Transactions of the IsisCB: Memorials

Issue 1.6

This issue appears on a day traditionally set aside in the U.S. to honor lives lost in military service. For those unfamiliar with the holiday, which originated in this country’s Civil War, the National Archives provides a brief account and some primary sources here. This year, barbecues will take place around the nation as conflicts are being fought around the world.

The holiday intersects with the history of science in several different ways. It might surprise you, for instance, to know that there are 70 citations that mention cemeteries in Explore—many of them have to do with historical archaeology. And I found 32 entries on fireworks, most of which are related to the history of chemistry. Citations on science and war, as might be expected, are also very well represented. That said, we felt that memory itself would be a topic of interest to everyone involved with the history of science—regardless of geographic, period, or subject specialization. With this in mind, I am highlighting titles on memory, memorials, and commemoration here.

As you can see from the graphic, there was a spike in works about memory in 2022. A quick survey of the titles published that year shows authors grappling with the pandemic, politics, and “post-truth” society. Despite strong overlaps, this literature differs somewhat from entries on “Memorials; commemoration.” The latter, perhaps unsurprisingly, tracks major anniversaries in a pattern that has been both more consistent and more didactic over time.

—Judy Kaplan, Editor

Featured Books

The titles below reflect interest in pandemics, civil rights, and contested truths. Through collective authorship, oral history, and ethnographic methodology, they all balance multiple perspectives on the case studies under investigation.

Featured Articles

There are signal emphases on chemistry and biography in the journal literature tagged with “memorials” and “commemoration.” Why have historians of chemistry been more invested in the production of commemorative literature than historians of other disciplines?


Monographs and Edited Volumes

Allais, Lucia. Designs of Destruction: The Making of Monuments in the Twentieth Century. University of Chicago Press, 2018. ISBN:9780226286556.

Bauer, Susanne and Tanja Penter. Tracing the Atom: Nuclear Legacies in Russia and Central Asia. Routledge, 2022. ISBN:9781000578010.

Behrouzan, Orkideh. Prozak Diaries: Psychiatry and Generational Memory in Iran. Stanford University Press, 2016. ISBN:9780804797429.

Beiner, Guy. Pandemic Re-awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten ‘Spanish’ Flu of 1918-1919. Oxford University Press, 2021. ISBN:9780192843739.

Bernasconi, Oriana (ed.). Resistance to political violence in Latin America: Documenting atrocity. Palgrave Macmillan, 2019. ISBN:9783030170455.

Chartier, Roger and Lydia G Cochrane. The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind. Polity Press, 2014. ISBN:9780745656014.

Cooper, Leon N. Science and Human Experience: Values, Culture and the Mind. Cambridge University Press, 2014. ISBN:9781107043176.

Dailey, Alice. How to Do Things with Dead People: History, Technology, and Temporality from Shakespeare to Warhol. Cornell University Press, 2022. ISBN:9781501763656.

Dodds, Ben. Myths and Memories of the Black Death. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. ISBN:9783030890575.

Gerovitch, Slava. Soviet Space Mythologies: Public Images, Private Memories, and the Making of a Cultural Identity. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015. ISBN:9780822963639.

Harrison, Thomas and Alberto Cevolini (ed.). The Ark of Studies. Brepols Publishers, 2018. ISBN:9782503575230.

Helgason, Þorsteinn. The corsairs’ longest voyage: the Turkish raid in Iceland 1627. Brill, 2018. ISBN:9789004284876.

Hofer, Theresia. Medicine and Memory in Tibet: Amchi Physicians in an Age of Reform. University of Washington Press, 2018. ISBN:9780295742984.

Kasperski, Tatiana. Les politiques de la radioactivité: Tchernobyl et la mémoire nationale en Biélorussie contemporaine. Pétra, 2020. ISBN:9782847432657.

Kilroy-Marac, Katie. An Impossible Inheritance: Postcolonial Psychiatry and the Work of Memory in a West African Clinic. University of California Press, 2019. ISBN:9780520300187.

Knoeller, Christian. Reimagining Environmental History: Ecological Memory in the Wake of Landscape Change. University of Nevada Press, 2017. ISBN:9781943859528.

Kosnik, Abigial De. Rogue Archives: Digital Cultural Memory and Media Fandom. MIT Press, 2016. ISBN:9780262034661.

Laguës, Michel, Denis Beaudouin, Georges Chapouthier, et al. L’invention de la mémoire : écrire, enregistrer, numériser. CNRS Éditions, 2017. ISBN:9782271089335.

Laney, Monique. German Rocketeers in the Heart of Dixie: Making Sense of the Nazi Past During the Civil Rights Era. Yale University Library, 2015. ISBN:9780300198034.

MacEachern, Alan. The Miramichi fire : a history. McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020. ISBN:9780228001485.

