The Philadelphia area is fortunate to have an abundance of events in the history of science, technology and medicine. The Center:


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November 24, 2014

David Arnold, University of Warwick

India’s Toxic Transition: Poison, Pollution, and Public Health, 1870-1930

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

December 1, 2014

Omar Dewachi, American University, Beirut, Lebanon

Ungovernable Life: The unmaking of biopolitics in Iraq

University of Pennsylvania, History and Sociology of Science, Speaker Series

December 2, 2014

Andrew Cavin, Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis Postdoctoral Fellow

Liminal Anxieties: Race, Culture and Nation in Imperial German Ethnology and Society

Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, Seminar

December 3, 2014

Acquisitions Night

Chemical Heritage Foundation

December 4, 2014

Ann Fabian, Rutgers University

The Frog Book—A Life History in Herpetology

Princeton University, History of Science Colloquium

December 5, 2014

David Kaiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Coordinated Blasts: Migrating Skills in the Early Cold War from H-Bombs to the Cosmos

Princeton University, Davis Center

December 9, 2014

Ignacio Suay Matallana, Chemical Heritage Foundation

Chemicals Across Borders: Customs Laboratories, Law, and Fraud

Chemical Heritage Foundation, Brown Bag Lecture Series

December 11, 2014

Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia

Loose Screws and Standard Sizes: The Many Measures of Modernity

Hagley Museum Research Seminar

December 11, 2014

Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University and Mark Hagerott, United States Naval Academy

2014 in History:  Action at a Distance

Philadelphia Area Center for History of Science

January 14, 2015

Chris Willoughby, Tulane University and PACHS Research Fellow

Pedagogies of the Black Body: Medical Student Theses in Charleston and Philadelphia, 1807-1861

History of Material Texts workshop, University of Pennsylvania

Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia. Its new building was erected January 1876 at the southwest corner of race and 19th Streets. Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Working Groups

November 19, 2014

Human Sciences

Whitney Laemmli of UPenn will introduce a draft dissertation chapter “‘Dance as the Measure of Man’: Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)”

December 2, 2014

History and Theory

The group will discuss pp. 272-370 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson as well as Chapters 1-2, 5, and Conclusion to Deleuze’s Bergsonism (Zone Books, 1991) and Eli During’s essay, “‘A History of Problems’: Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, v. 35, n. 1, January 2004.

December 3, 2014

Physical Sciences

Carsten Reinhardt of CHF will introduce his draft, “The Dynamics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.”

December 10, 2014

History and Philosophy of Science

Nabeel Hamid of UPenn will introduce chapter 3 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.

December 11, 2014

Early Sciences

Harun Küçük of UPenn will introduce his draft paper, “The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.”

December 12, 2014

Science Beyond the West


January 12, 2015

Natural History and Life Sciences


January 16, 2015

Medicine and Health


January 20, 2015



February 6, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences