Peter Sachs Collopy: Projects

My primary research project, “The Revolution Will Be Videotaped,” is on the networks of people and institutions—from artists to psychotherapists to members of the Black Panther Party—that emerged around the new technologies of portable video recording and video synthesis in the 1960s and early 1970s. It is in dialogue with scholarship not only in history of science, technology, and medicine, but also in media studies, communications, art history, and the history of the counterculture and New Left. In the course of this project, I’ve presented my research in the following forms:

One theme of my research on video is how evolutionary theories are invoked in discourses beyond science. On this subject, I’ve also published “Race Relationships: Collegiality and Demarcation in Physical Anthropology,” on disputes about the nature of race in the middle of the twentieth century, in the Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences (2015). My undergraduate thesis, “George Frederick Wright and the Harmony of Science and Revelation,” was a study of an American theologian-geologist who lived from 1838 to 1921, focusing on his shifting ideas about the relationship between Darwinism and Calvinism (2007).

As University Archivist at Caltech, I interpret Caltech’s history through writing and exhibits:

In addition, I’ve written on other intersections of science, technology, and politics:

I’m web editor of the History of Anthropology Newsletter. My other web projects include the May 9th Email Archive, an annotated collection of emails between those trapped in Case Western Reserve University’s Peter B. Lewis Building during a shooting (2003). I’ve developed web applications for music students to share information about their practice sessions with teachers and received feedback (2007), and for ranked voting in democratic organizations (2009).