Concourse: 05/23/17


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Conference on Technologies of Frankenstein: 1818-2018 - 7-9 March 2018, New Jersey, United States

Call for Papers

Technologies of Frankenstein: 1818-2018 
7-9 March 2018, Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, New Jersey USA)
Co-sponsors: Stevens Institute of Technology and IEEE History Center

The 200th anniversary year of the first edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus has drawn worldwide interest in revisiting the novel’s themes. What were those themes and what is their value to us in the early twenty-first century? Mary Shelley was rather vague as to how Victor, a young medical student, managed to reanimate a person cobbled together from parts of corpses. The imagination of the novel’s readership outfitted Victor’s laboratory with the chemical and electrical technologies that brought the creature to life. Subsequent theatrical and cinematic versions of Frankenstein have been, like the creature, patched together from the novel and from contemporary popular press as well as public demonstrations of medical, chemical, and electrical research. Mary Shelley’s contemporaries arguably exploited her novel to their own purposes, including George Canning (leader of the British House of Commons in 1824) who drew an analogy between the prospect of freeing West Indian slaves and Victor’s “monster” who is left in the world with no master to curtail his criminal instincts. Some of Mary Shelley’s biographers characterize the story of Victor Frankenstein’s reanimation experiment as a cautionary tale against techno-science run amok while others emphasize Victor’s irresponsible behavior toward his subject. In what ways might our tools of science and communication serve as an “elixir of life” since the age of Frankenstein? Topic areas include and are not limited to items on the list below. For more information about the conference and to register please visit


  • Branding “Frankenstein” (Food, Comics, Gaming, Music, Theater, Film)
  • Computational and Naval Technology (Mapping, Navigation, The Idea of the Journey)
  • Digital Humanities and GeoHumanities (Applications, Pedagogy, Library/Information Technology)
  • Engineering Technologies: Past/Present/Future (Chemical, Electrical, Biomedical)
  • Future Technologies and Labor Concerns
  • How might industrialized nations develop low-cost solutions to provide maternal and pediatric care in regions with limited medical facilities?
  • How are our ideas of the “Monstrous” or “Other” changing since the publication of Frankenstein?
  • Is the pharmaceutical industry using human consumers as experiments for profit?
  • What ethical and legal issues will emerge in the age of advanced or “aware” artificial intelligence?
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the responsibility of government in world-wide health care?
  • Who is responsible for the outcomes of techno-science?
  • Who should have access to advanced human enhancement technologies and why?


Submit inquires and/or abstracts of 300 words with brief cv by 15 October 2017 to Michael Geselowitz ( and Robin Hammerman (
We are dedicated to a harassment-free conference experience for everyone.

Contact Info: 
Michael Geselowitz (IEEE History Center) and Robin Hammerman (Stevens Institute of Technology, College of Arts and Letters)

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With the support of a donor within the Stifterverband fΓΌr die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the Fritz-Thyssen Foundation

The Centre for Advanced Study Sofia (CAS Sofia) announces a Call for Applications for its 2018/2019 In-Residence Advanced Academia Fellowships for fundamental research in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences. 

CAS Sofia is an independent Institute with international and multidisciplinary profile. Located in Sofia, Bulgaria, it promotes high-level scholarship in the social sciences and the humanities. In addition to supporting focus-group research, CAS Sofia invites outstanding scholars to pursue their individual research projects during in-residence periods of up to five months. The invited Fellows participate in the intellectual life and the scholarly community of the Centre (Bulgarian and foreign fellows) while working on projects of their own choice. Fellows receive adequate material and intellectual support and can profit from the Centre's wide international networks, international seminar- and guest-lecturer programme. CAS Sofia assists Fellows in all practical matters concerning travel, residence and research in Sofia.

CAS Sofia provides in-residence fellowships of two- to five- month duration to post-doctoral non-Bulgarian researchers. Junior as well as Senior scholars are invited to apply. 

    The selected Fellows are entitled to: 
    A monthly stipend of 700 euro* (liable to 10% income tax) to cover living expenses related to the stay in Sofia. 
    Accommodation in Sofia, comprising living quarters and working space. The Fellows will also have free access to the CAS library and electronic resources/databases. 
    Travel allowance (up to 400 euro);
    Research expenses (up to 250 Euro).


Candidates may apply for two periods: 

    1 March 2018 - 31 July 2018 (Summer semester)
    1 October 2018 - 28 February 2019 (Winter semester)

N.B. The final invitation for fellowship depends on the ranking of the application and the preferred period. Availability for both periods is an advantage for the applicant. Please, indicate in the application form whether you prefer one or either period.

The selected Fellows shall take part in the regular Fellow seminars and the other scientific events organized by the Centre (workshops, conferences, lectures, etc.) and present their project in lectures or seminars. The results of their work shall be summarized in a paper (in English), to be published in the electronic CAS Working Paper Series. 


Candidates must:

    Be non-Bulgarian citizens; 
    Have completed a PhD in the fields of the humanities and the social sciences; 
    International research experience (participation in projects and refereed conferences) and publications in peer-reviewed academic editions are strong advantages. 


As an international academic institution CAS conducts most of its work in English, which is also the language of the fellow seminars. Therefore, a good command of English is required.


Please carefully consider the former two documents when preparing your application. They can be downloaded also from 
For Junior scholars (up to 8 years after PhD defense**) only: two letters of recommendation by scholars familiar with the applicant’s academic work should be emailed to CAS by the referees. 

All application documents should be presented in English and sent by e-mail to with a subject entry “Advanced Academia Fellowships.” 

