Working Groups

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The Consortium invites scholars to join our topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress.

Each group meets monthly. All interested scholars are welcome to participate via online video conferencing.

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Upcoming Meetings

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Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University, "Over London at Night": Gasworks, Ballooning and Seeing the Thames 

Monday, September 20, 2021 10:00 am EDT

A. J. Misra, Marie Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen (URL)


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Penelope K. Hardy, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, seeks your input on her new project: a four-volume edited primary source collection tentatively titled Knowing the Oceans, 1790-1914: A Global Documentary History.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 4:00 pm EDT

Welcome to the History and Politics of Immunity working group! We'll use our first meeting to get to know each other and briefly discuss the introductions of two influential texts that offer compelling methodological arguments for how we might think about immunity, disease, and health across disciplinary divides: Cristobal Silva's Miraculous Plagues: An Epidemiology of Early New England Narrative (2011) and Paul Ramírez's Enlightened Immunity: Mexico's Experiments with Disease Prevention in the Age of Reason (2018). 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Zachary M. Mann, University of Southern California.
"Reading Note G: Ada Lovelace and the Secretarial Labor of Codework."

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

Aversion Therapy

Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

Agenda (updated 9/5/21)

1:00pm-1:15pm Introductions
1:15pm-1:20pm Race & Tech. Announcement
1:20pm-1:50pm - Speaker (Yovanna) presentation + QA/comments
1:50pm 2:20pm - Speaker (Dafne) presentation + QA/comments
2:20pm-2:30pm: Discussion: "What is your idea of aesthetics and design?"

Friday, September 24, 2021 10:00 am EDT

A discussion with Jessica M. Smith of her forthcoming book in the Engineering Studies Series of MIT Press, Extracting Accountability: Engineers and Corporate Social Responsibility (MIT Press, 2021). Comments from Rider Foley (University of Virginia) and Thomas De Pree (University of New Mexico and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute).
Please read chapter 3 for the discussion (attached).

Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Hanin Hannouch (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut), "Gustav Fritsch ca. 1900: Doing Racial Science Through Three-Color Photography"
Readings attached:
Annette Lewerentz, "Der Mediziner Gustav Fritsch als Fotograf"
Michael Hagner, "Aspects of Brain Localization in Late 19th Century Germany"

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Liat Spiro, College of the Holy Cross, "Patentability and Experience: Work, Class, and Risk in the Political Economy of Intellectual Property in Imperial Germany," on patenting as a domain of social politics and workplace political economy in Imperial Germany.

Thursday, September 30, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Global contexts: Jain medical recipes in early Hindi
Dr Adrian Plau

Friday, October 1, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Nushelle de Silva, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Conditioning Art, Air, and Action: Exhibition Conservation in the Art Museum"

Friday, October 1, 2021 1:30 pm EDT

 Trish Kahle, Georgetown University Qatar, "'Confidence in Our System': How an Electric Utility Reconfigured Production and Consumption in a Deindustrializing Energy System." 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Ben Lee, "Compounded Mediation: A Data Archaeology of the Newspaper Navigator Dataset" 
In this paper, Ben Lee examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Newspaper Navigator dataset that he developed while recently serving as Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress. The attached paper has been accepted by Digital Humanities Quarterly and is scheduled to appear in a forthcoming issue. You can also access a pre-print on the Humanities Commons

Friday, October 8, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

No meeting (4S)

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Title: Jim Crow in the Asylum: Psychiatry and Disability in the American South

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Georges Farhat, "Louis Savot’s (ca. 1579-1640) Galenic Perspective on the Art of Building"

Friday, October 15, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Elisabeth Hsu, University of Oxford, work in progress, “The Yijin jing (Canon for supple sinews) of 1882, 1956 and 2003: the texts of tu- illustrations.”

Monday, October 18, 2021 10:00 am EDT

Prof. Emeritus K. G. Zysk, University of Copenhagen (URL)
Topic: Mesopotamian and Indian Bird Omens

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Judy Johns Schloegel, Independent Scholar, "Instituting Biology in the Great Lakes: Scientific Survey Work and Inland Seas Maritime Culture, 1893-1903."

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 4:00 pm EDT

Aparna Nair (Assistant Professor, History of Science, University of Oklahoma-Norman), "Paper Trails and Poxes: A Global History of Vaccination Certificates and Passports"
Comment by Sanjoy Bhattacharya (Professor in the History of Medicine, Director of the Centre for Global Health Histories, and Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Health Histories, University of York)

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Sam Schirvar, University of Pennsylvania
"The Politics of Stress: Human Factors Engineering, Occupational Health, and Air Traffic Control, 1968-1981"

Friday, October 22, 2021 10:00 am EDT

Yang Li (Princeton University), "Antibiotics, Atomic Bomb, and the Nationalization of Scientific Expertise in Early Socialist China, 1949-1966"

Monday, October 25, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Edna Bonhomme,  Title TBA

