ESWG Schedule Fall 2021 through Spring 2022

(All meetings will take place 12:00-1:15pm ET, both in person and on Zoom)


Oct. 26 - Yingxue Wang, "‘The Iridescent Effect’: Art, Surface, and Ecology in Early Medieval East Asia”

Nov. 16 - Kelly Minot McCay, "Learning to Write Shorthand in Seventeenth-Century England: A Teacher’s Textbook Deciphered"

Dec. 7 - Ori Ben-Shalom, "Observing Smallpox: Medical Empiricism, Scientific Personae, and Children in Italy, 1750-1810"

Feb. 1 - Mateo Montoya, "The Thirty Immortals of Geneva: Life Annuities, Smallpox Inoculation, and Probabilistic Thought c. 1760-1793"

Feb. 28 - Alejandro Nodarse, "Observation at the Margin: Salvator Rosa and the Neapolitan Coast"

March 22 - Ashley Gonik, "From Heller to the Heavens: Making Sense of Quantitative Tables in Print"

April 26 - Alex Garnick and Abram Kaplan, “Humanist Mens and the Cartesian Corpus: Some New Directions for the Meditations” 

May 3 - Patrick Graham, "Lionel Cranfield's Audits: Computing at the Intersection of Finance, State and the New Science in Early Stuart England"





Fall 2020-  all events will take place on zoom from 12:00-1:00EST


Sept. 22, Hannah Kaemmer (PhD Candidate, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning)

Expertise and Empire: Fortification Building under the English Board of Ordnance, 1660-1688


Oct. 27 4:00PM, Renee Raphael (Associate Professor, History, UC Irvine)

The Communications Circuit of Bureaucratic Knowledge: Production Crises and Refining Innovations in Late 16th-Century Potosi


Nov. 17, Shireen Hamza (PhD Candidate, History of Science)

How Islamic is Islamic Medicine? Text and the Body in Tibb


Dec. 15, Katharine Park (Professor Emerita, History of Science)

March (a chapter from her book with Ahmed Ragab)


Spring 2020

ESWG Spring 2020 poster

Fall 2019

ESWG Fall 2019 poster

Spring 2019

Spring 2019
Fall 2018

Fall 2018


Spring 2018


Fall 2017

Fall 2017 ESWG Schedule

Spring 2017



5:00-7:00 PM / Bok Center 300H

Co-sponsored by the Early Modern History Workshop

Fabian Kraemer (LMU Munich and Columbia University)

“A Centaur in London: Observation and Reading in the Early Modern Study of Nature” 

Refreshments will be served. 




6:00-8:00 PM / Science Center 469

Cosponsored by the South Asia Institute and South Asia Across Disciplines

Owen Cornwall (Columbia University)

“The Astrolabe in Medieval India” 

Dinner will be served. To RSVP please email or




12:00-1:30 / Science Center 252

Alisha Rankin (Tufts University)

[Title TBD]

Lunch will be served. To RSVP please email or




12:00-1:30 / Science Center 252

Ardeta Gjikola (Harvard University)

“The Formation of a Taste Judgment: How Benjamin Haydon Came to Evaluate the Elgin Marbles”

Lunch will be served. To RSVP please email or




12:00-1:30 / Science Center 252

Shireen Hamza (Harvard University) and Kathryn Heintzman (Harvard University)

“Back from the Archives”

Lunch will be served. To RSVP please email or


Fall 2016

Graphic Designer: Jon Varriano.


Spring 2016