Postdoc position in the history of amateurs and hobbyists in science 18th-20th centuries

We are opening a postdoc position (or visiting fellow) in the history of amateurs and hobbyists in science and technology (meteorology, astronomy, etc.), from the 18th-20th century at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

The postdoc position will begin between February and June 2019 and last 18 months or more. The chosen candidate will join the research team working on the projet “The Rise of Citizen Science: Rethinking Science and Public Participation”.

From Twitter

This week, the Twittersphere witnessed the anniversary of John Brown’s execution which occurred on December 2nd, one hundred fifty nine years ago. A published transcription of the last letter he wrote to his wife and children urging them to “abhor, with undying hatred also, that sum of all villainies-Slavery,” made the rounds.

Who’s Behind That Beard? Historians are using facial recognition software to identify people in Civil War photographs.

Kurth Luther has "launched Civil War Photo Sleuth, a web platform ... Together with Ron Coddington (editor of the magazine Military Images), Paul Quigley (director of the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies), and a group of student researchers at Virginia Tech, Luther crafted a free and easy-to-use website that applies facial recognition to the multitude of anonymous portraits that survive from the [Civil War], in the hopes of identifying the sitter."

Narrative Science Public Seminar Series - 2019 dates and speakers

Apologies for cross posting.

We are pleased to share the dates, speakers, and presentation titles for the second part of our ongoing Narrative Science public seminar series. For the abstracts, and details as to the time and location, please check our website:

15th January 2019:

Lise Meitner Symposium at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge UK

Lise Meitner Symposium

Monday, 28 January 2019
9:30 – 17:30
Wolfson Hall, Churchill College (Cambridge, UK)

The Churchill Archives Centre is proud to hold the scientific papers and personal correspondence of Lise Meitner (1878-1968), who, according to the inscription on her gravestone, was a physicist who never lost her humanity.


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