Graduate and Early Career Caucus of the History of Science Society

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GECC’s Statement on Racialized Violence & How Historians of Science Should Respond

The members of the Graduate and Early Career Caucus for HSS condemn the unjust murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others who have been victims of racial injustice and violence. Furthermore, we grieve with and for their families and communities as they struggle to deal with these incalculable losses. As a profession, the work of historians of science frequently highlights the socio-political and cultural moorings underpinning knowledge production. The racialization of bodies, the role of museums as colonial institutions, and the role of technology in perpetuating inequality, are topics of direct pertinence to our field’s aims. As historians we must continue to critically assess the role that  our profession — and the professions we study — played in upholding centuries of racial injustice in the United States and the rest of the world. We are called to wield our knowledge in the ongoing discussions about the numerous ways in which science and scientists have benefited from, been complicit in, and actively contributed to the unequal and racist structures that are being protested at this present moment. GECC is committed to implementing a vision of a diverse profession, which includes not only promoting the voices and scholarship of  more Black historians of science, but also calling on white and non-black historians of science to recognize their own privilege. Below are resources that our community can use to better educate themselves on these systems of continued systematic oppression and anti-Blackness. These resources were selected to help us, as a community, recognize our own privilege by centering more inclusive books and syllabi to the classroom, donating to causes which seek to abolish those systems, and highlight the tremendous work scholars of color carry out everyday. 

 

To sign this statement, please submit your name here: https://forms.gle/VuhR3tKb69miAymh8

Donations 

(this is not exhaustive and focuses on national and international groups as well as those focused on both the current moment and longer systemic change)

African American Conservation Action Fund https://savingplaces.org/african-american-cultural-heritage

National Bail Fund Network – Directory of bail funds for protests across the United States https://www.communityjusticeexchange.org/nbfn-directory

Let Us Breathe Fund – Founded after the death of Eric Garner at the hands of the police “The Let Us Breathe Fund provided rapid response in that crisis moment and now supports the long-term movement for fair and just policing, as well as resilient and economically sustainable Black communities.” https://northstarfund.org/about/let-us-breathe-fund/

NAACP Empowerment Programs –  “NAACP Empowerment Programs engages primarily in training, education, and advocacy at the national and local levels. Your gift will help us continue working toward our mission of ensuring the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.” https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-ep-2020

Equal Justice Initiative – Founded by Bryan Stevenson in 1989. Works to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States and provides legal representation to those unfairly or illegally convicted. https://eji.org/about/ (to learn more you can read Stevenson’s book Just Mercy or stream the film adaptation for free in the month of June in the US.) 

Know Your Rights Camp – Founded by Colin Kaepernick to educate, empower, and organize Black and Brown youth to be future leaders for social justice. https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com

The museums and departments of native nations: https://mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov/historic-preservation-nagpra

Or any other local or national organization that is assisting in the current moment. Many student organizations on university campuses are also sponsoring funds (especially bail funds). 

Resources

Recent Isis articles on the history of race and racism in science:

https://hssonline.org/recent-isis-articles-on-the-history-of-race-and-racism-in-science/

HSS Forum for the History of the Human Sciences-Statement in Support of Black Lives Matter:

http://fhhs.org/

Resources from Particles for Justice:

https://www.particlesforjustice.org/resources

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus (JStor):

https://daily.jstor.org/institutionalized-racism-a-syllabus/?fbclid=IwAR2tJZ4IW6ox32JevrihDsh-aGkZLtgiXZLYQSj86q5U3ikw3cZAHf0Kh48

Cite Black Women:

https://www.citeblackwomencollective.org/?fbclid=IwAR0W35Nj6uXwmrkAW_5XUNTZrvL054zIrj6GGlZdSrvh_KlpVOuq5RFPxN8

Black American Feminisms, A Multidisciplinary Bibliography: 

http://blackfeminism.library.ucsb.edu/ed_phil.html?fbclid=IwAR1cAzfT71v8t0o8vThWkh9r5qPzPEzuTKL0qY4OTyN_xdft0O_cAtT9pEM

