News and Notes

March 31, 2015

CFP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine

The University of Pennsylvania is pleased to host the 13th Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine (JAS Med) on October 16-17, 2015 in Philadelphia. JAS Med is convened annually for the presentation of research by young scholars working on the history of medicine and public health. The meeting was founded in 2002 to foster a collegial intellectual community that provides a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate student research. Submissions on this year’s theme of Materiality Medica are welcome from a wide range of scholarly disciplines. Please submit no later than May 25, 2015. For more information and to submit an abstract, visit: http://jasmed2015.wordpress.com/

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March 31, 2015

CFA: Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences, 1890-2015

18-19 September 2015, the University of Pennsylvania will host a conference on Sorting Brains Out: Tasks, Tests, and Trials in the Neuro- and Mind Sciences, 1890-2015. Confirmed speakers include Cathy Gere (University of California San Diego), Katja Guenther (Princeton University), Nicolas Langlitz (The New School), Emily Martin (New York University), Francisco Ortega (Rio de Janeiro State University), Tobias Rees (McGill University), and Matthew Wolf-Meyer (University of California Santa Cruz). Graduate students and post-doctoral researchers interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit abstracts by 31 May 2015

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February 24, 2015

Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South

Jonson Miller is Associate Teaching Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University. In 2014-2015, he was a Research Fellow of the Consortium. Here is a report on his project, “Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South: The Southern Military Schools and the Foundation of the New South.”

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February 14, 2015

James Poskett Wins Adrian Research Fellowship

Congratulations to James Poskett (2013-2014 Research Fellow), who will be taking up the Adrian Research Fellowship in “Darwin and the Humanities” at Darwin College, UK starting on October 1st, 2014. Poskett’s article on the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839) was recently accepted for publication with History of Science.

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February 5, 2015

Kislak Center (UPenn) acquires rare manuscripts in alchemy, astrology, Cabbala, Tarot, and more

The Kislak Center recently acquired 58 manuscript codices from the library of the Duke of Northumberland. The manuscripts were originally collected by General Charles Rainsford (1728-1809), an 18th century gentleman scientist, and cover subjects such as alchemy, astrology, Cabbala and Tarot. Notable items include an illustrated book on summoning demons, an astrological horoscope of King George III, a manual by Rainsford on judicial astrology, and several alchemical notebooks used by Rainsford for commonplacing, or note-taking, on useful information and discoveries.

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Specimens from collection of Joseph A. Cushman (1881-1949)
Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society