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 Theory

February 3, 2015

The group will discuss pp 1-60 of You Must Change Your Life by Peter Sloterdijk along with his “Spheres Theory, Talking to Myself About the Poetics of Space” and Marie-Eve Morin’s “Cohabitating in the globalised world: Peter Sloterdijk’s global foams and Bruno Latour’s cosmopolitics”

Physical Sciences

February 4, 2015

Cameron Lazaroff-Puck, University of Minnesota with introduce his paper “Gearing up for Lagrangian Dynamics: The Flywheel Analogy in Maxwell’s 1865 Paper on Electrodynamics”.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

February 6, 2015

Jody Roberts of the Chemical Heritage Foundation will introduce his book chapter, “Re-Inventing Green Chemistry: Alternative Histories for a Sustainable Science”

Life Sciences and Natural History

February 10, 2015

Nicole Nelson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will introduce selections from Nicholas Rasmussen’s Gene Jockeys, Life Science and the Rise of Biotech Enterprise, JHU Press, 2014.

Early Sciences

February 12, 2015

Nahyan Fancy of Depauw University will introduce his paper, “Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, and New Developments in Physiology in Western Eurasia, 1200-1560”

Science Beyond the West

February 13, 2015



February 17, 2015


Human Sciences

February 18, 2015

Nadia Berenstein of the University of Pennsylvania will introduce her paper, “Defining Flavor: Taste Panels and Sensory Research, 1930-1950”

Medicine and Health

February 20, 2015


History and Philosophy of Science

February 25, 2015

Louise Daoust of UPenn will introduce Chapter 5 of Daston and Galison's Objectivity.
***Note special meeting time -- fourth Wednesday rather than usual 2nd Wednesday -- and no meeting in March***

“Dr. Hare’s Apparatus for Purifying Carbonic Oxide by Lime Water” in Mrs. Lincoln Phelps, Lectures on Chemistry, for the Use of Schools, Families, and Private Students. New York, 1844.
Collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia