Subjects -> MUSEUMS AND ART GALLERIES (Total: 56 journals)
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Acervo : Revista do Arquivo Nacional     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae - Historia     Open Access  
Acta Museologica Lithuanica     Open Access  
AICCM Bulletin     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
American Museum Novitates     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Archivalische Zeitschrift     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Archivaria     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Archives and Manuscripts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 59)
Archives and Museum Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 199)
Boletín Científico : Centro de Museos. Museo de Historia Natural     Open Access  
Bulletin of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts. Series in Museology and Monumental Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Collections : A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Curator     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
ICOFOM Study Series     Open Access  
Journal of Archival Organization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Curatorial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Jewish Identities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Museum Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal of the History of Collections     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of the Institute of Conservation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of the Society of Archivists     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Journal of the South African Society of Archivists     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
La Lettre de l’OCIM     Open Access  
Land Use Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Metropolitan Museum Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
MIDAS     Open Access  
Museologia & Interdisciplinaridade     Open Access  
Museum and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Museum Anthropology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Museum Anthropology Review     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Museum History Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Museum International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Museum International Edition Francaise     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Museum Management and Curatorship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Museum Worlds : Advances in Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Museums & Social Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Museums Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Nordisk Museologi : The Journal Nordic Museology     Open Access  
Norsk museumstidsskrift     Open Access  
RBM : A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Revista de Museología : Kóot     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista del Museo de Antropología     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Revista del Museo de La Plata     Open Access  
Sillogés     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
South African Museums Association Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Technè     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Technology and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Tejuelo : Revista de ANABAD Murcia     Open Access  
Travaux du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle “Grigore Antipa” (The Journal of “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History)     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Uncommon Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Μουσείο Μπενάκη     Open Access  
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Technology and Culture
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.284
Number of Followers: 31  
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ISSN (Print) 0040-165X - ISSN (Online) 1097-3729
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  • Rural Revolt: Power Line Protests and the Alternative Technology Movement
           in the United States, 1970s
    • Abstract: Alice Tripp spent three months in the summer of 1978 crisscrossing the state of Minnesota, launching an insurgent primary campaign against Democratic Governor, Rudy Perpich. Her flatbed truck rumbled through county and town fairs on "gasohol," a homemade concoction of gasoline and ethanol. She spoke to voters through a solar-powered bullhorn, with her young campaign treasurer Patty Kakac strumming a six-string and singing the campaign folk tune, "Vote for Alice!" The troubadour spectacle led the press to dub Tripp the leader of a "singing campaign powered by the sun."1 Tripp was the first to admit her unlikely situation. Having lived most of her life as a quiet Republican dairy farmer from west-central Minnesota ... Read More
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  • Hacking Airspace: The Insurgent Technology of Brazil's Hot Air Balloons,
    • Abstract: Every year, thousands of unmanned hot air balloons traverse the skies above the Brazilian cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Made of paper and propelled by fire, they have flown for centuries, creating a spectacle for anyone looking up to admire them. Ranging in height from a few meters to a record-setting 105 meters, the hot air balloons come in different shapes, colors, patterns, and themes (figure 1). They carry various types of payload to enhance their colorful display. Some have fireworks, while others carry enormous banners complementing their theme. The most awe-inspiringFig 1A 105-meter tall balloon made by independent baloeiro Anderson being launched in a field outside São Paulo. According to the ... Read More
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  • Pink Chat: Networked Sex Work before the Internet
    • Abstract: "We are told that everything relies on production—and if everything relied on seduction instead'"On the evening of June 18, 1985, hundreds of thousands of screens across France suddenly went dark. Users of the recently-introduced French national telematics network, Minitel, stared at their terminals, little beige boxes propped on a coffee table or desk, in frustrated disbelief. Transpac, the high-speed data-switching network that formed the backbone of the Minitel system, had crashed, overwhelmed by an unexpected surge in network traffic. Travel reservation systems and online phonebooks, banks and city councils, all Minitel services were cut off in one fell swoop.The blackout in France was not due to international ... Read More
