Order of Multitudes

Sarah Pickman

Sarah Pickman is a PhD Candidate in the History of Science and Medicine Program at Yale University. She studies the history of exploration, field collecting, natural history museums, and anthropology. She is particularly interested in the material culture of expeditions, including expedition provisions, equipment for field science, and collections of field specimens. Her research examines the movement of material objects in and out of various cultural and environmental contexts in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, particularly the Arctic and Antarctica, with a focus on how “extreme environments” are constructed, imagined, and experienced through material culture and travel accounts. Sarah’s work has been supported by fellowships from the American Geographical Society, the MacMillan Center at Yale University, and the Hagley Museum and Library. She was recently selected to participate in the Arctic Circle, an interdisciplinary residency for artists and scholars in the Svalbard archipelago in Norway, the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited region.