Register Now! BioSocial Network May 4 Retreat

Just a reminder about our upcoming retreat, hosted at Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine conference "Health, Medicine and Civil Unrest," May 4-5, Baltimore, MD. 

Registration:  https://hopkinsmedicalhumanities.org/health-medicine-civil-unrest/

Friday, May 4 Agenda:

10-11:30 Keynote Speakers: Community Activism in Health Research

--Iris Morales, Community Activist and Educator, NYC. From Young Lords Party to post-hurricane Puerto Rico

--Joao Biehl, Princeton Anthropology. AIDS activism in Brazil

--Nick Freudenberg, City University of New York School of Public Health. On Community Participatory Research

11:30-1 Panel: Democracy and Participation in Health Science

--Susan Lindee, UPenn History

--Rayna Rapp, NYU Anthropology and Disability Council

--Jane Zara, PhD in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, and JD, Science for the People

1-2 Lunch 

Skype with Science for the People leaders Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass Amherst, History and John Tharakan, Howard University, Chemical Engineering

2-4 Site Visit to NSF Baltimore Ecosystems Project, led by J. Morgan Grove, Team Leader.
4-5:30 

Working group Meetings for BioSocial Network: Neuroscience of Poverty, Environment and its Limits, Biosocial teaching, training and practice

Hope to see you there! 

May 4 - BioSocial Network Meeting - Johns Hopkins

 

Please join us for our next meeting, Friday, May 4th, at Johns Hopkins. We will meet through the Health, Medicine, & Civil Unrest Conference, for which you may register here: https://hopkinsmedicalhumanities.org/health-medicine-civil-unrest/

The Schedule on 5/4 will be

10-11:30 -- Keynote Speakers: Community Activism in Health Research (Iris Morales, former Young Lords Party leader, Joao Biehl, Princeton Anthropology Dept on activism leading to the Brazilian AIDS policy "miracle," and Nick Freudenberg, CUNY Public Health on community participatory research)

11:30-1 -- Democracy and Participation in Health Science (Susan Lindee, UPenn History on Cold War science and democracy, Rayna Rapp, NYU Anthropology on Disabilities rights activism, and Sigrid Schmalzer, UMass Amherst and organizer, Science for the People)

1-2 -- Lunch

2-4 -- Site visit to NSF Baltimore Ecosystems Project, led by J. Morgan Grove, Team Leader.4-

5:30 -- Working group meetings for BioSocial Network: Neuroscience of Poverty, Environment and its Limits, Biosocial teaching, training and practice

Post Doc Position at Johns Hopkins

There is a new post-doc job opening (http://somjobsboard.jhmi.edu/?ofc=pda) at the Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine (https://hopkinsmedicalhumanities.org/) at Johns Hopkins University. Inquiries should be directed to Marian Robbins . Please see details below: 

The Center for Medical Humanities and Social Medicine<https://hopkinsmedicalhumanities.org/>, Johns Hopkins University, seeks applicants for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship.  The Center is an interdisciplinary teaching and research unit that bridges the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences across the campuses of Johns Hopkins University to foster innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship and to train undergraduates, graduate students, and health professionals with skills to apply critical social analysis to the understanding of health and disease.

The fellow will work closely with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of the University to foster the intellectual life of the Center, with protected time to pursue his or her research and writing.

The successful candidate will have:

1.      Defended a PhD in anthropology, history, sociology, philosophy, literature, or related field by May 31, 2018.
2.      A proven record of interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the humanities and/or social sciences of health and medicine
3.      Previous Interactions with health science as well as arts and science campuses
4.      A strong research profile
5.      Excellent organizational skills

Duties will include organizing Center events; working with the Director and faculty to develop new programs; liaising with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of Johns Hopkins University; and developing online content for the Center's online and social media presence. The fellow will pursue a sustained program of research and writing, mentored by Center faculty, and make satisfactory progress towards publication goals.

Closing date for applications: March 21, 2018. Skype interviews will be conducted in early April. The term of appointment is two years, beginning July 1, 2018. Salary: $47,484 plus benefits.

Please send: cover letter; CV; statement of interest in medical humanities and/or social medicine; dissertation chapter or other writing sample; and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent directly to our program coordinator, Marian Robbins at myrobbins@jhmi.edu<mailto:myrobbins@jhu.edu?subject=Postdoctoral%20fellowship%20in%20the%20History%20of%20Medicine>.