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  • Railway Imperialism Revisited: The Failed Line from Macao to Guangzhou
    • Abstract: Since the mid-sixteenth century, Portugal had kept control of its colony Macao, a port, and islands in southern China, west of Hong Kong. In response to the late nineteenth-century Boxer Uprising and a militant attempt by the Chinese to banish foreigners, Portuguese colonial authorities decided to strengthen their foothold in Macao and thereby in China. To do so, Portuguese diplomats advised constructing a railway. Together with Chinese representatives, in 1904 they signed an addendum to a two-year earlier covenant to construct a railway line from Macao to Guangzhou, capital of the neighboring province, Guangdong.The Portuguese colonialists aimed to use railways as a "tool of empire," to echo Daniel Hendrick's ... Read More
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  • Upscaling Forest Waste: The French Quest for Fuel Autarky after World War
    • Abstract: In his 2006 State of the Union speech, U.S. President George W. Bush said "the best way to break the addiction to foreign oil is through new technology" and called for "additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn, but from wood chips and stalks or switchgrass."1 Bush's appeal coincided with renewed world-wide interest in biofuels, following a surge in crude oil prices.2 Bush was not the first national leader to extol petroleum alternatives. In 1899, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany "was enraged at the Oil Trust of his country, and offered prizes to his subjects and cash assistance … to adapt [alcohol] to use in the industries."3 In 1906, frustrated with monopolistic practices in ... Read More
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  • Technologies of Cold War Diplomacy: Transforming Postwar Japan
    • Abstract: The year 1964 marks a turning point for global views of Japanese technology. For ten days in October, the Tokyo Olympics served as an extended advertisement for Japanese industry, showcasing domestically produced precision time-keeping devices, cameras, and computers via satellite broadcast around the world. Reporters in Japan to cover the sports mega-event could take a high-speed ride to Kyoto or Osaka on the world's fastest train, which completed its celebrated inaugural run just days before the Games began. Narratives of modern Japanese history often point to this moment as marking global recognition of Japan's economic recovery and reemergence as a major industrial power two decades after its destruction during ... Read More
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  • Why Wire Mattered: Building U.S. Networked Infrastructures,
    • Abstract: In October 1852, the premier issue of American Telegraph Magazine carried a full-page advertisement by John W. Norton, a New York flour merchant and telegraph investor, whose new shop offered "every article used in the construction and working of a line of Telegraph." His extensive inventory ranged from Morse machines to message envelopes; his gilding department could even give "the highest style of finish and ornament to the instruments furnished." Yet for the essential line wire that linked telegraph offices, Norton said only this: "I think I can offer English and American wire upon as reasonable terms as it can be found in the market."1 Norton's vague wire description reflected the embryonic state of ... Read More
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  • The Fishery Technology Complex: From Mapping to Depletion of Pacific Ocean
           Perch, 1880s–1970s
    • Abstract: The Gulf of Alaska fishing grounds were the crucible for late twentieth-century fishery crises. In the 1960s, fishery resources in the Gulf were exploited heavily by Soviet and Japanese fleets, whose bases were relatively close to the region. The northeast Pacific Ocean became one of the most intensively overfished areas in the northern hemisphere after "gold rush" fisheries leading to depletion of the Pacific Ocean perch, a valuable rockfish species. This species, part of the rockfish family, has a long life span, maturing at a late age. This feature renders Pacific Ocean perch vulnerable to excessive exploitation because if too many older and larger fish are removed, the population reproduces less quickly. ... Read More
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  • Writing Technology into History
    • Abstract: Making Europe: Technology and Transformations, 1850–2000, a book series edited by Johan Schot and Phil Scranton, crowns a research effort of two decades. Building on the work of hundreds of scholars in the Tensions of Europe network, this innovative, six-volume synthesis offers "brand-new perspectives on the history, formation, and culture of Europe."1 It seeks to revise understanding of the history of European integration by charting paths of transnational sociotechnical change, revealing a "hidden integration" of Europe that originated a century before the first steps toward political unification were taken after World War II. This hidden integration was rooted in infrastructure, information, and mobility systems ... Read More
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  • On Our Own Terms: Towards a History of Arab Technological Landscapes and
    • Abstract: While the history of technology as a discipline is well established in Europe and the United States, it does not feature as more than an emerging discipline in the Arab world.1 Technology seldom appears explicitly in standard nineteenth and twentieth century accounts of the region. Nor is there a coherent historiography of technology on the area or institutional departments dedicated to the topic. This situation presents a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is that authors dealing with the history of technology and material culture in this part of the globe are scattered across various disciplines within Arab or Middle East Studies. There are few foundational academic bricks to build upon. The opportunity ... Read More
