The Working Group on the History of the Human Sciences meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.
Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on third Wednesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - 6:00pm
February 21, 2018
We discussed chapters from the book The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory That Changed a Continent with its author, historian Michael Robinson.
January 17, 2018
We spoke with Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan about his recent article “The Family as Machine: Film, Infrastructure, and Cybernetic Kinship in Suburban America,” and a dossier of Bateson's works Grey Room (January 1, 2017): 70–101, 103-110
November 15, 2017
We spoke with Cathy Gere about her recent book, Pain, Pleasure, and the Greater Good: From the Panopticon to the Skinner Box and Beyond, Chicago, 2017. Readings will be the introduction and chapters 1 and 5.
October 25, 2017
Note Special Day
We discussed articles in the special issue of the journal History of the Human Sciences on "Psychology and its Publics."
September 13, 2017
*NOTE SPECIAL DATE*
Discussion of course syllabi and reading lists in the history of the human sciences
April 12, 2017
Note Special Day
A series of short reflections (each about 500 words) on the future of the history of anthropology. These pieces were recently published as part of the digital relaunch of the History of Anthropology Newsletter.
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"
February 15, 2017
Rosanna Dent, (University of Pennsylvania) "Fission-Fusion: Interdisciplinarity in the Human Geneticists’ Tribe."
January 18, 2017
Alicia Puglionesi (Consortium for History of Science, Technology & Medicine NEH Postdoctoral Fellow), "The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”
November 16, 2016
The group discussed three articles from the recent Osiris volume on the "History of Science and Emotions."