Colloquia

Unless otherwise indicated, the lectures are held on Fridays, in conjunction with the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Program and Colloquium in Studies of Science and Technology, at 3:35 PM US Central Time. For Spring 2024, the colloquia will be in person in 125 Nicholson Hall except for April 12, 2024.

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Spring 2024

January 19, 2024, 3:35pm

Annual Science Studies Symposium 
Varieties of Expertise and the Research University
Elaine Auyoung, English, GWSS, CCS, University of Minnesota

January 26, 2024, 3:35pm

Cancelled
Lydia Barnett, History, Northwestern University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

February 2, 2024, 3:35pm

Cadavers, Jews, and the Politics of Medical Discourse in East Central Europe
Natalia Aleksiun, Holocaust Studies, University of Florida, Gainesville
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

February 9, 2024, 3:35pm

Infrastructures of Space in Africa: The French in Postcolonial Algeria
Asif Siddiqi, History, Fordham University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

February 16, 2024, 3:35pm

What Kind of Thing is a Potato? Agriculture and the Aims of Science
Julia Bursten, Philosophy, University of Kentucky

February 23, 2024, 3:35pm

Seeds of Exchange: Soviets, Americans, and the Future of Agriculture, 1919-1935
Maria Fedorova, History, Macalester College
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

March 1, 2024, No meeting

March 8, 2024 No meeting - Spring Break

March 15, 2024, 3:35pm

Scientists ​A​re Worse than Other Professors’: Science, Morality, and Industry at Robert Maynard Hutchins’s University of Chicago
Joseph Martin, History of Science and Technology, Durham University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

March 22, 2024, 3:35pm

Social Scientific Tools for Identifying Democratic Values
Karen Kovaka, Philosophy, University of California, San Diego

March 29, 2024, 3:35pm

Title tba
Kelly O'Donnell, Bryn Mawr
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

April 5, 2024, 3:35pm

Title tba
Harry Wu, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

April 12, 2024, 3:45pm University Hall, McNamara Center
Giere Memorial Lecture

Epistemic communities and their situated knowledges. An Introduction to perspectival realism
Michela Massimi, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh

April 19, 2024, 3:35pm

Title tba
Joanna Radin, History, Yale University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

April 26, 2024, 3:35pm

Title tba
Tamara Fernando, History, Stony Brook University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

 

Fall 2023

September 15, 2023, 3:35PM

What Makes Scientific Models Informative?
Dana Matthiessen, Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science

September 22, 2023, 3:35PM

Eye on the Needle: Acupuncture and 'Alternative' Medicine in 1970s America
Emily Baum, School of Humanities, University of California-Irvine
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

September 29, 2023, 3:35PM

Technologies of Extraction in a World that Carbon Made
Victor Seow, History, Harvard University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Monday, October 2, 2023, 2:00 PM
Hybrid 737 Heller Hall and Zoom

Emotionless animals? 
Jonathan Birch, London School of Economics

October 6, 2023, 3:35PM

Lack of Focus Section: Acknowledging One Hundred Years of Uncomfortable Growth in
the History of Science
Matthew Lavine, History, Mississippi State University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

October 13, 2023, 3:35PM

Epistemic progress in science
Peter J. Lewis, Philosophy, Dartmouth College

October 20, 2023, 3:35PM

Rereading Disability with Race in the Long Eighteenth Century
Emily Stanback, University. of Southern Mississippi
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

October 27, 2023, 3:35PM

A Dam Smeared in Blood: Ottoman Expertise and Projecting along the Euphrates River
Faisal Husain, History, Penn State University
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

November 3, 2023, 3:35PM

The Peasant as Philosopher: Jacob Guyer and the Status of Rural Knowledge-Makers in Eighteenth-Century Central Europe
Denise Phillips, History, University of Tennessee
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine 

November 10, 2023, 3:35PM

Who Needs Magnitudes?
Eran Tal, Philosophy, McGill University

November 17, 2023, 3:35PM

Psychic Income: Irving Fisher’s Pop Psychology and the Economics of Time in the Early Twentieth Century
William Deringer, Science, Technology, and Society, MIT
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine 

December 1, 2023, 3:35PM 

Ordinary Bodies: Care, Disability, and Cultural Representation
Talia Schaffer, English, Queens College, CUNY
Co-sponsored by the Program in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine 

December 8, 2023, 3:35PM CANCELLED

Translating and Scrutinizing the Science of Sociogenomics: A Focus on Polygenic Scores
Callie H. Burt, Criminal Justice & Criminology; Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence (CRIV), Georgia State University