Open Position: Senior Historian, IEEE History Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA

Open Position:  Senior Historian, IEEE History Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA

IEEE, a 501(c)(3) association is the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology.  IEEE seeks a Senior Historian to be a part of the professional historian team of the IEEE’s History Center.  The mission of the Center is to preserve and make known the history of IEEE, its members, their industries and professions, and the related sciences technologies rooted in electrical, electronic, and computer engineering. The position reports to the Senior Director of the History Center.  The full staff compliment is seven, including the Senior Director and three Ph.D.-level historians.

The incumbent will contribute in the following ways to one or more of the following History Center Programs as assigned by the History Center Senior Director and laid out in the annual goal-setting process: Contributing content and curriculum development to the History Center’s pre-university REACH Program; managing the IEEE’s oral history program and conducting oral histories; overseeing institutional history projects; contributing content to the Engineering & Technology History Wiki; managing and/or contributing content to the History Center’s publication program through research, writing, and editing; organizing and/or contributing content to conferences; organizing and/or contributing content to exhibits in the Center’s exhibit program; and responding to reference requests. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for assisting the Senior Director in strategic oversight of the History Center’s operational activities, including: fundraising; external communication; managing relationships with appropriate IEEE staff, volunteers, contractors, consultants and stakeholders; budgeting and other financial processes; occasionally directly managing interns and other temporary employees; and filling in when appropriate when the Senior Director is absent.

The position requires a doctoral-level degree in history of technology or related field, and seven years relevant post-doctoral experience.  Experience at a museum or other nonprofit environment, including in fundraising, budgeting, and/or finance, would be beneficial.

The full position description and information on how to apply can be found here: https://ieee.taleo.net/careersection/1/jobdetail.ftl?job=210224&tz=GMT-05%3A00&tzname=America%2FNew_York

Eindhoven: Assistant Professor position

Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position: historical perspectives on sustainability transitions (Eindhoven, The Netherlands)

Application deadline: 31 March 2021

Eindhoven University of Technology’s School of Innovation Sciences is now hiring a tenure-track Assistant Professor to research and teach long-term, historical perspectives on sustainability transitions, e.g. socio-technical energy transitions and/or mobility transitions. Candidates preferably have an affinity with the history of technology & socio-technical change and the booming field of sustainability transition studies. Deadline for applications: 31 March 2021

More information:

  • about the position: read here.
  • about our Technology, Innovation & Society group at the School of Innovation Sciences: read here.
  • about our History Lab: see here.

MA studentships in St Petersburg

We are looking for motivated MA applicants who are interested in working with us in such fields as technological and environmental history and the history of socialism.
Please note also the early deadline for tuition-free placement (1 Feb) and also that even tuition fees are more than modest for Western standards: 20 tuition-free international and domestic MA studentships MA Global and Regional History Higher School of Economics, St Petersburg, Russia. Rolling admissions, with international tuition-free competition deadline on 1 February 2021.
HSE St Petersburg invites domestic and international applicants to its new two-year, English-language MA ‘Global and Regional History’. Explore the vibrant field of global history through a regional focus on Russian, former Soviet and Eurasian spaces, and through an interdisciplinary unity of history and anthropology.
The programme’s core seminars in theory and methodology are complemented by a broad array of regional courses from the history of St Petersburg to that of personality cults of the 20th century, the Cold War, imperial crossroads in northern Eurasia, the Caucasus, Central and Eastern Europe, the Arctic as well as on Russian/Soviet links with Arica, Asia, and Latin America. The programme draws on the proximity and wealth of archives and museum collections of St Petersburg and the diversity of its rich environs. Its students benefit from the ease of travel to Moscow, Finland, the Baltics and multiple regional locations within Russia. Full tuition-waiver for up to 20 places for international and domestic students.
We are an energetic and friendly programme, innovative and intellectually inspiring, and proud of making everyone part of a community that extends well beyond the department of history. In the time of Covid-19 we have mastered a rigorous online seminar format and amiable, and close cohort interaction, which we nonetheless will be happy turn back offline, circumstances permitting. Global history is one of the most exciting subjects to study at university today, and St Petersburg is unmatched as a place to study just as somewhere to be. We encourage strong applicants with undergraduate degrees in history and anthropology, Russian, East European and Eurasian studies as well as other backgrounds for whom history and related disciplines are new subjects. This MA is English-language taught yet including some Russian-language electives, options for Russian language training It provides skills for further academic study, including PhD, as well as non-academic careers.

ICOHTEC 2020 Digital Conference

Dear Members and Friends of ICOHTEC,

Given the current epidemiological situation, the 47th Annual Meeting of ICOHTEC in Eindhoven (scheduled for July 13-19, 2020) will not take place physically on location. This also applies to the connected Summer School. The decision was made after thorough consultation between the ICOHTEC officers and the Local Organizing Committee.

Especially now professional exchanges with international peers are crucial. As physical many scientific meetings will be cancelled over the coming months, we must find and explore alternative ways to meet. ICOHTEC 2020 will take place in digital form from Wednesday 15 until Friday 17 July. The program will offer an innovative mix of traditional and new session formats, plenary sessions, round tables, and social events.

