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The Twentieth Century Think Tank offers broad coverage of 20th- and 21st-century topics in the history, philosophy and sociology of science, technology and medicine. The regular programme of papers and discussions takes place on Thursdays over lunch.

Think Tank meetings are held fortnightly on Thursdays, 1–2pm in Seminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

Organised by Mary Brazelton and Richard Staley.

Seminars in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science are open to all members of the University (including academic staff, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and affiliates). Unless otherwise specified, they are not open to members of the public.

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Scientific naturalism and the modern empirical occult: historiographical and practical issues

CANCELLED

UserAndreas Sommer (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 20 February 2020, 13:00-14:00

The science of childhood: postcolonial development in India, 1950s

UserArathi Sriprakash and Peter Sutoris (Faculty of Education).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 31 October 2019, 13:00-14:00

Thinking/researching/teaching race, genetics and intelligence in HPS and STS

UserJenny Bangham (HPS), Marta Halina (HPS) and Ernesto Schwartz Marin (University of Exeter).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 16 May 2019, 13:00-14:30

Making difference: queer activism and anthropological theory

UserPaolo Heywood (Department of Social Anthropology).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 28 February 2019, 13:00-14:00

A political history of apolitical science

UserAudra J. Wolfe (Independent Scholar).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 14 February 2019, 13:00-14:00

Decolonising the history of science curriculum

UserMary Brazelton, Simon Schaffer, Charu Singh and Richard Staley (University of Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 17 January 2019, 13:00-14:00

'The American soldier' in Jerusalem: on measurement, travel and translation

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UserTal Arbel (Tel Aviv University/University of Edinburgh).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 22 November 2018, 13:00-14:00

People's vital minimum: canteens and nutrition science in industrial China

UserSeung-joon Lee (National University of Singapore).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 01 February 2018, 13:00-14:00

Ether: the multiple lives of a resilient concept

UserJaume Navarro (University of the Basque Country).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 18 January 2018, 13:00-14:00

Builders of the vision

UserDaniel Cardoso Llach (Carnegie Mellon University/Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 28 April 2016, 13:00-14:00

Coffee with Scientists

Are we tackling the causes of global warming effectively?

UserSir David King (Foreign Secretary's Special Representative on Climate Change).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockFriday 12 February 2016, 15:30-17:00

The impact of machines

UserHenry K. Miller (Slade School of Fine Art, UCL).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 04 February 2016, 13:00-14:00

Bypassing the brave new world: reporting transgenic mice in the early 1980s

UserDmitriy Myelnikov (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 30 April 2015, 13:00-14:00

The 'Aeroplane Gaze': looking up in 1909

UserPatrick Ellis (University of California, Berkeley).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 12 March 2015, 13:00-14:00

Performing and mediating science on television

UserTim Boon (Science Museum, London).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 05 March 2015, 13:00-14:00

Poster display tactics as photographic arguments

UserKelley Wilder (De Montfort University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 22 January 2015, 13:00-14:00

Visual STS

UserPeter Galison (Harvard University).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 13 November 2014, 13:00-14:00

Brownian motion pictures

UserCharlotte Bigg (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Alexandre Koyré, Paris).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 30 October 2014, 13:00-14:00

X-rayed maize and mutant marigolds: a history of early plant biotechnologies

UserHelen Curry (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 2, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 01 May 2014, 13:00-14:00

Digital maps and minimal animals in movement ecology

UserEtienne Benson (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 25 April 2013, 13:00-14:00

Joseph Rotblat: physics, the Bomb and some consequences

UserMartin Underwood (University of Oxford).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 22 November 2012, 13:00-14:00

The Peckham Experiment

UserBoris Jardine (Science Museum, London).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 08 November 2012, 13:00-14:00

Heredity under the microscope

UserSoraya de Chadarevian (UCLA).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockThursday 11 October 2012, 13:00-14:00

Bunkers and other risk assessments: (im-)material calculations of military and natural disasters

UserMichael Guggenheim (Goldsmiths, University of London).

HouseCRASSH, Seminar Room.

ClockTuesday 08 May 2012, 17:00-19:00

Preserving scientific heritage: collaborating with scientists

UserLydia Wilson (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockTuesday 01 May 2012, 13:00-14:00

The narcissist and the coquette: contesting figures of sexual sociability

UserJulie Walsh (Department of History and Philosophy of Science).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockTuesday 28 February 2012, 13:00-14:00

The challenge of the asylum mortuary in early 20th-century Central Europe

UserLeslie Topp (Birkbeck, University of London and CRASSH, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockTuesday 14 February 2012, 13:00-14:00

The politics of STS: instituting science studies in the age of Cold War

UserElena Aronova (University of California, San Diego).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockWednesday 23 November 2011, 13:00-14:00

The palace of cats and falcons: 21st-century fauna in a 20th-century skyscraper

UserMichal Murawski (Department of Social Anthropology).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockTuesday 01 November 2011, 13:00-14:30

The constructive idea: art and science in '30s London and Cambridge

UserBoris Jardine (Dept. of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge).

HouseSeminar Room 1, Department of History and Philosophy of Science.

ClockTuesday 09 February 2010, 13:00-14:30

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