HPS Colloquia 2013 - 2014
The colloquium meets generally three times per quarter on Thursdays at 4:15
in the Lane History Building, Room 307, unless noted below.
Karl Appuhn, New York University
Co-sponsored with CMEMS
January 23rd, 2014
Piggot Hall (Bldg 260), Room 216
Antonio Barrera, Colgate University
John Tresch, University of Pennsylvania
March 6th, 2014
Carl Ipsen, University of Indiana
March 20, 2014
Empires of Knowledge Workshop, May 2-3, 2014
Stanford Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall
Previously this year
"Uncanny Valley Explained by Girard's Theory"
5:15pm, September 26th, 2013
History Room 30
(* Note start time of 5:15pm)
We propose to explain the curve showing strong revulsion for near-perfect humanoid robots ("uncanny valley") with the help of Girard's mimetic theory.
"The Sundial in Greco-Roman Science, Life, and Art"
5:15pm, October 17th, 2013
with refreshments beginning at 5:00pm
Seminar room 112, Classics Department, Bldg 110
Abstract: Sundials were the most widely produced and seen artifacts of astronomy in the Greco-Roman world. As well as serving the practical purpose of telling the hour of day and the season of the year, a sundial had a didactic and symbolic function as an image of the cosmos as a sphere in motion.
"Maps Before and After the Smartphone: A Global History, 1968-2013"
4:15pm, Oct 24, 2013 History Building Room 303
Co-Sponsored by History and the STS Program
Abstract: Can participatory maps save the world? Where did the crowd-sourced map come from, and where is it going? Some point to Tim O'Reilly's conferences leading up to the launch of Google Maps in 2005, while some look backwards to development economists' work in Latin America in the 1990s, and still others point to the birth of ESRI among Canadian civil servants. Meanwhile, participatory technologies have been touted as a way to inject democracy into the inherently hierarchical structure of decision-making that has governed civil engineering and urban planning projects since the invention of those professions in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The history of participatory mapping holds important stories about what it is we can expect out of a participatory technology, and how much it is right to desire of it.
4:15pm, Nov. 7, 2013
History Building 200 Room 30 (not yet confirmed)
"Closing Bodies, Curing Bodies: Hermaphrodites, Surgery, and the Medieval Science of Sex"
Abstract: In this paper, I focus on "hermaphrodites" and the emerging profession of surgery in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. During this period, surgeons made novel claims about their authority to regulate sexual difference by surgically "correcting" errant sexual anatomies. Their theories about sex, I argue, drew upon both ancient roots and contemporary conflicts to conceptualize sexual difference in ways that influenced Western Europe for centuries after.