Working Groups

The Consortium invites area scholars to join several topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress. Please contact the conveners if you would like to participate in one or more of the groups.

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 as follows, but be sure to check each group's individual schedule for changes.

Please be patient if the connection is slow when entering a group webpage.

1stHistory & TheoryEarth & Environmental SciencesBiological SciencesEarly Modern Science
2ndHistory & Philosophy of ScienceAncient and Medieval SciencesScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyHuman SciencesPhysical SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

Physical Sciences

September 15, 2016

Joanna Behrman of Johns Hopkins University will present “Domesticating Physics: Introductory Physics Textbooks for Women in Home Economics, 1914-1955”

Medicine and Health

September 16, 2016


Human Sciences

September 21, 2016


History and Theory

October 4, 2016


Earth and Environmental Sciences

October 5, 2016


Biological Sciences

October 6, 2016

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.

Early Modern Science

October 7, 2016


History and Philosophy of Science

October 12, 2016


Ancient and Medieval Sciences

October 13, 2016


Science Beyond the West

October 14, 2016



October 18, 2016


Trade card for Travis, McLewee & Ferry, manufacturer of illuminated mortar signs, late 19th century.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia