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Last updated 04/23/2014 by Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone.

2014 STM Graduate Paper Prize, Society for Medical Anthropology

Deadline: June 01 2014

Updated: April 10 2014

The Science, Technology, and Medicine (STM) interest group of the Society for Medical Anthropology is pleased to welcome submissions for the 2014 STM Graduate Student Paper Prize. This prize is awarded annually for a paper that offers an innovative approach to issues in science, technology or medicine. These issues include:

1. How scientific research, technological transformation and professional medicine inform public health policy and popular culture and affect the intimate realms of bodily experience;

2. The ways laboratory and experimental medicine (both public and private sector) are influenced by economic and political institutions and patient mobilization;

3. The specificities of the development, regulation, marketing and distribution of pharmaceuticals and biologics;

4. How local experiences of illness and health are refracted through established modes of discrimination (such as class, race and gender) and unequal access to new medical technologies; and

5. The extent to which pragmatic and embodied responses to medical science and technology shape concepts of personhood and degrees of political membership.

Submission rules:

• The word count should be 6,000-8,000
• All authors must be enrolled as a graduate students at the time of submission
• The paper can be under review at the time of submission, but it cannot be in press or published
• To enable a blind review process, the submission email should include two word documents: (1) a cover sheet with author name, affiliation(s) and acknowledgments, and (2) the paper (abstract included) with no identifying information listed.

The winner of the prize will be announced at the 2014 AAA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The winner will receive an award certificate or plaque, detailed suggestions from the committee of judges on ways to prepare the article for publication, and a cash prize of $100.

Submissions should be emailed by June 1, 2014 to Nayantara “Tara” Sheoran, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For more information on the STM interest group, go to: http://www.medanthro.net/research/stm/index.html.

Computer History Museum Prize 2014 - Call for Submissions

Deadline: May 15 2014


Updated: April 10 2014

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. Books published in 2011-2013 are eligible for the 2014 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. Send one copy of the nominated title to each of the committee members listed below. To be considered, book submissions must be postmarked by 15 May 2014.

For more information, please contact the prize committee chair.

Current information about the prize, including the most recent call and a list of previous winners, may always be found at http://www.sigcis.org/chmprize.

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 long-time 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.

2014 Prize Committee Members

Rebecca Slayton: Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University, 616 Serra Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6055. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

David Nofre (chair): Research Affiliate, Centre d'Estudis d'Història de la Ciència at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Send books to him at Kleyn Proffijtlaan 47, 2343DB Oegstgeest, Netherlands .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Joseph A. November: Associate Professor, University of South Carolina, Department of History, 817 Henderson St., Gambrell Hall, Room 245, Columbia, SC 29208. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please address any questions to David Nofre.

Previous Winners
•2009: Christophe Lécuyer, Making Silicon Valley: Innovation and the Growth of High Tech, 1930-1970 (MIT Press, 2006).
•2010: Atsushi Akera, Calculating a Natural World: Scientists, Engineers, and Computers During the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research (MIT Press, 2007).
•2011: Paul N. Edwards, A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming (MIT Press, 2010).
•2012: Eden Medina, Cybernetic Revolutionaries:Technology and Politics in Allende's Chile (MIT Press, 2011).
•2013: Joseph A. November. Biomedical Computing: Digitizing Life in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012).

New Book by Sal Restivo et al.: Worlds of ScienceCraft


Updated: April 03 2014

Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy, and Science Studies, by Sal Restivo, Sabrina Weiss, and Alexander Stingl (Ashgate, 2014). June 2014 publication date.

