Wellcome Seed awards in humanities and social science

 

Seed Awards help researchers develop compelling and innovative ideas that may go on to form part of larger grant applications.

Level of funding:

£25,000 to £50,000

Duration of funding:

6 to 12 months

Eligibility

You can apply for a Seed Award as an individual or as part of a group. You must have a PhD or the equivalent professional experience.

You must be based at an eligible host organisation in the UK, Republic of Ireland or a low- or middle-income country (although collaborators can be based elsewhere).

Go to the World Bank website to see a list of low- and middle-income countries.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply if you:

  • currently hold a Seed Award (although you can apply for more in the future)
  • have another Wellcome Trust award, with two or more years remaining, or 18 months if it’s a fellowship
  • are currently undertaking a Master’s or a PhD
  • want support for an existing, rather than a new, research project
  • have a discrete project, with no follow-on plans.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for proposals that aim to develop new approaches or collaborations in the humanities and social sciences and enrich our understanding of human and animal health. Activities can include:

  • pilot and scoping studies
  • planning sessions
  • meetings of collaborative networks.

We encourage applications for interdisciplinary research across our Humanities and Social Science, Science, and Innovations funding.

 Full application deadline

  • 27 September 2016 (was 5 August 2016)

For More Information Please visit the Wellcome Trust Seed Awards Website

 

CFP: Edited volume on Science, Technology, and 20th-century Irish Literature

Submissions are welcomed for a volume focused on science, technology, and Irish literature of the revival and modernist period. The deadline for initial proposals is August 15th.

About the volume
Since W. B. Yeats infamously wrote in 1890 that “the man of science is too often a person who has exchanged his soul for a formula,” the anti-scientific and Luddite bent of the Irish literary and cultural revival has often been taken as a given.  Recent scholarship, however, has questioned this perspective and has begun to tease out a more complicated vision of Irish writers’ relationship to scientific and technological development. This collection seeks to provide a more nuanced view of Irish writers’ engagement with science and technology as well as the relationship between Irish revival writers and Irish modernism. It aims to capture not only the varied ways that Irish writers were plugged into the scientific and technological impulses and networks of the age but also the myriad outcomes of their representations – the ways that they shaped modern Irish attitudes, aesthetics, ideologies, and more.

Submission details
We welcome submissions on canonical and non-canonical authors, as well as those that interpret the category of “literature” in new ways. We also welcome submissions from both emerging and established scholars.

More Information from British Association for Modernist Studies

How to submit
The editors seek 250-500 word proposals for original contributions and a 100-word biography (included selected publications) by August 15, 2016.

Please copy all editors:
Kathryn Conrad, kconrad@ku.edu
Cóilín Parsons, Coilin.Parsons@georgetown.edu
Julie McCormick Weng, mccormi5@illinois.edu

2017 DHST Prize for Young Scholars

INTERNATIONAL UNION OF THE HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY YOUNG SCHOLAR PRIZE

The International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, Division of History of Science and Technology (IUHPST/DHST) invites submissions for the fourth DHST Prize for Young Scholars, to be presented in 2017. Initiated at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science in 2005 held in Beijing, the DHST Prize is awarded by the IUHPST/DHST every four years to up to five young historians of science and technology for outstanding doctoral dissertations, completed within last four years.

The 2017 DHST Prize does not specify distinct categories, but submissions must be on the history of science or technology in any part of the world. The Award Committee will endeavor to maintain the broadest coverage of subjects, geographical areas, chronology and civilizations (African, American, Asian, Islamic, Western and Ancient Civilisations, and others not included in the above list).

Each Prize consists of a certificate, assistance with travel and accommodation expenditures to the 25th IUHPST/DHST Congress in Rio de Janeiro in July 2017 and a waiver of registration fee. The winner of a prize whose thesis is relative to Islamic science is also awarded the Ihsanoglu Prize given by ISAR Foundation.

AWARD COMMITTEE

The Committee is comprised of the DHST President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, and distinguished specialists in specific fields.

COMPETITION CALENDAR

  • Submission deadline: 31 August 2016.
  • Qualification examination and preliminary selection: September 2016.
  • Award Committee online meeting: October-November 2016.
  • Approval by DHST Council: December 2016.
  • Award Ceremony: 23-29 July 2017, Rio de Janeiro.

CONDITIONS and APPLICATION

Eligibility: Applicants must have a doctoral degree in the history of science or technology awarded no earlier than July 2012.
Language: Any dissertation in a language other than English must be accompanied by a detailed summary in English of no more than 20 pages.

Applicants must submit online at http://hpdst.gr/youngscholarsprize/application. Check list:

  • Fill the application form.
  • Upload the dissertation in pdf format.
  • For dissertations in a language other than English, upload a pdf file with a detailed summary of no more than 20 pages.
  • Upload a letter of recommendation by the supervisor of the thesis.

More information on http://www.hpdst.gr/youngscholarsprize

Reminder: Call for Papers HSTM Conference

Call for Papers: Annual conference of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland in association with Celsius

HSTM Network Ireland and Celsius will host this year’s conference at Dublin City University, on November 11th-12th 2016.

Professor Peter Bowler will deliver the keynote address entitled ‘Prophets of Progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’.

The meeting will bring together researchers across disciplines in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. We welcome proposals of papers addressing science, technology and medicine in the context of history, society, culture, ethics or the law. Papers do not necessarily need to be historical nor do they need to have Ireland as their subject. Proposals of thematic sessions and roundtables are also welcome.

