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Time: 12:00

Barend Noordam (UAB): “How to study the factor of war as a driver of early modern proto‐science: global perspectives and methodological considerations”

* Cicle 30 aniversariCicle 30 aniversari

Time: 9:00

Marcos Cueto, president de la DHST-IUHPS

* Work in Progress (iHC-UAB)Work in Progress (iHC-UAB)

Time: 12:00

Celia Garcia-Diaz (Universidad de Málaga): "¿Locas y/o sujetas? Historia(s) de la sala 20 del Manicomio Provincial de Málaga (1909-1950)"

* Seminari (IHC-UAB)Seminari (IHC-UAB)

Time: 11:00

Darina Martykánová (UAM): “Men of Science and Gentlemen: engineers and physicians and the challenges of liberal masculinity (19th‐Century Spain)"

* Technology & CapitalismTechnology & Capitalism

Time: 18:30

"Material Political Economies: From High-Frequency Trading to Online Advertising", by DONALD MACKENZIE (University of Edinburgh). ABSTRACT: ‘Material political economy’ is a perspective on finance (and similar economic activities) that takes all three of those words seriously. It probes the material foundations of economic life; examines the politics of those foundations (both in the actor-network theory sense of ‘material politics’ and in the effect on, e.g., finance’s materiality of the interaction between finance and the political system); and is attentive to mundane but deeply consequential economic processes, including rent-seeking. The main case that will be examined is automated, ultrafast high-frequency trading or HFT. Among the effects of HFT’s extreme speed are surprising vulnerability to everyday material phenomena (rain, even bird droppings) and an exquisite sensitivity to the precise location of equipment. In HFT, the speed of light in a vacuum is no longer simply a theoretical limit but a practical constraint, and this makes HFT's materiality above all a spatial materiality. Two other cases will be discussed more briefly: bitcoin, which has a structural similarity to HFT, but one whose material manifestation is quite different; and online advertising, with its intimate material political economy, in which devices that we consider personal can act in surprising ways. Your phone, for example, may itself be conducting auctions for your attention.

* Cowie: Vicuña, Silk of AndesCowie: Vicuña, Silk of Andes

Time: 12:00

Helen Cowie University of York Vicuña, Silk of the Andes Domestication, Acclimatisation and Conservation 28 de enero del 2022, 12 horas Formato híbrido a) NUEVO ENLACE!!! b) Presencial: Aula de seminarios (1er piso) IMF-CSIC, c/ Egipcíaques, 15, 08001 Barcelona aforo limitado: preinscripción obligatoria (escribir a antes del 28 de enero), uso de mascarilla obligatorio, mantener distancia social Coordina Oliver Hochadel (IMF-CSIC) Actividad organizada por el Grupo de Historia de la Ciencia, Institució Milà i Fontanals (CSIC, Barcelona) image001.png Annotated watercolour sketches by Santiago Savage, 1857-1858, being a record of Charles Ledger's journeys in Peru and Chile. State Library of New South Wales MLMSS 630/1. Abstract: This paper focuses on shifting human relationships with the vicuña, a wild relation of the llama and alpaca prized highly for its silky fleece. Carefully managed by the Incas, who hunted the animals every four years in sustainably-managed round-ups, or chakkus, vicuñas were slaughtered indiscriminately by the Spanish conquistadors and their descendants and were subject to some of the earliest colonial conservation legislation. They subsequently became targets to domestication and acclimatisation in the eighteenth century – both in the Americas and in Europe; the New Granadan botanist, Francisco José de Caldas, outlined a scheme to transfer vicuñas from Peru to Bogotá, while the Peruvian priest, Juan Pablo Cabrera, succeeded in the 1840s in interbreeding vicuñas and alpacas at his estate in Macusani. Exploring the vicuña’s important role in indigenous and European commerce, the paper examines the various strategies devised to exploit and protect the animal and assesses their wider significance. I focus in particular on the important role of indigenous American practices and knowledge in shaping European uses of the vicuña and the camelid’s importance in past and present debates about wildlife conservation. CV: Helen Cowie is Professor of History at the University of York. Her research focuses on the history of animals and the history of natural history. She is author or Conquering Nature in Spain and its Empire, 1750-1850 (2011), Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Empathy, Education, Entertainment (2014) and Llama (2017). Her most recent project, ‘Victims of Fashion: Animal Commodities in Victorian Britain’, was published in 2021 by Cambridge University Press.

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