Mertens, Manuel. Magic and Memory in Giordano Bruno. Brill, 2018. ISBN:9789004358928.

Neale, Margo and Lynne Kelly. First Knowledges Songlines: The Power and Promise. Thames & Hudson, 2020. ISBN:9781760761189.

Prusiner, Stanley B. Madness and Memory: The Discovery of Prions–A New Biological Principle of Disease. Yale University Press, 2014. ISBN:9780300191141.

Readman, Paul. Storied Ground: Landscape and the Shaping of English National Identity. Cambridge University Press, 2018. ISBN:9781108424738.

Rojas, Felipe. The Pasts of Roman Anatolia: Interpreters, Traces, Horizons. Cambridge University Press, 2020. ISBN:9781108484886.

Schwab, Gabriele. Radioactive Ghosts. University of Minnesota Press, 2020. ISBN:9781452961446.

Sevcenko, Liz. Public History for a Post-Truth Era: Fighting Denial through Memory Movements. Taylor & Francis, 2022. ISBN:9781000607734.

Silver, Sean. The Mind Is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. ISBN:9780812291568.

Swenson, Edward (ed.) and Andrew Roddick (ed.). Constructions of Time and History in the Pre-Columbian Andes. University Press of Colorado, 2018. ISBN:9781607326410.

Wagoner, Brady. The Constructive Mind: Bartlett’s Psychology in Reconstruction. Cambridge University Press, 2017. ISBN:9781107008885.

Walker, Brett L. A Family History of Illness: Memory as Medicine. University of Washington Press, 2018. ISBN:9780295743035.

Journal Articles

al-Qattan, Najwa. “When Mothers Ate Their Children: Wartime Memory and the Language of Food in Syria and Lebanon.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 46, no. 4, no. 4 (2014): 719-736.

Ammann, Felipe Gaitán. “Trading Tones: Exploring the Soundscape of Human Trafficking in Spanish Colonial Panama.” Historical Archaeology 56, no. 2 (2022): 199-216.

Borbach, Christoph. “Speichern als Übertragen – Übertragen als Speichern. Zur technischen Frühgeschichte akustischer Delay Lines und ihre Verschränkung zweier Medienfunktionen. (Save as Transfer – Transfer as Save. On the technical early history of acoustic delay lines and their entanglement of two media functions.).” Technikgeschichte: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Technik und Industrie 86, no. 2 (2019): 101-130.

Borri, Matteo. “Memory and Alzheimer’s Disease.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 2 (2022): 57-70.

Bradley, John K., Philip Adgemis, and Luka Haralampou. ““Why Can’t They Put Their Names?”: Colonial Photography, Repatriation and Social Memory.” History and Anthropology 25 (2014): 47–71.

Buhrman, Kristina Mairi. “Forum: Japan Before Disaster Studies Remembering Future Risk: Considering Technologies of the Archive for Discussion of Tōhoku’s Seismological Past after 2011.” Technology and Culture 58, no. 1 (2017): 159-169.

Cilione, Marco and Elisabetta Sirgiovanni. “Memory and Recollection in Antiquity.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 5-9.

Collins, Alan F. “Advice for Improving Memory: Exercising, Strengthening, and Cultivating Natural Memory, 1860–1910.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 50, no. 1, no. 1 (2014): 37-57.

Cornillie, Thomas C. “The Machine Age: Curation and Memory in Two U.S. Exhibits.” Technology and Culture 64, no. 2 (2023): 566-573.

Curry, Devin Sanchez. “Cartesian Critters Can’t Remember.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 69 (2018): 72-85.

Dickinson, Adam. “Neck of the woods: Microbes, memory, and resistance.” Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science 46, no. 1 (2022): 100821.

Dietzman, Harrison . “”Moulder[ing] into nothingness among the rocks”: Sharpshooters in Gardner’s Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 25, no. 4 (2017): 447-473.

DiMoia, John P. “‘Difficult Heritage’ & Selective Elision: The Seoul Power Plant.” Technology and Culture 62, no. 2 (2021): 561-572.

Emery, Jay. “Belonging, memory and history in the north Nottinghamshire coalfield.” Journal of Historical Geography 59 (2018): 77-89.

Erler, Alexander. “Memory Erasure and the Objection from Truthfulness.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 2 (2022): 103-128.

Ermus, Cindy. “Memory and the Representation of Public Health Crises: Remembering the Plague of Provence in the Tricentennial.” Environmental History 26, no. 4 (2021): 776-788.

Falcon, Andrea and Klaus Corcilius. “Aristotle on Remembering and Memory: Toward an Interpretation of Mem. 1.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 11-30.

Falk, Seb. “‘El Capri Kylex’: A Franciscan astronomical mnemonic.” Journal for the History of Astronomy 52, no. 3 (2021): 267-288.

