Project Directors: James Delbourgo and Toby Jones

All seminars take place from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm on the Tuesdsay in the RCHA's Seminar Room at 88 College Avenue unless noted otherwise.  They are followed by a catered lunch.  Papers for these meetings are available to be picked up at the RCHA one week prior to the seminar date.  Copies of the papers may also be obtained by contacting the RCHA at (848) 932-8701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click here for PDF copy of schedule.

September 16: Common Readings

September 23: Pablo F. Gómez (Department of Medical History and Bioethics and Department of the History of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison): “Truth, Evidence, and Corporeal Knowledge in the Early Modern Caribbean”

September 30: Lauren (Robin) Derby (Department of History, UCLA): "From Bois Caïman to Bûche de Noël: Shapeshifting Trees on Hispaniola"
October 6: (MONDAY): Abena Dove Osseo-Asare (Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin): "From Plants to Pharmaceuticals: Take Bitter Roots for Malaria"

October 14: Kristen Block (Department of History, University of Tennessee, Knoxville): “Diagnosis Ill Repute: Translating Leprosy from Colonial French Slave Systems to European Medical Discourse”

October 21: Rohan Deb Roy (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin): "Nonhuman Empires"

October 28: No seminar

November 4:  Projit Mukharji (Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania): “The Chemist as a Rasayanacharya: Chunilal Bose and the Chemicalization of the Bengali Everyday”

November 11: Monique Allewaert (Department of English, University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Insect Poetics: Grainger’s Cane, Personification, and Animacy; or, Why Eighteenth Century Animacies Matter to Twenty First Century Posthumanisms and Distributed Agencies"

November 18: Eduardo Kohn (Department of Anthropology, McGill University): "The Living Future (and the Imponderable Weight of the Dead)"

November 25: Thanksgiving week--no seminar

December 2: Andrew Cavin (RCHA Postdoctoral Fellow): "Liminal Anxieties: Race, Culture and Nation in Imperial German Ethnology and Society"