Individual papers will be twenty minutes in duration, with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. To propose a paper please send a 200 word abstract by email to hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com with the subject line ‘conference abstract’. Session proposals should include a short abstract on the session as a whole as well as individual paper abstracts (c. 100 words). The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 17 April, 2016.

A Short Course in History of Science

The History of Science: An Introduction

Lecturer: Tanya O’Sullivan, BA, MA, PhD (member of the HSTM Network)

Location: Queen’s University Belfast

5 weekly sessions on Mondays 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, starting 25 April

In order to understand the central role science plays today, a closer look at its historical and social context is recommended. Using a variety of resources, this non-technical course will encourage students to see the history of science not as a series of names and dates but as an interconnected and complex web of relationships between science and society.

Suggested Reading: Making Modern Science: A Historical Survey, P Bowler & Iwan Morus (Chicago University Press).

5 CATS Points (Level 1)

(No class on Monday 2 May)

(concession rate £20.00)

Full Price: £35.00

Book your place

HSTM resource section now live!

The Resources menu of the HSTM Network of Ireland website now contains the beginnings of what we believe will be a great tool for researchers in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine both in Ireland and abroad.

Currently we have pages containing information about the collections at the Edward Worth Library and the Royal Irish Academy and the slides from James Sumner’s fascinating lecture on teaching history of science to science undergraduates from the HSTM Network of Ireland’s 2015 conference.

We are happy to receive submissions of any resources you wish to share with us and we particularly encourage libraries and archives to participate. In time we hope to link to as many institutions, libraries, and archives with valuable resources on the history of science, medicine, and technology as possible to encourage more researchers in these subject areas in Ireland and abroad.

CFP: HSTM Network Annual conference in association with Celsius

Call for Papers: Annual conference of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland in association with Celsius

HSTM Network Ireland and Celsius will host this year’s conference at Dublin City University, on November 11th-12th 2016.

Professor Peter Bowler will deliver the keynote address entitled ‘Prophets of Progress?: Predicting the future of science and technology from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov’.

The meeting will bring together researchers across disciplines in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. We welcome proposals of papers addressing science, technology and medicine in the context of history, society, culture, ethics or the law. Papers do not necessarily need to be historical nor do they need to have Ireland as their subject. Proposals of thematic sessions and roundtables are also welcome.

Individual papers will be twenty minutes in duration, with an additional ten minutes for questions and answers. To propose a paper please send a 200 word abstract by email to hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com with the subject line ‘conference abstract’. Session proposals should include a short abstract on the session as a whole as well as individual paper abstracts (c. 100 words). The deadline for abstracts is Monday, 17 April, 2016.

 

CFP Dublin Postgraduate History Conference

Postgraduate historians of science, technology and medicine in Dublin may be interested in the following postgraduate conference.

DEADLINE: 4 March 2016

 

Call for Papers Dublin Postgraduate History Conference 2016 Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin 7-8 May 2016

This conference aims to bring together postgraduate students from Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin to showcase the historical research being undertaken by postgraduate students in these institutions. The conference will be held in Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute, Trinity College Dublin. The committee conceives that the conference will allow postgraduates to exchange ideas with scholars working from a range of perspectives, and share their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment. We welcome abstracts from a broad spectrum of postgraduate scholars, including MA students and those undertaking degrees at MLitt, MPhil, and doctoral level. Submissions are not restricted to any area of study. The conference aims to reflect the diversity of historical research being undertaken in Dublin, and the committee welcomes proposals on a range of subjects.

Proposals that are based on new research are encouraged. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract and a short biography, for twenty-minute, previously unpublished papers.

Submissions should be sent to: dphconference@gmail.com

Call closes: 4 March 2016

Research Fellowships at the Worth Library

The following research fellowship may be of interest to our members researching the early modern period:

 

Research Fellowships at the Worth Library

The Edward Worth Library, Dublin, is offering a one month research fellowship, to be held in 2016, to encourage research relevant to its collections. The Worth Library is a collection of 4,400 books, left to Dr Steevens’ Hospital by Edward Worth (1676-1733), an early eighteenth-century Dublin physician. The collection is particularly strong in three areas: early modern medicine, early modern history of science and, given that Worth was a connoisseur book collector interested in fine bindings and rare printing, the History of the Book. Research does not, however, have to be restricted to these three key areas. Further information about the collection and our catalogues may be found on our website: www.edwardworthlibrary.ie

The closing date is Monday 4 April 2016.

For further details and application procedures please go to the Edward Worth Library website

NI Science Festival 18-28 Feb 2016

Screen Shot 2016-01-27 at 12.01.20 p.m.The Northern Ireland Science Festival, an annual celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics will be held this year from the 18th to the 28th of February.

During the day the festival will present a range of workshops, talks and interactive activities for young people, parents and schools. In the evening the festival will come alive with an eclectic mix of scientific debates, talks, theatre, comedy, music and film for adults. As well as their core themes of science, technology, engineering and maths, it will focus on how science affects our everyday lives through exploring the science of food, music, art and sport. With over 100 events across more than 25 venues, you are invited to discover the wonderful world of science.

Historians will particularly be interested in ‘From the Cosmos to the City: the geographies of scientific knowledge’ Thursday February 25th 7pm-8:30pm. Tickets are free but prebooking is required.

The full programme of events is available on the festival website.