Working Groups

The Consortium invites scholars to join our topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress.

Each group meets monthly. All interested scholars are welcome to participate via online video conferencing.

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Upcoming Meetings

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 11:00 am EST

'Keeping a finger on the pulse of the medieval manuscript market'

Monday, February 26, 2024 10:30 am EST

Hues of faces and phases: insights on crafting high-tin bronzes in southern India
Dr Sharada Srinivasan (National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus, Bangalore, India)

Monday, February 26, 2024 11:00 am EST

Matthew Robert Holmes (Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental History at the University of Stavanger) will present on "Taxonomic Trouble: Colonial Plantations and the Cockchafer Beetle in Nineteenth-Century Sri Lanka," followed by a discussion.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 1:00 pm EST

Ann Daly, Mississippi State University.

Friday, March 1, 2024 11:00 am EST

Hu, Di. The Fabric of Resistance: Textile Workshops and the Rise of Rebellious Landscapes in Colonial Peru. The University of Alabama Press, 2022, Chs. 3-4. 

Friday, March 1, 2024 12:00 pm EST

Joshua Bell (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian), Talk Title TBA

Monday, March 4, 2024 11:30 am EST

We will discuss a work in progress by Laura Clerx, Boston College and Consortium Research Fellow, "'An article almost as necessary as cash': Engineering Economy in the Early Republic"

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 2:00 pm EST

Opportunities in the Business Community: Jeffrey Sturchio (AT&T, Merck & Co., Inc., Rabin Martin)

Wednesday, March 6, 2024 12:00 pm EST

Presenter: Adriana Link (American Philosophical Society). Paper available soon!

Thursday, March 7, 2024 11:00 am EST

Lucas René Ramos, "From Sodomy to Heterosexual Incapacity: Governing “Sexual Deviancies” in Italian Catholic Sexology (1952-1978)"

Thursday, March 7, 2024 12:00 pm EST

Pests and Pest Control in Latin America and Beyond.
Tomas Bartoletti (ETHZ): "Insect Pests and Economic Entomology in Plantations".
Thomas Rath (UCL): "Pests and the Nature of Atomic Agriculture".

Thursday, March 7, 2024 2:00 pm EST

Evan Roberts, "Young but daily growing? The decline of stunting and growth faltering in the United States, 1857-2014" 

Friday, March 8, 2024 11:00 am EST

"The Panther & The Worm: Guido da Vigevano's Medical and Technological Conquest of the Holy Land"
Lauren Rozenberg (UEA/Leverhulme)
Response: Jess Bailey (UCL)


Friday, March 8, 2024 1:30 pm EST
  • Minseok Jang, Testing a New Energy Resource: Fire Tests and the Risk of Kerosene in the Anglo-American World, 1859-1911


Tuesday, March 12, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Cripping Ecorelationality and Ecorelational Pleasure 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 9:30 am EDT

Heilbron, Rovelli - "Matrix Mechanics Mis-Prized: Max Born's Belated Nobelization"
Guest: Carlo Rovelli

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 6:30 pm EDT

Adam Koberinski & Chris Smeenk, "The Cosmological Constant and the Limits of Effective Field Theory" (2023, Philosophy of Science)

Thursday, March 14, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Taiye Fasola (University of Ibadan): The Relevance of Ethnobotany for a Modern Society

Thursday, March 14, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

"Captivity's Collections: Science, Natural History, and the British Transatlantic Slave Trade." 
Kathleen S. Murphy, Professor of History and Associate Dean for Student Success, California Polytechnic State University.

Thursday, March 14, 2024 1:00 pm EDT

Vanessa Freije, University of Washington, "A Cornucopia of Technology": Representations of Mexico's First Satellite Launch"

Friday, March 15, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Dr. Ilana Löwy (Paris, France)
Emerita Senior Research Fellow at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research.
“Zika e a questão complexa do aborto 'eugênico' por indicação fetal. [Zika and the tangled issue of an 'eugenic' abortion for fetal indication].”

Monday, March 18, 2024 10:30 am EDT

Material aspects of some early modern Sri Lankan medical manuscripts
Dr. Anna Elizabeth Winterbottom (McGill University)

Tuesday, March 19, 2024 2:00 pm EDT

Elexis Trinity Williams Gray, Cornell University, "Seeing with Sound: Acoustic Epistemologies at Sea"

Thursday, March 21, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Reproductive Technologies
This session will examine the history and future trends of researching and writing about reproductive technologies.

