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

Upcoming Meetings

Biological Sciences

October 27, 2016

Note Special Day

The group will discuss two recent articles with their authors: “Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama,” by Megan Raby of University of Texas, Austin and “The Right Tool and the Right Place for the Job: The Importance of the Field in Experimental Neurophysiology, 1880-1945” by Samantha Muka of the University of Pennsylvania.

History and Theory

November 1, 2016

The group will discuss two articles:

Marisol De La Cadena, “Indigenous Cosmopolitics in the Andes: Conceptual Reflections beyond ‘Politics,’” Cultural Anthropology 25, no. 2 (May 1, 2010): 334–70

Tim Ingold, “Materials against Materiality,” Archaeological Dialogues 14, no. 1 (June 2007): 1–16

History and Philosophy of Science

November 9, 2016

​This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino's Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). On Wednesday, November 9 we will discuss Chapters 5-8. Devin Curry will introduce the readings.

Ancient and Medieval Sciences

November 10, 2016


Science Beyond the West

November 11, 2016



November 15, 2016

Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University will introduce his draft book chapter, “Frantz Fanon in LA: Californian Clones and French Settlers in Colonial Algeria.”

Human Sciences

November 16, 2016


Physical Sciences

November 17, 2016

Sarah Bridger (CalPoly), title TBD

Medicine and Health

November 18, 2016


Early Modern Science

December 2, 2016


Earth and Environmental Sciences

December 7, 2016

Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University will introduce his paper, “Frantz Fanon in LA: Cloning Oranges and the making of the Global South.”

Portrait of Dr. Hideyo Noguchi. Image courtesy of the Rockefeller Archive Center.