Human Sciences (inactive)

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.

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Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • 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

    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."

Group Conveners

  • Richard Shrake


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