Peter Sachs Collopy: CV

Curriculum Vitae
December 2017
1200 E. California Blvd.
MC B215-74
Pasadena, CA 91125
(626) 395-2702
pcollopy@caltech.edu
https://collopy.net/

Appointments

2017– University Archivist and Head of Special Collections, California Institute of Technology.
2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Digital Humanities Program, University of Southern California. Affiliated with the Department of History, Visual Studies Research Institute, and Society of Fellows in the Humanities.

Education

2015 Ph.D., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
2010 M.A., History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania.
2007 B.A. with Highest Honors, History, Oberlin College.

Certifications

2017 Western Archives Institute.
2013 Certificate in College and University Teaching, University of Pennsylvania.

Fields

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

2017 When Caltech Was Throop University,” ICW Blog. November 1. https://icwblog.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/when-caltech-was-throop-university/.
2016 What Does It Mean to Say Millennials Are Having Less Sex?Nursing Clio. November 1. https://nursingclio.org/2016/11/01/what-does-it-mean-to-say-millennials-are-having-less-sex/.
Ego Me Absolvo: Catholicism as Prototype in Paul Ryan’s Experimental Video,” Archée. July. http://archee.qc.ca/ar.php?page=article&no=517.
2014 The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s” (video), Technology’s Stories. October. https://vimeo.com/102347583.

Interviews

2017 4 Questions for Peter Collopy,” Caltech Magazine. Fall.
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/.

Reviews

2017 The Cybernetics Moment; or, Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, by Ronald R. Kline. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, forthcoming.
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.

Theses

2015 The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s,” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.
2007 George Frederick Wright and the Harmony of Science and Revelation,” B.A. thesis, Oberlin College.

Works in Progress

  • “Infolding the Self: System and Narcissism 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.
  • “‘Design by Wholesale’: Darwinism as ‘the Calvinistic Interpretation of Nature,&rsquo” for submission to the Journal of the History of Ideas.

Exhibits

California Institute of Technology

2017 “Throop’s Superlative Opportunity”: The Story of the Gates Laboratory of Chemistry and Building a Chemistry Division, Parsons-Gates Hall of Administration. With Jennifer Torres-Siders and Loma Karklins.

Fellowships and Awards

2016, 2017 Researcher Residency, Signal Culture. Awarded twice.
2015–2017 Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Digital Humanities, University of Southern California.
2014–2015 Graduate Fellowship for Teaching Excellence, University of Pennsylvania.
2013 John C. Burnham Early Career Award, Forum for History of Human Science.
2012 Dean’s Scholarship, 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.
2007 Comfort Starr Prize in History, Oberlin College.
2006 Jerome Davis Research Award, Oberlin College.
Leroy S. Heck Jr. Memorial Scholarship, Oberlin College. 2006.
2003 National Merit Scholarship.

Invited Talks

2017 “Collections and Projects of the Caltech Archives.”
American Philosophical Society. October 30.
“Soul on Tape: Video, Ethereality, and Spirit.”
Pious Technologies and Secular Designs, Columbia University. October 13.
“Noosphere to Videosphere: Evolutionary Panpsychism from Henri Bergson to Media Art.”
History of Science, Medicine, and Technology Colloquium, University of California, Los Angeles. May 8.
“Infolding the Self: System and Narcissism from Video Therapy to Video Art.”
History of Science Seminar, University of California, Santa Barbara. February 7.
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

2017 “Ampex, Magnetic Recording, and the Continuity of Photographic and Informatic Media.”
Photography and Information Technology, Université de Lausanne and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne. November 16–17.
“Democratizing Maintenance with The Spaghetti City Video Manual.”
The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders, Stevens Institute of Technology. April 7.
“‘Our Best Machines Are Made of Sunshine’: Magnetic Recording and the History of Consciousness.”
Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Meeting, Chicago. March 25.
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.
“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

2017 Patricio del Real, “Poetics of Architecture as Theology of Earthly Realities: The Secular Pedagogy of the Valparaiso School.”
Pious Technologies and Secular Designs, Columbia University. October 14.
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

2017 “Digital Materialities.”
University of Southern California. April 14.
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

2017 “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: The Videofreex, the Black Panther Party, and the Politics of New Media.”
ZdC: Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Association Colloquium. February 24.
Discussant for Estelle Blaschke, “‘We May Go Down in History as a Film Age’: The Rise and Imaginary of Microfilm.”
USC-LACMA History of Photography Seminar. January 19.
2016 “Thresholds for Epistemological Change.”
Conversations Across the Humanities: Epistemological Thresholds. November 18.
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– Managing Editor and Web Administrator, History of Anthropology Newsletter.
2010–2014 Assistant Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter.

Institutional

2017– Administrative Committee on Institute Art, California Institute of Technology.
2006–2007 Educational Technology Committee, Oberlin College.
2005–2006 Curricular Pathways Working Group, Oberlin College.

Community

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

Earlier Employment

2014–2015 Teaching consulting and workshop facilitation, University of Pennsylvania Center for Teaching and Learning.
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 Collection processing and website administration, Oberlin College Archives.

Professional Affiliations

2017– Society of American Archivists.
Society of California Archivists.
Los Angeles Archivists Collective.
2012–2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
2010– Society for the History of Technology.
2008– History of Science Society.

Software Proficiency