Peter Sachs Collopy: CV

Curriculum Vitae
April 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
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 and the Visual Studies Research Institute.
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.

Other Publications

2015
Video and Technologies of Consciousness: An Interview with Peter Sachs Collopy,” by Deborah Withers, Greatbear Analogue and Digital Media Tape Blog. 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. https://vimeo.com/102347583.

Works in Progress

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

2015
“Visual Anthropology and the Transition from Film to Video.”
Society for Social Studies of Science Annual Meeting, Denver. November 13.
“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.
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
“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

2013
“Gaming the History of Technology.”
Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine. October 12.

Sessions Organized

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

2015
“Consciousness and Digitization in Video History.”
Digital Humanities Best Practices Workshop, University of Southern California. October 29.
“The Revolution Will Be Videotaped: Making a Technology of Consciousness in the Long 1960s.”
Visual Studies Research Institute Seminar, University of Southern California. October 28.
“Ethics and Social Responsibility for Engineers and Computer Scientists.”
Responsible Conduct in Research Training Workshop, University of Pennsylvania. April 11.
2012
‘Wipe Cycle’: Feedback and Experimental Video.”
60 Second Slam, University of Pennsylvania. May 12.
“Roots of Countercultural Technophilia.”
History and Philosophy of Science Working Group Spring Workshop, University of Pennsylvania. May 3.
“Cybernetic Utopianism: The Politics of Experimental Video.”
Workshop in History and Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. January 30.

Teaching

University of Southern California

University of Pennsylvania

Service

Professional

2015–
2014–2015
2014
Manuscript reviewer, communication +1.
2010–2014
Assistant Editor, History of Anthropology Newsletter.
2013
2010–2011
Manuscript reviewer, MIS Quarterly.
2009
Abstract reviewer, Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine.

Institutional

2006–2007
Faculty Committee on Educational Technology, Oberlin College.
2005–2006

Community

2009–2015
Board of Delegates, Mariposa Food Co-op.
2007

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

2012–
2012–
2010–
2008–

Software Proficiency