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Deadline: September 17 2017
Updated: July 27 2017The IPCC will undertake the Expert Review of the IPCC “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty”. Therefore, it invites relevant experts to be part of the review process.
An online registration process has been developed and is open for prospective expert reviewers via the IPCC web site, registration will close on 17 September 2017 midnight (GMT +1): https://www.ipcc.ch/apps/comments/sr15/fod/register.php
Additional information on the role of Expert Reviewer is available in Annex 1 of Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work. Please also see here an information note explaining the Expert Review process: https://www.ipcc.ch/report/sr15/pdf/information_note_expert_review.pdf
If you have any questions about the process, please contact the IPCC Working Group I TSU at email@example.com
Updated: July 12 2017The overarching aim of “Structure, Agency, Biotechnology: The Case of the Rothamsted GM Wheat Trials” is to propose a way of filling the analytical gap found in the current literature by offering an original theoretical framework. This framework is able to assess both the content and context of the scientific field without resorting either to deterministic or to what theorists refer to as “conflationist strategies.” In order to demonstrate the heuristic value of the framework, the 2012 GM wheat field trials carried out by Rothamsted Research, often associated with the “second push” of agribiotech firms to bring Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) to the UK, are assessed, and key aspects of the experiment are underscored. At the same time, the broader institutional arrangements, key ideological constructs and the social order are examined, and a reframing of the controversy which moves beyond the simplistic conceptualization of it being a case of science versus politics is suggested. The volume also proposes a clear set of guidelines, which stem from the methodological and theoretical deep structure of the suggested framework but do not demand prior theoretical knowledge, which can be used by a wider audience engaged with biotechnology. This audience can draw on the guidelines either for reasons of developing a critical understanding of particular situations or for initiating the process of sustained dialogue between involved parties. These two dimensions are of great significance for practical policy orientations.
About the Author
Aristeidis Panagiotou is a researcher at the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), Greece.
About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields.
Deadline: May 15 2017
Updated: April 27 2017Dear colleagues,
This is a reminder that the call for nominations for the Computer History Museum Book Prize is open. The postmark deadline is May 15. Details are below and at http://www.sigcis.org/chmprize.
The Computer History Museum Prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding book in the history of computing broadly conceived, published during the prior three years. The prize of $1,000 is awarded by SIGCIS, the Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society. SIGCIS is part of the Society for the History of Technology.
In 2012 the prize was endowed in perpetuity through a generous bequest from the estate of Paul Baran, a legendary computer innovator and entrepreneur best known for his work to develop and promote the packet switching approach on which modern networks are built. Baran was a longtime supporter of work on the history of information technology and named the prize to celebrate the contributions of the Computer History Museum to that field.
2017 Call for Submission
Books published in 2014-2016 are eligible for the 2017 award. Books in translation are eligible for three years following the date of their publication in English. Publishers, authors, and other interested members of the computer history community are invited to nominate books. Please note that books nominated in previous years may be nominated again, provided they have been published in the timeframes specified above. Send one copy of the nominated title to each of the committee members listed below, with a postmark no later than May 15, 2017. For more information, please contact Jason Gallo (firstname.lastname@example.org), SIGCIS Vice Chair for Operations. Current information about the prize, including the most recent call and a list of previous winners, always may be found at http://www.sigcis.org/chmprize.
2017 Prize Committee Members
Joy Rankin (2017 Chair)
Lyman Briggs College
Michigan State University
919 E. Shaw Ln. E-35
East Lansing, MI 48825
Dept. of Science, Technology and Society
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043
Room 1705, 7/F Wenke Building
China Center for Special Economic Zone Research, Shenzhen University
Nanhai Avenue 3688, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060
Deadline: June 01 2017
Updated: April 24 2017The Environmental Political Theory Section of the Western Political Science Association invites nominations for the Clay Morgan Award for the Best Book in Environmental Political Theory.
The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding scholarship, published in a book-length monograph, which utilizes the resources, literatures, and approaches of the field of political theory to address intersections between contemporary or historical environmental challenges on the one hand and the philosophical and ideological concepts, principles, and debates animating political life on the other. While the focus of the award is on political theory, we welcome works that make a contribution to the field from related disciplines – including, but not limited to, anthropology, environmental humanities, ethnic studies, geography, indigenous studies, philosophy, political economy, science and technology studies, sociology.
