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 Groups for 2020-2021

Upcoming Meetings

All times Eastern

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00pm

We will discuss a chapter in progress by Claire Perrott (University of Arizona):
"The Cultural and Environmental History of Parícutin in Mexico: Volcano as  Science, 1943-1952"

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:30pm

Eben Kirksey (Institute for Advanced Study, Deakin University) will join us to discuss a chapter of his forthcoming book, The Mutant Project: Inside the Global Race to Genetically Modify Humans.

Friday, April 3, 2020 - 3:30pm

Mary Fissell, Johns Hopkins University, will share drafts of the introduction and Chapter 2 of a book in progress about Aristotle’s Masterpiece, now tentatively titled Before Sex Ed.
Lauren Kassell,  Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Cambridge, will provide the comment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020 - 8:00am

Clark Alejandrino: The Science of Storms: Modern Meteorology in Guangdong's Typhoon Space from the 1850s to the 1950s

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 12:30pm

J.B. Shank will present his WIP titled “Europeans Telling of the World’s Beginnings Around 1700. Between Science and Religion, Prose, Verse, and Scripture, and Image and Text.”
These papers will be precirculated to the group. Please RSVP to the Early Modern Working Group Coordinators at least a week before the event. 
Megan Piorko
Katie Reinhart
Abstract & bio attached

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 12:00pm

Lilian Al-Chueyr Pereira Martins, Universidade de São Paulo, Precisa de título (title forthcoming)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

Omar Nasim, "Ornamental Mind," (work in progress).  

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 6:30pm

Epstein, The Ant Trap
TBA, selections from Ch. 10-16

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

David Suisman, "Harmonicas, Hospitals, and Hit Kits: Music in the U.S. Military in World War II," work-in-progress. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

Emily Gibson, Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, National Science Foundation, "Technology and Policy: Applied research and engineering at the National Science Foundation during the 1970s" 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 6:00pm

We will discuss a chapter in progress by Aaron Thomas of Mississippi State University. More details will follow.