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Thinking Science at Large - Towards a Connected History of Science

Lectures and workshops are convened by Prof. Stephane Van Damme in cooperation with the History of Science Working Group

Over the last decade, the grand narrative of the Scientific Revolution has been replaced with a grand narrative of the process of globalization, with the history of science at risk of falling into another teleological trap.This EUI Lecture series will explore other possibilities in terms of researching
 and writing the history of science. By looking at the multiple ways that European sciences were challenged by other non-European traditions (and were sometimes produced by these challenges and confrontations). This should lead us to more dense descriptions of these practices of encountering, translating and circulating; without the assumptions that these processes were obvious, peaceful and always successful. The study of asymmetries, failed translations and failed encounters are as important as the study of the trajectory of world science, which succeeded in dominating the globe (and even, some argue, produced the idea of globalization). Investigating these counter-narratives in the history of science or in science studies can provide particularly valuable methodological tools which allow us a greater insight into the history of science.

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2018

Exploring French Asia: Sciences and Knowledge


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Speakers: Blake Smith (Max Weber Fellow), Sarah Easterby-Smith (Saint-Andrews), Dorit Brixius (German Historical Institute, Paris), Alexander Statman (Graduate School Global Intellectual History, Berlin), Antoine Lilti (EHESS)

19 June 2018

Material Practices of Science in a Global Context


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Speakers: Lissa Roberts (University of Twente), Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge), Otto Sibum (Uppsala University), Neil Safier (Brown University), Juan Pimentel (CSIC), James Delbourgo (Rutgers University) - TBC

18 June 2018

Charisma at the Age of Revolutions


 

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Speaker: David A. Bell (Princeton University)

6 June 2018

From Cartesian to Freudian Wars: New Approaches on Controversies


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Speakers: Delphine Antoine-Mahut and Samuel Lézé (ENS Lyon)

31 May 2018

Galileo between Science and Myth


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Speaker: Massimo Bucciantini (Università di Siena)

28 May 2018

The Roots of Anti-Hypotheticalism in Seventeenth-Century English Science


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Speaker: Robert Iliffe (Oxford University)

17 May 2018

Science and Satire in Early Modern England


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Speaker: Mordechai Feingold (California Institute of Technology)

14 May 2018

Medicine and the Inquisition in Global Perspective


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Speaker: Maria Pia Donato (CNRS - Cagliari University)

10 May 2018

 

Private Gardens and Public Spaces in 18th-century Paris


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Speaker: Gregory Brown (UNLV - University of Nevada)

8 May 2018

Structuralism and Ontology: An Anthropological Journey


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Speaker: Philippe Descola (Collège de France)

4 May 2018

Travels, Ethnology, and Natural History


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Speaker: Henrique Leitão (University of Lisbon)

15 March 2018

Trespassing. Environmental history and migrations  


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Speaker: Marco Armiero (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm)

27 February 2018

 

Lighting the Enlightenment: Public Illumination in Paris in the Siècle des Lumières


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Speaker: Darrin McMahon (Dartmouth College)

21 February 2018

The Doctor who Would Be King. Medical Utopias in the Afro-Pacific Region


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Speaker: Guillaume Lachenal (Paris-Diderot University)

6 February 2018

 

 

 

2017

'Collecting the World'. Forum on Hans Sloane


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Speakers: James Delbourgo (Rutgers University), Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge), Lissa Roberts (University of Twente), Silvia Sebastiani (EHESS, Paris)

26 June 2017

 

From Russia with Codes: Programming Migrations in Post-Soviet Times


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Speakers: Mario Biagioli (University of California, Davis), Vincent Lepinay (SciencesPo, Paris)

16 June 2017

The Thinking Person Disease: Rethinking the Subject in the Digital Age


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Speaker: Hélène Mialet (York University, Canada)

30 May 2017

Masterclass with the Ecole Normale Superieure Lyon on 'Corpus'


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Speaker: Daniel Roche (College de France)

5 May 2017

The Rhinoceros and the Megatherium: an Essay in Historical Morphology


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Speaker: Juan Pimentel (Spanish National Research Council, Madrid)

2 May 2017

 

Useful Knowledge and the Urban Imaginary: a Contested History


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Speaker: Bert de Munck (University of Antwerp)

13 March 2017

Digital Humanities for the History of Science and Technology and the Promotion of Scientific Heritage


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Speaker: Paolo Galluzzi (Museo Galileo, Firenze)

23 February 2017

How to Represent Conflicts on the Politics of Nature?


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Speaker: Bruno Latour (EHESS, Paris)

14 February 2017

 

Ming China Disintegrated. The Chances and Pitfalls of the Global View


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Speaker: Dagmar Schäfer (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin)

06 February 2017

 

 

 

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