STaC News

Fall 2014 :: Funding Opportunities
ESRC Transforming Social Science
Do consider putting something in for the ESRC’s Transforming Social Science call – the internal process involves a proposal on just 2 sides of A4 going to by the 1/12/14 and then to a shortlisting panel at the ESRC. It’s a wonderfully efficient way of getting research funding so please do send in some STAC related proposals. Exeter will select two projects to go forward to the ESRC this year. STAC related work is well suited to the call so please do give it consideration.
STAC Discretionary funds
We also have some funds to disburse within STAC if you would like to run a workshop, generate a research network, invite a speaker, pursue some pilot work etc The amount is not huge but if you have an idea for some research funding then please let me know (detailing how it fits the STAC remit).


Congratulations to Michael Schillmeier on the publication of “Eventful Bodies: The Cosmopolitics of Illness.” Join us at the Byrne House on 27 November, 17:00-19:00 to celebrate Michael’s success.

Ann Kelly (SPA) has been awarded ESRC funding to assess current responses to the Ebola outbreak. She is also involved in an Ebola Response Anthropology Platform with colleagues in Sussex and London.

Medical anthropologist Melanie Rock of the University of Calgary, known for her work on human-animal disease interfaces, has been awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Institute of Population and Public Health award to visit Exeter this autumn. More information about Melanie’s visit coming soon.

The Contagion project has been awarded a Transforming Social Science grant from the ESRC. The project commenced September, 2013 and is well underway.

Sabina Leonelli has also been awarded an ESRC Open Innovation award.


New Journals

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience is a new online peer-reviewed journal. The outcome of three years of collaborative research and planning among a ten-person editorial board, Catalyst will publish interdisciplinary feminist and queer science studies scholarship, theory-forward STS work, and theory-practice collaboration documentation and discussion. You are invited to draw on this new online journal to read, to engage in field dialog, and to submit your own work. The Catalyst web portal is now open and ready to process submissions. The editorial board welcomes submissions at any time. The first issue will be launched in Spring 2015.

Nearly 75 scholars and writers have agreed to serve on the Catalyst extended international advisory board. Members of this broad-ranging group will support focused special-issue leadership in rotating teams, and will provide a basis for broad expertise and consistency in a peer-review process designed to meet university standards for faculty evaluation and review.

The Catalyst Editorial Board: Lisa Cartwright, Martha Lampland, Rachel Lee, Mara Mills, Michelle Murphy, Natasha Myers, Deboleena Roy, David Serli, Banu Subramaniam, Elizabeth Wilson

Managing Editor: Cristina Visperas

Webmaster and Communications Director: Monika Sengul-Jones

Environmental humanities

Environmental Humanities is an international, open-access journal that aims to invigorate current interdisciplinary research on the environment. In response to a growing interest around the world in the many questions that arise in this era of rapid environmental and social change, the journal publishes outstanding scholarship that draws humanities disciplines into conversation with each other, and with the natural and social sciences.


The Animals Turn: ethics, consciousness, systems, signs, a special issue of New Formations

Animal studies in the humanities raises a number of interesting questions. These are ethical questions perhaps most obviously, but also include the question of animal consciousness and mind, and of the animal mind in the human. ‘Mind’ might be a property of systems (vegetative, animal human) rather than of individual consciousness only. Indeed, the idea that anything like individual consciousness could exist in the absence of an entity’s embeddedness in biocybernetic systems (bodies and worlds and, hence, differences and information) seems extremely unlikely. Just as with new differences articulated in earlier explorations of difference, studies in human-animal relations opens up new, and perhaps urgent,  avenues and modes of signification, thinking, doing, being and becoming.



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