Friday, March 22, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Elise Burton, University of Toronto
James Poskett, University of Warwick
Suman Seth, Cornell University

"When Racial Science Became ‘Western’"

Monday, March 25, 2024 11:00 am EDT

Admire Mseba (Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Southern California) will present on "The Challenges of Collaborative Locust Control in Late Twentieth Century Southern Africa, 1960s-1980s," followed by a discussion.

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Roy Wagner, ETH Zürich
"Indian Mathematics Can’t Win"

Monday, April 1, 2024 11:30 am EDT

In anticipation of the total solar eclipse across much of North America on April 8, we are planning to discuss the history of solar eclipse expeditions and experiences. Readings are TBA.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 2:00 pm EDT

Special Collections and Archives with Krystal Tribbett (University of California, Irvine) and Peter Collopy (Caltech)

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

April's session will feature work by Joanna Radin (Yale) with commentary from Iris Clever (University of Chicago) and Mark Anderson (UC Santa Cruz). More details are forthcoming in the next weeks. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024 11:00 am EDT

Diana Anselmo, "To Love so Much it Hurts: 'Bad Feelings,' Medicine, and Movie-Mad Female Audiences in the 1910s"

Thursday, April 4, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Black and Indigenous Mining Technologies and Knowledges in the Americas
Jenny Bulstrode (UCL)
Allison Bigelow (University of Virginia)

Friday, April 5, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Judy Kaplan (Science History Institute), "Taking Stock of Documentary Linguistic Archives After Twenty Five Years":
This presentation will summarize findings of a collaborative writing project recently undertaken for the History of Anthropology Review. The project has asked several stakeholders (e.g. linguists, archivists, and community educators) to reflect on their experiences with digital language archives about a quarter century after the paradigm of documentary linguistics first took shape. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 6:30 pm EDT

David Beer, "The Problem of Researching a Recursive Society: Algorithms, Data Coils, and the Looping of the Social" (2022, Big Data & Society)
Beatrice Fazi, "Beyond Human: Deep Learning, Explainability, and Representation" (2021, Theory, Culture, & Society)

Thursday, April 11, 2024 8:00 am EDT

Please note the time change for this session!
Reevaluating Insects as Archives – Collection Ecologies as Multidisciplinary and Multipractice Conversation
Dominik Huenniger, German Port Museum, Hamburg
Karina Lucas Silva-Brandão, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
Christian Reiß, Regensburg University
Xiaoya Zhan, Nanyang Technological University

Thursday, April 11, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Chanelle Adams (University of Lausanne): Volatile Oils: 'Wellness', Political Power, and the Market for Ravintsara Essential Oil in Madagascar

Thursday, April 11, 2024 1:00 pm EDT

David Pretel, UAM
Marco Cabrera Geserick, Northern Arizona University
"Superior Technology, Superior Souls: Science-Fiction and Anti-Imperialism in La Caída del Águila (1920)"

Friday, April 12, 2024 11:00 am EDT

"Discussion: Objects, Images, and Spaces of Health...  for Broad Publics"
Jill Burke (Edinburgh)
Kathleen Crowther (Oklahoma)
Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins)
Jack Hartnell (UEA)

Friday, April 12, 2024 1:30 pm EDT
  • Andrew Kettler, “Disenchanting the Senses: Sulfuric Discourse and the World System”


Monday, April 15, 2024 10:30 am EDT

Al-Bīrūnī’s Taḥqīq mā li-l-Hind and the transmission of sciences in the early eleventh-century Gandhara and Panjab
Dr. Noémie Verdon (University of Lausanne)

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 2:00 pm EDT

Alessandra Passariello, Naples Zoological Station, "The micro I.G.Y. project and global plankton ecology: unexpected histories from the archives of the Stazione Zoologica Anton"

Thursday, April 18, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Gender, Masculinity and Reproduction
Here, we will explore how gender and masculinity shapes how we think about human reproductive experiences and the histories we write about them.

Friday, April 19, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Dr. Mércio Pereira Gomes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Anthropologist, Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ, Brazil.

Former President of Funai (National Indigenous People Foundation) from 2003 to 2007.

Monday, April 22, 2024 11:00 am EDT

Dominik Hünniger and Lisa Onaga

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Michael Gordin, Princeton University
"Genghis Khan with a Nuclear Reactor: Three Centuries of 'Western Science' in Russia"

Wednesday, May 1, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

We are very pleased to have Hande Birkalan-Gedik (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main) join us in May.
Title: Eugène Pittard, Bayan Afet, and Others: Actors and Milieus of Anthropological Knowledge and the Formation of the Turkish History Thesis in the 1930s

Thursday, May 2, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Machines and Urbanisation in the Amazon
Lorena Córdoba (CONICET/UCA and Ca' Foscari University Venice).
Adrián Lerner (Cambridge University and Freie Universität Berlin).