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2017


High quality of the candidate's academic portfolio and publications, participation in international research; 
Innovative fundamental research proposal with significant contribution; 
Interdisciplinary and/or comparative approaches are an advantage.


The selection will be carried out by the international Academic Council of CAS based on evaluation of the potential of the candidate relative to his/her career stage and the quality of the proposed project. Short-listed candidates will be invited for an on-line interview. The results will be announced in November 2017 by e-mail and at the website of the institute: Members of the CAS Academic Council do not disclose to candidates their assessment reports.

The Academic Council reserves the right, in cases of candidatures with equal assessment, to give preferentiality to candidates who have not been CAS Fellows during the preceding 5 years or have already been granted two CAS fellowships. 


Mr. Dimiter Dimov, e-mail: 
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str, 
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662 

* The amount is consistent with the prices in Bulgaria and is sufficient to cover the living costs of the fellows. 
**  Extensions to this period may be allowed in case of eligible career breaks which must be properly documented (maternity leave, long-term illness leave, national service, etc.).

Contact Info: 

Dimiter Dimov
Centre for Advanced Study Sofia; Sofia 1000, 7-B, Stefan Karadja Str, 
tel.: + 359 2 9803704 / fax: + 359 2 9803662
Contact Email:

International Conference on REVOLUTION, REFORMATION AND RE-FORMATION: Perspectives on Conflict and Change in History

Call For Abstracts: 

Hosted by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Deadline for registration: 31st May 2017

Both Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses and the October Revolution provoked political, religious, and cultural upheavals at home that reverberated temporally and spatially, evolving into global forces. sixteenth-century Europe and twentieth-century Russia provide insertion points that will allow us to explore the broader themes of revolution and re-formation throughout history. Today, as extremism and radical movements from across the political spectrum receive increasing attention, reflections on the significance of moments of accelerated change in both the short and the long term become greatly relevant and pressing. We are inviting papers considering moments and mechanisms of change in multiple contexts - political, economic, religious, cultural, spatial and material. The conference will take place at the Institute of Historical Research on Thursday 8th June 2017.

The plenary speaker will be Professor Stephen Smith, University of Oxford. Professor Smith's research interests are in the history of modern Russia and China and comparative communism, with a current focus on the 'politics of the supernatural' - how ordinary people deployed religious and magical beliefs and practices as a way of dealing with and putting meaning on the turbulent and often traumatic changes that overtook their lives. In January 2017 he published his latest book, Russia in Revolution: An Empire in Crisis, 1890 to 1928 with Oxford University Press.

The keynote will be delivered by Dr. Daphne Halikiopoulou, Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at Reading. Dr. Halikiopoulou's research looks at radical nationalism, the politics of exclusion, and the cultural and economic determinants of far-right support. She has written books on patterns of secularisation in Greece and the Republic of Ireland, and most recently co-authored The Golden Dawn's 'Nationalist Solution': Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

Regiester here

Contact Info: 
For more informaton please contact the History Lab committee at or message us on twitter @IHRHistoryLAB. Queries can be addressed to Grace Redhead our Conference Convenor, or David Tiedemann our Publicity Officer. 
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Workshop on New Directions in the Study of Populism: Arizona State University United States

Call For Abstracts:-

We invite proposals for a paper to be presented at a workshop on “New Directions in the Study of Populism.” The conference will take place March 15 thru March 17, 2018, at the West and Thunderbird campuses of Arizona State University (from Thursday early evening to Saturday early afternoon).

There is now a renewed academic interest in the study of populism, and a surge of empirical explorations and normative evaluations of populism. The purpose of this conference is to explore the "scope and methods" of populism studies as an interdisciplinary area of studies, and identify shared assumptions as well as normative, theoretical, methodological, and political areas or agreement and disagreement.  

We plan to assemble a small group of 20 scholars who are doing cutting-edge work on populism.  We are interested in putting together a mix of more experienced scholars and young scholars, and would like to bring people from different disciplines, different theoretical orientations, and who apply different methodological toolkits.

We have two keynote addresses as part of the conference. On Thursday night, Thomas Frank will give an opening lecture to a broader audience than the conference participants. On Friday night, Theda Skocpol will give a keynote presentation to a smaller group of mainly the conference attendees. Other confirmed participants include Paris Aslanidis (Yale), Jack Bratich (Rutgers), Benjamin McKean (OSU), David Meyer (UC Irvine), and Benjamin Moffitt (Stockholm University).

Participants are expected to contribute a chapter, based on their workshop presentation, to an edited volume. By accepting this invitation you are agreeing to submit a chapter.  We intend that the edited volume would serve as the entry point for scholars and graduate students who are interested in doing research on populism.

Hotel Information:
Hotel rooms are available at a conference rate of $85 (+tax) in the Thunderbird Executive Inn, which is located at the Conference site. There is no registration fee and we will provide meals for registered participants during the conference. It is worth mentioning that Arizona weather is usually particularly nice around March and participants may choose to extend their stay to enjoy the sun (or attend the baseball spring training).

Submission Instructions:
If you are interested in participating in the conference (and are willing to contribute a chapter), please submit a detailed proposal describing the paper you intend to write and present at the conference, situating it in the context of your broader work, and a CV, to one of the organizers (see contact information below). The deadline for submitting a proposal is: July 1, 2017. Acceptance notification expected by August 1st.

Contact Info: 
For questions, contact a member of the organizing committee:
Carol Mueller:
Majia Nadesan:
Amit Ron: