Margaret Carlyle

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor

Margaret Carlyle's research focuses on the production of scientific, medical, and technological knowledge in seventeenth- and eigheenth-century France and its colonies. She is particularly interested in the enterprising efforts of women and other "invisible assistants" in forging scientific careers, both outside of and within institutional settings. Margaret is currently completing two projects. The first is a cultural history of Enlightenment anatomy stemming from her doctoral thesis completed at McGill University (2013). The second is a history of obstetrical technology in early modern Europe. Margaret has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge (2013–15) and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota (2015–17). 

Eduardo A. Escobar

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor

Eduardo A. Escobar is a historian and Assyriologist whose research focuses on cuneiform scholarly cultures of the ancient Middle East. His current book project, entitled “Technology as Knowledge: Cuneiform Technical Recipes and the Material World,” details the central role technology played in the construction of scribal knowledge of the late second and early mid first millennia BCE. As postdoctoral fellow at SIFK (The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge), Eduardo teaches courses on Babylonian knowledge, historiography, and on scientific knowledge in the pre-modern world. He recently received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies with a designated emphasis in Science and Technology Studies (STS), and holds degrees from Columbia University, and The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.

Kaat Louckx

Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine

Kaat Louckx is Assistant Professor of Science and Society at the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn and a member of the Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine. She works on the history and sociology of the human and social sciences, with a particular focus on the history of representations and conceptualizations of the social body (or “corps social”). Kaat is currently working on a book manuscript, The Social Body in State-istics, which focuses on the international rise of social statistics in the nineteenth and early-twentieth century. Her work appeared, amongst others, in The Sociological Review, Social Science History, and Nations and Nationalism. She recently co-authored a book on the history of sociology in Belgium (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

William H. Sterner

Postdoctoral Researcher

Grounded in decades of teaching programming and managing computer technology, as well as philosophical research and teaching at the University of Chicago, William Sterner’s project aims at reconstituting the teleological significances surrounding the cultural disruptions generated by technological innovation and new scientific knowledge. He’s seeking to identify the ethical and political impacts of these productive disruptions across the existing variety of common sense habitats. His general approach to this problem is through the different kinds of expressiveness of computed symbolizations and natural language discourse. By bridging between these two modes of linguistic agency, he intends to foster an enriched telic synthesis of modern sci/tech and common sense habitats that depends on developing hybrid combinations of univocal and polyvocal scientific terms through discourse. Discursive arguments can include teleological reasoning with its powers to productively and beneficially complete human experiencing within its diverse habitats through positive growth and integration. Overall, he’s pursuing this research in relation to the hybrid disciplines of Digital Humanities and the problematics of 'humanizing the digital' in a developing cultural aesthetics of countably infinite precisions.