Working Groups

Active Groups

The Consortium invites scholars to join our topical working groups for challenging and collegial discussion of interesting publications in their fields and of each others’ works-in-progress.

Each group meets monthly. All interested scholars are welcome to participate via online video conferencing.

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Upcoming Meetings

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Friday, December 3, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Maura C. Flannery, Professor Emerita, St. John's University, NY/Research Associate, A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, Columbia:  "Can Digital Collections Bridge the Gap between the Humanities and Science?"

Friday, December 3, 2021 1:30 pm EST

Covell Meyskens, “Building a Hydraulic Engine for Mao’s China in the Three Gorges
Daniella Russ, “Energy Balances and the Politics of Oil Substitution.”

Friday, December 3, 2021 3:30 pm EST

Unfortunately, this meeting is postponed until early 2022. A new date will be posted shortly.
Richard Tait, “Doctors in Society: 15th Century Italy" Thesis Chapter. 

Monday, December 6, 2021 11:30 am EST

We will discuss a new article that was awarded the Rainger prize (for early career scholarship in the earth and environmental sciences) at the recent History of Science Society virtual meeting:
Whitney Barlow Robles, "The Rattlesnake and the Hibernaculum: Animals, Ignorance, and Extinction in the Early American Underworld," William and Mary Quarterly 78, no. 1 (January 2021): 3-44.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 11:00 am EST

When the Asylum Catches Cholera: Istanbul, 1893, Burçak Özlüdil

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Melissa B. Reynolds, "The Past and Future in Print" 
You can find the pre-circulated paper below. The session will take place over Zoom, which you can access on the date through the link on this page.
If you have any questions leading up to the event, please do not hesitate to reach out to the coordinators. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:30 pm EST

Rouse, Articulating the World, Ch. 9-10 (Ch. 11, epilogue optional)

Thursday, December 9, 2021 10:00 am EST

West Africa Session:
Amanda Logan (Northwestern University): Archaeobotanical Evidence of Food and Crafting from Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
Chioma Ngonadi (University of Nigeria, Nsukka/University of Cambridge): Ancient Food Practices and Pottery Production in Southeastern Nigeria
Orijemie Emuobosa Akpo (University of Ibadan): From the Hills to the Valley: Changing Food Production Practices among the Tiv in Central Nigeria

Friday, December 10, 2021 11:30 am EST

*Note Special Time*
Guest Visit: Dr. Viktoria Tkaczyk (Humboldt University)
"How to turn interior monologues inside out: epistemologies, methods, and research tools in the long twentieth century" (sound studies, 2020)
"Disciplining Auditory Cognition" - Introduction to Thinking with Sound: A New Program in the Sciences and  Humanities around 1900 (Dr. Tkaczyk's current book project)
Guest sessions are moderated.

Friday, December 10, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Elise A. Mitchell (Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow, History Department, Princeton University), "Medicine and Slavery in Early Caribbean Gazettes"
Comment by Rana A. Hogarth, Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 

Monday, December 13, 2021 9:00 am EST

Yulia Frumer, Making Time: Astronomical Time Measurement in Tokugawa Japan (University of Chicago Press, 2018), chapters 2 & 3.

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Chapter Title: Developmental Disorder, Racial Dissolution: Racial Typologies of Developmental Normalcy in Early Child Medicine, 1830 - 1870. 

Thursday, December 16, 2021 11:00 am EST

Please join us on the 16th December for the next session of the Medieval European Medical Manuscripts working group, with Elma Brenner (Wellcome Collection) and Peter Murray Jones (Cambridge) on the theme of 'People and the medical manuscript: endorsement, authorities, owners, patients'.
The session will feature two papers (details below).
'People and the medical manuscript: endorsement, authorities, owners, patients'
16th December 2021, 4pm-5.30pm (GMT)

Friday, December 17, 2021 12:00 pm EST

Marco Tamborini, Institute of Philosophy, Technical University of Darmstadt, "Data and Visualizations of Deep Time," ch. for edited volume, Handbook of the Historiography of the Earth and Environmental Sciences. Edited by Elena Aronova, David Sepkoski, Marco Tamborini, Springer 2022. 

