CFP: The History of Meteorological Knowledge Transfer in Colonial Contexts (ESHS, London, 14-17 September, 2018)

Scholars working at the margins of global history, colonial history and the history of science may be interested in participating in a proposed symposium on the history of meteorological knowledge in colonial contexts at next year’s European Society for the History of Science Conference, due to be held in London from 14-17 September 2018. The call … Continue reading CFP: The History of Meteorological Knowledge Transfer in Colonial Contexts (ESHS, London, 14-17 September, 2018)

The Grid and the Territory: Discussing What Comes After the Map with William Rankin

Tools like GPS and Google Maps are so embedded in most people’s lives today that they can hardly seem worth remarking upon. Want to get from “Work” to “Home”? Simply open up the preset path into your smartphone, and the app of your choice will be glad to show you—or rather, a large blue dot—its … Continue reading The Grid and the Territory: Discussing What Comes After the Map with William Rankin

Monoglot Empire: Tracing the Journey from Scientific Babel to Global English with Michael Gordin

If you can read this, you read English. That might not seem like such a big accomplishment–perhaps English is your mother tongue, or maybe as a consumer of historical scholarship you merely took it for granted that developing an excellent level of English comprehension was a requirement for the job. Seen in historical perspective, however, … Continue reading Monoglot Empire: Tracing the Journey from Scientific Babel to Global English with Michael Gordin