Working 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.

To join a group:

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  2. Click on a group below
  3. Click on the "Membership" tab and select "Request Group Membership"

Submit a discussion paper for one of the working groups.

Upcoming Meetings

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Thursday, June 1, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

Animals in Latin American History
Helen Cowie (University of York): "Silk of the Andes: Knowing, Exploiting and Conserving the Vicuña in Colonial and Postcolonial Peru".
Reinald0 Funes (University of Havana and Princeton University): "Between Livestock History and Animal History in Latin America and the Caribbean".

Thursday, June 8, 2023 10:00 am EDT

Lindsay Wells (The Getty Research Institute): From Passionflowers to Pelargoniums: South American and African Plants in Victorian Art 

Thursday, June 8, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

During this meeting, we will discuss the "Research" section of the planned volume, featuring the following essays: 

  • Marco Ramos, "Red Tape"
  • Lauren MacIvor Thompson, "Legal Considerations"
  • Tracey Loughran, "Oral History"
  • Jonathan Sadowsky, "Difficult History"
  • Eli Nelson, "Indigenous Methodologies"
  • Stephen Casper, "Expert Witnessing"

The essay drafts will be uploaded on June 1. 

Friday, June 9, 2023 11:00 am EDT

"Who Is a Maker? Artisan Knowledge in Medieval India."
Eric Gurevitch (Vanderbilt)
Response: Tillmann Taape (Herzog August Biliothek)

Friday, June 9, 2023 1:30 pm EDT

·      Tobah Aukland-Peck, “Mineral landscapes: The Mine and British Modernism.”
·      Dr. Helge Wendt, “Building materials from coal-waste. An extension of the history of energy in the interwar period in France and Germany.”

Friday, June 16, 2023 10:00 am EDT

Reflections on May 18-20 IEEE Ethics Conference and May 20 INES Workshop: A discussion led by Sarah Appelhans (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Bucknell University).

Friday, June 16, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

Ana Carolina Vimieiro Gomes, Professor of History of Sciences at the Department of History at the Federal University of Minas Gerais.
Rosanna Dent, Assistant Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Presentation: “Explorando a história oral na história da genética humana no Brasil.”
Reading: soon.

Tuesday, June 20, 2023 2:00 pm EDT

Jennifer Hubbard, Toronto Metropolitan University, "Colonizing the Oceans: Fisheries Scientists as Agents of Empire in the Pacific"

Friday, June 23, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

Siddhartha Mukherjee (Jawaharlal Nehru University), "Controlling the Currents: Electricity Crisis and State Response in Delhi during the Second World War"
Discussant: Victor Seow (Harvard University)

Monday, June 26, 2023 11:00 am EDT

David A. Bello (E. L. Otey Professor of East Asian Studies at Washington and Lee University) and Daniel Burton-Rose (Visiting Assistant Professor of History of Science, Technology, and the Environment in the Department of History at Wake Forest University) will present on their anthology Insect Histories of East Asia (University of Washington Press, 2023), followed by a discussion. Here is the abstract:

Friday, July 14, 2023 1:30 pm EDT

 James Allison,  “Seeing Coal: The Geologists, Local Actors, and Distant Capitalists that Industrialized Appalachia.”

Tuesday, July 18, 2023 2:00 pm EDT

Helen Rozwadowski, University of Connecticut 

Tuesday, August 15, 2023 2:00 pm EDT

The working group will not meet this month. Stay tuned for the fall schedule!

Friday, September 8, 2023 12:00 pm EDT

*Note Special Time*
"Figuring Racial Difference in Early Nineteenth-Century France"
Stephanie O'Rourke (St Andrews)
Response: Suman Seth (Cornell)

Thursday, September 14, 2023 10:00 am EDT

Maura Flannery (St. John's University, NY / A.C. Moore Herbarium, University of South Carolina, Columbia): Plants That Aren't There: The Paucity of the Botanical Record for Many Parts of Africa

Friday, October 13, 2023 11:00 am EDT

"'The Männel is a root, it should be called an Allraune': A Mandrake, Magic, and Money in Seventeenth-Century Saxony"
Tara Nummedal (Brown)
Response: Alisha Rankin (Tufts)

Thursday, November 9, 2023 10:00 am EST

James Wachira (Universität Bayreuth): tba

Friday, November 10, 2023 11:00 am EST

"Marginal Recipes, Major Insights: Exploring the Manuscript Contexts of Early Medieval Medical Knowledge"
Claire Burridge (Sheffield)
Response: tbc

Friday, December 8, 2023 11:00 am EST

"Anatomy and the Early Académie Royale des Sciences"
Katherine Reinhart (Binghamton)
Response: tbc