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Seeking Panelists for SHEAR 2017: Gender/Science/Capitalism

Hello all,

I am interested in putting together a panel on antebellum science and gender, possibly within the framework of economic culture. My work forcuses on mathematics, and my contribution would focus on the gendered critique of mathematics education in the 1840s/1850s as effeminate and aristocratic, but histories of natural science or of technology would be welcome as well. Please get in touch if that sounds at all appealing!

Rachel Knecht

PhD Candidate, Brown University


Seeking Panelists for SHEAR 2017: insurance and risk

Hi all, 

I am looking to put together a panel for SHEAR 2017 on the development of life and slave insurance in the antebellum South and West, contemporary ideas about region, race, and risk, and various methods of vital data collection. If you are interested, please contact me at kathryn.olivarius@history.ox.ac.uk.


Kathryn Olivarius

University of Oxford