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The State of Intellectual History | Society for US Intellectual History
"American Labyrinth: Intellectual History for Complicated Times. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018, and The Worlds of American Intellectual History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017."
books  review  intellectual  historiography 
11 weeks ago by tsuomela
Yes, We Have “No Irish Need Apply” | Easily Distracted
Interesting post on Rebecca Fried, a high school student, who published an academic article, on the presence of 'no irish need apply' signs, debunking another article by a much older academic.
history  historiography  expertise  immigration  academia  controversy 
august 2015 by tsuomela
About Programming Historian
"The Programming Historian is an online, open access, peer reviewed suite of about 30 tutorials that help humanists (though slanted towards historians) learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research. Despite the name, we do not focus exclusively on programming, but rather aim to provide guidance on a variety of digital methods and approaches. "
digital-humanities  tutorials  tips  documentation  historiography  history  macrohistory  programming 
april 2015 by tsuomela
AHR Form: histories of the future 1. David C. Engerman. Introduction: Histories of the Future and the Futures of History 2. Jenny Andersson. The Great Future Debate and the Struggle for the World 3. Matthew Connelly, Matt Fay, Giulia Ferrini, Micki Kaufman, Will Leonard, Harrison Monsky, Ryan Musto, Taunton Paine, Nicholas Standish, and Lydia Walker. “General, I Have Fought Just as Many Nuclear Wars as You Have”: . Forecasts, Future Scenarios, and the Politics of Armageddon 4. Manu Goswami. Imaginary Futures and Colonial Internationalisms
history  historiography  future  prediction  futurism 
november 2014 by tsuomela
Down a mineshaft or why historians (must) become polymaths. | The Renaissance Mathematicus
"Anybody doing contextual history will, no matter what the starting point of his or her investigations, eventually run up against one or other field of human endeavour about which he or she is more or less ignorant. When this happens our intrepid historian has one of two choices he or she can either stop his or her investigations at that point and not answer the obvious questions that have popped up or he or she can buckle down and acquire a working knowledge of a new field thus increasing his or hers status as a polymath."
historiography  history  polymath  learning  science  expertise  academic 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to 'Long Data' | Wired Opinion |
"Big data puts slices of knowledge in context. But to really understand the big picture, we need to place a phenomenon in its longer, more historical context."
big-data  history  historiography  time  context 
january 2013 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: On Irony: A Response to Hartman (et al)
"If I may venture a guess about what annoys Andrew and so many of us about ironic detachment (as opposed to other kinds of detachment such as say, of the off-the-grid, back-to-the-earth variety) is that ironic detatchment is something along the lines of deliberate detachment with an entitled air: I’m detatching myself because I know that attachment itself is impossible and therefore misguided and naïve."
irony  politics  history  historiography  attitude 
july 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Against Irony
Epistemological wariness of “totalizing” forms of thought is one of the calling cards of  the ironic detachment so central to postmodernism. Of course, ironic detachment was also one of the signal sensibilities of Cold War liberalism, a liberal variant obsessed with consensus, pluralism, technical expertise, detachment, and irony, a zeitgeist that found its apotheosis in Daniel Bell’s 1960 book, The End of Ideology: On the Exhaustion of Political Ideas in the Fifties.
history  historiography  irony  epistemology  postmodernism  politics  intellectual 
july 2012 by tsuomela
AmericanScience: A Team Blog: The Science (Studies) Wars: Daston v. Jasanoff
" Very roughly: with the rise of anthropologically-inflected cultural history since the 1970s, the balance between structure and agency seems to have shifted from keywords related to the former (social, institutions, mentalités) to those related to the latter (individuals, agency, self-fashioning)."
