Working Groups

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

The Ancient and Medieval Sciences Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s works-in-progress or to discuss readings on the history of ancient and medieval sciences that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on second Thursdays.  Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.

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  • Nahyan Fancy

    Nahyan Fancy is Associate Professor of History at DePauw University. His research interests are in medieval Islamic science and medicine, and medieval Islamic intellectual history.

     

  • Darin Hayton

    Darin Hayton is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Haverford College. His research concerns the history of science in Early Modern Europe, Central Europe, and the late Byzantine Empire.

     

Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • March 10, 2016

    We read the first two chapters from David Wootton's recent book, The Invention of Science, L. Daston’s review (from the Guardian), and A. Wulff’s review (from the Financial Times).

  • November 12, 2015

    The group discussed Kleber Cecon's "Chemical Translation: The Case of Robert Boyle’s Experiments on Sensible Qualities," Annals of Science, Vol. 68, No. 2, April 2011, pp. 179-198, as well as Pamela Smith's "In the Workshop of History: Making, Writing, and Meaning," West 86th, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Spring-Summer 2012), pp 4-31.

  • October 7, 2015

    The group joined the "Science Beyond the West" group for a special event: Dimitri Gutas and H. Floris Cohen discussed Cohen’s recent book, How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam University Press, 2011).

  • April 9, 2015

    Planning meeting for 2015-2016

  • March 12, 2015

    Sue Wells of Temple University introduced her draft chapter, "'The Anatomy of Melancholy' and Early Modern Medicine."

  • February 12, 2015

    Nahyan Fancy of Depauw University introduced his paper, "Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, and New Developments in Physiology in Western Eurasia, 1200-1560"

  • December 11, 2014

    Harun Küçük of UPenn introduced his draft paper, "The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire."

  • November 13, 2014

    Bruce Moran of the University of Nevada, Reno introduced his draft paper "Preserving the Cutting Edge: Traveling Woodblocks, Material Networks, and Visualizing Plants in Early Modern Europe"

  • October 9, 2014

    Elly Truitt introduced chapter six, "The Trouble with Taxa," from Daryn Lehoux's What did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.

  • April 10, 2014

    Alisha Rankin of Tufts introduced her draft paper, "To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe."

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