> An AHRC-funded PhD studentship is available from 1 October 2011 for a collaborative research project between the Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds and the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds.
> ‘Gunpowder and the Rise of Early Modern Science’
> It is widely recognized that the emerging science of the seventeenth century demanded reciprocal interaction between theory and practice. Yet the fusion of scientific theory and military practice during the early modern era has attracted surprisingly little scholarly attention. This project will investigate the relationship between early modern science and gunpowder technology. What kinds of interactions took place between experimental philosophers and skilled craftsmen who had a shared interest in gunpowder technology? How did this relationship play out in complex historical reality? Why was gunpowder at the centre of a number of heated debates among the founder members of the Royal Society? Historical analysis will be aided by replication of gunpowder experiments and craft practices, drawing on the Royal Armouries’ technical and safety expertise. Through a focus on gunpowder technology, this project will yield important new insights into the relationship between theoretical abstraction and practical application as it features in early modern experimental science.
> Applications are invited from students in a variety of disciplines, e.g. history of science and technology, military history, economic history, experimental archaeology, intellectual history, and museum studies. We are looking to recruit a highly promising student who will relish the unique opportunities this award offers.
> The project will be supervised by a team comprising Dr Sophie Weeks (main supervisor), Dr Steven Walton, Professor Graeme Gooday, Dr Chris Kenny, Mr Graeme Rimer (Academic Director of the Royal Armouries) and Mr Peter Smithurst (Emeritus Curator of Historical Firearms at the Royal Armouries).
> The project student is expected to help with reorganization of the Royal Armouries’ significant reference collection of small arms ammunition, to create an online exhibit promoting its use, and to contribute to its online and printed historical outreach sources. For information about the Royal Armouries in Leeds visit http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds.
> Studentship Information
> The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years (full-time) or up to 5 years (part-time) from 1 October 2011. Renewal of the studentship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress.
> AHRC regulations require that applicants must meet UK residency criteria or be ordinarily resident in the EU. EU candidates are normally eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years immediately preceding the date of the award. Applicants should normally have, or expect soon to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. history of science, technology and/or medicine; museum studies; history). Further details concerning eligibility are available via the AHRC website at http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Documents/GuidetoStudentFunding.pdf.
> Full awards cover academic fees at the standard UK rate and a maintenance grant for full-time study (the maintenance grant for part-time study will be pro-rata) together with other allowances if appropriate. In the 2011/2012 academic year full-time awards provide a maintenance grant payment of £13,590 p.a. and fees of £3,732 p.a. In addition to these amounts, the AHRC will pay an additional £500 per annum in April to students in receipt of a full award. Students may also be eligible to claim for fieldwork or UK study visits and one overseas study visit as well as one overseas conference for the duration of the award. The student will also receive a contribution to maintenance from the non-academic partner and may also be eligible for travel and related workplace expenses.
> The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1 June 2011. You should also arrange for three academic references to be sent to us by this date. Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 6 June.
> Applications should be made using the standard Department of Philosophy application for a postgraduate research degree (available for download via http://www.leeds.ac.uk/downloads/Research_degree_application_form.doc). In place of the PhD research proposal in section G, please write 500 words detailing how you would approach the collaborative project, considering the following points:
> a) how your previous experience would equip you to undertake the proposed research;
> b) how you would formulate the project within the parameters laid down by the further particulars (see below), particularly emphasizing any areas where you think it could usefully be developed;
> c) how you envisage the collaborative nature of the project being of benefit to your study; and
> d) how you consider the proposed research would further your future plans.
> In addition, you should send a copy of your degree transcripts (or a transcript of your marks to date if you are currently completing a degree) and a sample of written work, consisting of a historical essay on a question of your choice, not less than 3000 words in length.
> All applications and references should be sent to Dr Sophie Weeks, Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, email: S.V.Weeks@leeds.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3359.
> Application checklist:
> • application form, including 500-word research statement;
> • three academic references, sent by application deadline;
> • copy of degree transcripts;
> • writing sample of 3000+ words.
> Further Particulars
> Requests for further particulars and enquiries may be directed to Dr Sophie Weeks, email: S.V.Weeks@leeds.ac.uk, tel: +44 (0)113 343 3359. Interested candidates are strongly recommended to contact Sophie Weeks before making an application.
