Category Archives: Science Studies

Geology & Neoclassical Aesthetics

A review of Geology and Neoclassical Aesthetics: Visualizing the Structure of the Earth in Late Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Britain, by Allison Ksiazkiewicz. Allison Ksiazkiewicz’s…

Hypnotism & “Pseudoscience” in China

Studying the “Pseudo” Seriously: Hypnotism in Early Twentieth-Century China My interest in hypnotism stems from my study of another “dubious” discipline, crowd psychology. Part of…

Invisible Technicians in Paleontology Labs

A review of Invisible Technicians: A Sociology of Work, Workers, and Specimens in Paleontology Laboratories, by Caitlin Donahue Wylie. What does it take to turn…

Geological Collections as Material Culture

A review of The Uses, Meanings, and Values of Natural Objects: University Earth Science Objects and Collections as Material Culture, by Hannah-Lee Chalk. As scholars…

Homoeopathic Medicine & Colonialism in Bengal

A review of Homoeopathic Families, Hindu Nation and the Legislating State: Making of a Vernacular Science, Bengal: 1866-1941, by Shinjini Das. Homoeopathic Families, Hindu Nation…

Environmental Change in the Soviet Union

A review of Making Nature Modern: Economic Transformation and the Environment in the Soviet North, by Andy Bruno. Did the Soviet Union perpetrate ecocide to…

Addiction & Drug Use in Soviet Tajikistan

A review of The Administration of Addiction: The Politics of Medicine and Opiate Use in Soviet Tajikistan, 1924-1958, by Alisher Latypov. Alisher Latypov’s dissertation breaks…

Organ Transplant

Organ Transplant in Film & Fiction

A review of Organ Ensembles: Medicalization, Modernity, and Horror in the 19th and 20th Century Narratives of the Body and its Parts, by Yeesheen Yang….