Dr. Antoine Lentacker
PhD, Yale University, 2016
Modern Europe; history of science, medicine and technology; media studies; social and critical theory
My work is broadly dedicated to investigating the effects of changing communication technologies on the governing of people and things in Europe since c. 1800. Before receiving my PhD in History from Yale, I studied philosophy and the social sciences at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. As a historian, I remain deeply interested in the fundamental questions of how language relates to the world; how names gain a hold over the objects and subjects they name; and how belief and authority are made and undone. My current book project, entitled Signs and Substances, pursues these interests through a history of drugs in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France and Central Europe. Signs and Substances seeks to understand how drugs were known and trusted before the era of modern regulation, while also revealing drugs’ unique ability to highlight changing attitudes toward the written word.
Powers of the Script: Prescription and Performance in Turn-of-the-Century France. Representations 148 (2019): 57-85.
The Drug Fetish: Capitalism, the Mass Press, and the Body of the Worker in Austrian Socialism, 1888-1920. The Journal of Modern History 91 (2019): 38-73.
The Symbolic Economy of Drugs. Social Studies of Science 46 no. 1 (2016): 140-156.