> Leeds HPS
> History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Leeds is at the forefront of the subject in Britain, with a strong tradition in both research and teaching. For over half a century HPS has maintained a first-rate international reputation, expanding to incorporate the study of technology and medicine and embracing a wide variety of approaches. Noted for its friendly and open atmosphere, HPS is located within one of the nation’s largest departments of philosophy, and attracts students from the region, nationally, and internationally.
> HPS offers a wide range of opportunities for postgraduate study, in both taught MA courses and research degrees. With twelve permanent and associate members of staff, we offer teaching in many mainstream research areas as well as in important specialist topics. We are also committed to interdisciplinary approaches, and encourage students to consider wider perspectives from the humanities and
> social sciences.
> HPS has a first-rate record in both research and teaching, and is consistently praised by both our students and external examiners. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), two-thirds of the Philosophy Department’s research was rated ‘world class’ or ‘internationally excellent’, matching the percentage of other leading UK philosophy departments such as Oxford and Cambridge. For students aiming for an academic career in HPS and science studies, study at Leeds has proved to be an effective route to success. For further information about Leeds HPS visit http://www.philosophy.leeds.ac.uk/Research/HPS.htm
> Research Facilities
> The Centre has excellent research facilities. The University Library is one of the largest research libraries in the UK, with over 2.7 million books (mostly on open access), including important and extensive historical collections relating to the subject, as well as a fine journal collection and up-to-date e-learning resources. Over half a century the university has amassed a large collection of books and periodicals in history and philosophy of science. There are also many other important libraries and archives easily accessible in the region, including the British Library Lending Division nearby at Boston Spa, and funds are available to history of science research students for travel to archives. Postgraduates have a dedicated room and computer cluster in the department, and also have access to dedicated postgraduate computer clusters at both faculty and university level.
> The University of Leeds
> The University of Leeds is one of the most popular universities in the UK, with an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research. Degrees awarded from Leeds are recognised by employers and universities worldwide. It is the UK’s second largest university, with over 30,000 students taking some 650 undergraduate and 300 postgraduate courses. In over a century of teaching the University has played a leading part in the development of modern higher education in this country, and it is a member of the Russell Group of twenty major research-intensive universities in the UK.
> Our single campus is a ten-minute walk from Leeds city centre. Most students live within walking distance or a short bus-ride of the University. There is a large and active Student Union, which provides a full range of services.
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The Society for the History of Natural History invites submissions to the 2011 William T. Stearn Student Essay Prize Competition. The prize will be awarded to the best original, unpublished, essay in the field of history of natural history. The submission deadline is 30 June 2011.
The competition is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students in full or part-time education. Entry is not limited to members of SHNH. Entries will be considered by a panel of three judges appointed by the Council of the Society. The winner will receive £300 and be offered membership of the Society for one year. The winning essay will normally be published in the Society’s journal Archives of natural history.
The submission deadline is 30 June 2011.
Entries, which must be prepared in conformity with the bibliographic conventions of Archives of Natural History, will be considered by a panel of three judges appointed by the Council of the Society. Entry is not limited to members of the SHNH.
The Prize’s rules and an entry form are available for download as Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files from the SHNH website: http://www.shnh.org.uk
Description: The Deutsches Museum in Munich solicits applications
to its Scholar-in-Residence program, for periods of either 6 or
12 months, with an application deadline of 17 October 2010. The
program is international and interdisciplinary, and welcomes
applications from scholars at all stages of their careers.
Book Review Editor, Configurations: Expressions of Interest
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press for the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), is looking to appoint a Book Reviews Editor. The publication committee of SLSA (Ron Broglio, Rob Mitchell, Elizabeth Wilson) is seeking expressions of interest in this position.
Configurations was first published in 1993 and is one of the leading science studies journals: it is the only journal devoted to the study of the discourse pertaining to the theories and practices of science, technology, and medicine. Three issues a year are published. Information about the journal, including the Editorial Board, can be found at:
http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/configurations/ Back issues of the journal can be accessed through Project Muse.
In recent years books by the following authors have been reviewed in the journal: Robert Markley, Lisa Zunshine, Charlotte Sleigh, Ira Livingston, The Animal Studies Group, Wendy Wheeler, Anke Te Heesen, Ernst Mayr, Graham Burnett, Katherine Hayles, Michael E. Hobart and Zachary S. Schiff.
