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Job Announcement: Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society

The Center for Genetics and Society has been selected as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program. Through this program, they are seeking a Project Director on Race, Genetics, and Society for two years beginning in August or September 2016.

The ACLS Public Fellows Program is “designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities” (and “humanistic social sciences”). Applicants to the Public Fellows Program must have a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences conferred between January 1, 2013 and June 12, 2016.

Fellowship applications will be accepted by ACLS from January 14 through March 24, 2016 (8pm EDT).

Please note that all inquiries and applications should be directed to the ACLS Public Fellows Program, where more information is available.

Call for Applications: The Impacts and Challenges of Demographic Change

Call for papers 

International Young Researchers’ Conference: The impacts and challenges of demographic change
Paris, France, 22-23 September 2016

Deadline for submissions: 15 March 2016.

Please read the full English call for papers in pdf. (French version below)

The iPOPs Laboratory of Excellence (Individuals, Populations, Societies) and the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) are organizing an International Young Researchers’ Conference on 22 and 23 September at the FIAP Jean Monnet in Paris. It will bring together PhD students, post-doctoral students and young researchers around the topic of population.

The variability of demographic phenomena is a well-acknowledged fact: fertility, mortality and the morphology of migration have evolved at a different pace in different countries of the world, with varying effects on the population age structure. While it is difficult to pinpoint the impact of these variations, the social challenges they pose are immense. They must be understood and measured so that appropriate action can be taken to address these challenges. This international young researchers’ conference aims to tackle the new issues raised by demographic transformations in the social environment, and to accompany these increasingly complex changes through demographic, sociological, anthropological, geographical, economic, epidemiological and historical analysis. This call for papers is constructed around three themes that are opened to all disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Theme 1 – The morphology of demographic change
Theme 2 – The social challenges of demographic change
Theme 3 – The environmental impacts of demographic change

This conference is open to PhD students and PhD holders who defended their thesis in the last seven years. Young researchers are invited to submit papers and/or posters on one of the conference themes. Papers not selected for oral sessions may be considered for the poster sessions if the author requests so. Poster submissions are also welcome. All participants are invited to enter their papers for the “Young Author’s Prize” organized by the editors of the journal Population in November 2016. The conference proceedings may also be published.

Submissions should be uploaded to the conference platform at:

The submission deadline is 15 March 2016. 

The conference will take place in English. Authors should provide a short abstract (400 words max.) and a long abstract in English. The long abstract should be no longer than two pages and include the paper title, the authors’ names, their institutional affiliations and their email addresses. The author should describe the main research question, the method used and the results obtained, and provide a short bibliography. He or she should also highlight the innovative aspects of the topic or the approach adopted. Authors may submit no more than one paper as lead author.

The papers will be assessed by a scientific committee on the basis of their relevance to the conference themes, their intellectual rigour and their originality. The authors will be informed of the committee’s decision on 15 May 2016

No submissions that are incomplete or received after the submission deadline will be considered.

For further information about all aspects of the conference, please contact the organizing committee at the following address:

Call for Proposals: Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University Accepting Proposals for Projects in 2016

Deadline for Proposals: March 1st, 2016

The Center for the Study of Social Difference at Columbia University (CSSD) promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the role of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and race in global dynamics of power and inequality. As the umbrella organization and research hub for five interdisciplinary programs,[1] CSSD brings together faculty in humanities, law, social science and the arts, to investigate problems of social, economic, and cultural inequality. CSSD working groups challenge the disciplinary divides among the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences by asking not only how historical categories of social difference intersect on the level of identity, but also how these categories shape institutions, modes of knowing, acts of representation, and processes of globalization. The Center creates the conditions for scholars, artists and practitioners to work collaboratively on themes of common interest and to set intellectual agendas for the future.

CSSD welcomes proposals for a new project that would begin in 2016. Proposals may be submitted for consideration by any Columbia or Barnard faculty member(s) whose project aligns with the mission of CSSD (please see our website:, although preference will be given to faculty affiliated with one or more of CSSD’s member centers and institutes. This year we particularly welcome proposals that address the theme, broadly conceived, of “Reframing Gendered Violence.”

Funding is in the amount of $35,000 over two years with the possibility of $15,000 for a third year, contingent on working group interest and the availability of Center funds. CSSD seeks projects that are interdisciplinary in nature and favors proposals from an already-constituted core working group (usually 5-8 people). Center support is seed money to enable working groups to get off the ground; it is the expectation of the Center that all projects will also seek additional funding.

Center projects typically run for three years, but 2-year projects will also be considered. In 3-year projects, year 1 concentrates on focused project development, including the constitution of a regional and/or international working group, exploratory seminars, and guest lectures or workshops. Year 2 involves the most intensive intellectual work, featuring regular meetings of the working group, and the active participation of fellows and affiliates. Year 3 is often dedicated to post-project planning and dissemination of the project’s work through a conference, the publication of conference proceedings and/or edited collections of working group scholarship, or online publication of syllabi or other curricular materials.

Current working group projects include “The Digital Black Atlantic,” “Gender and the Global Slum,” “Social Justice After the Welfare State,” “Pacific Climate Circuits: Moving Beyond Science, Technology, Engineering, and Economics,” “The Legacy of Bandung Humanisms,” and  “The Rural-Urban Interface: Gender and Poverty in Ghana and Kenya, Statistics and Stories.”  Please see our website for detailed descriptions of all our projects and for additional information about the Center.

