Working Groups

Active 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.

We are accepting applications for new working groups for 2021. In response to multiple requests, the deadline has been extended to November 30, 2020.

Propose a New Working Group

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

Upcoming Meetings

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 12:00 pm EST

Session 3: "Race, slavery, ethnography"
This session considers two very different texts—one ethnographic, one historical—that consider racism, race science, and slavery as central structures of "enlightened" industrial modernity:

Friday, December 4, 2020 9:00 am EST

Syllabus Workshop with Science beyond the West (Department of History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania) 

Friday, December 4, 2020 3:30 pm EST

Errors, Ethics, and Professional Status from the Middle Ages to Modern
AAHM Ann Arbor 2.0, 2020 Conference Panel 5


Walton Schalick, III, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Errare humanum est:” Medical Errors in the Middle Ages


Fedir Razumenko, University of Calgary
Bridging Clinical Investigation with Ethical Regulation: Four Pioneering Gynecologic Cancer Trials in Canada, 1974-1984


Wednesday, December 9, 2020 12:00 pm EST

Arnaud Zimmern will present his WIP titled "Bacon on Boldness, or How to Promise the Prolongation of Life."
You can find the paper abstract below, and the pre-circulated will be available in the same place closer to the event. The session will take place over Zoom, which you can access on the date through the link on this page.
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to either coordinator. 
Megan Piorko

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 6:30 pm EST

Epstein, The Ant Trap
Ch. 10-12 (Ch. 13 optional)

Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:00 am EST

Reproduction and Representation: Visualizing the Maternal Body, 1880–1900
By: Jessica M. Dandona

Monday, December 14, 2020 10:00 am EST
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 6:00 pm EST

No meeting is scheduled for December.

Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:00 pm EST

We invite doctoral students to join us for a Lightning Round on December 17. See flyer below for more details. 
Invitamos a estudiantes de doctorado a nuestra sesión de diciembre 17 en la que tendremos un Lightning Round. Para más información ver el cartel acá abajo.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Session 4: "Antiblackness and indigeneity"
Main readings:

Monday, January 11, 2021 10:00 am EST
  • Time-Buddy
  •  Presenter: Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta
  • Topic: Readings from Sanskrit alchemical literature.  The Rasendramaṅgala of Nāgārjuna Siddha
  • Bibliography
    Friday, January 15, 2021 9:00 am EST

    Discussion: Bian He's Know Your Remedies and Harun Kuçuk's Science without Leisure

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 2:00 pm EST

    Emily Hutcheson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Making Mutually Beneficial Ties: Anna Weber-van Bosse, Symbiosis and the Beginnings of the Self-organized Algological Network, 1880-1904"

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

    Session 5: "Racism in science"
    Main readings:

    Monday, February 8, 2021 10:00 am EST
    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 6:30 pm EST

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

    Friday, February 12, 2021 9:00 am EST

    Workshop: Noa Nahmias (York University)

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 2:00 pm EST

    Katharina Steiner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, chapter from her book manuscript Visualizing Marine Biology: Wilhelm Giesbrecht and the Naples Zoological Stations 1880-1913

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 6:00 pm EST

    Johan Gärdebo, Thematic Studies in Environmental Change, Linköping University. "Following the verbs: How 'Observing the Earth' eventually became the Earth observation satellite SPOT, 1975-1995."

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

    Session 6: "Policing in applied/public anthropology"
    Main Readings

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 6:30 pm EST

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

    Monday, March 15, 2021 10:00 am EDT
    Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

    Samm Newton, University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Pteropods Realized: From Bio-indication to Bio-inspiration"

    Friday, March 19, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

    Elise Burton, Genetic Crossroads: The Middle East and the Science of Human Heredity (Stanford University Press, 2021)
    Elena Aronova, Scientific History: Experiments in History and Politics from the Bolshevik Revolution to the End of the Cold War (Chicago University Press, 2021)

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

    Session 7: "Visualization"
    Main Readings

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 6:30 pm EDT

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

    Monday, April 19, 2021 10:00 am EDT
    Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

    Larrie Ferreiro, George Mason University, "The Technology of Armed Oceangoing Ships and the Rise of Overseas Empires"

    Friday, April 23, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

    Workshop: Minakshi Menon (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021 12:00 pm EDT

    Session 8: "Data futures"
    Main Readings

    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 2:00 pm EDT

    Judy Johns Schloegel, Independent Scholar, "Instituting Biology in the Great Lakes: Scientific Survey Work and Inland Seas Maritime Culture, 1893-1903"