Perspectives

Perspectives is an ever-growing library of podcasts, videos, and essays on the history of science, technology and medicine, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations.

Perspectives provides discussions with leading scholars, interviews with recent authors, and archival highlights from the exceptional collections of Consortium member institutions.

 

Listen to this ongoing series of perspectives on the history of scientific racism and "race science" from scholars in the humanities and social sciences. There are currently eight episodes in the series that investigate the intersections of science and race in the United States, Latin America, Western Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, and Australia. 


 

Scholars Dean Jamison and Abdo Yazbeck discuss the creation and impact of the World Bank's World Development Report 1993: Investing in Health, an influential document in the history of global health that they helped to create. They discuss and answer questions about the economization of health, the creation of the DALY measure, and the benefits and downsides of the World Bank's role in international health policy. 


Abraham Gibson explores the history of the Southern United States through its feral animal populations, providing us with an understanding of how domestication and the wild have informed each other over the last four hundred years. 


 
Join us as we speak to historian Wendy Gonaver about her research on the history of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum in Williamsburg, Virginia and the practice of psychiatry in the pre- and post-Civil War American South. 


 

Bert Hansen guides us through his donated collection of images of medical treatments and technologies found in nineteenth century mass media publications. 


 

Follow along with Professor Mary Fissell as she discusses her research on Aristotle's Masterpiece, a late 17th century English sex and midwifery manual. 


 

Dóra Vargha uses a series of polio epidemics in communist Hungary to understand the response to a global public health emergency in the midst of the Cold War.

 

 


 

Is the story of American girls’ and women’s access to science and math education a direct path from exclusion to inclusion? What does equity for girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics look like, and how do we get there?


 

In this podcast episode, we discuss the history of how biblical notions of race influenced European understandings of Africa


 

What are the historical roots of resistance to vaccination? What is the data about contemporary attitudes? How do these attitudes relate to changing social, economic and political contexts? How do these issues play out in the relationship between a doctor and a patient?


 

Bone Rooms explores the history of human remains collecting. The collection and display of bodily remains became central to debates about ethics, repatriation, and scientific authority that continue today.


 

When and why did patients started to be called "consumers," and what are the positive and negative aspects of twentieth-century medical "consumerism?"


 

In Routes of Power, Christopher Jones describes how the American energy industry grew into a vast network of canals, pipelines, and wires - fueling growth and consumption and leading to environmental problems associated with fossil fuels.


 

Join American historian Billy Smith, and epidemiologist Michael Levy, for a conversation that uses both science and history to understand the intersection of urban development and the spread of contagions.


 

Bert Hansen guides us through his donated collection of images of medical treatments and technologies found in nineteenth century mass media publications. 


 

Follow along with Professor Mary Fissell as she discusses her research on Aristotle's Masterpiece, a late 17th century English sex and midwifery manual. 


 

Explore the history of health and sensory perception in 19th century urban environments.


 

Explore historical perspectives on the contemporary issue of biobanking and the scientific collection of human biological materials.


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