Doctoral Colloquium

SHC cluster fellows: Margarita Rayzberg, Jessica Koski, and Jaimie Morse
SHC cluster fellows: Margarita Rayzberg, Jessica Koski, and Jaimie Morse
The doctoral colloquium is a student-run colloquium that enables graduate students to try out grant proposals, present dissertation chapters, give practice job talks, discuss issues of professional development, and hear visiting speakers. The colloquium usually meets on Mondays at 4:00-5:30pm in the Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201) on those Mondays when there is no scheduled Klopsteg lecture.

Students interested in participating in the colloquium should contact either Alka Menon (Sociology) or Jaimie Morse (Sociology) whom are responsible for coordinating meetings and events in 2016-17.

FALL 2016

October 3
Welcome, meet and greet, planning session for the year

October 10
Klopsteg launch

MICHAEL GORDIN: History, Princeton University
“Scientific Babel: The Languages of Science Before and After Global English”

Sunday, October 16
SHC Fall Quarter Welcome Reception
5:00 - 8:00PM
Jean Gimbel Lane Reception Room
Ryan Center for the Musical Arts
70 Arts Circle Dive, Evanston, IL 60208

October 24
Feedback on student work in progress

November 21

The readings are:

Prasad, Amit. 2014. "Entangled Histories and Imaginative Geographies of Technoscientific Innovations."  Science as Culture 23(3): 432-439.

This is a short essay by an STS scholar in which, as Jaimie puts it, he summarizes the main storyline of the book in direct relation to why we need to challenge our "imaginative geography" and its inherent Orientalism with respect to technoscientific discovery/innovation. He also introduces the notion of "entanglement," which we plan to take up alongside with the concept of "assemblages" in our reading group next quarter.

Marston, S. A., Jones, J. P., III, & Woodward, K. 2005. Human geography without scale, 30(4), 416–432. 

On the problem of scale in geography this essay gives an overview of where different geographers stand on this question and includes a provocation to abandon scale as we conventionally think of it. The attachment includes responses to this article.

Tilley, Helen 2010. Global Histories, Vernacular Science, and African Genealogies; Or, Is The History of Science Ready for the Rest of the World? 101(1): 110-119. 

An essay by our own Helen Tilley on how science and research took up "indigenous" or "primitive" knowledge, looking at the forces behind this move and its consequences for our understanding of the history of science.

Harrison, Mark, 2015. "A Global Perspective: Reframing the History of Health, Medicine, and Disease." Bulletin of the History of Medicine. 89(4):639-689.

Written by a scholar who gave the Klopsteg Lecture last week, this essay squarely addresses a "global" perspective on the history of medicine. We urge you to consider not only the examples he gives but also what is absent in this analysis, thinking about the backdrop in noting what he ultimately foregrounds.


January 23
We will be commenting on a work-in-progress by Savina Balasubramanian, please read the paper and arrive prepared to offer feedback.

For the second half of the session, we will have a roundtable on how people have approached long-term writing projects, drawing on the experience of our postdocs and faculty. Please review the document that Professor Ken Alder has graciously shared with us for purposes of discussion. It includes assembled summaries and outlines from his dissertation, subsequent book proposal, and actual book. Come with your own questions to ask Ken and our postdocs, Fred Meiton and Stefanie Graeter.

February 13
Doctoral colloquium

We will convene for our second meeting of the quarter at 4pm in the Hagstrum Room of University Hall for a double header. In our usual 4-5:30pm slot, we will offer feedback on works-in-progress from Omri Tubi and Mallory Fallin, both of the sociology department. They have provided reading notes. Then from 5:30-6:15pm, SHC postdoc Fred Meiton of History will give a practice job talk in the same room. The working title of the book that the talk will be based on is Electrical Palestine: Jewish and Arab Technopolitics Under British Rule.  Please come support our colloquium members!

February 27
Town Hall

"Science, Public Trust, and Governance" (working title)

SHC-sponsored town hall meeting about truth and evidence in the current political environment. We will discuss updates on scientific societies' reactions to the election and specific issues and also explore how the recent turn of events affects the work we do in the classroom and beyond.  This will be open to all members of our community; stay tuned for details to follow.

March 6
Reading group on assemblages/entanglements.  We will circulate readings soon.


Date TBD
Doctoral colloquium

::special event

Thanks to the generous support of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies

March 30-31, 2017 | Graduate Student Conference

::special event

Thanks to the generous support of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies

May 5-7, 2017 | Faculty Conference

::keynote dialogue

JOHN COMAROFF  african & african american studies, harvard university
MADHAVI SUNDER  law, university of california davis


JEAN COMAROFF african & african american studies, harvard university