Panelists that want to be part of the digital conference program should pre-register now for ICOHTEC 2020 Digital. The pre-registration enables the Program Committee to create the final program. In the pre-registration form you can indicate whether you want to take part. Deadline for pre-registration is 11 May 2020.

Go to the pre-registration form.

We are looking forward to meeting you digitally in July!

Sławomir Łotysz
The President of ICOHTEC

Stefan Poser
The Secretary General of ICOHTEC
Chair of the Programme Committee

Erik van der Vleuten and Jan Korsten
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Corona (Covid-19) and ICOHTEC 2020

Dear Members and Friends of ICOHTEC,

Given the current epidemiological situation, the 47th Annual Meeting of ICOHTEC in Eindhoven (scheduled for July 13-19, 2020) will not take place physically on location. This also applies to the connected Summer School. The decision was made after thorough consultation between the ICOHTEC officers and the Local Organizing Committee.

However, we are seriously considering organizing the 2020 symposium in a digital format. We expect that due the current lock-down situation and its foreseeable aftermath (many other meetings have been cancelled), ICOHTEC members may be particularly eager to have professional exchanges with their international peers.

We hope to make a go/ no go decision for such an online congress by Mid-April. All of you, whose paper and session proposals have been accepted, would be invited to take part.

Before we make our decision, we would like to consult you. Would you be interested in participating in such an experiment? We prepared a short survey. Please respond to this survey by Thursday 2 April 2020, 9.00 AM (CET).

Go to the online survey

We will use your feedback to make our go/no go decision and also on further decisions regarding technical requirements, costs & conference fee, format, and so on. We count on your advice to make this event a valuable experience.

Alternatively, if you are not interested in attending the digital conference, you may move your accepted paper to our next standalone conference in 2022 (the venue is not yet known). Your paper would not have to go through a new evaluation process, and you will have right to modify it to reflect your recent findings. Unfortunately, we can not offer moving it to 2021 symposium in Prague, which will be held part of the ICHST Congress, because its deadline is already closed. There is still a chance, however, to get together in Prague next year: the deadline for single paper submissions for ICHST is November 30, 2020 (https://www.ichst2021.org/ )

Your indication of interest in a digital congress (or not)  is key to our decisions making.  So please, make sure you take fill out the survey before April 2.

For the most updates go to Official conference website

Stay safe, we are looking forward to seeing you soon in more optimistic circumstances,

Sławomir Łotysz
The President of ICOHTEC

Stefan Poser
The Secretary General of ICOHTEC
Chair of the Programme Committee

Erik van der Vleuten and Jan Korsten
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee

Assembling/seeking a panel for ICOHTEC meeting?

Here is a tool for facilitating panel building – Find your panelists / find a session . There are two Google Docs files, one for Eindhoven 2020 and one for Prague 2021, where you can post your announcements and network  with other colleagues. You can also post your announcement at a forum that we have created for the same purpose.

2019 IUHPST Essay Prize

2019 IUHPST Essay Prize

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the 2019 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This prize competition, planned to continue on a biennial basis, seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science as an integrated discipline. Entries in the form of an essay of 5,000–10,000 words in English are invited, addressing this year’s prize question: “What is the value of history of science for philosophy of science?” This question is intended as a counterpart to the question for the inaugural run of the prize in 2017, which asked about the value of philosophy of science for history of science. The 2017 prize was won by Theodore Arabatzis of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, for his essay “What’s in it for the historian of science?”, which can be viewed here: http://iuhps.net/media/pdfs/arabatzis.iuhpstprize2017.pdf

All entries should contain original work that has not previously been
published. For entries written originally in another language, an English
translation should be submitted, with an indication of the translator. Entries will be judged on the following criteria, in addition to general academic quality: a direct engagement with this year’s prize question, an effective integration of historical and philosophical perspectives, and the potential to provide methodological guidance for other researchers in the field.  The author of the winning entry will be invited to present the work at the 16th Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology   (CLMPST 2019) to be held at the Czech Technical University, Prague, Czechia, 5–10 August 2019. Presenting at the Congress will be a condition of the award.

The award will carry a cash prize of 1,000 U.S. dollars and, in addition, a waiver of the Congress registration fee. Other strong entries will also be considered for presentation at the Congress.

In order to ensure this consideration, entrants should submit the entry also as an individual paper proposal for the Congress by the deadline of 15 December 2018, following the standard instructions indicated on the Congress website: http://clmpst2019.flu.cas.cz

Entries for this essay prize are invited from anyone, without restriction of
age, nationality or academic status. Co-authored work will be considered, but if the winning entry is a co-authored work the cash prize will need to be
shared out among the authors.

This prize is administered by the Joint Commission of the IUHPST, whose remit is to make links between the work of the two Divisions of the IUHPST: the DHST (Division of History of Science and Technology) and the DLMPST (Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology).  For further information about IUHPST, see: http://iuhps.net 

Entries for the prize competition should be submitted in pdf format by e-mail to the Chair of the Joint Commission, Prof. Hasok Chang, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge (hc372@cam.ac.uk). Any queries should also be directed to him. The deadline for submission is 15 December 2018.