Working 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.

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

To join a group:

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  2. Click on a group below
  3. Click on the "Membership" tab and select "Request Group Membership"

Submit a discussion paper for one of the working groups.

Upcoming Meetings

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Tuesday, August 16, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

"Oceans in the Archives"
Join us as a panel of archivists introduce us their collections on ocean history, finding aids and funding for researchers.
Laura Kissel, Polar Curator (Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center Archival Program, The Ohio State University)
Daniel Lewis, Dibner Senior Curator History of Science & Technology (The Huntington Library, Art Museum & Botanical Gardens)

Friday, August 19, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Guest: Marcelo Lima Loreto, PhD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research Fellow at CHSTM, US.
Title of the presentation: "Repercussions of Lysenkoism in Brazil [Manuscript of the book]"
Reading: Text will be attached soon. Doctoral thesis can be accessed here.

Friday, September 9, 2022 10:00 am EDT

For this week, we will read and discuss:
Jakobina Arch, Bringing Whales Ashore: Oceans and the Environment of Early Modern Japan (Washington University Press, 2018), introduction (3-22) and chapter 3 (79-109).

Friday, September 9, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Daniel Trambaiolo (Hong Kong University)
“Manufacturing and Marketing Medicines in Tokugawa Japan”
Comment by Yan Liu (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

Friday, September 16, 2022 12:00 pm EDT


Tuesday, September 20, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Jack Bouchard, Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Two chapters from his manuscript Terra Nova: Work, Water and Food in an Early Atlantic World

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 10:00 am EDT

In this session, we will read Silvio Waisbord's an excerpt from Communication: A Post-Discipline [introduction and chapter five] (2019) as well as Christian Pentzold, Anna Seikel, Erik Koenen, & Jakob Jünger's “Talking the Talk but Not Walking the Walk: A Study of ICA Presidential Addresses.”

Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Lavinia Maddaluno (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice)
“Water Management and Public Health in Spanish Milan”

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Urna Mukherjee, Johns Hopkins University.

Friday, October 21, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Pamela Block (Stony Brook University, New York, US)
Richard Scotch (University of Texas at Dallas, US)
Allison C. Carey (Shippensburg University, PA, US)
Title of the presentation: "Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities"

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

Ben Breen (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Colonial Magic and Spaces of Healing in the Seventeenth Century"
Comment by Philippa Carter (University of Cambridge)

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 2:00 pm EST

Samantha Muka, Stevens Institute of Technology

Friday, November 18, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Thomas F. Glick, Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston University, US. 
Personal website:
Title of the presentation: "Darwin and Darwinism in Uruguay”
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 am EST

Meredith Gamer (Columbia University)
“William Hunter's Bedside Manner”
Comment by Mary Fissell (John Hopkins University)

Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Henrique Caldeira, PhD candidate, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Title of the presentation: "The Creation-Evolution Controversy in Brazil (1960-1990)"
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Friday, February 17, 2023 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Jorge Quetzal Argueta Prado, México. [Still to be confirmed]
Title of the presentation: The title will be announced soon.
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 2:00 pm EDT

Dominik Hünniger, Universität Hamburg "The museum at sea - collecting ecologies of marine micro-fauna at the Museum Godeffroy (ca. 1861-1885)"