In this episode of the #histsci podcast “Time to Eat the Dogs,” I discuss altitude sickness and travels in the Himalaya with Michael Robinson

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In this clip, see a short summary of my PhD research on mountains. Recorded at “Narrative Science in Techno-environments,” London School of Economics, July 19, 2019. With special thanks to Dominic Berry: https://www.narrative-science.org/events-narrative-science-project-workshops-environment.htm

I recently co-organised two conferences, both of which took place at the University of Cambridge:

A two-day international interdisciplinary conference on “Global Mountains” (with Tom Simpson), 5-6 July 2018 (PosterProgramCFP).

A one-day graduate student conference on “Geographies of World History,” 30 September 2017.

I also convened the World History Workshop at Cambridge during the 2016/17 academic year.

Conference Papers and Talks

“‘The Snow-line and the Arid-line’: Attempts to Scientifically Define the Limits of Habitability in Imperial Maps and Gazetteers of Central Asia,” 9th European Society for the History of Science (ESHS) Conference, Bologna, Italy, 2 September 2020 (online due to Covid-19).

“Imposing the Global: The Himalaya as a High-mountain ‘Type,’” Mountain ‘Global’: A Comparing Story of the Natural Sciences in the Mountains, 16-19th Centuries, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 4 September 2020 (online due to Covid-19).

“#MakingMountainsGlobal,” BSHS Twitter Conference #BSHSGlobalHist, Online, 12 February 2020.

“Connection and Disconnection in the Global Scientific Imagining of the Himalaya,” History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Utrecht, Netherlands, 25 July 2019.

“Global science and the making of mountains,” Vertical Extremes: Mountains and the Modern World, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, Cambridge, UK, 19 October 2018.

“Verticality and the global scientific imagining of the Himalaya, 1800-50,” International Congress of Historical Geographers, University of Warsaw, Poland, 19 July 2018.

“Thinking globally with mountains,” Global Mountains Conference, University of Cambridge, UK, 5 July 2018.

“Imagining a vertical globe: scientific practice in the Himalaya, 1800-50,” BSHS Postgraduate Conference, University of Manchester, UK, 6 April 2018.

“Instruments and insecurity: the imaginative, scientific and political constitution of the Himalaya as a high mountain frontier, 1800-50,” Global Frontiers, University of Tübingen, Germany, 16 November 2017.

“Altitude sickness and intermediaries in Himalayan exploration,” World History Workshop, Cambridge, UK, 18 October 2017.

“‘The motion of the blood is in fact a sort of living barometer’; Altitude sickness, poisonous plants and instrumentalised bodies the Himalaya, 1800-1850,” Cabinet of Natural History, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, UK, 16 October 2017.

“Altitude, science and intermediaries in the exploration of the Himalaya, 1800-1850,” Göttingen Spirit Summerschool: The material culture of exploration and academic travel, 1700-1900, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, Göttingen, Germany, 25 July 2017.

“Science on the Roof of the World: Explorers, altitude sickness and local guides in the Himalaya, 1800-50,” Clareity Matters, Clare College, Cambridge, UK, 4 May 2017.

“Itineraries, bodies and instruments in the Himalaya, 1815-30,” Graduate Research Day, Faculty of History, Cambridge, UK, 16 February 2016.

“Surgeons, clergymen, local Informants and the production of knowledge at Fort St George, 1690-1720,” ANZAMEMS History Conference, University of Queensland, Australia, 14 July 2015.

“How to dissect an elephant in seventeenth century Madras,” QUALICUM Conference, Parksville, Canada, 2 February 2014.