Nominations must have been originally published in last three years (2015-2017). Books may be co-authored, but edited collections are not eligible.
The finalists for the award will be announced by August 1st. The winner will be announced at the American Political Science Association annual meeting in San Francisco. In addition, the EPT Section of the WPSA will organize a roundtable featuring the award winner at the next WPSA annual meeting, in 2018.
Nominations will be accepted from authors, colleagues, and/or publishers. To be considered, nominated books must be mailed to the three members of the committee, and must arrive by the deadline of 1 June 2017. The committee is:
Professor David Schlosberg
Room 270 Merewether Bldg (HO4)
University of Sydney
Sydney NSW 2006
Associate Professor and Department Head
Department of Political Science, 3197
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger
3101 Market St.
Suite 250, Room 200
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The namesake of the award: Prior to his January 2014 retirement, Clay Morgan was a long-time acquisitions editor in the field of environmental studies, first with SUNY Press and then for many years with MIT Press. Throughout his career, Clay was uniquely influential in acquiring manuscripts in the field of environmental political theory, and thereby in helping to cultivate, shape, and support the development of this scholarly field.
Updated: April 20 2017Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions, by K. Cockerill, M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J. Okie.
This interdisciplinary book challenges current approaches to “environmental problems” that perpetuate flawed but deeply embedded cultural beliefs about the role of science and technology in society. The authors elucidate and interrogate a cultural history of solutionism that typifies expectations that science can, should, and will reduce risk to people and property by containing and controlling biophysical phenomena. Using historical analysis, eco-evolutionary principles, and case studies on floods, radioactive waste, and epidemics, the authors show that perceived solutions to “environmental problems” generate new problems, leading to problem-solution cycles of increasing scope and complexity. The authors encourage readers to challenge the ideology of solutionism by considering the potential of language, social action and new paradigms of sustainability to shape management systems.
Deadline: June 01 2017
Updated: April 16 2017The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).
Posted Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Closing Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Other Due Date: Social Implications of Emerging Technologies - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent Deadline - June 1, 2017
| Critical Agricultural Research and Extension - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent Deadline - May 24, 2017
| Exploratory Research - Letter of Intent required
Letter of Intent (LOI) is accepted anytime throughout the year; See Part IV, A. for instructions.
| Application Deadline Dates
See Program Area Priorities for additional information (See Part I, C.).
For More Information Contact: AFRI Coordination Team
Contact for Electronic Access Problems: email@example.com (link sends e-mail)
Funding Opportunity Number: USDA-NIFA-AFRI-006351
CFDA number: 10.310
New Book by Brenda Ayres, Betwixt and Between: The Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft (2017, Anthem)
Updated: April 13 2017Book Summary
This manuscript is an investigation of the biographical corpus on Mary Wollstonecraft. It identifies the biases, contradictions, errors, ambiguities and gaps that have run rampant, many of them incomprehensively left unchecked and perpetuated from publication to publication. It also analyzes how these flaws have subsequently and significantly distorted scholars’ understanding of Wollstonecraft and her works. Since there has been so much written on this controversial and politically charged figure, the study is substantial, investigating the agenda, problems and strengths of each of eighteen critical biographies beginning with ‘Godwin’s Memoirs’ in 1798 and ending with ‘Charlotte Gordon&r squo;s Romantic Outlaws’ (2015). Ten lesser known biographies are briefly treated as well. Synthesizing the biographies and exposing the contradictions, ‘Betwixt and Between the Biographies of Mary Wollstonecraft’ fills in the gaps, supplying considerable information on Wollstonecraft that has never been published before.
About the Author
Dr. Brenda Ayres is a full professor of nineteenth-century English literature, member of the graduate faculty and Assistant Director of Honors at Liberty University, United States. She has published extensively in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature with over 170 articles and 26 book publications.
About Anthem Press
Anthem Press is a leading independent publisher of innovative academic research, educational material and reference works in established and emerging fields.
