Rethinking the History of Science and Technology in a Global Context Workshop

We would like to announce a one-day workshop titled "Rethinking the History of Science and Technology in a Global Context" to be held at the University of Guelph on Thursday, May 5th, 2011.  The workshop is organized by Tara Abraham and Sofie Lachapelle of the Department of History at the University of Guelph.  It is part of a project funded by the Learning Enhancement Fund to re-envision the first-year undergraduate course, HIST*1250 “Science and Society Since 1500” here at Guelph.  Presently the course is an introduction to the historical development of science in Western society from the middle ages to the mid-twentieth century.  The newly envisioned course, “Science and Technology in a Global Context”, will emphasize global awareness as a learning objective, and will focus on the patterns in which scientific knowledge and practices have traveled across cultures, the interconnected but distinct histories of science and technology, and the complex and contested reasons that science has flourished in the West.

Speakers at the workshop will be Dr. Suzanne Zeller (Wilfred Laurier University), Dr. Nikolai Krementsov (University of Toronto), Dr. Michelle Murphy (University of Toronto), Dr. Ingrid Hehmeyer (Ryerson University), Dr. Michael Egan (McMaster University), and Dr. Nicholas Dew (McGill University).

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Please feel free invite other faculty and graduate students interested and/or involved in teaching the history of science and technology as well as global or world history.  Participation is open but registration is required. Email Jodi Campbell at to register.

Tara Abraham and Sofie Lachapelle