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

February 21, 2017

Sarah Robey, Temple University: "The Fallout from Fallout: The Peacetime Threat, 1954-1960." This paper will be a chapter from Sarah's dissertation on The Atomic American: Citizenship in a Nuclear State, 1945-1963.

February 28, 2017

Note Special Day Steven Harris, University of Mary Washington, will introduce his manuscript, "A Soviet Anxiety of Influence: What Harold Bloom Can Tell Us about Aeroflot’s History of Technological Development”

March 1, 2017

We will continue our discussion of climate history by complementing the environmental history forum we read for last time with some writings by historians of science such as Spencer Weart and Naomi Oreskes. Specific readings TBA.

March 2, 2017
The group will discuss two chapters (1 and 4) from former PACHS/CHSTM post-doc fellow Abe Gibson's new book, Feral Animals in the South: An Evolutionary History (Cambridge UP, 2016).  (N.b. Notes for these chapter PDFs are coming and will be bundled into the existing PDF as soon as KR can get them scanned!)
March 3, 2017


March 7, 2017

Hello All, The readings for our next meeting (March 7th, 6-7:30 pm) are now posted. We'll be reading the following essays, which Myrna Perez Sheldon has graciously agreed to introduce. Karen Barad, “Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter,” Signs 28 (2003): 801-31. Yvonne Marshall and Benjamin Alberti, “A Matter of Difference: Karen Barad, Ontology, and Archaeological Bodies,” Cambridge Archaeological Journal 24 (2014): 21-36. Cheers, Laura and Suman  

March 9, 2017


March 10, 2017


March 15, 2017

Ian Merkel (NYU), "Atlantic Crossings and Disciplinary Reformulation in the 1930s: the case of French Social Science at the University of São Paulo"

March 17, 2017

Beth Linker (University of Pennsylvania) discussing Huddled Masses: The Making of a Poor Posture Epidemic in America.

March 21, 2017

Dan Liu, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: "Crystals, Colloids, and Fibers"