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 6:00 to 7:30 on first Tuesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.


  • Suman Seth

    Suman Seth is Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University. He works on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of modern science, including history of physical sciences (particularly quantum theory), gender and science, & science, race, and colonialism.


  • Laura Stark

    Laura Stark is Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University's Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Associate Editor of the journal History and Theory. She has published works on the history of medicine, morality, and the modern state, and pieces on social theory.


Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • 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

  • May 25, 2011

    Darin Hayton introduced Bourdieu, the Introduction and Chapter 3, "Habitus and the Space of Life Styles" from Distinction. Suggested further readings are Chapter 1, "The Aristocracy of Culture," Chapter 2, "The Social Space and Its Transformations," Chapter 3, "Culture and Politics", the Conclusion and Appendix 1 -- as well as he following article from The Nation: "Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education" which is available at

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