as well as practitioners, including staff of adjudicatory institutions and international organizations. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2018. Submissions should include a 300-word abstract, short bibliography, and short author’s biography.

The conference will explore how views of the earth as a united and limited whole, and its right and sustainable use, have jointly been constituted as objects of knowledge and objects of government in the last centuries, and how these views today reshape societies as well as the academia.

Confirmed plenary keynote speakers include: Anna Tsing (Aarhus University Research on The Anthropocene), Katherine Richardson (University of Copenhagen), Erik Swyngedouw (University of Manchester), Jorge Viñuales (University of Cambridge), Alain Supiot (Collège de France) and Mireille Delmas-Marty (Collège de France).

The 4 key themes of the conference will be A History of Geopower from the 15th to the 21st Century; Governing a limited Earth / governing by limits; Only one Earth? The politics of scale in the construction of the environment; and “Planetarization” of Law? Legal concepts and normative process.

For more information, visit the conference website

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Call for Proposals: Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) Program – National Science Foundation

This funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of roughly half of the approximately 7000 currently used languages, this effort aims to exploit advances in information technology to build computational infrastructure for endangered language research. The program supports projects that contribute to data management and archiving, and to the development of the next generation of researchers. Funding can support fieldwork and other activities relevant to the digital recording, documenting, and archiving of endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year senior research grants as well as fellowships from six to twelve months.

The deadline for research grants is September 18, 2018. For more information on this program, please visit their website.

Call for Applications: Columbia Population Research Center Visiting Scholars Program

The CPRC welcomes visitors whose research fits into one or more of the primary research areas of the Center and who make a compelling case that their presence at the Center will advance their own scholarship as well as the scholarship of CPRC faculty, affiliates, and students. Visitors will be expected to participate in the life of the Center, by mentoring, giving seminars, attending seminars, etc.

In selecting visitors, priority will be given to applicants who are currently participants in a funded research project of the Center as a co-investigator, consultant or a related position; have arranged with a CPRC member to write a grant proposal during their visit; have prior experience working with CPRC members (e.g., co-authoring articles, books, chapters, reports, etc.) and propose to continue such activities during their visit (e.g. manuscript preparation, conference presentations, report writing, etc.); and/or possess special expertise (e.g., statistical methods, theory development, qualitative or ethnographic research, policy experience) or access to particular datasets (e.g. comparative datasets, cohort studies) that would assist Center faculty and/or doctoral students in grant acquisition and publication activities.

Applications for visits in the 2018 – 2019 academic year are due Sunday, January 14th, 2018. For more details and for application instructions, please visit their website.

Columbia Scientists Aid in Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

In a Tuesday ruling, a California Court of Appeal found three paint manufacturers responsible for health hazards relating to lead paint, and upheld an earlier edict for the companies to pay to stop the harm.

Two Columbia scientists and Mailman School of Public Health professors, David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, contributed to the research that led to the ruling.

In an article from The Los Angeles Times, attorney Joseph Cotchett noted the impact that lead paint has had on children from low-income families in Los Angeles. While lead paint hasn’t been used in homes for decades, “thousands and thousands of homes are out there still with lead paint in their interior walls.”

For more information on this landmark ruling, please read The Los Angeles Times article by Michael Hiltzik.

Call for Applications: Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships – Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include: Short-term Research Fellowships, Dissertation Writing Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, or Fellows in Residence.

The Consortium comprises 24 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its 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 for 2018-2019 must be submitted online by December 11, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the Consortium’s website.

Call for Applications: 2018-20 Postdoctoral Researcher, The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Researchers at the Rank of Instructor, to begin on July 1, 2018. Postdocs will join a community of leading scholars from across the university to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, to explore how this history shapes our modern world.

Applicants must demonstrate current research interests that straddle multiple departments and disciplines to investigate the influences beneath what is accepted as true at a given time and place. In particular, they seek applicants working on the formation of medical, economic, or legal knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, or indigenous knowledge practices. They are also interested in candidates studying public knowledge, the “post-truth era,” misinformation, and propaganda within the US context. They will evaluate applicants on the quality and quantity of publications, recommendations, and undergraduate teaching, and a demonstrated ability to work beyond disciplinary constraints.

The deadline is December 4, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the job listing.

Call for Applications: The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

In July 2017, Rare Book School received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new RBS program, the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Building on the success of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, the Society has been formed for the purposes of advancing the study of texts, images and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship, and enriching humanistic inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training promising early-career scholars. The Society’s members endeavor to integrate methods of critical bibliography into their teaching and research, to foster collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and to share their knowledge with broader publics.

The Society invites applications for the Junior Fellows program from early-career scholars and researchers from all fields, with preference given to first-time Rare Book School participants. We welcome applications from tenure track faculty, Ph.D. candidates, curators, librarians, those in postdoctoral research and teaching positions, and independent scholars. We ask that applicants be Ph.D. candidates or possess the terminal degree appropriate to their field (Ph.D., M.L.I.S., &c.). The Society especially encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals from under-resourced institutions, and individuals working on topics currently underrepresented in the fields of book history and bibliography.

Applications are due November 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the fellowship website.

Call for Applications: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Fellows for 2018–19. Recipients are expected to be in residence at The New York Botanical Garden and to devote themselves full-time to their research projects.

Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center are eligible. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship lasts nine months (can be activated as early as April 1, 2018 and no later than September 6, 2018). The award is $42,000 (US dollars) plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend up to $3000 during their tenure.

The deadline is January 18, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden website.

Assistant Professor: Philosophy of Perception, York University: Canada

The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in the area of Philosophy of Perception. We are seeking applications from candidates with research expertise in philosophy of perception, with a clear emphasis on vision. This position is expected to commence July 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible. The deadline for applying is November 1, 2017. Please click here for further information on the position and how to apply.


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