Critical Perspectives on the Historiography of "Western Science"

Much work has been done in recent decades critiquing the traditional view of the rise of "Western science" from different methodological and disciplinary perspectives, perhaps only unified by a sensibility that the concept of "Western science" is problematic or inadequate despite being so central in the public discourse of science and its history. This working group addresses questions about traditionally received notions of "Western Science."

The working group is part of a project to produce an edited volume and online resources for use by students, teachers and non-specialists. Contributors will present drafts and receive feedback and critique from other participants as they craft their essays. The goal of this format is to enable authors to benefit from questions and issues motivating scholars in neighboring disciplines, to generate discussion between scholars, and to produce a volume in which the essays genuinely engage with each other.

Please set your timezone at

Consortium Respectful Behavior Policy

Participants at Consortium activities will treat each other with respect and consideration to create a collegial, inclusive, and professional environment that is free from any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

Participants will avoid any inappropriate actions or statements based on individual characteristics such as age, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, nationality, political affiliation, ability status, educational background, or any other characteristic protected by law. Disruptive or harassing behavior of any kind will not be tolerated. Harassment includes but is not limited to inappropriate or intimidating behavior and language, unwelcome jokes or comments, unwanted touching or attention, offensive images, photography without permission, and stalking.

Participants may send reports or concerns about violations of this policy to

Upcoming Meetings

  • Friday, May 24, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT

    Paul Keyser, Independent Scholar
    "Neither Triumph Nor Telos"

  • Monday, June 24, 2024 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm EDT

    Chuyoung Won, Catholic University College of Medicine, Seoul
    Jaehwan Hyun, Pusan National University, Busan
    "Teaching History of (Western) Science? History of Science in General Education in South Korea "

  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Tuesday, August 27, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Tuesday, September 24, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Tuesday, October 22, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


  • Tuesday, November 26, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


  • Tuesday, December 24, 2024 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm EST


Past Meetings

  • April 23, 2024

    Michael Gordin, Princeton University
    "Genghis Khan with a Nuclear Reactor: Three Centuries of 'Western Science' in Russia"
    Roy Wagner, ETH Zürich
    "Indian Mathematics Can’t Win"

  • March 22, 2024

    Elise Burton, University of Toronto
    James Poskett, University of Warwick
    Suman Seth, Cornell University

    "When Racial Science Became ‘Western’"

  • January 23, 2024

    Claire Fanger, Rice University

    "The changing shapes of science: Magic, meta-knowledge, and reality in medieval Christian thought"

Group Conveners

  • Babak Ashrafi

    Executive Director, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine


  • dhayton's picture

    Darin Hayton

    Darin Hayton is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History at Haverford College. His research concerns the history of science in Early Modern Europe, Central Europe, and the late Byzantine Empire.


106 Members