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Exploring French Asia: Sciences and Knowledge in the Eighteenth-Century

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  • Tue 19 Jun 2018 09.30 - 18.00
  Add to Calendar 2018-06-19 9:30 2018-06-19 18:00 Europe/Paris Exploring French Asia: Sciences and Knowledge in the Eighteenth-Century

Over the last fifteen years the history of the science of the modern era – and particularly of the 18th century – has taken a global turn, expanding the discipline’s horizon of interests. Major globalisation projects became subject to close examination, from the catholicisation of the world to the emergence of the paradigm of trade and global pillage, from environmental tropicalism to political economy and slavery. Having long been focused on the Atlantic settlements or imperial circuits, the history of science of the Early French sciences downplayed the role played by African and Asiatic imperial experiences. Especially since the loss of territorial possession after 1763 forceed the French to re-invent a imperial project in the region. Drawing on hybrid and connected history and diaspora studies, recent studies seek to better understand instances of scientific interaction, circulation and travel, as well as processes of translation and integration. The idea is not only to enlarge the picture, to zoom out, but to better include intermediaries or local knowledge. This workshop would like to examine through case studies this regional mobilization of science in South India, Mauritius, Manilla, China or the Pacific Islands and the multiple ways of re-ordering the French Global. It asks what extent did the asiatic experimentions tranform the nature of French science itself?

Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati DD/MM/YYYY
  Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Over the last fifteen years the history of the science of the modern era – and particularly of the 18th century – has taken a global turn, expanding the discipline’s horizon of interests. Major globalisation projects became subject to close examination, from the catholicisation of the world to the emergence of the paradigm of trade and global pillage, from environmental tropicalism to political economy and slavery. Having long been focused on the Atlantic settlements or imperial circuits, the history of science of the Early French sciences downplayed the role played by African and Asiatic imperial experiences. Especially since the loss of territorial possession after 1763 forceed the French to re-invent a imperial project in the region. Drawing on hybrid and connected history and diaspora studies, recent studies seek to better understand instances of scientific interaction, circulation and travel, as well as processes of translation and integration. The idea is not only to enlarge the picture, to zoom out, but to better include intermediaries or local knowledge. This workshop would like to examine through case studies this regional mobilization of science in South India, Mauritius, Manilla, China or the Pacific Islands and the multiple ways of re-ordering the French Global. It asks what extent did the asiatic experimentions tranform the nature of French science itself?


Location:
Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati

Affiliation:
Department of History and Civilization
Max Weber Programme

Type:
Workshop

Contact:
Miriam Felicia Curci - Send a mail

Organiser:
Stéphane Van Damme
Blake Smith (MWF)

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

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