Monthly Archives: October 2016

Job Announcement: Info, Design & Innovation at VA Tech

by Lyn

VIRGINIA TECH, Blacksburg, VA. Tenure Track Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology in Society, in the critical study of Information, Design, and Innovation. Research specialties may include, for example, ethnography of digital cultures, social informatics, the politics of innovation, or participatory design. Duties include the equivalent of four courses per year in the department’s undergraduate programs, graduate degree program, and Ph.D. and M.S. advising across our across our campuses in Blacksburg and the National Capital Region; and service responsibilities. The successful candidate also will participate in the University’s Strategic Growth Area in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which integrates research, experiential programs, and teaching to provide a critical understanding and framework for innovation and entrepreneurship across the university. Accordingly, one course per year will be in a new Innovation Pathways Minor. Salary commensurate with experience. Candidates can find information about our department at:

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2016, and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted electronically at, posting TR0160144. Attach a letter of interest, a C.V., a 2-page research statement, a writing sample, a 3-page demonstration of teaching effectiveness (for example, a teaching philosophy, a brief syllabus, course descriptions, and/or course evaluations), and a list of three references. Letters of recommendation will be requested for candidates who advance in the process. Address queries to the search committee chair, Matthew Wisnioski at:

Spring Course: Feminist Science Studies with Joan Fujimura

by Lyn

Sociology/STS/Gender & Women’s Studies 611

Feminist Science Studies

Spring 2016

Tuesday 2:45-5:15pm

Joan H. Fujimura

Phone: 265-2724 Email:

Office: 7101 Social Science

This course examines different perspectives on issues in the study of gender, science, and technology. Topics include the historical and contemporary studies of technoscientific and medical constructions of sex/gender differences; the impact of gender (and race) on scientific and biomedical productions; feminist critiques of scientific theories and methods; feminist proposals of new epistemologies; the work of women in science; and debates on feminist epistemologies.

The issues we will discuss include methodological/theoretical and substantive concerns. Our questions will include: Is science gendered? Does the presence or absence of women in science create different kinds of scientific knowledge? How do our cultural conceptions of sex/gender influence our scientific knowledge and technologies? Does the influence extend to all the sciences including the biological, medical sciences, and physical sciences as well? How do scientific and technological developments contribute to our understandings and productions of sex/gender? We will also consider how scientific constructions of race differences overlap with and complicate scientific constructions of sex/gender differences. Finally, we will consider what effect feminist (and race) critiques of techno-scientific work have had.

Dissertation Fellowship: Babbage Institute for the History of Information Technology

by Lyn

The Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellowship in the History of Information Technology

The Charles Babbage Institute is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship will be awarded to a graduate student for doctoral dissertation research in the history of computing.

The fellowship may be held at the recipient’s home academic institution, the Charles Babbage Institute, or any other location with appropriate research facilities. The stipend is $14,000. It is for students who have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research and writing of the dissertation. Tomash Fellowship recipients must remain students in good standing throughout the term of their fellowship, but there is no restriction on holding other fellowships, scholarships, or awards concurrent to the Tomash Fellowship.

Preference will be given to applicants indicating a need to use CBI materials, planning research in residence at CBI, and willing to make a brief presentation of their research findings to CBI staff. Questions pertaining to collection content and access can be directed to Amanda Wick, CBI Interim Archivist, at

Job Announcement: Social Dimensions of the Environment, U of IL

by Lyn

Assistant Professor of Social Dimensions of the Environment

Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (NRES)

College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Position:  The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign ( seeks an outstanding scholar with expertise in social dimensions of the environment focusing on environmental or natural resource justice.   This is a 9-month, full-time position, reflecting a 60% research / 40% teaching appointment.

Responsibilities:  We are particularly interested in candidates who use innovative approaches to advance knowledge of the relationship between equity and environmental issues, such as climate change, biodiversity conservation, water, pollution, and other natural resource uses.  The successful candidate is expected to work at the nexus of inequity, environment, and social processes or outcomes. An example within this nexus includes the social causes and consequences of environmental inequities and the impacts of injustice on environmental outcomes.  Work in the Midwestern United States as well as in international contexts is of interest.  Other desirable attributes include an analytical focus at the level of institutions, societal structures, and organizations and expertise in the health effects of environmental injustice and/or the impacts of differential access to natural resources.  Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated potential for conducting research grounded in theory and application, a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and advising, and experience collaborating with social and natural scientists.  The successful applicant will be expected to recruit and train graduate students, teach and advise at the undergraduate and graduate levels, develop successful grant proposals, and publish regularly in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Qualifications:  A Ph.D. in an appropriate field is required.  Persons with a J.D. degree and appropriate training/experience will also be considered.

