Workshop "From 'Missing Persons' to Critical Biography: Reframing Minority Identity in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine"

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October 13, 2016 to October 15, 2016
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
African American History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, Race Studies, Women's & Gender History / Studies

We invite scholars (at the doctoral, post-doctoral, or pre-tenure rank) to apply for participation in a 3-day workshop organized by the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University.

The workshop, "From 'Missing Persons' to Critical Biography: Reframing Minority Identity in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine," will convene 12 senior and 12 junior scholars to discuss concepts of minority identity that have shaped both the fields of the history of science, technology, and medicine (HTSM) and historical patterns of participation in those scholarly fields by persons of various ascribed identities, specifically race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or disability.

Understanding the social conditions of history writing and the content of historical narratives to be inseparable, we seek with this workshop to critique ideas of diversity and inclusion as they have shaped both institutional and historiographic agendas surrounding HTSM. For this workshop we invite applications from scholars who have conducted historical research on identity at the margins of the scientific, medical and technical enterprise. We also invite those who maintain an interest in the role of identity within HTSM institutions or within these fields' epistemic commitments more broadly. Particpants will offer brief, informal descriptions of their work and interests during the workshop. Workshop leaders will provide more formal reflections on their work.

Intersested scholars should submit a CV and brief statement expaining why they wish to attend the workshop (500 wods maximum). Support for travel and accomodation is available. The workshop application and the financial aid application are available from Ann Marie Healey at The application deadline is September 8, 2016. Notification of acceptance and support will be made by September 12, 2016.

Contact Info: 

Prof. Evelynn Hammonds, Harvard University

Prof. Amy Slaton, Drexel University