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

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • 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."

  • April 17, 2014

    Jeff Womack of the University of Houston introduced his paper, "Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine."

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