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GHCC Workshop: Empires and Natural Resources

The Global History and Culture Centre hosted a workshop, organised by Guillemette Crouzet, on Empires and Natural Resources: Contestation, Exploitation and Protection from the 1800s to the present.

A number of members of the History of Science and Technology Hub took part, delivering papers and chairing sessions. Katayoun Shafiee gave a paper on her new project on the history of water management and dam infrastructure in twentieth-century Iran.

Sat 29 Jun 2019, 08:23

Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920

Materials of the Mind 
Materials of the Mind: Phrenology, Race, and the Global History of Science, 1815-1920 by Dr James Poskett is a new monograph published by University of Chicago Press.

Phrenology was the most popular mental science of the Victorian age. From American senators to Indian social reformers, this new mental science found supporters around the globe. Materials of the Mind tells the story of how phrenology changed the world—and how the world changed phrenology.

This is a story of skulls from the Arctic, plaster casts from Haiti, books from Bengal, and letters from the Pacific. Drawing on far-flung museum and archival collections, and addressing sources in six different languages, Materials of the Mind is an impressively innovative account of science in the nineteenth century as part of global history. It shows how the circulation of material culture underpinned the emergence of a new materialist philosophy of the mind, while also demonstrating how a global approach to history can help us reassess issues such as race, technology, and politics today.

Find out more here or read a recent review in the Wall Street Journal.

Fri 24 May 2019, 12:11

Registration opens for conference "Error in the Age of Thomas Browne" (7 June, 2019)

Registration now open for "Error in the Age of Thomas Browne" (7 June 2019), a one day-conference exploring the history of error in medicine, natural history, natural philosophy, astronomy, and literature more generally. Organised by Dr Alice Leonard at the Institute of Advanced Study, Warwick.

Conference website


Allegory of Error by Antoine Coypel (1661-1722)

Wed 22 May 2019, 17:47

Workshop in Paris on "East and West: Dialogues in History of Science and Technology"

A number of History of Science and Technology Hub members participated in a workshop, organised by the Global History and Culture Centre, and held at University Paris Diderot on 8 April 2019

The aim of the workshop was to explore historiographical themes with colleagues in Paris working on the history of science and technology, particularly in global and East Asian contexts.

Claudia Stein spoke on the history of the human sciences and James Poskett spoke on the global history of phrenology.

Mon 22 Apr 2019, 10:00

Registration opens for the conference Technologies of Mind and Body in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc (Nottingham, 17-18 May, 2019)


Registration is now open for Technologies of Mind and Body in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, a conference organised by Dr. Claire Shaw (Warwick) and Dr. Anna Toropova (Nottingham). The conference will be held at the University of Nottingham on 17-18 May, 2019. Registration is free of charge.

Conference website


Thu 28 Mar 2019, 09:40

The World in Questions: Questionnaires and the History of Knowledge in the Early Modern World - Samir Boumediene (Ėcole Normale Supérieure, Lyon)

The questionnaire was a powerful and distinctive tool for finding out about the natural world in the early modern period. Samir Boumediene explored this genre at the seminar of the Global History and Culture Centre on March 6, 2019.

More details here.

Wed 06 Mar 2019, 23:00

Federico Marcon, The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan - GHCC Reading Group


Japan was home to a rich tradition of natural history well before the introduction of European natural history after the Meiji Restoration in 1868. In his book The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (Chicago UP, 2015), Federico Marcon documents this tradition and shows the surprising similarities between Japanese natural history from 1600 to 1900 and European natural history over the same period. Marcon's book was the subject of the Global History and Culture Centre Reading Group on 27 Feb, 2019. The book prompted discussion of the relationship between environmental history and the history of science, the value of comparing regional traditions of natural history, and the role of commodities in the history of ideas.

More details here.

Wed 27 Feb 2019, 23:00

Rococo Science in Paris, 1710-1740 - Dr. Michael Bycroft (Warwick)


What did rococo art have to do with the science of light and electricity? A great deal, as we see if we focus on the substances that scientists and artists had in common, such as steel, porcelain, lacquer, gold leaf, and precious stones. This talk by Michael Bycroft was part of the seminar series of the Warwick History of Art Department.

5:30pm - 7:30pm, Wed, 21 Nov '18, F37, Millburn House, University of Warwick
Sun 21 Oct 2018, 05:30

New Survey Course in the History of Science and Technology

We're delighted to announce the introduction of a new survey course in the history of science and technology at the Department of History, University of Warwick.

Science, Technology and Society, 1400 to Present (HI2D5) will be offered to second-year undergraduates, providing an introduction to the history of science and technology from the Renaissance to today. The course is taught by a team with expertise ranging from early modern natural philosophy to twentieth-century Soviet technology.

Mon 01 Oct 2018, 10:00

Catholic Geographies of the Global - Prof. Paula Findlen (Stanford)

The seventeenth-century polymath Athanasius Kircher left behind a rich correspondence with far-flung members of the Jesuit missionary order to which he belonged. This talk mapped out the correspondence and explored its significance for Kircher's kaleidoscopic investigations into history, language, geography and the natural world. Prof. Susanna Burghartz (Basel) commented.

This was the 2019 annual lecture of the Global History and Culture Centre.

Thursday 17th May, 5-6:30pm, R0.3/4 Ramphal building, University of Warwick.

Thu 17 May 2018, 17:00

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