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 & TheoryHuman SciencesBiological SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2ndHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyPhysical Sciences
(Spring 2016)
Physical Sciences
(Fall 2015)
Medicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings


September 15, 2015


Physical Sciences

September 17, 2015

Anthony Eames of Georgetown will introduce his paper, “Payload, Precision, and Politics: The Social-Scientific Construction of a Cold War Weapon System.”

Biological Sciences

October 1, 2015

We will start the year by discussing Marwa Elshakry’s Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860-1950 (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Participants are asked to obtain a copy of the book on their own.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

October 2, 2015


History and Theory

October 6, 2015


Human Sciences

October 7, 2015


Early Sciences

October 8, 2015


Science Beyond the West

October 9, 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.

History and Philosophy of Science

October 14, 2015


Medicine and Health

October 30, 2015


Preparing high altitude cosmic ray experiment, W.F.G. Swann (1884-1962)
Image courtesy of the American Philosophical Society