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.
Please be patient if the connection is slow when entering a group webpage.
December 2, 2016
- NOTE SPECIAL TIME: 5:00-6:30 PM EST
- Bob Westman of UCSD and André Goddu of Stonehill College will discuss with group participants their recent work on Copernicus.
Robert S. Westman, Copernicus and the Astrologers, Dibner Library Lecture, December 12, 2013, Smithsonian Libraries. (Available here.)
André Goddu, “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” Isis, v 107, no 2, June 2016, pp. 225-253. (DOI: 10.1086/687031)
December 6, 2016
- The group will discuss two readings:
- Bill Brown, “Overture” and “Coda” from Other Things (Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015);
- Bill Brown, “Thing Theory,” Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 (2001): 1–22.
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.”
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
December 9, 2016
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.”
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.
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.
December 16, 2016
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.”
February 2, 2017