History of Technology

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Upcoming Meetings

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Past Meetings

  • 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."

  • March 20, 2014

    Deanna Day of UPenn introduced her dissertation chapter, "Enrolling Mothers as Reliable Medical Workers: The Thermometer in Turn-of-the-Century Domestic Medicine."

  • February 20, 2014

    Heidi Voskuhl introduced her paper "Engineers' Philosophy: Social, Technical, and Intellectual Elites in German High Industrialism, 1850 to 1930"

  • January 16, 2014

    Heidi Voskuhl introduced Donald MacKenzie, "Marx and the Machine," Technology and Culture, Vol. 25, No. 3. (Jul., 1984), pp. 473-502 and David Edgerton, "Innovation, Technology, or History: What is the Historiography of Technology About?", Technology and Culture, Volume 51, Number 3, July 2010, pp. 680-697

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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