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

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

Please note special time: 1:00-2:30 Harun Küçük of UPenn will introduce his draft paper, "New Medicine and the Ḥikmet-i Tabī˒yye Problematic in Eighteenth-Century Istanbul."

Human Sciences

December 17, 2014

Jason Oakes of UC-Davis will introduce his draft chapter, “The Road to Tragedy: Garrett Hardin, the Systems Approach, and the Political Economy of Population Science”

Life Sciences and Natural History

January 12, 2015


Medicine and Health

January 16, 2015



January 20, 2015

Gabriel Hecht, University of Michigan TBA

History and Theory

February 3, 2015


Physical Sciences

February 4, 2015


Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 6, 2015


Watercolor by Samuel Seymour, Oto Council, 1819. Image courtesy of The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.