historiography  history  sts  science  methods  debate 
march 2011 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Intellectual History and the Age of Fracture, Part I
Further discussion of Age of Fracture by Daniel T. Rodgers. "Through Rodgers draws on each of the three dominant intellectual historical methodologies, I don't think he can be reduced to a Skinnerian, a La Caprian, or a Hollingerian. So what is he up to in this book? "
book  historiography  history  intellectual  american  culture 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Advances in the History of Psychology » Blog Archive » Bibliography: Historiography of Psychology
"Making (and reading) these kinds of lists is fun but always tricky. The problem is not so much what to include but exclude. The following gives you a snapshot of how I conceive of the “greatest hits” in the history of psychology (rather broadly construed) over the past fifty years. The list consists entirely of books: this reflects my graduate training if not necessarily my current reading habits. "
bibliography  history  psychology  historiography 
february 2011 by tsuomela
What Ifs and Might-Have-Beens: Draft Syllabus « Easily Distracted
I’m teaching a new course next semester on counterfactual and alternate history. The basic structure of the course is divided into four-parts: historiographical and theoretical debates about counterfactuals and alternate history; formal ’scholarly’ counterfactuals; alternate histories;
alternative  history  syllabi  reading  list  historiography 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Escape’s End, or: Philosophy and the Art of Historiography Maintenance « Ether Wave Propaganda
The rationale underlying the Great Escape was the overbearing influence the philosophy of science apparently exercised on historians’ reconstruction of history.  These histories perhaps concentrated too strongly on contributions to a history of ideas and not enough on the actual concerns of the people who made those contributions.  They rendered certain topics of historical importance such as astrology unworthy of historians’ sustained attention, and narrated history in a language of discovery and proof that made the shape of science seem inevitable and the matter of the reception of discoveries a simple question of vision or blindness.
sts  history  historiography  methods 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The 20th-Century Problem: Needell and Biography « Ether Wave Propaganda
In the history of science, the 20th century is unique in terms of the sheer scale, social importance, and intellectual diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the closeness of its relationship to the development and design of technology.  This can create some intimidating historiographical challenges...
The question, though, is whether the local narrative is revealing or reflective. I like to think of the archive as something like a Greek oracle. It always answers no matter what you ask it, and if you get a cryptic answer, you always think it’s an answer to the question you’ve asked. In a sense, the themes highlighted in Berkner’s work are perennial. Any given organizational decision may reflect these themes, without the problems suggested by them necessarily being in the balance.
sts  science  biography  cold-war  history  historiography  proces  methods  style  archive 
september 2010 by tsuomela
The Microhistorical Unknown « Easily Distracted
I’m by no means the only person to argue that a better analogy for the relationship between very small or individual experience and macrohistorical change is the relationship between quantum physics and classical physics. The lives of individuals or single communities in a small span of days or months happens within the same temporal and physical world as the life of the human species over a million years. A single event happens within the same reality as vast patterns of events and actions across centuries. But there is a profound break between the two levels or registers of historical experience, and it’s not just about scale. The microhistorical scale is where we find and interpret the meaning in other human lives, where the peculiarity and idiosyncracy of other people’s experience makes it possible to feel and imagine circumstances and decisions beyond our own individual lives.
history  macrohistory  microhistory  scale  knowledge  philosophy  historiography 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Information Processing: The Age of Computing
...Historians of science have always had a soft spot for the history of theoretical physics. The great theoretical advances of this century -- relativity and quantum mechanics -- have been documented in fascinating historical accounts that have captivated the mind of the cultivated public.

There are no comparable studies of the relations between science and engineering. Breaking with the tradition of the Fachidiot, theoretical physicists have bestowed their romantic autobiographies on the world, portraying themselves as the high priests of the reigning cult.
philosophy  sts  history  science  physics  computer-science  computer  engineering  historiography 
january 2009 by tsuomela
Hell in a handcart « Trench Fever
The problem with grumbling at ‘popular history’ in any of its forms is that it can appear elitist, which is particularly inappropriate at a time when the internet is making it easier for people who wouldn’t count themselves as professional historian
history  historiography  popular  writers  crowdsourcing  expertise 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Human Smoke, by Nicholson Baker - Reviews, Books - The Independent
Mostly negative review of Baker's book. Disputes his reading of Churchill as causing the war.
history  world-war-2  war  20c  holocaust  historiography  literature  writers 
june 2008 by tsuomela
Advances in the History of Psychology » Blog Archive » Presentism in the Service of Diversity?
"An interesting clash of historiographic sensibilities has cropped up of late on the Wikipedia entry on the history of psychology." comments and article are good discussion of how Wikipedia works or doesn't work for historical topics.
history  science  psychology  islam  medieval  wikipedia  popularize  historiography 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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