March Events and Working Groups, CHSTM

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March 2019 Working Groups and Events


Working Groups


Scholars can participate in Consortium Working Groups online or in person, in Philadelphia and other locations. Check the web page for updates.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    March 6, 2019
    We will discuss selections from the recent special thematic issue of the British Journal for the History of Science on “Science and Islands in Indo-Pacific Worlds.” Two contributors to that issue, Genie Yoo and Geoff Bil, will join us.
  • Biological Sciences
    March 7, 2019
    Jay Aronson will discuss selections from his book, Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero.
  • Medicine and Health
    March 8, 2019
    Janet Golden, Professor of History, Rutgers University-Camden.
    “‘Normal Enough’: Paula Patton, Intellectually Disabled Immigrant Children, and the 1924 Immigration Act.”
    Comment by Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor of History, University of Delaware.
  • History and Philosophy of Science
    March 13, 2019
    We will read Alexander Reutlinger and Juha Saatsi (eds.) Explanation Beyond Causation, Chapers 7 and 8 (by Alisa Bokulich and Mazviita Chirimuuta, respectively).
  • Physical Sciences
    March 15, 2019
    Gregory Good, American Institute of Physics, on space weather. This session will be a power point presentation and discussion.
  • Ancient and Medieval Sciences
    March 15, 2019
    M. Berrey, Hellenistic Science at Court. Science, Technology and Medicine in Ancient Cultures, chaps 3 & 4.
  • Technology
    March 19, 2019
    Meredith Sattler, Cal Poly San Louis Obispo, “Knowledge Space Eco-Technics: Designing Life-Forms and Life Ways at Biosphere 2, 1974-1994”


Please check the Consortium Events Calendar for more details on the events below.

  • March 4, 2019
    Warwick Anderson
    STS Circle at Harvard: Negotiating Personhood and Precision in Recent Biomedicine
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Erica Milam
    Harvard University History of Science Seminars
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Kim Tolley and Natalie King
    Rewriting the Story of Girls’ Education in STEM: Past Through Present
    Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine and the Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 7, 2019
    Hasia Diner
    Julius Rosenwald: From Sears Executive to Passionate Philanthropist
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • March 11, 2019
    Marianne F. Potvin
    STS Circle at Harvard: Humanitarian Planners in the “Century of the Unsettled Man”
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 11, 2019
    Elena Aronova
    HSS Workshop: Missing Link: Nikolai Vavilov’s Genogeography and History’s Past Future
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 11, 2019
    Paul Lombardo
    Documentary: No Mas Bebes
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 12, 2019
    Patrick Shea
    Appraising Archives for the History of Science
    Science History Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Joyce White
    Science Beyond the West: Joyce White
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Alain Touwaide
    Historia Plantarum
    The Huntington  (San Marino, CA)
  • March 14, 2019
    Jessica C. Linker
    Profiles of 19th-Century Women in Science
    Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 16, 2019
    Saturday DNA! Ancient Ancestry
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
  • March 16, 2019
    Ötzi the Iceman Museum Tour – DNA Learning Center
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
  • March 18, 2019
    Myles Jackson
    HSS Workshop: “A Berlin Ensemble: Natural Scientists, Radio Engineers, Musicians, and the Trautonium.”
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 18, 2019
    Dr. Jan Goplerud, Kate Campbell Hurd-Mead
    The Kate Hurd-Mead Lecture: Dr. John Langdon Down, Prenatal Diagnosis, and Disability Advocacy
    The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 18, 2019
    Alexander Ji
    Carnegie Lecture – Glimpses of the Cosmic Dawn
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 20, 2019
    Pamela H. Smith
    Of Lizards, Laboratories, and History: The Making and Knowing Project
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 25, 2019
    Eli Nelson
    STS Circle at Harvard: Repossessing the Wilderness: New Deal Sciences in the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation
    Harvard University (Cambridge, MA)
  • March 25, 2019
    David Sepkoski
    HSS Workshop: Catastrophic Thinking in Science and Culture; or, How We Learned to Start Worrying and Fear Mass Extinctions
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 26, 2019
    Library Pop-up: Women’s History Month
    The College of Physicians of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • March 26, 2019
    C. Pierce Salguero
    Sino-Buddhist Medicine: A Missing Link in the Global History of Medicine
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)
  • March 27, 2019
    Doug Lantry
    Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • March 31, 2019
    Sujit Sivasundaram
    Botany and the Roots of the British Conquest of Sri Lanka
    The Huntington (San Marino, CA)

Dissertation Abstracts 78-10 A and B



Attached are the latest batch of recent doctoral dissertations harvested from the issues 78-10 A and B of Dissertation Abstracts related to your subject area. 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 2018 – yes they have some 2018 dates – back into the early 1900s.

There is one additional aspect to point out about this latest batch of dissertations. ProQuest has begun adding numerous titles from many universities world-wide dating back into the early 1900s. Not all these earlier titles come with abstracts but should be available for down loading entire copies on line.