Thursday, May 2, 2024 2:00 pm EDT

Slava Savova, "Re-Ottomanizing modernity: domesticating balneology in early to mid-20th century Bulgaria"

This dissertation chapter examines the local intermingling of a specific type of sociomedical architectures – Ottoman and European thermal baths - and the persistent vernacular uses that bind them together.

Friday, May 3, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Lucas Richert and Hannah Swan (University of Wisconsin), Talk Title TBA

Monday, May 6, 2024 11:30 am EDT

We will discuss a work in progress by Max Bautista Perpinyà, UC Louvain (Belgium), "Pines, orchards, and forest genetics in the Spanish political transiton: from ‘improvement’ to ‘conservation’ (1966-1999)"

Thursday, May 9, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Neda Saeedi (Tehran / Berlin): "Swear by the Fig, Swear by the Olive"
"Swear by the Fig, Swear by the Olive" explores urban and territorial landscapes and their flora, used to justify land ownership and deprivation in conflict zones.

Thursday, May 9, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Mollusks. Between Resource, Specimen and Race, 1860-1920

Brooke Penaloza-Patzak, Marie Jahoda Fellow, Inst. for Economic & Social History, University of Vienna
Tamara Fernando, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:00 pm EDT

Yohad Zacarías, University of Texas at Austin, TBA
Diana Montaño, Washington University in St. Louis

Friday, May 10, 2024 11:00 am EDT

Note, we are meeting on May 3rd this month, so as to avoid a clash with the AAHM Meeting
"Rethinking “Infirmity” in Crusader Jerusalem: A New History of the Hospital of St. John"
Katharine Park (Harvard)
Reponse: tbc

Friday, May 10, 2024 1:30 pm EDT
  • Odinn Melsted and Candida Sánchez-Burmester, “Geoscience Spillover: The Oil Industry and Geothermal Development in Greater California, 1960s-1970s”
  • Dante LaRiccia, “Kurt Waldheim, the United Nations, and the Campaign for a ‘World Energy Order’


Tuesday, May 14, 2024 9:00 am EDT

Chen-Pang Yeang, "Information, Cryptography, and Noise" 

Thursday, May 16, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Reproducing History: Writing Histories of the Personal
This session will focus on how historians have used their own healthcare experiences to complement and inform their research and advocacy work.

Monday, May 20, 2024 10:30 am EDT

Are the Elements and the Pañcabhūta the Same (Thing)? Epistemic Objects between
Science, Religion, and Philosophy in Colonial North India, c.1920

Dr. Charu Singh (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 2:00 pm EDT

Jonathan Galka, Harvard University, “'The offer which the ocean has given us': The Law of the Sea, the New International Economic Order, and the Promises of Manganese Nodules in the Global 1970s"

Friday, May 24, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Paul Keyser, Independent Scholar
"Neither Triumph Nor Telos"

Wednesday, May 29, 2024 12:30 pm EDT

Nithyanand Rao, Doctoral Student, University of California, San Diego.

Thursday, June 13, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Sahar Bazzaz (College of the Holy Cross): Plants of the Red Sea Littoral: PE Botta's Expedition to Yemen, 1836

Thursday, June 13, 2024 12:00 pm EDT

Katherine Arnold, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU München 

Title: TBA
Abstract: TBA

Friday, June 14, 2024 11:00 am EDT

"Windows to the Surgeon: Eye Diseases, Remedies, and Images in Early Modern German Print and Manuscript"
Alisha Rankin (Tufts)
Response: Felix Jäger (Courtauld)

Friday, June 14, 2024 1:30 pm EDT
  • Joya John, Energy Histories, Museums, and Postcolonial Development in India


Monday, June 24, 2024 8:00 pm EDT

Chuyoung Won, Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul
Jaehwan Hyun, Pusan National University, Busan
"Teaching History of (Western) Science? History of Science in General Education in South Korea "

Thursday, July 11, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Maxmillian J Chuhila (University of Dar es Salaam): Green Imperialism and Biomedical Campaigns in Colonial Tanganyika

Thursday, September 12, 2024 10:00 am EDT

Guillermo Pupo Pernet (University of Arkansas): Achiote: Painting the Town Red