Updated: April 03 2017Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments (https://www.nsf.gov/about/congress/reports/nsf_big_ideas.pdf). NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17065/nsf17065.jsp) describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:
- Harnessing the Data Revolution for 21st Century Science and Engineering
- Navigating the New Arctic
- The Quantum Leap: Leading the Next Quantum Revolution
- Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Shaping the Future
Updated: March 23 2017Duke University Press is pleased to announce the publication of Cultures without Culturalism: The Making of Scientific Knowledge, edited by Karine Chemla and Evelyn Fox Keller.
This volume models a new path where historicized and cultural accounts of scientific practice retain their specificity and complexity without falling into the traps of cultural essentialism, examining issues that range from the history of quadratic equations in China to the studying of employment discrimination in the social sciences.
View the table of contents and find out more about the book here: https://www.dukeupress.edu/cultures-without-culturalism
Deadline: May 01 2017
Updated: March 20 2017The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) seeks nominations for the 2017 Dibner Award to recognize excellence in museums and museum exhibits that interpret the history of technology, industry, and engineering to the general public. Nominations are due by 1 May 2017, and exhibits must have been open to the public for no more than 24 months before that date. Complete information is available at:
Updated: March 14 2017Sal Restivo (NYU), former 4S president, has published Sociology, Science, and the End of Philosophy: How Society Shapes Brains, Gods, Maths, and Logics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). This book (https://www.palgrave.com/de/book/9781349951598) offers a unique analysis of how ideas about science and technology in the public and scientific imaginations (in particular about maths, logics, genes, brains, gods, and robots) perpetuate the false reality that values and politics are separate from scientific knowledge and its applications. These ideas are reinforced by cultural myths about free will and individualism. The significance of this analysis reaches far beyond the realms of science and technology, and their sociological and political ramifications are of paramount importance in our global society.
In addition two earlier publications, Restivo's Red, Black and Objective: Science, Sociology, and Anarchism (2011) (https://www.routledge.com/Red-Black-and-Objective-Science-Sociology-and-Anarchism/Restivo/p/book/9781409410393); and Restivo, Weiss and Stingl's Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy, and Science Studies (2014) (https://www.routledge.com/Worlds-of-ScienceCraft-New-Horizons-in-Sociology-Philosophy-and-Science/Restivo-Weiss-Stingl/p/book/9781409445272) have been issued in paperback by Routledge (2016).
Updated: February 10 2017by Basil Evangelidis
Leiden University, Netherlands
Landmarks in the History of Science is a concise history of science from a global and macro-historical standpoint. It is an account of grand theoretical revolutions, such as heliocentrism, atomism, and relativity. But, more importantly, it is also a story of the methodological transitions to the experimental, mathematical, constructivist and instrumental practices of science.
It begins with Ancient Greek science, as one of the first self-conscious, comprehensive and well-documented scientific endeavors at the global level. The numerous contributions of the Greeks, in philosophy, mathematics, geometry, geography and astronomy, momentous as they were, were fruits of leisure rather than industry. It then examines the history of science in China and China’s exchanges with India and Islam. A systematic and collaborative scientific effort is the hallmark of Chinese science. The contributions of the Chinese in medicine, printing, manufacturing and navigation invariably predate and outshine those of western contemporaries.
Attention then shifts to the age of oceanic discoveries, which created the inexorable presuppositions for the genesis of global trade and a world system. From the inner organs of the organisms to the outer regions of Earth, Renaissance science was ubiquitous. The importance of inter-cultural scientific syncretism is highlighted, with the Iberian Peninsula as meeting point and crossroad of mutual affection between Arab, Jewish and European culture. Discoveries and inventions in metallurgy, electromagnetism and the science of petroleum set the scientific basis for the industrial revolution. The logic of the industrial revolution dictates developments in information technologies that culminate with the invention of modern computers. A dedicated chapter on the history of modern scientific conceptions of the universe showcases the subtle links in the fabric of seminal ideas in physics and astronomy. The book concludes with some reflections on the relationship between philosophy and the history of science. Following Kuhn and Latour, this discussion centers on the characteristics of continuities, ruptures and paradigmatic transitions in science.