Friday, December 17, 2021 1:00 pm EST

Merging Environmental Conservation and Historic Preservation by Barry Stiefel, Associate Professor at the College of Charleston Historic Preservation & Community Planning Program.  

Monday, December 20, 2021 10:00 am EST

Holiday!  No session today.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 4:00 pm EST

Don James McLaughlin (Assistant Professor of English, University of Tulsa) “The Muzzle: An Object Biography” 
Comment by Cindy Patton (Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Simon Fraser University) 

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:00 pm EST

*Note Special Time*
Joint meeting with the History of Technology Working Group
Ryan Hearty, Johns Hopkins University
"Monitoring Water Quality in US Rivers in the 1950 and 1960s: information, communication, and applied sciences"

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 6:00 pm EST

Joint meeting with the Engineering Studies Working Group
Ryan Hearty, Johns Hopkins University
"Monitoring Water Quality in US Rivers in the 1950 and 1960s: information, communication, and applied sciences"

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 1:00 pm EST

History of Substance Use Disorder Treatment

Friday, January 7, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Victor McFarland, “Breaking the Earth: The Story of Nuclear Fracking.”
Brian Leech, “The Fastest Limit in the West: Energy, Safety, and the American West’s Fight against the National Maximum Speed Limit in the 1970s and 1980s.”

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Title: Picturing the Institution of Social Death: Visual Rhetorics of Postwar Asylum Exposé Photography

Thursday, January 13, 2022 10:00 am EST

Jennifer Leetsch (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn): Mary Seacole's Plant Matter(s): Vegetal Entanglements of the Black Atlantic in Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands (1857)
Lidia Ponce de la Vega (McGill University): The Travel Stories of Plants in the "Biodiversity Heritage Library": Colonization and (In)Visibility of the Global South in Human-Plants Relationships

Friday, January 14, 2022 11:00 am EST

Launch of working group and informal networking session

Monday, January 17, 2022 10:00 am EST

Speaker: Prof. Dominik Wujastyk, University of Alberta
Title: New findings from the Suśruta Project

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 2:00 pm EST

Magdalena Grüner, Universität Hamburg, "Else Bostelmann’s Abyssal Visions and the Ocean-Surreal"

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 6:00 pm EST

Luis Felipe Eguiarte Souza, University of Minnesota
"Julian Huxley: 'If I were a dictator', Technocracy in his popular writing and science fiction"

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 2:00 pm EST

Erika Milam, Princeton University

Thursday, January 27, 2022 1:00 pm EST

#1-David Dalton, UNC Charlotte, “Eduardo Urzaiz's novel, Eugenia and the Interface of aesthetics and science in constructing eugenics in postrevolutionary Mexico”
#2-Lucas Izquierdo, Independent Scholar, “Novel as technology: 19th and 20th century Peru”

Friday, January 28, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Nicole Barnes (Duke University), "On Soil and Sustainability, Or, Who Cares about Shit?"
Comments by Gonçalo Santos (University of Coimbra) 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 6:00 pm EST

E. Thomas Ewing, Virginia Tech

Friday, February 4, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Katherine McLeod, New York University: "How to Display a Hoatzin: Ecology, Eugenics, and Zoology in the Early 20th Century United States"

Friday, February 4, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Ryan Jobson, “As a fire runs up a forest”: Counter-plantation futures and the Trinidad oil
strike of 1937.”

Friday, February 4, 2022 3:30 pm EST

Kirsten Moore, “Building Markets, Saving Lives: Insecticide-Treated Nets and a New Approach to Global Malarial Control.” 

Thursday, February 10, 2022 10:00 am EST

Sarah Longair (University of Lincoln): The Coco-de-Mer in the 19th-Century Indian Ocean World: Connections, Conservation and Colonialism

Friday, February 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

Margaret Carlyle (University of British Columbia) 
"Household, Reproductive, and Personal Technologies"

Friday, February 11, 2022 1:00 pm EST

Guest: Dr. Alexandra Hui (Mississippi State University, Department of History)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with opening remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome!