Start Date:  The stating date for this position is August 16, 2017.  For full consideration applications must be received by January 15, 2017.  Early applicants may be interviewed before the closing date.  However, every application submitted prior to the closing date will receive full consideration.

Salary:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

Application Procedure:  To apply, visit and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, one example of professional writing, teaching statement (including philosophy, experience and interests), research statement, and letters from three professional references.

For additional information contact Cynthia McCullough at  For more information about the Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences in the College of ACES, please see our website at

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Job Announcement: Postdoc Researcher in Values and Intelligence

by Lyn

The Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (CFI) invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate in the study of values and intelligence. The appointment will be for 3 years.

CFI is a new, highly interdisciplinary research centre addressing the challenges and opportunities posed by artificial intelligence (AI) in both the short and long term. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust for 10 years, CFI is based at the University of Cambridge, with partners in the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and UC Berkeley. The Centre also has close links with industry partners in the AI field, with policymakers, and with many academic disciplines.

This is a new Research Associate post within CFI’s Science, Values, and the Future of Intelligence project, based in central Cambridge. This project, led by Dr Anna Alexandrova and Dr Stephen John, seeks to critically examine conceptions of intelligence as used in AI and other communities, in particular through consideration of the normative contexts of AI development. It is an opportunity for a talented individual to make a major contribution to the development of this field of research, on a topic that seems likely to be of the one of the most important of our time.

Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field such as philosophy, science and technology studies, anthropology, or another social science, and should provide strong evidence of potential for research and publication at the highest level, as well as strong interest in engagement with policy and technology communities. The appointee will also play an important role in CFI’s interdisciplinary activities, including discussion groups, workshops, and an annual conference. He or she will also be affiliated to the Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload in the Upload section of the online application (1) your Curriculum Vitae (CV); (2) a Covering Letter of no more than 1,500 words, outlining a proposed research direction, and explaining how this proposal and your skills would contribute to this project in particular and CFI more broadly; and (3) a Sample of Writing of no more than 10,000 words that demonstrates your suitability for this project. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is 14 November 2016. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process or procedure, please contact Susan Gowans at

Interviews will be held during the week commencing 12 December 2016 in central Cambridge.

Please quote reference GA10393 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

CFP: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge

by Lyn

Call for Papers

KNOWING NATURE: The Changing Foundations of Environmental Knowledge

An international conference to be held in Beijing, Renmin University of China, 25 – 27 May 2017 Co-Sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, and the Center for Ecological History, Renmin University of China, Beijing, with the collaboration of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin Who knows nature best? Over the past 10,000 years competing communities of knowledge have evolved, each with formalized standards and processes. Peasants have competed against craftsmen, religious leaders, and urban experts. In modern societies based on science and technology, the claims to knowledge have changed even more dramatically, although scientific knowledge still competes with other bodies of knowledge. And always, who gets to define knowledge can have profound consequences for the natural world.

For our conference we seek proposals that examine what has been seen and understood as

measurable, speculative, safe or unsafe and how scale (of landscapes, research projects etc.) can affect knowledge production. We welcome proposals on the rise of new fields of knowledge about nature and the environment and their search for disciplinary and institutional stability.

Our conference will seek to move beyond simple dichotomies (modernity vs. tradition, science vs. religion, folk wisdom vs. urban ignorance), to develop comparisons that cross national boundaries,

and to bring neglected parts of the globe and time into view.

Our keynote speaker will be Dagmar Schäfer, managing director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and author of The Crafting of the 10,000 Things: Knowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China (University of Chicago Press, 2011). This conference is open to all ranks of scholars, from graduate students to senior professors. Paper proposals should be one-page long (or about 300 words) and include a title and a one- or two-page CV. Send proposals to conference secretary Agnes Kneitz, Assistant Professor of History at Renmin University at this address: The deadline for consideration is 1 January 2017.

Successful proposals will be announced around 1 February, and complete drafts of papers (minimum of 5,000 words in English or the equivalent in Chinese characters) will be required by 1 May 2017. All papers will be circulated to the participants in advance and will not be orally presented during the conference.

