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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.

2021 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

Call for entries

IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science 

Submission deadline: 15 January 2021 
The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the 2021 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This biennial prize competition seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science and related areas.
Entries in the form of an essay of 5,000–10,000 words in English are invited, addressing this year’s prize question: “What can history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine contribute to our current global challenges?” What constitutes a current global challenge is left to the judgment of the authors, but examples include the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, socioeconomic inequality, racism, the refugee crisis, and science denialism.
All entries should consist of original work that has not previously been published. Entries written originally in another language should be submitted in English translation, along with the name and contact details of the translator. Entries will be judged on the following criteria, in addition to general academic quality: direct engagement with the prize question, effective integration of historical and philosophical perspectives, and 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 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST), 25–31 July 2021, which will be held as an online event. Presenting at the Congress will be a condition of the award.
The award will carry a cash prize of 1,000 US dollars and 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 a standalone paper abstract for the Congress by the deadline for that, following the standard instructions indicated on the Congress website: https://www.ichst2021.org/call-for-stand-alone-abstracts/ (extended deadline 10 January 2021).
Entries are invited from anyone, without restriction of age, nationality or academic status. Co-authored work will be considered; if the winning entry is a co-authored work the cash prize will 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 January 2021.