Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge

Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin
Vom - Bis
06.01.2016 - 08.01.2016
Carla Bittel, Elaine Leong, Christine von Oertzen

Investigations of paper technologies and paper work have rarely addressed issues of gender, despite ample evidence that many of such activities occurred in highly gendered spaces, such as the household, the office, or the laboratory. By focusing on paper use in a variety of contexts from the early modern period to the late twentieth century, the workshop aims to examine the nuanced ways in which gender framed knowledge production practices and, in turn, how paper tools, technologies and objects themselves materialized knowledge and notions of gender.


Working With Paper: Gendered Practices in the History of Knowledge

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

12:30 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. - Lunch

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Session 1: Technologies

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Matthew Eddy (Durham University, UK)
Writing Like a Girl: Notebooks, Natural Knowledge and the Scribal Foundations of Gender c. 1800

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Raja Adal (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
Gendering Anonymity: The Typewriters that Hid the Hands of Men and those that Hid the Hands of Women

4:00-4:50 p.m.
Christine von Oertzen (MPIWG)
Housewifery Skills, Paper Tools, and Labor Division in Nineteenth-Century Census Compilation

5:00-5:50 p.m.
Elaine Leong (MPIWG)
Paper Cures: Managing Knowledge and Health in the Early Modern Household

Thursday, January 7, 2016

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 2: Epistemologies

9:30 a.m. -10:20 a.m.
Anna Maerker (King’s College, London, UK)
Papier-Maché: The Materiality of Models and the Gendering of Model Users During the Nineteenth Century

10:30 a.m. -11:20 a.m.
Gabriella Szalay (Columbia University, USA)
Circumscribing Knowledge: Paper Trials and Scientific Societies in Eighteenth-Century Europe

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Eugenia Lean (Columbia University, USA)
Recipes in Motion: Paper Transmission, Knowledge Instability, and Home Producers in Early Twentieth-Century China

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

2:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
Session 3: Performativity

2:00-2:50 p.m.
Aimee Medeiros (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
Pink and Blue: The History of the Gendered Framework of the Growth Chart

3:00-3:50 p.m.
Elizabeth Yale (University of Iowa, USA)
Men, Women, and the Posthumous Papers of Seventeenth-Century Naturalists

4:00-4:50 p.m.
Heather Wolfe (The Folger Library, Washington D.C., USA)
Literate Commodities: Early Modern Consumers and Users of Paper

5:00—5:50 p.m.
Iris Schröder (Universität Erfurt, Germany)
An Empire of Paper. Maps and their Many Manly Makers. The case of “Justus Perthes geographische Anstalt” in the Early 20th Century

Friday, January 8, 2016

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Session 4: Economies

9:30-10.20 a.m.
Carla Bittel (Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA)
Tools of the Phrenological Trade: Gender and Practices in Antebellum America

10:30-11:20 a.m.
Elena Serrano (MPIWG Berlin)
Counting Babies: The Madrid Foundling House as an Oeconomic House (1799-1820)

11:30 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
Simon Werrett (University College London, UK)
Scraps and Waste Paper in Early Modern Science

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

2:00–3:30 p.m.
Session 5: Bodies

Beth Linker (University of Pennsylvania, USA) & Whitney Laemmli (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Toward a History of Habitus: Paper, Gender, and the Inscription of Body Techniques

3:30-4:00 p.m. Coffee Break

4:00-5:00 p.m.
Wrap-Up Session
Vera Keller (University of Oregon, Eugene, USA)
Nina Lerman (Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, USA)

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