January 31, 2006 – Rebecca Herzig: “The Accursed Share in Nineteenth-Century Science”

Tuesday, January 31 / 4 PM / Oakes Mural Room

Professor Herzig will discuss practices of voluntary suffering among late nineteenth-century American scientists. In drawing historical attention to these forms of expenditure, Herzig hopes to shift some of the dominant analytical assumptions of contemporary science studies. Herzig is Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College, and is currently a visiting research fellow at the Center for Cultural Studies. The talk expands on material in her book, Suffering for Science: Reason and Sacrifice in Modern America (Rutgers, 2005). She is also co-editor, with Evelynn Hammonds, of The Nature of Difference: Scientific Accounts of Human Variation (MIT, forthcoming).

Sponsored by the Science Studies Research Cluster