Fausti, Daniela. “Ricordare per prevedere, classificare per ricordare: due aspetti dell’uso della memoria nella medicina antica.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 119-146.

Fedi, Laurent. “La théorie bergsonienne dans les controverses aphasiologiques, en France, de 1906 à 1950.” Revue d’Histoire des Sciences 75, no. 1 (2022): 197-229.

Fennell, Christopher C. “Pulpits and Stones: African American Terrains of Action and Memory.” Historical Archaeology 55, no. 4 (2021): 550-564.

Finlay, Nyree. “An archaeology of dementia.” Antiquity 96, no. 386 (2022): 422-435.

Gomez-Lavin, Javier and Justin Humphreys. “Striking at the Heart of Cognition: Aristotelian Phantasia, Working Memory, and Psychological Explanation.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 2 (2022): 13-38.

Gullberg, Steven , Duane W. Hamacher, Alejandro Martín López, et al. “A cultural comparison of the ‘dark constellations’ in the Milky Way.” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 23, no. 2 (2020): 390-404.

Guzman, María Verónica Troncoso and Francisca Ugarte. “Cartography of the Chilean exile in Baden-Württemberg: The story of the solidarity network.” Tapuya: Latin American Science, Technology and Society 5, no. 1 (2022)

Hagmann, Johannes-Geert. “Contested Heritage in East Asia: Colonial Memory & Technology Sites.” Technology and Culture 62, no. 2 (2021): 547-550.

Howey, Meghan C. L. and Christine M. DeLucia. “Spectacles of Settler Colonial Memory: Archaeological Findings from an Early Twentieth-Century “First” Settlement Pageant and Other Commemorative Terrain in New England.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 26, no. 4 (2022): 974-1007.

Hunter, Cecily and Colleen Doyle. “Dementia Policy in Australia and the “Social Construction” of Infirm Old Age.” Health and History 16, no. 2, no. 2 (2014): 44-62.

Hurel, Arnaud and Claude Blanckaert. “Présentation : archive(s), mémoire, histoire du Muséum national.” Revue d’Histoire des Sciences 75, no. 1 (2022): 7-33.

Jones, Esyllt Wynne. “Open Secrets: Silence, Suppression, and Memory in the History of Canada’s 1918–20 Influenza Pandemic.” Canadian Journal of Health History/Revue canadienne d’histoire de la santé 39, no. 1 (2022): 99-124.

Julião, Ricardo. “Galen on the Anatomy of Memory.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 55-76.

Kallio-Seppä, Titta and Annemari Tranberg. “The Materiality of Odors: Experiencing Church Burials and the Urban Environment in Early Modern Northern Sweden.” Historical Archaeology 55, no. 1 (2021): 65-81.

Keller, Agathe. “The Mathematical Chapter of the Āryabhaṭīya: A Compilation of Oral Mnemonic Rules?.” Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences 65, no. 175 (2016): 573-598.

Kobiałka, Dawid. “The Devil Burns Gold There: The Heritage of Nazi Germany Crimes in Death Valley, Chojnice, Poland.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 26, no. 2 (2022): 359-378.

Krischel, Matthis and Thorsten Halling. “Erinnerungsorte und Erinnerungskultur – Zur Karriere der „Memory Studies“ in der Medizingeschichte – Memory Spaces and Cultures of Remembrance – Reflections on the Career of “Memory Studies” in the History of Medicine.” Medizinhistorisches Journal 55, no. 3 (2020): 219-231.

Krischel, Matthis and Thorsten Halling. “Erinnerungsorte und Erinnerungskultur – Zur Karriere der „Memory Studies“ in der Medizingeschichte.” Medizinhistorisches Journal 55, no. 3 (2020): 219-231.

Krischel, Matthis and Thorsten Halling. “Erinnerungsorte und Erinnerungskultur – Zur Karriere der „Memory Studies“ in der Medizingeschichte.” Medizinhistorisches Journal 55, no. 3 (2020): 219-231.

Landers, Matthew . “Anatomy, the Brain, and Memory in Tristram Shandy: A Forensic Examination of Sterne’s Narrative Structure.” Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology 25, no. 4 (2017): 397-414.

Larner, A. J. “Michael Faraday’s “loss of memory” revisited.” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 30, no. 2 (2021): 155-162.

Latas, Joana, Duarte Pape, and Ana I. Simões. “Where exactly did A.S. Eddington observe the total solar eclipse of 29 May 1919? (Onde, exactamente, A.S. Eddington observou o eclipse solar de 29 de Maio de 1919?).” Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage 23, no. 3 (2020): 614-627.

Leblanc, Richard . “The memory for words: Armand Trousseau on aphasia.” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 31, no. 1 (2022): 1-19.

Mertens, Manuel. “Memory and Geometry in Bruno: Some Analogies.” Foundations of Science 19 (2014): 69–88.