You may find some duplicate citations – the ProQuest database is including over 30% duplicate titles, sometimes in multiple months. I try and catch these duplicates but I am sure you will find that I missed some.

-Jonathon Erlen, PhD

Two STS Master’s Programs at TU Munich

The Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at TU Munich welcomes applications for its two full-time Master’s programs M.A. Science and Technology Studies and M.A. Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology. Both programs are offered in English and are free of tuition fees. The application period is from January 1 to May 31, 2019. Please consider submitting your application as early as possible to ensure smooth procedures (aptitude assessment, visa, travel, accommodation etc.).

Master of Arts: Science and Technology Studies (M.A. STS)

M.A. STS is a unique Master’s program that puts the relations and interactions between science, technology, society and politics front and center. From bio-technology to energy transitions, from automated mobility to data security – the big challenges society is facing today are inseparably scientific, technical and social. In today’s highly technologized societies, STS tackles questions such as: How can we understand scientific and technological change? How do science, technology and society influence and shape each other? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production are necessary?

The program offers a research-oriented graduate education in the flourishing field of Science and Technology Studies for students interested in a comprehensive social science perspective on today’s highly technologized societies. Students gain in-depth exposure to interdisciplinary approaches to urgent questions about the ever-changing interplay between science, technology and society. As a full-time study program, M.A. STS offers empirical research methods and analytical skills to study the conditions and consequences of contemporary science and technology. In addition, the program offers specializations in the Philosophy of Science and Technology or the History of Science and Technology. STS graduates are able to work in a range of fields including academic research (such as a PhD program) as well as careers in science and technology policy, communication, journalism and management.

For more information, please visit this website.

If you have any questions, please email

Master of Arts: Responsibility in Science, Engineering and Technology (M.A. RESET)

M.A. RESET is a unique Master’s program that puts questions of responsibility front and center in our thinking about science, technology and innovation. Responsibility has become a key concern in current discussions around governance, economic growth, sustainable development and social progress – captured, for example, by the frameworks of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) or Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In an environment of increasing economic and political uncertainty, RESET takes serious challenges such as: How can we anticipate and govern the social, ethical or environmental impacts of scientific and technological change? What is sustainable, reflexive or democratic innovation? Which inter- or transdisciplinary forms of knowledge production enable responsibility? How do notions of responsibility differ across regulatory, cultural and policy contexts? How should expert knowledge and technical possibilities shape democracies, markets and societies? Conversely, how can we democratize expertise and technology development?

The program offers a practice-oriented graduate education for students interested in both the technical and social aspects of responsibility in today’s highly technologized societies. Supported by mentors, students gain in-depth exposure to areas of technical specialization in collaboration with science and engineering departments at TU Munich. The program draws its interdisciplinary strength and symmetry from a diverse student body – with backgrounds in science, technology and engineering as well as social and life sciences, economics and the humanities – and specifically targets students with previous work or research experience. While a full-time study program, RESET offers a flexible program structure to accommodate candidates seeking to combine graduate studies with part-time work, internships or parallel studies/research in science and engineering. Graduates are able to work in a range of fields including government institutions, international organizations, innovative firms (both established companies and start-ups), NGOs, think tanks, research and higher education management, consulting, or they can pursue a career in academia.

The RESET program is funded by the Elite Network of Bavaria which offers students a range of networking and support opportunities.

For more information, please visit this website.

If you have any questions, please email

New Issue: Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences (4/3)

The new issue for Nazariyat Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences (4/3) has been released. Articles and reviews can be reached through this link, as the journal is open-access.


Is it Possible to Speak of an Illuminationist Circle in the Ottoman Scholarly World? An Analysis of the Ottoman Scholarly Conception of Illuminationism, Mustakim Arıcı

Mental Existence Debates in the Post-Classical Period: A Study in the Context of the Essence and Category of Knowledge, Murat Kaş

An Introduction to the Critique of the Theory of Definition in Arabic Logic: Is Complete Definition Circular?, Mehmet Özturan

Debating Sufi Knowledge in the Eighteenth-Century Ottoman Thought: An Analysis of the Saçaḳlīzāde-‘Alamī Debate on Divine Inspiration (‘ilm al-ladunn), Mehmet Gel



Like a Swiss Clockwork in the Desert: A Review of Moshe M. Pavlov’s Books on Abū al-Barakāt al-Baghdādī, Pauline Froissart



Nasîruddîn Tûsî’de Önermeler Mantığı [Logic of Propositions in Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūṣī], Harun Kuşlu (by Aytekin Özel)

The World in a Book: Al-Nuwayri and the Islamic Encyclopedic Tradition, Elias Muhanna (by Duygu Yıldırım)

Varlık ve Akıl: Aristoteles ve Fârâbî’de Burhân Teorisi [Being and Intellect: Demonstration Theory in Aristotle and al-Fārābī], Ali Tekin (by Fatma Karaismail)

Klasik İslam Düşüncesinde Atomculuk Eleştirileri [Criticisms of Atomism in Classical Islamic Thought], Mehmet Bulğen (by Zeynep Şeker)

February HPS&ST Note

The February HPS&ST Note is on the web here.