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  • Provocations of the history of technology: On the imperative to reflect in
           historical research ed. by Martina Heßler und Heike Weber (review)
    • Abstract: This edited volume showcases a gallery of provocative insights inspired by recent discussions on how we understand the history of technology. It is a reflection on the state of the field in both the German and the Anglophone traditions (with some important incursions into other literatures). The targeted audiences are historians of technology, academic audiences in fields such as history and philosophy, and the general public. The chapters engage in fruitful dialogues with various disciplines, reframing some of the big questions that historians of technology face in a changing society.Accordingly, the book edited by Martina Heßler and Heike Weber is primarily historiographical and reflective. Through six chapters ... Read More
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  • Digital Sound Studies ed. by Mary Caton Lingold et al. (review)
    • Abstract: Digital Sound Studies names the critical-creative space for work experimenting across digital media technologies, critical humanities, and sound-based research, the rewards and risks of which this volume seeks to probe. The editors, Mary Caton Lingold, Darren Mueller, and Whitney Trettien, emphasize that scholars have for decades been working between these fields, providing a long genealogical perspective and thereby recognizing the contributions of scholars previously sidelined in sound studies anthologies—one of the volume's many strengths. Appropriately, the edited volume itself stages a conversation by bringing together scholars from a variety of (inter)disciplines whose work expands the imagination of what is ... Read More
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  • Technology and globalization in the twentieth century ed. by Liliane
           Hilaire-Pérez and Larissa Zakharova (review)
    • Abstract: Les techniques et la globalization au XXe siècle, consisting of fifteen research papers first given at a 2012 colloquium in Paris and supplemented by six commentaries, provides new perspectives on globalization, an important and challenging topic. The research papers, roughly divided between the periods before and after World War II, are tightly focused on their specific cases. They cover a diverse range of topics, from the role of NGO's in restructuring leather working artisans in Cameroon, to the production of steel in Meiji Japan. The editors have organized the volume so that the commentaries, however, are kaleidoscopic, linking the research papers to multiple broader themes and historiographies. (The authors ... Read More
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  • Seeing into the Future: A Short History of Prediction by Martin van
           Creveld (review)
    • Abstract: "The best way to predict your future is to create it" is one of Abraham Lincoln's famous dictums. Futures are unpredictable, unless you make them happen. Martin Creveld's new book, Seeing into the Future, examines the principal methods that have been used for looking into the future throughout history. The nature and philosophy of prediction have regularly been the object of historical scholarship, most famously Nicolas Rescher's Predicting the Future (SUNY Press, 1997) and Elke Seefried's Zukunfte (De Gruyter, 2015). The need for forward looking has always been triggered by innovative technological aids and inspired by new scientific insights. Recent technological advancements, in particular the emergence of big ... Read More
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  • Entangled Itineraries: Materials, Practices, and Knowledges across Eurasia
           ed. by Pamela H. Smith (review)
    • Abstract: Entangled Itineraries is an edited volume that shows to what extent knowledge (used in the plural form in the book's title) is mobile. Global historians of science now understand that the routes which materials, techniques, and knowledges take can be more important than their roots or original forms. And as knowledges travel, they connect different parts of the world, create convergences and hubs, and crystallize into what Dorothy Ko calls "material-emotional complexes." The contributors to this volume trace the movement of people and practices spanning Eurasia in order to explore "nodes of convergence, material complexes, and entangled itineraries" (p. 5).Throughout this volume, Eurasia appears as a connected ... Read More
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  • How Knowledge Moves: Writing the Transnational History of Science and
           Technology ed. by John Krige (review)
    • Abstract: This fine collection of essays by historians of technology and science challenges the "globalization" assumption that mobility—of ideas, objects, people—has increased exponentially thanks to technological advances in the past couple of centuries. John Krige, one of the foremost historians of scientific networks, has gathered together a diverse spread of papers originating from a workshop on writing the transnational history of science and technology. Published fortuitously just before the onset of a global pandemic and the resulting competitiveness among nations to secure a COVID-19 vaccine, the volume provides a critical assessment of not only transnational approaches but also our understanding of the mobility of ... Read More
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  • Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global
           Carbonization by On Barak (review)
    • Abstract: The book describes the many and often far-reaching changes in the Middle East brought about by steam engines and other developments that required coal. Among these changes were the huge number of depots needed not only for trade but also for the British Imperial Navy; the spread of railway lines, which provided new networks to deliver food and facilitated the hajj to Mecca; and the consequential growth of cities and the huge number of workers needed to load coal or fire the steam engines that drove ships. Workers stoking coal suffered from enormous heat, widespread racial prejudices, and authoritarian attitudes that made it next to impossible for them to improve their situation.To describe these developments, the ... Read More
