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.
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.
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; and Gender and Technology: A Reader (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) co-edited with Nina Lerman and Ruth Oldenziel.
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 (all times Eastern)
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
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."
January 19, 2016
Heidi Voskuhl of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her article "Engineering Philosophy: Theories of Technology, German Idealism, and Social Order in High-Industrial Germany."
December 15, 2015
Jennifer Alexander of the University of Minnesota introduced her article, "Technological Critique and the Founding of the Technology and Social Justice Movement: Jacques Ellul at the World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948."
November 17, 2015
Sarah Robey of Temple University introduced "The Man in the White Lab Coat: Scientists and Scientific Authority, 1950-1956," from her dissertation, The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963.
October 20, 2015
Michelle Murphy of the University of Toronto introduced selections from her draft of The Economization of Life.
April 21, 2015
Arwen Mohun of the University of Delaware introduced her paper, "Constructing the History of Risk: STS and Beyond."
March 31, 2015
Nathan Ensmenger of Indiana University introduced his paper, "Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of Computing."
February 24, 2015
Teasel Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics introduced her paper, "A Global History of the First Lunar Landing."
January 20, 2015
Gabrielle Hecht, University of Michigan introduced her paper, "Toxic Tales from the African Anthropocene"
May 15, 2014
Teasel Muir-Harmony of MIT and PACHS introduced her dissertation chapter, "Sputnik and the Launch of Space Propaganda."