7. Science and Empire

Summary:

In this meeting, we will explore the relationship between science and empire during the nineteenth century.  We will begin our meeting with a brief lecture on the history of European empire.  We will follow this with a discussion of the assigned articles, which focus on two important historiographical themes: feminism and indigenous knowledge.  We will conclude with a conversation about how these articles add to the complexity of the history of science and society.

By the end of this meeting, you will be able to:

  1. Give a summary of European imperialism during the nineteenth century.
  2. Define feminist history and explain its importance to the historiography of science and technology.
  3. Define indigenous knowledge and explain its importance to the historiography of science and technology.

Readings:

Assignments:

  • You must complete the History Publication Report for Londa Schiebinger and Christian Hochmuth’s articles.  Be sure to upload a copy to your Oncourse Dropbox before class.  Also, bring a copy (either printed or digital) with you for class discussion.

Keywords:

indigenous knowledge, feminism, empire, imperialism, Scramble for Africa, gender history, authority, hybridity

Notes:

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