The term of the editorship will be 3 years, in the first instance (with a possibility of renewal). The committee is also happy to accept proposals from pairs of scholars who would like to share the duties.
Please send your expression of interest to the SLSA Publication Committee (email@example.com <https://mail.ttu.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> ; firstname.lastname@example.org <https://mail.ttu.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> ; email@example.com <https://mail.ttu.edu/owa/UrlBlockedError.aspx> ) by June 31, 2010. The expression of interest should be no longer than two pages, including a short CV, a description of your editorial experience, and a short statement (200 words) of your interest in/ambitions for the position. If two people are applying jointly, please explain how the duties will be shared (e.g., one editor might take responsibility primarily for books on technology & media).
The publication committee will review all applications and forward a shortlist of three names to the SLSA executive. Applicants will be notified by September 1, 2010.
Bruce Clarke Co-editor, Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology President, Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA), 2006-08: http://litsci.org/Professor of English Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX 79409-3091 http://www.faculty.english.ttu.edu/clarke/ firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com office: 806 742-2500 x274 fax: 806 742-0989 cell: 806 928-9486
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The Centre of Canadian Studies at Edinburgh is pleased to announce that it is able to accept additional applications for the 2010-11 Visiting Scholars Program. Applications must be received by Wednesday April 28, 5pm UK time.
Scholars are welcome at the Centre for periods of 1- 6 months. Visits should include part of the academic teaching semesters: September – December, January-March.
Scholars with an interest in questions of multiculturalism, Indigenous studies, identity politics, Atlantic and Western Canada would be particularly welcome as would scholars/practitioners with expertise in federal, provincial or territorial governance.
Full details of the program and application form are to be found at:
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Call for Applications – Editor, Scientia Canadensis
Deadline: 30 April 2010
The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie seeks applicants for the position of Editor of the journal Scientia Canadensis beginning with the 2011 issues. The term is typically for five years and is a volunteer position.
Scope of the Journal: Scientia Canadensis, CSTHA/AHSTC’s official journal, is devoted to the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. A scholarly, refereed journal since 1981, it includes specialized articles written by experts, notes about current research, critical book reviews, and bibliographies. In 2009, the journal became available online through Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia). Beginning in 2011, a new position of Managing Director of Scientia Canadensis will be held by Dr. Stéphane Castonguay (currently Editor), who will be responsible for the print and digital production of the journal.
Qualifications: recognized expertise in the history of science, technology or medicine in Canada; managerial, organizational, editorial, and computer skills to oversee the editorial cycle, meet deadlines, and work with the Managing Director; a compelling vision for the future of the journal and the fields of studies represented in the journal; the ability to attract established and new scholars to publish in the journal; tact in communicating with authors; membership in CSTHA/AHSTC; and institutional support for the duration of the appointment.
Major responsibilities: In general, the editor is responsible for the intellectual content, quality, and timeliness of the journal issues as well as the overall success of the journal. Specific duties may include but not be limited to: providing a clear vision for the direction of the journal, soliciting high-quality manuscripts from potential authors, selecting a sufficient pool of competent peer-reviewers and managing the peer review process of manuscripts, deciding which manuscripts to publish, assisting authors in seeing their manuscripts to publication, working with the Managing Director to ensure timely publication, recommending to the CSTHA / AHSTC executive the appointment of an active Advisory Board to provide advice and counsel, representing the journal in outside venues and conferences.
Search procedure: Applications will be reviewed by the CSTHA/AHSTC Executive Committee, in consultation with the Executive, following the submission deadline. An application should be no more than five pages (not including the cv) and include: a) cover letter, which includes the applicant’s name, affiliation, and other relevant information, and evidence of the applicant’s ability and experience; b) vision statement of no more than two pages, which outlines the applicant’s perspective on challenges and opportunities; future plans for the journal; expected tasks and objective milestones; etc. c) statement of institutional support. Candidates should address the feasibility of serving as editor in light of the institutional resources likely to be available CSTHA/AHSTC does not pay for office space, clerical assistance, or release time; and d) curriculum vitae. The cv should include publications and any editorial experience.