Tuesday, October 26, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Evan Hepler-Smith, Duke University, "Handbook chemistry" from his ms. Compound Words: Chemical Information and the Molecular World, on the 19th century emergence of the chemical handbook and the chemical abstract journal.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 3:00 pm EDT

"Theodosius Dobzhansky e os brasileiros"
Aldo Mellender de Araújo (Instituto de Biociências - UFRGS)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Gift-giving and Knowledge Exchange in Elite Medical Manuscripts
Prof Faith Willis

Thursday, October 28, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

Diana Montaño, Washington University in St. Louis, "Development is Modernity + Rural Electrification: The Aesthetic of Latin American Electricscapes"
Daniel Rebouças, Universidade Federal da Bahia Brasil, “Aesthetics of Electricity in Bahia”

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Jaimie Murdock, Sandia National Laboratories

Friday, November 5, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Jesse Smith, Science History Institute: TBA

Friday, November 5, 2021 1:30 pm EDT

Ashoka Vardhan, “Mining the Landscapes: Coal in Hyderabad State, c. 1871-1890.”
Lorena Campuzano Duque, “Sick Mining Landscapes and the Quest of Healthy Miners,

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Yijie Huang, "The pluralism of mechanism and the emergence of a pulse clocklike in late seventeenth-century England"

Friday, November 12, 2021 1:00 pm EST

Guest: Dr. David Suisman (History, University of Delaware)
Reading TBA.
Guest sessions are (loosely) moderated, please reach out if you'd like to be in that role.
We'll briefly introduce the guest, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, and then discuss participants' questions.
All are welcome.

Monday, November 15, 2021 10:00 am EST

Jacob Schmidt-Madsen, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen (URL)
Phañjikā: An Early Cruciform Game at a Late Medieval Indian Court

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Elise A. Mitchell (PhD candidate in History, New York University), TBA
Comment by TBA

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Madeline Williams, Harvard University
"Technological Ableism and Typewriters in United States History, 1843-1892"

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 12:00 pm EST

November 17, 2021 - “Psiquiatria Genética na Eugenia alemã e no Brasil” - Pedro Muñoz (Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro)

Friday, November 19, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Marco Tamborini, Institute of Philosophy, Technical University of Darmstadt, ch. from ms. The Architecture of Evolution: The Science of Form in Twentieth-Century Evolutionary Biology.

Monday, November 22, 2021 11:00 am EST

Mirjam Brusius (German Historical Institute London), Title TBA

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 2:00 pm EST

Gustave Lester, PhD. Candidate, Harvard University.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Anna Guerrero, Marine Biological Laboratory and American Philosophical Society

Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Maura C. Flannery, Professor Emerita, St. John's University, NY/Research Associate, A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, Columbia:  "Can Digital Collections Bridge the Gap between the Humanities and Science?"

Friday, December 3, 2021 1:30 pm EST

Covell Meyskens, “Building a Hydraulic Engine for Mao’s China in the Three Gorges
Daniella Russ, “Energy Balances and the Politics of Oil Substitution.”

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Melissa B. Reynolds, "The Past and Future in Print" 

Friday, December 10, 2021 1:00 pm EST

Guest Visit: Dr. Viktoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt University)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome!

Friday, December 17, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Alexis L. Boylan, Department of Art History, University of Connecticut, ch. from ms. on the art of the American Natural History Museum in New York.

Monday, December 20, 2021 10:00 am EST

Prof. Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta
Title: New findings from the Suśruta Project

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Don James McLaughlin (Assistant Professor of English, University of Tulsa) “The Muzzle: An Object Biography” 
Comment by Cindy Patton (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University) 

Friday, January 7, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Victor McFarland, “Breaking the Earth: The Story of Nuclear Fracking.”
Brian Leech, “The Fastest Limit in the West: Energy, Safety, and the American West’s Fight against the National Maximum Speed Limit in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Friday, January 14, 2022 11:00 am EST

Launch of working group and informal networking session

Monday, January 17, 2022 10:00 am EST

Madhusudan Rimal, PhD student, University of Alberta will present a selected research paper and chair discussion of its contribution to the historical understanding of science in early South Asia.  Paper details TBA.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:00 pm EST

Luis Felipe Eguiarte Souza, University of Minnesota
"Julian Huxley: 'If I were a dictator', Technocracy in his popular writing and science fiction"

Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 pm EST

David Dalton, UNC Charlotte, “Eduardo Urzaiz's novel, Eugenia and the Interface of aesthetics and science in constructing eugenics in postrevolutionary Mexico”
Lucas Izquierdo, University of Central Florida, “Novel as technology: 19th and 20th century Peru”

Friday, January 28, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Nicole Barnes (Duke University), "On Soil and Sustainability, Or, Who Cares about Shit?"

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 6:00 pm EST

E. Thomas Ewing, Virginia Tech

Friday, February 4, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Ryan Jobson, “As a fire runs up a forest”: Counter-plantation futures and the Trinidad oil
strike of 1937.”

