Job: Postdoc History of Eighteenth Century Medicine, 0.7 fte (Groningen University; Deadline 14 February 2016)

The Center of Historical Studies, Faculty of Arts, welcomes applications for an 18 month postdoc position (0.7 fte) to conduct research in the history of Boerhaavian medicine in the eighteenth century. The postdoc project is embedded in the NWO Vidi project “Vital Matters. Boerhaave’s Chemico-Medical Legacy and Dutch Enlightenment Culture”, supervised by Dr Rina Knoeff. Read more…

(Nederlands) Blog: Waar zijn de vrouwen van de VU? (Sjoerd Huiskamp)

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Huygens ING and Leiden University present an online edition-in-progress of the Letters of Carolus Clusius

Huygens ING and the Scaliger Institute (Leiden University Libraries) present an ‘edition-in-progress’ of the correspondence of Carolus Clusius, using the collaborative editing tool eLaborate. Carolus Clusius (1526-1609) was one of the central figures of the so-called botanical renaissance of the sixteenth century. His vast correspondence has already gained considerable attention from biologists and historians, but a complete edition was never realized. Read more…

Call for Papers: Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960): Ways of Viewing Science and Society (Amsterdam, 9 & 10 June 2016; Deadline 31 January 2016)

Anton Pannekoek was both a prominent astronomer and socialist theorist. The links between his two fields of work have, however, received little attention. Yet, Pannekoek was far from alone in combining radical politics with a career in science. What were the links between Pannekoek’s two careers? How should we understand his particular ‘ways of viewing’ both the stars and society? What role do questions of perception and aesthetics play in his work? And how does the relation between science, art and society in Pannekoek’s case compare to the way other contemporary scientists, artists and social activists viewed this relationship? Read more…