Project Directors: James Delbourgo and Toby Jones

All seminars take place from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm 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 (732) 932-8701 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

January 27 (MONDAY) – Marwa Elshakry (Department of History, Columbia University)

     "History's Golden Ages: Science and Universalism"

February 4 – Common Readings

February 11 – Eli Cook (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, RCHA)

     "Counting People, Imagining Profits: The American Origins of Growth Statistics and Human Capital"

February 18 – Jonathan Schlesinger (Department of History, Indiana University)

     "For Love and Pearls: Mollusks and Empire in the Making of Manchuria"

February 25 – Paul Werner (Independent Scholar)

     "Museum, Inc.: Inside the Global Art World"

March 4 – Fred Myers (Department of Anthropology, New York University)

     "Paintings, Publics and Protocols: Translating Indigenous Protocols in the Circulation of Aboriginal Acrylic Art"

March 11 – Lukas Rieppel (Department of History, Brown University)

     "Accounting for Dinosaurs"

Spring Break

March 15 - March 23

No Tuesday seminar this week.

March 25 – Jamie Pietruska (RCHA Faculty Fellow)

     "The U.S. Weather Bureau's West Indian Weather Service and Imperial Meteorology, 1898-1908"

April 1 – Ann Fabian (Department of History, Rutgers University)

     "The Charms of Toads, or Tracking a Career in Herpetology"

April 8 – Lissa Roberts (Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies, University of Twente, Netherlands)

     "'Le centre de toutes choses': Constructing and Managing Centralization on the Isle de France (Mauritius)

April 15 – Elizabeth Ferry (Department of Anthropology, Brandeis University)

     "Markets of Difference: Materiality and Price for Mined Commodities"

April 22 - Julia Fein (RCHA Postdoctoral Fellow)

     "Prices and Paperwork in the Making of Treasures: Siberian Museums, the Imperial State, and the Authority of Accumulation"

April 29 – Courtney Fullilove (Department of History, Wesleyan University; RCHA Postdoctoral Fellow)

     "Biography of a Grain of Wheat"

May 6 –  SPECIAL TIME: 3:30PM
      Cathy Gere (Department of History and Science Studies Program, UC San Diego)
      "Accumulating Mutations: Human Evolution and the Post-colonial Challenge to Scientific Universalism"