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  • Pollution, Politics, and Power: The Struggle for Sustainable Electricity
           by Tom McGarity (review)
    • Abstract: Historians of technology have long been interested in electricity and the growth of modern electric power systems. Classics such as Thomas Hughes's cross-national Networks of Power (JHU Press, 1993) and David Nye's cultural tour de force, Electrifying America (MIT Press, 1992), have been joined by histories targeting particular regions, periods, and technologies. As efforts to decarbonize the power sector and the electrification of transportation gain momentum, the importance of electricity for daily life and for the survival of the planet is clear. We are, it seems, entering a new, more expansive phase of the Age of Electricity, and historians of technology are well placed to help us make sense of it ... Read More
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  • Power Lines: Electricity in American Life and Letters, 1882–1952 by
           Jennifer L. Lieberman (review)
    • Abstract: In Power Lines, Jennifer Lieberman bridges the worlds of literary criticism and history of technology to explore how Americans have thought about and written about electrification over the turn of the last century and into the 1950s. Lieberman notes that "incompatible conceptions of electricity paradoxically coexisted in the American cultural imagination" and argues that electricity worked as a metonym for the tensions of modernization because it was both an elusive natural phenomenon and a central technology of a changing society (p. 4). She analyzes how specific authors wrote about electricity and electrical technology, and she studies carefully not only what they say, but how they say it. Her focus is on works ... Read More
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  • Powering Up Canada: A History of Power, Fuel, and Energy from 1600 ed. by
           R. W. Sandwell (review)
    • Abstract: The global context of climate change exposes the vulnerabilities of contemporary society. Facing the urgency of a needed energy transition, society must redefine its relationship to the land and develop a greater consciousness of the production and consumption of its resources and methods of distribution. The unprecedented shift in the nature and scale of energy consumption in industrialized countries over the last two hundred years calls for a closer look at the geographical, political, social, and economic circumstances these transformations stem from. Sandwell's edited collection takes on this colossal task, with a series of extensively researched texts that trace Canada's energy history since the early ... Read More
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  • Facing power: A history of alternative energies in the industrial age ed.
           by François Jarrige and Alexis Vrignon (review)
    • Abstract: Historians of energy have covered mainstream energy sources of the modern era extensively, from nuclear power to petroleum, coal, and natural gas. But they've neglected other sources like animal traction, alcohol, peat, and solar energy. Why' As the authors of this edited volume argue convincingly, it's partly because energy history is often written from the victor's point of view, legitimizing the victory of today's dominant energy sources through narratives of inevitability. To reintegrate the historical importance of past renewable energy sources, the volume is organized with each of the four chapters written by the editors in turn followed by a few case studies on different renewable energy sources—from peat to ... Read More
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  • Taking on Technocracy: Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present by
           Dolores L. Augustine (review)
    • Abstract: When the difficulty of society's relationship with atomic energy became evident, a large number of scholars began to write about the many aspects of this energy option: historical, sociological, political, and economic, as well as international relations, the Cold War. Dolores L. Augustine's contribution deserves a preferential place in this line of research.In Taking on Technocracy, Augustine, a consummate connoisseur of the histories of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR), presents an integrative history of nuclear energy development in Germany. Following the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe, the German government announced its nuclear phase-out for 2022 and consequent energy ... Read More
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  • Germany's oil fields: A material history of the crop plant rapeseed
           (1897–2017) by Sarah Waltenberger (review)
    • Abstract: Research into the history of materials and substances has experienced an enormous upswing in the past two decades. It has also made considerable methodological progress as reflected in Sarah Waltenberger's dissertation, which was published as Germany's Oil Fields.Her study focuses on the history of the crop plant rapeseed and the substances derived from it, in particular rapeseed oil and feed cakes, for a period of around 120 years. Waltenberger covers the history of rapeseed in the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in detail. The work is divided into four chapters, but with completely different weightings. The main part is chapter three with over 200 pages; the other three chapters together comprise only around 60 ... Read More
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  • The Profits of Nature: Colonial Development and the Quest for Resources in
           Nineteenth-Century China by Peter B. Lavelle (review)
    • Abstract: In an earlier era, a study of nineteenth-century technology in China would have centered on the transfer of industrial technologies to a context whose "traditions" impeded its ability to replicate this model of Western development. In The Profits of Nature, Peter B. Lavelle turns this narrative in-side out by investigating Qing Dynasty officials' circulation of indigenous—primarily agrarian—technologies to develop natural resources that could ameliorate crises of economy, ecology, and security throughout the empire. Focusing on the career of the famous midcentury Chinese military commander and official Zuo Zongtang (1812–85), Lavelle outlines Zuo's commitment to "colonial development" (the idea that the resources ... Read More