Applications should be sent via e-mail preferably as a single pdf file (filename: lastname-Scientia-Canadensis-editor.pdf) to:Dr. Bertrum H. MacDonald President CSTHA / président AHSTC School of Information Management Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 3J5 (email@example.com)
Poste à pourvoir – Rédacteur en chef, Scientia Canadensis
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Date butoir : le 30 avril 2010
The Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association / L’Association pour l’histoire de la science et de la technologie au Canada (CSTHA-AHSTC) est à la recherche de candidats pour pourvoir le poste de rédacteur en chef de la revue Scientia Canadensis à compter de l’année 2011. Le mandat de ce poste bénévole a généralement une durée de cinq ans.
Envergure de la revue : Scientia Canadensis, la revue officielle de la CSTHA/AHSTC, est vouée à l’histoire de la science, de la technologie et de la médecine au Canada. Depuis 1981, la revue scientifique arbitrée présente des articles de spécialistes du domaine, des notes au sujet de recherches en cours, des critiques de livres et des bibliographies. Depuis 2009, on peut la lire en ligne grâce à Érudit (http://www.erudit.org/revue/scientia). À compter de 2011, le nouveau poste de directeur général de la revue sera occupé par monsieur Stéphane Castonguay, Ph.D., l’actuel rédacteur en chef, qui sera responsable de l’impression et de la production numérique.
Qualités requises : compétences particulières reconnues en histoire de la science, de la technologie ou de la médecine au Canada; compétences en gestion, en rédaction et en informatique et sens de l’organisation pour encadrer le cycle rédactionnel, respecter les délais et travailler avec le directeur général; vision convaincante de l’avenir de la revue et de ses champs d’étude; capacité d’attirer les publications de scientifiques établis ou de nouvelles collaborations; tact dans ses communications avec les auteurs; adhésion à la CSTHA/AHSTC et soutien de son établissement pour la durée du mandat.
Responsabilités principales : De façon générale, le rédacteur en chef est responsable du contenu intellectuel, de la qualité et de la rapidité de diffusion de l’information, de même que de la prospérité de la revue. Les tâches spécifiques peuvent inclure sans s’y limiter : conférer une vision claire à l’orientation de la revue; solliciter des articles de grande qualité auprès d’auteurs potentiels, sélectionner un bassin suffisant de pairs examinateurs compétents et gérer l’examen des articles de façon à décider lesquels publier et d’aider les auteurs en ce sens; de concert avec le directeur général, assurer la publication en temps opportun; émettre des recommandations au bureau de la CSTHA / AHSTC quant à la nomination d’un comité consultatif à des fins de conseil; représenter la revue à l’extérieur et lors de colloques.
Procédure de dotation : Après la date butoir, les candidatures seront examinées par le comité exécutif de la CSTHA/AHSTC, en collaboration avec les membres du bureau. Une candidature ne peut excéder cinq pages (sans compter le curriculum vitae) et doit comprendre : a) une lettre de présentation indiquant le nom du postulant, son affiliation et autres renseignements pertinents dont ceux attestant de ses aptitudes et compétences; b) un énoncé de vision de deux pages tout au plus exposant brièvement le point de vue du postulant sur les défis et les possibilités; les projets pour l’avenir de la revue; les tâches prévues et les différents jalons pour l’atteinte des objectifs, etc.; c) une déclaration de soutien de la part de son établissement. Les candidats devraient traiter de comment ils entendent occuper le poste de rédacteur en chef à la lumière des ressources à leur disposition, selon toute probabilité. La CSTHA/AHSTC ne défraiera pas l’espace de bureau, le soutien administratif ou le congé pour activités professionnelles; d) son curriculum vitae, qui doit indiquer ses publications et son expérience en rédaction.
Les candidatures devraient être transmises par courriel si possible, en un seul fichier pdf (nom du fichier : nom de famille-Scientia-Canadensis-rédacteur.pdf). Prière d’envoyer à l’attention de:M. Bertrum H. MacDonald, Ph.D., President CSTHA / président de l’AHSTC School of Information Management Université Dalhousie Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse B3H 3J5 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The International Summer School 2010 “Living Matter – Art & Research & Science Studies in Biological Laboratories” will take place in 2010 July, 18th – 23rd at the KHM Cologne.
MA- and PhD Students of Philosophy, STS, Art, and Humanities can apply until 2010, March 15th. Costs for travel expenses to and accommodation in Cologne will be covered.
Please send a project description (2-3 pages) and CV (1 page + list of exhibitions if applicable) to Prof. Dr. Peter Bexte, e-mail: email@example.com.
Offer of acceptance by 2010 April, 1st