Monthly HSTM Working Group
The Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine hosts a History of Ocean Science, Technology, and Medicine working group. This group can be accessed here and meets every third Tuesday at 2pm (EDT).
Upcoming Ocean HSTM Meetings:
Jack Bouchard, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Two chapters from his manuscript Terra Nova: Work, Water and Food in an Early Atlantic World
Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm EDT
HSTM Oceans Working group:
Jakobina K. Arch (Whitman College), “Mitigating Risk: Cultural and Economic Adaptations to Oceanic Dangers in Tokugawa Japan” (Tuesday 17, 2022)
Madgalena Grüner (Universität Hamburg), “Else Bostelmann’s Abyssal Visions and the Ocean-Surreal” (January 18, 2022)
Beatriz Martínez-Rius (Sorbonne Université) “International science, salt domes, and oil: deep-sea drilling in the Mediterranean” (Feburary 15, 2022)
Alison Glassie (Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University), “Ninety Perfect Sealskins: Toni Morrison’s Counter-history of Sealing” (March 15, 2022)
Katherine Sinclair (Rutgers University), ” ‘A Magnificent Natural Zoo’: Domesticating the French Kerguelen Islands” (April 19, 2022)
During the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology, ICHO sponsored six panels, with 24 presentations around the History of the Oceans. Details on the panels and talks can be found here.
HSTM Oceans Working group:
Emily Hutcheson (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Seeing Ecologies of the Deep and Shallow Seas: Local Labor and Knowledge in the Malay Archipelago, 1899-1900 (Tuesday, November 16, 2021)
Instituting Biology in the Great Lakes: Scientific Survey Work and Inland Seas Maritime Culture, 1893-1903. Judy Johns Schloegel (independent Scholar)
Meeting Minutes of the December 2013 Council Meeting of the Division of History of Science, Technology and Medicine can be accessed here.
ICHO has sponsored the following panel at the International Congress on the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, held in July 2013 in Manchester, UK.
Walter LENZ | Institute of Oceanography, Germany
Vera SCHWACH | Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education, Norway
Colin SUMMERHAYES | Scott Polar Research Institute, United Kingdom
Hans VAN DER WOERD | Free University Amsterdam, Netherlands
Winfried GIESKES | University of Groningen, Netherlands
Guenther RADACH | (not listed), Germany
When historians turn seaward the view include not only the coastline, but also the ocean which for a large part is not discernible by men directly. Thus ships, machines, gears, tools, instruments and skills have been critical for the attempts to understand the conception of the sea. Science was – and is- of critical significance as a way of knowing the sea, and the technologies used by scientist mediated crucial knowledge about the ocean. The contributers to the Symposium will through their cases-studies examine the importance of some of the tools and the methods used in the field studies on the ocean, in order to deepen the overall understanding of scientific practice and scientists at work.