History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Latin America

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • January 28, 2021

    Join us for a conversation with professors Bernardita Escobar Andrae, Pablo Galaso, Aurora Gomez-Galvarriato & Martin Monsalve Zanatti about the intersection of technology and business development during the first half of the twentieth-century in Latin America.

  • December 17, 2020

    Dear Working Group members, please join us next Thursday, December 17th @2PM EST for our first Lightning Round- and our last 2020 session.
    The lineup looks great, take a look! 
    Dr. Lucas Erichsen (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
    "Voracious History: Meat Consumption and Public Slaughterhouses
     in Rio de Janeiro (1777-1881)"
    Maria Paula Andrade (Vanderbilt University)
    "The Jailed Poor and the Making of Brazilian Public Health 
    from the Margins, 1834-1852.”
    Jayson Maurice Porter (Northwestern University)
    "Oilseeds and Slippery Slopes: Political Ecology and Environmental 
    Change in Guerrero, Mexico, 1930-1980.”
    Clara Cuevas (El Colegio de México)
    “'Un poco de sangre’: una historia de la venta de sangre 
    en México, 1950 - 1987.”
    Verónica Uribe del Aguila (University of California, San Diego)
     “The Maker” in La Maquila:  Digital Manufacturing Technologies 
    and the Promise of Flexible Labor in Mexico." 
    Francisco Tijerina (Washington University in St. Louis) 
    “Mundos en común y literaturas postautónomas en las 
    configuraciones del neoextractivismo mexicano.”

  • November 19, 2020

    Everyday Use, Repair & Maintenance in Latin American History. Participants: please visit the page for the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)'s Technology's Stories to browse the Dossier "Dailogues: History of Technology in Africa and the Americas." http://www.technologystories.org

  • October 22, 2020

    Where to publish? Donde publicar?
    Professors Leida Fernández-Prieto (Asclepio), Marcos Cueto (História, Ciências, Saúde– Manguinhos), and Leandro Rodriguez (Tapuya) will facilitate the conversation on publishing outlets available to scholars working on the history of science, technology, and medicine in Latin America.

  • September 24, 2020

    Latinoamérica Frente al Covid-19
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Group Conveners

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    Diana J. Montaño

    Diana J. Montaño is Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Her teaching and research interests broadly include the construction of modern Latin American societies with a focus on technology and its relationship to nationalism, everyday life, and domesticity. Her first book Electrifying Mexico looks at how "electrifying agents" (businessmen, salespersons, inventors, doctors, housewives, maids, and domestic advisors) used electricity, both symbolically and physically, in the construction of a modern nation. Taking a user-based perspective, Dr. Montaño reconstructs how electricity was lived, consumed, rejected, and shaped in everyday life (https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/montano-electrifying-mexico). For her articles on the intersection of humor and class in streetcar accidents see History of Technology (https://tinyurl.com/5cr7r6hu -) and  Technology's Stories (https://tinyurl.com/p4ucsmns). For her HAHR article on power theft in turn-of-the-century Mexico see https://tinyurl.com/9chy8s8v


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    David Pretel

    David Pretel is professor of history and economic institutions at Autonomous University of Madrid. His research focuses on the history of export commodities, intellectual property rights and the entangled histories of technology, capitalism and the environment in the tropical world. His first book, "Institutionalising Patents in Nineteenth-Century Spain" (Palgrave Macmillan), examined the development of the Spanish patent system (1826–1902), providing a fundamental reassessment of its evolution in an international and imperial context. He is co-editor of the volumes "The Caribbean and the Atlantic World Economy: Circuits of Trade, Money and Knowledge, 1650-1914" and "Technology and Globalisation: Networks of Experts in World History". His recent publications include articles in the journals History of ScienceTechnology & Culture, Global Environment, History of TechnologyHistoria Mexicana, Business History, Artefact, Latin America in Economic History and Ayer.
    His works, CV, and other details can be found on his website 


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    José Ragas

    José Ragas is an Assistant Professor at Instituto de Historia in Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, where he teaches courses related to STS and global history. Dr. Ragas holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. Previously to his appointment in Chile, he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University and Lecturer in the Program in the History of Science and History of Medicine at Yale. His current book manuscript examines the emergence of a techno-social system engineered to capture and store personal data in Peru between 1820 and 1930. He is also interested in how, over the past two centuries, ordinary people have manipulated identification devices and challenged the restricted categories of personal identity imposed by policymakers in the Global South.


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