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 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.
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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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."