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Virtual HistSTM Community

The Virtual HistSTM Community


The Virtual HistSTM Community is a digital community for historians of science, technology and medicine. This group was created after it became clear that some academics/graduate students/ECRs were interested in forming a digital community because of the COVID-19 disruptions. We’re a new group and still formulating our agenda. There are currently 150+ members on our mailing list. Our primary objective is to support members during this uncertain time.


While this group was founded by Sarah Qidwai, there are several collaborators that have contributed to its rapid growth. We have a steering committee that meets weekly to discuss plans for the following week. Daniella McCahey leads the Book Club and has collaborated with many members (Eddie Guimont and Sarah Pickman) to put together some amazing sessions. Daniella, Eddie and Megan Baumhammer have taken an active role in the steering committee. Each week there are different collaborators leading a themed week. There are a few set sessions every week including a book club and writing check-in. Different members have taken to leading each session. William Scates-Frances is coordinating the Australia/Asia Book Club and Karoliina Pulkkinen is leading the general check-in meet-up. Thank you to everyone for your contributions. 

Weekly Events

Book Club meetings: We have two weekly meetings for the book club. The first one is for our members in Australia and Asia. The second book club is the original book club and is organized by Daniella McCahey

General Check-in: Based on who shows up, we discuss writing goals, readings, and other things as they arise.

Past Events

 Crafts and Coordinating Digital Conferences with Jemma Houghton

Alt-ac Advice with Erin Bartram

Telling Islamic Time with Mariam Sabri

Podcasts and Publications with Michael F. Robinson


There are two levels for members: General Members and Active Members.

General Members: those who would like to remain on the list and get notifications about our events. New members can sign up HERE.

Active Members: Those who would like to be more involved with the community, lead sessions and share resources. Existing members can sign up HERE


Who can join the community?

Anyone interested in discussing topics in History of Science, Technology and Medicine. We are trying to make this group as accessible as possible.

Who is the intended audience for this? 

We have members from all stages of academia (MA students to Professors). The audience is primarily historians of science from a wide range of backgrounds. We try and make sessions as accessible to a general academic audience as possible. 

How many people typically participate? 

For special sessions, we typically have anywhere from 5-15 members attend each session.

What if I am interested in leading a session?

Get in touch with one of the steering committee members and we can figure out where to fit you in.

HSS 2018 Flashtalk

Title: Science, Islam and Colonial India: Exploring the Complexity Thesis

Abstract:  This talk extends historical investigations in the field of the history and philosophy of science and religion it into the under-studied world of Islam and science in Colonial India. I will examine why it may be important to have a more global and comparative approach in the field.

From Social Media:

Manipal India 2015

I had the privilege of visiting Manipal India from July 20 to July 25th 2015 for The Summer School on Scientific Objects and Digital Cosmopolitanism as part of the Cosmolocal Project. 

This summer was a transitionary year from me, moving from my MA to my PhD and still thinking through what I wanted to pursue as my dissertation topic. The Summer School helped me think through historical methods as I started my PhD. 

Now if you don’t know where Manipal is, it’s a small town in the Karnataka region in India. Getting to Manipal was the hard part, but once I was there, I had an incredible time. The summer school itself was useful as a young scholar, but the best part was interacting with the students from India and making lifelong connections.

A group picture of the participants

I had the privilege of exploring nearby towns as well with students and teachers. We were able to go to Karkala and see the Statue of Bhagavan Shri. We also explored some of the temples around the city.

No trip to India is complete without pictures of food. The team at the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities did an excellent job introducing me to local food.

Zurich, Switzerland: “Religion and Science – Friend or Foe or Unrelated?

Title of Presentation: The Intersection of Christianity, Islam and Science in Colonial India

Abstract: This presentation poses two broader questions: Is how we reflect on the relationship of Science and Religion based on a Western understanding of Religion? How do we discuss multiple, non-European faiths and their intersection with science?

ICHST 2017: Brazil

Title of Presentation: ‚ÄúIslam‚Äôs Complexity: Sir Syed Ahmad Khan on the Relationship Between Science and Religion in 19th Century India‚ÄĚ

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