History and Theory
The History and Theory Working Group focuses on theoretical and methodological issues such as philosophy of history, historical research, interpretation, and narrative—not necessarily confined to the history of science. The working group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants. Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia from 6:00 to 7:30 on first Tuesdays. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
Suman Seth is Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University. He works on the social, cultural, and intellectual history of modern science, including history of physical sciences (particularly quantum theory), gender and science, & science, race, and colonialism.
Laura Stark is Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University's Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, and Associate Editor of the journal History and Theory. She has published works on the history of medicine, morality, and the modern state, and pieces on social theory.
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
October 7, 2014
The group discussed pp. 1-135 of Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson. Trans. Mitchell. NY: Dover, 1998 (reprint of 1911 edition) as well as pp. 62-81, "Neither Vitalism Nor Materialism" from Vibrant Matter by Jane Bennett.
April 8, 2014
The group discussed pp. 233-356 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns
March 11, 2014
The group discussed pp. 97-233 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns
January 28, 2014
John Tresch of UPenn introduced pp1-95, chps 1-3 of Bruno Latour's An inquiry into Modes of Existence: An Anthropology of the Moderns
December 17, 2013
John Tresch of UPenn introduced selections from Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos as well as Hans-Joerg Rheinberger's, "Gaston Bachelard and the Notion of 'Phenomenotechnique'".
November 19, 2013
John Tresch of UPenn introduced Michel Foucault's "Introduction" to Georges Canguilhem's Normal and Pathological and the chapter on "From Vital to Social Norms" as well as Chapter 5 of Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard, 2010).
October 8, 2013
John Tresch of UPenn introduced Michael Friedman's "Carnap, Cassirer, and Heidegger: The Davos Disputation and Twentieth Century Philosophy." European Journal of Philosophy. Vol 10, issue 3, pages 263-274, December 2002 and Peter Gordon's Continental Divide: Heidegger, Cassirer, Davos (Harvard, 2010), Chapter 1: 43-86.
April 9, 2013
Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced Meaning and Understanding in the History of Ideas by Quentin Skinner, History and Theory 8 (1969): 3-53 and More Theses on the Philosophy of History by John Keane, Meaning and Context, ed. James Tully, 204-217
March 12, 2013
Tiago Saraiva of Drexel University introduced selections from Carlo Ginzburg's Threads and Traces and Perry Anderson's review The Force of the Anomaly
February 12, 2013
Babak Ashrafi of PACHS introduced selections from the 2012 Osiris, Clio Meets Science: The Challenges of History Is It Time to Forget Science? Reflections on Singular Science and Its History by Jan Golinski Science Is Dead; Long Live Science by Peter Dear On the Historical Forms of Knowledge Production and Curation: Modernity Entailed Disciplinarity, Postmodernity Entails Antidisciplinarity by Paul Forman