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Thinking with Scientific Instruments

June 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - June 3, 2022 @ 4:30 pm UTC+0

An international workshop organized by Paola Bertucci, with the support of the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund, the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the History of Science and Technology Division of the Yale Peabody Museum.

This workshop is sponsored by the Scientific Instruments Commission.

All events take place in person at the Humanities Quadrangle building, room 276 (320 York Street, New Haven,Connecticut). Paper presentations will be accessible through Zoom. For registration details, please see below.


Thursday, June 2

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Coffee and social time

2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.: Welcome and introductions (Paola Bertucci)

2:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Jim Bennett (University of Oxford), via Zoom

“The Global View”

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Catherine Mas (Florida International University), Caitlin Kossmann andSarah Pickman (Yale University)

“Science for the Nation: Yale’s Sheffield Scientific School and U.S. Global Power”

3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Coffee break

4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Marvin Bolt (Technisches Universität Berlin), via Zoom “From Curiosity to Career: A Microscopic Journey”

4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Jennifer Tucker (Wesleyan University) “The Pageant of America: A Pictorial History of the United States”

5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.: General discussion

Friday, June 3

9:00 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.: Breakfast

9:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.: Introductions

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Jessica Ratcliff (Cornell University), via Zoom

“The Material Culture of Science and the Political Economy of Empire”

10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Eric Herschthal (University of Utah)

“Silliman’s Scientific Instruments: Slavery, Science, and Colonization at Yale”

10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Coffee break

10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.: Jean-François Gauvin (Université Laval)

“The Apparatus of Yale College’s Sheffield Scientific School and the Emergence of a ‘NewEducation’ (ca. 1870)”

11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Catherine Mas (Florida International University)

“Externalizing the Mind: Cuban Apes, Scientific Instruments, and an American Quest forIntelligence”

11:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: General discussion


2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Sara Schechner (Harvard University)
“Contemplation and Conquest: Astronomy in American Hands”

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Alexi Baker (Yale University)
“Journey to the Moon: Alexander Metcalf Fisher and Science at Early 19th Century-Yale”

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.: Coffee break

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Anna Guagnini (Università di Bologna)
“Dissecting the First Transatlantic Cables”

3:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Paola Bertucci (Yale University)
“Material Histories and the Silences of the Collections”

4:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: General discussion

Registration information

Please join us via Zoom on June 2 and June 3. We have unique registration links for

each day.To register for the June 2 sessions, please use this registration link. To register for the June 3, sessions, please use this registration link.

If you would like to join us in New Haven for the paper sessions, please email sarah.pickman@yale.edu to RSVP.

Please direct any questions to sarah.pickman@yale.edu


SIC 2022 – Yale: Program



June 2, 2022 @ 2:00 pm UTC+0
June 3, 2022 @ 4:30 pm UTC+0
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Yale University
New Haven, CT United States