Available for pre-ordering on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Worlds-Sciencecraft-Horizons-Sociology-Philosophy/dp/1409445275/

First issue of Journal of Responsible Innovation: Read for free


Updated: March 11 2014

Read the first issue of Journal of Responsible Innovation for free: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/tjri20

The first issue includes the following articles:

Editorial: Responsible innovation: motivations for a new journal
David H. Guston, Erik Fisher, Armin Grunwald, Richard Owen, Tsjalling Swierstra & Simone van der Burg

Research Articles

Governance of new product development and perceptions of responsible innovation in the financial sector: insights from an ethnographic case study
Keren Asante, Richard Owen & Glenn Williamson

Mapping ‘social responsibility’ in science
Cecilie Glerup & Maja Horst

Knowledge kills action – why principles should play a limited role in policy making
J. Britt Holbrook & Adam Briggle

Where are the politics in responsible innovation? European governance, technology assessments, and beyond
Michiel van Oudheusden

Discussion Paper: Responsible innovation, the art and craft of anticipation
Alfred Nordmann
Discussion Paper: Responses

On the hermeneutic need for future anticipation
Simone van der Burg

On not Forgetting Futures
Cynthia Selin

From foresight to hindsight: the promise of history in responsible innovation
James Wilsdon


The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's commitment to a framework for responsible innovation
Richard Owen

Responsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research
B. Taebi, A. Correljé, E. Cuppen, M. Dignum & U. Pesch

Notes From the S.NET Conference
Jonathan Hankins


Special Eurobarometer 401: survey summary on responsible research and innovation, science and technology
Grace Eden

Refining expertise: how responsible engineers subvert environmental justice challenges
Kelly Moore

Ethics on the laboratory floor
Julio R. Tuma

Fixed: the science/fiction of human enhancement
Stevienna de Saille

The Journal of Responsible Innovation (JRI) provides a forum for discussions of ethical, social and governance issues that arise in a society that places great emphasis on innovation. It also offers an opportunity to articulate, strengthen and critique perspectives about the role of responsibility in the research and development process. For more information and Instructions for Authors, please visit http://www.tandfonline.com/tjri.

2014 FHHS/JHBS John C. Burnham Early Career Award

Deadline: June 30 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The Forum for History of Human Science invites submissions for the FHHS/JHBS John C. Burnham Early Career Award for 2014. This award is intended for scholars, including graduate students, who do not hold a tenured position and are not more than seven years past the Ph.D. Unpublished manuscripts dealing with any aspect of the history of the human sciences are welcome.

The winning article will be announced at the annual History of Science Society meeting, and can then be submitted to the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences with FHHS endorsement, to undergo the regular review process. When the article is accepted for publication, the publisher of JHBS will announce the award and issue a US $500 honorarium. The manuscript cannot be submitted to any other journal and still qualify for this award.

Email manuscript and curriculum vitae (PDF format) by June 30, 2014 to Nadine Weidman (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

2014 Forum for History of Human Society Dissertation Award

Deadline: June 30 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The Forum for History of Human Science invites submissions for the 2014 FHHS Dissertation Award, a prize of US $250 for the best recent doctoral dissertation on some aspect of the history of the human sciences. The competition takes place during even-numbered years. The winner of the prize will be announced at the annual History of Science Society meeting.

Entries are encouraged from authors in any discipline, so long as the work is related to the history of the human sciences, broadly construed. To be eligible, the dissertation must be in English and have been formally filed within the three years previous to the year of the award (2011, 2012, 2013).

Submit the dissertation and curriculum vitae (PDF format) by June 30, 2014 to the FHHS Dropbox. To get access to the Dropbox, email Nadine Weidman (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)).

Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award, Yale University

Deadline: April 27 2014


Updated: February 15 2014

The Historical Library of the Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library at Yale University is pleased to announce its seventh annual Ferenc Gyorgyey Research Travel Award for use of the Historical Library.

The Medical Historical Library, located in New Haven, Connecticut, holds one of the country's largest collections of rare medical books, journals, prints, photographs, and pamphlets. Special strengths are the works of Hippocrates, Galen, Vesalius, Boyle, Harvey, Culpeper, Priestley, and S.
Weir Mitchell, and works on anesthesia, and smallpox inoculation and vaccination, as well as collections from the 17th-19th centuries. The Library owns over fifty medieval and renaissance manuscripts, Arabic and Persian manuscripts, and over 300 medical incunabula. The notable Clements C. Fry Collection of Prints and Drawings has over 2,500 fine prints, drawings, and posters from the 15th century to the present on medical subjects. The library also holds a great collection of tobacco advertisements, patent medicine ephemera, and a large group of materials from Harvey Cushing, one of the founding fathers of neurosurgery.

