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CANCELED - New Histories of Medical Technology

Fri., Apr. 24, 2020 | 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Rothenberg Hall
Event Notes: 
Add to Calendar 04/24/2020 08:30 AM 04/24/2020 05:00 PM America/Los_Angeles CANCELED - New Histories of Medical Technology Visit page - The Huntington - Rothenberg Hall


In this two-day conference, April 24-25, leading experts present new challenges for understanding the role of technology in the history of medicine, bringing new insights from object history, disability history, media history, environmental history, and colonial and postcolonial history into conversation with more classic approaches on the role of technology in diagnosis and management.

Conference Schedule


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)
Remarks: Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University)
Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware)

9:45 a.m. - Session 1: Instruments
Moderator: Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University)

Elaine Leong (University College London)
Surgical Anti-Devices

Shelley McKellar (Western University)
Cutting as Cure

11:15 a.m. - Break

11:30 a.m. - Material Histories: Breakout Session I

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - Session 2: Prosthetic Histories
Moderator: Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware)

Caroline Lieffers (The King's University)
Colonialist Prosthetics

Coreen McGuire (University of Bristol)
Breathlessness Technologies

3 p.m. - Break

3:15 p.m. - Session 3: Colonial and Post-Colonial Encounters
Moderator: Andrew Lakoff (University of Southern California)

Projit Mukharji (University of Pennsylvania)
Stethoscope and Ayurveda

Tatiana Chudakova (Tufts University)
Pulse Machines and Post-Soviet Forms of Tibetan Medicine


8:30 a.m. - Registration & Coffee

9:30 a.m. - Session 4: Everyday Technologies
Moderator: Kirsten Moore-Sheeley (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)

Jaipreet Virdi (University of Delaware)
Fitting Hearing Aids

Deirdre Cooper Owens (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
The Speculum

11 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m. - Session 5: Visualization
Moderator: Christopher M. Kelty (University of California, Los Angeles)

Joseph November (University of South Carolina)
Digital Visualizations and the CAT Scan

Wen Shen (University of California, San Francisco)
The Incidentaloma

12:45 p.m. - Lunch

1:45 p.m. - Material Histories: Breakout Session II

2:45 p.m. - Session 6: Computation
Moderator: Theodore Porter (University of California, Los Angeles)

Joanna Radin (Yale University)
The Database

Jeremy Greene (Johns Hopkins University)
The Electronic Patient

4:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks