History of Technology

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.


Past Meetings

  • September 25, 2018

    NOTE SPECIAL DATE
    Yuan Yi, Columbia University, "Custom-Made Machines in the Era of Mass Production" (dissertation chapter)


  • May 15, 2018

    Alicia Maggard, Brown University, presenting "Pacific Mail, Industrial Empire:
    Steam Infrastructure and U.S. Power", a chapter from her dissertation.


  • April 17, 2018

    Edward Jones-Imhotep, York University, presenting "The Image of Work: Charting Human and Machine Failures at the Dawn of the Jazz Age," a chapter from his book project Reliable Humans, Trustworthy Machines.


  • March 27, 2018

    Philip Scranton, Rutgers University, discussed his current project, A Business History of Communism: Enterprise and Experiment in China, 1950-71.


  • February 20, 2018

    Christopher Otter, Ohio State, presented an excerpt from his book-in-progress "Diet for a Large Planet: Food Systems, World-Ecology and the Making of Industrialized Britain."


  • December 12, 2017

    Note Special Day
    Greg Eghigian (Penn State and co-convener of CHSTM's Human Sciences group) presented on UFOs in post-World War II culture. 


  • November 14, 2017

    Note Special Day
    Katie Boyce-Jacino (Johns Hopkins) presented on planetariums in Weimar Germany


  • October 17, 2017

    Phil Tiemeyer (Kansas State) shared from his book manuscript, Aerial Ambassadors: National Airlines and US Power in the Jet Age, the chapter "The “Love Bird” Takes Flight: Independence, Neo-¬Imperialism, and the Founding of Air Jamaica, 1960-¬1977."


  • April 18, 2017

    Matt Wisnioski, Virginia Tech, "Big Bird and the Artificial Kidney," presented a chapter from his book in-progress Every American an Innovator


  • March 21, 2017

    Amy Slaton, Drexel University, presented "Knowable Selves in a Knowable World," a chapter from her book in-progress All Good People: Diversity, Difference and Opportunity in High-Tech America


Group Conveners

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    Jennifer Alexander

    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.

     

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    Benjamin Gross

    Benjamin Gross is Vice President for Research and Scholarship at the Linda Hall Library in Kansas City, Missouri. He is responsible for managing the Library’s scholarly outreach initiatives, including its fellowship program. Before relocating to the Midwest in 2016, he was a research fellow at the Science History Institute and consulting curator of the Sarnoff Collection at the College of New Jersey. His book, The TVs of Tomorrow: How RCA’s Flat-Screen Dreams Led to the First LCDs, was published in 2018 by the University of Chicago Press.

     

     

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    Zachary Mann

    Zachary M. Mann is a Consortium Research Fellow and Ph.D. Candidate in Literature at the University of Southern California. Currently he is also a Mellon-Council for European Studies fellow. Previously he was a Mellon Humanities in a Digital World fellow and a Ransom Center fellow. His work focuses on the intersections of literature, media, and histories of technology, and his dissertation traces the co-evolutions of punch card technology and conceptions of authorship from the eighteenth century to today.

     

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