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Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Social Study of Epigenetics and Transgenerational Inheritance, UCLA

Deadline: July 15 2017

Updated: June 22 2017

The Institute for Society and Genetics (ISG) at the University of California at Los Angeles (, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow position beginning September 1, 2017. The Institute for Society and Genetics, housed in the Division of Life Sciences at UCLA, is an interdisciplinary research and teaching unit focused on issues at the intersection of biology and society. The successful candidate will work with Drs. Patrick Allard, Amander Clark, and Hannah Landecker on the social and historical analysis of transgenerational epigenetics. Review of applications will start July 15th and continue until the position is filled.

The position is part of a John Templeton Foundation funded award entitled “A chance to equality in health: Is people’s health determined by ancestral environmental exposures?”. The aim of the grant is to study how environmental exposures become embedded into germ-line epimutations, and the transgenerational impact of these exposures. The postdoctoral fellow will actively participate in generating systematic literature reviews and historical analysis on the topic of transgenerational inheritance and epimutations, attend meetings of the participating laboratories, conduct interviews and narrative analysis of collected data, write up results and findings with the project PIs. Additionally, the fellow may assist in the organization of a workshop on these issues.

Applicants with relevant training and research interests in a wide range of fields, including sociology, science studies, life sciences, philosophy, history or anthropology are invited to apply. This project is a collaboration between life and social scientists, and therefore the ideal candidate will be comfortable working across different disciplinary domains, and possess a basic understanding of both social science methodologies and the relevant biological science.

Applicants must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by August 2017, or have received their degree in the last five years. Certification of completion of Ph.D. degree requirements must be in hand at the time of the appointment start. This is a one-year appointment renewable for up to three years pending positive review. The pay scale follows NIH guidelines ( Applicants are requested to submit a letter of application, which includes an explanation of the candidate’s research experience and interest in the topic, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact of three references. Please submit all application materials online via UCLA’s Academic Recruit Online at the following URL: Any questions about the position or the application process may be addressed to Patrick Allard ( or Hannah Landecker (

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University

Deadline: October 15 2017

Updated: June 15 2017

The Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant professor beginning July 2018, with substantive research and teaching interests in transnational studies of contemporary science, technologies, or medicine, and expertise in relevant empirical research methods. The Science in Society Program is an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate major in the history, philosophy and social studies of science, technology, and medicine, conjoined with coursework in a science. Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, relevant area studies, or other relevant academic discipline, in hand at time of appointment is required to be hired as an Assistant Professor; a successful candidate may be hired as an Instructor if the candidate does not have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment, but will complete the Ph.D. within one year of hire. Applications received after October 15 may not receive full consideration. Please contact Jill Morawski (, Chair of the Science in Society Program, with any questions regarding the position or application process. Wesleyan University is a highly selective liberal arts college with a two-course per semester teaching load and strong support for both research and teaching. Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer,, 860-685-3927. Please submit electronically, to the following: curriculum vitae, reprints, a statement of research plans, teaching interests, syllabi, teaching evaluations (if available), and email addresses for three recommenders. As part of the teaching statement (or cover letter), we also invite you to describe your cultural competencies and experiences engaging a diverse student body.

Instructor for 2 courses in Fall 2017, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU

Updated: June 13 2017

The Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is seeking PhDs in anthropology, sociology, STS, history of science, or related fields to teach the following classes in fall 2017. Recent graduates and exceptional ABDs (with teaching experience) are invited to apply. There is some flexibility in terms of course materials, instructor methods and assignments.

Please send a short message of interest and CV to the Director of STS, Amber Benezra, Open until filled. Adjunct positions are unionized and well-compensated.

Ethics and Engineering M,W 10:30am-12:20pm
This course examines issues relating to engineering practice and applied technology. We will study foundations for moral decision making such as professional codes and ethical theories such as Kantianism and utilitarianism. These ethical tools will be applied to a range of case studies. We will also seek a deeper understanding of important issues and challenges stemming from technology with an eye to how globalization and its attendant cultural and moral pluralism affect them.

Magic Bullets and Wonder Pills T,Th 4:00pm-5:50pm
We will spend the semester investigating the history of psychoactive drugs and related medical technology, through a ‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) lens. After establishing some of the core concepts in STS theory, we will turn to the development of a number of different psychoactive drugs, and what these drugs tell us about wider social and structural inequalities, science and the politics of knowledge and corporatist logics.

Director, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, International Council for Science (ICSU)

Deadline: June 30 2017

Updated: June 13 2017

The International Council for Science (ICSU) invites applications for the position of Director of its Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific which is hosted at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), in Kuala Lumpur.

ICSU is a non-governmental organization with a global membership of national scientific bodies (122 Members, representing 142 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members). ICSU’s mission is to strengthen international science for the benefit of society. To do this, ICSU mobilizes the knowledge and resources of the international science community to:

Identify and address major issues of importance to science and society.
- Facilitate interaction amongst scientists across all disciplines and from all countries.
- Promote the participation of all scientists—regardless of race, citizenship, language, political stance, or gender—in the international scientific endeavour.
- Provide independent, authoritative advice to stimulate constructive dialogue between the scientific community and governments, civil society, and the private sector.

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is responsible for promoting and facilitating the increased participation of countries and scientific organizations of the region in the activities of ICSU and its Members. It also ensures that ICSU’s strategy and activities are responsive to the needs of the region and assists in strengthening science and scientific capacity building in Asia and the Pacific. The Office receives strategic and scientific guidance from the ICSU Regional Committee for Asia and the Pacific (RCAP). RCAP develops strategic plans and approves work plans for the Office. Members of the Regional Committee are nominated by ICSU National Members in the Asia and Pacific region.

The Director is responsible for the activities of the Regional Office under the direction of the ICSU Executive Director (based in Paris). The staff of the Office will consist of a total of three persons. The Director is appointed by ASM in collaboration with and approval by the ICSU Executive Board for a period of three (3) years from the date of appointment. The said appointment may, thereafter, be extended for a period as may be determined by the ICSU Executive Board and ASM.

ICSU is seeking candidates with the following:

Qualifications and knowledge
- A PhD degree in a scientific discipline (or equivalent experience)
- Proven experience in science management including experience in the organization and coordination of international inter-disciplinary and collaborative science initiatives
- Fluent in written and spoken English
- Demonstrated ability to lead a small team
- Experience in fundraising for scientific activities
- Prior knowledge of ICSU and its major partners and of regional initiatives for science in the Asia and Pacific region would be an additional advantage

- Excellent skills in strategic planning, as well as financial and people management
- Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of project stakeholders, including researchers from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds
- Strong intercultural awareness

The position requires frequent international travel.

Applicants are requested to send a curriculum vitae, cover letter and the contact details of three referees (all documents preferably in one combined PDF file) via e-mail, with “ROAP Director” in the subject line, to The cover letter should be addressed to Dr Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, and should demonstrate the fit between the candidate’s profile and the above description.

Applications should be received no later than 30 June 2017 (midnight, Paris time). It is expected that the Director will start his/her appointment in August 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter. This position is only open to citizens of countries of the Asia and Pacific region.

For more information on ICSU, please visit:

The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) i

April 03 2018 to April 07 2018 | Philadelphia, PA,

Deadline: October 15 2017 meeting

Updated: June 12 2017

Invites abstracts (sessions, papers and posters) for the Program of the 78th Annual Meeting The theme of the Program is “Sustainable Futures.” The Society is a multi-disciplinary association that focuses on problem definition and resolution. We welcome papers from all disciplines. For additional information on the theme, abstract size/format, and the meeting, please visit our web page.

Reconfiguring care infrastructures – austerity and innovation in European welfare services.

November 15 2017 to November 16 2017 | University of Sussex in Brighton

Deadline: June 15 2017

Updated: June 08 2017

We would like to invite papers for an international workshop exploring the reconfiguration of health and welfare in different European settings.

Papers should address the ways in which austerity policies, welfare reforms or healthcare innovations relocate or relegate the work and practice of care in particular settings, though we hope the event will allow for comparison across different experiences from across Europe.

The concept of the ‘chronic care infrastructure’ (Langstrup 2013) has been used to think about the ways in which health services are embedded and linked with other services, and rely on particular distributions of care / work across formal and informal providers. In this it has something in common with ‘care configurations’ (Lyon and Glucksman 2008) and with older work on welfare regimes (Esping Anderson 1990). Like feminist discussions of welfare policy, we propose paying attention to distributions of ‘visible and invisible work’ (Star & Strauss 1999) to gain insights into the normative shifts in the valuation of care tasks in the context of austerity and the changing ‘burden of treatment’ in chronic disease (e.g. May et al 2014). We are also interested in contributions that consider the role of care innovations – technical or otherwise – as tools of welfare transformation, whether they are seen as contributing to cost containment or not (e.g. Pols and Willems 2011; Mort, Roberts and Callen 2013).

We are delighted that Professor Jeanette Pols (University of Amsterdam) has agreed to present a keynote, and would be glad to hear other paper proposals from people at any stage in their career that address the following themes:

1. Displacing care – from health to social care and vice versa

2. The role of family and friends as care providers

3. The self-caring citizen – participation and new civic virtues

4. The multiple roles of care innovation/welfare technology

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted to by 15th June. We will inform authors if they are accepted by 5th July and hope that will give time for presenters to prepare a short written draft for circulation before the workshop. We will be able to offer 5 fully funded places for Early Career Researchers (others will need to fund travel / accommodation and a very small registration fee ). Please indicate whether your attendance is dependent on funding when you submit your abstract. This event is possible thanks to generous support from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness.

GROUP 2018 ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work

January 07 2018 to January 10 2018 | Sanibel Island, Florida, USA rences/group/conferences/group18

Updated: June 08 2017

Deadlines: Multiple

General Information For over 25 years, the ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP) has been a premier venue for research on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Collaborative Learning and Socio - Technical Studies. The conference integrates work in social science, computer science, engineering, design, values, and other diverse topics related to group work, broadly conceptualized .
Group 201 8 continues the tradition of being tru ly international and interdisciplinary in both organizational structure as well as participants. Key goals for the program are to encourage and facilitate researchers within CSCW and HCI to interact across disciplinary boundaries. We encourage high - level research contributions from interdisciplinary groups to pres ent work that might be difficult to place within one simple category. We are open to diverse and innovative research methods, and to contributions across broad areas such as systems, so ciety, participation, critique, collaboration, and human interaction. GROUP 201 8 in particular would like to enc ourage systems designers, builders, and researchers from industry, academia , government and other interested groups to participate. Partici pati on at GROUP takes many different forms. In 2018, we will continue two new submissions categories that were introduced in 2016.

First, GROUP 2018 will again offer the opportunity to authors of newly published papers from the Journal of CSCW ( ) to present their papers in the conference. Second, the submission category “Design Fictions” will be maintained. Submissions to the conference are welcome in the form of:
● Research Papers (both short and long). This venue gives the occasion to present and interact with the audience. Accepted papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and ACM Digital Library. Please use the ACM S IGCHI format for submissions. We invite archival submissions in the form of either full Papers or shorter contributions (Notes). A Note is a brief report of a more limited, b ut definitive, outcome or theoretical development. There is no page limit for Papers or Notes, although clear rationale should be given for Papers that exceed 10 pages o r for Notes that exceed 4 pages . Research Paper submissions must be completed online at the GROUP 2018 conference site:
• Work ing Papers (WP). WPs are contributions in which the authors are working towards an archival journal submission and would like to discuss their work with their colleagues at GROUP. Our goal is to broaden the conversations at GROUP, with a format that may appeal to colleagues w hose primary publications are in journals, rather than conference papers. WPs will not be published in the conference proceedings, but will be distributed in a paper conference supplement at the GROUP conference for the attendees only. Therefore, you are f ree to seek formal publication of a draft journal submission that appears in a WP. The WP review process will be *lightweight*, without any revisions asked to the authors, to expand the GROUP community and discussions. Please send submissions directly to c o - chairs at w p @group201 8 .org.
● Design Fictions – Fictive Futures: Exploring Future Research Agendas . We seek submissions that imagine possible futures for research on the relationships between computers and people. Submissions will include two portions: a fictional document related to the conduct of research and an author statement about the document. The fiction document could be an extended abstract, a call for papers, an excerpt from API documentation, a book review, a study protocol for IRB review, or any other relevant type. The author statement should connect that document to current events, cite on - going research in the field, or otherwise extrapolate how the envisioned future might arise from our given present. This statement will be especially important for abstracts (which are too short to explain their rationale), API documentations (which typica lly do not provide a historical rationale), and other documents that on their own may be exceptionally short and/or vague. Because Design Fictions are archival contributions, we recommend a minimum length of 3 pages, and as many as 10 pages. Please use the ACM SIGCHI Format for submissions. The reviewing process will be the same as the general track, and Design Fiction papers or notes will be included in the proceedings. Design Fiction submissions must be co mpleted online at the GROUP 2018 conference site: ● Posters and demos . Posters and demos are an opportunity to present late - breaking and preliminary results, small er results not suitable for a Paper or Note submission, innovative ideas not yet validated through user studies, student research in early phases, and other research best presented in this open format. Posters and demos will be displayed at a special sessi on in the conference when poster and demo authors will be available to discuss their work. Poster submissions should include an extended abstract no longer than 4 pages, including all figures and references, in ACM SIGCHI Format ( available here ). In addition, submissions should also include a separate Tabloid (A3 or 11 x 17 inches) sized draft of the poster for review purposes. Both the extended abstract and the poster draft should include aut hor names (these are not anonymous submissions). Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at posters@group201 8 .org.
● Workshops . Workshops provide an informal and focused environment for the information exchange and discussion of Group related topic s. We offer half or full day workshop venues. Proposals should include an abstract (max 150 words), a title, description of workshop theme, aim, goals, activities and potential outcomes. Workshop proposals should also include a description of how the works hop will be publicized and a strategy for recruiting and selecting participants. It should specify any audio/visual equipment needed, maximum number of participants, the duration of the workshop (half or full day) and the names and backgrounds of the organizer(s). Please submit a maximum of four pages, using the ACM SIGCHI format for submissions.

