The Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) is an interdisciplinary graduate program dedicated to the study of the history, philosophy, and social relations of science. Read more…


Upcoming Events - Spring 2019

Titles and Speakers will be updated as the information becomes available.

Friday, April 5, 2019 – 12:00pm (Noon)
HHS Workshop – Andrew Cooper (Warwick)
Location: SS 305 *Please note the unusual location*
Description: ’"The Generation Dilemma: Newtonian physiology in the eighteenth century."

Friday, April 12, 2019 – 4:00pm
HPS Workshop – Jenny Reardon (UCSC) 
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: "The Postgenomic Condition: Truth, Race and Justice After the Genome."

Friday, April 19, 2019 – 12:00pm (Noon)
HHS Workshop – Parysa Mostajir (Chicago)
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “The Pragmatist Solution to Scientism.”

Friday, April 26, 2019 – 4:00pm
HPS Workshop – Adrian Johns (Chicago)
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “On Privacy.”

Friday, May 3, 2019 – 12:00pm (Noon)
HHS Workshop – Cecelia Watson (Bard) 
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “Semicolon: The Past, Present, and Future of a Misunderstood Mark.”

Friday, May 10, 2019 – 4:00pm
HPS Workshop – TBA
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “TBA.”

Friday, May 17, 2019 – 12:15pm *Please note the unusual start time*
HHS Workshop – Emma Kitchen (Chicago)
Location: SS 122 *Please note the unusual location*
Description: “Rare Meat: On Temporality and Attempts to Bring an Extinct Cow Back to Life.”  

Friday, May 24, 2019 – 4:00pm
HPS Workshop – Joseph Phillips (DePaul)
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “Two Science/Technology Lectures for the Price of One!  An Architecture for Computer-Aided Scientific Reasoning and Discovery, and the History of Its Development.”

Friday, May 31, 2019 – 12:00pm (Noon)
HHS Workshop – Elizabeth Millán Brusslan (DePaul)
Location: SS 224 (John Hope Franklin Room)
Description: “Alexander von Humboldt: Romantic Critic of Nature.”  

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

The Nicholson Center for British Studies
Alison Winter Lecture Series

 Please join us for the third annual lecture in memory of the life and work
of our colleague and friend, Alison Winter,

Professor of History and Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science, and the College
Director of the Nicholson Center for British Studies (2013-16)

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Mary Poovey
Emeritus Professor at New York University
Cultural Historian and Literary Critic
Modeling and Its Discontents

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Classics 110

In the 1870s, political economy (the disciplinary predecessor of modern economics) stood at a crossroad. While most practitioners advocated using description and historical analysis to analyze economic relations, a few political economists promoted mathematics as a more “scientific” approach to economic analysis. This lecture examines the methodological debate between Walter Bagehot and William Stanley Jevons to explore the gains and losses associated with modern economists' embrace of mathematical modeling.

Mary Poovey has recently retired from New York University, where she was the Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities.  She has published on subjects ranging from feminist theory to administrative reform in nineteenth century Britain.  Two of her earlier books—A History of the Modern Fact and Genres of the Credit Economy—address the history of the disciplines and the relationship between literary study and economics.  In 2017, with co-author Kevin Brine, she published Finance in America: An Unfinished Story.  This book chronicles the rise of the financial industry from the late nineteenth century to the financial crisis of 2008.