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  • Polio across the Iron Curtain: Hungary's Cold War with an Epidemic by
           Dóra Vargha (review)
    • Abstract: Dóra Vargha's history of Hungary's fight against polio in the 1950s combines social, cultural, and political history to demonstrate how Cold War politics were central to this story. She also challenges generally held perceptions of the iron curtain as impenetrable and demonstrates, at least in the case of polio, that the border between East and West was much more porous than generally thought. By highlighting contradictions, such as the global acceptance of Hungary's epidemic control methods at the same time as the Hungarian government was persona non grata in the West, Vargha demonstrates the complicated and paradoxical nature of Hungary's relationship with western countries at this time.Like many countries ... Read More
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  • Landscapes of Disease: Malaria in Modern Greece by Katerina Gardikas
    • Abstract: This book explores malaria's complex interactions with Greek geography and society from the beginning of Greek nationhood through malaria's eradication in the 1970s. Drawing on an impressive array of sources, Katerina Gardikas unveils a rich set of detailed local histories that allows her to study the drivers of malaria and how this disease, in turn, influenced the economic, demographic, and cultural aspects of Greek society. This work is of particular interest to readers interested in how technology influences, and is shaped by, social change, since Gardikas conducts her analysis in relation to various phases of technological change in the overall economy, and in the field of medicine in particular.Gardikas's ... Read More
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  • Rise of the Modern Hospital: An Architectural History of Health and
           Healing, 1870–1940 by Jeanne Kisacky (review)
    • Abstract: Rise of the Modern Hospital is a study of the systems and technologies devised to improve the sanitary conditions in North American hospitals. Jeanne Kisacky researches the environmental and social aspects of hospital design at a critical period when the modern hospital emerged as we know it now: a space to cure and study the sick.The author argues that "people and their surroundings are fatefully, perhaps even fatally, entwined" (p. 344) and that the history of hospital design is a diary of the complex interconnections between developments in medicine and architecture, as well as cultural, social desires and disillusions. She aims to link two main narratives—technological and social—within academia on this topic. ... Read More
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  • Collecting Experiments: Making Big Data Biology by Bruno J. Strasser
    • Abstract: For historians of biology, Collecting Experiments is an essential text, one that draws in, and on, the history of technology. Bruno Strasser's analysis of collections is novel, even when addressing examples familiar to historians, thanks to his in-depth attention to archival sources. The history of computing is a persistent theme and in light of the importance of maintaining and "curating" collections, the book also offers insight for historians of infrastructures. The dynamics involved will resonate with anyone studying the creation and maintenance of a shared resource, be that a network, a standard, or materials.While building on analyses of natural history collections and aligning his approach with John ... Read More
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  • Evolution Made to Order: Plant Breeding and Technological Innovation in
           Twentieth-Century America by Helen Anne Curry (review)
    • Abstract: Dr. Helen Anne Curry's 2016 volume, Evolution Made to Order, is informative, engaging, and entertaining. This book will already be familiar to historians of technology and science with an interest in agriculture—who will be repaid by a return to the volume and its evergreen themes. Generalists and specialists in other areas should take note of this fine model of scholarship with broad relevance. It also deserves the attention of readers with wider interests in technology, amateur and professional science, and science and technology policy. This is exactly the kind of well-reasoned and clearly written analysis that one hopes policymakers or anyone seeking to employ technology should be reading in producing solutions ... Read More
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  • Social sciences against Vichy: The "work and techniques" workshop in 1941
           ed. by Isabelle Gouarné (review)
    • Abstract: This book may leave the informed reader of Technology and Culture disappointed. The watchword behind the "Psychology and history of work and techniques" workshop, organized in June 1941 in Toulouse, was "perseverance despite the shock of defeat." It brought together some of the greatest names in the French social sciences of the twentieth century: Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre, Marcel Mauss, Georges Friedmann, Ignace Meyerson, and, among the audience, Georges Canguilhem and Jean-Pierre Vernant. Published for the first time in 1948, the proceedings of this colloquium were never republished. Yet they constitute one of the rare traces of what the social sciences were in those dark years and reveal the impact of ... Read More
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  • Industrial risks: Knowledge, regulations and assistance policies, late
           seventeenth to early twentieth centuries ed. by Thomas Le Roux (review)
    • Abstract: The collective book edited by Thomas Leroux starts with a very stimulating statement. He questions the periodization of risks raised by industry and their effects on society. Indeed, for many authors, following the fundamental book Risk Society by Ulrich Beck (Sage, 1992), the so-called "risk society" emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, with a succession of disasters (Seveso, Bhopal, etc.). It's seen as contributing to the end of the Marxist society of classes. Yet the authors in this collection show with a very strong empirical basis that even the political issue of risk was raised earlier, starting in the late seventeenth century. This collection shows the long temporality of changes as well. The book is divided in ... Read More
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  • Moving Violations: Automobiles, Experts, and Regulations in the United
           States by Lee Vinsel (review)
    • Abstract: By almost every imaginable measure, present-day automobiles present a vast improvement over their predecessors built fifty, let alone one hundred, years ago. On average, cars have become not only considerably more powerful and more comfortable to use, but also much safer, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient. How did this development come about, and who gets to claim the credit for it: resourceful engineers, innovative entrepreneurs, combative political activists, or discerning consumers' In Moving Violations, the American historian of technology Lee Vinsel makes the case for (re-)discovering the influence of a perhaps less fashionable factor in the evolution of the automobile: government regulation.Given its enormous ... Read More
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  • Art and matter: artisans, architects, and technology (1770–1830) by
           Valérie Nègre (review)
    • Abstract: The origin of this book by Valérie Negre is the monograph she produced for her examination for the HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches). The study focuses on the craftspersons and academic technicians involved in building in France in the period before and after the French Revolution. It is well known that modern technical and scientific professions were established during the nineteenth century. Several authors have pointed out the role of the artisans not only in inspiring scientists but in making authentic contributions. For example, Paolo Rossi in his book I filosofi e le macchine: 1400–1700 (Milan, 1962), already a classic, and, in the last decades, authors such as Peter Dear, Lissa Roberts, Simon ... Read More
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  • The Medieval Military Engineer: From the Roman Empire to the Sixteenth
           Century by Peter Purton (review)
    • Abstract: Peter Purton has done an impressive job documenting the multifaceted existence of the ingenarii—those working with military technologies of many types—across Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic world (and briefly even further afield) over the course of a millenium. His linking them to the modern concept of an engineer, however, is more complex and perhaps problematic. He succeeds admirably in documenting their wide range of administration and project management skills in building bridges, diverting watercourses, and constructing and using siege machinery, guns, fortifications, and other military materiel. He overplays his hand, though, in trying too hard to link their activities to scientific knowledge of ... Read More
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  • Finnish Water Services: Experiences in Global Perspective by Tapio S.
           Katko (review)
    • Abstract: After publishing a first book on Finnish water history in English in 1997, and a second in Finnish in 2013, Tapio Katko—UNESCO-chairholder Sustainable Water Services at Tampere University of Technology—builds on these previous works in his latest publication to "make the excellent Finnish water know-how more visible in the international water arena" (p. 8). Nineteen short chapters describe how technologies were chosen, how experts shaped the discourse and the systems, and how these were (and are) managed. Most chapters include cross references, reflecting the many relationships between technologies, experts, and management. Yet some of the numerous cross references could have been avoided by focusing on a few ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Program Earth: Environmental Sensing Technology and the Making of a
           Computational Planet by Jennifer Gabrys (review)
    • Abstract: The Earth is instrumented with thousands of sensors that gather environmental data, from oceanic buoys to urban stations and satellites that track almost everything from sea pollution to seismic activity to traffic. Such monitoring is computational, networked, automated, and increasingly ubiquitous. The different forms of social participation that rely on these sensors, with special attention to those involving smartphones or low-cost electronic devices, are the focus of Jennifer Gabrys's book. Using cases monitoring forests, air pollution, marine debris, water consumption, or city infrastructures in need of repair, among others, the author develops a conceptual account of how environment, participation, and ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Lady Astronauts, Lady Engineers, and Naked Ladies: Women and the American
           Space Community During the Cold War, 1960s–1980s by Karin Hilck (review)
    • Abstract: It should come as no surprise to anyone that NASA has a poor record of racial and gender equality. Aerospace historians are well aware of the many incidents of discrimination that have taken place in the space agency, and the public scandals and private indiscretions that abounded. Karin Hilck's Lady Astronauts, Lady Engineers, and Naked Ladies incorporates earlier work and expands on the base of knowledge available in scholarly analysis.Hilck narrates the story of the "Mercury 13": the women tested by flight surgeon Randy Lovelace to see if they performed as well as their male counterparts who became astronauts. Working with private funding provided by veteran pilot Jackie Cochran, Lovelace and Geraldyn "Jerrie" ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • NASA and the Long Civil Rights Movement ed. by Brian C. Odom and Stephen
           P. Waring (review)
    • Abstract: This collection of essays represents a contribution to the "New Aerospace History," a term coined in 2000 by Roger D. Launius, then chief NASA historian, to describe efforts going beyond laudatory official accounts and viewing NASA's history in a social, political, and economic context. The editors are well-positioned to undertake the project. Brian C. Odom is center historian at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama; Stephen P. Waring is chair of the Department of History at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. Two decades of aerospace historiography are ably reviewed in an introductory chapter by Margaret A. Weite-kamp, curator in the Department of Space History at the Smithsonian's Air and ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Magic Lantern at Work: Witnessing, Persuading, Experiencing, and