The members of the selection committee include Mingfang Xia, Director of the Center for Ecological History and Senior Professor in the School of History, Renmin University of China; Helmuth Trischler, Head of Research at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, and Co-Director of the Rachel Carson Center;and Donald Worster, Hall Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus, University of Kansas, and Distinguished Foreign Expert, Renmin University. The organizing chairperson for the conference is Professor Shen Hou, Deputy Director of the Center forEcological History and Associate Professor of history at Renmin University.

Travel expenses for scholars living outside of China will be reimbursed by the Rachel Carson Center. Scholars living within China should depend on their own universities for covering travel expenses. For all participants, hotel accommodations for four nights and all meals will be covered by Renmin University of China.

Following the conference we will organize a group field trip to the Great Wall as a site and symbol of what Joseph Needham called “science and civilization in China.”

Job Announcement: 2 positions at U of IL, New and Emerging Media

by Lyn

Assistant Professors of New + Emerging Media

College of Media, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The College of Media invites applications for two entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor positions in New and Emerging Media. Successful candidates should demonstrate an innovative research and teaching agenda that complements the interdisciplinary profile of the College and the current research strengths across the university in New and Emerging Media. Appointments will be made on a tenure-track, 9-month academic year in one of the College’s three departments – Advertising, Journalism, or Media & Cinema Studies — beginning August 16, 2017.

Academic scholars and creative artists are both encouraged to apply. For candidates who are academic scholars, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in mass communication, media studies or a related field (e.g., visual studies, design studies, digital studies, technology studies, social informatics, information and computer sciences, business, economics, psychology) is required. For candidates who are creative artists, a master’s degree or equivalent is required, and a terminal degree is preferred.  All candidates should possess the potential for high-quality research or creative endeavor, publication, and teaching.  Of particular interest are candidates who draw on interdisciplinary bodies of theory, are open to mixed-methods approaches and collaborations, and demonstrate a capacity for conducting original and creative research in one or more of the following areas:

Big data and society

Computational advertising and machine learning

Convergence culture and participatory media

Data semantics

Digital ethics, privacy, and policy

Digital humanities and digital archives

Digital/multimedia journalism

Disability studies in information communication technology

Game studies and digital narrative

Locative media, mapping, and platform studies

Media history and historiography of cinema and new media

Media literacy and multimodal scholarship

Mobile and interaction design

Natural Language Processing

Online /contextual advertising and behavioral targeting

Social media and new media use and effects

Virtual/augmented reality

Visual studies and data visualization

Successful candidates will be expected to develop funding for a strong research program, to work collaboratively with faculty and scholars within the College of Media, and to form collaborations with faculty engaged in new media research across the campus – including in Engineering, Fine and Applied Arts, Information Sciences, Business, and leading interdisciplinary research centers such as the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and the Beckman Institute.  Successful applicants will teach current new media courses and develop conceptual courses and graduate seminars in a variety of areas related to new media.  An ability to advance the College’s commitment to diversity through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs is desired.

The College of Media’s faculty consists of internationally renowned social scientists, media professionals, and humanities scholars and serves 1,300 undergraduate and graduate students ( The College is also home to the interdisciplinary Institute of Communications Research and Illinois Public Media (WILL-AM-FM-TV-Online), the public broadcasting service of the University of Illinois.

The position will begin on August 16, 2017. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should create a candidate profile at and upload a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s academic training and background, including research, creative endeavors, teaching qualifications and/or professional experience, make the applicant suitable for the position; curriculum vitae, and a list of full contact information for three references.  All requested information must be submitted for an application to be considered complete.  The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by November 18, 2016. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date.  The review will continue until the positions have been filled.  For further information regarding application procedures, please contact Jane Dowler at   or 217-333-2351.

2017-18 Wisconsin Idea Fellowship Info Sessions

by Lyn

The Wisconsin Idea is the driving mission to ensure that the education and research at UW-Madison is used to benefit communities beyond our campus borders.

Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually to undergraduate student projects working towards solving a challenge identified along with local or global community partner. Fellowships are awarded to semester-long or year-long projects designed by an undergraduate student (or group of students) in collaboration with a community organization and a UW-Madison faculty or academic staff member.

Projects can receive up to $7,000 in total funding and students receive 3 academic credits. Student recipients are also invited to present their work at the Undergraduate Symposium in the spring semester.

On average, 5 – 10 fellowships are awarded every year. Two special fellowships each year are specifically dedicated to social entrepreneurship as well as the opportunity in gap in Madison.