Johns Hopkins University is an AA/EOE and actively encourages applications from minority and women scholars. NOTE: The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a routine background check.

 

Upcoming BioSocial Network Meetings

Please save the date of February 9, 2018 for our next BioSocial Network meeting, to be hosted at Rutgers University by the Institute for Health (a 5 minute work from the New Brunswick NJ Transit/Amtrak train station).  We are finalizing an exciting agenda with will be posted soon.

Also please mark your calendars for Friday, May 4 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore for a BioSocial Network meeting to be jointly hosted with the Johns Hopkins Institute of the History of Medicine on the theme of "Democracy and Participation in Health Science."  Details to follow.

Botany of Colonization, Upcoming Conference Event

BOTANY of COLONIZATION

Maria Thereza Alvares, Vera List Art and Politics Prize

Two day conference/ exhibition/ keynote focused on Seeds of Change,  a multi-year art project, tracking ballast flora and what it tells us about the ongoing violent legacy of colonialism.

Friday and Saturday Nov 3/4

Note RSVP links and locations differ for each event

FRIDAY (12-4:30pm)  

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Link to Eventbrite RSVP 

12-2:30pm Panel Discussion I: The Ground We're Standing On: 

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

2:30-4:30pm Panel Discussion II: Seeds as Storyteller/Witness
Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

6-6:45pm Keynote  Presentation of the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016-2018 to Alves, followed by a conversation between Maria and Ruth Wilson Gilmore and the opening of Alvares exhibition Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York—A Botany of Colonization.

The Auditorium at 12th Street
66 West 12th Street

 Link to RSVP

SATURDAY the focus is on the projects of the Finalists for the Vera List Prize for Art and Politics, and the ways theirs resonate with Alves' Seeds of Change

Saturday panels (12-4:00pm) 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

Link to Eventbrite RSVP

12:00-2:00pm Prize Finalists Panel Discussion I:The House We're Building:

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes. 

2:00-4:00pmPrize Finalists Panel Discussion II: Languages For Us(e)/Ways of Knowing

Several Panelists speak and a respondent closes.

Festive Closing Reception with music, dance and song

4:00-5:30pm 

STEM faculty job opening at The New School

 

Assistant/Associate Professor in the Natural Sciences. Eugene Lang College for Liberal Arts, an undergraduate college of The New School, invites applications for a full-time renewable term appointment in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. We seek innovative educators at the senior or junior level who can contribute to a distinctive Interdisciplinary Science Program that teaches basic scientific principles, concepts, and methods within the context of solving planetary health challenges. The program prepares students for advanced interdisciplinary study and careers in public health/epidemiology, environmental policy/natural conservation, transdisciplinary design, data visualization, and STEM communication. Candidates will be expected to maintain a research or creative practice appropriate to a liberal arts context (which can include the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or science communication) and are encouraged to develop collaborations within and outside the University. We are particularly interested in those who make connections to design, social sciences, and/or the arts, and those who have experience with informal science learning (DIY, science cafe, museums, film, STEAMD) or using cities as learning labs. Preference will be given to those candidates who have familiarity with SENCER http://sencer.net/  (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) or similar programs that place STEM, social justice, and civic engagement at the center of learning. The New School campus has two teaching laboratories (BSL2) and an extensive Making Center, which can be used to support research. The start date is July 2018. For full ad and application protocol see https://careers.newschool.edu/postings/15067

Media Medica Conference at Hopkins

SAVE THE DATE: 10/27-10/28 | CONFERENCE

MEDIA MEDICA: Medicine and the Challenge of New Media

www.mediamedicasite.wordpress.com

Please join us October 27-28 for an interdisciplinary conference on new media and medicine, bridging the medical campus and the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University: 

Medicine never takes places in a vacuum. Patients become ill in the context of work and family, physicians make diagnostic and therapeutic choices based on their professional training and institutional affiliations, researchers pose questions based on funding opportunities and the interests of their peers. Over the past half century, scholarship in medical history, anthropology, sociology, and the broader medical humanities has laid out the importance of these social contexts in finer and finer detail. Yet the spaces between patient, doctor, and scientist are not merely social: they are also mediated by textual and visual forms, which are expressed in a variety of media by paper and increasingly electronic technologies that make possible both intimate and global circulation of medical knowledge and practice.  Join an international group of scholars in humanities and social sciences  as well as physicians and medical educators to explore the changing roles of new media in medicine.

