Working Groups


The History of Technology Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s works-in-progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on third Tuesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

  • Martin Collins

    Martin Collins is Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. He curates the civilian applications satellites collection and is working on a history of communications satellites and globalization in the 1990s, as seen through the multinational satellite telephony venture, Iridium.


  • Adelheid Voskuhl

    Heidi Voskuhl is Associate Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include the history of technology from the early modern to the modern period, the philosophy of technology, the history of the Enlightenment, and modern European intellectual and cultural history.


Upcoming Meetings

  • September 19, 2017


  • October 17, 2017


  • November 21, 2017


  • January 16, 2018


  • February 20, 2018


  • March 20, 2018


  • April 17, 2018


Past Meetings

  • April 18, 2017

    Matt Wisnioski, Virginia Tech, "Big Bird and the Artificial Kidney," a chapter from his book in-progress Every American an Innovator

  • March 21, 2017

    Amy Slaton, Drexel University, presenting "Knowable Selves in a Knowable World," a chapter from her book in-progress All Good People: Diversity, Difference and Opportunity in High-Tech America

  • February 28, 2017

    Steven Harris, University of Mary Washington, "A Soviet Anxiety of Influence: What Harold Bloom Can Tell Us about Aeroflot’s History of Technological Development”

  • December 13, 2016
    Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, presented his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”
  • November 22, 2016

    Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University introduced his draft book chapter, "Frantz Fanon in LA: Californian Clones and French Settlers in Colonial Algeria."

  • October 25, 2016

    Ruth Rand of the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, introduced her paper "Salvaging Space: Refuse, Reuse, and the Pursuit of Orbital Economy, 1968-1986"

  • September 20, 2016
  • April 26, 2016

    Note special day: Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology will introduce his paper, “John Staudenmaier’s Technology’s Storytellers as a Political Theology.”

  • March 15, 2016

    Neil Maher of Rutgers University-Newark introduced his paper, "Heavenly Bodies: 'Manned Space Flight' and the Women's Movement."

  • February 16, 2016

    Layne Karafantis of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum introduced a chapter, "The Blue Cube: Cold War Espionage Hidden in Plain Sight."

Group Membership