We encourage opics suitable for developing new ideas and deep discussions. Please send submissions directly to co - chairs at workshops@group201 8 .org. ● Doctoral Colloquium . The Doctoral Colloquium provides a forum for sharing ongoing Ph.D . projects of participants with other advanced Ph.D. students and distinguished faculty for mentoring and feedback. Space is limited, so an application of up to four pages is required, in the ACM standa rd format . Please contact the workshop co - chairs at dc@group201 8 .org. Accepted research papers, notes, Design Fictions, posters, and doctoral consortium extended abstracts are pu blished in the ACM Press Conference Proceedings and in the ACM digital Library. Accepted Workshop proposals will be published in a paper - based supplement. Conference Topics: ● Theoretical and/or conceptual contributions about key concepts relevant to CSCW and HCI, including critique. ● Social, behavioral, and computational studies of collaboration and communication. ● Technical architectures supporting collaboration. ● New tool/toolkits for collaborative technologies. ● Ethnographic studies of collaborative p ractices. ● Coordination and workflow technology. ● Social computing and contexts of collaboration. ● Online communities, including issues of privacy, identity, trust, and participation. ● Cooperative knowledge management. ● Organizational issues of technology design, use, or adaptation. ● Strategies for use of technology in business, government, and newer forms of organizations. ● Emerging technologies and their design, use, or appropriation in work, home, leisure, entertainment, or education. ● Learning at the workp lace (CSCL at work, Technology - Enhanced Learning, TEL). ● Co - located and geographically - distributed teams, global collaboration. ● Cultural and cross - cultural collaboration and communication. ● Mobile and wearable technologies in collaboration. ● Innovative forms of human computer interaction for cooperative technologies. Important

Dates Papers and Notes Abstract and Title Submission:
June 23, 2017 Papers and Notes Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Papers and Notes De cisions Announced: September 15 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Design Fictions Submission Deadline: July 1, 2017 Design Fictions Decisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Doctoral Colloquium Appli cations Deadline: July 10, 2017 Doctoral Colloquium D ecisions Announced: September 15, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Proposals Deadline: July 14 , 2017 Workshop Proposals Deci s ions Announced: Friday, July 2 8 , 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Workshop Participants Papers Deadline(s): Oct/Nov 2017 , may vary per workshop Posters/Demos Deadline: September 18, 2017 Posters/Demos Decisions Announced: October 16, 2017 (Camera ready Oct 27) Working Papers (WP) Deadline: Oct 2, 2017 Working Papers Decisions Announced: October 27, 2017 Conference dates: January 7 - 10 , 201 8

If you have questions, please contact the conference organizers: General Chairs: Andrea Forte, Drexel University or visit:

Technologies of Frankenstein

March 07 2018 to March 09 2018 | Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Deadline: October 19 2017

Updated: June 08 2017

The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century? Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. Partly as a result of this technical gap, and partly as a result of many other features of the novel, Frankenstein continues to inspire discourse in scholarly, popular, and creative culture about the Monstrous, the Outsider, the Other, and scientific ethics. This conference will examine such connections in our thinking about humanism and techno-science from the novel’s publication to the present. We construe broadly the intersecting themes of humanism, technology, and science and we welcome proposals from all fields of study for presentations that add a twenty-first century perspective to Frankenstein. Topic areas may include but are not limited to:

 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

 Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)

 Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)

 Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information


 Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)

 Future Technologies and Labor Concerns

Submit abstracts of 300 words and brief CV by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz ( and Robin Hammerman (

Canada Research Chair in Applied Leadership, Communication, and Culture, University of PEI

Deadline: June 16 2017

Updated: May 28 2017

Canada Research Chair: Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture
Tier 2 (SSHRC)

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) invites a highly engaged academic to join our research team in the role of Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture. The successful candidate for this position will have a program of research that fits within the broad, interdisciplinary category of the Social Studies of Science; they will have extensive and varied experience with digital humanities tools (including GIS or alternative mapping software), both within their own scholarly work and within the classroom; they will have a strong record of teaching communication and leadership to undergraduate and graduate students, and a clear understanding of how their own academic research intersects with their teaching of these subjects. Preference will be given to those candidates who have developed a research profile that suggests obvious future collaboration with members of the UPEI research community.

Our Vision: We seek a dynamic researcher who engages in independent and collaborative multidisciplinary research who is recognized by their peers as a potential leader in areas of increasing national and international significance and of emerging importance at UPEI. UPEI has identified experiential learning as one of it pillars within UPEI's Strategic Plan. This CRC position is situated within the innovative new program in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (Faculty of Arts) to maximize the benefit that undergraduate students will gain from the expertise, experience, and experiential learning opportunities provided by the successful candidate.

Our focus: The Faculty of Arts’ new Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture (ACLC) program is designed to play a central role in the revitalization of liberal arts education at UPEI. Interdisciplinary in nature, the ACLC program will encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration in teaching and in the creation of research-based, community-embedded projects. It is within this context that a Tier 2 CRC with a strong record of combining collaboratively-based research with the teaching of communication and leadership skills and theories is sought. A core feature of UPEI’s strategic plan, experiential learning lies at the heart of the ACLC program. A Tier 2 CRC with an interest in the innovative delivery of Social Studies of Science curriculum through the knowledge translation involved in multi-site digital humanities projects will provide students with a variety of opportunities to combine their academic studies with hands-on technical work in community and professional contexts.

A CRC with research interests in science studies will be in a strong position to contribute to the Faculty of Arts’ relatively new program in the Social Studies of Science – an area of exploration in the Arts at UPEI that brings together faculty from History, Anthropology, Sociology, English, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, and Diversity and Social Justice Studies. The Social Studies of Science program is currently working to increase cross-faculty (Arts-Science) collaboration. Ideally, the new CRC would also be able to contribute to some of the current major interdisciplinary initiatives at UPEI, key amongst which are the expansion of our Environment Studies research capacity, and our undertaking to increase our knowledge base and research profile relating to Indigenous experience.

Applicant requirements: The CRC in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture will be a tenure-stream appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, conditional on the successful applicant being approved as a Tier II Canada Research Chair by the CRC Secretariat.

The Canada Research Chairs Program has been established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to foster and enhance their role as world-class centres of research excellence. Tier 2 chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars. Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. Further information about the CRC program and nominee eligibility is available at

To be qualified, a candidate must have a PhD and have developed a strong, collaborative research program that will overlap well with the objectives of the Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture program, in an area of study associated with the Social Studies of Science. A record of attracting competitive research funding and mentoring students, and the demonstrated potential to assume a leadership role at UPEI are essential requirements for the successful candidate. Preference will be given to those candidates who have developed research profiles that connect well with current research initiatives at UPEI.

Visit the UPEI Human Resources Academic Positions web site for the link to the Canada Research Chair in Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture posting:

Review of applications will begin on 16 June 2017 and will continue until a nominee is selected.

Applicants are requested to submit a CV, a cover letter that addresses research and teaching interests, and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of at least three references to Please include your name in the file name.

Inquiries can be sent to:
Dr. Lisa Chilton, Director, Applied Communication, Leadership, and Culture
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4P3

Dean, School of Information, University of Texas at Austin

Updated: May 23 2017

The University of Texas at Austin invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the School of Information (the Texas iSchool). The Texas iSchool is seeking an accomplished, innovative, and transformational leader who will work with the faculty, staff, students, and university administration to lead and further develop the school during this exciting time of rapid change and evolution in the management and delivery of information.

The Texas iSchool is committed to making a difference in the lives of all people by enabling and supporting the curation, organization, and experience of information in ways that enhance lives. Currently enrolling over 300 students in its Master of Science in Information Studies, Master of Science in Identity Management and Security, Certificates of Advanced Study, and Ph.D. programs, the Texas iSchool is a founding member of the iSchools Caucus, a growing international association of leading information schools

Ideal candidates for this position will combine exemplary achievements in the field of information with strategic leadership, entrepreneurial ambition, collaborative and creative strength, outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, and a passion for the mission of the Texas iSchool and the University. This is an opportunity to join a university that is on a dramatic upward trajectory, with a strong executive leadership team; a collaborative council of college and school deans; and excellent faculty, staff, and students. An exceptional research record and international reputation of scholarly distinction and accomplishments in the field of information commensurate with appointment at the rank of full professor at the University is required, as is an earned doctorate in information or a related field, interdisciplinary training and research experience, and the ability to inspire and evaluate faculty and student research excellence across a wide range of research specialties. The iSchool is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The University has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations, which will remain confidential, should be directed to:

Beverly Brady, Managing Associate
Matthew Tzuker, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210

To access the position profile, please visit the search website at:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


June 28 2017 | Haifa, Israel

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017


CCLP invites scholars, researchers, young scientists, graduate and post-doctoral students, and experts in cyber law and policy, to apply for research grants in the tracks described below.


The Center for Cyber, Law and Policy (CCLP) was established by the University of Haifa in collaboration with the National Cyber Bureau. The Center seeks to develop the academic research necessary to inform public policy while addressing cyber challenges. Taking an interdisciplinary approach to law and policy, the center integrates legal research, computer science, data science, social science and innovative technologies, to develop a new "toolkit" for policymaking while addressing governance, national security, innovation, competition and civil rights in the digital ecosystem.


CCLP will support selected research proposals related to cyber policy challenges, including the following themes:

Protection of critical infrastructure

Encryption regulation and standard setting

Cloud computing: storage, privacy and security challenges

Privacy: technology and policy (e.g., privacy by design, biometrics)

Artificial Intelligence, Algorithmic decision-making, Machine Learning

Robot Law

Cyber Attacks: legal, ethical and policy implications

Cyber and the Rule of Law (e.g., civil rights, theories of governance)

National and transnational aspects of Cyber regulation

Cyber implications to International Humanitarian Law

Law and policy implications of Big Data

Accountability and risk management in cyber-security (e.g., liability, insurance)

Economic implications of cyber-technologies (e.g., innovation, market regulation)

Digital monitoring and detection (e.g., inciting materials, image forgery detection)

Cyber, ethics and social norms

Cyber terrorism

Interdisciplinary and collaborative research, both by researchers within the university and with other researchers from Israel and abroad is encouraged. 2


CCLP will support research projects in each of the following tracks:


Eligibility: Faculty, Fellows and Doctoral Students, of any accredited academic institution, interested in pursuing a research project towards an academic publication (e.g., peer review journal, book, patent).

Visitors will be appointed as Visiting Fellow (senior, or post-docs) at the University of Haifa.

Funding will be up to 60,000 NIS. Funding may cover scholarship during the visit (from 1 month to 6 months), travel and research expenses.


Eligibility: Faculty, Academic Affiliates, or Graduate Students (doctoral or masters students) enrolled at the University of Haifa.

Funding: up to 10,000 NIS.

Funding may cover scholarship, travel and research expenses.


Eligibility: open to faculty member at the University of Haifa and any prominent academics or professional experts working in collaboration with a faculty member as Co-PIs on a joint proposal.

Funding up to 200,000 NIS.


Grant recipients will be expected

To lead their own research agenda, as well as collaborate with the CCLP faculty and fellows, and to contribute to the building of its academic community.

To participate in a bi-weekly research seminar (for long term recipients), or to present their work at a CCLP conference/workshop.

To submit a final research report describing the outcome of the research,

To submit a paper for publication resulting from the research. Each publication supported by the grant will include an acknowledgment of CCLP.


Completed applications must be sent to and received by June 1, 2017 3


All applications must be completed in English and submitted electronically, clearly stating the track of submission.

Applications should include:

1. Curriculum Vitae of PIs including a list of publications.

2. A Research Proposal: up to three-page description of the proposed research and its relevance to the current call. Additional supporting material can be submitted and will be read at the discretion of the referees. The research proposal should include

- A clear presentation of the research questions, its relevance to cyber, law and policy, the state of the art, and the proposed solutions, methodologies or technical approaches the research intends to set forth, and their novelty. - The qualification of the research team to perform the proposed research.

- A research plan and timetable, demonstrating the feasibility of conducting the proposed research within the time and funding limitations.

3. A research budget. Where applicable, indicate whether additional support is provided by other sources.


All proposal will be peer reviewed. Selection for funding will be determined by CCLP's Scientific Committee on the bases of academic excellence and the availability of resources. All funding decisions are subject to approval by the CCLP Steering Committee.

CCLP reserves full discretion as to awarding grants, including the option of not awarding any grant under this CFP. Decisions on funding are expected in early July.

The 12th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

June 18 2017 to June 22 2017 | Drexel University & The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Updated: May 08 2017

Conference theme: Making a Difference — Prioritizing Equity and Access in CSCL

Computer Supported Collaborative Learning is a premier conference of the International Society of the Learning Sciences that focuses on the study of social learning processes with and without technology as well as the development and evaluation of tools to enhance or improve collective thinking and learning. The conference is a major international event bringing together researchers with a wide variety of backgrounds and research interests including educational technology, design, HCI, information sciences, educational psychology, museum research, library science, curriculum and instruction, psychology, computer science, cognitive science, and many more. We welcome high quality conceptual, empirical, and theoretical contributions.