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Updated: February 09 2017Why Democracies Need Science
By Harry Collins & Robert Evans
- Offers a strong defence of science as a privileged and authoritative voice in social and political life
- Argues that social studies of science have gone too far in reducing scientific conclusions to context-dependent social constructions, or ‘politics in disguise’
- Proposes a reconciliation of sides in the ‘science vs. democracy’ debates, showing how science can still be valued without taking power out of elected hands
- Written by two leading authors in these debates whose work has been tremendously influential in ongoing discussions of science’s role in society
"Scientific and technological advances have a huge impact on our lives, yet science and society have an ambivalent relationship: science needs democracy to flourish but its techniques are beyond political accountability. In this thought-provoking book, Collins and Evans assert that “science gives substance to the way of being of democracy”. Consequently, science is a key to achieving and safeguarding our democratic ideals."
- Barry Barish, Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, Caltech; PI and Director of LIGO, 1994–2005
"Free-market ideology threatens both science and democracy. Collins and Evans respond not with philosophical arguments but an appeal to common sense. They ask us first to see that we face a basic moral choice, and then to choose the values of modern science. A provocative and thoughtful book."
- Mark Brown, Professor of Government, California State University, Sacramento
Updated: February 04 2016The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain (2016, Routledge)
Edited by Richard Hindmarsh, Rebecca Priestley
The Fukushima Effect offers a range of scholarly perspectives on the international effect of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown four years out from the disaster. Grounded in the field of science, technology and society (STS) studies, a leading cast of international scholars from the Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the United States examine the extent and scope of the Fukushima effect. The authors each focus on one country or group of countries, and pay particular attention to national histories, debates and policy responses on nuclear power development covering such topics as safety of nuclear energy, radiation risk, nuclear waste management, development of nuclear energy, anti-nuclear protest movements, nuclear power representations, and media representations of the effect. The countries featured include well established ‘nuclear nations’, emergent nuclear nations and non-nuclear nations to offer a range of contrasting perspectives.
Updated: May 11 2015Todos os Olhos: videovigilancia voyerismos e (re)producao imagética, by Bruno Vasconcelos Cardoso, edited for UFRJ, Brazil.
Todos os olhos: videovigilâncias, voyeurismos e (re)produção imagética, livro de Bruno Vasconcelos Cardoso, acaba de ser lançado pela Editora UFRJ e aborda o fenômeno cada vez mais comum da vigilância por câmeras no espaço público urbano. Com enfoque na prática da vigilância eletrônica policial no Centro de Comando e Controle da Polícia Militar do Rio de Janeiro e na sala de monitoramento do 19º Batalhão da Polícia Militar, em Copacabana, a obra é resultado de uma pesquisa de doutorado, defendida como tese em maio de 2010.O autor, contudo, não para por aí, e analisa também o fenômeno da produção e disseminação das imagens captadas pelas câmeras privadas, como celulares e smartphones, imediatamente publicizadas nas redes sociais e nos programas de compartilhamento de imagens.No livro, Cardoso se debruça especialmente sobre as transformações na maneira como os humanos se relacionam com as imagens, com os meios técnicos que possibilitam essas relações e as estruturas de poder em que se inserem. Assim, policiamento, (in)segurança, tecnologia, imagem, comunicação, poder, crime, violência, espaço público, controle, flagrante, voyeurismo, criação e exibicionismo são os grandes temas que, inter-relacionados, perpassam o livro. A descrição rica e reflexiva que Cardoso faz de seu trabalho de campo, realizado em 2008, nos revela as surpresas, os disparates, os deslocamentos, os conflitos e os contrastes que se dão entre o projeto ideal e o efetivo trajeto da videovigilância policial em sua atividade. A pesquisa mostra também que a estética, o gozo e o prazer muitas vezes ocupam o lugar das funções de controle e segurança visados na videovigilância policial e constituem uma outra visão, denominada pelo autor de “videovoyeurismo”. Por fim, o livro mostra que enxergar pode ser não ver, e o olhar pode ser tanto mostrar quanto esconder. Ainda que transformações tenham ocorrido nesses anos que separam a publicação deste livro do início de sua pesquisa, ele permanece extremamente atual. A aquisição de um arsenal expressivo de novas tecnologias de vigilância, monitoramento e segurança (de drones a óculos com câmeras acopladas e transmissão de imagem em tempo real) para a realização da Copa do Mundo no Brasil meses atrás revela como a obra levanta e explora um campo de problemas cuja importância se intensificou. Os megaeventos são hoje uma das principais portas de entrada de dispositivos de vigilância e segurança do espaço urbano.