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


Upcoming Meetings

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

December 8, 2016

The group will discuss three readings:

J. Stannard, “Aspects of Byzantine Materia Medica,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers (1984): 205-211

J. Scarborough, “Herbs of the Field and Herbs of the Garden in Byzantine Medicinal Pharmacy,” Byzantine Garden Culture (2002), 177-188

A. Touwaide, “Latin Crusaders, Byzantine Herbals,” Visualizing Medieval Medicine (2006), 25-50

Technology

December 13, 2016

Note Special Day

Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, will present his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”

History and Philosophy of Science

December 14, 2016

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The author will join us to discuss her book on December 14.

Physical Sciences

December 15, 2016

Michael Barany (Dartmouth College) will introduce his recent article, “Fellow Travelers and Traveling Fellows: The Intercontinental Shaping of Modern Mathematics in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 46, Number 5, pps. 669–709. A copy of his article can be accessed here.

Science Beyond the West

January 13, 2017

TBA

Human Sciences

January 18, 2017

Alicia Puglionesi, the Consortium’s NEH postdoctoral fellow, will introduce her paper, “The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”

Medicine and Health

January 27, 2017

TBA

Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 1, 2017

Biological Sciences

February 2, 2017

Early Modern Science

February 3, 2017

History and Theory

February 7, 2017

TBA

Burdock Blood Bitters almanac for 1887. Image courtesy of the University of Toronto.