The Ph.D. Program in History

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Science, Technology, and Religion in American Reading Group at Columbia U

We invite all graduate students who are interested to join the Science, Technology, and Religion in America Reading Group at Columbia for the 2015-16 academic year.


This reading group is intended for graduate students who are interested in the intersection between science, technology, and religion to come together for critical discussion. We will be doing a selective survey of how scholars have theorized this intersection in recent years. Additionally, we will be workshopping members’ scholarly articles or dissertation chapters relevant to each session’s theme. In combining these pursuits the goal is to help students locate their work within existing scholarly conversations.


Among others, we will read and discuss the works of authors such as: Peter Harrison, David Edgarton, John Lardas Modern, Bruno Latour, Donna Haraway, Marshall McLuhan, Martin Heidegger, and Ray Kurzweil. We expect to have two scholars with work relevant to the discussion join us as conversation partners at different points in the year.


Over the course of the 2015-16 academic year the reading group will meet once per month (dates below) on Wednesdays from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, and a total of eight times. Location TBD. Our intention is for this to be a scholarly community and so we request a year long commitment from participants.


Meeting Dates:

Fall Semester:

September 30

October 21

November 11

December 2

Spring Semester:

January 27

February 24

March 23

April 13
If you are a graduate student interested in joining, or have more questions about the reading group, please email Joseph Fisher ( or Cara Rock-Singer (