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BSHS Singer Prize deadline 30 April

The British Society for the History of Science is delighted to invite submissions for the Singer Prize 2018.  The prize, of up to £300, is awarded every two years to the writer of an unpublished essay, based on original research into any aspect of the history of science, technology or medicine.

The prize is intended for younger scholars or recent entrants into the profession. Candidates must be registered for a postgraduate degree or have been awarded such in the two years prior to the closing date.  All nationalities are welcome.

Essays must not exceed 8,000 words and should be submitted in English.  They should adhere to BJHS guidance to authors in all respects.

The prize may be awarded to the writer of one outstanding essay, or may be awarded to two or more entrants. Publication in the British Journal for the History of Science will be at the discretion of the Editor. Essays under consideration elsewhere or in press are not eligible.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2018. Submissions should be emailed to the BSHS Executive Secretary, Lucy Santos, with 'Singer entry' and the author surname in the subject line.

For further information please see

Charlotte Sleigh, Professor of Science Humanities, University of Kent

Postdoc: The University of Bordeaux

The University of Bordeaux and the CNRS seek candidates for a
two-year postdoctoral position in Philosophy of Biology and/or
Philosophy of Medicine and/or Conceptual/theoretical Biology, in the
context of Thomas Pradeu's ERC Starting Grant project, "Immunity,
Development and the Microbiota: Understanding the Continuous
Construction of Biological Identity."

Deadline: 14 May 2018.

PhD scholarship at NDRI Melbourne


The National Drug Research Institute (NDRI) invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified candidates for a PhD scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded to support a qualitative project focusing on, but not limited to, the following issues:

  • Drugs and body image
  • Drugs and masculinities
  • Drugs in sport and fitness
  • Pharmaceutical drug use

The scholarship project is based in the Social Studies of Addiction Concepts (SSAC) research program at the National Drug Research Institute, Melbourne.

The Scholarship

The scholarship carries an annual tax-free stipend starting at $27,082 per year for three years, will commence before 30 June, 2018 (exact timing is negotiable), and is based at NDRI’s Melbourne office, currently located on Fitzroy.

The Institute

NDRI is a centre for excellence in alcohol and other drug research and receives core funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. It is one of the largest centres of alcohol and other drug research expertise in Australia, employing about 30 research staff in Perth and Melbourne across a range of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, psychology and public health. It has a strong national and international profile, and is involved in collaborative research in Australia and overseas.

The Applicant

The successful applicant will:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident;
  • hold or expect to obtain First Class or Upper Second Honours or equivalent results and have experience in sociology, gender studies, anthropology, or a related discipline (e.g. youth studies);
  • be able to undertake field research (interviews, observation) or other empirical research.


Further information on the application process, NDRI’s Melbourne office and the SSAC program is available here.


Society for Cultural Anthropology online virtual conference

Dear APSTSN members,

I'm pleased to be able to introduce APSTSN to Displacements, the US-based Society for Cultural Anthropology's 2018 biennial conference, which this year is an online virtual conference designed to promote global geographical access and address the long-standing problem of carbon emissions from conference travel. The program linked here has many talks relevant for APSTSN, including a bevy of ecological-focused panels. Also check out the conference trailer, which gives a sense of the innovative multimedia experiments anthropologists are playing with. A description from the conference organizer is below. Dates are April 19-21, and streaming of the programming is timed to be globally accessible.

All best,

Jerome Whitington, NYU Anthropology


An international experiment in carbon-conscious conferencing and radically distributed access

April 19-21, 2018

Dear colleagues,

Displacements are in the air: episodes of profound political upheaval, intensified crises of migration and expulsion, the disturbing specter of climatic and environmental instability. What does it mean to live and strive in the face of such movements? What can fields like anthropology say in the face of these challenges?

We invite you to join us for Displacements, the 2018 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Cultural Anthropology, co-sponsored by the Society for Visual Anthropology, April 19-21, 2018. For the first time in the field of anthropology, this major meeting will take place as a virtual conference, as an international experiment in carbon-conscious conferencing and radically distributed access. This is a conference that will itself displace our conventional modes of academic gathering, taking place wherever participants tune in individually and collectively.

Air travel is one of the fastest growing sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide, and one of the chief ways that an academic livelihood contributes to carbon pollution. Our format is also meant to enable broader geographic access and participation, most especially in a political climate of intensified restrictions on international travel. We have set the conference registration fee at a flat $10 with expanded access to anthropological knowledge and dialogue in mind. The conference brings together pre-recorded presentations from anthropologists, filmmakers, artists and activists in 46 countries, with participants tuning in from many other places as well.

The conference program for Displacements includes three days of visually rich and engaging multimedia work, streaming continuously from the conference website to suit the needs of those tuning in from any time zone. The program includes a festival of recent ethnographic films, and robust features for live chatting and interactive discussion. Local institutions in dozens of places around the world have also sponsored local conference nodes where participants will gather for collective viewing sessions as well as local workshops and conversations of their own. These sites will bring the conversation to many cities in the global South, from Shanghai and Kolkata in Asia, to Addis Ababa and Dakar in Africa, to Cartagena and Lima in South America.

Take a look at our conference trailer, which will give you a feel for some of these engaging and evocative conference presentations. Help us spread the word about this effort by sharing these details and our poster with your colleagues and students, your research networks and your institution’s social media outlets. And please consider registering for the conference and tuning in next week as things kick off. We welcome your participation in this experimental endeavor, an effort to develop a form of conferencing most suitable for the difficult challenges of this time.

Get in touch with with your ideas and questions for the conference organizing committee at And keep us in the loop with #displace18.

Masterclass (26 April) and Book launch (2 May) with Rosi Braidotti – Deakin University, Melbourne

There will be two events with Rosi Braidotti coming up, hosted by Deakin University's Science and Society Network:

Masterclass with Rosi Braidotti
Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Deakin Downtown (Level 12) | 727 Collins Street
Docklands, VIC 3008

Book launch: "Posthuman Glossary" with Rosi Braidotti
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Deakin Downtown (Level 12) | 727 Collins Street
Docklands, VIC 3008

Registration is required for both events, so grab a seat before they are gone.