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 & TheoryPhysical SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2ndLife Sciences and Natural HistoryHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyHuman SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings


April 21, 2015

Arwen Mohun of the University of Delaware will introduce her paper, “Constructing the History of Risk: STS and Beyond.”

Earth and Environmental Sciences

April 24, 2015

Note Special Date. Lisa Ruth Rand of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce her paper “Under the Copper Curtain: Project West Ford and the Roots of Outer Space Environmentalism, 1958-1964.”

History and Theory

May 5, 2015

The group will discuss Peter Sloterdijk, The Art of Philosophy (Columbia University Press, 2012). Group members are asked to acquire a copy of this text on their own.

Physical Sciences

May 6, 2015

Vivien Hamilton, Harvey Mudd College TBA

History and Philosophy of Science

May 13, 2015


Life Sciences and Natural History

September 8, 2015


Early Sciences

September 10, 2015


Science Beyond the West

September 11, 2015


Human Sciences

September 16, 2015


Medicine and Health

September 18, 2015


Boyle's Sceptical Chymist (1661). Image courtesy of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.