Working Groups

The Center 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 Center. The regular meeting days are as follows, but be sure to check each group's individual schedule for changes.

1stHistory & TheoryPhysical SciencesEarth & Environmental Sciences
2ndNatural History and Life SciencesHistory & Philosophy of ScienceEarly ScienceScience Beyond the West
3rdTechnologyHuman SciencesMedicine and Health

Upcoming Meetings

Human Sciences

November 19, 2014

Whitney Laemmli of UPenn will introduce a draft dissertation chapter “‘Dance as the Measure of Man’: Alan Lomax, Choreometrics, and the History of Humankind (1965-1985)”

History and Theory

December 2, 2014

The group will discuss pp. 272-370 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson as well as Chapters 1-2, 5, and Conclusion to Deleuze’s Bergsonism (Zone Books, 1991) and Eli During’s essay, “‘A History of Problems’: Bergson and the French Epistemological Tradition”, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, v. 35, n. 1, January 2004.

Physical Sciences

December 3, 2014

Carsten Reinhardt of CHF will introduce his draft, “The Dynamics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.”

History and Philosophy of Science

December 10, 2014

Nabeel Hamid of UPenn will introduce chapter 3 of Daston and Galison’s Objectivity.

Early Sciences

December 11, 2014

Harun Küçük of UPenn will introduce his draft paper, “The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire.”

Science Beyond the West

December 12, 2014


Natural History and Life Sciences

January 12, 2015


Medicine and Health

January 16, 2015



January 20, 2015


Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 6, 2015


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