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

  • 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

  • April 27, 2011

    Darin Hayton introduced Nobert Elias: "Towards a Theory of Civilizing Processes" in The Civilizing Process, pp. 365-447.

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