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November 2019

Mackenzie Cooley

November 13 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mackenzie Cooley (Hamilton College) colloquium co-sponsored with the History Department, TBA

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December 2019

Lisa Gannett, “Population Genetic Structure and Histories and Geographies of Race and Nation”

December 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lisa Gannett (St. Mary’s University) Genome-wide studies of human population structure find that patterns of genetic variation correlate with self-reported national, ethnic, and racial differences. As these studies proliferate, so too does the direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic ancestry tests, thereby fueling the public perception that truths about our origins, about who we really are, are inscribed in our DNA. However, an examination of the epistemic status of group categories in genomics shows that these categories are mired in historical and geographical…

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February 2020

Margaret Schotte, “A Fast-Track to Expertise? Early Modern Navigators Debate Theory and Practice”

February 5, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Margaret Schotte (York University) How much time at sea did an early modern sailor require to become an expert navigator? During the 17th century, as Europeans embarked on increasing numbers of transoceanic voyages, the need for such experts grew dramatically. Maritime administrators, naval bureaucrats, and entrepreneurial teachers all proposed different approaches for mastering the theory behind celestial navigation. But how effective was this training? The answer turns out to vary by region, and to be shaped not only by political…

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March 2020

Cassandra Hartblay, “Disability Access and Global Technoscapes in Contemporary Russia”

March 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Cassandra Hartblay (University of Toronto) A ramp at the entrance to a Moscow MacDonalds. A hard to verify rumor in a small Russian city that the new fleet of public buses will have access ramps. A well-known bank’s holiday publicity campaign features accessible ATM interfaces. A surge in memes depicting inaccessible infrastructure. Since the advent of the concept of disability access in the 20th century, technologies promising to provide social and political inclusion for disabled people have been taken up…

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April 2020

Rachel Mundy, “Song at the End of Modernity”

April 6, 2020 - April 7, 2020

Rachel Mundy (Rutgers University) John James Audubon's Birds of America, printed between 1827 and 1838, is understood as being about what Audubon called the birds of "our country," the United States. Yet like Audubon himself, who was born in Haiti in 1785 before moving northward, the most vocal birds in Audubon's book migrated regularly across national borders. Today, the same birds are changing their habits to accommodate warming temperatures and human urbanization that transcend notions of national and natural borders.…

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The HPS Colloquium series is a formal event open to all faculty and students interested in the history and philosophy of science and technology. Colloquia usually take place on Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. and are usually held in Old Victoria University Building.  Please consult information about date, time, and room location for each colloquia separately. For information call 416-978-5397 or email: ihpst.info@utoronto.ca.

If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please e-mail Denise Horsley directly at denise.horsley@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.