Teaching & Learning

Cardiff University Science Humanities International Summer School

CISSCT would like to bring to the attention of Duke graduate students the Cardiff University Science Humanities International Summer School, which will be held at Cardiff University (UK) from Monday 30 APRIL – Friday 4 MAY 2018. As noted on their website (https://cardiffsciencehumanities.org/summer-school/)  "In 2018 Cardiff University’s Science Humanities research group will host a week-long International Summer School dedicated to the examination of the relations between the humanities and the sciences.  The Summer School program features workshops from leading scholars in literature and science, the histories of science and medicine, and the philosophy of science from across the UK and Europe. It is designed to give you access to significant researchers in the field, and professional development opportunities cion publishing, public engagement, and archival research.” Duke’s N. Katherine Hayles will present one of the plenary talks.

Though this summer seminar has no registration fee, “participants must be able to meet the cost of their own transport, accommodation, and part of their subsistence during their stay in Cardiff. Advice will be given on accommodation and transport and some meals will be included during the Summer School.” Duke’s CISSCT can help defray the costs of flight and housing for one Duke graduate student. If you are interested in this possibility, please fill out the Summer Seminar application form (available at https://cardiffsciencehumanities.org/summer-school/)and send to Carolin Benack (carolin.benack@duke.edu) before November 20, 2017.

Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis

Duke’s Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory sponsors an annual “Best Undergraduate Science Studies Senior Thesis” prize. Students recognized with this honor include:

All undergraduate theses completed between May 1, 2017 and May 1, 2018, in all departments and programs, and which explore a science or sciences from an historical, philosophical, sociological, or literary critical perspective, are eligible for this prize. The prize for the winning thesis is $500, and the thesis itself will be posted in its entirety as a .pdf on the CISSCT website (http://cissct.duke.edu/teaching-learning). A student may submit his or her senior thesis for consideration, or faculty supervising a science-studies senior thesis may nominate his or her student’s senior thesis for consideration by emailing Carolin Benack (carolin.benack@duke.edu). In either case, a submission for this prize should be made directly by the student him- or herself. The entire thesis should be emailed as a .pdf to Carolin Benack (carolin.benack@duke.edu) by no later than May 1, 2018. The submissions will be judged by the CISSCT undergraduate prize committee, and the prize winner will be announced on May 8, 2018.

Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue

The CISSCT co-sponsored Anthropocene Campus: The Technosphere Issue held April 14-22, 2016. The Anthropocene Curriculum is a trans-disciplinary collaboration initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science around forty scholars from around he world, working in the natural, environmental, and social sciences, as well as the humanities, arts, and architecture. Together with one hundred selected internal researchers from different fields as well as actors from outside of academia this program was put into teaching practice at the 2016 seminars.