The Forum for History of Human Science usually sponsors one or more sessions at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society, where it also holds the annual business meeting, electing officers and announcing the FHHS prizes. The FHHS Newsletter records these activities and offers other information of interest to our members.
The next FHHS meeting will take place virtually, on October 8-11, 2020. More information will be available soon on the History of Science Society website. FHHS will sponsor the following session:
Dismantling White Supremacism: A Conversation and Plan of Action
10.10.20, 11am EST
The past year has brought unprecedented political mobilization in History of Science, and academia more broadly, around dismantling anti-Black racism that upholds racist capitalism, along with patriarchy and indigenous dispossession.
This Open Discussion leverages our perspectives as historians of human science to explore cultures of White Supremacism as design problems: the way many organizations are designed are inherently discriminatory. Allied with efforts to develop cultures of inclusion, this discussion posits that additional (complementary) tactics are necessary to dismantle cultures of White Supremacism, as characterized in Jones and Okun’s “White Supremacy Culture” (2001).
The aim of this Open Discussion is to share concrete strategies and practical examples—such as the John Hopkins History Department plan of action—to support historians working to dismantle cultures of White Supremacism across multiple organizations, including in departments, committees, interest groups, and classrooms. This discussion will be relevant for scholars regardless of area of specialization in History of Science.
The Open Discussion addresses three questions:
- What are the spaces and processes of gatekeeping? Allied with the concern about who and what is being kept out of the gates, this discussion focuses on the spaces and practice of gatekeeping. The discussion may explore how groups can undertake a self-study to take account of–and change–unacknowledged privileging of White standards, values, and ways of being.
- How would our organizations operate, look, and feel if they were to be otherwise? Taking cues from Historians of Science developing speculative methods, the discussion will speculate on what “doing better” concretely and creatively will mean.
- What skills, resources, and systems of support are needed for actionable redesign of organizations? The discussion may address the Principles and Protocols technique (described in Adrienne Maree Brown’s Emergent Strategy) and consider how to safeguard against burnout and withdrawal if organizational redesign for justice is to be a long-term and ongoing process.
Laura Stark (Vanderbilt University), Ayah Nurridin (Johns Hopkins University), Dana Simmons (UC-Riverside University), Debbie Weinstein (Brown University) and Jacy Young (Quest University)
Annual Distinguished Lecturer in the Human Sciences
Saturday, November 3, 2018, Seattle, WA
Alison Wylie (Professor and Canada Research Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia)
“Histories of Science in and for Practice: Turning Points in Archaeology”
Saturday, November 11, 2017, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Michelle Murphy (Professor of History and Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto)
“Infrastructures of Not-Counting”
Saturday, November 5, 2016, Atlanta, GA
Robert J. Richards (Fishbein Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Chicago)
““The Role of Biography in Intellectual History”
Saturday, November 31, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Ellen Herman (Professor of History and Faculty Codirector, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, University of Oregon)
“Autism, Between Risks and Rights”
Saturday, November 8, 2014, Chicago, IL
Ken Alder (Professor of History and Milton H. Wilson Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University)
“Everyone’s Autobiography of Gertrude Stein”
Saturday, November 23, 2013, Boston, MA
Michael Sokal (Professor of History Emeritus, Worcester Polytechnic Institute)
“Understanding Testing as Technology”
Saturday, November 17, 2012, San Diego, CA
Theodore M. Porter (Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles)
Saturday, November 6, 2011, Cleveland, OH
Elizabeth Lunbeck (Nelson Tyrone, Jr. Professor of History and Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University)
“Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Power: Charisma, Fascination, and Narcissism”
Saturday, 6 November 2010, Montreal, Quebec
Mary S. Morgan (Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, London School of Economics and University of Amsterdam)
“Recognising Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors”
Saturday, 21 November 2009, Phoenix, AZ
Hamilton Cravens (Professor of History, Iowa State University)
“Imagining the Good Society: The Social Sciences in the American Past and Present”
Saturday, 8 November 2008, Pittsburgh PA
Henrika Kuklick (Professor of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)
“Personal Equations: Reflections on the History of Fieldwork, with Special Reference to British Anthropology”
Saturday, 3 November 2007, Arlington VA
John C. Burnham (Professor of History, Emeritus, The Ohio State University)
“How Boundaries Dissolve in Writing Disciplinary Histories: The Exemplary, Agonizing Case of Accident Proneness (Unfallneigung)”
Saturday, 4 November 2006, Vancouver BC
Jill G. Morawski (Professor of Psychology, Wesleyan University)
“Experimenter, Heal Thyself! Relational Problems in the Psychological Laboratory”
Saturday, 5 November 5 2005, Minneapolis MN
George W. Stocking Jr. (Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, University of Chicago)
“Anthropology and Anthropologists after World War II”