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The Making of Early Modern Scientific Knowledge: Objects, Spaces, Practices and Epistemologies

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2-3 July 2010
The Wolfson Research Exchange
University of Warwick

This two-day symposium is the first UK-based attempt to bring together an international group of researchers working on knowledge production processes in Europe 1500-1800, from a number of different disciplines including the history of medicine and science, global history and geography. We will consider and assess a variety of early modern knowledge making processes, from informal experimentation to reading and writing natural philosophy, and the impact of these practices upon the development of medical and scientific knowledge. We will situate these processes within histories of early modern intellectual networks, histories of trade and consumption, histories of craft and artisanal skills and studies of experience and expertise. We will also focus upon broader issues such as the role played by gender, race and colonization upon knowledge production and dissemination. The conference also aims to foment discussion across scholarly generations and different disciplines. Full programme, abstracts and papers are available via the link - this page is password protected.

Keynote Speaker: Bruce Moran (University of Nevada, Reno)

Speakers include: David Beck (University of Warwick), Paola Bertucci (Yale University), Cathy McClive (University of Durham), Harriet Palfreyman (University of Warwick), Carol Pal (Bennington College), Christelle Rabier (CAK-CRHST, Paris), Dagmar Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin), Iris Montero Sobrevilla (University of Cambridge), Simon Werrett (University of Washington, Seattle) and Kelly Whitmer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin).


This conference is organized by Elaine Leong, Claudia Stein and Marie Thébaud-Sorger and is made possible by the generous support of the Wellcome Trust, Humanities Research Centre, Roberts Funding, Department of History and the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick.

Download the full Programme(Word Document). Download the Registration Form(PDF Document). For additional information, please contact Elaine Leong at