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Need help writing a tricky part of your argument? Need some fresh ideas and references? Or simply want to see how your early-career colleagues approach the writing process? The History Workshop is an informal setting to discuss our written works-in-progress on any area of the history of science, technology and medicine, and share feedback. A draft PhD chapter, article or conference paper will be circulated by email before each meeting. We’ll then discuss it together over tea and biscuits at 5pm on alternate Wednesdays in Seminar Room 1.

Contact Andreas Sommer or Seb Falk if you are interested in sharing your work in this forum, or would like to be added to the mailing list to receive the papers before the seminars.

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4 upcoming talks and 90 talks in the archive.

Pastoral modernism: the flying machine's arrival over the English countryside

UserCaitlin Doherty (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 21 May 2014, 17:00-18:00

The first Human Genome Project: computers and the mapping of human genes, 1950–1970

UserMichael McGovern (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 07 May 2014, 17:00-18:00

Dinosaurs don't die: the Crystal Palace monsters in children's literature, 1854–2001

UserMelanie Keene (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 12 March 2014, 17:00-18:00

'Contagious' delusions? W.B.Carpenter and the politics of psycho-physiology in 19th-century Britain

UserDaniel Simpson (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 20 November 2013, 17:00-18:00

Illustrating Enlightenment science: women at the margins in 18th-century France

UserMargaret Carlyle (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 06 November 2013, 17:00-18:00

The changing face of Penfield's homunculus

UserZina Ward (Faculty of Philosophy).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 23 October 2013, 17:00-18:00

Laughing at the doctors: satire and public practice, 1660–1720

UserMichelle Wallis (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 05 June 2013, 17:00-18:00

Mythologizing popular scientists: the cult of Feynman and the image of Sagan

UserOliver Marsh (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 22 May 2013, 17:00-18:00

Liebig's vampire: agricultural chemistry and the embodied earth in mid-19th century Britain

UserSimon Nightingale (Visiting Scholar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 08 May 2013, 17:00-18:00

Varieties of tacit knowledge

UserTim Rogan (Faculty of History).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 13 March 2013, 17:00-18:00

The meanings of a breakthrough: categories, news and priority in the making of transgenic mice

UserDmitriy Myelnikov (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 27 February 2013, 17:00-18:00

Common sense and phrenology

UserSean Dyde (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 30 January 2013, 17:00-18:00

Everything is illuminated: candles, funerals and sensuous technology in 18th-century London

UserNicky Reeves (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 14 November 2012, 17:00-18:00

'What is Mercury?', chapter 1 of The Making of English Alchemy, the speaker's forthcoming book

UserJennifer Rampling (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 31 October 2012, 17:00-18:00

Conceptual change in history of science

UserIrene Goudarouli (University of Athens).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 06 June 2012, 17:00-18:30

From Cook to Cousteau: the many lives of coral reefs

Please note change of speaker and topic

UserAlistair Sponsel (Harvard University).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 23 May 2012, 17:00-18:30

The global biopolitics of female sterilization

UserJesse Olszynko-Gryn (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 09 May 2012, 17:00-18:30

'Mouse No. 48' and 'Mouse No. 73': first gene transfer experiments, 1977–1980

UserDmitriy Myelnikov (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 29 February 2012, 17:00-18:30

Technological trajectories of hip replacement

UserFrancis Neary (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 15 February 2012, 17:00-18:30

How to assess influence: Wu Wen-Tsun's work in measure, number and weight

UserJiri Hudecek (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 01 February 2012, 17:00-18:30

Proctor's Mars: new astronomy and new journalism in Britain in the 1870s and 1880s

UserJoshua Nall (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 23 November 2011, 17:00-18:30

Private science and public morals: the diary of a late-Victorian teratologist

UserSalim Al-Gailani (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 09 November 2011, 17:00-18:30

The many roles of material variation in Charles Dufay's mémoires on electricity and phosphorescence

UserMichael Bycroft (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 26 October 2011, 17:00-18:30

History and philosophy of biology: new perspectives?

UserJoeri Witteveen (Department of History and Philosophy of Science) and Pierre-Olivier Méthot (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 01 June 2011, 13:00-14:00

Pregnancy testing and the 1930s controversy over the hormonal placenta

UserJesse Olszynko-Gryn (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 26 January 2011, 13:00-14:00

Margaret Fountaine: the life and works of a rather ordinary Victorian lepidopterist

UserSophie Waring (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 24 November 2010, 13:00-14:00

Representational practices and the ethics of natural history, 1650–1720

UserAlexander Wragge-Morley (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 13 October 2010, 13:00-14:00

Edmund Selous: birdwatching and interpreting animal behaviour in Britain, 1900

UserKathryn Ticehurst (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 03 March 2010, 13:00-14:00

