Working Groups

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

    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

    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.


Upcoming Meetings

There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.

Past Meetings

  • 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

  • December 11, 2012

    John Tresch of UPenn introduced: Kristin Asdal, Contexts in Action-And the Future of the Past in STS, STHV 37 (4, 2012): 379-403 Daston, L. Science Studies and the History of Science, Critical Inquiry 34 (4, 2009): 798-816. Dear, P., and Jasanoff, S. Dismantling Boundaries in Science and Technology Studies, Isis 101 (4, 2010) 759-774.

  • November 13, 2012

    Audra Wolfe introduced the Prologue and The Search for Power (chp. 3) from The Age of Fracture by Daniel Rogers.

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