PACHS Events in the Philadelphia Area
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Time: 12:00pm Location: Chemical Heritage Foundation Throughout Shapiro’s fieldwork on domestic chemical exposure in the United States, the “new car smell” or simply the “new smell” was the primary idiom through which research participants expressed awareness to indoor air. This talk tracks the historical development of the new smell, its economic logics, and its phenomenology that belies embodied apprehensions of toxic injury. While the chemical bouquet of the new car smell was born out of post–World War II car fervor, it is now applied to a broad range of synthetic products and has been spun off into “new smell” colognes, candles, and upholstery sprays. The new car smell imbues potentially harmful exposures with pleasure. Fixation on the new smell as an index of exchange value masks the chemical exposure that the aroma also indicates. Such smells are commodity fetishes as their sensuous aspects, their chemical substance and its molecular effects on the body, are obscured by their “supra-sensible” value (Marx) and as a result produce “habitual submission” (Debord). Shapiro is a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Oxford. Beginning in November 2013 Nick will take up a five-year research fellowship at Goldsmiths College in London. He works at the intersection of anthropology, citizen science, environmental health, and critical theory. His studies revolve around indoor air quality in the United States.
Time: 11 am, lunch to follow at 12:30 pm Location: RCHA Seminar Room, 88 College Avenue If you are planning to attend the seminar, copies of the seminar materials can be requested by email: email@example.com
Events: “Undersea” and Other Categories of Space: A Proposal for Writing Histories of the Earth and Environmental Sciences
Time: 3:30pm Location: 337 Cohen Hall, University of Pennsylvania
Time: 10am-5pm Location: College of Physicians of Philadelphia During the Civil War (1861-1865), Philadelphia became the second largest hospital city (after Washington, DC) in the North. Ambulances and carts transferred wounded soldiers from arriving trains and ships to hospitals in and around the city. Blue uniforms were seen on every street: many military encampments surrounded Philadelphia. Troops paraded through streets on their way to war. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia will evoke the atmosphere of medical wartime Philadelphia during the war years on Hospital Day. At the College, museum visitors will find a garrison of soldiers from the 3rd Regiment, United States Colored Troops. The presence of these soldiers highlights their history and connection to Camp William Penn, the first and largest training center for United States Colored Troops during the war, located just north of Philadelphia. Hospital Day will highlight the extraordinary contribution and experience of black soldiers during the war by focusing on their health and mortality. Several medical re-enactors, both men and women, will present displays about the wounds and diseases afflicting all soldiers, and their treatment. The Medicinal Plant Garden at the College will be set up as a temporary hospital. Visit with the soldiers and the nurses and physicians who looked after them. Learn about the medicines used and techniques of surgery for battle wounds from re-enactors and the College’s Karabots Junior Fellows. Discover what hospitals were like. Support the troops! Find out if you have what it takes to be a Civil War soldier—or a doctor! This educational event will serve as an addition to the new Mütter Museum exhibit about the medical dimension of the Civil War, Broken Bodies Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia. Event free with Museum admission.
Time: 5:30-7pm Location: Wagner Free Institute of Science RSVP: whimsicaltaxidermy.eventbrite.com Victorian design is often characterized as prim and straight-laced but this period also produced objects of great imagination and whimsy--a kitten’s wedding, frogs playing pool, stuffed pets and ball gowns adorned with beetle wings. Please join us for a special evening with author, artist and connoisseur of all things Victorian, John Whitenight, who will explore a lighter side of Victorian taxidermy. Whether looking at the anthropomorphic creatures of Hermann Plocquet and Walter Potter or jewelry crafted from hummingbirds, no other era has embraced the natural world in such a creative manner. John’s talk will include rarely seen images from his extensive research on Victorian decorative arts, many featured in his new book Under Glass, A Victorian Obsession. This presentation, a part of Design Philadelphia, will take place in Wagner’s preserved 19th century lecture hall and show a rare side of Victorian taxidermy--one you don’t often find in a natural history museum. Illustrated presentation 5:30 to 6:30 PM Book signing 6:30 to 7:30 PM Under Glass, A Victorian Obsession will be available for purchase ($75) at the program and a book signing will follow the presentation.
News and Notes: Printing skulls: the transatlantic publication and reception of Crania Americana (1839)
James Poskett studies at the University of Cambridge. He received a 2013-2014 Dissertation Research Fellowship for his research which explores how transatlantic connections shaped both the publication and the reception of Samuel George Morton’s Crania Americana (1839).