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.

1stHistory & TheoryPhysical SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2ndLife Sciences and Natural HistoryHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyHuman SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

Early Sciences

April 9, 2015


Life Sciences and Natural History

April 14, 2015

Lijing Jiang, Postdoc, Nanyang Technological University will introduce selections from Animals on Display (eds. Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen Rader, and Adam Dodd; Penn State University Press, 2013) with special guest participant Henry McGhie (Manchester Museum, UK).

Human Sciences

April 15, 2015

Erika Milam of Princeton University will introduce her draft chapter, “Death of the Killer Ape: the ‘New’ Politics of Humans as Animals”

Medicine and Health

April 17, 2015

A discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.


April 21, 2015

Arwen Mohun of the University of Delaware will introduce her paper, “Constructing the History of Risk: STS and Beyond.”

Earth and Environmental Sciences

April 24, 2015

Note Special Date. Lisa Ruth Rand of the University of Pennsylvania, title TBA

History and Theory

May 5, 2015

The group will discuss Peter Sloterdijk, The Art of Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2012). Group members are asked to acquire a copy of this text independently.

Physical Sciences

May 6, 2015

Vivien Hamilton, Harvey Mudd College TBA

History and Philosophy of Science

May 13, 2015


Science Beyond the West

September 11, 2015


Gilbert Chemistry Experiment Lab, No.12052, Photograph by Gregory Tobias. Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.