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Tresch, John

Works: 19 works in 28 publications in 1 language and 67 library holdings
Genres: Exhibition catalogs  History 
Roles: Author
Classifications: ML141.V3, 709.22
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Most widely held works by John Tresch
Milk & honey : technologies of plenty in the making of a Holy Land, 1880-1960 by Tamar Novick( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies of modern Palestine and Israel usually highlight the struggle of European powers for control and the formation of Jewish and Palestinian nationalisms. This dissertation does otherwise. With a thesis centered on the physical "making of a Holy Land," this work combines the perspectives of cultural history, environmental history, and science and technology studies (STS) to examine the ways in which settlers in Palestine and Israel in the late nineteenth and twentieth century used science and technology to construct a religious idea of the past. In particular, this project centers on the design of certain agricultural productions, which reflected the core belief that the Holy Land should be plentiful--essentially, a "land flowing with of milk and honey." I explore the various ways that settlers understood the land, demonstrate how the configuration of the environment was intertwined with the construction of settler society, and highlight the ways in which religious sentiments became fused with--not replaced by--modern technological projects throughout the course of three political regimes. This dissertation also reveals the extent to which this process of making a Holy Land transformed the landscape and everyday lives of people and animals in the Middle East, and ultimately suggests that bodies were always recalcitrant mediators
The daguerreotype's first frame : François Arago's moral economy of instruments by John Tresch( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

98.6 : fevers, fertility, and the patient labor of American medicine by Deanna Day( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My dissertation uses the history of the consumer medical thermometer to uncover a previously unexamined history of patient labor, showing how American women have been enrolled in the process of performing technological medical work with profound epistemological and political consequences. Despite the rhetoric of the patient as consumer that has pervaded popular and scholarly discourse in the twentieth century, my principal actors--women who use temperature tracking to care for their children and to chart their fertility--engaged in rigorous medical work. I explore how women have contributed to scientific discoveries surrounding ovulation, how they integrated nineteenth-century ideas of environmental health and the body with modern scientific notions, and how their labor has refashioned their subjectivity. Through doing this work, female temperature trackers have accepted responsibility for a particular kind of regimented and predictable bodily functioning, as well as blame for its failure. In so doing, they have prefigured a mode of neoliberal bodily management that is coming to define medical care in the early twenty-first century
Spectral liberalism : on the subjects of political economy in Moscow by Adam E Leeds( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The world since 1989 has appeared to many as the "end of history," a uniform "neoliberalism" underpinned by abstract economic theories. This dissertation, based on two years of fieldwork in among the economists of Moscow (2010-2012), brings the tools of science studies to the social sciences, building on studies of the co-constitution of objects and rationalities of rule to take seriously the local lives of mathematical economics as culture. I offer an approach to the production of liberal political modernity through unpacking how economic knowledge contributes to assembling the object it claims to study--"the economy." In creating disciplinary knowledge, economists craft specifically Russian visions of a liberal Russia to come. While the Russian right has commanded sustained attention (and fear), the nature of Russian liberalism have been largely taken for granted. I reconstruct the genealogies of mathematical economics to understand contemporary Russian liberalism. I argue that, under Stalin, the Soviet Union ceased to have an economy, considered as a realm separate from politics. In the 1950s, reformist economists constructed models of market-based socialisms, resuscitating an economic hermeneutic of the Soviet polity. They joined forces with military cyberneticians, producing a new form of knowledge: economic cybernetics. Economic cybernetics proved a strange "trading zone" allowing mathematical economists to translate knowledges across the Iron Curtain. The culture of the "scientific-technical intelligentsia" provided a medium for elaborating new ethical relationships to power. I reveal the 1980s prehistory of the young economists who became the first Yeltsin government and dismantled the Soviet economy. Their intellectual evolution originates not in Western "neoliberal" economics but rather in Soviet reflections on market socialism. Reformist thinking within Soviet "economic cybernetics," imagining alternative socialisms, culminated in a critical vision of the political economy of the Soviet Union inflecting contemporary Russian politics and culture. By studying the lived complexity of the liberal (and socialist) visions that arose in Russia before and after 1989, this anthropological history of economic practice opens new possibilities for imagining both present and future
Estrangement of vision : Edgar Allan Poe's optics by John Tresch( )

