Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Consortium

December 3, 2015

Kapil Raj, Centre Alexandre-Koyré, EHESS

Connecting Chronologies, Constructing Historical Anthropology: William Jones in Calcutta and his Legitimation of Empire

South Asia Center, UPenn; Consortium for HSTM (Philadelphia, PA)

December 4, 2015

K. Raj (EHESS), D. Ali (UPenn), P. Gomez (UWisc., Madison), E. Lean (Columbia), C. Mavhunga (MIT), J. Radin (Yale)

Workshop: Problematizing the Local, in Global Histories of Science

South Asia Center, UPenn; Consortium for HSTM (Philadelphia, PA)

Past Consortium Events

October 28, 2015

Heidi Voskuhl, University of Pennsylvania; Youngmoo Kim, Drexel University

Dancing With Droids

October 23, 2015

Carolyn Roberts, Harvard University / Consortium for HSTM

The Mortar, the Pestle, and the Slave Trade: British Pharmacy and Slave Trading in the Eighteenth Century

September 10, 2015

2015 Introductory Symposium

February 26, 2015

Greg Eghigian, Penn State University
Anthony Enns, Dalhousie University

Alien Abduction and Psychic Spies:  On the Edges of Cold War Science

December 11, 2014

Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University and Mark Hagerott, United States Naval Academy

2014 in History:  Action at a Distance

October 30, 2014

Sharrona Pearl, University of Pennsylvania

Diagnosis, Madness: The Photographic Physiognomy of Hugh Welch Diamond

September 18, 2014

2014 Introductory Symposium

May 15, 2014

Personalized medicine in historical perspective: from antiquity to the genome age

March 25, 2014

Matt Jones, Columbia University; Helen Nissenbaum, New York University

Technology, Privacy and Security

January 29, 2014

David Kirsch, University of Maryland

The Electric Vehicle: Past, Present… and Future?

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Working Groups

April 13, 2015


December 1, 2015

History and Theory

The group will discuss Ch. 1 of Johannes Fabian, Time and the Other: How Anthropology Makes its Object (Columbia, 1983); Ch. 6 of David Carr, Time, Narrative, and History (Indiana University Press, 1991); and John Zammito, “Koselleck’s Philosophy of Historical Time(s) and the Practice of History,” History and Theory 43 (2004): 124-35. (We are re-posting the Zammito, since we didn’t get a chance to finish discussing it last time.)

December 2, 2015

Earth and Environmental Sciences

The group will discuss a recent forum on “Technology, Ecology, and Human Health since 1850,” Environmental History 20 (2015): 710-804. Participants can choose to read some or all of the essays. The group’s conveners (Benson, Roberts, and Vetter) will introduce specific themes and topics relevant to their own work to instigate the conversation.

December 3, 2015

Science Beyond the West

No regular session this month, but members are invited to attend a 2-day lecture and workshop on "The Local and the Global in History of Science," Dec. 3rd - Dec. 4th in Philadelphia, PA, featuring guest speaker and participant Kapil Raj (EHESS, Paris). The lecture and workshop are organized by Projit Mukharji and co-sponsored by the South Asia Center at UPenn, as well as the Consortium for HSTM. Read more and RSVP here.

December 3, 2015

Biological Sciences

The theme for our next meeting will be migration and the biological sciences with an eye to exploring some exciting recent literature. Lijing Jiang at Nanyang Technological University will lead the discussion of two papers centering on two kinds of biological sciences, and a third, which provides us with relevant insights on Chinese/American Scientists. Readings: Lijing Jiang, “Retouching the Past with Living Things: Indigenous Species, Tradition, and Biological Research in Republican China, 1918–1937” (manuscript). Lisa Onaga, “Ray Wu as Fifth Business: Deconstructing Collective Memory in the History of DNA Sequencing.” Std. Hist. Phil. Biol. Biomed. Sci. (2014) 46: 1-14. Background Reading: Zuoyue Wang, “Transnational Science and the Cold War. The Case of Chinese/American Scientists.” Isis 2010 101: 367-377.

December 9, 2015

History and Philosophy of Science

This semester, the group will read Theodore Arabatzis's book Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005). Please obtain your own copy and read chapters 6, 7, and 8 for this meeting.

December 10, 2015

Early Sciences


December 15, 2015


Jennifer Alexander of the University of Minnesota will introduce her article, “Technological Critique and the Founding of the Technology and Social Justice Movement:  Jacques Ellul at the World Council of Churches, Amsterdam, 1948.”

December 17, 2015

Physical Sciences

Ruth Rand, Consortium for HSTM and UPenn, TBA

December 18, 2015

Medicine and Health

Heidi Knoblauch of Bard College will join the group to discuss her paper, “Collecting Patients: Clinical Photographs, Record Keeping, and Privacy in the United States, 1862-1939.”

February 3, 2016

Human Sciences