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.

Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays
1st History & Theory Earth & Environmental Sciences Biological Sciences Early Modern Science
2nd History & Philosophy of Science Ancient and Medieval Sciences Science Beyond the West
3rd Physical Sciences

Human Sciences Medicine and Health


Upcoming Meetings

January 24, 2017

Deborah Coen, Barnard/Columbia: "Climate and the Power of Difference in Austria-Hungary"

January 25, 2017

Note Special Day. We will discuss the "virtual issue" on climate history recently published online by Environmental History.

January 27, 2017

*Note Special Date*

Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, will be presenting a paper on cancer and aging in India and South Africa.

February 2, 2017

Sigrid Schmalzer of University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will discuss sections of her book, Red Revolution, Green Revolution: Scientific Farming in Socialist China (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2016).

February 3, 2017


February 7, 2017


February 8, 2017

Reading: Creating Consilience, chs. 5 and 7 (for and against methodological unity between humanistic and natural scientific approaches in cultural anthropology).

February 9, 2017


February 10, 2017


February 15, 2017


February 17, 2017