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ACLS (American Council for Learned Societies)

2012 Charles A. Ryskamp  Research Fellowship

Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM), Germany

2012 Senior Fellowship

Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

2010-2011 Faculty Research Assistance Grant

GSAS Committee on Research Workshops, Harvard University 2009-2012 Modern Sciences Working Group (with Profs. Peter Galison and Janet Browne)

University of Chicago Press

2008 Bevington Fund Award

Harvard University

2008 Faculty Publication Fund Award

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin

2006-2009 Workshop: The History of Observation

GSAS Committee on Research Workshops, Harvard University 

2006-2008 History of the Physical Sciences (with Prof. Peter Galison)

GSAS Committee on Research Workshops, Harvard University 

2006-2007 Literature/Science/Media (with Prof. Oliver Simons)

Humanities Center, Harvard University                                                               

2006 Graduate Workshop in the Humanities Award

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies                                

2007 Research Conference Grant

Committee on Faculty Research Support

2006 Clark Fund

Prize for Young Scholars

2005 Awarded every four years to a doctoral dissertation in the field of Western Civilization by the International Union of the History and Philosophy of Science, Division for the History of Science.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences 

2004 Post-Doctoral Fellowship (declined)

Princeton Society of Fellows                             

2004 Interview (declined)

Chemical Heritage Foundation                                                                                  

2003 Aid in scholars travel and accommodations

Garland Fund                                                                                                                        

2002 Publication Grant

Packard Fellowship                                                                                        

2001-2002 Dissertation Completion Fellowship

History of Science Society/National Science Foundation

2001 Travel Grant

Harvard University Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

2000 Opportunity Grant

Harvard University GSAS

1999-2000 Tuition Grant

Harvard University Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies

1999 Opportunity Grant

Harvard University

Summer 1996 Language Study Grant: German

Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, México

1996-1999 Doctoral Fellowship


Cambridge University, UK

“Science in Text and Culture in Latin America” (2 July 2016)

Northwestern University, Chicago

German Department, Comparative Literature program, and Critical Theory cluster at (17 May 2016)

Northwestern University, Chicago

Program in Science in Human Culture, Klopsteg lecture series (16 May 2016)

Université de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dispositifs: les Conférences de Lausanne en la section d’histoire et esthétique du cinéma at (24 February 2016)

Leuphana Universität in Lüneburg, Germany

DFG-Kollegforschergruppe Medienkulturen der Computersimulation at (February 4-5, 2016, postponed)

SUNY, Binghampton

Material and Visual Worlds Speaker Series at Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Art History (3 December 2015)

Goethe Institute, NYC

“Sensitive Data” in partnership with Bard College and Germany’s Federal Agency for Civic Education (4 December 2015)

McGill University, Montreal

Department of Art History and Communication Studies Speaker Series at (November 12, 2015)

John Hopkins University

“The Media of Relativity: Theoretical Physics and the Telecommunications Industry” (29 October 2015)

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin

“Time’s Attack on the Rest of Life,” at 100 Years of Now (1 October 2015)

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), Berlin

“Speaking from the Laboratory,” at 100 Years of Now (30 September 2015)

UC Davis, CA

“Alien Jurisprudence” (2-3 October 2015, declined)

University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA

“Media are Elemental” (2015, declined)

University of California, San Diego

Science Studies Colloquium (7 April 2014, declined)

CNRS, Paris

Laboratoire SPHERE, (13 March 2014)

Humboldt-Universität, Berlin

Image Knowledge Gestaltung. An Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Cluster of Excellence (21 October 2013)

École normale supérieure – Paris

 “Einstein’s Films, Bergson’s Movies,” Le cinéma de Bergson : image – affect – mouvement Colloque international  (16-18 May 2013)

Concepcion 41 La Antigua, Guatemala on

Artist Residency (8 June 2013)

University of Rochester, NY

 “What did Einstein See?” Humanities Project on “Observation” (21-22 February 2013)

History Department, University of Illinois

“One Day in Paris: Einstein and the Philosophers Who Never Forgave Him” 5 February 2013

Rhetoric Department, UC Berkeley

“Light: Four Studies,” 3 December 2012

Art History, University of Southern California

“Fast, Faster, Fastest: Visual Culture Under Cover,” (29 January 2013)

Communication, Culture & Technology Program

Georgetown, Washington D.C. “Light Conversations in Communications, Culture and Technology,”(31 January 2013)

Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin

“Empathy in the Physical Sciences: From Experimental Psychology to Quantum Entanglement,” Symposium on “Empathy“ (10-12 January 2013, declined)

Bard Graduate Center, NY

Practical Fractals: Chaos Theory in Architecture and Design (13 December 2012)

Paris Diderot University (laboratory SPHere), France

“The Tenth of a Second and More,” Seminar on “The metrological backstage of experiment” (20 November 2012, declined)

XIII Mexican Congress on the History of Science, Mexico City

 “Einstein’s long-distance relationship” Keynote Address (17 November 2012)

Boston University, MA

Graduate MFA Program Seminar (9 October 2012)

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

“Animating Einstein: The final days of my Zurich stay resembled a runaway motion-picture projector.” History of Animation (21-22 September 2012).

IKKM (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie), Germany

“The Media of Relativity” (4 July 2012)

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Interdepartmental Science and Society Colloquium (5 April 2012).

Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin

In “Aura and Experiment: The History of Science and Walter Benjamin” (8-10 March 2012). Educational and cultural institute focused on ‘visual technologies’ and how they are used to document, imagine, remember and conceal the convergence of human activities and capabilities we call ‘culture.’ The Institute sponsors research, displays, symposia, workshops, performances and tactical interventions.

Princeton University, Princeton

Program in Latin American Studies (PLAS): Other Histories: A Tenth of a Second” (8 February 2012)

Yeshiva University, New York City

Physics Department Colloquium and the History and Philosophy of

Science Center (9 February 2012)

Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

“Of Mice and Media: Non-Euclidean Geometries around 1900.” In Radcliffe Seminar: “Folds, Networks, Fissures. Topological Thinking in the Humanities” (2-3 December 2011).

Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile

In “Collección de imágenes,” (19-23 November 2011). The Cultural Center Matucana 100 is a leading institution in Latin America promoting contemporary theater and visual arts.

Fundación Juan March, Madrid

“Contemporary Love” in Four Emotions (10 November 2011). The Foundation organizes art exhibitions, concerts, lecture series, and seminars in an institution specializing in scientific activities that complement cultural work and promotes teaching and specialized research in the area of sociology.

University of California, Berkeley

Colloquium at the Science, Technology and Society Center and the Office for History of Science and Technology (27 October 2011)

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Israel

In Cosmological and Conscious Time (27-28 June 2011). Available online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuvsidRYw7o

New York University, NY

“Design Demons,” In Global Design New York Symposium (10 June 2011). NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Environmental Studies, NYU-Poly, Sustainability Task Force, Dept. of Art History: Urban Design and Architecture Studies Program and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment.

Harvard University, Humanities Center

Commentator in Intangibles: Immaterial Vextors, Agents and Effects (1-2 April 2011)

Northwestern University, Illinois

“Forwards or Backwards?: Einstein, Bergson and Film” In Science/Film Symposium at the School of Communication (8 April 2011)

SUNY Buffalo, NY

“A Tenth of a Second,” In No Real Time: Nature, Event, Temporality, and Modern Science (7 April 2011)

Columbia University, NY

“A Tenth of a Second,” In Media Histories: Epistemology, Materiality and Temporality (24-26 March 2011).

Cambridge University, UK

“A Tenth of a Second,” Departmental Seminar in History and Philosophy of Science (10 February 2011)

Princeton University

“Demons” In Groovy Science: The Counter-Cultures and Scientific Life, 1955 –1975, organized by. D. Graham Burnett (Princeton) and David Kaiser (MIT) (5 February 2011)

Universidad Carlos III, Madrid

“Plenary Lecture,” Science in Society (11 November 2010)

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid

“Physics and Cinematographic Time,” In Physics and Free-Will (15 November 2010)

Harvard University, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments

“Helmholtz’s Signs,” in Sensations of Tone: Wave Physics and the Creative Arts (28 October 2010)

MIT, Anthropology Program

“The Unrepresentable from Kant to Lyotard” Response to Steven Feld and Hillel Schwartz in Sensing the Unseen: John E. Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures, (22 October 2010)

BBC, World Service

“60 Second Idea to Improve the World,” (29 August 2010)

BBC, World Service

“The Forum” with Philippe Sands, Stanislas Dehaene, Carsten Jensen (29 August 2010)

Centre Pompidou, Paris

“le débat Bergson / Einstein,” with Bruno Latour, Olafur Eliasson, and Elie During. In Conférences – débats – rencontres: Cycle, Selon Bruno Latour (21 June 2010) at the Grande Salle of the Pompidou Museum.

