Consortium for Hist of Sci, Tech, & Med December & January Working Groups and Events

Working Groups

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

  • Biological Sciences
    December 1, 2016
    The group will discuss selections from Samuel Redman’s Bone Rooms (Harvard, 2016).
  • Early Modern Science
    December 2, 2016
    Bob Westman of UCSD and André Goddu of Stonehill College will discuss with group participants their recent work on Copernicus.
    Robert S. Westman, Copernicus and the Astrologers, Dibner Library Lecture, December 12, 2013, Smithsonian Libraries.
    André Goddu, “Ludwik Antoni Birkenmajer and Curtis Wilson on the Origin of Nicholas Copernicus’s Heliocentrism,” Isis, v 107, no 2, June 2016, pp. 225-253. (DOI: 10.1086/687031)
  • History and Theory
    December 6, 2016
    The group will discuss two readings:
    Bill Brown, “Overture” and “Coda” from Other Things (Chicago ; London: The University of Chicago Press, 2015);
    Bill Brown, “Thing Theory,” Critical Inquiry 28, no. 1 (2001): 1–22.
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences
    December 7, 2016
    Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University will introduce his paper, “Frantz Fanon in LA: Cloning Oranges and the making of the Global South.”
  • Technology
    December 13, 2016
    Note Special Day

    Joshua Grace, University of South Carolina, will present his manuscript “The Momentum of Things Not Built: Technology, Socialism, and Appropriateness in Independent Tanzania.”

  • History and Philosophy of Science
    December 14, 2016
    This Fall​ we will be reading Helen Longino’s Studying Human Behavior: How Scientists Investigate Aggression and Sexuality (University of Chicago Press, 2013). The author will join us to discuss her book on December 14.
  • Physical Sciences
    December 15, 2016
    Michael Barany (Dartmouth College) will introduce his recent article, “Fellow Travelers and Traveling Fellows: The Intercontinental Shaping of Modern Mathematics in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin America,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, Vol. 46, Number 5, pps. 669–709.
  • Human Sciences
    January 18, 2017
    Alicia Puglionesi, the Consortium’s NEH postdoctoral fellow, will introduce her paper, “The Stars, the Weather, the Flowers, and the Mind: Psychical Research Among the Observational Sciences.”


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

  • December 5, 2016
    Richard B. Rosen, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai; Norman B. Medow, Montefiore Hospital Medical Center
    History of Ophthalmology Night – Library Tour and Lectures
    The New York Academy of Medicine (New York, NY)
  • December 5, 2016
    Cameron Strang, Institute for Advanced Study
    Workshop Series in History and Sociology of Science, Medicine and Technology
    University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
  • December 5, 2016
    Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr
    Thinking with Machines in the Middle Ages
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)
  • December 6, 2016
    Erika Milam, Princeton University
    Creatures of Cain: Rise and Fall of the Killer Ape
    Princeton University (Princeton, NJ)
  • December 8, 2016
    Amanda Casper, University of Delaware
    Research Seminar: New Business from Old Houses: Promoting Electricity Through Home Alteration in Progressive Era Philadelphia
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • December 12, 2016
    Agnieszka Rec, Yale University
    Brown Bag Lecture: Lessons from a List of Paracelsians Alive in 1579
    Chemical Heritage Foundation (Philadelphia, PA)
  • December 14, 2016
    New York History of Science Lecture Series: Birth of the “Atomic Tuna”: Radioactive Fallout, U.S.-Japan Alliance, and the Politics of Radiological Standards in the Mid-1950s
    Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • December 15, 2016
    Christine Keiner, Rochester Institute of Technology
    History Seminar on Contemporary Science and Technology, “Peaceful Nuclear Explosives, Environmental Diplomacy, and the Panatomic Canal”
    Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
  • January 19, 2017
    Amyrs Williams, Wesleyan University
    Research Seminar, “Reimagining the Modern Farm: Ecological Development and 4-H’s New Deal for Agriculture”
    Hagley Museum & Library (Wilmington, DE)
  • January 25, 2017
    Sara Pritchard, Cornell University
    “Polluted Nightscapes: ‘Natural Night-Sky Brightness,’ Skyglow, and the U.S. National Park Service”
    Center for Science & Society at Columbia University (New York, NY)
  • January 30, 2017
    Frederico Marcon, Princeton University
    Without Nature: Thinking aboutt he Environment in Early Modern Japan
    Yale University (New Haven, CT)