Eduardo A. Escobar

PhD Designated Emphasis in STS

PhD Candidate, Department of Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies
Affiliation period: January 2013 -



Dissertation Title: Technology as Knowledge: A Study of Cuneiform Procedural Recipes and Materials

Degrees MA :: Columbia University
BFA :: The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
Research Areas

My research focuses on technical and medical procedural recipes from the ancient Middle East, composed in Akkadian on cuneiform tablets during the late second and first millennia BCE.

I study the languages, historiography, and the production of scientific and technical knowledge in Assyrian and Babylonian scholarship.

My dissertation seeks to understand the nature of procedural recipe knowledge particularly as it relates to the sociology of knowledge, and, in addition, to employ digital tools for the disambiguation of rare technical terms in recipes. To this end, I have incorporated network analysis tools into my dissertation in order to produce semantic networks of technical ingredients in context: http://digitalhumanities.berkeley.edu/blog/15/11/24/dh-fellow-eduardo-escobar-analyzing-social-networks-and-semantic-networks-assyriology.

In addition to UC Berkeley, I have studied at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art (BFA), Columbia University (MA), and more recently, as a visiting student at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at The University of Cambridge.

last updated: January 14th, 2016