Institut für Raumexperimente Olafur Eliasson

“A Short History of the Strobe,” Berlin (January 2010)

Cogut Center for the Humanities, Brown University

“Butch Rovan, Let us imagine a straight line,” (2 December 2009)

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

“Writing A Tenth of a Second,” Modern Sciences Working Group (10 September 2009)

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

“A History of a Tenth of a Second,” Science, Technology and Society Circle, (21 September 2009)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin

“A Number of Scenes in a Badly Cut Film,” (June 2009)

History Department, Harvard University

Commentary and Plenary Session, Con-IH 2009 Harvard Annual Graduate Student Conference (March 2009)

Department of the History of Science, Harvard University

Commentary to William Rankin, Tangibles of Intangibles: Patent Models and the Making if Intellectual Property Law, (May 2009)

Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin

Workshop “Was there a cinematographic turn in the (life) sciences around 1900?”(9-11 December 2008). Conference centered on exploring the question of a cinematographic turn in the sciences in Canales, “Photogenic Venus: The ‘Cinematographic Turn’ in Science and its Alternatives,” Isis (2002).

Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid       

Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (16 June 2008)

Televised interview

Cámara abierta in TVE2 Spain and EsMadrid TV Madrid (12 June 2008)

Medialab-Prado, Madrid                                                               

Interactivos?’08: Juegos de Vision/Vision Play (12 June 2008)

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin                    

Educated Eye: Photographic Evidence in Scientific Observation (21-24 February 2008)

York University, Toronto                                         

 “An Eye for an Eye: Cinematographic Morality and its Alternatives” (4 December 2007).

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“Historia de una décima de segundo,” Postgraduate Seminar in Philosophy of Science, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras (24 August 2005)

Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

Commentator on “Building scientific communities beyond the Metropolis” in Third Milano Workshop: The Physical Sciences in the Third World (11-13 June 2005)

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

“Empreinte Digital-Traces and Voyages,” in Intersections: Science, Technology and Design (5 May 2005).

University of California, Berkeley

“Timely Meditations, Henri Bergson on Venus, Space Travel and the Relativity of Simultaneity,” in Thinking in Time: Henri Bergson, an Interdisciplinary Conference (8 April 2005)

Harvard University, Statistics Department             

“Statistics and the Personal Equation” (21 March 2005)

MIT, Department of Architecture                                       

 “Virtual Realities: Alternative Representations of Movement (1874-1895 in History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art (10 March 2005)

Oslo University, Norway                                                              

“Sensational Differences: Individuality before Cinematography” (15 September 2004)

Paris Observatory, France                                                  

 “Photogenic Venus” (4 June 2004)

History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University   

“Spectacular Psychology: Early Experimental Psychology in France” (2001)



History of Science Society, Boston, MA                                                     

23 November 2013 Panel Commentator for “Acid Rain, Acid Debates, Acid Science”                    

Society for French Historical Studies, MIT                                                       

4-6 April 2013 Panel Commentator for “State Technologies of Territorial Governance: Cadastres, Worms, and Experts”

IKKM (Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie), Germany

“Fasten, Contain, Divide or Let Pass: Irreversibilities and Asymmetries in History” (29 June 2012)

Modern Sciences Working Group

2006-present Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard. Biweekly meetings with active graduate student participation and invitations to leading scholars.

Fingers, eyes and screens

Spring 2009 Department for the History of Science at Harvard and Science, Technology and Society Program at MIT, “Subway Series” Colloquium.

The Matter of Fact  2.0

2009 Floor Exhibit at the Department for the History of Science from the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Harvard University.

The Matter of Fact 1.0

2008 Museum Exhibit at the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments Harvard University.

North-South Passage                                                                                                  

1 June 2007 International Conference at the Department for the History of Science, Harvard University with a grant from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Co-organized with Alexis de Grieff (Universidad Autónoma, Bogota) and Peter Galison (Harvard University).

Science and Literature

13 April 2007 Conference as part of Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities Barker Center, Harvard University. Co-organized with Oliver Simons (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University).

Narrating the World

4-5 April 2008 Conference in “Current Debates in Science and Literary Studies” at the Barker Center, Harvard University. Co-organized with Oliver Simons (Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University).


2006-2007 Graduate Working Group. Biweekly meetings with active graduate student participation and invitations to leading scholars.

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