Questions academics can ask to decolonise the Classroom (The Conversation):

https://theconversation.com/questions-academics-can-ask-to-decolonise-their-classrooms-103251?fbclid=IwAR3nHV9CoLOt0xH1tgLg4M5WYxplnmHq-ggsuaAnBsw1bd8HlXym7wfUOJs

ASECS — Resources for Teaching Anti-Racism and Eighteenth-Century Studies:

https://www.asecsteachingthe18thcentury.org/resourcesforteachingracis

Anti-racism resources for white people:

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1BRlF2_zhNe86SGgHa6-VlBO-QgirITwCTugSfKie5Fs/mobilebasic

The Radical History Review list:

https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/reading-towards-abolition-a-reading-list-on-policing-rebellion-and-the-criminalization-of-blackness/

Archives for Black Lives:

https://archivesforblacklives.wordpress.com/

Additional Crowdsourced Resources

Black revolutionary texts:

https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/18y0_2wm85L113fVWYdgljq9uuIlmlbl3?fbclid=IwAR1-1NOQzPgpXF13fNf-5BisNq7rF7x9bAWmkpiTPpb6exJ5PvZubrlnI8o

Twitter thread on suggested actions in addition to demonstrating:

https://twitter.com/myeshachou/status/1267237373177364480?s=20

Anti-racism reading list from The Atlantic:

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/antiracist-syllabus-governor-ralph-northam/582580/ 

List of organizations to donate to by city:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1X4-YS3vFn5CLL9QtJSU0xqmTh_h8XilXgOqGAjZISBI/preview?fbclid=IwAR0cdQnuOJSHvArf4JA6L3pboNn3X7Jre60ejNVc7lobEfUnt7mZsSbtGCs&pru=AAABcopZCt0*LBzmEhSB82UWzyg2SlXLqA

Resources for Black People experiencing racial trauma:

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1KX4vB7LF-pRaH2mBAoA6PfTGL6D86XJ0VrixZL9-4YU/mobilebasic

Comprehensive list of organizations to donate to and support:

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1vMBNCGLahTZa50vQOEPFI_-7BQzyOPInwLj_jNMzR2c/mobilebasic

A donation drive that splits donations between 70+ organizations:

https://secure.actblue.com/donate/bail_funds_george_floyd

Organizations that accept Venmo or direct cash donations:

https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/1hkbMoG6cPMCRZjDrbBnylB1MUly7F3YThQ0qy43_g0U/mobilebasic?pli=1

Professor Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist

https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1

HPS Bibliography on History of Anthropology, Science and Race, assembled by Sadiah Qureshi:

https://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/students/research-guide/history-anthropology-science-race

 

ISD – German resources for anti-racism:

http://isdonline.de/projekte/

Beyond ‘High Risk’: Statement on Disability and Campus Re-openings:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11RIcYNb-4EVl1ikpBeqO8RY-Dup2kT_ioCf_8sxV1MU/edit

158 Resources to Understand Racism in America:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/158-resources-understanding-systemic-racism-america-180975029/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=socialmedia

[Signatures]

HSS Graduate and Early Career Caucus 

Sarah A. Qidwai, GECC Diversity Officer, University of Toronto

Sarah E. Naramore, GECC co-chair

Alexander C. Cagle, GECC Diversity Officer, Mississippi State University

Kristine Palmieri, Early Career Representative to HSS Council, University of Chicago 

Tina Wei, GECC Mentor Officer, Harvard University

Kira Lussier, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Toronto

Mikey McGovern, GECC Mentorship Officer, Princeton University

Sarah M. Pickman, GECC co-chair, Yale University

Patrícia Martins Marcos, Graduate Student Representative for the Forum for the History of Health, Medicine, and the Life Sciences, UC San Diego

Adam Richter, University of Toronto Mississauga

Jacy L. Young, Quest University Canada

Dana Simmons, Associate Professor, University of California, Riverside

Meghan Roberts, Bowdoin College

Trisha Tschopp, Ph.D. candidate in History and Science Studies, UCSD

Lisa Haushofer, University of Toronto

Michael Laurentius, York University

Taylor Dysart, Doctoral candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Charlotte A. Abney Salomon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Science History Institute

Brad Bolman, Harvard

Edward Jones-Imhotep, Incoming Director, Institute for the History for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Dr. Edward Guimont

