In this email:

    1. Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellowships
    2. CSHPS Call for Papers
    3. History of Medicine position announcement

--------Message 1 of 3: Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellowships---------

Pembroke Center Postdoctoral Fellowships 2002-03 Theories of Embodiment

Anne Fausto-Sterling Senior Faculty Research Fellow, Pembroke Center; Professor of Biology and Gender Studies

 In 2002-2003, the Pembroke Seminar will explore how biological bodies become culturally expressive. Traditionally, the study of race and gender has been subdivided into the study of biology, on the one hand, and the study of culture, on the other. Thus, the nature/nurture debate frames most discussions of the body, especially with respect to gender and race. Indeed, until recently, feminist scholarship has championed the dichotomy between sex (biology) and gender (culture). But the body does not itself make such clear distinctions. How can we frame the discussion of embodiment so that biology and culture become one?

 How do children develop masculine and feminine characteristics? Why do some become more physically active than others? Why do some become skilled in particular cognitive tasks? Why do some develop strong interests in relationships, while others become highly object-oriented? Why do some become more physically aggressive while others become more verbally aggressive? How and why do these characteristics become associated with gender? How should feminist theorists respond to studies that suggest that prenatal hormonal exposures account for the early emergence of masculine and feminine characteristics or to studies that suggest male to female transsexuals have more female-like brain structures and female to male transsexuals have more male-like brain structures? How should feminist scholars respond to the use of such biological findings in court decisions?
 Can feminist theory benefit from the new and expanding knowledge of the plastic nature of brain cells, both during childhood and adulthood? When new cultural images of the body become incorporated into an individual's self-image, does the brain itself actually change? Are there limits to cultural plasticity? Are there limits to biological plasticity? How does the history of the body affect the contemporary body? Why do men and women and people of varied racial and ethnic backgrounds have different patterns of disease? Does culture produce specific patterns of disease? Does biological difference produce different patterns of disease? If culture and biology produce disease patterns together, how do they do so?

 How do gender awareness and gender identity emerge? How does gender become culturally specific? How do stable sexual identities and desires form and when and why do they sometimes change over the life cycle? How do gendered body images become incorporated into human consciousness and why are body images at times extremely stable and at other times quite changeable? How does racism affect early development? Does the chronic stress of racism produce racially weighted disease?

 Varied theoretical approaches to answering the above questions come from the fields of cultural studies, phenomenology, feminist psychodynamic theory, socialization theory, and developmental systems theory. Developmental systems theory seems especially versatile. It has been applied to diverse levels of organization: biologists use the theory to study the emergence of order as an embryo develops from a single cell into a complex organism; cognitive scientists apply systems theory to the understanding of brain function; developmental psychologists use systems theory to understand the emergence of complex motor skills and basic cognition, and political theorists use systems theory to study complex multinational behaviors. We are interested in the applications it might have to the study of embodiment.

 We seek applicants from all fields, but especially from cultural studies, feminist social psychology, developmental psychology, developmental biology, history of the body, anthropology, cognitive psychology, and sexuality studies. As a group we will explore theories that attempt to combine biology and culture in flexible and imaginative ways. We are especially eager to find scholars who are interested in applying developmental systems theory to the study of the development of gender awareness, gender identity, forms of sexual desire, brain and hormone development and the cultural and historically specific expression of gendered or racialized traits. We therefore welcome scholars who have a background in DST even if they have not previously worked on gender or race; similarly we welcome scholars from all fields who work on gender and/or race and who are interested in pursuing theories that blend biological, sociological, historical, or cultural approaches to the problem of embodiment.

 Post-Doctoral Fellowships Fellowships are open to scholars from all disciplines. Recipients may not hold a tenured position in an American college or university. Preference will be given to projects in which there is significant scholarly and theoretical attention given to the question of embodiment. This is a residential fellowship. Fellows participate weekly in the Pembroke Seminar, present two public papers during the year, and pursue individual research. Brown University is an EEO/AA employer. The Center particularly encourages third world and minority scholars to apply.

 The term of appointment is September 1, 2002-May 31, 2003. The stipend is $30,000.

 For application forms contact Elizabeth Barboza. Phone: 401-863-2643. E-mail:
 [log in to unmask] The mailing address of the Center is Box 1958, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912. The deadline for applications is December 11, 2001. Selection will be announced in February.
 Affiliation for Visiting Scholars Scholars with independent support who are interested in the 2002-03 research topic and who wish to take part in the Pembroke Seminar are invited to apply for affiliation with the Center. For more information, contact Elizabeth Barboza (see above for phone and addresses).

--------Message 2 of 3: CSHPS Call for Papers ---------

The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is holding its annual conference at University of Toronto, 26-28 May 2002. The program committee invites historians, philosophers and other scholars of the social sciences and humanities to submit paper, panel or workshop proposals.

The proposals and papers may be in English or French, and should have a title, a brief abstract of 150 to 250 words, and the complete information for correspondence. Proposals must be received by 31 January 2002 and may be sent by e-mail, fax or post to one of the members of the program committee.

We strongly encourage email submissions. Information about Congress registration and accommodation can be found at the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada web site.

Please note that the CSHPS meeting, which takes place as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, overlaps with the meeting dates of a number of other societies, including the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine (24-26 May), the Canadian Philosophical Association May 25-28), the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics (May 24-26), and the Canadian Historical Association (May 27-29).  The CSHPS program committee welcomes suggestions for joint sessions with these and other societies.

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Programme Committee :

Ernst HAMM
Science and Technology Studies
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto  ON  M3J 1P3 Canada
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Department of Philosophy
University of British Columbia
1866 Main Mall E370
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z1 Canada
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Jean-François AUGER
Centre interuniversitaire de recherche
sur la science et la technologie
Université du Québec à Montréal
CP 8888, Succ. Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3P8 Canada
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--------Message 3 of 3: History of Medicine position announcement ---------

History of Medicine
The Department of Social Studies of Medicine of McGill University seeks an assistant professor in the history of medicine (tenure track) in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The Department is an interdisciplinary unit within the Faculty of Medicine and includes historians, anthropologists and sociologists.  It places strong emphasis on research and graduate supervision, but is also responsible for considerable teaching in the Faculties of Arts and Medicine.  The successful candidate must have a Ph.D and publications (an MD would be an additional asset) and must be able to function in both the medical milieu and an interdisciplinary social science environment.  We will consider all areas of research interest compatible with the core strengths of the Department in comparative medical systems and medical knowledge in the 20th century.  Curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be sent by December 31,2001, to Faculty Search Committee; Department of Social Studies of Medicine; McGill University; 3655 Sir-William-Osler Street; Montreal, P.Q. H3G 1Y6; Canada. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. McGill University is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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Professor Roberta L. Millstein
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History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology
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