Peter Sachs Collopy: CV

Curriculum Vitae
September 2016
Department of History
University of Southern California
Social Sciences Building 153
3502 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(216) 544-1564
pcollopy@usc.edu
https://collopy.net/

Education

2015 Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania. Dissertation: “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s.” Supervisor: John Tresch. Examiners: Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Fred Turner, Nathan Ensmenger. Awarded with Certificate in College and University Teaching.
2010 M.A., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
2007 B.A. with Highest Honors, History, Oberlin College.

Appointments

2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Humanities Program, University of Southern California. Affiliated with the Department of History, the Visual Studies Research Institute, and the Society of Fellows in the Humanities.
2014–2015 Graduate Fellow for Teaching Excellence, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Pennsylvania.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2015 Race Relationships: Collegiality and Demarcation in Physical Anthropology,” Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 51, no. 3: 237–260. Awarded the 2013 John C. Burnham Early Career Award by the Forum for History of Human Science.
2014 Video Synthesizers: From Analog Computing to Digital Art,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 36, no. 4: 74–86.

Web Publications

2016 Ego Me Absolvo: Catholicism as Prototype in Paul Ryan’s Experimental Video,” Archée. July. http://archee.qc.ca/ar.php?page=article&no=517.
2015 Video and Technologies of Consciousness: An Interview with Peter Sachs Collopy,” by Deborah Withers, Greatbear Analogue and Digital Media Tape Blog. November 2. http://www.thegreatbear.net/video-tape/video-technologies-consciousness/.
2014 The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s” (video), Technology’s Stories. October. https://vimeo.com/102347583.

Reviews

2015 The Emergence of Video Processing Tools: Television Becoming Unglued, edited by Kathy High, Sherry Miller Hocking, and Mona Jimenez. Technology and Culture 56, no. 4: 1008–1010.

Works in Progress

  • “Infolding the Self: Narcissism and Community from Video Therapy to Video Art,” for submission to Grey Room.
  • “When Computer Animation Was Analog: Scanimation Outside the Digital Paradigm,” for submission to the Journal of Visual Culture.
  • “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: The Videofreex, the Black Panther Party, and the Politics of New Media,” for submission to The Journal of American History.
  • “‘Our Best Machines Are Made of Sunshine’: Magnetic Recording and the History of Consciousness,” for submission to Technology and Culture.

Fellowships and Awards

2016 Researcher Residency, Signal Culture.
2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Humanities, University of Southern California.
2013 John C. Burnham Early Career Award, Forum for History of Human Science.
2012 Dean’s Scholar, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences.
Teece Dissertation Research Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2011 MIT Press Travel Award, Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society.
2009–2012 Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation.
2009 Pottruck Graduate Presidential Prize Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.
2008–2013 Benjamin Franklin Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.

Invited Talks

2016 “Video Synthesizers, Consciousness, and Computing at the Fringe of Analog and Digital.”
Mistakes Were Made 2.0: Computer History Decompiled, New York University. April 15.
2015 “Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology.”
History and Social Studies of Medicine Research Forum, University of California, Los Angeles. December 11.

Conference Participation

Presentations

2016 “Psychedelics and Technical Creativity in Cold War California.”
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 6.
2015 “Visual Anthropology and the Transition from Film to Video.”
Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Denver. November 13.
Infolding the Self: From Video Therapy to Video Art.”
Re-Create Emerging Researchers’ Symposium, Université du Québec à Montréal. November 4.
“Engineering Video Art: Collaboration and Professional Identity.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque. October 10.
“Scanimate: Analog and Digital as Engineering Paradigms.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Montreal. March 25.
2014 “Bergsonian Science: Creative Evolution in the Twentieth Century.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Chicago. November 6.
“From Visual Anthropology to Video Therapy.”
Cheiron Annual Meeting, Hood College. June 20.
“Infolding the Self: From Visual Anthropology to Video Therapy.”
First Annual Conference on the History of Recent Social Science, École normale supérieure de Cachan. June 14.
The Cultural Portability of Early Video.”
Transgressing Media: Critical Themes in Media Studies, New School. April 6.
2013 “Digitizing Video: Synthesis, Computerization, and Experimental Art.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine. October 11.
“California Video and Global Networks.”
In-n-Out California: Circulating Things and the Globalization of the West Coast, University of California, Berkeley. September 5.
“Video Therapy: Self-Confrontation and the Development of a Psychiatric Technology.”
American Association for the History of Medicine Annual Meeting, Emory University. May 19.
“Another Media Ecology: Environmentalism and Experimental Video.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference, Chicago. March 10.
“Art and Access: Institutions of Experimental Video in the 1970s.”
Expanding Cinema: Spatial Dimensions of Film Exhibition, Aesthetics, and Theory, Yale University. February 16.
2012 “Guerrilla Television: New York Origins of Experimental Video.”
Researching New York: Perspectives on Empire State History, State University of New York at Albany. November 16.
“Infolding the Self: Video Feedback in Cybernetic Art and Psychiatry.”
Joint Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology. October 20.
“Race Relationships: Professional and Personal Histories of the Race Concept.”
Joint Meeting of the History of Science Society, British Society for the History of Science, and Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania. July 12.
“Databasing Historical Correspondence.”
THATCamp@Penn, University of Pennsylvania. April 25.
“Guerrilla Television and Media Revolution.”
The State and the Fourth Estate: Media in American History, Boston University. March 25.
2011 Computing, Video, and Radical Software.”
SIGCIS Workshop 2011: Cultures and Communities in the History of Computing, Cleveland. November 6.
“Cybernetics and the Human Sciences in the Counterculture.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Cleveland. November 4.
“‘Design by Wholesale’: Darwinism as ‘the Calvinistic Interpretation of Nature.’”
Science and Religion in America: The 2011 American Studies Graduate Student Conference, Princeton University. September 24.
“Virtual Revolutions.”
Virtual Histories: 11th Annual Graduate Humanities Forum Conference, University of Pennsylvania. February 18.
2010 “Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
Society for Utopian Studies Annual Meeting, Milwaukee. October 31.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Tacoma. October 2.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
k(NO)w tomorrow: Contradictions of Imagining the Future, George Mason University. September 25.
“Guerrilla Television and the Utopian Promise of Video.”
STS Graduate Student Conference, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. February 20.
2009 “Naturalizing Calvinism: The Darwinism and Anti-Evolutionism of George Frederick Wright.”
150 Years After Origin: Biological, Historical, and Philosophical Perspectives, University of Toronto. November 24.
“Race Relations: Montagu, Dobzhansky, Coon, and the Divergence of Race Concepts.”
Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Biology, Drew University. April 4.
“George Frederick Wright and the Evolving Harmony of Science and Revelation.”
Evolution and Religion: Towards a History of an Evolving Relationship, Clemson University. February 13.

