Working Groups

The Consortium invites 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. Scholars can participate in person or online.

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.

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

Upcoming Meetings

Human Sciences

October 19, 2016

Besides organizing the upcoming schedule, the group will discuss the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health by Greg Eghigian (Penn State University).

Physical Sciences

October 20, 2016

John Krige of Georgia Tech will be discussing chapter two from his book Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe (MIT 2016).  Chapter 1 is also available for download for additional background.

Early Modern Science

October 21, 2016

Note Special Day

Participant in Consortium Working Groups are invited to attend remotely a symposium held at the University of Minnesota.  The symposium will produce a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History on the topic “Beyond the ’Scientific Revolution:’ Thinking Globally about the History of Modern Science.” The presenters are:
Jorge Canizares Esguerra, UT Austin
Hal Cook, Brown
Harun Küçük, UPenn
Carla Nappi, UBC
Ahmed Ragab, Harvard
Kapil Raj, EHESS Paris
Daniela Bleichmar, USC
JB Shank, UMN
Program and details


October 25, 2016

Note Special Day
Ruth Rand
, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Salvaging Space: Refuse, Reuse, and the Pursuit of Orbital Economy, 1968-1986”

Earth and Environmental Sciences

October 26, 2016

Note Special Day
Catherine Dunlop (Montana State University), author of Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland (Chicago, 2015) and Bill Rankin (Yale University), author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others’ books.

Biological Sciences

October 27, 2016

Note Special Day

The group will discuss two recent articles with their authors: “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.

Medicine and Health

October 28, 2016

Note Special Day Topic TBA

History and Theory

November 1, 2016


History and Philosophy of Science

November 9, 2016

​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, November 9 we will discuss Chapters 5-8. Devin Curry will introduce the readings.

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

November 10, 2016


Science Beyond the West

November 11, 2016


An early lithograph from the Journal of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, volume 1, 1817. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.