October Consortium Working Groups

October 3-28, 2016

Scholars can participate in Consortium Working Groups online or in person, in Philadelphia and other locations. Please follow links below for details.

  • History and Theory
    October 4th, 2016
    This year’s theme for the History & Theory Working Group is “ontology and materiality.” They will begin with a discussion of two essays: Greg Anderson’s “Retrieving the Lost Worlds of the Past: The Case for an Ontological Turn” and Paul Roth’s “Ways of Pastmaking.”
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    October 5th, 2016
    Abe Gibson of Arizona State will introduce selections from his new book, Feral Animals in the American South, Cambridge University Press, 2016:
    1. The trouble with ferality: domestication as coevolution and the nature of broken symbioses
    4. Nascent domestication initiatives and their effects on ferality: claiming dominion in the antebellum South
    5. Anthropogenic improvement and assaults on fertility: divergent fates in the industrializing South
    6. Everything in its right place: wild, domestic, and feral populations in the modern South
  • Biological Sciences
    October 6, 2016
    The group will discuss two recent articles with their authors: “Ark and Archive: Making a Place for Long-Term Research on Barro Colorado Island, Panama,” by Megan Raby of University of Texas, Austin and “The Right Tool and the Right Place for the Job: The Importance of the Field in Experimental Neurophysiology, 1880-1945” by Samantha Muka of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • History and Philosophy of Science
    October 12, 2016
    This Fall we will be reading Helen Longino’s Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). On Wednesday, October 12 we will discuss Chapters 1-4. Nabeel Hamid will introduce the readings.
  • Ancient and Medieval Sciences
    October 13, 2016
    The group will read three articles on ancient pharmacology:

    “Mithradates’ Antidote: A Pharmcological Ghost” by Laurence M. V. Totelin, Early Science and Medicine, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2004), pp. 1-19

    “Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Court of Cleopatra VII: Traces of Three Physicians” by John Scarborough, in Arsdall, Anne Van, and Graham, Timothy, eds. Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean : Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West : Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle, Routledge, 2012.

    “A recipe for a headache: Translating and interpreting ancient Greek and Roman remedies” by Laurence M.V. Totelin, in Imhausen, Annette, and Pommerening, Tanja, eds. Beiträge zur Altertumskunde : Writings of Early Scholars in the Ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome, and Greece : Translating Ancient Scientific Texts, De Gruyter, 2011.

  • Science Beyond the West
    October 14, 2016
    The group will discuss three articles: “Intimidation, Coercion and Resistance in the Final Stages of the South Asian Smallpox Eradication Campaign, 1973-1975” by Paul Greenough
    Soc. Sci. Med. Vol.41, No. 5, pp. 633-645,1995

    “Chimeric globalism: Global health in the shadow of the dengue vaccine” by Alex M. Nading
    American Ethnologist, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 356­-370, 2015

    “`He is now like a brother, I can even give him some blood’ — Relational ethics and material exchanges in a malaria vaccine `trial community’ in The Gambia”
    by P. Wenzel Geissler, Ann Kelly, Babatunde Imoukhuede and Robert Pool
    Social Science & Medicine 67 (2008) 696-707

  • Technology
    October 18, 2016
    Ruth Rand, Institute of Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Title, TBD
  • Human Sciences
    October 19, 2016
    Besides organizing the upcoming schedule, the group will discuss the introduction to the forthcoming edited volume The Routledge History of Madness and Mental Health by Greg Eghigian (Penn State University).
  • Physical Sciences
    October 20, 2016
    John Krige of Georgia Tech will be discussing a chapter from his book Sharing Knowledge, Shaping Europe (MIT 2016)
  • Early Modern Science
    October 21, 2016
    Note Special Day

    Participant in Consortium Working Groups are invited to attend remotely a symposium held at the University of Minnesota. The symposium will produce a special issue of the Journal of Early Modern History on the topic “Beyond the ‘Scientific Revolution:’ Thinking Globally about the History of Modern Science.”

