Working Groups

The Consortium invites area scholars to join one or more topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress.

Instructions for participation:

  1. Click on the name of a group below.
  2. Select "Request group membership."
  3. Await updates and instructions for participating online or in person

Each of the groups meets one evening or afternoon each month at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online. The regular meeting days are listed below. Changes to the regular schedule will be announced on each group's mailing list and posted on its webpage.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
1st Science Beyond the West Earth & Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences Early Modern Science
2nd History & Philosophy of Science Ancient and Medieval Sciences History & Theory
3rd Technology Human Sciences Physical Sciences Medicine and Health


Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

Note Special Day
We will be discussing articles in the special issue of the journal History of the Human Sciences on "Psychology and its Publics." 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 6:00pm

We will discuss two recently published papers on the history of climate change, which take very different approaches to the topic:
Supran, Geoffrey, and Naomi Oreskes. "Assessing Exxonmobil's Climate Change Communications (1977-2014)." Environmental Research Letters 12 (2017).
Coen, Deborah R. "Big Is a Thing of the Past: Climate Change and Methodology in the History of Ideas." Journal of the History of Ideas 77 (2016): 305-21.

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

Chapters 13, 14 and 15 of Marianne Sommer, History Within: The Science, Culture, and Politics of Bones, Organisms and Molecules (University of Chicago Press, 2016). We will be focusing on the "molecules" part of this ambitious and long book, and especially the work done by people like Luca Cavalli-Sforza and Mark Feldman at Stanford University on human population genetics, genomics and the "genographic project."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 2:30pm

Note Special Day and Time
James C. Scott, The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009), Chapters 4, 6, 6.5, 7 and Conclusion.
Continuing conversations around anti-stadial theories of history, shatter zones, friction, political agency and the objects of history, capture, enclosure, fugitivity and refuge. And whether eating roots is more fun than growing grain.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 6:15pm

Chapters 5-8 of About Method.  The discussion will be opened by Tawrin Baker (UPenn)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 6:00pm

Note Special Day
Katie Boyce-Jacino (Johns Hopkins) will present on planetariums in Weimar Germany

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 9:30am

Matthew Shindell, National Air and Space Museum, Title TBD

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 12:00pm


Friday, November 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

Daniel Goldberg (University of Denver): “‘The Evidence of the Lost Eye was so Palpable’: The Testimonial Significance of Visible Disabilities in Civil War Veterans’ Encounters with the North Carolina Pension Act of 1885”

Friday, December 1, 2017 - 12:00pm