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.


Active Groups


Upcoming Groups for 2020-2021

Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

Cameron Brinitzer, "The Colour Sense: Between the Lab, Field, and Garden" (work in progress). 

Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:00am

In this initial session, we will read the introduction to Roger Backhouse and Philippe Fontaine, eds., A Historiography of the Modern Social Sciences (2014) and a draft paper from one of our co-conveners, Dave Park, "The Pre-History of ICA: NSSC, the Communication Course, and the Field of Communication in the Mid-20th Century."
Note: Download the two readings as a single zip file in the "Readings" tab in the upper left.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 2:00pm

Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology, selections from her new book Deep Cut: Science, Power, and the Unbuilt Interoceanic Canal (University of Georgia Press, 2020).

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 - 2:00pm

Vaughn Scribner, Central Arkansas University, selections from his new book Merpeople: A Human History (Reaktion Books, 2020)

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 3:00pm

Gabriel Coren, "Sounding Ethnos: composition by field" (work in progress). 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 2:00pm

Sean Fraga, University of Southern California, "Settler Steamboats: Mobility, Settler Colonialism, and Steam Power in the Terraqueous Pacific Northwest, 1846–1872"

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 12:00pm

William deJong-Lambert, Bronx Community College (CUNY), “Synthesizing a Synthesis: The Relationship between Theodosius Dobzhansky, Andre Dreyfus, Crodowaldo Pavan and Antonio Brito da Cunha”

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

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