Events sponsored or co-sponsored by the Consortium

April 6, 2016

Containment - A Film by Peter Galison and Robb Moss

Consortium for HSTM; Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA)

Past Consortium Events

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
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

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

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Photograph of F. G. Banting and C. H. Best with a dog on the roof of the Medical Building. Image courtesy of the University of Toronto.

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Working Groups

April 13, 2015


January 27, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Note special day. Nick Shapiro, research fellow at CHF will join the group for a discussion of his recent work published in Cultural Anthropology, “Attuning to the Chemosphere: Domestic Formaldehyde, Bodily Reasoning, and the Chemical Sublime.” The article is available for download at

February 2, 2016

History and Theory

The group will discuss Greg Dening, “Performing on the Beaches of the Mind: An Essay,” History and Theory 41, no. 1 (2002): 1-24, and Berber Bevernage, “Tales of pastness and contemporaneity: on politics of time in history and anthropology,” MS. (NOTE: The Bevernage essay is currently under review for publication; please do not circulate or discuss the paper outside of the group session.)

February 4, 2016

Biological Sciences

For its first session of 2016, the group will discuss Luis A. Campos, Radium and the Secret of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Chapters 2 and 4, and Luis Campos will join to help guide the discussion.

February 10, 2016

History and Philosophy of Science

The group will read Nancy Nersessian's Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press, 2010), chapters 1 & 2. Group members are asked to obtain their own copies of the text.

February 11, 2016

Early Sciences


February 12, 2016

Science Beyond the West

Fa-ti Fan from Binghamton University will introduce a chapter, "The People’s War against Earthquakes: Cultures of Mass Science in Mao’s China'" from his forthcoming book on earthquakes in China and Debjani Bhattacharya of Drexel will provide comments to start the discussion.

February 16, 2016


Layne Karafantis of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will introduce a dissertation chapter, “The Blue Cube: Cold War Espionage Hidden in Plain Sight.”

February 17, 2016

Physical Sciences

Kristie Macrakis of Georgia Tech and ​the Woodrow ​Wilson Center will introduce her paper, “How We Really Found Missiles on Cuba: A Story about Myths, Technology and Secret Agents.”

February 19, 2016

Medicine and Health

Wendy Kline (Purdue University) will present a chapter from her book-in-progress, Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth in Late-Twentieth-Century America.

October 5, 2016

Human Sciences