Human Sciences (inactive)

The Working Group on the History of the Human Sciences 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 third Wednesdays.  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.


Upcoming Meetings

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Past Meetings

  • November 16, 2016

    The group discussed three articles from the recent Osiris volume on the "History of Science and Emotions."

  • October 19, 2016

    Greg Eghigian (Penn State) discussed the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health

  • April 15, 2015

    Erika Milam of Princeton University introduced her draft chapter, "Death of the Killer Ape: the 'New' Politics of Humans as Animals"

  • March 18, 2015

    Audra Wolfe, Independent Scholar, introduced an excerpt of Thomas Medvetz, Think Tanks in America (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

  • February 18, 2015

    Nadia Berenstein of the University of Pennsylvania introduced her paper, “Defining Flavor: Taste Panels and Sensory Research, 1930-1950"

  • January 21, 2015

    Rachel Walker of the University of Maryland and the Library Company of Philadelphia introduced her paper, "Character Detectives: Female Physiognomists in the early American Republic"

  • December 17, 2014

    Jason Oakes of UC-Davis introduced his draft chapter, "The Road to Tragedy: Garrett Hardin, the Systems Approach, and the Political Economy of Population Science"

  • November 19, 2014

    Whitney Laemmli of UPenn introduced a draft dissertation chapter "'Dance as the Measure of Man': Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)"

  • October 15, 2014

    Greg Eghigian of Penn State introduced a draft of his paper "UFOs and Aliens as a Problem in the History of the Human Sciences"

  • September 17, 2014

    Erika Milam of Princeton University introduced selections from Aaron Panofky's Misbehaving Science: Controversy and the Development of Behavior Genetics (Chicago, 2014).

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