Working Groups

Upcoming Meetings

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Monday, January 25, 2021 11:00 am EST

Introduction: Scientific Knowledge and German Colonialism

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:00 pm EST

We will discuss selections from two related and recently or soon-to-be published books:
Jacob Darwin Hamblin, The Wretched Atom: America's Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology (New York: Oxford Universty Press, 2021), introduction and chapter 5. (PDF is available in the restricted login area for group members)

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 1:00 pm EST

(Un)Happy Times

Thursday, January 28, 2021 11:00 am EST

28th January:     Setting the scene: the Osler’s François II de Rohan manuscript and Wellcome Western MS. 626 (Mary Yearl, Anna Dysert, Faith Wallis, Elma Brenner, Julia Nurse). To view the digitized manuscripts, see:

Thursday, January 28, 2021 2:00 pm EST

Join us on Jan. 28th @ 2PM EST 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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Reading List 

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Session 5: "Racism in science"
Main readings:

Monday, February 8, 2021 10:00 am EST
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Bruce J. Dierenfield and David A. Gerber, Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in Education: The Story behind Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District (University of Illinois Press, 2020).

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Hyeok Hweon Kang, Visiting Scholar and D. Kim Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University
“Saltpeter on the Move: From China to Korea, Between Global Intelligence and Local Experiment, 1592–1635”

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:30 pm EST

Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
TBA, selections

Friday, February 12, 2021 9:00 am EST

Workshop: Noa Nahmias (York University)

Friday, February 12, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Farren E. Yero (Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies, Duke University), “Caribbean Crucible: Smallpox, Safety, and the Ethics of Risk”
Comment by Kristen Block, Associate Professor of History, and Program Director, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Tennessee

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:00 pm EST

Larrie Ferreiro, George Mason University, "The Technology of Armed Oceangoing Ships and the Rise of Overseas Empires" 

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Johan Gärdebo, Thematic Studies in Environmental Change, Linköping University. "Following the verbs: How 'Observing the Earth' eventually became the Earth observation satellite SPOT, 1975-1995."

Friday, February 19, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Anna Clemencia Guerrero, Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University, “Generating a Discovery Narrative of Biofilms Through Images,” from dissertation in progress. 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 1:00 pm EST

What is “Behavioral” in Behavioral Economics?

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Session 6: "Policing in applied/public anthropology"
Main Readings

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Anita Guerrini, Horning Professor in the Humanities emerita at Oregon State University and Research Professor of History at University of California, Santa Barbara
“Giants, Fossils and National Identity in Early Modern France"

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:30 pm EST

Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
TBA, selections

Monday, March 15, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Samm Newton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Pteropods Realized: From Bio-indication to Bio-inspiration"

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Mario Bianchini, Georgia Institute of Technology; Linda Hall Library. "The Perfect(able) German Body: Sport as Technological Utopianism in East Germany."

Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Elise Burton, Genetic Crossroads: The Middle East and the Science of Human Heredity (Stanford University Press, 2021)
Elena Aronova, Scientific History: Experiments in History and Politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the End of the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

Friday, March 19, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Laura Aguilera, Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, University of British Columbia, diss. ch. “Transcultural Trajectories of Two Feathered Objects” from Transcultural Mobilities: The Translation of Mesoamerican Knowledge and Early Modern Natural History.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Session 7: "Visualization"
Main Readings

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Jaipreet Virdi, "Weaving History & Memoir: Writing Hearing Happiness."
Virdi is the author of, Hearing Happiness: Deafness Cures in History. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2020).

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 pm EDT

Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
TBA, selections

Friday, April 16, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Pamela Mackenzie, Max Planck Institute for Art History, Bibliotheca Hertziana, Rome, either diss. ch.: Nehemiah Grew’s Anatomy of Plants / OR article: images of bladder stones in the Royal Society collections.

Monday, April 19, 2021 10:00 am EDT
Monday, April 19, 2021 7:00 pm EDT

ASEH Environmental History Week

Transformative Histories: Connecting Science, Weather and Environmental Change

Chair: Dr Ruth Morgan (ANU)

Ruth Morgan is Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the Australian National University in Canberra, where she is researching the environmental exchanges between British India and the Australian colonies during the long nineteenth century.



Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Katharina Steiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, chapter from her book manuscript Visualizing Marine Biology: Fishermen, Copepods, and the Naples Zoological Station 1880-1914

Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Justin Castro, Arkansas State University; Linda Hall Library. Title TBA.

Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Workshop: Minakshi Menon (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Session 8: "Data futures"
Main Readings

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Susan Burch, Committed: Remembering Native Kinship in and Beyond Institutions. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2021).
Burch is a professor of American Studies at Middlebury College. Her research and teaching interests focus on deaf, disability, race, ethnicity, indigeneity, and gender and sexuality in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century U.S. history. Material culture, oral history, and inclusive design play an important role in her courses.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Luke Freeman, Doctoral Candidate at University of Minnesota  
“Bernard and Picart’s Cérémonies et coutumes religieuses des tous les peuple du monde (1723-1743)"

Friday, May 14, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Nick Hopwood, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, chapters from ms. Human Embryos: A Visual History.

Tuesday, May 18, 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"

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Ashley Gonik, Doctoral Candidate at Harvard University
"Printed Calendars, Inside and Out"

Friday, June 18, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Hanna Lucia Worliczek, The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts, University of Vienna, ch. ms. Visual Evidence and Image Circulation – A History of the Argumentative Use of Fluorescence Microscopy Images in Cell Biology Research, 1970-1995.

Friday, September 17, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Jennifer Tucker, Wesleyan University, chapters from ms. Dangerous Exposures, on the use of visual evidence in environmental science and pollution reform.

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.”

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.

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.