This year's conference theme focuses on the need to consider issues such as equity, access, and inclusion in the design, implementation, and deployment of computer-supported learning environments. CSCL 2017 will prioritize keynote speakers, workshops and papers that champion research and tools focused on equity and access relative to CSCL. Hosted by a diverse leadership team in the Learning Sciences, the conference will highlight work that discusses ways to broaden the CSCL pipeline, promotes and/or celebrates out of the box thinking, or that brings a wide range of viewpoints or voices to CSCL topics or tools.

For more information, see the conference website and/or contact

About ISLS

The International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) is a professional society dedicated to the interdisciplinary empirical investigation of learning as it exists in real-world settings and how learning may be facilitated both with and without technology. ISLS sponsors two professional conferences, held in alternate years. Visit the ISLS site at

Mixing Pop and Politics

December 04 2017 to December 06 2017 | Massey University, Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Subversion, Resistance and Reconciliation in Popular Music IASPM-ANZ 2017 Conference

Forty years ago, the story goes, punk broke. Not for the first time, and not the last. History provides us with ample examples of the power of popular music to speak to, through, and against various political moments. The contemporary situation also offers countless opportunities to explore how popular music revisits, reconstitutes, rewrites and reconciles itself to this past. At the same time, it also points to new directions informed by the complicated position popular music occupies in relation to the shifting paradigms of power in which we currently find ourselves. This IASPM-ANZ conference aims to explore the complex politics of resistance, subversion, containment and reconciliation from now and then, as well as points in-between.

We are seeking papers and panel proposals that touch on, but are not restricted to, the following areas:

• (We’re) Stranded: Punk and Post-Punk in Australia, New Zealand and Beyond • I Will Survive: The Politics of Pleasure and Popular Music • You Don’t Own Me: Cultivating, Codifying and Commodifying Resistance • You've Got the Power: Populism, Authoritarianism, Anarchy and Popular Music • This Machine Kills Fascists: Technologies, Politics and Popular Music • The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: Popular Music on Screen(s) • Here’s Where The Story Ends: Alternate Histories of Popular Music • Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Of DJs, Dancefloors and Discos • We Are the Robots: Resistant, Reconciled, Reconstituted, Recombinant Bodies in Popular Music • If You’re Feeling Sinister: Affect, Emotion and the Subversive Power of Popular Music • Playing With a Different Sex: Otherness and Othering in Popular Music • A Whisper to a Scream: Silence, Distortion, Amplification and the Politics of Sound

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words, and should include 3-5 keywords. Please submit abstracts in doc, docx, rtf format, and send as “last” to

Deadline for abstract submission: June 1st 2017.

All participants must be members of IASPM. If you are not a member, details on how to join are available here:

We encourage all members of IASPM-International to consider attending.

13th IFIP TC9 Human Choice and Computers Conference

September 17 2017 to September 21 2017 | Poznan, Poland

Deadline: January 15 2018

Updated: May 08 2017

"This Changes Everything" --€“ in conjunction with the World Computer Congress
Conference Chairs: David Kreps, Kai Kimppa, Louise Leenen, Charles Ess

Conference Theme - Track Chairs: David Kreps and Charles Ess

This Changes Everything. Many of us likely associate this phrase with Steve Jobs’ introduction of the iPhone in 2007. But there are clearly other candidates for the "€ This,"€ e.g., the oncoming bioinformatics redesign of species or the fourth industrial revolution of artificially intelligent robots. But "This" is also, without question, the greatest challenge of our age: climate change.

Accordingly, the 13th Human Choice and Computers conference centers on the question: ICT and Climate Change - What Can We Do? The Conference invites both academics and practitioners in the field of ICTs and Society to take stock of their engagements, review their focus, and assess what and how each and every one of us might be able to contribute to the transformations needed (and already beginning) in local, regional, national and international contexts, towards becoming the diverse, environmentally and socially conscious, and thriving communities.

We welcome submissions that speak directly and less directly to the conference theme. “This Changes Everything†implicates both climate change and the interrelated global challenges most central to the Working Groups of TC9 and its National Society representatives, including the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Submissions are also welcome, not just to the General Conference Track on change, but to the other foci of the Track Themes. (For complete track descriptions, please see the extended CFP on the conference website, .)

Track themes: * Societal implications, effects and impacts of artificial intelligence - Track Chairs: Diane Whitehouse and Christopher Zielinski (WG9.2)

* Including critical issues beyond the ICT context in codes of conduct/ethics - Track Chairs: Kai Kimppa and Penny Duquenoy (SIG9.2.2)

* Our digital lives - Track Chairs: Petros Chamakiotis and Brad McKenna (WG9.5)

* This changed everything - Track Chair: Christopher Leslie (WG9.7)

* Gender in ICT - Track Chairs: Sisse Finken, Christina Mörtberg and Johanna Sefyrin (WG9.8)

* ICT and sustainability - Track Chairs: Thomas Lennerfors and Per Fors (WG9.9)

* Climate risk, cyber-security, and the dark web - Track Chair: Louise Leenen (WG9.10)

* Privacy, data protection, and automation - Track Chair: Taro Komukai (Japan National Representative)

* ICT and an inclusive society - Track Chairs: Hossana Twinomurinzi and Jackie Phahlamohlaka (South Africa National Representative)

Submissions Full papers are invited that address the Conference Theme, or any of the above Track Themes. All papers will be subject to double-blind review. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to revise their work in keeping with reviewers’ comments prior to formatting, and inclusion in the Programme and Proceedings. Travel, accommodation and all other details will be posted when available at

Submissions will be through Springer OCS Website, with proceedings published in the AICT Springer Book series immediately prior to the conference.

Important Dates Full paper deadline 15th January 2018 Reviews and revisions during February, March and April, 2018. Final Papers by 30th April, 2018.

CFP: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa

September 01 2017 to September 02 2017 | Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, Funchal, Portugal

Deadline: May 12 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Thematic Overview

In 1884, a group of thirteen European policymakers met to negotiate standards for the "effective occupation" of Africa. At the time of this now-infamous Berlin Conference, about 10 percent of Africa was under European control. By 1914 Europe "controlled" 90 percent of the continent.

In 1987, a little over one hundred years after Berlin, a group of technologists from fifteen European countries met on the island of Madeira, and in a highly fractious and politicized meeting set standards to divide time and radio spectrum, narrowly agreeing on the technical specification of the GSM mobile telephone system. At the time less than 1 percent of Africa was covered by phones. By 2014 mobile "penetration" in sub-Saharan Africa was around 80 percent.

Africa was never mentioned in the Madeira meeting. Indeed the UK representative described the spread of GSM to people globally, including those who "live in the poorest countries on the planet," as an "unintended consequence." Yet, mobiles have been described as "the new talking drums" (de Bruijn), and a "communication lifeline" (Pew Research Center) that will "pave way for huge opportunities" (Financial Times).

Phones have swept through the African continent in the last decade, followed by WhatsApp, fiber, and mobile payment systems. As recently as 2000 Manuel Castells could call Africa "the black hole of the information society," but now the World Bank speaks of the "African digital renaissance," citing a proliferation of tech hubs and locally produced apps. The "Africa Rising" narrative focuses on the peaks of a complex terrain with many remarkable innovations and translations, while at the same time access is almost wholly owned by Mark Zuckerberg and a handful of telcos. In the valleys one government falsely tells its activist citizens that it has cracked WhatsApp's encryption, while another restricts the use of Skype, and around the continent mobile operators extract the most rent possible from their poorest customers, creating new forms of poverty. International funders preach development through entrepreneurship, teach tech innovation based on Silicon Valley models, and support mobile application development for "strengthening social inclusion." Inclusion, though, also means imbrication into a global financial information system that is better known for its shocks than its comforts, with new forms of micro-lending and mobile cash allowing neoliberal financialization of those at the "bottom of the pyramid" and in the most rural areas.

The Conference

The conference brings scholars, technologists, and cultural producers together on the island of Madeira: a European territory off the coast of Africa, a historical site of mutual entanglement between the Atlantic continents, and a point of departure for European expansion. Here we'll strategize ways to revisit, reframe, and recode the future of technology on and for the continent. What can African theorists, technologists, and cultural producers do to generate alternatives to the influx of neocolonial narratives of tech entrepreneurship? Taking as a given that Africa is "a variegated site of innovation" (Mavhunga), what are key epistemologies and ways of being which are endemic in Africa that should be offered to the world through new systems and processes? Technology is politics by other means (Latour), even if its agency is generally dissimulated. How, then, might we consider anew progressive social and political goals and their conjoining with cultures of technical creativity already embedded in Africa's diverse contexts of life? How might new strategic narratives nurture and promote a vision of the continent as a crucible for radical new socio-technical paradigms? How can an African information economy avoid the dynamics of the resource curse, where connectivity is extractive and exercised upon African citizens rather than by and through them? What can Western technologists do differently, and what are the spaces for collaboration? This conference aims to reinvestigate these relationships and engender dialog between African and Western audiences and participants, who should leave Madeira equipped with new strategies and new collaborative partnerships.

We are accepting papers, creative works, and technologies that explore or demonstrate alternative socio-technical strategies. Contributions should be grounded in analysis and move toward synthesis: We hope to paint the "art of the [radical] possible" and generate new threads and pathways for the development of fresh technologies. We hope that this focus on the possible near future will differentiate this event from many generative but more phantasmal Afro-futurist speculations. Creative works and technologies eligible for consideration may include, but are not limited to: software, technical systems ("low" or "hi"), images, objects, demos, film/video, poetry, performances, interventions, illustration, and more. Works will be selected by jury for an exhibition in Funchal, the capital city of Madeira, at the galleries of the Colégio dos Jesuitas, a re-purposed 16th century Jesuit compound.

Example themes include:

*Alternative globalist or transnational technologies

*African technical epistemologies

*Activist or political new media

*Re-coding remittances

*Technologies of migration and diaspora

*Technology and race

*Decolonizing ICT4D, Tech4D, and M4D

*Postcolonial computing

*Markets, math, and statistics of domination

*Histories of Africa and global production

*Non-western (or syncretic) applied science

*Anti-extractive technical and financial systems

*Artist's critical interventions into technology and technical practice

*Guidelines for Paper Submission*

Abstracts of 1,000 - 1,200 words will be accepted for review. These may include any additional materials, such as images or tables. The text of your abstract must be anonymized for double blind peer review. Each abstract will be read by at least three reviewers. After a period of three weeks, authors will be notified of rejection, acceptance, or request for revision. The ensuing abstract revision period will be three weeks.

Full papers must be no more than ten pages (2600 words), exclusive of notes and bibliography. Each paper will be read by at least three reviewers. After a period of three weeks, authors will be notified of acceptance or request for revision. This revision period will also be three weeks. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition, for matters of style, capitalization, spelling, and hyphenation. Citations should be Chicago style [Notes and Bibliography]. The Manual can be found here:

Guidelines for Creative Work and Technology Submission

Creative Work and Tech Submission Deadline: May 12

We will accept works including (but not limited to) software, technical systems ("low" or "hi"), images, objects, demos, film/video, poetry, performances, interventions, illustration, and more. Submissions should include a description of the project of 500 words or fewer and this supplementary submission form, saved as PDF. As appropriate, your submission may include an additional PDF of images or plans, or a URL to a website or video (under 3 minutes) documentation. The text of your abstract or project description must be anonymized for double blind peer review. Each description will be read by at least three reviewers.

Note that the conference cannot offer funding to help produce projects or to transport them. We will have exhibition space and staff to assist with installation; the conference program will include exhibition tours and demonstration periods, and we will publish online documentation of the exhibitions.


Submissions will be done using the /Open Conference System. /You will need to create an account with this conference before submitting your materials.//Please follow this link to initiate the process:

The submission for both papers and creative works submission is May 12, 2017.

Engineering, Social Justice and Peace Conference (ESJP)

January 25 2018 to January 27 2018 | Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, University of San Diego San Diego, US

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: May 08 2017

Call for Papers: Valuing and honoring our commitments

ESJP 13 at the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, USD

The Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering at the University of San Diego is delighted to host the 13th annual Engineering, Social Justice and Peace (ESJP) conference January 25th-27th 2018. This conference celebrates the commitment that USD and the Shiley-Marcos School have made through their RED (Revolutionizing Engineering Departments) program to support the development of engineering students who are “changemakers” for social justice, economic development and sustainability on a global scale.


ESJP was founded in 2004 by a group of academics who questioned the complex relationship that engineering has with social and environmental justice. In order to ensure that continuing and future practices were not explicitly or unwittingly supporting injustices but actively promoting justice, these founders began to discuss, with academics of other disciplines, practitioners, activists, students and local community members, what it means to be a just engineer. Since then, many individuals and groups around the globe have been attempting to enact these ideas in their engineering practice, their teaching and in their writings. In recent weeks, however, we have seen a new war on social justice. Many are dissatisfied with existing political and economic structures and an increasing poverty gap. Few know what to do about this, without causing further and unprecedented traumatic injustice. Hope of a just world seems even further away and we believe more than ever that we need to stand firm in our commitments to justice and equity. ESJP’s commitments can be found at this link.