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 2:00 pm EST

Beatriz Martínez-Rius, Sorbonne Université.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022 6:00 pm EST

Claire Mayo, University of Tennessee
"Nineteenth Century Envirotechnical Regimes and the Great Flood of 1910: How Competing Ideas of Water Management Structured the Disaster"

Monday, February 21, 2022 10:00 am EST

Speaker: Dr Philipp A. Maas, Associate Professor, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (URL)
Title: TBA

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 2:00 pm EST

Taylor Moore, University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday, February 24, 2022 1:00 pm EST

#1-Fabián Prieto-Nanez, Virginia Tech, “Taste, class, and popular design of technical devices in Bogota, Colombia”
#2-Sonia Robles, University of Delaware, “Blueprints for Modernity: Public radio programming in Mexico”
#3-Third presenter TBA

Friday, February 25, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Hasan Umut (PhD, McGill University), "The Confessional Turn in Early Modern Ottoman Cosmology" 
Comments by Travis Zadeh (Yale University, Religious Studies)

Friday, March 4, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Andrea Marshall, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies: "Zines as Nonbinary Objects and Questions of Privilege"

Friday, March 4, 2022 1:30 pm EST

Baasit Abubakr, “Currents of the Empire in South Asia: A History of Colonial Electrification in Jammu and Kashmir 1900-1947.”
Gina Surita, “The Mysterious Muscle Machine, 1900–1930.”

Friday, March 4, 2022 3:30 pm EST

Patricio Simonetto, “The Body Where I was Born in: Embodiment Repertoires During the Sex Change Transition.” 

Thursday, March 10, 2022 10:00 am EST

Aqsa Mengal (Lahore University), Dania Nasir (Lahore University), Kulsoom Din Malik (Lahore University) and Moiz Abdul Majid (Tufts University UEP): Nature in the City: Memory, Scandal and Leisure in Lahore's Urban Parks

Friday, March 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

Daniel Trambaiolo (Hong Kong University)
“Manufacturing and Marketing Medicines in Tokugawa Japan”, 

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Alison Glassie, Mahindra Humanities Center, Harvard University.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Liat Spiro, College of the Holy Cross
"Patentability and Experience: Work, Class, and Risk in the Political Economy of Intellectual Property in Imperial Germany"

Monday, March 21, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Speaker: Dr Cristina Pecchia, Austrian Academy of Sciences (URL)
Title: TBA

Tuesday, March 22, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Cyrus Mody, Maastricht University

Thursday, March 24, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

#1-Lisa Munro, Independent Scholar.
#2-Yohad Zacaria, University of Chile.
#3-Peter Soland, Southeast Missouri State University, "Aerial Shots and Bomber Jackets: The Role of Aviation, Celebrity, and Cinema in Re-Imagining Latin America" 

Friday, April 1, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Katherine Arnold, London School of Economics: "Interpreting the Collector's Logic: The Pursuit of Desiderata in Early Nineteenth-Century Southern Africa"

Friday, April 1, 2022 1:30 pm EDT

Jarrod Hore, “Reinventing a Supercontinent: Towards an Energy History of Gondwanaland.”
Sarah Stanford-McIntyre, “Data Driven: Clerical Work, Geophysics, and the Rise of Computing in the American Oil Industry.”

Wednesday, April 6, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Molly Nebiolo, Northeastern University

Friday, April 8, 2022 11:00 am EDT


Friday, April 8, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Guest: Dr. Peter Sachs Collopy (personal website)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome!

Thursday, April 14, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Cecylia Mgombele (University of Dar es Salaam), Sinyati Robinson Mark (University of Dar es Salaam) and Sarah Walshaw (Simon Fraser University): Human-Plant Relationships in Tanzania's Past: Changes, Choices, Challenges - and Specifically the Changes Brought with the Caravan Trade

Monday, April 18, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Speaker: Eric Gurevitch, PhD candidate
South Asian Languages and Civilizations and
Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science
University of Chicago
Title: Diseases of the eye: Debating the physiology of vision across medicine and philosophy in medieval India

