Working Groups

Sciences of the Senses

This group will focus on the overlapping histories of the sciences of nature and culture at the turn of the twentieth century, at a time when the human senses became central objects of investigation for anthropologists, linguists, physiologists, psychologists, technicians, and instrument makers. It will explore scientific attempts to produce knowledge through and about the senses as a way of restoring authentic continuities among disciplinary entities in flux, and producing scientific knowledge about human nature and culture.


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    Cameron Brinitzer

    Cameron Brinitzer is a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently doing anthropological fieldwork in experimental psychology laboratories at the Central European University, while archivally researching histories of the field in anthropology and the lab in psychology. He is a research affiliate of the Social Mind Center at the Central European University and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) in Vienna. 


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    Judith Kaplan

    Judy Kaplan is a cultural and intellectual historian of the human sciences with a special interest in the history of linguistic research. Currently a teaching fellow with the Integrated Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, she was previously a Mellon fellow with the Wolf Humanities Forum and a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.


Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 -
    3:00pm to 4:30pm