As with all our meetings, ESJP 13 will be interdisciplinary by design and we welcome those who are able to help deconstruct our historical and current engineering practices, as well as those who are interested to work together to build alternatives. We welcome educators who wish to learn how to bring social justice to their engineering classes, together with those who are already doing so. We welcome students who wish to be socially just engineers in the future. We welcome in fact anyone, from inside or outside of academia, who values our commitments and wishes to join us on our journey. There will be no formal papers or talks at the meeting but sessions will all be engaged activities and discussions. We will also visit local community programs and see engineering and social justice in action. If you would like to contribute to the conference, please send a short abstract of up to 500 words, describing the topic for discussion, and the format required. Proposals can include any of the following structures and should be sent by email to before June 1st 2017:

Workshop (engaged activities of up to one hour) Panel discussion (four speakers of five min each plus discussion – one hour slot) Individual paper (ten minute talk plus discussion – half hour slot) Artistic contributions: poetry, theatre, interactive active art session, exhibition You may also propose any other structure– be creative! Zines, photographic competitions, online events, dances etc etc

Due to our values base in social justice we wish to support access to the meeting for anyone who wishes to come and fits our aims and values. We welcome expressions of interest from those who face barriers in travelling to the conference. It is possible that we can include at least one session in Tijuana, Mexico and / or online sessions as appropriate. We will also have a sliding scale for the registration fee (cost recovery only) which will be based on ability to pay, and will be announced at a later date. Posted in 2018 Conference, ESJP News

Call for Nominations, SIGCIS Computer History Museum Book Prize

Deadline: May 15 2017

Updated: April 27 2017

Dear 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

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 (, 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

2017 Prize Committee Members

Joy Rankin (2017 Chair)
Lyman Briggs College
Michigan State University
919 E. Shaw Ln. E-35
East Lansing, MI 48825

Janet Abbate
Dept. of Science, Technology and Society
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center
7054 Haycock Road
Falls Church, VA 22043

Hallam Stevens
Room 1705, 7/F Wenke Building
China Center for Special Economic Zone Research, Shenzhen University
Nanhai Avenue 3688, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518060

Call for Nominations: Clay Morgan Award for Best Book in Environmental Political Theory

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: April 24 2017

The 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

Teena Gabrielson
Associate Professor and Department Head
Department of Political Science, 3197
University of Wyoming
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071

Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger
Drexel University
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.

New book from Cockerill et al., Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions (Springer, 2017)

Updated: April 20 2017

Environmental Realism: Challenging Solutions, by K. Cockerill, M. Armstrong, J. Richter, J. Okie.
ISBN: 978-3-319-52823-6

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.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

Deadline: June 01 2017

Updated: April 16 2017

The 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: (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 2017

Book 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.

Research Associate and Research Assistant posts at Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

Deadline: May 08 2017

Updated: April 13 2017

Dr Stuart Hogarth (Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge) is recruiting a research assistant and research associate to work on his ERC starting grant project CANCERSCREEN.

Screening for cancer in the post-genomic era: diagnostic innovation and biomedicalisation in comparative perspective.

How do new diagnostic tests find their way into practice? What are the relative roles of industry and the public sector in the discovery, development and adoption of new biological markers of disease (biomarkers)? There is now an extensive body of interdisciplinary research on the political economy of pharmaceutical innovation, and the role of drug firms as corporate “engines of medicalisation”, but we know relatively little about the part played by diagnostics firms in bringing new technologies into routine clinical practice, or their impact on the creation of new disease categories. The aim of this project is to address this empirical gap and provide a new conceptual framework for understanding the changing dynamics of diagnostic innovation.

Focusing on the development of new cancer screening tests, this project will provide a comparative analysis of industry dynamics, technological trajectories and regulatory developments in France, the UK and the USA over the last 20 years. Building on previous research by the PI and collaborators, the project will test our conceptual model of socio-technical regime change in the diagnostics industry. This model suggests that the emergence of the molecular diagnostics sector is interlinked with three other dynamics: the corporatisation of R&D; the adoption of business models derived from the pharmaceutical industry; and the intensification of regulatory oversight.

These are relatively long-term (4.25 years) research posts with great opportunities for career development at a world-class institution, and the posts are open to individuals with experience of mixed qualitative and quantitative social research methods and an interest in biomedical innovation. The project research team includes collaborators at at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex; the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, King's College London and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

The closing date for applications is 8 May 2017. Further details here:

Research Assistant (60% FTE, salary range: £25,298-£29,301 pro rata):
Research Associate (100% FTE, salary range: £30,175-£38,183):
More information on the CancerScreen project:

Enquiries can be directed to Dr Stuart Hogarth at

Contemporary Developments on Media, Culture and Society: Argentina and Latin America.

November 03 2017 | Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Deadline: May 15 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

The conference, organized by The Center for the Study of Media and Society in Argentina (MESO).

This will be the third annual conference organized by MESO on the interactions between media, culture and society. For more information about the 2015 and 2016 events, please visit This third annual conference is sponsored by the Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University.

Submissions should contribute to ongoing conversations about media, culture, and society in empirical, theoretical or methodological ways. They might also broaden our knowledge about the relationship between media, culture, and society at the national and regional level. Articles may refer to different aspects of communication, media, and cultural goods and services in the areas of journalism, entertainment -cinema, theater, television, music, etc. - advertising and marketing, public relations, social media, and video games, among others.

Topics to be addressed include the following, among others:

· Transformations in content production

· Change in the use of media

· Innovation and technological change

· Finance and media sustainability

· State, government and civil society

· Regulation and public policies

· Political communication and electoral campaigns

· The role of users as content producers

To make a submission:

· Send an extended abstract of the article, with a minimum length of 500 words and a maximum length of 1000 words (excluding title and references). The document should also include the contact information and brief (no more than 75 words) biography of each author.

· Abstracts should be sent without exception as an attached file, in word format (.doc, .docx), and entitled "Last Name, Name - Medios y Sociedad 2017".

· The deadline for submission is May 15, 2017. Abstracts should be sent by email to . The subject of the mail should be "Last Name, Name - Medios y Sociedad 2017".

A selection committee will evaluate the abstracts and the results will be notified to the authors on July 1, 2017.

Please write to if you have any questions and/or need any further information.

SLSA: Out of Time

November 09 2017 to November 12 2017 | Tempe, AZ

Deadline: May 15 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

Welcome to the human and inhuman deserts of Arizona.

Arizona State University will host the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. ASU is located in Tempe Arizona, about fifteen minutes from the Phoenix Airport. The range of interdisciplinary labs and centers and the beautiful November weather make this an ideal locale for the conference.

The SLSA 2017 theme will be “Out of Time,” and papers/panels on all SLSA-related topics are welcome. Some of the areas related to the conference theme include: Nonhuman temporalities, Species extinction, Life after humans, slow time, the long now, Time and Computing, Digital Temporalities, Bio-political Time, Time and Capital, and much more. All proposal abstracts for roundtables, panel sessions, contributed papers, and posters must be submitted by Wednesday, May 15, 2017 (midnight EDT). See Submissions for more information and the full CFP.

2017 international Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies

October 09 2017 to October 13 2017 | University of Kassel, Germany

Deadline: June 16 2017

Updated: April 09 2017

The summer school "Boundaries in Science and Higher Education (Research)", organized by the International Centre for Higher Education Research Kassel (INCHER-Kassel).

Sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the summer school aims at establishing a dialog among participants discussing, transcending and pushing forward the boundaries that cross science and higher education (research).

Please apply and – in case you would like to participate with a presentation or poster – submit an abstract (about one page) by June, 16th 2017 to Letters of acceptance will be sent by July 3rd, 2017 as well as detailed information about the location, conference schedule and accommodation options.

Chancellor’s Fellow in History/Sociology of Biomedicine, University of Edinburgh

Deadline: May 02 2017

Updated: April 06 2017

The University of Edinburgh has an outstanding tradition of ground-breaking research in science and technology studies, including the history and sociology of biomedicine.

We now seek to make a strategic appointment of a scholar who will pursue historical research to interrogate the compelling questions generated by the increasing complexity of biomedicine and its interface with individuals and society.

You will be based in the world-leading Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) subject group, located within the School of Social and Political Science. STIS is already home to a growing cluster of historians and sociologists of biomedicine and the life sciences. Other research within STIS ranges widely across the history and sociology of science, technology and medicine including studies of and with information and communication technology, and the sociology of environment, energy and sustainability.

You will be expected to contribute to developing an interdisciplinary research programme in Biomedicine, Self and Society, which brings together researchers from STIS, the Social Studies of Health and Medicine group in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and a growing group of medical lawyers and bioethicists in the School of Law. You must be committed to working in a multi-disciplinary, collaborative environment and supporting the development of interdisciplinary research across science and technology studies, medical sociology, bioethics, law and health policy.

In the longer term, you will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies. In particular, you will take responsibility for delivering the popular level 1 survey course in History of Medicine.

Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Steve Sturdy,

Faculty Position in Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, North Carolina State University

Deadline: May 01 2017

Updated: April 04 2017

As part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, North Carolina (NC) State University is building a research cluster focused on Global Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (Global WaSH). We are in the process of hiring innovative and transformative academic leaders whose scholarship will advance NC State’s position as a national leader in multidisciplinary water and environmental research, education, and outreach that can be harnessed to develop scalable water and sanitation solutions in underserved areas around the world.

We seek a social scientist whose work will contribute to interdisciplinary collaborations and is anchored in underserved communities. Training in either qualitative or quantitative methodologies would be welcome as would a disciplinary background in fields such as anthropology, environmental sciences, history, international development, policy science, and public health. Specific research approaches may include, but are not limited to, environmental justice/equity design and evaluation of behavioral and community interventions, and the science and technology of water provision or human waste management. Geographic expertise is expected in the Global South, with some preference for regions with the greatest needs in the WaSH domain. Rank is open with some preference for candidates positioned to take on leadership roles within the cluster.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter, and contact information for three references. Applicants should also submit a vision statement that discusses how the applicant would fit and work within the Global WaSH cluster, and that identifies potential home departments in the College of Natural Resources or the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Materials for consideration will be accepted electronically via A comprehensive review of applications will begin on 1 May and continue until the positions are filled. Questions about the positions may be directed to Dr. Francis de los Reyes,, (919) 515-7416.

Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF

Updated: April 03 2017

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments ( 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 ( 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

New Book, Cultures without Culturalism: The Making of Scientific Knowledge (2017, Duke U Press)

Updated: March 23 2017

Duke 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:

2017 SHOT Dibner Award Nominations

Deadline: May 01 2017

Updated: March 20 2017

The 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:

One-year Postdoc position in STS at Virginia Tech (Falls Church, VA –– Washington, DC area)

Deadline: March 23 2017

Updated: March 15 2017

The Department of Science and Technology in Society (STS), Virginia Tech at Falls Church, VA (Washington, DC area) invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for the academic year 2017/18. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Sonja Schmid and contribute to the NSF CAREER project "Globalizing Nuclear Emergency Response." Review of applications will start March 23 and continue until the position is filled.

New Master’s Program in STS at the Munich Center for Technology in Society

Deadline: May 31 2017

Updated: March 15 2017

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) of the TU Munich launched its new Master’s program in Science and Technology Studies (STS) last year. It is an English language program and free of tuition fees (as are almost all degree programs in Germany). The application is now possible until May 31, 2017.

Please forward this information to any students who might be interested in obtaining a Master’s in degree in Science and Technology Studies.

The STS Master’s Program at MCTS is empirical, interdisciplinary, reflexive and research oriented.

From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security - the big challenges of today's’ societies are inseparably connected to scientific, technical and social questions. The Master’s program Science and Technology Studies will teach you how to reflexively research, develop problem-solving skills and critically intervene in the big sociotechnical issues of our time.

In the Master’s program you will learn:
empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology
interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about regulation, responsibility and sustainability of science and technology

Alongside the STS Master's program, we offer specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology.

The STS Master’s program is research oriented. The program prepares you for future academic research (such as a PhD), as well as careers in science and technology management, science communication and journalism, and in science funding and policy.

Studying the Master’s program STS will equip you to deal with the challenges and to embrace the opportunities of todays’ technologized societies.

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Please Note:
The application platform for the new Master’s program is now open. The application period will close on May 31 2017.
If you are interested in the program or have any questions, please send an email to

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New Book from Sal Restivo: Sociology, Science, and the End of Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Updated: March 14 2017

Sal 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 ( 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) (; and Restivo, Weiss and Stingl's Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy, and Science Studies (2014) ( have been issued in paperback by Routledge (2016).

Get the Picture. Digital Methods for Visual Research

June 26 2017 to July 11 2017 | University of Amsterdam

Deadline: May 05 2017

Updated: March 10 2017

Gillian Rose employs the term visual methodologies for “researching with visual materials” (2016). Iconography, semiotics, framing analysis and multimodal analysis are among the approaches that may be applied to digital materials. One may also ask, does the online make a difference to the study of the visual? That is, with which approaches is the image considered primarily, or secondarily, as a digital object embedded in online media? Apart from the change in the setting of the object, there may also be methods that emerge from the new media, engines and platforms. What kinds of so-called ‘natively’ digital methods can be repurposed productively for visual analysis? How to make use of the Google’s reverse image search? More broadly, with the increasing focus on selfies and memes but also on Instagram stories, animated gifs, filters, stickers and emoticons, social media and digital communications are pushing for a visual turn in the study of digital culture. Such a push invites visual analysis into the realm of digital studies, too. One may begin to open the discussion of interplay by examining the new outputs such as journalists’ data visualisations as well as policy-makers’ dashboards like the open data city platforms.

One may similarly compare visual literacies. Are there new ways of interpreting images through data, both substantively (which are the related materials?) and temporally (how do they develop over time? do they resonate? are they memes?). In digital methods, the image is not only a research object but also a research device. Making images “that can be seen and manipulated” (Venturini, Jacomy & Pereira 2015) enables scholars to access and actively explore datasets. How to make them and read them? At the same time, the technical properties of digital images both in terms of their color, resolution, and timestamp, as well as their ‘networkedness’, traceability and resonance, become available for research, allowing one to think with images (as visual guides and narratives) as well as through them (as data objects). Novel visual methodologies then emerge.