Joanna Radin, Faculty, Yale

Iris Clever, UCLA

Laetitia Lenel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Cecelia Opatken-Ringdal, Ph.D. student, UC San Diego

Minakshi Menon, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science/Co-Chair, Forum for the History of Science in Asia

Karoliina Pulkkinen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Bo An, Ph.D. candidate, Yale University

Lucas Mueller, University of Geneva

Mariam Sabri

Heidi Morefield, Princeton University

Nathan Bossoh, UCL-RI

Alexis Rider, University of Pennsylvania

Catarina Madruga, National Museum of Natural History and Science, University of Lisbon

Kristin Brig-Ortiz, Ph.D. student, Johns Hopkins University

Julia Stone, Princeton University

Charles A. Kollmer, Graduate Student, Princeton University

Christine Keiner, Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Rochester Institute of Technology

Andre M. Hahn, College of Western Idaho

Parysa Mostajir, University of Chicago

Ross Brooks, Oxford Brookes University

B. Harun Küçük, University of Pennsylvania

Aaron Van Neste, Ph.D. candidate in History of Science, Harvard University

Stephanie Victoria Violette, Ph.D. student in Medieval History, UCSD

David Sepkoski, University of Illinois

Deirdre Moore, Harvard University

Dr. Theodora Dryer, NYU

Erik Baker, Harvard University

Jacob Moses, Harvard University

Gili Vidan, Harvard University

Michael Barany, University of Edinburgh

Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware

Don Opitz, Ph.D., DePaul University

Robert (Jay) Malone, History of Science Society

Claire Sabel, Ph.D. student, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania

Courtney E. Thompson, Faculty, Mississippi State University

Eric Moses Gurevitch, University of Chicago

Michelle LaBonte, Harvard University

Nathan Crowe, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Santiago Guzmán Gámez, University College London

Cynthia Tang, Ph.D. candidate, McGill University

Sara Ray, University of Pennsylvania

Matt Soleiman, Ph.D. student, UCSD

C.J. Valasek, Ph.D. candidate, University of California San Diego

Tess Lanzarotta, University of Toronto

Aprajita Sarcar, Queen’s University, Canada

Nicolas Michel, Université de Paris

Charlotte Coull, GECC Communications Officer, The University of Manchester

Julia Tomasson, Columbia University

Teach311 + COVID-19 Collective

Penelope K. Hardy, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Megan Baumhammer, Princeton University

Emer Lucey, PhD candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Abe Gibson, Arizona State University

Cathy Gere

W. Patrick McCray; University of California, Santa Barbara

Paul Ranford, UCL

Pallavi Podapati, Princeton University

Helen M. Rozwadowski, University of Connecticut

David E. Dunning, University of Oxford

Kathryn B. Carpenter, Princeton University

Animesh Chatterjee

Debbie Weinstein, Brown University

Ryan Feigenbaum, History of Science Society

Susannah Glickman, Ph.D. candidate, Columbia University

Elise K. Burton, incoming Assistant Professor, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto

Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar

Csaba Olasz, UCSD

Laura Stark, Vanderbilt University

Katrina N. Jirik, Ph.D.

Forum For The History Of Health, Medicine, And The Life Sciences

Sebastián Gil Riaño, University of Pennsylvania

Yasuhiro Okazawa, Kyoto University

Kristin Halverson, Ph.D. student, Södertörn University

Michael Pettit, York University

Aaron Plasek, Columbia University

Dr. Zeke Baker, University of Oklahoma

N.J. Dharan, Doctoral student, University of Pennsylvania

Mariam Sabri, Ph.D. candidate, History, UC Berkeley

Tal Golan

Reut Ullman, Columbia University

Tabea Cornel, New College of Florida

Yelena Gluzman, UC San Diego

Dr. Elaine Ayers, NYU


The Graduate and Early Career Caucus (GECC) seeks to address the concerns and issues of graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers. As an official caucus of the History of Science Society (HSS), GECC offers mentoring programs and organizes sessions as well as social events at the annual meetings of the HSS. The chairs and officers are graduate students and early career members of HSS, who serve as liaisons between the standing committees of HSS and the student/early career constituency.

Contact us:

GECC officers can be reached by e-mail at hss.gecc@gmail.com.