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

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). 

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:00am

In this second session, we will read Johan Heilbron, Nicolas Guilhot, and Laurent Jeanpierre, "Toward a Transnational History of the Social Sciences" (2008) and a draft paper co-authored by one of our members, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz (and Adam Kendon), "The Natural History of an Interview and the Microanalysis of Behavior in Social Interaction: A Critical Moment in Research Practice".

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”

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, 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”

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 12:00pm

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