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Fellowships for Junior and Senior Scholars

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for 2022-2023 Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2022. For more information and to applly, visit



Recent episodes of the Consorium's podcasts on the history of science, technology and medicine, along with resources for further learning and opportunities to engage in ongoing conversations.

Emily Merchant — Building the Population Bomb

Douglas O'Reagan — Taking Nazi Technology


Working Group Meetings, December 2021

History of Anthropology
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 12:00 pm EST

In this month's session we will be hearing and discussing the work of some of the editors of the History of Anthropology Review who presented papers at the 2021 American Anthropological Association (AAA) and History of Science Society (HSS).

Digital History of Science
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Anna Guerrero, Marine Biological Laboratory and American Philosophical Society, discusses how computational methods, particularly turning publication metadata and abstracts into networks (co-author, co-citation, keyword co-occurance) with VoS Viewer, can be used to investigate historical questions about the influence of scientists and their ideas. She will present these methods, the data they can produce, and the problems they can help solve through a case study investigating the influence of Günter Blobel and his idea of “protein topogenesis.”

History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Latin America
Thursday, December 2, 2021 12:00 pm EST

"Latin America in the global histories of science & the environment" led by Prof. Eve Buckley (University of Delaware) with two leading scholars in the field: Prof. Lise Sedrez (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro) and Prof. Stuart McCook (University of Guelph). We plan to discuss readings 1 & 2 and the presenters provided two additional readings that might be of interest to group members.

Collections and Collecting
Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Maura C. Flannery, Professor Emerita, St. John's University, NY/Research Associate, A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, Columbia:  "Can Digital Collections Bridge the Gap between the Humanities and Science?"

Energy History
Friday, December 3, 2021 1:30 pm EST

Covell Meyskens, “Building a Hydraulic Engine for Mao’s China in the Three Gorges Region."
Daniella Russ, “Energy Balances and the Politics of Oil Substitution.”

History of Medicine and Health
Friday, December 3, 2021 3:30 pm EST

Richard Tait, “Doctors in Society: 15th Century Italy" Thesis Chapter.


History of Earth and Environmental Sciences     
Monday, December 6, 2021 11:30 am EST

We will discuss a new article that was awarded the Rainger prize (for early career scholarship in the earth and environmental sciences) at the recent History of Science Society virtual meeting:
Whitney Barlow Robles, "The Rattlesnake and the Hibernaculum: Animals, Ignorance, and Extinction in the Early American Underworld," William and Mary Quarterly 78, no. 1 (January 2021): 3-44.


History of Infectious Disease in the Islamicate World     
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:00 am EST

History of Early Modern Science
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Melissa B. Reynolds, "The Past and Future in Print"

History and Philosophy of Science
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:30 pm EST

Rouse, Articulating the World, Ch. 9-10 (Ch. 11, epilogue optional)

Plants in Africa and the Global South: Multi-Species Materialities, Ecologies, and Aesthetics (MMEA)
Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am EST

West Africa Session:
Amanda Logan (Northwestern University): Archaeobotanical Evidence of Food and Crafting from Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Chioma Ngonadi (University of Nigeria, Nsukka/University of Cambridge): Ancient Food Practices and Pottery Production in Southeastern Nigeria
Orijemie Emuobosa Akpo (University of Ibadan): From the Hills to the Valley: Changing Food Production Practices among the Tiv in Central Nigeria


Ethics and/in the History of Medicine and the Human Sciences     
Thursday, December 9, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Sound and Technology
Friday, December 10, 2021 11:30 am EST

*Note Special Time*
Guest Visit: Dr. Viktoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt University)
"How to turn interior monologues inside out: epistemologies, methods, and research tools in the long twentieth century" (sound studies, 2020)
"Disciplining Auditory Cognition" - Introduction to Thinking with Sound: A New Program in the Sciences and  Humanities around 1900 (Dr. Tkaczyk's current book project)

Social History of Race, Health, and Environment
Friday, December 10, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Elise A. Mitchell (Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, History Department, Princeton University), "Medicine and Slavery in Early Caribbean Gazettes"
Comment by Rana A. Hogarth, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


Craft, Technology, and Material Culture in Early Modern Asia     
Monday, December 13, 2021 9:00 am EST

Disability Studies and Mad Studies
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Kelsey Henry: Developmental Disorder, Racial Dissolution: Racial Typologies of Developmental Normalcy in Early Child Medicine, 1830 - 1870.

Medieval European Medical Manuscripts
Thursday, December 16, 2021 11:00 am EST

Please join us for Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection) and Peter Murray Jones (Cambridge) on the theme of 'People and the medical manuscript: endorsement, authorities, owners, patients'.

Visual Cultures in Natural History, the Life Sciences, and Medicine
Friday, December 17, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Marco Tamborini, Institute of Philosophy, Technical University of Darmstadt, "Data and Visualizations of Deep Time," ch. for edited volume, Handbook of the Historiography of the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Edited by Elena Aronova, David Sepkoski, Marco Tamborini, Springer 2022.

Applied Historical Methods for the Environment
Friday, December 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST

Merging Environmental Conservation and Historic Preservation by Barry Stiefel, Associate Professor at the College of Charleston Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program. 

History and Politics of Immunity
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Don James McLaughlin (Assistant Professor of English, University of Tulsa) “The Muzzle: An Object Biography”
Comment by Cindy Patton (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University)

Engineering Studies
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:00 pm EST

*Note Special Time*
Joint meeting with the History of Technology Working Group
Ryan Hearty, Johns Hopkins University
"Monitoring Water Quality in US Rivers in the 1950 and 1960s: information, communication, and applied sciences"

History of Technology
Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Joint meeting with the Engineering Studies Working Group
Ryan Hearty, Johns Hopkins University
"Monitoring Water Quality in US Rivers in the 1950 and 1960s: information, communication, and applied sciences"

New Histories of Psychology: Politics, Publics, and Power
Wednesday, December 22, 2021 1:00 pm EST

History of Substance Use Disorder Treatment