In 2023, the Board of Events is helping to launch a new Working Group, hosted by the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Modeling a different type of satellite event, this group will convene monthly online to discuss issues of epistemic transfer in the history of the study of language.
The first meeting of this group will take place on 12 September at 9:00 a.m. EDT. For this meeting, conveners invite all participants to bring an object of interest (an image, slide, excerpt, artifact, or recording) to share and discuss. We hope that these will help us introduce our interests to one another and, ideally, to frame the theme of epistemic transfer, which will guide our readings and presentations this year. With this thematic focus, our goal is to highlight historical interactions between the language sciences and other knowledge traditions, so we heartily welcome objects for show-and-tell that come from outside mainstream linguistics.
To inform our discussion and analysis of these objects, we ask everyone to please read the essay “History of Science and History of Philologies” by Lorraine Daston and Glenn Most before coming to the meeting.
Anyone interested can sign up for membership, locate shared readings, and find Zoom links at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.