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

Technology
Human Sciences Medicine and Health

 

Upcoming Meetings

May 2, 2017

Povinelli, Elizabeth A. Geontologies:  A Requiem to Late Liberalism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2016. Chapters 1 & 2.

 

May 3, 2017

Our theme will be Polar Science. Adrian Howkins (Colorado State University), author of Frozen Empires: An Environmental History of the Antarctic Peninsula (Oxford, 2016) and Andrew Stuhl (Bucknell University), author of Unfreezing the Arctic: Science, Colonialism, and the Transformation of Inuit Lands (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others' books.

May 4, 2017

Lawrence Kessler will join the group, as we discuss a chapter from his on-going project, entitled "Entomology and Empire: Biological Pest Control, Diversified Farming, and Hawaiian Sugarcane Planters' Campaign for Annexation, 1893-1898."  Mary Richie Mcguire (of Virginia Tech's STS Program) will lead discussion.

May 5, 2017

Sophie Weeks, "The role of mechanics in Francis Bacon’s Great Instauration," from Zittel, Engel, Nanni, and Karafyllis, eds., Philosophies of Technology: Francis Bacon and His Contemporaries.

May 11, 2017
  • M. Osborn, “Anglo-Saxon Ethnobotany: Women's Reproductive Medicine in Leechbook III” in Health and Healing from the Medieval Garden (2015), 145–161.
  • C.M. Guardiola-Griffiths, “Homegrown: From the Woman’s Workplace to the Medieval Garden” La corónica 44 (2015): 39–65.
May 12, 2017

TBA