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 Science Beyond the West Earth & Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences Medicine and Health
2nd History & Philosophy of Science Early Modern Science
3rd Technology Human Sciences History & Theory Physical Sciences

Ancient and Medieval Sciences


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Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

We will discuss a chapter in progress by Hadeel Assali (Columbia University), "Moses Everywhere: Geology and Southern Palestine."

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 6:30pm
Our guest: Tom Quick, Research Associate, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester and 2019 DeBakey Fellow at the National Library of Medicine.
We will be looking at two readings:
First, a shortened version (a summary) of an article currently under revision for The Historical Journal, and second, a work in progress that Quick will submit to a
journal in the near future.
Friday, October 4, 2019 - 3:30pm

Sarah Naramore, Sewanee: The University of the South, presents a chapter from her dissertation on Benjamin Rush, on the way that the distinctive American climate and geography called forth a uniquely American medicine.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tech Working Group will not meet on October 15, due to the upcoming international SHOT conference

Wednesday, October 16, 2019 - 6:30pm


Friday, November 1, 2019 - 3:30pm


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


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 6:30pm


Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

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

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."