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September 28, 2016

2016 Introductory Symposium

Consortium for HSTM

The annual Introductory Symposium is a day-long event in which a broad range of scholars conducting original research in the history of science, technology or medicine present brief synopses of their work, and discuss it with each other and with a larger audience. Join us in person, or watch online.

November 15, 2016

Christopher Jones, Arizona State University

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

Drexel University and the Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine (Philadelphia, PA)

Past Consortium Events

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

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

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Dr. Ruth Patrick, collecting from a stream. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

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Working Groups

October 4, 2016

History and Theory

This year’s theme for the History & Theory Working Group is “ontology and materiality.” They will begin with a discussion of two essays: Greg Anderson’s “Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past: The Case for an Ontological Turn” and Paul Roth’s “Ways of Pastmaking.”

October 5, 2016

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Abe Gibson of Arizona State will introduce selections from his new book, Feral Animals in the American South, Cambridge University Press, 2016.



1. The trouble with ferality: domestication as coevolution and the nature of broken symbioses

4. Nascent domestication initiatives and their effects on ferality: claiming dominion in the antebellum South

5. Anthropogenic improvement and assaults on fertility: divergent fates in the industrializing South

6.  Everything in its right place: wild, domestic, and feral populations in the modern South

Note: if you own or have access to “Feral Animals in the American South” through your university library, either in hardcopy or as an ebook through, please access it directly. Libraries (and publishers) track usage.

October 6, 2016

Biological Sciences

The group will discuss two recent articles: “Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama,” by Megan Raby of University of Texas, Austin and “The Right Tool and the Right Place for the Job: The Importance of the Field in Experimental Neurophysiology, 1880-1945” by Samantha Muka of the University of Pennsylvania.

October 7, 2016

Early Modern Science


October 12, 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). On Wednesday, October 12 we will discuss Chapters 1-4. Nabeel Hamid will introduce the readings.

October 13, 2016

Ancient and Medieval Sciences


October 14, 2016

Science Beyond the West

The group will discuss three articles:
"Intimidation, Coercion and Resistance in the Final Stages of the South Asian Smallpox Eradication Campaign, 1973-1975"
by Paul Greenough
Soc. Sci. Med. Vol.41, No. 5, pp. 633-645,1995

"Chimeric globalism: Global health in the shadow of the dengue vaccine"
by Alex M. Nading
American Ethnologist, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 356­-370, 2015

"`He is now like a brother, I can even give him some blood' -- Relational ethics and material exchanges in a malaria vaccine `trial community' in The Gambia"
by P. Wenzel Geissler, Ann Kelly, Babatunde Imoukhuede and Robert Pool
Social Science & Medicine 67 (2008) 696-707

October 18, 2016


Lisa Rand, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Title, TBD

October 19, 2016

Human Sciences


October 20, 2016

Physical Sciences

John Krige of George Tech will be discussing a chapter from his book Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe (MIT 2016)

October 28, 2016

Medicine and Health

Note Special Day Topic TBA