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

David McCaskey, University of California, Riverside, "Holy Mackerel: Fish, Science, and the Politics of Food Aid in Cold War Southeast Asia"

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Evan Hepler-Smith, Duke University
"Chemical ciphers: war and peace"

Tuesday, April 26, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Patricia Marcos, Doctoral Candidate, University of California, San Diego

Thursday, April 28, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

#1-Lucas Erichsen, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), "Under the Sun, between tropics: meat preservation technology in late 19th century Brazil"
#2-Marisa Lerer, Manhattan College, “Technology and Memorial Design in the Southern Cone”
#3-Third presenter TBA

Friday, April 29, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Energy History in Asia: Book Discussion

Victor Seow, Carbon Technocracy: Energy Regimes in Modern East Asia (University of Chicago Press, 2021)

On Barak, Powering Empire: How Coal Made the Middle East and Sparked Global Carbonization (University of California Press, 2020) 

Friday, May 6, 2022 1:30 pm EDT

Michaela Rife, “Capturing Petroleum Publics: The Visual Culture of Oil on the Dust Bowl Plains.”
Jordan Howell, Capital Be Dammed: Alcoa and the History of Hydroelectric Power in North America, 1890-1950.”

Thursday, May 12, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Anna Arabindan-Kesson (Princeton University) in conversation with Annalee Davis: Sites of Healing: Plantation Histories and Histories of Care in the Work of Annalee Davis

Friday, May 13, 2022 11:00 am EDT

 Taylor McCall (Medieval Academy of America)
“Picturing the Dissected Female Body in Manuscripts c.1200-1500"

Friday, May 13, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Guest visit: Dr. Mara Mills (Media, Culture and Communication, NYU / personal website)
Reading TBA
Guest sessions are moderated.
We'll briefly introduce the visitor, begin with introductory remarks on the reading, then discuss participants' questions as well as topics of interest to the visitor as appropriate.
All are welcome.

Monday, May 16, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Speaker: Madhu K. Parameswaran, Assistant Professor, Department of Dravyagunavijnanam, Vaidyaratnam P.S. Varier Ayurveda College (URL)
Title: TBA

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

Katherine Sinclair, Rutgers University.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 6:00 pm EDT

Thomas Zeller, University of Maryland, College Park
"Consuming Landscapes: What We See When We Drive and Why It Matters"

Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

#1-David Pretel, Pompeu Fabra University, “Green Gold Modernity: Machines, Peonage and Henequen in Yucatan’s Gilded Age”
#2-Leida Fernandez-Prieto, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, “Mute Witnesses:  Mapping the Meanings of the Images on the History of Cuban Agriculture”
#3-Third presenter TBA

Friday, May 27, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Sayori Ghoshal (Columbia University), "Race in Nationalist Science: Making Anthropology an Indian Discipline through the Question of Origin, 1920-1950"

Thursday, June 9, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Melanie Boehi (University of the Witwatersrand), Phakamani m’Africa Xaba (Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden), and Luciano Concheiro San Vicente (The National Autonomous University of Mexico): Reimagining Botanical Gardens and Urban Parks in a Time of Crisis

Friday, June 10, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Yan Liu (University at Buffalo, SUNY)
“Scent from Afar: A Transcultural History of Aromatics in Medieval China”

Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Agenda (Updated 9/5/21)
Final Session: Thursday, 6/23/22, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT

  • Meeting with volume editor. 
  • Discussion of Next Steps 


Friday, June 24, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Elise Burton (University of Toronto), "A Lexicon of Science"

Thursday, July 14, 2022 10:00 am EDT

Maxmillian J Chuhila (University of Dar es Salaam): Green Imperialism and Biomedical Campaigns in Colonial Tanganyika

Friday, September 9, 2022 11:00 am EDT


Friday, October 14, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Lavinia Maddaluno (Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice)
“Water Management and Public Health in Spanish Milan”

Friday, November 11, 2022 11:00 am EST

Ben Breen (University of California, Santa Cruz)
"Colonial Magic and Spaces of Healing in the Seventeenth Century"

Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 am EST

Meredith Gamer (Columbia University)
“William Hunter's Bedside Manner”