Mistry, Jayalaxshmi, Andrea Berardi, Lakeram Haynes, et al. “The Role of Social Memory in Natural Resource Management: Insights from Participatory Video.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39, no. 1, no. 1 (2014): 115-127.

Nakamura, Eri. ““Invisible” War Trauma in Japan: Medicine, Society and Military Psychiatric Casualties.” Historia Scientiarum: International Journal of the History of Science Society of Japan 25, no. 2 (2016): 140-160.

Nicolaou, Elena and Giulio Mecacci. “To Whom do Our Memories Belong? About the Burden to Remember and the Freedom to Forget.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 2 (2022): 129-142.

Nicolas, Serge, Alessandro Guida, and Zachary Levine. “Psychological and Anthropological Study of a Mental Calculator.” Journal of the History of the Neurosciences 23, no. 2, no. 2 (2014): 140-159.

Oakley, Peter. “Making Mercury’s Histories: Mercury in Gold Mining’s Past and Present.” Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry 70, no. 1 (2023): 77-98.

Petrinca, Ruxandra. “Radio Waves, Memories, and the Politics of Everyday Life in Socialist Romania: The Case of Radio Free Europe.” Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology 61, no. 3 (2019): 178-199.

Prkachin, Yvan. ““The Sleeping Beauty of the Brain”: Memory, MIT, Montreal, and the Origins of Neuroscience.” Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences 112, no. 1 (2021): 22-44.

Repici, Luciana. “Memoria, udito e apprendimento in Aristotele.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 31-54.

Robison, Kira Lynn. “For the Benefit of Students: Memory and Anatomical Learning at Bologna in the Fourteenth to Early Sixteenth Centuries.” Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 75, no. 2 (2020): 135-150.

Rosner, Daniela K. and Samantha Shorey. “Making Core Memory: Design Inquiry into Gendered Legacies of Engineering and Craftwork.” Technology’s Stories 7, no. 2 (2019)

Salomón J., Amrah. “Drawing on the Difuentes.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 53, no. 1 (2023): 91-93.

Samudzi, Zoé. “Haunted by Denial.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 53, no. 1 (2023): 94-96.

Savoy, Lauret. “Reconciling Sites of Memory and Loss: Place, a Poetics of Geology, and the Implicated Writer.” Environmental History 28, no. 1 (2023): 26-39.

Schiffer, Davide. “La memoria e l’oblio.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 30, no. 1 (2018): 261-278.

Schütz, Mathias. “Ein Haus für Pettenkofer. Wissenschaftliche Traditionspflege in München 1902-1962 (A House for Pettenkofer. Cultivation of a Scientific Tradition in Munich, 1902–1962).” Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte 42, no. 1 (2019): 64-82.

Sirgiovanni, Elisabetta and Marco Cilione. “Memory in Contemporary Biomedicine: Cross-Disciplinary Scenarios.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 2 (2022): 5-12.

Swallow, Julia and Alexandra Hillman. “Fear and anxiety: Affects, emotions and care practices in the memory clinic.” Social Studies of Science 49, no. 2 (2019): 227-244.

Thomas, Emily. “Hilda Oakeley on Idealism, History and the Real Past.” British Journal for the History of Philosophy 23, no. 5 (2015): 933-953.

Toivanen, Anna-Leena. “Unruly Landscapes of a Diasporic Return. Mobility and Memory in Michèle Rakotoson’s Juillet au pays: Chroniques d’un retour à Madagascar (2007).” Transfers 12, no. 1 (2022): 70-83.

Turbil, Cristiano . “In between Mental Evolution and Unconscious Memory: Lamarckism, Darwinism, and Professionalism in Late Victorian Britain.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 53, no. 4 (2017): 347-363.

Vaziri, Parisa. “Tracing Absence.” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 53, no. 1 (2023): 106-108.

Wildt, Annemarie de and Errol Boom. “Creating an Online Community: Corona in the City.” Technology and Culture 63, no. 2 (2022): 461-470.

Williams, Alison Lloyd , Amanda Bingley, Marion Walker, et al. “‘That’s Where I First Saw the Water’: Mobilizing Children’s Voices in UK Flood Risk Management.” Transfers 7, no. 3 (2017): 76-93.

Wu, Yu-chuan. “Seeking Double Personality: Nakamura Kokyō’s Work in Abnormal Psychology in Early 20th-Century Japan.” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 56, no. 4 (2020): 258-277.

Zatta, Claudia. “Memory and Imagination: From Aristotle’s Silent Speech to Euripides’ Tragic Utterances.” Medicina nei Secoli – Arte e Scienza 34, no. 1 (2022): 97-118.

Zumthurm, Tizian and Stefan Krebs. “Collecting Middle-Class Memories? The Pandemic, Technology, and Crowdsourced Archives.” Technology and Culture 63, no. 2 (2022): 483-493.

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