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.'
GHCC Seminar: Elise Burton, ‘Genetics, Public Health and ‘Medical Archaeology’ in the Middle East’
On Wednesday 20th May 2020, the Global History and Culture Centre held a digital seminar with Dr Elise Burton (Cambridge) on the topic of ’Genetics, Public Health, and ‘Medical Archaeology’ in the Middle East’. We got to learn about some of the material from Dr Burton’s forthcoming book Genetic Crossroads out with Stanford University Press in early 2021.
GHCC Workshop: Science, Technology and Environment in History
On 29 January 2020, the Global History and Culture Centre held an internal event on the future of the history of science, technology, and environment.
Members of the History Department, including those from the History of Science and Technology Hub, presented recent and forthcoming work. The discussion was wide ranging, identifying a number of important trends including the role of non-human actors, indigenous histories, the state, and natural resources.
This was part of a wider programme of events organised by the Global History and Culture Centre on the history of science, technology and environment.
GHCC Reading Group: Warsh, American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700 (2018)
On 8 January 2020, the Global History and Culture Centre reading group discussed chapters from Molly Warsh's American Baroque: Pearls and the Nature of Empire, 1492-1700 (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).
This was part of an ongoing programme of events related to the history of science, technology, and environment, linked to one of the major strands of the Global History and Culture Centre.
British Society for the History of Mathematics Christmas Meeting
The British Society for the History of Mathematics (BSHM) Christmas Meeting was held at the University of Warwick this year.
Hosted by the Department of Computer Science and the Mathematics Institute, the BSHM meeting covered topics ranging from the influence of technology on Newton's mathematics to Victorian approaches of data processing.
A summary of the meeting can be found on the BSHM website.
James Poskett in Audible short story collection
Dr James Poskett recently featured as part of a new Audible short story collection, produced in collaboration with the Wellcome Collection. In Homeless Bodies and Other Stories, leading authors were paired with objects from the Wellcome Collection. In the third episode (“ Master & Student”), James discusses a skull used by phrenologists with the author Haroun Khan.
GHCC Seminar: Helen Curry, "In Search of Native Seeds"
On Wednesday 30 October 2019, Dr Helen Curry (University of Cambridge) gave the Global Seminar, organised by the Global History and Culture Centre.
The title of the talk was "'In Search of Native Seeds': Histories of Indigenous Agriculture and the Imagined Futures of Farming". Dr Curry explored the history of seed conservation from the early twentieth century through to the present, particularly drawing on the example of maize (corn).
Gems and the Scientific Revolution - keynote talk at the Yale Gems and Mineral Symposium
Gems were at the heart of the transformation in natural knowledge that happened in Europe between 1500 and 1800. Historians of the scientific revolution have overlooked these objects, perhaps because of their association with magic and lapidary medicine, and perhaps also because gemmology is rarely taught in faculties of science in Western universities. Yet gems played a decisive role in early modern chemistry, mineralogy, crystallography, and experimental physics. The same period saw a rapid expansion in gem collecting, the cutting and polishing industry, and the global gem trade. Consequently, the study of gems sheds much light on the origins of modern science, and especially on the role of craft, commerce, and collecting in the emergence of new ideas about the natural world.