Lecture: Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture

May 11, 2017

Location: New York, United States

Subject Fields: Architecture and Architectural History, Health and Health Care, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Local History, Public Health

Facades and Fashions in Medical Architecture

$12 General Public | $10 Seniors | $8 Friends, Fellows, Members | Free to Students with ID

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue NY NY 10029

This evening is an introduction to the architectural remains of medical care in the city. While many sites of New York’s medical history have been lost, especially interiors and equipment that we can no longer view except through images, New Yorkers are fortunate that our streets still present lively remnants of the past. History professor Bert Hansen will place numerous NYC sites into the main chapters of medical development for the last 200 years. The lecture invites everyone to wander the city with new eyes for medical heritage.

This lecture is an optional introduction to places Hansen will share with Friends-only tour groups on the following two Saturdays (May 13 and May 20). The lecture and the two tours are all complementary, but each event is independent and complete in itself. To join the Friends of the Rare Book Room please click here.

About the Speaker

Bert Hansen, Professor Emeritus of History at Baruch College of CUNY, has been teaching the history of science and medicine since 1974. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Columbia and a PhD in history of science from Princeton. His 2009 book Picturing Medical Progress from Pasteur to Polio: A History of Mass Media Images and Popular Attitudes in America was honored by the American Library Association and the Popular Culture Association. His recent articles explore the connections between Louis Pasteur and the art world of 19th-century Paris.

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Panel: The Medical Legacy of War – Perspectives from the Field

May 10, 2017

Location: New York, United States

Subject Fields: Communication, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Human Rights, Journalism and Media Studies, Public Policy

Explore a unique perspective on post-traumatic stress disorder and war with Academy Fellow Randi Epstein as she discusses the medical and psychological aspects of conflict with two veteran war correspondents, journalist and writer Judith Matloff and photographer Robert Nickelsberg. The conversation will explore Matloff’s No Friends but the Mountains: Dispatches from the World’s Most Violent Highlands. Nickelsberg, a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years, accompanied Matloff on several trips. His photographs will be on display as the panel discusses capturing war images with an eye to the physical and psychological trauma suffered by soldiers and civilians.

Books will be available for purchase at the event.

About the Speakers

Judith Matloff is adjunct professor at Columbia University Journalism School, contributing editor to Columbia Journalism Review and the recipient of Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation, the Fulbright Program (twice), Harvard-Radcliffe College, and the South Asian Journalists Association. She has pioneered safety training for journalists around the world.

Robert Nickelsberg has been a TIME magazine contract photographer for 25 years and documented conflicts in Kashmir, Iraq, Sri Lanka, India and Afghanistan. Nickelsberg moved to New York in 2000 and continues to travel overseas, reporting on the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In 2008, he was awarded grants from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and from the South Asia Journalists Association to document and report on post-traumatic stress disorder in Kashmir after 20 years of insurgency.

Randi Hutter EpsteinMD, MPH, is a medical writer, adjunct professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a lecturer at Yale University. Dr. Epstein worked as a medical writer for the London bureau of The Associated Press and was the London bureau chief of Physicians’ Weekly. Her articles have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Daily TelegraphThe Guardian, Parents, and More, among other newspapers and magazines. She is the author of Get Me Out: A History of Childbirth from the Garden of Eden to the Sperm Bank.

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The Academy Library and the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, a project of Columbia Journalism School.

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Seminar: “Weaponizing American Territory” by Mary X. Mitchell, April 25, Paris (Sciences Po)

On April 25, the Chair for Security Studies at the Centre for International Relations (CERI), Sciences Po Paris, led by Prof. Benoît Pélopidas, has the pleasure to host a seminar by Dr Mary X. Mitchell (Cornell University, USA), on “Weaponizing American Territory”. Please notice registration to attend the event is mandatory (mail to: roberto.cantoni@sciencespo.fr).

Place and time: CERI – 56, rue Jacob – 75005 Paris – ‘Salle du Conseil’ (4th floor), 5 to 7 pm.

Discussants: Dr Roberto Cantoni (Sciences Po), Dr Sonia Drobysz (Vertic)

“Weaponizing American Territory”  

At the close of World War II, the United States Navy occupied a vast region of Oceania stretching over more than 7,800,00 square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean and covering more than 100 inhabited islands and atolls. As the world settled into an uneasy peace, US military men and civilian policy makers debated how best to maintain control over these islands and waters. This paper examines how nuclear weapons systems–from the weapons themselves to their operators and delivery systems–influenced debates about what form of territorial status the US should install in American-occupied Oceania. It follows American New Deal lawyers as they envisioned a new kind of international territorial status–strategic trusteeship–and traces the aftermaths as the American security state co-opted this new territorial form, using it to support US nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands. The paper argues that the United States, in effect, weaponized territorial status when it created the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.