The 2014-2015 travel grant is available to historians, medical practitioners, and other researchers who wish to use the collections of the Medical Historical Library: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu

There is a single award of up to $1,500 for one week of research during the academic fiscal year July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. Funds may be used for transportation, housing, food, and photographic reproductions. The award is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae and a description of the project including the relevance of the collections of the Historical Library to the project, and two references attesting to the particular project. Preference will be given to applicants beyond commuting distance to the Historical Library. This award is for use of Medical Historical special collections and is not intended for primary use of special collections in other libraries at
Yale. Applications are due by Sunday, APRIL 27th, 2014. They will be considered by a committee and the candidates will be informed by JUNE 6th, 2014. An application form can be found on our website: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu/us/grant

pplications and requests for further information should be sent to:

Melissa Grafe, Ph.D
John R. Bumstead Librarian for Medical History Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library Yale University
P.O. Box 208014 New Haven, CT
Telephone: 203- 785-4354
Fax: 203-785-5636
E-mail: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Additional information about the Library and its collections may be found at: http://historical.medicine.yale.edu

New Book: Clinical Labor: Tissue Donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy


Updated: February 15 2014

Melinda Cooper and Catherine Waldby
Clinical Labor: Tissue donors and Research Subjects in the Global Bioeconomy. (Duke University Press 2014)
http://www.dukeupress.edu/Clinical-Labor (Enter the coupon code E14CLABR during checkout for a 30% discount.)

This book explores the proliferation of various forms of embodied, transactional work associated with the lower echelons of the biomedical and pharmaceutical industries. It argues that activities such as surrogacy, tissue donation and clinical trials should be understood as a specific kind of post-Fordist service work, continuous with but also distinct from the various forms of embodied service labor that proliferate in today’s postindustrial economies. Clinical labor is critical to the innovation strategies of the increasingly lucrative knowledge and service industries associated with pharmaceutical R&D and transnational surrogacy. Yet it is rarely if ever analyzed qua labor. Instead, it is considered as the exclusive purview of bioethical discourse, whose normative categories too often neglect the critical role of clinical labor within the political economy of the life sciences. This book provides a detailed account of the contemporary transnational geographies of clinical labor, mapping the contractual economies that link Indian and East European surrogates or egg donors with intending parents in North America and Western Europe, and the far-flung distribution of outsourced pharmaceutical research that recruits
human research subjects in New Jersey, Ahmedabad and Shanghai for the worldwide registration of new prescription drugs. It also situates clinical labor within a longer historical perspective, showing how human subject research and reproductive labor emerged out of the confined institutional spaces of the Fordist household, prison and clinic of the mid-twentieth century to take on the more distributed, outsourced forms of independent contract work that dominate today.

The first chapter is available on Scribd:http://www.scribd.com/doc/197850019/Clinical-Labor-by-Melinda-Cooper-and-Catherine-Waldby

New Edition of Scharff-Dusek Philosophy of Techology Anthology


Updated: December 15 2013

Philosophy of Technology: The Technological Condition: An Anthology, 2nd Edition

Robert C. Scharff (Editor), Val Dusek (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-54725-0
736 pages
January 2014, Wiley-Blackwell
Paperback: $59.95
E-book: 41.95

- The new edition of this authoritative introduction to the philosophy of technology includes recent developments in the subject, while retaining the range and depth of its selection of seminal contributions and its much-admired editorial commentary.
- Remains the most comprehensive anthology on the philosophy of technology available
- Includes editors’ insightful section introductions and critical summaries for each selection
- Revised and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field
- Combines difficult to find seminal essays with a judicious selection of contemporary material
- Examines the relationship between technology and the understanding of the nature of science that underlies technology studies

2014 ESST European Award for Aspiring Undergraduates

Deadline: June 30 2014


Updated: December 10 2013

The European Masters Programme in Society, Science and Technology (ESST) is sponsoring an award of 1,000 € for the best undergraduate essay on the connection between science and society (or technology and society). Undergraduates of all fields, studying at any European university, are eligible to apply. Science and technology students could submit an essay that links a topic that they study to social issues. Submissions from students who major in the humanities and the social sciences are equally welcomed. Deadline: 30 June, 2014.

The members of the 2014 award committee are:
-Ericka Johnson, Linköping University
-Peter Danholt, Aarhus University
-Vasiliki Baka, IT University of Copenhagen

How to apply:
Applications should consist of a cover sheet (available at http://www.esst.eu), completed and scanned, and a double-spaced pdf copy of the student essay. Essays must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words (in English). Applicants may not submit more than one piece of work. Applications should be emailed to Aristotle Tympas (University of Athens), the 2014 ESST Award coordinator, at: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). E-mail your application by the 30th of June of 2014 and expect a confirmation of its reception within a week.

New Book by Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein: The News Gap


Updated: December 10 2013

The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge, jointly authored by Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein, has been published by The MIT Press (2013)!

From the jacket:
"The sites of major media organizations—CNN, USA Today, the Guardian, and others—provide the public with much of the online news they consume. But although a large proportion of the top stories these sites disseminate cover politics, international relations, and economics, users of these sites show a preference (as evidenced by the most viewed stories) for news about sports, crime, entertainment, and weather. In this book, Pablo Boczkowski and Eugenia Mitchelstein examine this gap and consider the implications for the media industry and democratic life in the digital age. Drawing on analyses of more than 50,000 stories posted on twenty news sites in seven countries in North and South America and Western Europe, Boczkowski and Mitchelstein find that the gap in news preferences exists regardless of ideological orientation or national media culture. They show that it narrows in times of heightened political activity (including presidential elections or government crises) as readers feel compelled to inform themselves about public affairs but remains wide during times of normal political activity. Boczkowski and Mitchelstein also find that the gap is not affected by innovations in Web-native forms of storytelling such as blogs and user-generated content on mainstream news sites. Keeping the account of the news gap up to date, in the book’s coda they extend the analysis through the 2012 U.S. presidential election. Drawing upon these findings, the authors explore the news gap’s troubling consequences for the matrix that connects communication, technology, and politics in the digital age."

Lakatos Award in Philosophy of Science, London School of Economics


Updated: January 11 2013

The Lakatos Award is given annually for an outstanding contribution to the philosophy of science, widely interpreted, in the form of a book published in English during the previous six years. The Award is in memory of Imre Lakatos and has been endowed by the Latsis Foundation. It is administered by the following committee: the Director of the London School of Economics (Chairman), Professor John Worrall (Convenor), and Professors Hans Albert, Nancy Cartwright, Adolf Grünbaum, Philip Kitcher, Alan Musgrave, and Michael Redhead. The Committee makes the Award on the advice of an independent and anonymous panel of selectors. The value of the Award is £10,000.

To take up an Award a successful candidate must visit the LSE and deliver a public lecture (naturally all relevant expenses are covered by the LSE). The Award, which may be shared if there are deemed to be two candidates of equal merit, has so far been won by Bas Van Fraassen and Hartry Field (1986), Michael Friedman and Philip Kitcher (1987), Michael Redhead (1988), John Earman (1989), Elliott Sober (1991), Peter Achinstein and Alexander Rosenberg (1993), Michael Dummett (1994), Lawrence Sklar (1995), Abner Shimony (1996), Jeffrey Bub and Deborah Mayo (1998), Brian Skyrms (1999), Judea Pearl (2001), Penelope Maddy (2002), Patrick Suppes (2003), Kim Sterelny (2004), James Woodward (2005), Harvey Brown and Hasok Chang (2006), Richard Healey (2008), Samir Okasha (2009), Peter Godfrey-Smith (2010), and Wolfgang Spohn (2012). No awards were made in 2007 and 2011.

