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.
To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.
Jennifer Alexander is an Associate Professor of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota, with specialization in technology and religion; industrial culture; and engineering, ethics, and society. Her publications include The Mantra of Efficiency: From Waterwheel to Social Control (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). Her current project is a book manuscript analyzing the international religious critique of technology that developed following WWII. She asks how religious and theological interpretations of technology have changed over time; how, over time, technologies and engineering have extended their reach into the human world over time through a developing technological orthodoxy; and how these changes have affected each other.
Zachary M. Mann is a Consortium Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in English Literature at the University of Southern California, where he is a 2019-20 Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Fellow. Previously, Zach served as the founding managing editor of The Offing, a literary magazine, and the noir & mystery editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Before that, he worked in the tech and video game industries. He holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, Fiction, from California State University, Long Beach, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley.
Arwen P. Mohun is Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at University of Delaware. She specializes in the social and cultural historian of technology. Her publications include Steam Laundries: Gender, Work, and Technology in the United States and Great Britain, 1880-1940 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999); His and Hers: Gender, Consumption and Technology (University of Virginia Press, 1998) co-edited with Roger Horowitz; Gender and Technology: A Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) co-edited with Nina Lerman and Ruth Oldenziel, and Risk: Negotiating Safety in American Society (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), winner of the 2014 Ralph Gomory Prize of the Business History Conference.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
November 20, 2018
We will be reading Lee Vinsel and Andy Russell's Technology and Culture article "After Innovation, Turn to Maintenance." Jennifer Alexander will share some thoughts to share some thoughts to start the conversation.
October 16, 2018
Peter Sachs Collopy, Caltech Archives, "When Computer Animation was Analog: Scanimation Outside the Digital Paradigm"
September 25, 2018
NOTE SPECIAL DATE
Yuan Yi, Columbia University, "Custom-Made Machines in the Era of Mass Production" (dissertation chapter)
May 15, 2018
Alicia Maggard, Brown University, presenting "Pacific Mail, Industrial Empire:
Steam Infrastructure and U.S. Power", a chapter from her dissertation.
April 17, 2018
Edward Jones-Imhotep, York University, presenting "The Image of Work: Charting Human and Machine Failures at the Dawn of the Jazz Age," a chapter from his book project Reliable Humans, Trustworthy Machines.
March 27, 2018
Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, discussed his current project, A Business History of Communism: Enterprise and Experiment in China, 1950-71.
February 20, 2018
Christopher Otter, Ohio State, presented an excerpt from his book-in-progress "Diet for a Large Planet: Food Systems, World-Ecology and the Making of Industrialized Britain."
December 12, 2017
Note Special Day
Greg Eghigian (Penn State and co-convener of CHSTM's Human Sciences group) presented on UFOs in post-World War II culture.
November 14, 2017
Note Special Day
Katie Boyce-Jacino (Johns Hopkins) presented on planetariums in Weimar Germany
October 17, 2017
Phil Tiemeyer (Kansas State) shared from his book manuscript, Aerial Ambassadors: National Airlines and US Power in the Jet Age, the chapter "The “Love Bird” Takes Flight: Independence, Neo-¬Imperialism, and the Founding of Air Jamaica, 1960-¬1977."