The Material Realities of Energy Histories: A Call for Proposals for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire (CJH/ACH)

The appropriation and control of the flow of energy from the sun and stocks of energy stored beneath the surface of the Earth influenced changes to human societies in the past. Ideology, cultural norms, scientific knowledge, and technology informed how people used energy, and the use of energy transformed relationships between people, and between humans and the natural world. Over time, people devised more efficient ways of harnessing and directing energy, while at the same time breaking the constraints of older patterns of use by adopting new energy sources and fuels. And despite moments of scarcity or crisis, the scale of energy used by humans has always tended toward ever-greater amounts.

Energy history has grown considerably from a largely overlooked sub-field to an important and relevant line of historical enquiry. Responding to the realization that human energy use has been directly responsible for monumental social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental changes, such as industrialization, urbanization, global warming, and the onset of the Anthropocene, historians have begun to embrace the need to understand better how energy structured human societies.

The Canadian Journal of History/Annales canadiennes d’histoire is pleased to welcome abstracts of articles for a special issue on energy history. The proposed essays should explore topics that address the transnational dimensions and multiple scales of the material realities and environmental consequences of energy production, distribution, and consumption in any time period. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to submit full article manuscripts for double-blind peer review.

Possible themes may include, but are not limited to:

  • energy sources/fuels/commodities
  • energy networks/infrastructure
  • efforts to connect sites of energy production and consumption
  • industrialization, urbanization, transportation, resource development, agriculture
  • energy abundance/scarcity
  • energy justice/inequality
  • energy regimes/transitions
  • households/consumer culture
  • transformations of environment/landscape

Those interested should send a 250-300 word abstract by 2 June 2017 to the attention of guest editor Andrew Watson (cjh@usask.ca). Invited authors will be asked to submit a full article manuscript for peer review by 15 September 2017.

Want more information about our submissions process? Visit http://bit.ly/CJHSubmit_HNET to learn more!

Panel: Restoring and Reusing Kirkbride’s Mental Health Hospitals

A Panel hosted by the National Building Museum

Monica Pellegrino-Faix, executive director, The Richardson Olmsted Complex, Nathaniel C. Guest, Esq., executive director, Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust, and Andrea Janusz, RA, Lord, Aeck & Sargent, discuss the redevelopment efforts at St. Elizabeths, Buffalo State Asylum, and Greystone Park, to illustrate how these sites are inspiring a new understanding of the influence and role of historic preservation of Kirkbride-style mental health hospitals. This program complements the National Building Museum’s exhibition Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017

$12 Museum Members | $10 Student | $20 Non-member

Tuesday, May 9, 6:30–8 pm     
Contact: marcommintern@nbm.org
More Info: http://go.nbm.org/site/Calendar/348170728?view=Detail&id=121969

CFP: 1918 and the Search for New Internationalism in Central European Academia (thematic section in Studia Historiae Scientiarum 2018)

1918 and the Search for New Internationalism in Central European Academia

(Call for Papers for a thematic section in Studia Historiae Scientiarum 2018)

When the war ended in 1918, scholars in Central Europe faced a new challenge. New states required not only new infrastructure but also new ideas on how science should function. The intellectual landscape was changing rapidly – new institutions in new states mushroomed, but also disappeared or went into hiding like the institutions of the new minorities. Internationally, the German language was under fire, losing in the 1920s its status as the language of international organizations – because German was often the preferred language of international communication for CEE scholars, this affected them as well.

One of the issues discussed most was how to present CEE science internationally while at the same time preserving its national character. Olympic internationalism, as Geert Somsen termed it, was one of the possibilities, with Central European scholars taking also leading roles in transnational organizations such as the Committee on Intellectual Co-operation.

Papers should interrogate the issue of imagining and maneuvering international scholarly networks and infrastructures. They are not limited to but should seek answers to such questions as:

  • What were the strategies pursued to present scholarship in the international fora? How was the issue of nationality, internationality and transnationality debated in connection to the reorganization of state scholarly infrastructure?
  • With what agendas and interests did CEE scholars enter international and transnational scholarly institutions? Did they try to influence the policies of these organizations in favor of their states’ agendas, or were they perhaps acting with new transnationalism in mind. How did their imperial experience influence it.
  • How did CEE scholars react to the limitation of German as the language of international organizations and conferences?
  • What was the role of the Soviet Union in the post-1918 international and transnational imagination? With politics favoring technical-scientific progress, the SU was growingly a major player in CEE, disavowed, however, for political and cultural-historical reasons by many intellectual key players. Did a particular socialist-communist internationalism develop?

We invite the submission of abstracts on the questions and topics raised above. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words and a short biographical sketch to jan.surman@gmail.com.

The editors will ask the authors of selected papers to submit their final articles no later than February 28th 2018. The articles will be published after a peer-review process.

Studia Historiae Scientiarum is a peer-reviewed, diamond open access journal devoted to the history of science. For more information visit: http://www.ejournals.eu/Studia-Historiae-Scientiarum/ .

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: May 31th 2017.

