Presenters

Leah Aronowsky

Leah Aronowsky is a graduate student in History of Science at Harvard. She works on the history of “planetary thinking” in ecology, or the ways that ecologists have thought, theorized, and experimented on a planetary scale in the post-WWII era.

Sahar Bazzaz

Sahar Bazzaz is Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and North African History at the College of the Holy Cross. Her present research focuses on the globalization of science in the Middle East in the 19th century.

Natalie Cox

Natalie Cox is a PhD student in the History Department at the University of Warwick, and her research is concerned with armchair geography and cultures of exploration in nineteenth-century Britain. Her PhD project is undertaken in collaboration with the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers).

Thadeus Dowad

Thadeus Dowad is a PhD student in the History of Art Department at UC Berkeley. His current research explores technologies of archaeological documentation in French imperial contexts – particularly Mexico, Cambodia and the Ottoman Near East – and the significance of these imperial scientific practices for the development of global art studies.

Wendy Doyon

Wendy Doyon is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is writing the first in-depth study on the history and political economy of archaeological fieldwork in Egypt.

Marcelo Fabián Figueroa

Marcelo Fabián Figueroa completed his PhD at the Pablo de Olavide University, Seville, Spain in 2007 before progressing to a postdoctoral scholarship at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy 2008-2009. He is currently Assistant Professor of Early Modern History, National University of Tucumán-Argentina, and Assistant Researcher in the National Board for Science and Technology, CONICET-Argentina.

Vanessa Finney

Vanessa Finney is an archivist at the Australian Museum in Sydney Australia and a PhD student in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney working on the field records of naturalists in Australia from 1840 to 1870.

Joppan George

Joppan George is presently pursuing his PhD in History at Princeton University. His thesis treats aviation (circa 1910-1940) as the object lesson of technological modernity in late colonial India. His academic interests also concern the phenomenology of sound, probing among other things, the plausibility of an acoustic unconscious mediated through gramophones, radio, public address systems, and sound films in India in the early twentieth century.

Jorge Giovannetti

Jorge L. Giovannetti is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Puerto Rico, and works on the historical sociology of Caribbean migration and the post-war anthropology in the region.

Charles Goodwin

Charles Goodwin is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of California Los Angeles, and his research focuses on the organization of language, action and embodiment within human interaction in a variety of settings including family interaction, discourse in aphasia, and the work of archaeologists, oceanographers and geologists.

Élodie Grossi

Élodie Grossi is a PhD candidate in Sociology at University Paris Diderot under the direction of Dominique Vidal and Paul Schor. Her current PhD research concerns the social history of insane asylums and psychiatric institutions for African Americans in the segregated South from the 19th century onwards. She is a visiting graduate researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, at the research lab EPIDAPO at the Institute for Society and Genetics.

Adam Johnson

Adam Fulton Johnson is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Michigan. He works on the history of anthropology and the politics and practices of documentation in the Southwestern U.S. in the late 19th century.

David W. Mogk

David W. Mogk is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Montana State University. His research focuses on the evolution of Precambrian crust in southwestern Montana, as well as the acquisition of practices, skills, and cognition in geoscience education and apprenticeship. *(Co-author but will not be attending Writing Fieldwork.)

Matthew Mullane

Matthew Mullane is a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. In addition to continued work on Japanese architecture of the 1960s, his current dissertation work deals with the intersection of modern science and modern architecture in Meiji Japan and the collective pursuit to render Japanese architecture “observable” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Javier Padilla

Javier Padilla is a PhD candidate in the English department at Princeton University. His doctoral research focuses on the spatial dissemination of modernist aesthetics, the politics of literary exchange,and the effects of technologies of mediation and mobilization on literary production.

Alexander Schwinghammer

Alexander Schwinghammer works as a research associate for Theory and History of Visual Communication at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. He holds a doctorate from Goldsmiths, University of London. Having an academic background in anthropology, cultural studies and theatre studies, Alexander’s research interests include visual culture, food studies, performance theory, and reporting.

Michael Smith

Michael Sean Smith is a PhD student in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he studies interactional practices in geological fieldwork.

Drew Thompson

Drew Thompson is an Assistant Professor at Bard College. He is writing a manuscript on the ways that the production and circulation of photographs impacted the construction and operation of bureaucracy in the Portuguese African Empire and post-independent Mozambique. This project involves methods in oral history, studio apprenticeships, and archival research in Mozambique, Portugal, and South Africa.

Rachel Thompson

Rachel Thompson is a PhD student in Anthropology at Harvard University. Her research examines the entangled past and interdependent future of Indonesia and the Netherlands, with a focus on the creation of anthropogenic land- and waterscapes.

Laurel Waycott

Laurel Waycott is a second-year PhD student in the history of science and medicine at Yale University and she works on the visual and material cultures of science in the 19th century.

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