History of Technology Reading Group

Convened by Prof. David Edgerton, this reading group provides a platform to discuss both recent and past scholarly works related to the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HSTM), and Science and Technology Studies (STS). It provides an opportunity to revisit canonical texts in these fields, critically assessing their scholarly contribution, influence, and relevance, both in the past, and in the present. Click here for the list of works covered in the previous sessions.   

This group meets on a fortnightly basis. Readings for each session will be announced two weeks in advance of every meeting. Meetings will take place in campus from the current academic year (2021-22).  If you are an MA or a PhD student interested in participating in this reading group, please get in touch with Viswanathan Venkataraman


Oct 6, 2021- 10 AM ( Location: Bush House (S)4.03) 

Siegfried Giedion, Mechanization Takes Command: A Contribution to Anonymous History ( New York, 1948) 

Oct 20, 2021- 10 AM ( Location: Bush House (S)4.03) 

David Hounshell, From the American System to Mass Production and 

Ruth Schwartz Cowan, More Work for Mother

Nov 3,2021- 10 AM ( Location: Bush House (S)4.03)

Adam Tooze, Statistics and the German State, 1900-1945 

Nov 17,2021- 10 AM ( Location: Bush House (S)4.03)

David Edgerton, Warfare State. Britain, 1920-1970

Dec 1, 2021- 10 AM ( MSTeams) 

Steven Shapin and Simon Schaffer, Leviathan and the Air Pump

Steven Shapin, 'Who is the industrial scientist?'