Working Groups

The Consortium invites area 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 groups meets monthly. All interested scholars are welcome, either in person at the Consortium's offices in Philadelphia, or online via web conferencing software.

Working groups and their regularly scheduled meeting days are listed below. To join a group, click on that group's name, then the "Request group membership" link.


Active Groups


Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 9:00am

Neotraditional Sciences/Medicines
Session Leader: Projit Mukharji (Penn)

To prepare for discussion, please read the attached articles:

Jean-Paul Gaudilliére, "An Indian Path to Biocapital?: The Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, Drug Patents, and the Reformulation Regime of Contemporary Ayurveda." East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal, Volume 8, Number 4 (December 2014), pp. 391-415.

David Hardiman, "Indian medical indigeneity: from nationalist assertion to the global market." Social History 34:3 (2009), 263-283.

Friday, February 21, 2020 - 1:30pm

Coreen McGuire, “The Audiometer and the Medicalisation of Hearing Loss,” Chapter 4 of Measuring Disability, Numbering Normal: Setting the Standards for Disability in the Interwar Period (Manchester University Press, forthcoming).

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 8:00am

Sarah Carson: Negotiating Tropical Difference: The Domestication of Meteorology in India, 1880-1960

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 6:00pm


Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:30pm

We will discuss Christine Keiner's paper, "A Two-Ocean Bouillabaisse: Science, Politics, and the Central American Sea-Level Canal Controversy" Journal of the History of Biology 50, no. 4 (2017):835–887. This paper won the 2019 Everret Mendelsohn Award from the JHB. 

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 3:30pm

Paul Kelton, Stony Brook University.  "Buried: the Hidden Terror of Cholera in Jackson's America, 1832-1836." 

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 12:30pm


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 6:30pm

Epstein, The Ant Trap
Ch. 5-9

Friday, March 13, 2020 - 1:30pm

Jaipreet Virdi, “Measuring and Conserving Hearing: Early Audiology & the Fitting of Hearing Aids,” work-in-progress.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 6:00pm


Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 3:00pm

Omar Nasim