Working 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.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
1st Early Modern Science Earth & Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences Medicine and Health
2nd History & Philosophy of Science
3rd Technology


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Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:30pm

Elise Mitchell, New York University, speaking on "Smallpox Inoculation, Slavery, and Kinship in the Atlantic World." 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - 2:30pm

Our second meeting will cover "Part II: Vision" in Science in the Age of Baroque.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 6:00pm

We will discuss selections from two related and recently published books:
Pablo Gomez, The Experiential Carribean: Creating Knowledge and Healing in the Early Modern Atlantic (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2017).
Cameron Strang, Frontiers of Science: Imperialism and Natural Knowledge in the Gulf South Borderlands, 1500-1850 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2018).
The two authors will open the discussion with comments on each other's books.

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

Please join us to meet with Gina Surita, Princeton University PhD student.  Her paper "The Power of Phosphate: Making and Breaking Bonds in Wartime" is now posted.

Friday, November 8, 2019 - 9:00am

Introduction: Asia and Decolonization as Method
Session moderated by Fa-ti Fan (SUNY Binghamton)
Discussion led by Mary Augusta Brazelton, Elise Burton, Shireen Hamza and Charu Singh

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 3:00pm


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

de Regt, Understanding Scientific Understanding
Chapter 4

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Jaipreet Virdi, University of Delaware, "Dorothy Brett's 'Ear Machines': Disability, Technology and Representation"

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 2:30pm

Our final meeting for the fall will cover "Part III: Excess" in Science in the Age of Baroque.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 6:00pm

We will discuss a chapter in progress by Mary Richie McGuire (Virginia Tech) from her project “Translating Natural Knowledge in the Age of Revolution: Tobacco, Science, and the Rights of Man and Nature in the Art of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1795 to 1820."

Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 6:30pm