There is the ‘active’ data visualisation, which includes research protocol diagrams, data dashboards, visual network analysis, and issue mapping. Protocol diagrams (Figure 1) guide analysts, programmers and designers through their collaborative research project. Data dashboards offer a visual aid for data metrics and analytics, in side-by-side graphs and tables; or become critical tools (as in the People’s Dashboard ). Visual network analysis offers a way into data that can be engaged with and requires an active research attitude (Venturini, Jacomy & Pereira 2015). Issue mapping renders legible the actors and substance of a (possibly controversial) issue (Rogers, Sánchez-Querubín & Kil 2015). In a second group of approaches, the image is treated as a digitised or natively digital object of study. This includes visual and cultural analytics, which provide distant visual reading techniques to explore and plot visual objects such as selfies and websites based on their formal properties (Manovich 2014; Ben-David, Amram & Bekkerman 2016). Networked visual content analysis, in which images may be queried ‘in reverse’ to study their circulation, can be used to critically assess questions of representation and cultural standing (Figure 2). Another group of approaches repurpose visual formats, where more playful explorations appropriate (and tweak) the templates and visual aesthetics of the web, creating research GIFs and critical social media profiles (Figure 3). In this 10th Digital Methods Summer School we will explore and expand such digital methods for visual research, and critically inquire into their proposed epistemologies. We look forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam in the Summertime! Summer School Philosophy The Digital Methods Summer School is exploratory and experimental.

It is not a setting for ‘just’ tool training or for principally tool-driven research. Substantive research projects are conceived and carried out. Participants are encouraged to ‘span time with their issue’ and the materials. In other words, we heed Alexander Galloway’s admonition about data and tool-driven work: “Those who were formerly scholars or experts in a certain area are now recast as mere tool users beholden to the affordances of the tool — while students spend ever more time mastering menus and buttons, becoming literate in a digital device rather than a literary corpus” (Galloway 2014:127). We encourage device and corpus literacy! The device training we ask you to do prior to the Summer School through online tutorials, and at the Summer School itself, in a kind of flipped learning environment (if you'll excuse the overused phrase), we would like to believe that you have familiarised yourself already with the tools and completed the tutorials available online. During the Summer School we will discuss and tinker with the nitty-gritty, aim to invent new methods, techniques and heuristics and create the first iterations of compelling work to be shared. About Digital Methods as a Concept Digital methods is a term coined as a counterpoint to virtual methods, which typically digitize existing methods and port them onto the Web. Digital methods, contrariwise, seek to learn from the methods built into the dominant devices online, and repurpose them for social and cultural research.

That is, the challenge is to study both the info-web as well as the social web with the tools that organize them. There is a general protocol to digital methods. At the outset stock is taken of the natively digital objects that are available (links, tags, threads, etc.) and how devices such as search engines make use of them. Can the device techniques be repurposed, for example by remixing the digital objects they take as inputs? Once findings are made with online data, where to ground them? Is the baseline still the offline, or are findings to be grounded in more online data? Taking up these questions more theoretically (but also practically) there is also a Digital Methods book (MIT Press, 2013) as well as a complementary Issue Mapping book (Amsterdam University Press, 2015), and other digital methods publications .

Doctoral School of Social Studies of Science and Technology in Latin America

September 18 2017 to September 20 2017 | Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Deadline: September 18 2017

Updated: March 10 2017

En la Facutad de Ciencias Humanas de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia, tendrá lugar entre el 19-21 de septiembre de 2017, el VIII Taller Latinoamericano de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, y la V Escuela Doctoral de Estudios Sociales y Políticos sobre la Ciencia y la Tecnología de ESOCITE (la Sociedad Latinoamericana en Estudios Sociales de la Ciencia y la Tecnología), en la que se buscará reunir a un colectivo de jóvenes investigadores e investigadoras (alrededor de 30) en fase avanzada de redacción de sus tesis, con sus directores de tesis e investigadores consolidados del campo disciplinar, con el objeto de debatir las preguntas y los diseños de investigación así como las metodologías aplicadas, los avances que ya han realizado en sus investigaciones y sus aportes al campo CTS y a las sociedades de la Región. Se pretende que los jóvenes tengan un espacio privilegiado en la formación de una comunidad científica, compartido con investigadores consolidados, con mayor trayectoria en el campo de los estudios sociales y políticos de la ciencia y la tecnología en el espacio iberoamericano. De manera especial, se espera poder incidir en la potenciación de las redes de conocimiento entre los investigadores y las instituciones públicas y privadas de I+D+I de la región, enfatizando la inserción y fortalecimiento de la Red CTS-Colombia en el campo disciplinar en la Región. Para esta convocatoria se considerará como jóvenes investigadores e investigadoras a estudiantes de doctorado avanzados de todos los países de América Latina (se aceptará a 25 como máximo) y a estudiantes de maestría avanzados de instituciones colombianas (se aceptará a cinco como máximo). El encuentro cuenta con el auspicio del Grupo de Trabajo CLACSO “Ciencia y sociedad: los usos sociales del conocimiento en América Latina y la inclusión social”. A continuación del Taller/Escuela la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas de la UNC realizará, en la misma sede, el II Coloquio Nacional ESOCITE con la participación de destacados académicos, al cual están todos los asistentes y participantes cordialmente invitados. La asistencia a este coloquio no tiene costo, pero el alojamiento y manutención correrá por cuenta de los interesados.
Comité Científico
Dra. Rosalba Casas, IIS-UNAM (México); Dr. Jorge Gibert, Universidad de Valparaíso, (Chile); Dr. Yuri Jack Gómez, Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Dr. Pablo Kreimer, Universidad Maimónides, (Argentina), Dra. Tania Pérez-Bustos, Universidad Nacional, (Colombia), Dra. Olga Restrepo, Universidad Nacional (Colombia), Dr. Ronny Viales, Universidad de Costa Rica; Dr. Irlan Von Linsingen, Universidad Federal de Santa Catarina, (Brasil).

The World Congress of Sociology

July 15 2017 to July 21 2017 | Toronto, Canada

Deadline: March 15 2017 2018/guidelines-for-program-coordinators/

Updated: March 10 2017

RC 23 (Sociology of Science and Technology) encourages you to organize a session at the upcoming World Congress. All topics relevant to the sociology of science and technology are appropriate. However, given the restricted number of session slots allocated to the RC, organizers are encouraged to avoid excessively narrow topics. To facilitate inclusion of as many individuals as possible, the Co-coordinators intend to include a variety of session formats. For additional details on potential session formats.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Science in Society Program, Wesleyan University

Updated: March 09 2017

The Science in Society Program at Wesleyan University invites applications for a one-year visiting faculty position at the assistant professor level with expertise in transnational studies of science and technology and in related empirical methods. Responsibilities include teaching core courses in socio-cultural studies of science and technology and upper level courses in area of expertise, and contributing to academic advising of majors. The visitor course load is five courses (3/2) per academic year. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2017. Wesleyan has a strong commitment to both scholarship and undergraduate teaching. The appointment will begin September 1, 2017.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504, or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Antonio Farias, VP for Equity & Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Officer, 860-685-4771,

Apply online via

You will be asked to upload electronic versions of the items we require, which are (1) a cover letter of application, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a research statement (4) information regarding teaching which may include teaching statement; syllabi, and teaching evaluations, (5) and writing samples not to exceed 50 pp. As part of the teaching statement, we invite you to describe your experiences engaging a diverse student body and (6) the email addresses of three referees from whom we may obtain confidential letters of recommendation.

Call for Nominations, 2017 National Medal of Science

Deadline: April 07 2017

Updated: March 06 2017

Nominations are now being accepted for the National Medal of Science. The National Medal of Science was established by the 86th Congress in 1959 as a Presidential Award to be given to individuals "deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the physical, biological, mathematical, or engineering sciences." In 1980 Congress expanded this recognition to include the social and behavioral sciences. For details about the nomination process and the selection criteria please visit

Instructional Staff for “Science, Technology, and Public Policy,” Johns Hopkins CTY @ Princeton

Updated: February 27 2017

Deadline: Open until filled

Positions: Teaching Assistant and Instructor

Location: The course is offered at the Princeton University summer site of Johns Hopkins CTY

Session Dates: June 22 - July 15, 2017

This course is offered to talented high school students who come to our 3-week summer program. Classes are held daily from 9:00AM 3:00PM, and then 7:00– 9:00PM with breaks for activities/lunch/dinner (total 7 hours of teaching per day).

Some course work in policy making is required for TA position. Graduate level course work and independent teaching experience is required for instructor position.

More information about the course can be found here: Science, Technology, and Public Policy,”

More about instructor position can be found here

More about TA position can be found here

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Lecturer in Social Science for 2017-18, Arizona State University

Deadline: April 12 2017

Updated: February 23 2017

The Social Science faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts on the Polytechnic Campus at Arizona State University invites applications for a Lecturer for the 2017-2018 academic year. The successful candidate will provide social scientific instruction on the relationships between science, and society. Course assignments may be at the graduate and/or undergraduate levels, and may occur in a variety of modalities (online, on ground, hybrid), on the Polytechnic campus. In addition to a typical course load of four (4) courses a semester, the successful candidate will also be expected to participate in service to the institution and profession as appropriate. Course load is determined by the faculty head. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible position renewable on an academic year basis contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the university. Salary is competitive commensurate with experience. Candidate must reside in Arizona, or be willing to relocate.

Required Qualifications:
- Terminal degree in any Social Science Discipline, with emphasis or interest in Science and Society Studies broadly defined
- Evidence of professional interest in Science and Society Studies
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness

Desired Qualifications:
- Evidence of teaching online and in-person
- Experience in course management systems such as Blackboard and online homework systems
- Experience working in a collaborative environments within and across disciplines
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Two (2) or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level
- Experience in the design of lecture curriculum using innovative teaching techniques and modes of delivery
- Demonstrated service to the profession

Application Procedure:
To apply, visit and upload your application as one combined .pdf document under job number 11908. Only
electronic submissions will be reviewed. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must contain:

1. A letter of interest outlining qualifications and experience as it relates to the position
2. Curriculum vitae
3. One-page statement of teaching philosophy
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness
5. Information for three professional references (their position, title, e-mail, phone number)

The application deadline is 04/12/2017 at 5pm; and if not filled, then every Friday thereafter until the search is closed. Official
Transcripts required prior to first day of employment. A background check is required prior to employment. For technical assistance
with your application contact, for position-related questions contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Keith Hollinger at

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants
will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis
protected by law. (See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at; see ASU’s Title
IX policy at

New Book: Landmarks in the History of Science (Vernon Press, 2017)

Updated: February 10 2017

by Basil Evangelidis
Leiden University, Netherlands
ISBN: 9781622732005

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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New Book: Why Democracies Need Science - by Harry Collins & Robert Evans (Polity, 2017)

Updated: February 09 2017

Why Democracies Need Science
By Harry Collins & Robert Evans
Polity, 2017

- 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

Special Issue: The National as Global, the Global as National: Citizenship Education in the Context

Deadline: February 28 2017

Updated: February 08 2017

Special Issue Editors: Wai-Chi Chee (The University of Hong Kong) Cori Jakubiak (Grinnell College) Citizenship education involves “efforts of societies and social groups to educate their members to imagine their social belonging and exercise their participation as (democratic) citizens” (Levinson 2011:284). This is particularly complicated in the context of migration and globalization because such notions as “members,” “belonging,” and “citizens” are highly contestable.

Central to the question is what determines who counts as a “member” or “citizen.” To unravel these complexities, this special issue studies and theorizes the mechanisms of the construction of citizen identities both within and beyond classroom against the backdrop of migration and globalization. This call invites papers (8000 words) of ethnographic work in education that focus on theorizations on notions of citizenship and the intersections/contestations between citizenship and globalization. We welcome research that engages with current policy, such as the international obsession with the link between global citizenship and the prevention of violent extremism, the unfair treatment of refugees, the nationalized xenophobia and anti-immigrant, anti-refugee dynamics looking beyond the western world, where internal migration results in serious disparities and injustices. We encourage submissions from scholars at different stages in their careers, and from researchers whose research spans anthropology, sociology, education and human geography.

Submission Procedures Editors of the Anthropology & Education Quarterly have expressed preliminary interest in publishing a special issue on ethnographic work on this topic. If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal for consideration, please send us (1) an abstract (500-700 words) that includes a short bibliography, information on research methodology and significance of the paper for advancing the field; and (2) a short bio of the author (200 words). Paper proposals should be emailed to Wai-chi Chee ( and Cori Jakubiak ( by 28 February 2017. Please note “AEQ Citizenship Education” in the email subject line. Deadline for submission of abstracts: 28 February 2017 Successful authors informed: 31 March 2017 Deadline for submission of papers: 30 June 2017 All papers will be subject to double-blind review. AEQ editors will make final decision regarding publication.

NSF Dear Colleague Letter to encourage Public Participation in STEM Research (PPSR)

Deadline: April 11 2017

Updated: February 08 2017

Dear Colleague Letter: Public Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Research: Capacity-building, community-building, and direction-setting

January 23, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

With this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Education and Human Resources (EHR), Geosciences (GEO), Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematics and Physical Sciences (MPS) (Divisions of Physics and Materials Research, only) and the Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) announce their intention to support proposals aimed at capacity-building, community-building, and direction-setting for Public Participation in STEM Research (PPSR), in alignment with the Foundation's PPSR Agency Priority Goal for fiscal years (FY) 2016-2017. See for more information about this goal.

In PPSR, members of the public partner with scientists and engineers to solve complex problems through participating in some or all of the formulation of questions and experiments; collection and analysis of data; and interpretation, use, and publication of results. Encompassing citizen science, citizen sensing, crowdsourcing, community science, and related approaches, PPSR also benefits public participants by providing opportunities to learn, addressing questions of concern to the participants and their communities, and contributing to science and engineering.