For more information, and to register for the co inference, please visit www.mediamedicasite.wordpress.com

This conference will  bridge the medical campus and the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University: beginning on Friday 10/27 in Hurd Hall (the historical amphitheater of the Johns Hopkins Hospital) and the East Reading Room of the Welch Medical Library, and move to Levering Hall and Gilman Hall on the Homewood Campus on Saturday 10/28.  

Planetary Health Manifesto & Other Resources

http://www.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140-6736(15)61038-8.pdf

https://assets.rockefellerfoundation.org/app/uploads/20150625164207/PIIS0140673614604098.pdf

https://assets.rockefellerfoundation.org/app/uploads/20160725145454/PIIS0140673615609011.pdf

http://lancetcountdown.org/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU-KF8Bfs_Q&feature=youtu.be

https://i.unu.edu/media/iigh.unu.edu/news/4765/PlanetaryHealthAlliance_EducationFellow.pdf

https://wellcome.ac.uk/what-we-do/our-work/our-planet-our-health

https://planetaryhealthalliance.org/

https://planetaryhealthalliance.org/education

STS Adjuncts Needed at NYU

The Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU Tandon School of Engineering is seeking PhDs in anthropology, sociology, STS, history of science, or related fields to teach the following classes in fall 2017. Recent graduates and exceptional ABDs (with teaching experience) are invited to apply. There is some flexibility in terms of course materials, instructor methods and assignments. 

Please send a short message of interest and CV to the Director of STS, Amber Benezra, amber.benezra@nyu.edu. Open until filled. Adjunct positions are unionized and well-compensated.

Ethics and Engineering M,W 10:30am-12:20pm

This course examines issues relating to engineering practice and applied technology. We will study foundations for moral decision making such as professional codes and ethical theories such as Kantianism and utilitarianism. These ethical tools will be applied to a range of case studies. We will also seek a deeper understanding of important issues and challenges stemming from technology with an eye to how globalization and its attendant cultural and moral pluralism affect them.

Magic Bullets and Wonder Pills T,Th 4:00pm-5:50pm

We will spend the semester investigating the history of psychoactive drugs and related medical technology, through a ‘Science and Technology Studies’ (STS) lens. After establishing some of the core concepts in STS theory, we will turn to the development of a number of different psychoactive drugs, and what these drugs tell us about wider social and structural inequalities, science and the politics of knowledge and corporatist logics.

Symbioses: A BioSocial Network FiFth Semi-Annual Retreat June 6

At this meeting we will be forming three working groups that will begin to design collaborative projects around a topic that has surfaced repeatedly in our prior meetings. These three groups will be the first in a series of working groups hosted by the network. When you register, you will be asked to select one of the following working groups: BioSocial Pegagogy, Neuroscience of Addiction, or Environment and its Limits.

RSVP by Friday, May 26*

RSVP Link:  http://symbioses.eventbrite.com?s=76074694

Program

10:30-10:40AM Welcome 

Katayoun Chamany (New School: Biology) Dorothy Roberts (UPenn: Sociology and Law), Helena Hansen (NYU: Anthropology and Psychiatry)

10:40-12PM Opening Remarks: Key Considerations for Working Groups

  • BioSocial Pedagogy: Katayoun Chamany (New School: Biology), Amber Benezra (NYU: Engineering)

  • Neuroscience of Poverty:Dorothy Roberts (UPenn: Sociology and Law), Martha Farah (UPenn: Psychology), Carl Hart (Columbia: Psychology), Sebastian Lipina (National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina (CONICET))

  • The Environment and its Limits: Sabrina McCormick (George Washington: Public Health), Jeff Shaman (Columbia: Health Sciences)

12-1PM Lunch

1PM-3PM Working Group Breakout Sessions

3-4:30PM Reports to Network and Next Steps

 

SAVE THE DATE! Fifth Semi-Annual Biosocial Network Retreat– June 6

Please mark your calendars! The next meeting of Symbioses: A BioSocial Network Fifth Semi-Annual Retreat will take place on, Tuesday, June 6, 2017   10AM-5PM at The New School, Starr Foundation Hall, University Center, Room UL102, 63 Fifth Avenue New York, NY

We will start with morning presentations. In the afternoon we will launch topic-focused, action-oriented working groups.  Based on network member suggestions, these include:

1) Genetics and Indigeneity

2) BioSocial Pedagogy/Education,

3) BioArt. 

***Details to follow, with instructions for registration.