2 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Orbital decay: space junk and the environmental history of earth's planetary borderlands by Lisa Ruth Rand( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is space junk, and who defines pollution in an environment seemingly devoid of nature as we know it? Beginning with the launch of Sputnik in 1957, spacefaring nations transformed the region between the upper atmosphere and the moon from a wilderness into a landscape. Like any terrestrial industry, the construction of a satellite infrasctructure in orbit also yielded a system of byproducts—human-made waste colloquially known as “space junk.” Although remote and largely invisible to the majority of space technology users, the orbital environment nonetheless played a critical role in Cold War geopolitics. Contrary to current space policy literature that portrays space junk and awareness of space junk as recent phenomena, communities around the world were both aware and concerned about space junk from the very first moments of the Space Age. By tracing convergent changes in the orbital landscape and in the political landscape below during the Cold War, concurrent with the rise of mainstream environmentalism, this dissertation reveals the roots of an international understanding of the borderlands between Earth and outer space as a natural environment at risk. Focusing on highly mobile, unruly space junk artifacts illuminates the many ways that humankind mutually shaped and was shaped by the global ecosystem surrounding our planet during the Cold War. Situated at the intersection of the histories of science, technology, and the environment, this dissertation illustrates how space junk in orbit and falling to Earth brought geographically and politically disparate states into dangerous proximity during the Cold War. An international consciousness of outer space as a fragile environment emerged early in the Space Age, and influenced the negotiation of new modes of international scientific and environmental governance in near-Earth space
The choreography of everyday life : Rudolf Laban and the making of modern movement by Whitney Elaine Laemmli( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Choreography of Everyday Life: Rudolf Laban and the Making of Modern Movement," explores how an inscription technology developed in German expressionist dance found unlikely application in some of the key institutions of twentieth-century modernity. Called "Labanotation," it used a complicated symbology to record human bodily movement on paper. Initially used to coordinate mass-dance spectacles in Weimar Germany, the system was quickly adopted in the United States and the United Kingdom in fields ranging from management theory to psychiatry to anthropology. My research analyzes the widespread appeal of this seemingly quixotic tool and to situates it within broader literatures on modern technology, art, media, and politics. Ultimately, I argue that Labanotation succeeded so spectacularly because it promised to reconcile the invented and the authentic, the individual and the group, and the body and the machine at moments threatened by massive social upheaval. Laban's work thus not only served to preserve a fading past, but opened up new possibilities for the literal choreographing of modern life
Test cases: reconfiguring American law, technoscience, and democracy in the nuclear Pacific by Mary Mitchell( Book )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation is a sociolegal history of American nuclear weapons testing and contamination in the Marshall Islands. It uses weapons testing as a window into changing patterns of America's offshore imperialism following World War II. Tracing the legal aspects of testing and contamination, it asks how administrators, islanders, and activists called upon shifting configurations of law, technology, and science to define the relationship between America's growing global power and its core democratic principles. Following World War II, U.S. officials crafted a new political entity under the auspices of the United Nations--a strategic trusteeship--to administer Pacific islands it seized from Japan. The Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (TTPI) was the only dependency of this kind. Under strategic trusteeship, the Marshall Islands became an offshore site of American nuclear weapons testing. Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 of its most powerful nuclear weapons at Bikini and Enewetak atolls. From the initiation of testing through the present day, islanders and allies have looked to law and science as ways of participating in nuclear affairs and of demonstrating their injuries. Going to court revealed the newly expansive, unchecked scope of American executive power offshore. But American domination was not absolute. Working with advocates and allies, affected islanders used law and science to participate more fully in nuclear affairs and to assert alternative epistemologies about the value of their homelands. This dissertation establishes the centrality of the entangled fields of technoscience and law in changing patterns of America's offshore territoriality. It establishes the importance of law as a central arena of conflict in the transnational nuclear politics. Simultaneously, it shows how technoscience has been implicated in legal aspects of, and conflict over American imperialism
Managing life : human biology 1918-1945 by Jason Oakes( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the interwar period between 1918 and 1945, before the programmable computer and information theory were mobilized by biologists and economists as heuristics and instruments, the study of "man the animal" as a biological and social being was a managerial and bureaucratic pursuit. This pursuit was informed by changes in organization, the work process, and other institutions then taking place across wide swaths of American society. Coming as it did from such diverse sources, the field of human biology was always a loosely organized project, whose elements were in dynamic tension with each other. Human biology's research and popularizations would also necessarily be in tension with earlier eugenic arguments about heredity, even as they shifted the focus of concern onto the fields of human population growth, human variability, and social order. Two of the biggest recipients of human biology funding in the 1920s were the research groups led by Raymond Pearl at Johns Hopkins University and Lawrence Henderson at Harvard, particularly its business school. Henderson