Panelist

2015 DH, SIGCIS and SHOT: The Place of the History of Technology, Information, and Computers in the Burgeoning Field of Digital Humanities.”
SIGCIS Workshop 2015: Infrastructures, Albuquerque. October 11.

Discussant

2016 “Abacuses, Newspapers, and First Dates: Scientific and Scientistic Applications of Computing in the Twentieth Century.”
History of Science Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta. November 4.
2013 “Gaming the History of Technology.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine. October 12.

Sessions Organized

2016 “Modes of Creativity in Psychedelic Research.”
Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Annual Meeting. November 6.
2012 “Cybernetic Technologies of the Self.”
Joint Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science and European Association for the Study of Science and Technology, Copenhagen Business School. October 20.
“The Social Origins of Personal Computing.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Copenhagen Business School. October 5.
“Egalitarianism and Popular Science: The American Anthropology of Ashley Montagu.”
Joint Meeting of the History of Science Society, British Society for the History of Science, and Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pennsylvania. July 12.

Campus Talks

University of Southern California

2015 “Consciousness and Digitization in Video History.”
Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop. October 29.
“The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s.”
Visual Studies Research Institute Seminar. October 28.

University of Pennsylvania

2015 “Ethics and Social Responsibility for Engineers and Computer Scientists.”
Responsible Conduct in Research Training Workshop. April 11.
2012 ‘Wipe Cycle’: Feedback and Experimental Video.”
60 Second Slam. May 12.
“Roots of Countercultural Technophilia.”
History and Philosophy of Science Working Group Spring Workshop. May 3.
“Databasing Historical Correspondence.”
THATCamp@Penn. April 25.
“Cybernetic Utopianism: The Politics of Experimental Video.”
Workshop in History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine. January 30.

Teaching

University of Southern California

University of Pennsylvania

Service

Professional

2015– Web Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter.
2010–2014 Assistant Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter.

Peer Review

2016 Information & Culture.
2014–2015 digitalSTS: A Handbook and Fieldguide.
2014 communication +1.
2013 Workshop for the History of the Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science.
2010–2011 MIS Quarterly.
2009 Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine.

Institutional

2006–2007 Faculty Committee on Educational Technology, Oberlin College.
2005–2006 Faculty Working Group on Curricular Pathways, Oberlin College.

Community

2009–2015 Board of Delegates, Mariposa Food Co-op.
2007 Board of Directors, Oberlin Student Cooperative Association.

Related Employment

2014 Archival research for Ruth Schwartz Cowan on the history of the National Academy of Sciences.
Digital research for Etienne Benson on the history of the concept of environment.
2011–2014 Archival research for Thomas Haigh, Mark Priestly, and Crispin Rope, ENIAC in Action: Making and Remaking the Modern Computer (MIT Press, 2016).
2002–2008 Software and website development for artists and nonprofit organizations.
2000–2007 Science and technology demonstrations, Great Lakes Science Center.
2005–2007 Writing tutoring, Oberlin College Writing Center.
2005 Archival research for Roland M. Baumann, Constructing Black Education at Oberlin College: A Documentary History (Ohio University Press, 2010).
2004–2005 Records processing and website administration, Oberlin College Archives.

Professional Affiliations

2016– Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
2012– Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
2012– Society for Social Studies of Science.
2010– Society for the History of Technology.
2008– History of Science Society.

Software Proficiency