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.

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1stHistory & TheoryEarth & Environmental SciencesBiological Sciences
2ndHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyPhysical SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

Physical Sciences

April 20, 2016

Teasel Elizabeth Muir-Harmony of the American Institute of Physics will introduce her paper “From the Moon to Japan: The US Exhibition of a Lunar Rock at the 1970 Osaka World’s Fair.”


April 26, 2016

Note special day. Lee Vinsel of the Stevens Institute of Technology will introduce his paper, “John Staudenmaier’s Technology’s Storytellers as a Political Theology.”

History and Theory

May 3, 2016

The group will discuss Michel Serres with Bruno Latour, Conversations on Science, Culture, and Time (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan Press, 1995): 43-76, and John Zammito, “History/Philosophy/Science: Some Lessons for Philosophy of History,” History and Theory 50 (2011): 390-413. To get a feeling for Serres, the following text is also suggested: Michel Serres, “Mathematics and Philosophy: What Thales Saw...” in Hermes: Literature, Science, Philosophy (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982): 84-97.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

May 4, 2016

Tiago Saraiva (Drexel University) will share his paper, “The Scientific Co-Op: Cloning Oranges and Democracy in the Progressive Era.”

Biological Sciences

May 5, 2016

The group will discuss Raf de Bont, Stations in the Field: A History of Place-Based Animal Research, 1870-1930 (University of Chicago Press, 2014). We will be reading the Introduction, Chapter 1, and Conclusion. The book enables us to continue with our theme of examining the biological sciences in the twenties and thirties, as well as the turn of the century, but it also enables us to examine the place of science, as well as introducing us to a staggering number of European research in the life sciences during this interval of time (and it isn’t only the traditional “center” of Germany, France and England). Join us for what promises to be a wonderful way to end the season.

Science Beyond the West

May 6, 2016

Note special day. Professor Nükhet Varlık (Rutgers) will present her article in progress, "Epidemiological Orientalism." Professor Marta Hanson (Johns Hopkins) will be joining the discussion as respondent.

Medicine and Health

September 16, 2016


Human Sciences

October 5, 2016


History and Philosophy of Science

October 12, 2016


Early Sciences

October 13, 2016


Undated photograph, limnology lab, ANS. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.