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 13, 2014

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced his paper "Byzantium: the Other East."

  • December 12, 2013

    Joel Klein of Indiana University introduced his "Daniel Sennert and the Quest for a (Nearly) Universal Medicine".

  • November 14, 2013

    Nicholas Harris of UPenn introduced a chapter from his dissertation Better Religion through Chemistry: `Izz al-Din Aydemir al-Jildaki and Alchemy under the Mamluks. This chapter examines the alchemist al-Jildaki's legacy, and, more broadly, discusses the implications of the omission of early modern Arabic alchemy from the history of alchemy.

  • October 10, 2013

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced the "Introduction" to his book Astrology and Politics in the Holy Roman Empire

  • May 2, 2013

    Joel Klein of Indiana University introduced selections from "Communities of Learned Experience: Epistolary Medicine in the Renaissance" by Nancy G. Siraisi

  • April 19, 2013

    Stephen Greenblatt's "The Swerve"

  • March 6, 2013

    Selections from Ann Blair's "Too Much to Know"

  • February 6, 2013

    Elly Truitt introduced her draft chapter "From Texts to Technology: Mechanical Automata in Courtly and Liturgical Pageantry".

  • November 14, 2012

    Nicolas Wey-Gomez of CalTech introduced selections from his "The Tropics of Empire. Why Columbus Sailed South to the Indies". Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology. Ed. Jed. Z. Buchwald. Cambridge, Mass. and London: The MIT Press, 2008.

  • October 3, 2012

    Jonathan Seitz introduced a discussion of digital editions, their advantages and disadvantages and the possibilities they offer for new uses. The group also planned the rest of the year's meetings.

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