For details of the nomination process, see http://www2.lse.ac.uk/philosophy/LakatosAward/lakatosawarddetails.aspx

4S Seeks Editors for 4th Handbook of Science and Technology Studies

Updated: November 17 2010

The Society for Social Studies of Science Publications Committee invites proposals for the fourth edition of The Handbook of Science and Technology Studies. The Handbook consists of state-of-the-art review articles, along with occasionally more specific articles, that cover the current range of research in science and technology studies. The 3rd edition was published in 2008. At this point we are looking for a team of four editors who will enlist authors to write the full range of articles.

In your proposal, provide names and affiliations of editors along with a 1 paragraph biography outlining each editor’s areas of expertise. Also include proposed section and chapter titles with brief outlines that scope out substantive coverage in each chapter. Please submit electronic copies of your proposal by 15 October 2011 to Stephen Zehr, Chair of the 4S Publications Committee, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Proposals will be reviewed by members of the Publications Committee. Once a team of editors has been selected, the Publications Committee will make suggestions regarding topical omissions, overlap, editors, potential authors and so forth to facilitate the project.

New Program in Science, Technology, and International Development at U of Edinburgh

Updated: January 08 2010

The Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group at the University of Edinburgh is launching a new postgraduate programme in Science, Technology and International Development from September 2010. The MSc programme (coursework plus dissertation) can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two or three years. Alternatively a shorter programme (coursework without dissertation) can be followed for a Diploma or Certificate. The MSc Science, Technology and International Development is designed to equip students with an advanced interdisciplinary understanding of the historical, sociological, political and policy aspects of science and technology as they relate to international development. The programme provides a conceptual and policy-oriented approach the relationships between science, technology and international development. The programme prepares students for specialised practical work in international development or further academic study. Further information: see http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/stid or contact the Programme Director Lawrence Dritsas .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

Arthur L. Norberg Travel Fund

Deadline: January 15 2010

Updated: January 02 2010

The Arthur L. Norberg Travel Fund provides short-term grants-in-aid to help scholars with travel expenses to use archival collections at the Charles Babbage Institute. Each year we plan to award two $750 grants.

Applicants should send a 2-page CV as well as a 500-word project description that describes the overall research project, identifies the importance of specific CBI collections, and discusses the projected outcome (journal article, book chapter, museum exhibit, etc.). Applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the extensive on-line finding guides to CBI’s 200-plus archival collections at http://www.cbi.umn.edu/collections/archmss.html. Applicants should estimate how many days they plan to use CBI collections during their visit (travel should generally be in the calendar year of the award). To be eligible, scholars will reside outside the Twin Cities metropolitan region.

Notification of awards will be made within four weeks, and travel can commence directly thereafter. Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to R. Arvid Nelsen, CBI Archivist, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please direct questions about the Arthur Norberg Travel Fund to Jeffrey Yost, CBI Associate Director, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For additional information, see http://www.cbi.umn.edu.

Materials must be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or postmarked no later than 15 January 2010.
Further Information: http://www.cbi.umn.edu/collections/archmss.html

Security by Remote Control: Automation and Autonomy in Robot Weapon Systems

May 22 2014 to May 23 2014 | Lancaster University, UK


Updated: April 23 2014

Symposium co-sponsored by Security Lancaster, the Lancaster Centre for Science Studies and the Centre for International Law and Human Rights, and the Mercator Research Group, Bochum organised by Karolina Follis, PPR/Security Lancaster, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and Lucy Suchman, Centre for Science Studies/Sociology, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Despite investment in new technologies, the legitimacy and efficacy of actions taken in the name of security is increasingly in question. In April of 20 a coalition led by Human Rights Watch initiated a campaign in favour of a legally binding prohibition on the development, production and use of fully autonomous weapon systems. While the line that can be drawn under lethal autonomy in weapon systems is clear, this symposium explores the wider field of remote control, and the acts of identification and judgement on which the human use of lethal force relies. We look at the context in which remotely controlled weapons are currently deployed, the current grounds for target identification (done by humans or machines) and the ways in which even highly automated systems with humans in the loop are problematic. This directs us to the troubling space between automation and autonomy, to understand more deeply their intimate relations, and the inherent contradictions that conjoin them. For more information and registration details see the website.