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David Beck

Email: D dot C dot Beck at warwick dot ac dot uk
Skype: Davidc.Beck

Academic Technologist, 2013-5 (Humanities Department)

I work as part of the Digital Humanities team- see here for more information.

Teaching (2012-13)

HI174- The Enlightenment (optional module for first year undergraduates)

HI271- Politics, Literature and Ideas in Stuart England, c. 1600-1715 (optional module for second year undergraduates)

contributor to HI203- European World, 1500-1750 (core module for second year undergraduates)

Tutor for Academic Skills Sessions for postgraduates in the Centre for the History of Medicine


David Beck, 'review of Judy A. Hayden (ed.), Travel Narratives, The New Science, and Literary Discourse, 1569-1750 (2012)' for The British Society for Literature and Science (Jan., 2013)- online publication

David Beck, ‘Regional Natural History in England: Physico-Theology and the Exploration of Nature’, Society and Politics 6 no. 2, special issue: God and the Order of Nature in Early Modern Thought (Nov. 2012), pp. 8-25.

David Beck, 'review of Harrison, Numbers and Shank (eds), Wrestling with Nature (2011)', in British Journal for the History of Science 45.2 (Jun. 2012), pp. 282-3.

Current organisational responsibilities

Convenor, Scientiae 2013: Disciplines of knowing in the early modern world, University of Warwick, 18-20 April 2013

Network Administrator, Early Modern Forum

Postgraduate representative, British Society for the History of Science Programmes Committee

Editorial Board Member, Retrospectives

Recent Conference Papers

Antiquarian Science: The county natural history in latter seventeenth century England, Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver), April 2012

“Searching into Natural Knowledge” in Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire, 1660-1730, Centre for the History of Medicine Work in Progress, University of Warwick, May 2011

County Natural Histories: General Knowledge in Local Space?, British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference, University of Manchester, January 2011

My research

My thesis focuses upon the county natural history, a genre of writing unique to England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century. It aims to situate the genre as a successor to local antiquarianism in Tudor and early Stuart England, and to explore the meaning behind the investigation of the natural and man-made landscape which the genre entailed.