April HPS&ST Note

The April HPS&ST Note (the monthly newsletter of the Inter-divisional Teaching Commission of the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology) is on the web at: http://www.idtc-iuhps.com/hpsst-note.html  


# Introduction

# IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

# Centre for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

# 2017 IHPST Biennial Conference, Ankara July 4-7, 2017

# Fourth Asian HPS&ST Conference, Hualien, Taiwan, Nov. 21-23, 2018

# Opinion Page:  The Crisis of Our Times, and What to Do about It

Nicholas Maxwell, Philosophy Department, University College London

# Recent HPS&ST Research Articles 

# Recent HPS&ST Related Books 

# Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,500 individuals who directly or indirectly have an interest in the connections of history and philosophy of science with theoretical, curricular and pedagogical issues in science teaching, and/or interests in the promotion of more engaging and effective teaching of the history and philosophy of science.  The note is also sent to different HPS lists and to science education lists. 

The note seeks to serve the diverse international community of HPS&ST scholars and teachers by disseminating information about events and publications that connect to HPS&ST concerns.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

 Contributions to the note (publications, conferences, Opinion Page, etc.) are welcome and should be sent direct to the editor:  Michael R. Matthews, UNSW, m.matthews@unsw.edu.au

Latest History of (Science and) Medicine Dissertations

April 2, 2017


You can view the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 77-06 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts that pertain to the broad scope the history of science and medicine at the following URL:


ProQuest has altered how they put out their individual issues.  No longer do they correlate to one month, so the dating is more random.  Thus titles will range from 2017-yes they have some 2017 dates-back into the 1930’s.

Because ProQuest has begun downloading a large number of earlier dissertations from many institutions a decision has been made to only include titles going back to 2015 in this database.  Anyone who wants the complete list of titles on this topic from these issues should email me directly at erlen@pitt.edu and I will email you the full list.

Please share this information with your colleagues and students.

As always your comments and corrections are always welcome.

Jonathon Erlen, Ph.D.

History of Medicine Librarian

Health Sciences Library Syste

University of Pittsburgh


Please Welcome The New H-Sci-Med-Tech Review Editors!

Dear H-Sci-Med-Tech members,

I am happy to announce that five review editors have recently joined our editorial staff!

Lucy Barnhouse

Lucy Barnhouse has her Ph.D. (2017) from the History Department of Fordham University, New York. Her dissertation, “The Hospitals of Mainz: Legal Privileges and Social Functions,” examines how medieval hospitals functioned as religious institutions, and includes leper hospitals, traditionally excluded from comparative studies. Her research also engages with late medieval understandings of disease, and how these are revealed in sources ranging from sermons to civic regulations to collections of medical recipes. Lucy is interested in the opportunities digital scholarship affords for creating conversations that reach beyond the academy, and is a founding member of the Footnoting History podcast where she has presented on topics, including the history of medicine, since 2013.

Dominic Berry

Dominic combines methods and analyses from the history and philosophy of science and science and technology studies. He completed his Ph.D. in the history and philosophy of science at the University of Leeds, and is now a Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh on the ‘Engineering Life’ project (http://www.stis.ed.ac.uk/engineeringlife). His focus is on the biological and agricultural, pursuing historical and social research on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Most recently he has begun to explore the relations between biology and technology, looking at the potential epistemological distinctions between scientists, technicians, and engineers. He is particularly interested in commissioning reviews of work that address biology, engineering, agriculture, biotechnology, intellectual property, and scientific practice, all from a more or less historical perspective.

Daniel Liu

Dan Liu is a historian of the life and physical sciences. His research examines how changes in conceptions of physical matter have affected practical and theoretical approaches to life and vice versa. Dan has published on the history of the cell and protoplasm theories in the mid-19th century, on the use of imagination and illustration in molecular biology, and on contemporary synthetic biology; he is currently working on a project on the invention of the artificial cell and the origins of the idea of semi-permeability of the cell. Dan is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Program in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Biohumanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kathryn Olesko

Kathryn Olesko is a historian of modern science whose main research interests are in measuring practices, science pedagogy, science and engineering in Germany (especially Prussia), and comparative nuclear cultures. Her honors include the Dibner Distinguished Fellowship at the Huntington Library, Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, and several fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other foundations. In 1998 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for contributions to scholarship and teaching in the history of science and for leadership in AAAS and the History of Science Society.” In 2016 she was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society “for foundational contributions to the history of physics pedagogy and prolific editorial work in service of the history of science.” She was awarded the 2016 Georgetown College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Darren Wagner

Darren N. Wagner received his Ph.D. in History at the University of York (2014). He has been a Social Studies and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at McGill University (2014–16) and a postdoctoral fellow of the Canadian Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine (McGill, 2016–17), and now hold the position of Humboldt Fellow at the Charité, Berlin (2017–19). He is currently writing a monograph about sex, gender, reproduction, and neurology as related to sensibility and sentimentality in eighteenth-century Britain. He also co-edited The Secrets of Generation: Reproduction in the Long Eighteenth Century (University of Toronto Press, 2015).

These five scholars will enable us to greatly expand our review offerings, and you should be hearing from them soon!

all the best,

Sean Seyer

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