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.



  • 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

  • February 12, 2013

    Babak Ashrafi of PACHS introduced selections from the 2012 Osiris, Clio Meets Science: The Challenges of History Is It Time to Forget Science? Reflections on Singular Science and Its History by Jan Golinski Science Is Dead; Long Live Science by Peter Dear On the Historical Forms of Knowledge Production and Curation: Modernity Entailed Disciplinarity, Postmodernity Entails Antidisciplinarity by Paul Forman

  • December 11, 2012

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced: Kristin Asdal, Contexts in Action-And the Future of the Past in STS, STHV 37 (4, 2012): 379-403 Daston, L. Science Studies and the History of Science, Critical Inquiry 34 (4, 2009): 798-816. Dear, P., and Jasanoff, S. Dismantling Boundaries in Science and Technology Studies, Isis 101 (4, 2010) 759-774.

  • November 13, 2012

    Audra Wolfe introduced the Prologue and The Search for Power (chp. 3) from The Age of Fracture by Daniel Rogers.

  • October 9, 2012

    Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced the Introduction and The History of Science (chp. 7) from The Descent of Ideas by Donald R. Kelley.

  • April 25, 2012

    Darin Hayton introduced two reading by R. G. Collingwood, Historical Evidence from The Idea of History and Question and Answer from An Autobiography.

  • March 28, 2012

    Lydia Pyne introduced Concepts of Nature, Concepts of Culture, chp. 3 of The Logic of the Cultural Sciences by Ernest Cassierer.

  • February 23, 2012

    Joe Martin introduced What about the Natural Sciences, chp. 3 of The Social Construction of What? and How Inevitable are the Results of Successful Science? by Ian Hacking.

  • January 25, 2012

    Darin Hayton introduced G.S. Jowett & V. O'Donnell, What is Propaganda, and How Does it Differ From Persuasion? from their book, Propaganda and Persuasion, 5th ed. (Sage, 2011), 1-48.

  • November 22, 2011

    Kurt Macmillan introduced selections from Gender Trouble by Judith Butler.

  • October 26, 2011

    Joana Radin introduced selections from Archive Fever by Jacques Derrida

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