April 2018 Newsletter

HSS@Work Interview with Lindsey Fitzharris

Dr. Lindsay Fitzharris is an author and medical historian who received a PhD in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from Oxford University. She is the creator of the popular pre-modern surgery blog, “The Chirurgeon’s Apprentice,” and recently received the prestigious PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award for her book The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017).  She discusses popular writing, historians engaging with the public, and her path away from the tenure track.

An Interview with Terence Keel

Dr. Terence Keel is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he serves as Vice Chair to the Department of History and holds an appointment in the Black Studies Department and the Department of Religious Studies. His first book, Divine Variations (Stanford University Press, January 2018) is a study of how Christian thought facilitated the development of scientific racism and shaped the epistemic commitments of the modern study of human biodiversity.

Prodding, Proofreading, and Persistence; Or, Tales from an Isis Proofreader

Reflecting on his search for job security, Ian Hesketh discusses his one constant during that time: the HSS’s quarterly journal, Isis.

The 2018 George Sarton Lecture
Imperial Science: Victorian Cable Telegraphy and the Making of “Maxwell’s Equations”

Bruce J. Hunt (University of Texas) delivered the 2018 George Sarton Memorial Lecture in the History and Philosophy of Science at the annual meeting of the AAAS in February. The theme of the meeting was “Advancing Science: Discovery to Application,” focusing on how fundamental scientific research makes its way into practical use. Hunt set out to flip that over, or perhaps complete the cycle, by looking at how technological applications can sometimes stimulate and shape even the most fundamental science.

Hands-on HPS at the Marine Biological Laboratory

How much science does a historian of science need to know? More historians are participating in the laboratory experience as a way of gaining analytical insight that supplements archival, written sources. Last November, the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) at Woods Hole hosted the authors for a one-week microscopy workshop.

Report on HSS-sponsored Panel, “The Emergence of Racial Modernities in the Global South,” at the 2018 American Historical Association Meeting

The panel, “The Emergence of Racial Modernities in the Global South,” was envisioned as an opportunity to reflect on, “the comparative and transnational dimensions of race science in the southern hemisphere…to show how the human sciences, including human biology, look different from southern standpoints.”

Graduate and Early Career Caucus: Activities Update

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