To help researchers, practitioners, and participants in PPSR learn from each other's experiences, collaboratively pursue PPSR challenges, and plan future PPSR efforts, NSF encourages through this DCL proposals to coordinate PPSR efforts at large, medium, and small scale. Specifically, NSF encourages proposals for (a) Research Coordination Networks (RCN) to build PPSR capacity and community; (b) conference proposals to bring together specific communities and to envision future directions for PPSR activities; and (c) PPSR-focused supplements to existing NSF-funded awards that enhance existing research activities through the introduction of PPSR components.

For more information, see:

New Edited Volume from Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd, The Sociology of Speed (OUP, 2017)

Updated: January 25 2017

The Sociology of Speed: Digital, Organizational, and Social Temporalities
Edited by Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd

- Pulls together and extends the most important theoretical and empirical innovations across the social sciences
- Interdisciplinary in appeal; contributions from authors in a range of fields including social and cultural theory, economic sociology, science and technology studies, and sociology of organizations among others.
- Contributions by leading scholars from both the US and Europe
- Clearly laid out and accessibly written

There is a widespread perception that life is faster than it used to be. We hear constant laments that we live too fast, that time is scarce, and that the pace of everyday life is spiraling out of our control. The iconic image that abounds is that of the frenetic, technologically tethered, iPhone/iPad-addicted citizen. Yet weren't modern machines supposed to save, and thereby free up, time?

The purpose of this book is to bring a much-needed sociological perspective to bear on speed: it examines how speed and acceleration came to signify the zeitgeist, and explores the political implications of this. Among the major questions addressed are: when did acceleration become the primary rationale for technological innovation and the key measure of social progress? Is acceleration occurring across all sectors of society and all aspects of life, or are some groups able to mobilise speed as a resource while others are marginalised and excluded? Does the growing centrality of technological mediations (of both information and communication) produce slower as well as faster times, waiting as well as 'busyness', stasis as well as mobility? To what extent is the contemporary imperative of speed as much a cultural artefact as a material one? To make sense of everyday life in the twenty-first century, we must begin by interrogating the social dynamics of speed.

This book shows how time is a collective accomplishment, and that temporality is experienced very differently by diverse groups of people, especially between the affluent and those who service them.

New Book from Shirley Sun: Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia

Updated: January 10 2017

Shirley Sun. Socio-economics of Personalized Medicine in Asia (Routledge, 2017). Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.

This book contributes to a growing body of literature on the molecularization of identities by tracing and analyzing "personalized medicine" as it unfolds in Asia. It shows that there are inextricable transnational linkages between developing and developed countries, and examines the various social forces shaping the "co-production" of genomic science, medicine and social order in transnational settings. Theoretically guided and empirically grounded, the book provides important insights into the formation and usage of racial and ethnic human taxonomies in population-based genomic science and medicine.

"This is a major contribution to the ongoing debate about the relationship between "personalized medicine" and "racialized medicine". Dr. Sun documents how in practice, the two are far more integrated than previous analysts have recognized or acknowledged. Using an international platform, Sun demonstrates how Asian geneticists (Japanese, Chinese, Singaporean, Korean, et al), in a pushback against US-European domination of human molecular genetics, are often inadvertently re-inscribing ethnic and racial categories generated in the West."
— Troy Duster, author of Backdoor to Eugenics, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Berkeley

"A highly timely counter-weight to the dominance of works on this topic from North America and Europe, Shirley Sun's brilliant and sobering analysis of 'probability medicine' in Singapore will make even the most reflective reader think about the global implications of genomic medicine differently."
— Barbara Prainsack, Professor at Social Science, Health and Medicine of King’s College London, U.K.

"This book addresses a critical but understudied topic: personalized medicine within the context of Asia. Asian countries are key leaders in the move towards personalized medicine, but as the author points out, historically personalized medicine has been viewed through a Western centric focus. The findings also have implications for the large Asian population residing in the US and other countries. The book is engaging to read and insightful in its interpretations. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the global context of the emerging trend towards personalized, precision
medicine and how it will change the future of health care."
— Kathryn Phillips, Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research at the University of California, San Francisco, and Founder/Director of the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS)

How online media are changing science communication

Deadline: May 01 2017

Updated: December 08 2016

Call for papers for a special issue of Science Communication Public science in a wired world
Guest Editors: Sarah R Davies (University of Copenhagen), Joachim Allgaier (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt), and Noriko Hara (Indiana University).

Science communication – public dissemination and debate of scientific knowledge – is increasingly taking place online. From the websites of scientific organizations such as universities or scholarly societies to social media platforms such as YouTube, Facebook groups or Reddit, science is negotiated by public audiences in online spaces alongside traditional formats such as the mass media, public lectures, or popular science writing. Social research is starting to engage with these spaces and tools, and to understand how science communication is produced and consumed in digital and social media. Recent work has, for example, explored how authority is negotiated in science blogs (Riesch & Mendel 2013), what kind of science is presented online (Brossard 2013), how Twitter is used to engage with scientific projects (Gastrow 2015; Kahle et al 2016), or how blogging is used to manage scientific identity (Steinke 2013). As of yet, however, there has been no dedicated volume or special issue devoted to science communication in digital and social media, and this emergent body of research remains dispersed. This special issue will showcase cutting edge research in online science communication and thereby consolidate and draw together this emerging field.

Potential focus areas for papers (which may use any recognized systematic methodological approach, whether qualitative or quantitative) might include (but are not limited to):

* Science videos on YouTube, TED or other platforms; * Science as a social media phenomenon (such as Facebook pages or science on Twitter); * Science blogging by scientists or non-scientists; * University websites and online branding activities; * The role of science journalism in an online era; * Online public information campaigns (such as Science: It’s a Girl Thing!); * Discussion forums and online dialogue and debate by scientists or non-scientists.

We welcome papers that interrogate these developments by critically exploring, for instance, how online media are affecting scientific authority, the visions of science that are being constructed through online communication, the reception and interpretation of science online, or how online science communication is managed, produced and/or misused.

Full papers are due May 1, 2017, for publication likely in late 2017 or early 2018. Earlier submissions are very strongly encouraged. Mention the special issue in your cover letter. Late papers may be considered if extra space is available. Papers should follow the Science Communication guidelines for length and format; submit at Our ideal manuscript is between 7,000 and 9,000 words, inclusive of notes, references, and other material. Additional guidelines can be found at Queries regarding the special issue can be addressed to the guest editors (Sarah Davies, Joachim Allgaier, and Noriko Hara; contact at or to the journal’s editor, Susanna Priest, at

References Brossard D (2013) New media landscapes and the science information consumer. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(Supplement 3): 14096–14101. Gastrow M (2015) Science and the Social Media in an African Context The Case of the Square Kilometre Array Telescope. Science Communication 37(6): 703–722. Kahle K, Sharon AJ and Baram-Tsabari A (2016) Footprints of Fascination: Digital Traces of Public Engagement with Particle Physics on CERN’s Social Media Platforms. PLOS ONE 11(5): e0156409. Riesch H and Mendel J (2013) Science Blogging: Networks, Boundaries and Limitations. Science as Culture 23(1): 51–72. Steinke J (2013) In Her Own Voice: Identity Centrality and Perceptions of Workplace Climate in Blogs by Women Scientists. International Journal of Gender, Science and Technology 5(1): 25–51.

8th Tensions of Europe Conference

September 07 2017 to September 10 2017 | Athens

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: December 08 2016

2nd Call for Papers: Borders and Technology. The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from fields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.

Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).

Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion.


June 09 2017 to June 10 2017 | Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline: February 03 2017

Updated: October 07 2016

This two-day conference of the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS) will bring together researchers working on the history of post-World War II social science. It will provide a forum for the latest research on the cross-disciplinary history of the post-war social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, economics, psychology, political science, and sociology as well as related fields like area studies, communication studies, history, international relations, law and linguistics. We are especially eager to receive submissions that treat themes, topics, and events that span the history of individual disciplines.

The conference aims to build upon the recent emergence of work and conversation on cross-disciplinary themes in the postwar history of the social sciences. A number of monographs, edited collections, special journal issues, and gatherings at the École normale supérieure de Cachan, Duke University, Harvard University, the London School of Economics, New York University, the University of Toronto and elsewhere testify to a growing interest in the developments spanning the social sciences in the early, late, and post-Cold War periods. Most history of social science scholarship, however, remains focused on the 19th and early 20th centuries, and attuned to the histories of individual disciplines. Though each of the major social science fields now has a community of disciplinary historians, research explicitly concerned with cross-disciplinary topics remains comparatively rare. The purpose of the conference is to further encourage the limited but fruitful cross-disciplinary conversations of recent years.

Submissions are welcome in areas such as:

- The uptake of social science concepts and figures in wider intellectual and popular discourses - Comparative institutional histories of departments and programs - Border disputes and boundary work between disciplines as well as academic cultures - Themes and concepts developed in the history and sociology of natural and physical science, reconceptualized for the social science context - Professional and applied training programs and schools, and the quasi-disciplinary fields (like business administration) that typically housed them - The role of social science in post-colonial state-building governance - Social science adaptations to the changing media landscape - The role and prominence of disciplinary memory in a comparative context

The two-day conference, hosted by the Erasmus Institute for Public Knowledge in collaboration with the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam, will be organized as a series of one-hour, single-paper sessions attended by all participants. Ample time will be set aside for intellectual exchange between presenters and attendees, as all participants are expected to read pre-circulated papers in advance. Proposals should contain no more than 1000 words, indicating the originality of the paper. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is February 3, 2017. Final notification will be given in early March 2017 after proposals have been reviewed. Completed papers will be expected by May 15, 2017.

The organizing committee consists of

Jamie Cohen-Cole (George Washington University), Bregje van Eekelen (executive organizer, Erasmus University Rotterdam), Philippe Fontaine (École normale supérieure de Cachan), and Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College)

All proposals and requests for information should be sent to: For more information on the Society for the History of Recent Social Science (HISRESS), see the website.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Urban Infrastructure History and the Social Sciences

May 30 2017 to June 01 2017 | NYU Paris

Deadline: September 01 2016

Updated: September 15 2016

Recent work in history, anthropology, science and technology studies, geography, resilience/sustainability and other disciplines has explored the multiple social effects of infrastructure. Studies of electric power networks, aqueducts, roads and waste disposal systems have examined not only the provision of services to urban residents, but also distributions of political power, the organization of capital, contentious claims by and about labor, and environmental and distributional inequalities. Social histories and ethnographies of public and private infrastructure have demonstrated that infrastructures reshape the lives of their users even as urban residents fight to reshape it to their own ends. This work has revealed both the material grounding of urban social relations and the social life of material infrastructure. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the History and Social Life of Urban Infrastructure seeks to extend and expand this work.

The conference will bring together humanists, social scientists, and those from other disciplines studying urban infrastructure’s past, present, and future. The symposium aims to allow examination of questions including: 1. How should we understand the role of infrastructural networks in the historical development and daily social life of cities? 2. How has the development of infrastructure shaped the expectations of urban citizenship? What happens when these expectations go unrealized? 3. How should we understand the ways in which infrastructure produces or diminishes urban space and power relations? 4. What is the relationship between infrastructure and the organization of urban political power, including issues of citizenship, governmentality, and claims of rights to the city? 5. How have the resource allocations of urban infrastructure reshaped the non-human world, both within and beyond the city? 6. How has infrastructure developed differently in cities under colonial, post-colonial, socialist, Keynesian, and neo-liberal governing regimes? 7. What is the role of urban infrastructure in shaping community and supporting resilience, and how has this role emerged and evolved over time? In order to allow comparison of methodologies for the study of infrastructure, the conference aims to include scholars employing ethnographic, quantitative, and archival approaches. To enable comparison across time and place, the organizers hope to include scholars working on cities in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. We welcome submissions examining both modern and early modern eras.

The symposium will be held at NYU Paris May 31-June 1, 2017, co-sponsored by the NYU Department of History, the Department of Technology, Culture, and Society at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and NYU Shanghai and funded by a grant from the NYU Provost’s Global Initiatives. The conference papers and presentations will be in English. The conference will be limited to a maximum of thirty papers, limited to ten double-spaced pages. Papers will be due by April 1, 2017 and pre-circulated, with a short oral presentation by the author, followed by two commentators and discussion on the floor. Those interested in presenting should submit abstracts of no more than 250 words by September 1, 2016 and will be selected by the organizing committee. Abstracts should be sent to Krysta Battersby, Project Manager, Department of Technology, Culture and Society, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Rust/Resistance: Works of Recovery

June 20 2017 to June 24 2017 | Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: September 15 2016

2017 Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE) Biennial Conference

In Rust: The Longest War, Jonathan Waldman claims that, for those who “yield to rust, find beauty in rust, capitalize on rust, raise awareness of rust, and teach about rust, work is riddled with scams, lawsuits, turf battles, and unwelcome oversight. Explosions, collisions, arrests, threats, and insults abound.” Rust is the underside of cosmopolis. Rust belts follow industry and its corrosions; the parasitic Rust fungi are enemies of agriculture. And yet there is an irenic side to rust: it inspires contemplation, the search for beauty, and the effort to defend what is threatened. As an agent of time, rust sponsors stories of collapse-and-recovery, evolution-and-extinction, but it also questions them. Narratives of progress that see rust as the enemy are not universal. In Japanese aesthetics, for instance, sabi is the beauty of natural aging and aged materials; what is new is not as lovely as what has weathered. In a time obsessed by environmental apocalypse, rust may reveal other trajectories for cultures of recovery.