CSSD project support budgets may be used by project directors at their discretion.  However, budgets typically include the following:  Course relief for a project director (one course per year for two years, alternating in the case of co-project directors); stipends for two graduate student participants and one graduate assistant responsible for program support; working group meeting lunches and/or breakfasts; limited support for visiting scholars, public conferences and publications. Project directors should be prepared to work with the Center to seek additional funding sources.

Project proposals should not exceed five double-spaced pages and should include a project description, a provisional budget, a short CV for each tentative working group member, and a detailed work plan for group meetings, public events, and the dissemination of project research. Proposals should also describe a plan for soliciting and adjudicating applications for working group membership from the wider University community. Any anticipated curricular or pedagogical outcomes of the proposed project should be noted.

Proposals should be directed to CSSD Associate Director Laura Ciolkowski (, by or before March 1, 2016.  A sample CSSD project proposal is available by request.  Projects will be selected by the CSSD Executive Committee. All applicants will be notified by April 11, 2016.

Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge Post-Doctoral Fellowship Announcement

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge has posted advertisements inviting applications for its first two-year postdoctoral fellowship. The application deadline is February 1st, 2016.

Applicants are required to hold a PhD by the start of their appointment (on or about July 1st, 2016) and must demonstrate current research interests tied to SIFK’s 2016-18 multidisciplinary approach to the question of Comparing Practices of Knowledge ( The postdoctoral fellowship is an opportunity for future academic leaders to conduct paradigm-shifting research, hone their undergraduate teaching skills, and forge personal and academic relationships across disciplinary boundaries.

Further information about the opportunity and details on how to apply can be found on the SIFK web site at ( and on the University of Chicago Academic Career Opportunities portal at for posting 02885.

PhD Candidate Position for the History of Art, Science and Technology, Utrecht University

There is an opening for a part-time PhD Candidate position at Utrecht University on the sub-project, “The Science of Technique, 1750-1950,” under the major project, “Technique in the Arts: Practices, Concepts, Expertise (1500-1950)”. The focus of this sub-project is on the development of a science-based conservation practice and the establishment of museum laboratories in the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. This project is funded by the European Research Council, by way of a Consolidator Grant awarded to principal investigator (PI) Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré.  The selected candidate will be based at Utrecht University and will as such also be part of the department History and Art History, Section Art History, and the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.

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

Postdoctoral Position in the History of Art, Science and Technology, Utrecht University

Postdoctoral position available at Utrecht University on the project “Technique in the Arts: Practices, Concepts, Expertise (1500-1950)”. This project is funded by the European Research Council, by way of a Consolidator Grant awarded to principal investigator (PI) Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré.  The selected postdoc will be based at Utrecht University and will as such also be part of the department History and Art History, Section Art History, and the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities.

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

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the History of Modern or Contemporary Physics

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the history of modern or contemporary physics. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date. The Department is especially interested in candidates who show exceptional promise as scholars, teachers, and mentors, and can offer broad courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that will complement those of the current faculty. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2016. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, an outline of present scholarly projects and future plans, a statement of teaching experience and approach, a writing sample, and the names and contact details of three persons who will write letters of recommendation. All materials should be submitted directly to the Harvard academic positions site at:

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application deadline is November 23, 2015.

Please contact Jillian Nyitray at with any questions.

Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships for 2016-17

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;
  • nine-month Dissertation Writing Fellowships; and
  • a nine-month NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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.

Look on our website at for further information, including an online application form and a list of current and past fellows. The website also features: information about the fellowship programs of member institutions; descriptions of the exceptional collections in the museums, archives, and libraries of the Consortium; and a Consortium-wide search hub for rare books and manuscripts.

Applications for 2016-2017 must be submitted online by January 5, 2016. Applicants must submit: a Curriculum Vitae limited to three pages; an abstract limited to 150 words; a project proposal, limited to 2,000 words, describing the research project and how it will advance scholarship in the history of science, technology or medicine; and an indication of which collections in Consortium member institutions will be used in the research. In addition, each applicant must ask two recognized scholars to prepare letters of recommendation. Upon receipt of an application, we will send instructions to these scholars for submitting their letters by January 12, 2016.


Scholars at the beginning of their career studying the history of electrical technology and computing (broadly construed) are invited to contact the Center to be considered for a paid Internship at the Center’s offices on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, USA.

The intern program seeks to provide research experience for graduate students in the history of electrical and computer technologies, while enlisting the help of promising young scholars for the Center’s projects. The Intern generally works full-time for two months at the History Center on a Center project that is connected to his or her own area of interest. This time is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered.  Interns are also encouraged to consult with the Center’s staff and its associates, and guided to research resources in the area. The internship is designed for those near the beginning or middle of their graduate careers, but advanced undergraduates, advanced graduates, and, on rare occasions, recent Ph.D.s will also be considered.  Special consideration is often given to scholars from outside the United States who might not otherwise have an opportunity to visit historical resources in this country.

The stipend paid to the intern is US$3,500, but additional funds may be available to defray travel costs, depending on the intern’s circumstances.  This internship is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee.

The deadline for applications March 1, 2016. For more information and instructions, please visit


The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical engineering and computing (broadly construed) at a college or university of recognized standing, or up to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his or her Ph.D. within the past three years. This award is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee.  The stipend is $17,000, with a research budget of up to $3,000.  Recipients are normally expected to take up the Fellowship in the July of the year that it is awarded.  Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or the humanities are eligible for the fellowship.

For pre-doctoral applicants, however, the award is conditional upon acceptance of the candidate into an appropriate graduate program in history at a school of recognized standing.

The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate’s potential for pursuing research in, and contributing to, electrical history.  Application forms and more information are available on-line at

The deadline for completed applications is 1 February 2016. Applicants will be notified of the results by 1 June 2016.

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