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.
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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.
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."