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.
March 27, 2015
- Note Special Date. Jeremy Vetter of the University of Arizona will introduce his paper, “Field Stations and the Problem of Scale: Local, Regional, and Global at the Desert Lab”
March 31, 2015
- Note Special Date. Nathan Ensmenger of Indiana University will introduce his paper, “Dirty Bits: An Environmental History of Computing.”
April 1, 2015
- Andrew Zangwill, Georgia Tech TBA
April 7, 2015
- The group will discuss selections from You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk. Further details TBA.
April 8, 2015
- The group will discuss Chapters 6 and 7 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity. Kevin Connolly of UPenn will introduce Chapter 6 and Flavia Padovani of Drexel University will introduce Chapter 7.
April 9, 2015
April 10, 2015
- The group will discuss Roberto Chauca of the University of Florida's draft dissertation chapter, "Missionary Foundational Narratives and the Ambiguous Naming of Amazonia."
April 14, 2015
Lijing Jiang, Postdoc, Nanyang Technological University will introduce selections from Animals on Display (eds. Liv Emma Thorsen, Karen Rader, and Adam Dodd; Penn State University Press, 2013) with special guest participant Henry McGhie (Manchester Museum, UK).
April 15, 2015
April 17, 2015
- A discussion between two authors who have recently written books about pain: Keith Wailoo, the author of Pain: A Political History, and Joanna Bourke, the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers. Keith will comment on Joanna’s book, Joanna on Keith’s, and then we will open the floor for questions from the seminar participants.