Working Groups

History and Theory

The History and Theory Working Group focuses on theoretical and methodological issues such as philosophy of history, historical research, interpretation, and narrative—not necessarily confined to the history of science. The working group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 3:30 to 5:00 on second Fridays. 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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  • Robert Brain

    Robert Michael Brain is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in the history of science, technology, and medicine, and European cultural history.

     

  • Edward Jones-Imhotep

    Edward Jones-Imhotep is Associate Professor of History at York University. He specializes in the history of science and technology, and in modern cultural history.

     

  • Dana Simmons

    Dana Simmons is Associate Professor of History at U.C. Riverside specializing in the history of science and technology. Her research interests include hunger, nutrition, soil and plant science, political economy, the human sciences, feminist theory and technoscientific utopias.

     

Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • November 4, 2014

    The group discussed pp. 135-271 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson. Trans. Mitchell. NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition).

  • October 7, 2014

    The group discussed pp. 1-135 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson. Trans. Mitchell. NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition) as well as pp. 62-81, "Neither Vitalism Nor Materialism" from Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett.

  • April 8, 2014

    The group discussed pp. 233-356 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

  • March 11, 2014

    The group discussed pp. 97-233 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

  • January 28, 2014

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced pp1-95, chps 1-3 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns

  • December 17, 2013

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced selections from Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos as well as Hans-Joerg Rheinberger's, "Gaston Bachelard and the Notion of 'Phenomenotechnique'".

  • November 19, 2013

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced Michel Foucault's "Introduction" to Georges Canguilhem's Normal and Pathological and the chapter on "From Vital to Social Norms" as well as Chapter 5 of Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard, 2010).

  • October 8, 2013

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced Michael Friedman's "Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger: The Davos Disputation and Twentieth Century Philosophy." European Journal of Philosophy. Vol 10, issue 3, pages 263-274, December 2002 and Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard, 2010), Chapter 1: 43-86.

  • April 9, 2013

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas by Quentin Skinner, History and Theory 8 (1969): 3-53 and More Theses on the Philosophy of History by John Keane, Meaning and Context, ed. James Tully, 204-217

  • March 12, 2013

    Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University introduced selections from Carlo Ginzburg's Threads and Traces and Perry Anderson's review The Force of the Anomaly

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