Working Groups

Active Groups

The Consortium invites area 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 groups meets monthly. All interested scholars are welcome, either in person at the Consortium's offices in Philadelphia, or online via web conferencing software.

Working groups and their regularly scheduled meeting days are listed below. To join a group, click on that group's name, then the "Request group membership" link.

Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

Group Building and Extended Introductions. For our opening meeting of this academic year, instead of a typical workshop or presentation, we will try something new, to help everyone become better acquainted with one another: we invite all participants who attend to give an extended introduction of themselves along with a brief (1-2 minute) elevator pitch of a research project they are working on, followed by a question or two after each one from someone else who is there.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 8:00am

Carlos S. Dimas, University of Nevada
State Visions: Exploring the Argentine Landscape in the Gran Chaco, 1870-1910
 

Friday, October 2, 2020 - 3:30pm

Haejoo Kim, Syracuse University, "Medical Liberty in Nineteenth-Century Anti-Vaccination Rhetoric." Comment by Pamela K. Gilbert, University of Florida.

 
 

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 8:00am

Robert Rouphail, Susquehanna University
Race, Cyclones, and the End of Empire in Mauritius
 

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:00am

A Tale of Two Stories: Unearthing the 1939 Dickinson-Belskie Birth Series Sculptures & the Process of Sharing Them With Many Different Worlds
By: Rosemarie Holz, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12:00pm

 
Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh will present his WIP titled "Monuments, hermeneutics, or astronomy? China and the invention of Enlightenment history, ca 1650-1760."
 
You can find the paper abstract under the "Readings" tab, 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 "Participate" tab on this page.
 
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to either coordinator. 
 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 6:30pm

Epstein, The Ant Trap
Ch. 1-4

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 10:00am
  • Time Buddy
  •  Continuing the program from the previous session.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 2:00pm

Will Scates-Frances, Australian National University, "Captain Vanderford's Rule" (from his dissertation "Faces of Nature: The Race Thinking of Charles Pickering on the United States South Seas Exploring Expedition 1838-1842")

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 6:00pm

Eric Hintz, Lemelson Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. "Moneyball: the Computational Turn in Professional Sports" 

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 2:00pm

Where to publish? Donde publicar?
Professors Leida Fernández-Prieto (Asclepio), Marcos Cueto (História, Ciências, Saúde– Manguinhos), and Leandro Rodriguez (Tapuya) will facilitate the conversation on publishing outlets available to scholars working on the history of science, technology, and medicine in Latin America.

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 12:30pm

Adrianna Link, American Philosophical Society: "Cultural Diplomacy, Conservation, and Computers: Designing an International Center in the Smithsonian Quadrangle"

Friday, November 6, 2020 - 3:30pm

Kelly O’Donnell, NEH Postdoctoral Fellow, CHSTM, “‘Public Relations in Action’: Doctors’ Wives and the Fight Against Socialized Medicine, 1924–1965.” Commentary by Naomi Rogers, Yale University.
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 12:00pm

 
Sietske Fransen will present her WIP titled "Publishing Science in the Seventeenth Century: The cases of Father and Son Van Helmont."
 
The paper abstract and pre-circulated paper will be available under the "Readings" tab closer to the event. The session will take place over Zoom, which you can access on the date through the "Participate" tab on this page.
 
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to either coordinator. 
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - 6:30pm

Epstein, The Ant Trap
Ch. 5-9

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 10:00am
  • Time Buddy
  • Continuing the program from the previous session
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

Tamara Fernando, University of Cambridge, “Seeing like the Sea: The Pearl Fishery of Ceylon as a Maritime Assemblage 1799-1925”

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:00pm

William Vogel, University of Minnesota. "Negotiating Cultures of Concealment: Scientists, the Military, and Biological Weapons"  

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

Claude-Olivier Doron, Université Paris Diderot, Precisa de título (title forthcoming)

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 12:30pm

Lukas Rieppel, Brown University: Talk Title TBA

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 12:00pm

 
Arnaud Zimmern will present his WIP titled "Bacon on Boldness, or How to Promise the Prolongation of Life."
 
You can find the paper abstract under the "Readings" tab, 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 "Participate" tab on this page.
 
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to either coordinator. 
 

Wednesday, December 9, 2020 - 6:30pm

Epstein, The Ant Trap
TBA, selections from Ch. 10-16

Monday, December 14, 2020 - 10:00am
Monday, January 11, 2021 - 10:00am
  • Time-Buddy
  •  Presenter: Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta
  • Topic: Readings from Sanskrit alchemical literature.  The Rasendramaṅgala of Nāgārjuna Siddha
  • Bibliography
    Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - 2:00pm

    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"

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

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 6:00pm

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

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

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

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

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 6:30pm

    Leonelli, Data-Centric Biology
    TBA, selections

    Monday, April 19, 2021 - 10:00am