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Dear ISH Colleagues,
   Please see the recent announcements below. The next call for announcements will be at the end of the month.

Conferences & Workshops:

Call for papers: Online conference on Islamic Perspectives on Exotheology

Dear Colleagues and Friends,
I hope this reaches you well.
Shoaib Ahmed Malik of Zayed University recently suggested to me the organization of an online conference on Islamic Perspectives on Exotheology. I am quoting from our call for papers (CFP) below:

“There have been many developments in the nascent field of Islam and science in the past few decades. However, one neglected and understudied topic is the discussion of exotheology. Much has been said from Christian and Jewish perspectives, but Islamic perspectives are still marginal. Apart from Jörg Matthias Determann’s recent book, Islam, Science Fiction and Extraterrestrial Life: The Culture of Astrobiology in the Muslim World, and some works by Muzaffar Iqbal, there is very little development in this area. With increasing interest and attention given to extraterrestrial life in contemporary developments and discourses, Islamic perspectives on exotheology have become a niche area that require due attention. This conference aims to fill this gap by inviting scholars from all over the world and from different backgrounds to help make sense of this relatively unexplored territory. We believe this exploration will elevate Islamic discourses that are directly engaging with contemporary questions. The following are some non-exhaustive, guiding questions that can provide food for thought when writing abstracts.” Read more here:

Please submit an extended abstract (no more than 500 words) detailing your idea to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>. This should include your full name, institutional affiliation, and keywords.
The deadline for this call for papers is December 31, 2021. The final decisions will be announced on January 10, 2022. The conference will be held virtually, requiring no travel, on May 10 and 11, 2022. Participation is free of charge. We are planning to publish selected papers in a special issue of a reputable journal.
Should you have any questions, feel free to email Shoaib or me Jörg Matthias Determann [[log in to unmask]]
Many thanks!
With best wishes, Matthias

Jörg Matthias Determann
Virginia Commonwealth University


The PhilInBioMed Institute organizes the 4th Philosophy of Cancer Workshop: Bordeaux, France, December 7th and 8th, 2021 (presentation here<>)

- Maria Blasco<> (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas, Madrid, Spain)
- Andrew Ewald<> (Johns Hopkins, USA)
- Nicholas McGranahan<> (London, UK)
- Anya Plutynski<> (Washington University, USA, via Zoom)
- Eric Solary<> (Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France)

The organizing committee welcomes abstracts for 20 minutes’ oral presentations on subjects that explore a problem with a conceptual, theoretical, methodological and/or philosophical approach and directly address questions relevant to cancer research.

Examples of questions that this workshop will raise include:

How is the complexity of cancer addressed in scientific and medical practices?
Is there an underlying logic of cancer?
What are the epistemic implications of different approaches to cancer?
How are questions about the ontology of cancer related to methodological issues?
To what extent are questions concerning the nature of cancer intertwined with issues concerning diagnostics and/or treatments?
How are new approaches, such as cancer genomics, organoids, and organ-on-chip technologies, influencing cancer research?

The call is open to philosophers, scientists, medical doctors, and more generally to everyone interested in the analysis of conceptual, theoretical, and methodological problems of cancer biology.
Abstract submission: Abstracts should be between 1000-1500 words long and must be submitted (here<>) before October 17th, 2021.
Notifications will be sent by November 2nd, 2021.
Stipends can be granted to junior scholars without funding (please ask when submitting your abstract).
If you have any question, please contact [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Sincerely, Thomas Pradeu
CNRS Research Professor in Philosophy of Science
Immunology Unit ImmunoConcEpT, UMR5164, CNRS & University of Bordeaux
Stanford University CASBS Fellow<> (2020-2021)
Team Leader Conceptual Biology and Medicine Team<>
Coordinator of the Institute for Philosophy in Biology and <>

Job Postings:


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives: Historian of Life Sciences

Position Description:
            The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives, with the support of the Goelet Family Trust, seeks to fill a two-year Historian of Sciences position (with a possibility of extension) to assess historical collections of original materials in our Archive, participate in writing grants for history of science projects, and contribute to the activities of our Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has been home to research in the life sciences since 1890 and the CSHL Archives ( houses a rich repository of materials documenting this work. In addition, the collection includes materials relating to the development of molecular biology and genetics, among them are the papers of major figures in recent development of genetics, for example, those of Sydney Brenner, Carol Greider, Matthew Meselson and James Watson. These materials provide deep insight into the history of molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology.
We are focused on creating a “living history” of important aspects of molecular biology and genetics research that blend the traditional discussions of current scientific research with lectures on the history of science; scholarly works; using our collections in public exhibitions; and scientific meetings in which the pioneers of the field interact with the current scientific community.
The Center for Humanities and the History of Modern Biology promotes humanistic understandings of modern biology and medicine and offers a variety of educational programs. We organize public events, host virtual and physical exhibitions, and create and publish resources for popular and scholarly audiences.

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Survey the Archives’ collections and assess their historical, cultural, and scientific importance and contribute to expansion of the Guide to the CSHL Historical Collections.
- Participate in collective planning for the Archives and the CSHL Center for Humanities & History of Modern Biology and in writing grant applications to support these plans.
- Contribute to the activities of the Center by participating in the educational programs
- Presenting scholarly talks at meetings and preparing publications that highlight the contents of the CSHL collection, and carry out research
- Develop college-level teaching materials that employ CSHL historical collections.

Position Requirements:
Education: a Ph.D. in History of Science (or a related field) is required.
Experience: 1-3 years of professional experience. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in life sciences. Experience in writing for both general and scholarly audiences is required.
Required skills: Historical research and analysis. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience applying for grants and/or fellowships.

 Please apply for the position via the CSHL careers website at:
 Position Number 00492-E

 Applications will be reviewed as soon as they arrive. We hope to appoint the chosen candidate as soon as they are available.
For any questions about the position, please email Ludmila Pollock, Executive Director of CSHL Library and Archives.
We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.

 The CSHL Archives ( ) has been recognized consistently over the last three decades through substantial support from our institution, government agencies, foundations, and private donors for its programs and projects. Through this generous support, we have been able to preserve our collections, create exhibitions, initiate and successfully complete many digital projects, and develop outstanding educational and academic programs.
 For more information about CSHL, please visit us at
You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination on your first day of employment. For those individuals, who are unable to receive a vaccine due to access issues, they will be expected to receive the vaccine upon arrival in New York.
CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.
VEVRAA Federal Contractor



Best, Lloyd

Lloyd Ackert, Ph.D.
Teaching Professor
Department of History
Research Associate
Patrick Center for Environmental Research
Academy of Natural Sciences

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