Call for applications: 2019 SSRC Fellow Seminar with Lorraine Daston

By Daina Tagavi, Professional Development Peer
Friday, January 11, 2019 2:00 PM

The Social Science Research Council invites applications from advanced graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences to participate in a seminar on “Mechanical Rules before Machines: Rules and Paradigms” led by the Council’s 2019 Fellow, Professor Lorraine Daston. The seminar will take place at Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Seminar participants unable to join in person will be able to participate remotely via Zoom.

Application Guidelines
Advanced graduate students and junior faculty in the social sciences are invited to apply. Please submit a single PDF document containing your CV and a one-page description of your work and how it aligns with the theme of the history of rules or mechanical rules before machines and Daston’s own work. Submissions should be made to, with the subject line “SSRC Fellow Daston Seminar Application.” Program staff will contact you with the results of your application no later than January 30. For more information, please contact program staff:
The application deadline is January 18, 2019.

About Lorraine Daston
Daston is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. She has published on a wide range of topics in the history of science, including the history of probability and statistics, wonders in early modern science, the emergence of the scientific fact, scientific models, objects of scientific inquiry, the moral authority of nature, and the history of scientific objectivity. Recent books include How Reason Almost Lost Its Mind: The Strange Career of Cold War Rationality (with Paul Erickson et al., 2013) and Against Nature (forthcoming, 2019). Her current projects include a history of rules, based on her 2014 Lawrence Stone Lectures at Princeton University; the emergence of Big Science and Big Humanities in the context of nineteenth-century archives; and the relationship between moral and natural orders.