Michael Bycroft on the concept of biological race
Michael Bycroft published an essay on the thorny question of the concept of biological race, in the French magazine Books. Here is a translated abstract:
"We are told that race is a social construct. But the biological dimension of race is nevertheless hard to deny. A historian of science delves into the maze of claims and counter-claims on this topic. He reaches a surprising conclusion: what if the real problem is not the idea of biological race but the belief that biology can solve our social and intellectual problems?"
Roberta Bivins on DNA Profiling at the Danish Institute of Advanced Study
On 8 September 2022, Professor Roberta Bivins (Warwick) gave a lecture on "The interdisciplinary edge: DNA profiling and the risks of certainty" at the Danish Institute of Advanced Study, which was livestreamed on the DAIS YouTube channel.
This followed a seminar on 7 September at Syddansk Universitet on "The Family, Medical Science, and the Political History of Health".
Like many of us, I’ve been preparing my teaching for the coming academic year. I’m planning on giving a lecture on early modern science as part of our Galleons and Caravans: Global Connections, 1500–1800 module. I was thinking about how to present these debates on Newton, particularly to a group of students who may have no previous experience in the history of science, but are certainly interested in global history.
Recalling a brief former stint as a computer scienceLink opens in a new window student, I spent a few days putting together an interactive map that is now available online. I hope it will be a useful resource, not just for my students, but for anyone teaching the history of science, or indeed global history.
You can check it out here: https://isaacnewton.world/Link opens in a new window
History of Science and the ‘Big Picture’
On 9 and 10 June 2022, the Global History and Culture Centre held its annual conference.
The theme this year was The History of Science and the 'Big Picture'
Professor Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga (MIT) delivered the keynote lecture on “Diversity as Method”.
James Poskett (Warwick), Horizons: A Global History of Science
James Poskett's Horizons: A Global History of Science was published by Penguin on March 24, 2022. The book is "a radical retelling of the history of science that challenges the Eurocentric narrative." More details are on the publisher's site.
Michael Bycroft, also a member of the Hub, wrote a review of the book.
Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard), 'Narratives of Erasure: Mexico, India, and the Stories to End World Hunger'
On Wednesday 17th November 2021, Professor Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard) spoke at the History Research Seminar on the topic of 'Narratives of Erasure: Mexico, India, and the Stories to End World Hunger'.
Cheri Kuncheria (JNU), 'Cultivating Tobacco: Agricultural Science and Mendelianism in India'
On Wednesday 27th October 2021, Dr Cheri Kuncheria (JNU) spoke at the GHCC seminar on the topic of 'Cultivating Tobacco: Agricultural Science and Mendelianism in India'.
Erica Charters (Oxford), 'How Epidemics End'
On Wednesday 13th October 2021, Dr Erica Charters (Oxford) delivered a talk on the topic of 'How Epidemics End' at the History Research Seminar.
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.