Working Groups

Upcoming Meetings

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Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Join us Thursday, April 22nd @2PM EST for (Re)Producing Medical Knowledge in Modern Latin America, a conversation on the history of medicine and the politics of reproductive knowledge and reproductive agency in Modern Latin America. Bianca Premo (Florida International University & Guggenheim Fellow) will present a talk entitled, "Carrión Avenue: Routes to the Scientific Truth about Peru’s Youngest Mother in the World.” This showcases her new research on the complicated story of Lina Medina, Peru’s youngest mother, who gave birth in 1939 at the age of five, and how a transnational medical community varyingly dismissed and objectified her case and the medical condition of precocious puberty. Elizabeth O’Brien (Johns Hopkins University) will offer a presentation entitled, “‘I’ll walk wherever I damn please’: Agency, Resistance, and the Patient’s Voice in Mexican Medical History,” which explores the experiential and embodied histories of reproductive surgery in Modern Mexico. The conversation will include a larger discussion about the place of Latin America in the History of Medicine.

Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Workshop: Minakshi Menon (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)
Discussant: Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Cambridge)

“What is Indian Spikenard?”

Monday, April 26, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Moritz von Brescius (University of Bern), "When was the Postcolonial in German History? Ernst Fickendey, Imperial Careering and Plantation Cultures Between Europe and the Tropics" [work in progress]
Recommended supplementary reading: 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Elena Aronova, assistant professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will present and discuss chapter 3, "Nikolai Vavilov, Genogeography, and History’s Past Future," as well as the introduction, from her new book, Scientific History: Experiments in History and Politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the End of the Cold War (University of Chicago Press, 2021).

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:00 pm EDT

Radical Psychiatry and Political Activism

Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:00 am EDT

In this month's meeting we will be exploring the theme of recipes, food and cookery:
The earliest English culinary recipes, and other dietary advice in the Old English medical collections
Debby Banham: Affiliated lecturer, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic University of Cambridge, Director of Studies, Murray Edwards College

Friday, April 30, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Anisha Gupta, American Philosophical Society: "Conservation is not neutral: an anti-colonial framework for collections care"

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)"

Thursday, May 13, 2021 11:00 am EDT

By: Jennifer Kosmin

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

Jennifer Hubbard, Ryerson University, "Rescuing the World: The Food and Agriculture Organization and the Quest for Efficient Scientific Administration in World Fisheries"  

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 6:00 pm EDT

Andrew Meade McGee, Carnegie Mellon, Title TBA

Friday, May 21, 2021 10:00 am EDT

“ABET’s Errant Evaluators and the Limits of Accreditation as a Mode of Governance in Engineering Education”
Atsushi Akera, Sarah Appelhans, Alan Cheville, Thomas DePree, Soheil Fatehiboroujeni, Jennifer Karlin, Donna Riley, Rafael Julián Burgos-Mirabal

Friday, May 21, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Workshop: Donald Opitz (DePaul) & Banu Subramaniam (Univerity of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Monday, May 24, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Zoé Samudzi (University of California San Francisco), Title TBA

Thursday, May 27, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Medieval and early modern recipes: circulation, transmission, organisation. In this session we will compare and contrast the different ways in which manuscripts were used to organise, transmit and circulate knowledge of medical recipes from the medieval to early modern periods. What can be gained from observing manuscript recipes across this broad time period?
Prof Iolanda Ventura, Associate Professor, Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna

Thursday, May 27, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

Rethinking Center-Periphery 
David Edgerton.
Gisela Mateos and Edna Suarez.
Mara Dicenta and Ezequiel Sosiuk.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

Session 7: "Visualization"
This session, led by Abigail Nieves Delgado and Iris Clever, will take a broad view of visualization from the 18th to 20th centuries across a range of traditions. Please find the list of readings below and all readings either hyperlinked or in the zip file.
Main Readings:

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, Department of History, University of Vienna (Austria), ch. ms. "Of fibroblasts and antibodies on Long Island - The becoming of molecularized imaging at the intersection of tumor virus research and cell biology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in the 1970s"

Thursday, June 24, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Medical Manuscripts in the Age of Print , a joint talk by Dr Lori Jones and Winston Black
Lori Jones, PhD
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Carleton University, Department of History, University of Ottawa
Winston E Black, Instructor in Medieval History at Dalhousie University and Idaho State University

Monday, June 28, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Matthew Vollgraff (The Warburg Institute), Title TBA

Friday, July 9, 2021 4:00 pm EDT

Meghan K. Roberts (Associate Professor of History, Bowdoin College), title TBA
Comment by Suman Seth, Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science, Cornell University

Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Material and visual qualities of medieval medical manuscripts 
Details TBC
Mary Yearl (McGill University), Julia Nurse (Wellcome Collection), Jess Bailey (Phd candidate, University of California, Berkeley), Dr Andrew Griebelerill University), Julia Nurse (Wellcome Collection), Jess Bailey (Phd candidate, University of California, Berkeley), Dr Andrew Griebeler

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.

Monday, September 27, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Hanin Hannouch (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz / Max-Planck-Institut), Title TBA

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.”

Monday, October 25, 2021 11:00 am EDT

Edna Bonhomme,  Title TBA

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.

Monday, November 22, 2021 11:00 am EST

Mirjam Brusius (German Historical Institute London), Title TBA

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.