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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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

24 May 2022
2pm to 3:30pm Eastern
Robin Scheffler, MIT, will present an exciting essay titled "Biotechnology and the Urban Geography of Knowledge Production." This piece grows out of research for Robin's forthcoming book, Genetown: The Greater Boston Area and the Rise of American Biotechnology.
You can check out Robin's work here:

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Please join us for the final meeting of the New Histories of Psychology working group. We will reflect on the past 2 years of discussion and members will have the opportunity to talk about their future plans.

Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Please join us on Thursday 26th May. We are delighted to welcome back Dr Winston Black (St Francis Xavier University), who will speak on “Towards a New Edition of Macer Floridus: Making Sense of Two Hundred Witnesses”. * Please note that this session is one hour long *.

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”

Friday, May 27, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Sayori Ghoshal (Columbia University), "Experts of Identities: Race, Religion and Caste in Nationalist Science, India 1920-50"
Discussant: Sandra Widmer (York University)

Thursday, June 2, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Join us for an amazing Lightning Round followed by Q&A session.

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”
Comment by William Tullett (Anglia Ruskin University)

Friday, June 10, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Guest: Dr. Sarah Fuchs. Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures (Syracuse University)
Reading TBA!

Friday, June 10, 2022 4:00 pm EDT

Maria John (Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, University of Massachusetts Boston), "Whose Responsibility? Federal Government Policy and the (Mis)management of Indigenous Healthcare, 1950–1970” 
Comment by Tess Lanzarotta, Postdoctoral Fellow, Science and Human Culture Program, Northwestern University

Friday, June 17, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Guest: Gustavo Caponi, Federal University of Santa Catarina, Santa Catarina (SC), Brazil. 
Title of the presentation: "Georges Cuvier e Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire em On the Origin Of Species"
Reading: "CAPONI, 2022 _ Cuvier and Geoffroy in On the Origin of Species".  (The text is attached)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

"Teaching Ocean History"
Join us as a panel of historians discuss their experiences teaching the history of oceans to students in various academic contexts. We will also precirculate their syllabi for discussion.
Helen Rozwadowski (University of Connecticut, Avery Point)
Samantha Muka (Stevens Institute of Technology)
Jonathan Galka (Harvard University) 
Jack Bouchard (Rutgers University)

Thursday, June 23, 2022 1:00 pm EDT

Thursday, 6/23/22, 1:00pm-2:30pm EDT

#1-Yohad Zacaria, University of Chile.  "Urban, environmental, and technological impact of electrification in Chile, 19th and 20th centuries"
#2-Lucas Erichsen. TBA


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, July 15, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Guest: Marius Turda, Oxford Brookes University, UK.
Title of the presentation: “We are not alone”: Legacies of Eugenics"
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022 2:00 pm EDT

"Oceans in Museums"
Join us as a panel of museum professionals share their favorite objects and collections, discuss the challenges of curating ocean exhibits, and share resources for researchers. 

Friday, August 19, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Guest: Marcelo Lima Loreto, PhD at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Research Fellow at CHSTM, US.
Title of the presentation: "Repercussions of Lysenkoism in Brazil [Manuscript of the book]"
Reading: Text will be attached soon. Doctoral thesis can be accessed here.

Friday, September 9, 2022 11:00 am EDT

Daniel Trambaiolo (Hong Kong University)
“Manufacturing and Marketing Medicines in Tokugawa Japan”
Comment by Yan Liu (University at Buffalo, SUNY)

Friday, September 16, 2022 12:00 pm 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, October 21, 2022 12:00 pm EDT

Pamela Block (Stony Brook University, New York, US)
Richard Scotch (University of Texas at Dallas, US)
Allison C. Carey (Shippensburg University, PA, US)
Title of the presentation: "Allies and Obstacles: Disability Activism and Parents of Children with Disabilities"

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"
Comment by Philippa Carter (University of Cambridge)

Friday, November 18, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Thomas F. Glick, Professor of History, Emeritus, at Boston University, US. 
Personal website:
Title of the presentation: "Darwin and Darwinism in Uruguay”
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Friday, December 9, 2022 11:00 am EST

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

Friday, December 16, 2022 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Henrique Caldeira, PhD candidate, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.
Title of the presentation: "The Creation-Evolution Controversy in Brazil (1960-1990)"
Reading: Text will be attached soon.

Friday, February 17, 2023 12:00 pm EST

Guest: Jorge Quetzal Argueta Prado, México. [Still to be confirmed]
Title of the presentation: The title will be announced soon.
Reading: Text will be attached soon.