and Pearl were not only interested in solving social problems but also in establishing themselves in their fields. This consideration influenced their choice of audiences away from reform-oriented intellectuals and towards those they most directly needed to convince of their project's efficacy: university administrators, government officials, and business managers. For Pearl the problem of population growth and the differential rate of reproduction between native whites and immigrants would resolve itself through the natural action of the population's self-regulating capacities. Henderson on the other hand, and his allies at Harvard Business School Elton Mayo and Wallace Donham, saw an organizational and social world thrown badly out of equilibrium by the rapid changes of the early 20th century. They prescribed an elite cadre of manager-administrators to play a leading role in the key institutions of American life in order to reestablish equilibrium through their knowledge of "man the animal." What united Pearl and Henderson politically was their elitist conceptions of citizenship and science, and their animosity for progressive social reform, "uplift" and the New Deal
A mathematical life : Richard Courant, New York University and scientific diplomacy in twentieth century America by Brittany Anne Shields( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation considers the career of the mathematician Richard Courant (1888-1972) and the development of New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences to study the manifold ways in which mathematics and science can function as objects of--and catalysts to--international cultural exchange in times of both peace and war. I trace the cultural history of this research and teaching mathematics institute, with a particular focus on the dynamic relationships between the Courant Institute mathematicians and their peers in the military, government, private foundations and academia--both in the United States and abroad. I examine the careers of the Institute's founder, the German, Jewish émigré Richard Courant, and his colleagues as they fled from Nazi Germany, immigrated to the United States, and then negotiated the complex landscape of academic research and public service during the Second World War and in the postwar and Cold War eras. I argue that the Courant Institute mathematicians understood their own social roles and cultural identities to be more than academic. They were scientific ambassadors to postwar Germany and the Cold War Soviet Union; contracted scientific advisors and researchers to the military and government; and informants on the status of scientific life in other nations to the American government and private organizations. Ultimately, this dissertation argues that the Courant Institute mathematicians, engaged in what is widely understood to be a cerebral endeavor, were part and parcel of their social, cultural and political environment throughout the twentieth-century in the United States and abroad. Their history provides a unique view on not only the production of mathematical knowledge, but also on the role mathematicians have played in twentieth-century American culture and society
Altered states/other worlds : romanticism, nitrous oxide, and the literary prehistory of psychedelia by Nese Lisa Devenot( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This project explores the relationship between experimental poetry and experimental science as it relates to the multidisciplinary discourse on self-actualization in the medical humanities. Engaging with the history of medicine and narrative medicine during the Romantic era, I demonstrate the mutual constitution of medicine and poetics in this formative period for both disciplines. In examining the ongoing legacy of Romantic-era formal innovations in self-experimentation, I argue for the mutual dependence of science and poetry in both catalyzing and documenting the lasting impact of heightened aesthetic experiences. Further, the project reads Romantic poetry as an early prototype of present-day psychedelic psychotherapy, since both activities explicitly aim to promote psychological healing by inducing ecstatic states of consciousness. This intervention reads canonical Romantic lyric poetry by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge as a specific mode of self-experimentation, wherein the poet isolates and reproduces natural scenes that reliably stimulate ecstatic states of consciousness. Their procedure arises verbatim in Romantic scientific investigations of mind-altering chemicals, demonstrating that nitrous oxide and developments in the science laboratory are equally essential to understanding Romantic poetry as are the more-familiar themes of opium, Nature, and the sublime. I trace the afterlife of this function of lyric poetry through Aldous Huxley's Doors of Perception (1954) to 21st-century psychedelic medicine, all of which rely on Romantic experimental methods to heal intractable psychic wounds. With Humphry Davy's 1799 discovery of nitrous oxide's psychoactivity as a case study, I demonstrate that the collaboration between poetry and science is fundamental to any project of mapping new realms of subjective experience. Collectively, my conclusions expand conceptions of Romanticism's ongoing heritage, arguing for renewed, interdisciplinary scholarship on altered states and the therapeutic impact of heightened aesthetic experiences on consciousness