    The presenters are:
    Jorge Canizares Esguerra, UT Austin
    Hal Cook, Brown
    Harun Küçük, UPenn
    Carla Nappi, UBC
    Ahmed Ragab, Harvard
    Kapil Raj, EHESS Paris
    Daniela Bleichmar, USC
    JB Shank, UMN

  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    October 26, 2016
    Note Special Day

    Catherine Dunlop (Montana State University), author of Cartophilia: Maps and the Search for Identity in the French-German Borderland (Chicago, 2015) and Bill Rankin (Yale University), author of After the Map: Cartography, Navigation, and the Transformation of Territory in the Twentieth Century (Chicago, 2016) will open the discussion by commenting on each others’ books.

More Events:

Please check the Consortium Events Calendar for more details on the events below.

  • October 3, 2016
    Ingemar Pettersson, Science and Technology Studies Center and the Department of Economic History, Uppsala University
    Brown Bag Lecture: Masters of Flavor: Sensory Analysis and High-Industrial Food
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 3, 2016
    Keith Wailoo, Princeton University
    The Politics of Pain: Medicine, Social Difference and the Gatekeepers of Relief in America
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • October 5, 2016
    Keith Wailoo, Princeton University
    The Crooked Mile: Race, Psychology, and the Strange Career of the Menthol Cigarette in the U.S.
    Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • October 6, 2016
    Karen Rader, Virginia Commonwealth University
    From Watchful Grasshoppers to Rat Basketball: Practices of Live Animal Display in Twentieth-Century Science Museums
    Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR)
  • October 6, 2016
    Lee Vinsel, Stevens Institute of Technology
    Research Seminar: The Rise and Fall of the First American Auto Safety Network, 1919-1940
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • October 7, 2016
    Gerd Gigerenzer, Max Planck Institute for Human Development
    The End of Common Sense: From Statistical Thinking to Statistical Rules
    Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • October 10, 2016
    Nadav Davidovitch
    The Shadow of the Holocaust on Bioethics: A Comparative Study of Israel and Germany
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • October 11, 2016
    Suman Seth, Cornell University
    History of Science Colloquium: Pathologies of Blackness: Race-Medicine, Slavery, and Abolitionism
    Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • October 13, 2016 – October 16, 2016
    HIV/AIDS Research: Its History & Future
    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY)
  • October 13, 2016
    Philadelphia Lantern Slide Salon
    Wagner Free Institute of Science (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 13, 2016 – October 15, 2016
    Translating Across Time and Space: Endangered Languages, Cultural Revitalization, and the Work of History
    American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 17, 2016
    Stephanie Dick, University of Pennsylvania
    After Math: Reasoning, Computing, and Proving in the Postwar United States
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • October 17, 2016
    Mark Waddell, Michigan State University
    Brown Bag Lecture: Lies, Damned Lies, and Experiments: The Problem of Mendacity in Early Modern Medical Narratives
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 20, 2016
    Dr. Elizabeth Milroy, Professor and Department Head of Art & Art History at the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design of Drexel University
    Dr. Milroy plans to speak about her new book, The Grid and the River: Philadelphia’s Green Places, 1682-1876, on the history of public parks and historic sites in the city of Philadelphia, including the role of the APS in park building.
    American Philosophical Society (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 20, 2016
    Lisa Messeri, Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia
    “Feeling at Home in the Universe: Exoplanet Astronomy and the Search for Another Earth.”
    Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC)
  • October 20, 2016
    Othmer Library Open House: The Golden Age of Science Advertising
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 21, 2016
    Symposium on Aesthetics and the Life Sciences
    Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ)
  • October 24, 2016
    Lynne T. Friedmann
    Brown Bag Lecture: Ink Chemists of the Industrial Revolution
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • October 24, 2016
    Helena Hansen, NYU
    Race, Science, & Social Justice Lecture
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • October 26, 2016
    Audra Wolfe
    New York History of Science Lecture Series: The Fight for Science and Freedom: Recovering the Role of Science in Cold War-era Cultural Diplomacy
    Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • October 28, 2016
    Making Modern Disability: Histories of Disability, Design, and Technology
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)

Posted: October 03, 2016