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Stéphane Van Damme

Professor of History of ScienceVanDamme

Director of Graduate Studies 

Tel. [+39] 055 4685 519 / 391
Fax [+39] 055 4685 203
Email: Stephane.VanDamme@eui.eu

Administrative Assistant: Miriam Felicia Curci

Postal address: Department of History and Civilization | Via Boccaccio 121 | 50133 Florence | Italy

Villa Schifanoia - Office VS 64 - Office Hours: Tuesdays, 14:00-16:30

 

Fields of Research


  • Early Modern Europe, with an emphasis on cities
  • Comparative history of science (special interests in Philosophy, Natural History, Archaeology)
  • History and social theory (sociology and anthropology)
  • Cultural history of Enlightenment
  • Colonial History of Science (special interest in Colonial New York)
  • Environmental History

Languages


French, English, Italian, Spanish and German

Current Seminars at EUI


Current Research Projects


Professor Van Damme’s research examines the origins of early modern scientific knowledge and European Culture between 1650 and 1850 by looking at essential elements overlooked by historians of science such as scientific centres (Paris, London, Edinburgh), founding fathers (Descartes), paradigmatic disciplines (philosophy, natural history, antiquarianism), imperial projects. New works continue in this perspective through three different comparative projects. The first deals with a pragmatic study of early modern philosophers at work in France and in Scotland. The second project addresses the issue of a geography and anthropology of Sceptical Knowledge in Europe, especially the orientalization of libertinism. The last project explores the nature of metropolis. By studying the physical history of metropolis, I embarked on research into scientific investigation on the metropolitan natural world in a comparative perspective (Paris, New York, London).

This research has given rise to three separate book projects:

  • A toutes voiles vers la vérité. Une autre histoire de la philosophie au temps des Lumières (Paris, Le Seuil, 2014).
  • Les voyageurs du doute. Une anthropologie des Libertins dans l'Europe moderne (Paris, Fayard, forthcoming 2016).
  • Exploring the Natures of the Metropolis: Disciplines, Frontiers and Practices. Towards an Archaeology of Urban Ecology (1650-1850).

Selected Recent Publications


Books and Monographs 

  • Descartes. Essai d’histoire culturelle d’une grandeur philosophique (XVIIe-XXe siècle) (Paris : Presses de Science Po, collection “ Facettes ”, 2002), 346 pages.
  • Paris, capitale philosophique de la Fronde à la Révolution (Paris : Editions Odile Jacob, collection Histoire, 2005), 311 pages.
  • Le Temple de la sagesse. Savoirs, écriture et sociabilité urbaine (Lyon, 17-18e siècles), (Paris : Editions de l’EHESS, Civilisations et société, 2005), 516 pages.
  • L’Epreuve libertine. Morale, soupçon et pouvoirs dans la France baroque (Paris : CNRS Editions, 2008), 279 pages.
  • Métropoles de papier. Naissance de  l’archéologie urbaine à Paris et à Londres (Paris : Les Belles Lettres, 2012), 310 pages.
  • A toutes voiles vers la vérité. Une autre histoire de la philosophie au temps des Lumières (Paris : Le Seuil, 2014), 393 pages. To be translated in Turkish.
  • Les voyageurs du doute. Une anthropologie critique dans l'Europe moderne (Paris: Fayard, under contract 2016).

 Edited Books 

  • With Nicolas Offenstadt, Luc Boltanski, Elisabeth Claverie, eds., Affaires, scandales et grandes causes. De Socrate à Pinochet (Paris : Editions Stock, « Les essais », 2007).
  • Lorraine Daston, L'économie morale des sciences: jugements, émotions et valeurs, Paris, La Découverte, Futurs antérieurs, 2014, translated by Samuel Lézé, introduction and presentation by Stéphane Van Damme.
  • Stéphane Van Damme, ed., Histoire des sciences et des savoirs, vol. I, De la Renaissance aux Lumières (Paris : Edition du Seuil, 2015).

Translation

  • Simon Schaffer, La fabrique des sciences modernes (Paris : Ed. du Seuil, 2014) (in collaboration with Frédérique Aït-Touati and Loïc Marcou), 444 pages.

Articles

  • "Curiosité subversive : « orientalisation » du libertinage et géographie morale", Études Épistémè [En ligne], 26 | 2014, http://episteme.revues.org/327
  • "Voir le passé : les atlas historiques de ville et l'administration du passé métropolitain au XIXe siècle", Critique internationale, 2015, forthcoming.
  • "Subversive Freedom: libertine anthropology and geography of Knowledge in Early Modern France", Early Modern French Studies, forthcoming 2015.
  • "La mappemonde sceptique : une géographie des libertins érudits", Littérature classique, forthcoming 2015.

Chapters

  • « Libertine Paris », in Anna-Louise Milne (éd.), Cambridge Companion to the Literature of Paris, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2013, p. 33-49.
  • « Philosophe, philosopher », in Daniel Brewer (éd.), Cambridge Companion to the French Enlightenment, (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014), p. 153-166.
  • « Capitalizing Manuscripts, confronting Empires: Anquetil-Duperron and the Economy of Oriental knowledge in the context of the Seven Years’ War », in Antonella Romano and al. (eds.), Negotiating Knowledge in Early Modern Empires. A Decentered View (1500-1800) (New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2014) p. 109-128.
  • « La nature de New York a-t-elle une histoire ? », in Isabelle Brian (dir.), Le lieu et le moment. Mélanges offerts à Alain Cabantous (Paris, Publications de la Sorbonne, 2014), p. 235-256.
  • « At the Borders of the Metropolis: Writing the Natural History of Paris in Eighteenth-Century », in Raphaelle Garrod, ed., Writing Natural History in Early Modern France (Leiden: Brills, forthcoming 2015).
  • « Digging Authority: Archaeological Controversies and the Recognition of the Metropolitan past in Early Eighteenth-Century Paris », in Paddy Bullard and Alexis Tadié (eds.), Ancients and Moderns in Early Modern Europe. Comparative Perspectives (Oxford: Oxford University Studies, forthcoming 2015).
  • « Between Global and Local, Paris as a capital city of the naturalist world in the age of Linneaus », in Hanna Hodacks, Kenneth Nyberg and  Stéphane Van Damme eds., Empire's Nature. A Global History of Linnean Science, (Oxford: SVEC, forthcoming 2016).
  • « Enlightenment on the Hudson River: did Mohawks have a philosophy? » (in Spanich) in Carmen Salazar and François Regourd (eds.), The process of Americanization. Sciences and Knowledge, to be published by the Institute of Andines Studies, Lima, 2016.

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