Friday, February 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

“Household, Reproductive, and Personal Technologies in Enlightenment Europe”, Margaret Carlyle (University of British Columbia, Canada)

Friday, February 11, 2022 1:00 pm EST

Guest: Dr. Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University, Department of History)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with opening remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:00 pm EST

Claire Mayo, University of Tennessee
"Nineteenth Century Envirotechnical Regimes and the Great Flood of 1910: How Competing Ideas of Water Management Structured the Disaster"

Monday, February 21, 2022 10:00 am EST

Philipp A. Maas, Research Associate, University of Leipzig (URL)
Topic: TBA

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:00 pm EST

Fabián Prieto-Nanez, Virginia Tech, “Taste, class, and popular design of technical devices in Bogota, Colombia”
Sonia Robles, University of Delaware, “Blueprints for Modernity: Public radio programming in Mexico”

Friday, February 25, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Hasan Umut (Boğaziçi University), "The Confessional Turn in Early Modern Ottoman Cosmology" 

Friday, March 4, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Baasit Abubakr, “Currents of the Empire in South Asia: A History of Colonial Electrification in Jammu and Kashmir 1900-1947.”
Gina Surita, “The Mysterious Muscle Machine, 1900–1930.”

Friday, March 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

“Manufacturing and marketing medicines in Tokugawa Japan”, Daniel Trambaiolo (Hong Kong University, HK)

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Liat Spiro, College of the Holy Cross
"Patentability and Experience: Work, Class, and Risk in the Political Economy of Intellectual Property in Imperial Germany"

Monday, March 21, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Cristina Pecchia, Austrian Academy of Sciences (URL)
Topic: TBA

Thursday, March 24, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Mónica Salas Landa, Lafayette College, “Aesthetics of Oil Development in Mexico”
Peter Soland, Southeast Missouri State University, "Aerial Shots and Bomber Jackets: The Role of Aviation, Celebrity, and Cinema in Re-Imagining Latin America" 

Friday, April 1, 2022 1:30 pm EDT

Jarrod Hore, “Reinventing a Supercontinent: Towards an Energy History of Gondwanaland.”
Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, “Data Driven: Clerical Work, Geophysics, and the Rise of Computing in the American Oil Industry.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University

Friday, April 8, 2022 11:00 am EDT

“Scent from Afar: A Transcultural History of Aromatics in Medieval China”, Yan Liu (University at Buffalo, SUNY, USA

Friday, April 8, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Guest: Dr. Peter Sachs Collopy (personal website)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome!

Monday, April 18, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Eric Gurevitch, PhD candidate
South Asian Languages and Civilizations and
Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
University of Chicago
Title: Diseases of the eye: Debating the physiology of vision across medicine and philosophy in medieval India

Thursday, April 28, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Lucas Erichsen, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), "Under the Sun, between tropics: meat preservation technology in late 19th century Brazil"
Marisa Lerer, Manhattan College, “Technology and Memorial Design in the Southern Cone”

Friday, April 29, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Energy History in Asia: Book Discussion

Victor Seow, Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

On Barak, Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization (University of California Press, 2020) 

Friday, May 6, 2022 1:30 pm EDT

Michaela Rife, “Capturing Petroleum Publics: The Visual Culture of Oil on the Dust Bowl Plains.”
Jordan Howell, Capital Be Dammed: Alcoa and the History of Hydroelectric Power in North America, 1890-1950.”

Friday, May 13, 2022 11:00 am EDT

“Picturing the Dissected Female Body in the Middle Ages”, Taylor McCall (Medieval Academy of America, USA)

Friday, May 13, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Guest visit: Dr. Mara Mills (Media, Culture and Communication, NYU / personal website)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome.

Monday, May 16, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Madhu K. Parameswaran, Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyagunavijnanam, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College (URL)
Topic: TBA

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Thomas Zeller, University of Maryland, College Park
"Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters"

Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

David Pretel, Pompeu Fabra University, “Green Gold Modernity: Machines, Peonage and Henequen in Yucatan’s Gilded Age”
Leida Fernandez-Prieto, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, “Mute Witnesses:  Mapping the Meanings of the Images on the History of Cuban Agriculture”

Friday, May 27, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Sayori Ghoshal (Columbia University), "Race in Nationalist Science: Making Anthropology an Indian Discipline through the Question of Origin, 1920-1950"

Friday, June 10, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Reserved for open call

Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Agenda (Updated 9/5/21)
Final Session: Thursday, 6/23/22, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT

  • Meeting with volume editor. 
  • Discussion of Next Steps 


Friday, June 24, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Elise Burton (University of Toronto), "A Lexicon of Science"

Friday, September 9, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Reserved for open call

Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am EDT

“Water Management and Public Health in Spanish Milan”, Lavinia Maddaluno (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice, Italy)

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

“William Hunter's Bedside Manner”, Meredith Gamer (Columbia University, USA)

Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 am EST

Reserved for open call