GHCC Reading Group: Arnold, Burning the Dead
On Tues 27th April 2021, the Global History and Culture Centre Reading Group discussed David Arnold's new book, Burning the Dead: Hindu Nationhood and the Global Construction of Indian Tradition (2021), with the author.
Weight and Weighing Practices in Early Modern Europe - workshop
Dr. Michael Bycroft presented at an online workshop on early modern weighing practices, as part of the project The Weight of Things, run by Dr. Cesare Pastorino and based at the Technische Universität, Berlin. Bycroft presented a paper entitled Gem Assays and the Hydrostatic Balance in Early Modern Science.
Michael Bycroft at the AD HOC seminar on the history of chemistry
AD HOC is a regular seminar on the history of chemistry supported by the Department for the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry. Michael Bycroft discussed a chapter on Gems and the Chemical Revolution at the AD HOC seminar on March 8, 2021.
Science and Connoisseurship in the Enlightenment - seminar
The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study holds a regular seminar known as the Enlightenment Reading Group. On Feb 11, 2021, Dr. Michael Bycroft and Alexander Wragge-Morley (University of Lancaster) presented a draft introduction to their forthcoming journal issue on Science and Connoisseurship in the Enlightenment.
Pratik Chakrabarti (Manchester), "Is Deep History White?" - departmental seminar
Pratik Chakrabarti is Chair in History of Science and Medicine at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester. He spoke at the History Department seminar on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021, on the topic Is Deep History White?
AHRC PhD Studentship in 'Colonial Science and Military Service' at University of Warwick
Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship exploring the role of the West India Regiments in projects of circum-Atlantic colonial science, particularly exploration, botany and ethnology, in the nineteenth-century British Empire. Sitting at the interface of histories of science, empire and the military, the project also seeks to contribute to the ‘decolonisation’ of scholarly collections and academic knowledge. This is because the West India Regiments occupy a unique place in the history of British Empire in that they were a regular part of the British army but were almost entirely comprised of men of African descent.
The PhD studentship is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Science Museums and Archives Consortium Collaborative Doctoral Partnership scheme. It will be supervised by Professor David Lambert and Dr James Poskett at the University of Warwick’s Department of History and by Dr Catherine Souch and Dr Sarah L. Evans at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) (RGS-IBG), with additional support from Kiri Ross-Jones at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The PhD will begin in October 2021.
ESRC PhD Studentship in History of Science at Leicester and Warwick
We are recruiting to an ESRC-funded PhD studentship based at the University of Leicester (Dr Sally Horrocks) with joint supervision at the University of Warwick (Dr James Poskett).
The project title is Commonwealth Students, UK Higher Education and the Making of Global Knowledge Networks, 1950–2000.
ESRC studentships are open to applications from current undergraduate students through a 1+3 route (which includes a Masters) as well as those with a Masters already (if it meets the core ESRC training requirements). Studentships are also open to international applicants.
This project aims to assess the experiences of Commonwealth students who studied science in UK higher education from the 1950s to the 1990s. The project will identify the factors that shaped later career choices and uncover how their status as transnational actors affected their research and the networks they participated in. It will use a global and postcolonial history lens to examine the implications of studying in the UK for individuals and their families, the choices they made about where to focus their research and their ongoing connections to their home nation. The project will also establish how the changing landscape of UK higher education impacted upon the experiences of Commonwealth students and their subsequent careers.
Applications are encouraged from candidates with a background in History, Human Geography, Science and Technology Studies, or a cognate discipline. Knowledge of oral history or qualitative interview research methods would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.
The closing date for applications is 17:00 on Monday 1st March 2021.
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th March 2021.
Further details including the application process are available here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mgsdtp/collaborativeandjoint/#joint
GHCC Reading Group: Osseo-Asare, Atomic Junction
On Tuesday 20th October 2020, the Global History and Culture Centre reading group read Abena Dove Osseo-Asare's recent book, Atomic Junction: Nuclear Power in Africa after Independence (Cambridge, 2019)
PhD Funding in History of Science and Technology (AHRC/M4)
For those interested in doing a PhD in the history of science and technology, AHRC funding at the Department of History at the University of Warwick is available via the Midlands4C.
Further details here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/news/?newsItem=8a1785d77520fbbd01752c4f21644a6a
At Warwick, we have a range of expertise in the history of science and technology, including a new History of Science and Technology Hub. Midlands4C doctoral awards can also be co-supervised across the other M4C institutions (https://www.midlands4cities.ac.uk/find-a-supervisor/), so expertise can be combined if there are different supervisors you would like to work with.
You can also see a list of staff working in the history of science and technology at Warwick, who may be able to act as a PhD supervisor, here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/history/sat/people/
If you'd like to learn more about doing a PhD in topics related to the history of science and technology at Warwick, or discuss things informally, please email hist dot sci dot tech at warwick dot ac dot uk
EMECC Work in Progress session: Michael Bycroft, ‘Gems and the New Science: A Reappraisal of the Scientific Revolution’
On Monday, 6th July, 1-2pm, Michael Bycroft presented a draft introduction of a monograph at the Work in Progress series run by the Early Modern and Eighteenth-Century Centre. The monograph was entitled Gems and the New Science: A Reappraisal of the Scientific Revolution, and the introduction 'The New Science and the New History of Science.'