Working Groups

History of Science in Asia: Decolonizing the History of Science

This group engages questions regarding the deconstruction of imperial visions and definitions of the sciences in Asia, and explores how new work can contribute to the diversification of perspectives in the history of science.
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    Mary Augusta Brazelton

    Mary Brazelton is a University Lecturer in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie broadly in historical intersections of clinical medicine, the life sciences and public health, in China and around the world.


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    Elise Burton

    Elise Burton holds a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College). She earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in two subjects, biology and Middle Eastern studies. In 2017, she completed her Ph.D. in History & Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. Her primary research interests are race, ethnicity, and nationalism; the history of genetics and evolutionary biology; and transnational scientific collaboration. Her first book, Genetic Crossroads: Scientists and Nationalism in the Middle East, is under contract with Stanford University Press.


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    Shireen Hamza

    Shireen Hamza is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University’s Department of the History of Science. With the support of the SSRC-IDRF, she is researching a dissertation about the history of medicine in the medieval Indian Ocean World.


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    Charu Singh

    Charu Singh is a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge, where she holds the Adrian Research Fellowship at Darwin College. She researches the languages, practices and publics of science in modern South Asia.


Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Introduction: Asia and Decolonization as Method

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Decolonization and the History of Science in East Asia

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Decolonial Methods in Premodern History of Science

  • Friday, February 21, 2020 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Neotraditional Sciences/Medicines

  • Friday, March 27, 2020 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Geographies of Knowledge in South Asia

  • Friday, May 1, 2020 -
    9:00am to 10:30am

    Power in Scientific Working Relationships