Applications for Wisconsin Idea Fellowships open each year in late fall with selections made in mid-spring. 2016-17 applications are now closed.

2017-18 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships Information Sessions:

Monday, Oct. 20
5:00 – 6:00pm
Red Gym, Multicultural Student Center

Monday, Oct. 24
6:00 – 7:00pm
Red Gym, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Tuesday, Nov. 1
5:30 – 6:30pm
Red Gym, Morgridge Center for Public Service

Job Announcement: Medical Anthro, STS, Bioethics at U of OK

by Lyn

The Department of Anthropology at University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman seeks a full-time academic, tenure-track professor at the rank of Assistant Professor, with research interests in medical anthropology, science and technology studies, and/or bioethics beginning Fall 2017. The primary appointment would be within the Department of Anthropology, with potential joint appointments in other departments and/or centers. The teaching load is two courses per semester. We are particularly interested in applicants whose work focuses on critical engagements with biological research and/or medicine in indigenous communities of the Americas, either currently or as a logical next step in a program of research. Successful applicants will have a PhD, demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, and strong record of research with high potential for extramural funding. Review of applications will begin November 7 and continue until the positions are filled.

OU is home to an NIH Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI) Research, the Center on American Indian and Alaska Native Genomic Research, and OU’s Laboratories of Molecular Anthropology and Microbiome Research (LMAMR), which lead in studies in anthropological and genomic sciences, much of it in partnership with indigenous peoples of the Americas.

OU is a Carnegie Very High Research institution with three campuses. The University was established in 1890 and enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2600 full time faculty. It ranks first among all universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled and has developed an award-winning Research Campus, contiguous to the Main Campus, that houses more than a dozen private companies, several Federal agencies, and numerous research programs in a unique synergistic ecosystem. More than a million square feet of new, fully-occupied space now exists on the Research Campus, with the latest additions including a Radar Innovations Laboratory, Life Sciences Complex, and an Innovation Hub that will open in about a year. Norman, with a population of 110,000, has a vibrant arts community with outstanding public schools and a variety of recreational resources.

Interested individuals should email a 1) cover letter describing research and teaching interests, 2) complete CV, and 3) names and email addresses of three references to:

Paul Spicer
Search Committee Chair
Subject line: ATTN – Faculty Search

The University of Oklahoma is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. Protected veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. See for more information.

Medical Anthropology/Science and Technology Studies/Bioethics – Assistant Professor

Job Announcement: Asst Prof in Medical Humanities, NTU Singapore

by Lyn

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at NTU Singapore, invites qualified academics to apply for a faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the field of Medical Humanities. This position will be a joint appointment between the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (75%) and the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (25%).

HSS and LKCSM seek to appoint a scholar within the field of “medical humanities” (history of medicine, medical sociology, medical anthropology, medical philosophy, or studies of global health). We particularly encourage applications by candidates whose research will complement our existing strengths in social studies of science and technology and “global Asia” and develop our research in interdisciplinary fields including: traditional and modern medicine in Asia; the cultural contexts of health and health care; cross-cultural studies of mental health; global health challenges; gender and health; environment and health; studies of reproductive and end-of-life health; or health policy. Although the precise specialization is open, some preference will be given to applicants whose work demonstrates relevance to Asia. The successful candidate will lead the Medical Humanities integrated theme at LCKSM. This will involve teaching existing medical humanities workshops to be delivered in years 1 and 2 of the medical curriculum and developing materials and activities for upper division medical students. A further responsibility of the post holder will be the maintenance and expansion of LKCSM’s medical humanities resources.

A PhD in a field related to one of the disciplines listed above is required.

Candidates should have excellent writing and oral communication skills, a strong publication record and substantial amount of teaching experience.

The successful applicant will contribute to the School’s development of the undergraduate and graduate curricula and will be expected to teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.

Emoluments and General Terms & Conditions of Service
The commencing salary will depend on the candidate’s qualifications, experience and the level of appointment offered. Information on emoluments and general terms and conditions of service is available in the section on Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Appointments.

Application Procedure
To apply, please refer to the Guidelines for Submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment ( Please send your application package consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal particulars form, teaching statement, research statement, and names and addresses of at least three references.

The Search Committee (Medical Humanities)
School of Humanities and Social Sciences

History Programme
14 Nanyang Drive
Singapore 637332

Deadline for submission of all materials: 1 December 2016

Only successful candidates will be notified of the results of their applications.