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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:

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

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.

New Acquisitions and Digitized Archives at Drexel University

Drexel University acquired and processed several important collections in 2014. New acquisitions include, among other, the complete records of the Obstetrical Society of Philadelphia, 1899-2012; sketches of animals and prehistoric subjects by the paleoartist Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins; and the papers of the nutritionist Corinne H. Robison. Newly processed collections include the Academic Affairs records of Hahnemann University, 1848-2009 and the papers of the physiologist Stella Yates Botelho (1923-1987). The University also recently produced a searchable, digitized edition of Thomas S. Bradford’s biographies of homeopathic physicians compiled from 1896 to 1916.

The American Philosophical Society makes James van Gundia and Frank Siebert papers available to researchers

The American Philosophical Society has recently made newly processed resources available to researchers, including papers of James van Gundia, a pioneer of human population genetics, and Frank Siebert, a chemist-turned-anthropologist who made important contributions to Algonquin linguistics. 

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