History of Technology
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December 13, 2016
- Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, presented his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”
November 22, 2016
Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University introduced his draft book chapter, "Frantz Fanon in LA: Californian Clones and French Settlers in Colonial Algeria."
October 25, 2016
Ruth Rand of the Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, introduced her paper "Salvaging Space: Refuse, Reuse, and the Pursuit of Orbital Economy, 1968-1986"
September 20, 2016
April 26, 2016
Note special day: Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology will introduce his paper, “John Staudenmaier’s Technology’s Storytellers as a Political Theology.”
March 15, 2016
Neil Maher of Rutgers University-Newark introduced his paper, "Heavenly Bodies: 'Manned Space Flight' and the Women's Movement."
February 16, 2016
Layne Karafantis of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum introduced a chapter, "The Blue Cube: Cold War Espionage Hidden in Plain Sight."
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.
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.
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.