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|
|Medicine and Health|
September 30, 2015
Note Special Day
- Larry Kessler from Temple Univ. will share his paper, “‘Overcoming Nature by Nature’: Biological Pest Control and the Campaign for Hawaiian Annexation.”
October 6, 2015
- The group will discuss Dipesh Chakrabarty, “The Climate of History: Four Theses,” Critical Inquiry 35, no. 2 (2009): 197–222, and Reinhard Koselleck, “Chapter 6: Time and History,” from The Practice of Conceptual History: Timing History, Spacing Concepts (Stanford University Press, 2002).
October 7, 2015
- Note Special Day and Time, 3:30-5:00 Eastern For our first meeting of the Early Sciences Working Group, we will be joining the “Science Beyond the West” group for a special event: Dimitri Gutas and H. Floris Cohen will discuss Cohen’s recent book, How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam University Press, 2011). Online participants for this session should join from the webpage for the working group on science beyond the West.
October 7, 2015
- The group welcomes Dimitri Gutas of Yale University and Floris Cohen of Utrecht University as guest participants. Gutas will comment on Cohen's How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam University Press, 2011). Cohen will reply, and then the group will discuss.
October 14, 2015
- This semester, the group will read Theodore Arabatzis's book Representing Electrons: A Biographical Approach to Theoretical Entities (Chicago, 2005). Please obtain your own copy and read the first three chapters for this meeting.
October 15, 2015
- Lillian Hoddeson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will introduce her book chapter on “Stanford Ovshinsky and the Invention of the Nicke-Metal-Hydride Battery”
October 20, 2015
- Michelle Murphy of the University of Toronto will introduce her paper, “The Economization of Life.”
October 30, 2015
- Note Special Day TBA
November 5, 2015
- Robin Scheffler at MIT will lead a discussion of chapters 1, 4 and 6 of Doogab Yi’s exciting new book The Recombinant University: Genetic Engineering and the Emergence of Stanford Biotechnology (University of Chicago Press, 2015).
February 3, 2016