Collections and Collecting

Bringing together curators, archivists, library professionals, and scholars representing fields across the sciences and the humanities, this working group takes an interdisciplinary approach to considering the history of collections, as well as associated debates surrounding the value and purpose of collecting. This group will grapple with the past and present role of collections, and consider questions such as the following: What kinds of objects, specimens, and artifacts are considered worth collecting and by whom? How can institutions continue to maintain and care for their collections? What kinds of information and/or data are stored within collections? How can new approaches to research, teaching, and public programs allow for objects to reach new audiences and/or provide new opportunities for reinterpretation?

Upcoming Meetings

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Consortium Respectful Behavior Policy

Participants at Consortium activities will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Participants may send reports or concerns about violations of this policy to conduct@chstm.org.

  • Friday, February 26, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST

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  • Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

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Past Meetings

  • November 20, 2020

    Lukas Rieppel, Brown University: "Locating the Central Asiatic Expedition: Circulation and Accumulation in Early 20th Century Natural History"

  • October 30, 2020

    Adrianna Link, American Philosophical Society: "Cultural Diplomacy, Conservation, and Computers: Designing an International Center in the Smithsonian Quadrangle"

  • September 18, 2020

    Elaine Ayers, New York University: "Had There Been No Witnesses: Corpse Flowers, Monstrosity, and the Politics of Discovery in Early-Nineteenth Century Colonial Botany"

Group Conveners

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    Reed Gochberg

    Dr. Gochberg is Assistant Director of Studies and Lecturer in History and Literature at Harvard University. She holds a PhD in English from Boston University.

     

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    Adrianna Link

    Dr. Link is Head of Scholarly Programs at the American Philosophical Society. She received her PhD in History of Science from The Johns Hopkins University.

     

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