           Connecting ed. by Martyn Jolly and Elisa deCourcy (review)
    • Abstract: The magic lantern is a fascinating, albeit neglected, record of the past. These "palm-sized modular units of glass" survive in surprising numbers in public and private archives around the world, yet only recently have scholars begun to investigate their myriad social, cultural, and material histories (p. 8). This neglect is all the more regrettable since as an early type of image projector, the magic lantern was a major technology of mass visual communication and persuasion in pre-cinematic days. Understanding its history and significance as part of a wider media environment is a necessary step towards historicizing our contemporary engagement with information technologies—including ubiquitous software programs ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Iluminated Paris: Essays on Art and Lighting in the Belle Époque by
           Hollis Clayson (review)
    • Abstract: Far from taking the easy route of aligning nineteenth-century lighting with the romantic view of the City of Light, Holly Clayson examines selected examples of visual culture to trace the complex engagement of visual arts with artificial illumination. In this work, she lays bare the shifting and sometimes controversial representations of the Illuminated Paris in the later nineteenth century. This book is therefore relevant beyond art history and should interest readers eager to enrich their knowledge of the industrialization of light and attitudes towards the adoption of a new lighting technique—a perfect reading to pair with Wolfgang Schivelbusch's well-known Disenchanted Night (University of California Press ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Electric Light: An Architectural History by Sandy Isenstadt (review)
    • Abstract: As an art historian immersed in an international project on histories of energy, I frequently have to explain why my discipline offers a unique way into understanding the social histories of electricity, and Electric Light: An Architectural History makes this task significantly easier.This beautifully produced book explores the ways electricity changed architecture. Using five examples (the light-switch, street lights, factories, advertising, and black-out), Sandy Isenstadt illustrates how electric light changed the spaces that surround us, adding to the small but growing literature seeking to explore the history of electricity as a history of people. As Barca, Gooday, Johnson, Jones, Malm, and Sandwell among ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Information Fantasies: Precarious Mediation in Postsocialist China by Xiao
           Liu (review)
    • Abstract: After Deng Xiaoping became leader in 1978, China created zones with a market economy, reconnecting with the world, and pursuing a Chinese-style modernization. Xiao Liu's Information Fantasies analyzes China's media during this period, before the arrival of the internet. When market forces began to impinge upon media production, some Chinese intellectuals were uncertain about the fragmented "information society" that modernization might create, while others believed in the "ultrastability" of Chinese society, which might preclude any modernization. By applying perspectives from media, film, literature, science and technology studies to post-socialist China, the author reveals the different response to new media in ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Technical Delusion: Electronics, Power, Insanity by Jeffrey Sconce
    • Abstract: The Technical Delusion does not only offer, as its title suggests, a compelling and fascinating account of the multifarious ways in which mad people have incorporated technology into their delusions over the last two centuries. It is also a much broader analysis of a series of technical imaginaries located at the crossroads of madness, technological invention, science fiction, and utopianism and that have altogether constituted, as Jeffrey Sconce forcefully argues, a hidden but nevertheless spectacular counter-discourse to technological modernism.Sconce frames his argument as a contribution to psychopathology. A thorough reader of psychoanalysis and psychiatry, in the first chapter of the book he argues that ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Temples of Modernity: Nationalism, Hinduism, and Transhumanism in South
           Indian Science by Robert Geraci (review)
    • Abstract: Robert Geraci's book is an ethnographic study of scientists and engineers at a premier Indian research institute—the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore (now Bengaluru)—and of hackers and technology professionals based in the city. It is an intriguing exploration of how religious thinking, customs, and rituals impinge on their worldviews and working lives.Geraci stresses that studies of religion and science normally focus on "doctrines, texts, and beliefs," whereas he examines the realm of "everyday experience" (p. 1). But it is with texts that he begins, discussing the writings and speeches of nationalist intellectuals before Indian Independence. From this familiar terrain the author draws out a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Existential Threats: American Apocalyptic Beliefs in the Technological Era
           by Lisa Vox (review)
    • Abstract: Existential Threats by Lisa Vox explores the history of apocalyptic belief in both Christian and secular America, especially relevant now as we confront climate crisis, the continuing threat of nuclear war, and—not least—a pandemic. Vox acquaints us with the fears and hopes of Americans who have contemplated the end of the world for over a century and a half, showing how closely these beliefs have been tied to ideas about religion, science, and technology.Vox's basic thesis is that secular and religious thinking on the end of the world have much in common. Specifically, she claims that dispensational premillennialism—one of the forms of Christian fundamentalism in the United States—has had an outsized influence on ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Rediscovering the Islamic Classics: How Editors and Print Culture
