HPS encompasses a bewildering range of topics and methodological approaches. These seminars will focus on some specific ones, offering lively examples of ongoing work by faculty and students as well as abstract debates and concrete advice on practicalities.
These seminars take place on Fridays, 1–2pm in Seminar Room 1, unless otherwise noted; feel free to bring lunch. They are open to all members of the Department, and Part III, MPhil and PhD students are particularly encouraged to participate in them. (They are complemented by a set of research guides, currently being updated.)
A few exemplars will be featured during Michaelmas Term. Sessions for the remainder of the academic year will be organised according to demand and interest. Please make requests to the Graduate Training Officer for any themes you would like to have covered.
Working with rare printed books and archives in HPS
Friday 28 October 2016, 1–2pm, Whipple Old Library; Anna Jones and colleagues
Special collections of printed books and archives are the primary sources of much research in HPS. This session will introduce some of the many significant collections in Cambridge, and discuss the tools available online and in print to help you identify, locate and compare relevant material further afield. The session is stand-alone, but would serve as a useful prelude to the 'Science in print' seminar series starting in the Whipple in November, which will focus on more technical aspects of book production and description.
Researching in museums
Friday 11 November 2016, 1–2pm, Whipple Museum; Josh Nall and others
Meet by the information desk in the Museum's Main Gallery
Why is there a museum inside the HPS Department? What does it collect and display, and why? And how can students use its diverse array of instruments, models, and ephemera as part of their own research? Take a tour and get the answers to these questions and more from the Whipple Museum's Curator of Modern Sciences, Josh Nall. Then hear from HPS students and researchers about their own experiences of working with Whipple Museum objects.