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Past Consortium Events

November 17, 2016

Workshop on New Approaches to STEM in South Asia

November 16, 2016 - November 17, 2016

New Approaches to STEM in South Asia

November 15, 2016

Christopher Jones, Arizona State University

Mid-Atlantic Routes of Power: Energy Transitions Then and Now

September 28, 2016

2016 Introductory Symposium

May 5, 2016

Charlotte Jacobs, Stanford University

Jonas Salk: A Life

April 6, 2016

Peter Galison, Harvard University

Containment - Film Screening and Discussion

December 4, 2015

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

Problematizing the Local, in Global Histories of Science

December 3, 2015

Kapil Raj, Centre Alexandre-Koyré, EHESS

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

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

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Entomology collection detail, exhibit hall, Wagner Free Institute of Science. Image courtesy of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

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Working Groups

December 6, 2016

History and Theory

The group will discuss two readings:

Bill Brown, “Overture” and “Coda” from Other Things (Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015);

Bill Brown, “Thing Theory,” Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 (2001): 1–22.

December 7, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University will introduce his paper, “Frantz Fanon in LA: Cloning Oranges and the making of the Global South.”

December 8, 2016

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

The group will discuss three readings:

J. Stannard, “Aspects of Byzantine Materia Medica,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers (1984): 205-211

J. Scarborough, “Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy,” Byzantine Garden Culture (2002), 177-188

A. Touwaide, “Latin Crusaders, Byzantine Herbals,” Visualizing Medieval Medicine (2006), 25-50

December 9, 2016

Science Beyond the West


December 13, 2016


Note Special Day

Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, will present his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”

December 14, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The author will join us to discuss her book on December 14.

December 15, 2016

Physical Sciences

Michael Barany (Dartmouth College) will introduce his recent article, “Fellow Travelers and Traveling Fellows: The Intercontinental Shaping of Modern Mathematics in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 46, Number 5, pps. 669–709. A copy of his article can be accessed here.

December 16, 2016

Medicine and Health


January 18, 2017

Human Sciences

Alicia Puglionesi, the Consortium’s NEH postdoctoral fellow, will introduce her paper, “The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”

February 2, 2017

Biological Sciences

February 3, 2017

Early Modern Science