Art or sound by Italy) Fondazione Prada (Milan( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Art or sound: from the multilingual to the multisensory / Germano Celant Marvelous illusions: visual and musical beauty from the Renaissance through the 18th century / Deirdre Loughridge Sound, music, time and movement: antique mechanical music machines / Christoph E. Hanggi Art or sound: from 1520 to c. 1800 On sound-graphs: a coordinated look at sonic artifacts / Patrick Feaster The archaic elsewhere of skies: thermodynamics and electricity, pantheism and void / John Tresch Seeing is not hearing: synaesthesia, anaesthesia and the audio-visual / Christoph Cox Art or sound: from early 19th century to 1911 Revelation of hidden noises: improbable musical instruments and sound devices in early 20th-century literature / Douglas Kahn A metaphysical orchestra: researching and reconstructing the intonarumori / Luciano Chessa So rudely forced: the postwar turn from music to sound / Rob Young Art or sound: from 1913 to 1952 Silence as a musical sculpture: John Cage and the instruments in 4'33" / Eric de Visscher Experimental music and performance: David Tudor, John Cage and Merce Cunningham / Geeta Dayal Optical noise: the sound of sculpture in the 1960s / Jo Applin Art or sound: from 1958 to 1968 The noise of surface: making art audible in the 20th century / Alan Licht Sound art? Visual arts and sound at the turn of the 1970s-1980s / Simone Menegoi Art or sound: from 1970 to 1992 Instruments of non-existence (through which heaven and earth seek reconciliation) / David Toop Types and one-of-a-kinds: how musical instruments function socially and aesthetically / Bart Hopkin Animating ethnographic objects: everyday and extraordinary musical instruments / Noel Lobley Art or sound: from 1994 to 2005 Twisted synaesthesia: music video and the visual arts / Holly Rogers The importance of unpredictability: unexpected dialogues in sound works / Andrea Lissoni The magic in instruments: music technologies and commodity fetishism / Jonathan Sterne Art or sound: from 2006 to 2014
The order of the prophets : Series in early French social science and socialism by John Tresch( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The daguerreotype's first frame : François Arago's moral economy of instruments by John Tresch( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The revolution will be videotaped : making a technology of consciousness in the long 1960s by Peter Sachs Collopy( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In the late 1960s, video recorders became portable, leaving the television studio for the art gallery, the psychiatric hospital, and the streets. The technology of recording moving images on magnetic tape, previously of use only to broadcasters, became a tool for artistic expression, psychological experimentation, and political revolution. Video became portable not only materially but also culturally; it could be carried by an individual, but it could also be carried into institutions from the RAND Corporation to the Black Panther Party, from psychiatrists' offices to art galleries, and from prisons to state-funded media access centers. Between 1967 and 1973, American videographers across many of these institutional contexts participated in a common discourse, sharing not only practical knowledge about the uses and maintenance of video equipment, but visions of its social significance, psychological effects, and utopian future. For many, video was a technology which would bring about a new kind of awareness, the communal consiousness that--influenced by the evolutionary philosophy of Henri Bergson--Pierre Teilhard de Chardin referred to as the noosphere and Marshall McLuhan as the global village. Experimental videographers across several fields were also influenced by the psychedelic research of the 1950s and early 1960s, by the development of cybernetics as a science of both social systems and interactions between humans and machines, by anthropology and humanistic psychology, and by revolutionary political movements in the United States and around the world
From thick to thin : the remaking of homeopathy in France by Michael Joiner( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Homeopathy is an alternative healing method originated by German physician Samuel Hahnemann in the 18th century. Since its advent, it has undergone many transformations, as a clinical method as well as a philosophy, as it has confronted the changing climates of scientific knowledge and politics. Today, it faces challenges to its existence from industry and "official" science and medicine and is riven with internal discord on matters of homeopathic ideology and orthodoxy. This dissertation seeks to illuminate the nature of these challenges by studying the homeopathic community in France, where homeopathic treatment is widely sought by patient-consumers and is partially reimbursed by the public health insurance system. The specific focus of this research is the loss of homeopathy's "thickness," which describes the method's clinical particularities, which attend to the "whole" patient and which are being erased as the homeopathic remedy industry in France transforms homeopathy from a form of clinical expertise into a "thinned" consumer healthcare commodity. Through ethnographic interviews conducted over a period of 18 months with a range of stakeholders in the French homeopathic community, including industry actors, physicians, pharmacists, and academics, this dissertation explores how these stakeholders differentially articulate the method's epistemological, ideological, and political identities, risks, and hopes for the future. The future of clinical homeopathy is increasingly determined by industry, to which the homeopathic community has affixed its hopes of survival. The research herein suggests that industry is ultimately not interested in preserving homeopathy's "thick" clinical method; it is only interested in the "thin," simplified, market-friendly version of homeopathy that sells product. The effect of industry's remaking of homeopathy is that it obviates the role of the traditional homeopath. And to the extent that homeopaths rely on industry for financial support of their research and professional conferences, they are complicit in their own decline. Many homeopaths fear challenging industry because to do so would be to challenge the hand that feeds them. The ethnographic accounts in this dissertation provide a view on clinical homeopathy's Faustian bargain with industry
Technological world-pictures : cosmic things and cosmograms by John Tresch( )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Toward a new organology : instruments of music and science by John Tresch( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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