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.
|1st||History & Theory||Earth & Environmental Sciences||Biological Sciences|
|2nd||History & Philosophy of Science||Early Science||Science Beyond the West|
|3rd||Technology||Physical Sciences||Medicine and Health|
January 27, 2016
- 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 www.culanth.org/articles/781-attuning-to-the-chemosphere-domestic.
February 2, 2016
- 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
- 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
- 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
February 12, 2016
- 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
- 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
- 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