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Histoire globale des techniques

  • Aleksandra Kobiljski, chargée de recherche au CNRS ( CCJ-CRJ )

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Vendredi de 14 h à 17 h (54 bd Raspail 75006 Paris), du 15 novembre 2019 au 19 juin 2020. Cf. calendrier des séances et salles ci-dessous

This course will explore the landscape of the practice of the global history of technology. With no ambition of exhaustivity, this course will offer a 2-in-1 survey of the current approaches to "technology" in the practice of global history and "global" in the practice of history of technology.

In the history of technology, the "global turn" - expanding the geographical scale of the inquiry - proved to be a potent way of moving away from Europe as the sole framework for any global account and making place for the history of global connections, rather than broad-brush comparisons. On the other hand, escalating the scale raises as many questions as it answers and comes with a range of conceptual challenges and methodological pitfalls.

Since its emergence in the late 1990s, global history has been a site for reframing the core questions of economic and industrial history. Following early modern global commodities - many of which are technical objects or industrial products - has proven to be a fertile ground for the convergence of the global and history of technology.

Taking stock of this convergence, this course will probe the stakes of producing global technology stories. To date, stories from Africa and Asia have challenged not only chronologies and notions of innovation but also destabilized narrow visions of what "technology" was at a particular time and place.

History of technology, as a field, is committed to seeing technology as a critical site for the enactment of the historical orders. Its confidence in the unity of its object of study is virtually unshaken. One of the key questions thus is what happens when, as the lens widens and scale expands, the object of inquiry changes shape and unsettles some of the basic assumptions of the field?

Ce séminaire est accessible sur la plateforme d'enseignement de l'Environnement numérique de travail de l'EHESS :

Session #1 - November  15, 2019 
What is global and what is technology in a global history of technology (Hi and Low) ?
room A07-37

Session #2 - December 13, 2019
seance annulée

Session #3 - January 17, 2020
The Information Age  
room A07-47

Session #4 - February 28, 2020
Technology & Science
room A07-47

Session #5 - March 20, 2020
Environment & Technology
room A07-37

Session # 6 - May 15, 2020
Guest Lecturer: Aya Kimura (University of Hawai'i)
room AS1-24

Session #7 - June 5, 2020
Repair - Maintenance - Innovation
room : seminar room CAK (5e étage)
Guest Lecturer: Matthew Wisnioski (Virginia Tech)

Session #8, June 19, 2020
Part I: Science, Technology, and Capitalism : A New Take
room A07-37
Guest Lecturer: Eugenia Lean  (Columbia University) 14h00-15h30

Part II Something You Should Know: Technology Stories Told a Little Sideways

Suivi et validation pour le master : Bi/mensuel annuel (24 h = 6 ECTS)

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Adresse(s) électronique(s) de contact : aleksandra.kobiljski(at)ehess.fr

Compte rendu

Dernière modification de cette fiche par le service des enseignements (sg12@ehess.fr) : 19 mars 2020.

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