Mathematical culture in Elizabethan England

UserKatie Taylor (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 03 March 2010, 12:00-13:00

Title to be confirmed

UserJiri Hudecek (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 03 February 2010, 13:00-14:00

White maps of Africa – the making of blank spaces

UserNils Petter Hellström (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 03 February 2010, 12:00-13:00

Nunataks: historical phytogeography and botanical nation building in 1930s Québec

UserJesse Olszynko-Gryn (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 20 January 2010, 13:00-14:00

The contested banana tree: public debates about science in eighteenth-century Central America

UserSophie Brockmann (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 25 November 2009, 12:00-13:00

The meaning of altruism in interwar London

UserNick Whitfield (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 14 October 2009, 13:00-14:00

Mass-Observation's May the Twelfth (1937) as utopian sociology

UserBoris Jardine (Department of History and Philosopy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 14 October 2009, 12:00-13:00

'Strange are the ways of providence': Calvinism, evolution, and the autobiography of James Croll

UserGerardo Con Díaz (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 10 June 2009, 13:00-14:00

Mad women and mad-doctors

UserAlexandra Bacopoulos-Viau (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 13 May 2009, 13:00-14:00

Placing trust in photographs – photography and the illustrated press

UserGeoff Belknap (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 29 April 2009, 13:00-14:00

Visual organisation of heavenly knowledge in the 16th and 17th centuries

UserKatie Taylor (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 04 March 2009, 13:00-14:00

God, king, and geometry: Cauchy's reactionary rigour

UserMichael Barany (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 18 February 2009, 13:00-14:00

The golden road to China: cartographical representations of an improbable railway project, c.1881-5

UserSophie Brockmann (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 04 February 2009, 13:00-14:00

Products of conception and the order of nature in Danish natural philosophy and medicine, c.1650-1800

UserSigne Nipper Nielsen (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 21 January 2009, 13:00-14:00

Hunting the phoenix: an alchemical detective story

UserJennifer Rampling (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 26 November 2008, 13:00-14:00

Wu Wen-Tsun: a modern Chinese mathematician and the Chinese mathematical tradition

UserJiri Hudecek (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 12 November 2008, 13:00-14:00

'Restitution' in seventeenth-century architecture and natural philosophy

UserAlexander Wragge-Morley (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 29 October 2008, 13:00-14:00

The natural and the divine in Al-Farabi's classification of knowledge

UserLydia Wilson (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 28 May 2008, 13:00-14:00

Thomas Digges' astronomy

UserKatie Taylor (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 30 April 2008, 13:00-14:00

Zhang Jingsheng and the ‘sexual field’ in 1920s China

UserLeon Rocha (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 20 February 2008, 13:00-14:00

Political radicalism and scientific discovery: the Cambridge Biotheoretical Gathering, 1932-1937

UserRobin Scheffler (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 06 February 2008, 13:00-14:00

Military landscapes and secret science: mythical and empirical histories of the Suffolk coast

UserSophia Davis (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 23 January 2008, 13:00-14:00

Refashioning women: dress, science and the female body in late nineteenth-century Britain

UserMargaret Olszewski (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 13 June 2007, 13:00-14:00

Monstrous deliveries: fetal anomalies and the making of facts in nineteenth-century obstetrics

UserSalim Al-Gailani (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 30 May 2007, 13:00-14:00

The flying penman: John Wilkins and 'The Secret and Swift Messenger'

UserNatalie Kaoukji (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 16 May 2007, 13:00-14:00

A statesman and a scholar: Hans Georg Herwart von Hohenburg as a critic and patron of Johannes Kepler

UserPatrick Boner (Kommission zur Herausgabe der Werke von Johannes Kepler, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 02 May 2007, 13:00-14:00

Samuel Brown of Edinburgh: chemistry and the scientific career in nineteenth-century Scotland

UserFrancis Lucian Reid (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 07 March 2007, 13:00-14:00

'Les particularités la plus considerable': Fontenelle's éloges

UserLisa Mullins (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 21 February 2007, 13:00-14:00

The place of natural philosophy in Al-Farabi's classification of knowledge

UserLydia Wilson (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 07 February 2007, 13:00-14:00

Electrons in the family

UserJaume Navarro (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 22 November 2006, 13:00-14:00

Darwin's microscopes: theory, practice and reputation

UserBoris Jardine (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 08 November 2006, 13:00-14:00

Maternal or fetal diagnostics? Practices of ultrasound imaging in Norway, 1970-1995

UserLise Kvande (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 25 October 2006, 13:00-14:00

Bangs and stinks: Ede's 'Youth's Laboratories' and the smell of useful knowledge

UserMelanie Keene (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 11 October 2006, 13:00-14:00

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