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

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 6:00pm

Paulina Hartono, Berkeley, "Do Radios Have Politics? The Politics of Radio Ownership in China in the 1920s and 1930s"

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 12:00pm

Dear colleagues,
My presentation "The Use and abuse of the genetics? Agriculture and Eugenics in Brazil and the United States in the early Twentieth Century"will follow the paper I presented at Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge (The University of Chicago) in 2019 June, and at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz in November.
I am downloading the English version and the Portuguese version. 

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 1:30pm

Jacques Vest, “The Malingering Ear: Audiometric Surveillance at the Turn of the Twentieth Century,” work-in-progress. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

John Tresch, "The Prophet and the Pendulum; Sensational Science and Audiovisual Phantasmagoria around 1848" (2011) and "Introduction: Audio/Visual" (2011, with Mara Mills). 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 6:00pm

Junaidu Dunladi, Bayero University, Kano-Nigeria:  "Public Perceptions and Resistance to Piped Water in Kano City, 1924-1945"

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am

Jim Fleming: Into the Clouds: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere
This discussion will be based on the life and work of Joanne (Gerould) Simpson (1923-2010), examines the history of women in meteorology and the history of tropical meteorology in the context of Simpson's long and productive career as pioneer scientist, project leader, and mentor.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 9:00am

Decolonization and the History of Science in East Asia

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:00pm

We will discuss an article in progress by Anna Graber (University of Minnesota), "The Lisbon Earthquake's Russian Aftershocks: The Mineral Science of Mikhail Lomonosov."

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 6:30pm


Friday, February 7, 2020 - 3:30pm


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 12:00pm

Paula Arantes Botelho Briglia Habib, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), “Breeding, Genetics, and Scientific Dissemination in the Revista de Agricultura (1926-1937)”