  • Introduction
  • International Congress on the History of Science in Education, May 30 – June 1, 2019, Vila Real, Portugal
  • 15th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Group (IHPST) Biennial Conference, Thessaloniki, July 15-19, 2019.  (Feb. 20th  due date)
  • IHPST Elections: Call for Nominations (Feb.15th due date)
  • Royal Society Notes and Records Early Career Essay Award
  • Philosophy of Science with Children
  • Opinion Page: Between Scientism and Relativism: Epistemic Competence as an Important Aim in Science and Philosophy Education, Bettina Bussmann & Mario Kötter
  • PhD Theses in HPS&ST Domain
  • Recent HPS&ST Research Articles
  • Recent HPS&ST Related Books
  • Coming HPS&ST Related Conferences

This HPS&ST monthly Note is sent to about 7,600 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.  It is an information list, not a discussion list.

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Michael R. Matthews, UNSW,

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Michael Matthews

Agricultural History Society Turns 100

14 Feb 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Agricultural History Society. The Society was founded in Washington, DC “to promote the interest, study and research in the history of agriculture.” The Society interprets this mission broadly, as creating a conversation about the key political, economic, environmental, and social issues surrounding agriculture without geographic, temporal, or methodological constraints. The AHS strives to build a discourse that cuts across historical sub-disciplines and draws in insights from the full range of social, biological, and environmental sciences. The Society will officially celebrate its 100th at its meeting in Washington, DC 5-8 June. Further information can be found here.

Journal of Energy History: Now Online

The Journal of Energy History / Revue d’histoire de l’énergie (JEHRHE) is a new online and open access academic journal dedicated to all aspects of energy history. Informed by scholarship in the field to date, we aim to cultivate and advance an ambitious, creative space for scholarly conversation and dissemination. Please join us — submit, read, teach, and share cutting-edge ideas in different sections (Special IssuesVariaReviews, and more) and through original formats (Out of the Box Dialogue across disciplines and professions, Panorama, Sources) in either English or French. With JEHRHE, we intend to enrich our understanding and vision of energy history, because we believe that historians can fuel thinking about the present and future.

Best regards,
Leonard Laborie, PhD
Managing editor

Women in the History of Science: A Liberating the Curriculum Sourcebook

We are asking for: Sources and explanatory text for a history of science sourcebook that focuses on women in science (broadly construed) from a global perspective, from antiquity to the present day.

We are particularly interested in early modern, medieval, and ancient sources, alongside sources that explore women’s knowledge production beyond Europe

Aims: Our sourcebook is designed to complement the teaching of undergraduate history of science courses, by providing sources that reveal women’s involvement in knowledge production from around the world. Our ambition is to contribute to liberating the curriculum within the history of science, by giving voice to underrepresented actors, and by providing sources that go beyond traditional textual accounts, alongside brief explanatory notes.

Details: Possible sources might include letters, instruments, weapons, artwork, poetry, textiles, recipes, diary entries, and scrapbooks amongst many others. We particularly welcome new translations and transcriptions.

We welcome submissions under, but not limited to, the following themes:

Materials of Science
Objects and alternative sources
Media, Art, Images, Sculpture
Maritime, space exploration
Empire and exoticism
Map making, travel accounts
Non-western knowledge making
Non-traditional disciplines and methods
Non-western ideologies and cosmologies
Alternative measuring devices or instruments
Disease and healing
The body, embodied experience
Food, recipes, and care
Knowledge and belief
Ritual and medicine
Conflicts and cooperation
Science & Violence
Colonialism and oppressive practices
Spaces and Communities
Domestic and professional spaces, institutions
Networks, access and agency
Rebels, dissenters, outsiders
Popular science and consuming knowledge
Indigenous & Folk knowledge
Marginalised practices and erasure
Access & agency
Skill and Artisanry
Embodied and/or tacit knowledges
Plants and Animals
Botany and uses of flora
Natural history and collecting

How to submit: Please send us the source you would like to use (low res. image or text sources not exceeding 5,000 words), details of the copyright owners of the source, and a covering letter of no more than 200 words. Covering letters should give some background to the source and why you believe it is relevant to this work, as well as a little detail of your own background. A CV may be attached if you wish.

Email submissions to by 28th February 2019.

Final contributions to the book will be due in July 2019 and consist of no more than 1000 words of explanatory text aimed at introducing each corresponding source to undergraduate students.

Please note that all sources must be able to be published in Open Access (Creative Commons) format and that each author will need to acquire copyright permissions to publish their source.

We strongly encourage proposals from early career researchers and people from underrepresented communities. We are also more than happy to consider multiple sources from one applicant.

CHSTM February Newsletter

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine has many working groups and events scheduled for February. Click here to view the listing.