           Transformed an Intellectual Tradition by Ahmed El Shamsy (review)
    • Abstract: Hardly any technological innovation has been linked more often to socio-cultural transformations than the printing press. In Arabic lands, printing was established rapidly in the nineteenth century. A major reason for this delay was that the reading public had been too small to make printing profitable, as Ahmed El Shamsy argues after reviewing the scholarly debates that often remained rather speculative (pp. 63-65). As a more specific aspect, some scholars have highlighted that the introduction of printing fundamentally transformed the Arabic-Islamic intellectual tradition, not least since it went along with an increased interest in classical works. While El Shamsy only mentions this earlier scholarship in ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Empire and Post-Empire Telecommunications in India: A History by Pradip
           Ninan Thomas (review)
    • Abstract: Telecommunications is a very capacious category, encompassing two-way communication and broadcasting, yet it is also a single area of law, policy, and business. Pradip Ninan Thomas takes on this topic in India, noting that despite a wealth of writing about the impact of the telegraph in colonial India, and the recent growth of mobile phones, these various histories deserve synthesis. He aims to provide an account of telecommunications that shows the parallels and disjunctures between various technologies and their development across India's political history, from colonial rule to post-independence developmentalism and up to digital neoliberalism. This is a history of the interaction between businesses and ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Unending Capitalism: How Consumerism Negated China's Communist Revolution
           by Karl Gerth (review)
    • Abstract: For historian Karl Gerth, consumption is the way into the history of modern China. His first book explored how consuming "national" goods served as important terrain for fostering nationalism during the Republican era (1912–49). In his second book, Gerth leaped to the post-Mao era (since the late 1970s), documenting the fervent consumerism after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) turned to globalization and a market-oriented economy. But how did a socialist country seemingly embrace consumerism so swiftly' In the third installment of his trilogy on consumerism in China, Unending Capitalism, Gerth offers an answer. Bridging the period of his first books, he gives us a glimpse into the material lives of ordinary ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • The kitchen: The cultural history of a domestic space by Imma Forino
    • Abstract: In recent decades, the kitchen environment has become an important topic in studies of the social shaping of technology. Starting with the influential book by Ruth Schwartz Cowan on the significance of appliances in the domestic sphere (More Work For Mother, 1985), the subject has grown thanks to studies such as Cold War Kitchen (2009), with editors Ruth Oldenziel and Karin Zachmann identifying the kitchen as a key "mediation junction" between consumer and producer. Imma Forino's book is not directly linked to this line of studies, but is a broad historical reconstruction of the kitchen environment from an architectural as well as a social and cultural point of view.The first part of the book is a lengthy review of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • Science, technology and innovation policies in post-dictatorship Argentina
           ed. by Diego Aguiar et al. (review)
    • Abstract: As Aant Elzinga and Andrew Jamison wrote in 1995, "studies of science and technology (S&T) policy occupy a weak and rather fragmented position within the broader STS community" (Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, 1995, 572). Although this has changed in the last two decades, the introduction of innovation as a goal of national science and technology policies is still a rather under-studied research topic, particularly in "developing" countries. The book, Politics of science, technology and innovation in post dictatorship Argentina, shows how the design and implementation of science, technology, and innovation (STI) policies in Argentina were the result of negotiations between national and international ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Politics of Chemistry: Science and Power in Twentieth-Century Spain by
           Agustí Nieto-Galan (review)
    • Abstract: "I am completely out of politics. I have only been a researcher" (p. 173). This assertion, made in 1996 by Spanish chemist Manuel Lora-Tamayo, Minister of Education under Franco between 1962 and 1968, and who decisively shaped scientific policies, characterizes the self-representation of many scientists—especially those working under authoritarian regimes. One of the main aims of Agustí Nieto-Galan's The Politics of Chemistry is to deconstruct this self-representation by demonstrating that "chemistry is political" (p. 10). Here, the discourse of a supposedly pure and apolitical science is no more than a rhetorical strategy, since Spanish chemists were "political actors" and "ideological agents," key figures in "the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
  • The Media Snatcher:
           pc/core/turbo/engine/grafx/16/cdrom2/super/duo/arcade/rx by Carl Therrien
    • Abstract: Carl Therrien's The Media Snatcher is a contribution to the influential Platform Studies series, edited by Ian Bogost and Nick Montfort. "Plat-form" here means a combination of hardware and software upon which application programs metaphorically stand. Historians of technology might be used to thinking of platforms as standards, most defined informally by compatibility with a certain machine. Like many books in the series, this one examines a video game console, or rather the compatible family of late-1980s and early-1990s Japanese machines ordinated in the book's subtitle: "PC/CORE/TURBO ENGINE/GRAFX/16/CDROM2/SUP ER/DUO/ARCADE/RX." They were characterized by their ability to move large, well-detailed, and ... Read More
      PubDate: 2021-03-04T00:00:00-05:00
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