Resurget Cineribus, “It Will Rise from the Ashes,” is the motto of Detroit—our host city. Long associated with steel, car culture, and the music of Motown, Detroit is also a site of struggle for racial and environmental justice, against depopulation and “ruin porn,” and for the preservation of artistic heritage. A nexus of encounters between indigenous nations and the French fur trade, it became a locus of the Great Migration, “white flight,” and gentrification. Water-rich on the strait between Lake Huron and Lake Erie, Detroit and its neighbors struggle against corroded infrastructure and government corruption. For all those reasons, Detroit is an ideal place to confer about rust, resistance, and recovery. We invite participants to interpret the conference theme as broadly as possible and to imagine their work in terms of content and form. We particularly encourage non-traditional modes of presentation, including hybrid, performative and collaborative works; panels that minimize formal presentation in favor of engaged emergent discussion; interdisciplinary approaches; environmentally inflected readings of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, film, theatre and other media; and proposals from outside the academic humanities, including submissions from artists, writers, teachers, practitioners, activists and colleagues in the social and natural sciences.

Proposals must be submitted online at All proposals must be submitted by December 12, 2016. We will evaluate your proposal carefully and notify you of its final status by February 15, 2017. If you are a panel organizer and would like a panel CFP posted to the ASLE website, please use the online submission form here: Note: you must be or become a member of ASLE by the time of registration to present at the conference. Join or check your membership status at Read full CFP here:

The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference

September 07 2017 to September 10 2017 | Athens

Deadline: February 15 2017

Updated: May 10 2016

Borders and Technology

The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will have as its main theme the history of borders and technology. We invite papers studying the history of the relationship between national borders and transnational infrastructures, hidden technological linking and delinking that reinforced or challenged border delineations and demarcations, the relationship between borders and technologically-induced environmental crises and disasters, the virtualization of borders and the territories that they contain through the use of electronic and related technologies, geopolitics and technology, the redefinition of borders due to the use of technology (and vice versa), all the way from the production to the circulation and use of goods and commodities. One central aim is to cross-fertilize between disciplines and we therefore invite contributions from a wide variety of historical disciplines as well as from fields like Migration and Border Studies, Migration History, Mobility History, etc, especially in connection to borders and migrations from, to and within Europe.

Themes that fall under the general agenda of the Tensions of Europe network are very welcomed (e.g. transnational histories of technology, history of European infrastructures and networks, environment and technology, the democracy-technology relationship, conflicting interests and technology, technology and hidden integration, technology and culture, gender and technology, technology and ethnicity, technology and disability).

Tensions of Europe has a long tradition of fostering alternative meeting formats. We encourage proposals for non-traditional sessions with different formats and new ideas (e.g. round tables, agenda-building sessions, brainstorm sessions, break-out groups with assignments, poster discussion, film discussion, event-based sessions). As long as quality can be demonstrated, the program committee will not prioritize between formats. By quality we mean suggestions that promise constructive, stimulating and engaging discussion.

We invite scholars from all relevant fields to submit proposal to the website.
by 15 February 2017

All proposals should include a title, short abstract, the academic title and affiliation of the applicant(s) and a short bio. Please name your file with your surname. Abstracts for individual papers and posters should be no more than 300 words. For panels, we ask for a description of the theme of the panel (max 300 words) together with shorter abstracts (max 150 words) of the individual papers. If you wish to suggest a presentation of a different format, please use these word limits as guidelines. We will inform applicants by April 1st 2017 whether their contribution has been accepted. A second call for papers with information about keynote speakers will be distributed by the end of 2016. Conference website:

Welcome to Athens in September 2017!

Aristotle Tympas (Chair of the Organizing Committee)

Division of History of Science and Technology Department of Philosophy and History of Science School of Science National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

The Tensions of Europe conference is organized biennially. Tensions of Europe is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who study the shaping of Europe by paying attention to the role of technology and material culture. It welcomes fruitful interaction between historians of technology and scholars who study technology from all other fields of the humanities and the social sciences ( The 8th Tensions of Europe Conference will be co-organized by the Division of History of Science and Technology, Department of Philosophy and History of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens ( and the Foundation for the History of Technology (, which is hosted by the Eindhoven University of Technology.

New Edited Volume from Hindmarsh and Priestley, The Fukushima Effect: A New Geopolitical Terrain

Updated: February 04 2016

The 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.

Bioethics Assistant Professor, Dept of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania

Updated: November 07 2015

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor position in either the non-tenure clinician-educator track or the tenure track. Track will be commensurate with experience. Responsibilities include 60% protected research time with minimal administrative commitments. The successful applicant will teach up to two courses a year in the Department’s graduate program. Applicants must have an M.D and/or Ph.D or equivalent degree.

Applicants who have earned a J.D. will also be considered. Applicants must have demonstrated excellent qualifications as a teacher and bioethics-related scholar.

The Department is dedicated to advanced empirical and conceptual research on theoretical and applied issues in bioethics. We are seeking a scholar whose work bridges empirical and conceptual methods and has concrete and substantial policy implications. The successful candidate will be expected to seek grant funding to support her/his research activities as well as a portion of her/his salary.

The Department has four major areas of research focus: resource allocation and priority-setting, global health ethics, neuroethics, and ethics and policy in science and research. There are 11 full time faculty members in the Department, with backgrounds ranging from medicine to philosophy to law to anthropology. Salary is a 12-month competitive salary based on medical school scale. Proposed start date is July 1, 2016 or later.

Applicants should upload a CV, cover letter, and statement of research interest (maximum 2 pages) with the online application.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Apply for this position online at:

Call for Reviews: Volumen 5 (1): “Science, Technology, Society – and the Americas?”

Deadline: December 15 2015

Updated: November 06 2015

Technological and scientific innovations affect society. How would you access, read and process this call for CROLAR if not on a computer screen? Through webpages, email, and social networks, we are able to distribute information in an instant, to connect with people across spatial and social boundaries, to maintain personal bonds and to create collectives that transcend the online/offline division. At the same time, technological and scientific innovations also dissolve collectivity and dis-connect people. New and old forms of exclusion and discrimination are (re-)produced along the lines of age, gender, race, class, or geographical location. Re/configurations of the social through science and technology have been studied for a wide range of subjects – from the mundane world of domestic appliances such as Cowan’s “Where the Refrigerator Got its Hum” (Cowan 1985), through to the futuristic public transport project of Latour’s Aramis (Latour 1996), all the way to “Seeing like a Rover” on Mars (Vertesi 2012). Beginning with the work of Robert Merton in the 1940s in which he analysed science as a social institution (Merton 1973), this field has since developed into a heterogeneous set of studies focusing on the various relations between science and technology, and society.

Instead of assuming that innovations or paradigmatic changes occur out of nothing, these scholars increasingly combine perspectives from the fields of anthropology, sociology, political science, philosophy, history and communication studies to account for the complex constellations of actors behind processes such as scientific ‘discoveries’ and technological inventions. Criticising and adding to these perspectives, feminist and postcolonial authors like Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Helen Verran, and Sandra Harding have pointed us to the power-asymmetries and unequal distributions of agency amongst those actors. In the meantime, Latin America was developing its own studies into the rapport between society and science and technologies, spurred by scientists and engineers concerned with the disconnect between the knowledge being produced locally and the influence and pressures from the global North (Kreimer 2007). More recently, research concerned with social inequality in Latin America has developed new concepts such as “social technologies” (tecnologías sociales), technologies dedicated to resolving social or environmental problems (Thomas 2011). Perhaps ironically, research such as Thomas’ and other Latin-American authors’ are outnumbered in mainstream academic journals of the field in favor of publications and projects that focus on social and techno-scientific processes in the US and Europe.

This Volume of CROLAR asks about the other part of the Americas: What can authors from the global North learn from the rich and long-standing tradition of research at the intersection of technology/science and social inequality, politics, or activism from or about Latin America? We are calling for reviews on recent publications that develop a critical perspective on the influence of technology and science on society – or vice versa! We are especially interested in reviews that interrogate the potential of those studies for countering social and political inequalities by making knowledges that have long-time been exclusively shared among “experts” in the natural sciences available to a broader public. In addition to traditional single-book reviews, this volume features a new CROLAR-format of review articles with a thematic focus. These reviews should cover 3-5 books on current debates or a given topic. We are also actively encouraging reviews on works that transcend the limits of academic production, aimed at a larger audience and related to current events. They will be published in the section “interventions” and may include reviews of works by journalists, activists, practitioners, artists and others. For this particular section we suggest reviewers to write about projects that do not have a book format, such as documentaries, blogs, websites and artistic projects.

Reviews must be sent before December 15th, 2015. Publication is planned for April 2016. Please get back to us as soon as possible so we can organize the volume and the ordering of review copies via CROLAR. Reviews might be written in English, German, Portuguese, or Spanish. Ideally, the review should be in a different language than the reviewed publication or project. The section policies and formal requirements for the reviews can be found at the website.

We are looking forward to reading from you! If you are interested in writing a review or have any other suggestions or questions please contact the editors of the volume: Laura Kemmer (laura.kemmer[at] and Raquel Velho (raquel.velho.12[at]

CROLAR is an online review journal offering critical reviews of recently published writings on Latin America, founded in July 2012 and domiciled at the Institute for Latin American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. It is an interdisciplinary journal embracing contributions on literary studies, history, sociology, economics, anthropology and political science. It is an open access and free to use journal. CROLAR is published twice a year and multilingual since July 2012.

Cowan, Ruth Schwartz. 1985. "How the refrigerator got its hum." In The Social Shaping of Technology, edited by Donald MacKenzie and Judy Wajcman, 202-218. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Kreimer, Pablo. 2007. "Social Studies of Science and Technology in Latin America: A Field in the Process of Consolidation." Science, Technology & Society 12 (1).

Latour, Bruno. 1996. Aramis, or, The love of technology. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

Merton, Robert K. 1973. The sociology of science: Theoretical and empirical investigations: University of Chicago press.

Thomas, Hernán. 2011. "Tecnologías sociales y ciudadanía socio-técnica: notas para la construcción de la matriz material de un futuro viable." Ciência & Tecnologia Social 1 (1).

Vertesi, Janet. 2012. "Seeing like a Rover: Visualization, embodiment, and interaction on the Mars Exploration Rover Mission." Social Studies of Science 42 (3):393-414.

Institute for Advanced Studies

October 01 2016 to June 30 2017 | Graz, Austria

Deadline: December 31 2015

Updated: November 06 2015

The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, tech- nology and society, as well as technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of socially and

environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS is an institute for the enhancement of science, techno- logy and society studies. The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2016 and 30 June 2017 as a

• Research Fellow (up to nine months); or, • Visiting Scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month).

The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure. Close co-operation with researchers at the IFZ (Inter-University

Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture), and the Graz unit of STS (Institute of Science, Technology and Society

Studies, Klagenfurt University), guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an atmosphere of creativity

and scholarly discussion. Furthermore, we can offer five grants, worth EUR 940,- per month, for long-term Research Fellows

at the IAS-STS.

The Fellowship Programme 2016-2017 is dedicated to projects investigating the following issues:

1. Gender – Technology – Environment

This area of research particularly focuses on gender and queer dimensions in science and technology. On the one hand, individual

perspectives of actors in the technological field are taken into account; on the other hand, educational, organisational, societal, envi- ronmental, and political issues (e.g. queer ecology or environmental justice) are gaining more and more relevance. Queer perspectives

on STS are of special interest, including analyses of the reproduction of sexual binaries or reproductions of marginalized/hegemonic

positions and normalizations in and through science and technologies.

2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology

Applications are sought in two thematic areas: First, following some 20 years of public debate, agricultural biotechnology continues to be a

deeply controversial issue in the EU, partly fueled by progress in science and technology innovation such as GM industrial and energy crops,

or novel breeding techniques. Research should contribute to a better understanding of the regulatory, broader policy and governance

challenges of agricultural biotechnology, and/or explore strategies to manage these challenges. Second, in recent years, social studies of

the life sciences were bound to large scale research programmes. In many countries, these funding schemes have now come to an end.

This is an opportunity to review these previous programmes via collaborative engagement with the life sciences, as well as to explore new

ways of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues when analysing the life sciences as a social process.

3. Sustainable and Innovative Public Procurement & Ecodesign

The supply side policy “Ecodesign”, and the demand side policy “Public Procurement” are used to support the transition towards

green, socially responsible and innovative markets. Nonetheless, scientific research in these respective fields is still limited. Re- searchers investigating the following areas are encouraged to apply: The environmental impact or the innovation potential of green

public procurement and “Ecodesign”; the impact of socially responsible public procurement; the hurdles, success factors, efficacy,

and wider implications of European or national policies for sustainable and innovative public procurement and “Ecodesign”.

4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems

Based on analyses of social, technological and organisational frameworks of energy use, projects should contribute to the shaping

of sustainable energy, climate and technology policies. They should focus on socio-economic aspects of energy technologies or on

strategies of environmental technology policy. They should develop measures and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy

sources; for the transition to a sustainable energy system; or, contribute to the field of sustainable construction. Regional governance,

climate policy strategies, innovation policy, participation and the role of users are important themes. In addition, the Manfred Heindler

grant is awarded to research projects concerning the increased use of renewable energies and the more efficient use of energy.

5. Sustainable Food Systems

Food security, nutrition, food quality and safety, resource scarcity, carbon foot prints and other challenges faced in urban or rural

areas are currently dominating the industrialized and globalized food systems. Research applications exploring different forms of

sustainable food systems, as well as related social practices and socioeconomic/technical processes in the production, distribution,

marketing, and consumption of food are encouraged. A particular focus lies on governance mechanisms, policies, and their (potential)

contribution to a wider transformation towards more sustainable cities, regions and societies.

Applications must be submitted to the IAS-STS by 31 December 2015.

