Working Groups

Science Beyond the West

The Working Group on the Science Beyond the West discusses theoretical and empirical scholarship, both works-in-progress and published, on:

  • Non-Western scientific traditions;
  • Interactions between entrenched and mobile elements of knowledge;
  • Western sciences in non-Western contexts.

Meetings are usually held at the Consortium office in Philadelphia from 3:30 to 5:00 on second Fridays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.

  • Mary Augusta Brazelton

    Mary Brazelton is a University Lecturer in Global Studies of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie broadly in historical intersections of clinical medicine, the life sciences and public health, in China and around the world.


  • Ramah McKay

    Ramah McKay is Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. She is interested in critical global health; humanitarianism and development; history and temporality; and southern and lusophone Africa.


  • Projit Mukharji

    Projit Mukharji is Assistant Professor of History and Sociology of Science and Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Pennsylvania. He is primarily interested in the Histories of Medicine in South Asia. Thematically, he is most interested in issues of vernacularization, subalternity, experience, temporalities, non-historical pasts, and lately, globalization.


Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • December 12, 2014

    Harun Küçük of UPenn introduced his draft paper, “New Medicine and the Ḥikmet-i Ṭabīʾiyye Problematic in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul.”

  • November 14, 2014

    The theme for this month was Maps & Mapping. The group discussed: 1. Thongchai Winichakul, Siam Mapped Chs. 1 & 2. 2. Chandra Mukerji, "The Territorial State as a Figured World" 3. Jeremy Johns & Emily Savage-Smith, "The Book of Curiosities" Optional Reading: JB Harley, "Deconstructing Maps".

  • October 10, 2014

    Harun Küçük and Projit Mukharji introduced three papers: Warwick Anderson, "Making Global Health History: The Postcolonial Worldliness of Biomedicine," Social History of Medicine, 27(2), [2014], pp.372-384; Fa-ti Fan, "The Global Turn in the History of Science," East Asian Science, Technology and Society, 6/2, 2012: 249-258; Kapil Raj, "Beyond Postcolonialism... and Postpositivism: Circulation and the Global History of Science," Isis, 104/2, 2013: 337-347.

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