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.
April 17, 2014
Jeff Womack of the University of Houston introduced his paper, "Uncertainty Principles: Radiation and Risk in 20th Century Medicine."
March 20, 2014
Deanna Day of UPenn introduced her dissertation chapter, "Enrolling Mothers as Reliable Medical Workers: The Thermometer in Turn-of-the-Century Domestic Medicine."
February 20, 2014
Heidi Voskuhl introduced her paper "Engineers' Philosophy: Social, Technical, and Intellectual Elites in German High Industrialism, 1850 to 1930"
January 16, 2014
Heidi Voskuhl introduced Donald MacKenzie, "Marx and the Machine," Technology and Culture, Vol. 25, No. 3. (Jul., 1984), pp. 473-502 and David Edgerton, "Innovation, Technology, or History: What is the Historiography of Technology About?", Technology and Culture, Volume 51, Number 3, July 2010, pp. 680-697