“Thinking with Scientific Instruments: Explorations in the Material History of Science and Technology” (Scientific Instruments Commission)

Event time: 
Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 2:00pm to Friday, June 3, 2022 - 4:30pm
Event description: 
An international workshop organized by Paola Bertucci, with the support of the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the History of Science and Technology Division of the Yale Peabody Museum.
This workshop is sponsored by the Scientific Instruments Commission.
All events take place in person at the Humanities Quadrangle building, room 276 (320 York Street, New Haven,Connecticut). Paper presentations will be accessible through Zoom. For registration details, please see the final page of this program.
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Coffee and social time
2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Welcome and introductions (Paola Bertucci)
2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Jim Bennett (University of Oxford), via Zoom
“The Global View”
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Catherine Mas (Florida International University), Caitlin
Kossmann and Sarah Pickman (Yale University)
“Science for the Nation: Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School and U.S. Global Power”
3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Coffee break
4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Marvin Bolt (Technisches Universität Berlin), via Zoom
“From Curiosity to Career: A Microscopic Journey”
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University)
“The Pageant of America: A Pictorial History of the United States”
5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.: General discussion
9:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.: Breakfast
9:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Introductions
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Jessica Ratcliff (Cornell University), via Zoom
“The Material Culture of Science and the Political Economy of Empire”
10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Eric Herschthal (University of Utah)
“Silliman’s Scientific Instruments: Slavery, Science, and Colonization at Yale”
10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Coffee break
10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Jean-François Gauvin (Université Laval)
“The Apparatus of Yale College’s Sheffield Scientific School and the Emergence of a
‘NewEducation’ (ca. 1870)”
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Catherine Mas (Florida International University)
“Externalizing the Mind: Cuban Apes, Scientific Instruments, and an American
Quest forIntelligence”
11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: General discussion
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Sara Schechner (Harvard University)
“Contemplation and Conquest: Astronomy in American Hands”
2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Alexi Baker (Yale University)
“Journey to the Moon: Alexander Metcalf Fisher and Science at Early 19th Century-Yale”
3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Coffee break
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Anna Guagnini (Università di Bologna)
“Dissecting the First Transatlantic Cables”
3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Paola Bertucci (Yale University)
“Material Histories and the Silences of the Collections”
4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: General discussion
Please join us via Zoom on June 2 and June 3. We have unique registration links for
each day. To register for the June 2 sessions, please use this registration linkTo register for the June 3, sessions, please use this registration linkIf you would like to join us in New Haven for the paper sessions, please email sarah.pickman@yale.edu to RSVP. Please direct any questions to sarah.pickman@yale.edu.
Free but register in advance
Open to: 
General Public