HPS Colloquia 2020 - 2021

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The colloquium meets generally three times per quarter on Thursdays at 4:30
in the Lane History Building, Room 307, unless noted below.

Due to Covid-19 we will have events online for the foreseeable future. We look forward to resuming in person as soon as possible so check back for updates regularly.

  • Climate Roundtable with Deborah Coen, Yale University, Lydia Barnett, Northwestern University, and Paul Edwards, Stanford University

    Organized by Mikael Wolfe, Stanford University

    5:00pm (PST), January 21st, 2021

    pre-registration will be available soon

  • Early Modern Mobilities Workshop

    May 14-15th, 2021

    organized by Paula Findlen and project research team of Leo Barleta, Iva Lelkova, Katie McDonough, Rachel Midura, Luca Scholz and Suzanne Sutherland

    Early Modern Mobility poster

    Speakers include:

    Leonardo Barleta, Stanford University
    Giovanna Cesarni, Stanford University
    Anne Conchon, Paris Sorbonne I
    David Eltis, Emory University
    Federica Favino, visiting Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow, Stanford
    Patricia Murrieta-Flores, Lancaster
    Tiago Gil, University of Brasilia
    Jo Guldi, Southern Methodist University
    Howard Hotson, Oxford University
    Hagar Kotef, SOAS London
    Rachel Midura, Stanford University
    Katie McDonough, Turing Institute, London
    Massimo Meccarelli, Università di Macerata
    Diego Pirillo, UC Berkeley
    Dan Riches, University of Alabama
    Rosa Salzberg, Warwick
    Luca Scholz, Manchester
    Suzanne Sutherland, Middle Tennessee State
    Nick Terpstra, University of Toronto
    Thomas Wallnig, University of Vienna

    See more on the project and the conference at
    Early Modern Mobility

Previous events of the 2019 - 2020 year

  • Alexandra Minna Stern, University of Michigan

    "Reckoning with Eugenics in California: From Forced Sterilization to Higher Education"

    Oct. 2nd, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:15pm (PST)

    Reservation: https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJApdOmhpjMvH9DpE3dS0N23AkeM6hRaWo-w

  • Bill Rankin, Yale University

    "The Visual Epistemology of Population and the Politics of Blobs and Dots after 1919"

    4:30pm (PST), Thursday, October 8, 2020

    The immediate goal of the Peace Conference of 1919 was to draft new territorial borders, and the conventional wisdom—both at the time and in recent scholarship—has focused on the problem of nationhood. How can nationality be stabilized and made legitimate, and what is its relationship to race, ethnicity, language, religion, trade, history, and conquest? Cartography was a key technology for mediating between the two meanings of nation: nation as a bounded space, nation as a group of people—a population. But for geographers, the representation of population was something broader and more difficult than nationality; it wasn’t even clear whether population was something that could be adequately represented at all. My talk starts with the huge proliferation of population maps in 1919 and follows the debate that ensued over the next twenty years, as “the population problem”—and its politics of neo-Malthusianism, eugenics, urbanization, and migration—provoked a search, in both Europe and the US, for “the perfect population map.” The two main camps were the blobs and the dots. These were not just different graphic strategies, but different visual arguments about environment, history, and governance that, I argue, inscribed a clear gender binary into the spatiality of human geography. Neither side could ultimately claim victory, and a hard visual dichotomy between geographic space and population space still persists a hundred years later. This historical, feminist analysis unsettles the surface-level politics of contemporary data visualization.

    Zoom Link Registration

  • Oct 9/10, 2020 Caroline Winterer’s New Directions in Natural History Workshop with Kathryn Olivarius

  • Nathaniel Comfort, Johns Hopkins University

    "Is Medicine Dysgenic?"

    Oct. 23rd, 2020 from 12:00-1:15pm (PST)

    Reservation: https://stanford.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYud-iqrz8pHtLwjQDGTr6TZ2Pi6hMCMqEY

  • John Henderson, Birbeck College, University of London

    "Imagining the Great Pox in Renaissance Italy"

    noon, Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    register for zoom workshop

    with the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies

  • Lee Vinsel, Virginia Tech


    Andrew Russell, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

    "The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsession with the New Has Disrupted the Work That Matters Most"

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    1pm (PST), Friday, November 13, 2020

    Zoom Link Registration

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