For application forms and further information:

Please visit our website:

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)

Attn. Günter Getzinger • Kopernikusgasse 9 • 8010 Graz • Austria • E-mail:

New Book from Bruno Cardoso: Todos os Olhos: videovigilancia voyerismos e (re)producao imagética

Updated: May 11 2015

Todos 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.

Inventing the Social

May 29 2014 to May 30 2014 | Goldsmiths University of London

Updated: April 23 2014

Celebrating 10 years of the Centre for the Study of Invention and Social Process Goldsmiths

This symposium celebrates the 10th year anniversary of CSISP, which quite miraculously coincides with the 50 year birthday of Goldsmiths Sociology. The event will explore the challenges associated with the 'return of the social', the pervasive suggestion that the 'social' is back, now that social media, social innovation and social design present and push themselves as objects, instruments and contexts of research and engagement. We ask: can we understand these phenomena as renewed efforts at the socialization of technology, the environment and associated entities? We are especially interested in recent claims to the effect that sociality is not only enacted, but can equally be invented, produced and generated with devices and settings. This also raises an experimental question for social and cultural research and theory themselves: how can we participate in the invention of socials?

With: Andrew Barry (UCL), Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths), Nigel Clark (Lancaster University), Rebecca Coleman (Goldsmiths), Will Davies (Warwick University), Maarten Derksen (Universiteit Groningen), Ignacio Farias (WZB, Berlin), Carolin Gerlitz (University of Amsterdam), Michael Halewood (Essex), Anders Koed Madsen (Aalborg University Copenhagen), Bernd Kraeftner/Judith Kroell (Vienna), Daniel Lopez (Catalunya), Linsey McGoey (Essex), Liz Moor (Goldsmiths), Fabian Muniesa (Mines Tech, Paris), Dan Neyland (Goldsmiths), David Oswell (Goldsmiths), Marsha Rosengarten (Goldsmiths), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Manuel Tironi (Catholic University of Chile) Organisers: Noortje Marres, Michael Guggenheim & Alex Wilkie (Goldsmiths) All welcome. If you would like to participate, please register by sending an email to

Forced Migration:  Challenges and Change 3rd Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Refu

May 06 2010 | McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Deadline: January 29 2010

Updated: February 14 2010

In recent years, the idea of change has charged political debate in countries around the world and has, in some cases, catalyzed the election of new governments and the creation of innovative programs and policies. This period has also been one of significant change for the field of forced migration. New policies and increasingly securitized perceptions of forced migration have created new practices such as interdiction, detention and expedited deportation that have changed the protection landscape in both the global North and South. At the same time as scholars have questioned the labelling and bureaucratic categorization of forced migrants, the United Nations has piloted new approaches to improve the protection and assistance available to members of traditionally marginalized ?categories?, particularly internally displaced persons. Massive displacement in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Cyclone Nargis raised the profile of ?environmental refugees? as an issue predicted to grow in importance as the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident. In Canada, the government has recently announced that it is preparing a package of changes to the refugee determination system, including the fast-tracking of claims from countries that are generally considered safe. As a precursor to more sweeping anticipated changes, the government has already imposed visa requirements on Mexico and the Czech Republic in an attempt to stem the flow of refugee claimants from those countries.

The 2010 CARFMS Conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, displaced persons and advocates from diverse disciplinary and regional backgrounds to discuss the changes and challenges faced in the field of forced migration. We invite participants from a wide range of perspectives to explore the practical, experiential, policy-oriented, legal and theoretical questions raised by different processes of change affecting forced migrants at the local, national, regional and international levels. The conference will feature keynote and plenary speeches from leaders in the field, and we welcome proposals for individual papers and organized panels structured around the following broad sub-themes:

Asylum, protection and durable solutions: Needs, current practices and prospects for reform Calls for reform of national and international refugee protection systems have been raised in different quarters, with dramatically diverse visions for change. What are the key challenges facing advocates, policymakers and displaced communities and individuals? How have trends in the interception, interdiction, processing, detention, deportation, protection, settlement and integration of forced migrants shaped prospects for reform? What models might inform the productive reform of the Canadian refugee system? What role might scholars play in efforts to strengthen the protection of forced migrants and the effective resolution of displacement?

Theorizing the changing field of forced migration

Past decades have seen rapid development ? domestically and internationally ? in the study of refugee protection and forced migration both within traditional disciplines and across disciplinary lines. With such significant change in research and policy in recent years, the longer view ? both to the past and to the future ? cannot be neglected. What is the nature of refugee protection in a globalized world, and how is it important (or not) to consider the ?new? era? What have been the historical trajectories of laws, policies and practices in forced migration, and how can the historicization of the field advance understandings of change and contemporary challenges? How have different disciplines, methodologies and approaches affected our understandings? Finally, what role is there for actors outside of academia, from policymakers and refugee advocates to displaced persons themselves?

Experiencing displacement: Changes and challenges How have recent political and social changes, and changes in the structure and operation of the refugee regime affected the lives of displaced persons? What can scholars of forced migration learn about the contemporary reality of the refugee regime by focusing on the lived experience of displaced individuals and communities? In this section, we particularly welcome presentations by displaced individuals, advocates, and organizations working directly with forced migrants.

Pre-conference workshops/networking A number of pre-conference workshops and networking sessions will take place on the afternoon of May 5. More information on pre-conference workshops/session will be available on conference website shortly.

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS Individuals wishing to present a paper at the conference must submit a 250-word abstract by January 29, 2010. The conference organizers welcome submissions of both individual papers and proposals for panels.

Please submit your abstract via the conference website: For more information, please contact Heather Johnson

Call for Papers Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America

April 08 2010 | Venice, Italy

Deadline: May 15 2010

Updated: January 14 2010

Panel on: Artificial life: Golems, Homunculi, Automata
The definition of life seems to be a particularly 20th- or 21st- century conundrum with our current debates over the ethics of cloning, abortion, and stem-cell research. Although the Judeo-Christian creation story set forth in Genesis established orthodox views on the origins of life and the differences among humans and other animals, the period saw its own upheavals in the understanding of life, from the discovery of bizarre life forms in newly explored regions of the planet to the revelations of the microscope. I invite papers that look at the possibilities for artificial life or artificial intelligence, as they were explored in fields such as alchemy, natural philosophy, mechanics and clockworks, or mathematics. What does the early modern quest for artificial life tell us about religious, metaphysical, scientific, or political definitions of the body and mind? Please send a CV and abstract of no more than 150 words by 15 May to Sarah Benson, Saint John's College, Annapolis: or

cAIR10 Applied Interculturality Research

April 07 2010 | University of Graz, Austria

Deadline: October 15 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

cAIR combines the resources of research (universities, institutes) and practice (government, civil society, NGOs, schools, media) to raise awareness about sexism, racism and xenophobia and reduce its prevalence and impact. cAIR helps practitioners to benefit from researchers, and researchers from practitioners - and promotes high standards in both areas. Keynote addresses will be given by international leaders in interculturality research and practice.

The extended deadline for submission of project summaries is October 15th - further information and the guidelines for the project summaries can be found on our homepage: Please send your project summaries to:

International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010

March 25 2010 | Cameroon

Updated: January 14 2010

It is quite opportune that Africa has something to contribute to the information age. First, with innovations like mobile phones, we can say that Africa has not been left out. Africa is reported to be the world's single fastest-growing regional mobile market. Second, some researchers have noted that there tends to be mismatch between the realities for developing economies and assumptions of Western models of enterprise, thus as business practices evolve with their changing business environments, more research is needed to redefine existing knowledge to be consistent and applicable with the dynamic nature of the environment. These developments draw attention to a number of questions. What role can we play in the information age? Is Africa going to be only consumers of the information age or can Africa join the producers of ICT knowledge, products and services? What could be emergent patterns of ICT knowledge transfer in development? Is there an opportunity for unique contribution from Africa in this information age?
If there is, then let us tell the story of what we have in this conference. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), The National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) and The Louisiana Board of Regents, we are pleased to announce The International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010. The International Conference on ICT for Africa 2010 (ICIA 2010) is themed 'ICT for Development - Contributions of the South'.

This conference will bring together a fine mix of practitioners and academicians in the area of ICTs for sustainable development. The conference will explore the contributions of Africa to the global ICT for development discourse and efforts. The objective is to highlight the synergy of collaboration between African countries and other developing countries, and between African countries and the developed countries towards development solutions. Discussions and panel debates will therefore question how ICTs become the process for South-to-South knowledge transfer and South-to-North knowledge transfer in both research and practice. Workshops will explore international grant-seeking opportunities for ICT research and projects, e-learning for African universities and new frontiers in telemedicine and tele-neonatology research and practice in Africa. Visit the website at

ICT and Development:Research Voices from Africa,  International Federation for Information Processin

March 22 2010 | Makerere University, Uganda

Deadline: November 30 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

“ICT for development” has attracted wide attention for several years now. Often we hear about ICT in Africa, much more rarely about ICT from African voices. Why did our knowledge about the correlations between ICT and the economy and society fail to develop ICT to support development? Is the mainstream model of conceptualising and implementing ICT4D applicable and helpful in the African context? What are the alternatives to dominant approaches? This workshop is intended to provide a forum for discussion of ICT research approaches and findings that emerged from and relevant to the African contexts. We are particularly interested in receiving written submissions from African researchers in ICT for development, and from African intellectuals outside the mainstream ICT-based approach to economic growth and social improvements.
We welcome explanatory papers, aiming at analysis and understanding of ICT in actual African contexts. More precisely, the workshop invites short papers in the following focal areas: discontinuities between the African context and dominant ICT paradigm role of information, and ICT, within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world barriers against Africa’s adoption, appropriation and autonomous use of ICT•cultural issues that may shape ICT adoption in unexpected ways•alternative strategies of ICT implementation and sustainability in Africa uncertainty, unpredictability, risk and serendipity related to ICT initiatives•role of ICT in empowerment, illiteracy, poverty eradication, and human development in Africa. The workshop is intended to be informal and inclusive in order to provide a “bigger picture” of ICT in Africa.
We welcome participants from academic institutions engaged in similar research, governmental and non-governmental organizations, public and private sector representatives, entrepreneurs and grass-root movements, civil society and ICT practitioners.
SubmissionsWe call for submission of short papers, in the form of long abstracts, up to 2000 words. Please send them as email attachments to this

Fourth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

February 13 2010 | University of Illinois, Chicago

Deadline: June 11 2009

Updated: January 14 2010

We are excited to be holding this year's Conference in Chicago, one of the world's great design cities. Chicago serves as a living history of modern architecture - the home of the world's first skyscrapers and, at various times, of architects Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. More recently and notably in the global design scene, Chicago-based Sol Sender created the the design strategy and concept for the 2008 Obama campaign for the US Presidency. Chicago is also a marvelous city of art and design galleries, and museums, including a recently opened modern art wing to the Chicago Art Institute, designed by Renzo Piano. This dynamic history, and continuing spirit of creativity, makes Chicago an environment well suited to the goals and spirit of the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices.

The Design Conference is a place to explore the meaning and purpose of 'design', as well as speaking in grounded ways about the task of design and the use of designed artifacts and processes. The Conference is a cross-disciplinary forum that brings together researchers, teachers and practitioners to discuss the nature and future of design. In professional and disciplinary terms, the Conference traverses a broad sweep to construct a dialogue which encompasses the perspectives and practices of: anthropology, architecture, art, artificial intelligence, business, cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, cultural studies, design studies, education, e-learning, engineering, ergonomics, fashion, graphic design, history, information systems, industrial design, industrial engineering, instructional design, interior design, interaction design, interface design, journalism, landscape architecture, law, linguistics and semiotics, management, media and entertainment, psychology, sociology, software engineering and telecommunications.

This highly inclusive format provides Conference Delegates with significant opportunities to connect with people from shared fields and disciplines and with those from vastly different specialisations. The resulting conversations provide ample occasions for mutual learning, often weaving between the theoretical and the empirical, research and application, and market pragmatics and social idealism.

As well as an international line-up of plenary speakers, the Conference will also include numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by practitioners, teachers and researchers. Presenters may choose to submit written papers for publication in the refereed Design Principles and Practices: an International Journal of Design Principles and Practices. If you are unable to attend the Conference in person, virtual registrations are also available which allow you to submit a paper for refereeing and possible publication, as well as access to the Journal.

Whether you are a virtual or in-person presenter at the Design Conference, we also encourage you to present on the Conference YouTube Channel. Please select the Online Sessions link on the Conference website for further details.

The deadline for the next round in the call for papers (a title and short abstract) is 11 June 2009. Future deadlines will be announced on the Conference website after this date. Proposals are reviewed within two weeks of submission. Full details of the Conference, including an online proposal submission form, may be found at the Conference website -

2010 College Art Association Conference

February 10 2010 | Chicago

Deadline: May 08 2009


Updated: January 14 2010

Please see teh website for more information: ( for more information about the conference and for details about how to submit a proposal. Proposals should be emailed directly to Aviva Dove Viebahn ( no later than May 8, 2009, with all CAA-required accompanying materials included.

iConference Workshop on Sociotechnical systems, “Keywords of the Sociotechnical”

February 03 2010 | University of Illinois, Urbana Champagne

Updated: January 14 2010

This workshop will provide a venue to gather and discuss our intellectual traditions, research objects, and vocabularies in order to elaborate and clarify the keywords of the sociotechnical.

The workshop builds on and extends efforts that have included the 2008 & 2009 Summer Research Institute of the Consortium for the Science of Sociotechnical Systems (CSST). These Research Institutes, supported by the National Science Foundation and held at the University of Michigan (2008) and Syracuse University (2009), brought together a diverse set of researchers from fields as diverse as science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, management and organizational studies, library and information science, sociology, social informatics, and computer science, to begin exploring and framing a future research agenda centered on socio-technical research. . You may register