Recent Event

COLLABORATIVE PEDAGOGIES IN THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF SCIENCE | October 11 & 12

Collaborative Pedagogies in the Global History of Science brought together historians of science with different regional specialties (including South and East Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa) to tackle the challenges, complexities, and opportunities in teaching the global history of science. The goal of this workshop was to generate new collaborative strategies and resources for teaching the history of science beyond the West. The meeting was open to scholars at all stages of their learning and career development, and participants included undergraduate and several graduate students.

Workshop was generously supported by the University of Pennsylvania’s Dean’s Global Inquiries Fund, the University Research Foundation, the South Asia Center, the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies, the Department of History, the Department of History and Sociology of Science, and the Consortium for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. We are also grateful to the LGBT Center at Penn for hosting us.

Fall 2019 Events

November 19, Decolonial Pedagogies with Sebastián Gil-Riaño

Please join us on Tuesday, November 19 3:30 PM in the Hughes Lounge for a discussion on what it means to decolonize a syllabus, a classroom or a curriculum. The session will be led by Sebastián Gil-Riaño, who will be talking to us about his experience with decolonial methods and pedagogy. As a starting point for the discussion we will be reading the widely cited paper by Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang, “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor” (2012). 

This is the first part of a Science Beyond the West – Center for Teaching and Learning collaboration on decolonial pedagogies. In Spring 2020 there will be a follow up with Alexis Rider leading a session on how to put these ideas into practice. 

November 1, Paper workshop and Penn Museum Gallery Visit with Mirjam Brusius

Please join Science Beyond the West this Friday, November 1st for a works-in-progress session and gallery walk with Dr. Mirjam Brusius! Dr. Brusius is a historian of material and visual culture, with a focus on histories of archaeology, collecting, and heritage between modern Europe and the Middle East. She is a Research Fellow with the German Historical Institute London, and is currently a Weinberg Fellow in Architectural History and Preservation at the Italian Academy at Columbia University for the fall term.

We will meet first in Room 328 in the Penn Museum (Anthropology Department) at 3:00pm to discuss Dr. Brusius’s article manuscript, “The Sciences of Time: Collecting, Museums, and Narratives of Human Race in the History of Science.”

About Us


Science beyond the west is a community of faculty and graduate students in the department of history and sociology of science, University of Pennsylvania.

We explore, excavate, and workshop ideas and problems in histories of science, medicine, and technology which extend beyond North America and Western Europe