The Princeton Workshops in the History of Science 2002-2003
In conjunction with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies
SCIENCE ACROSS THE SEAS
II. "Nature, Knowledge, and the Oceans"
Benjamin Elman and D. Graham Burnett
The second 2002-2003 Princeton Workshop in the History of Science takes up the world's oceans-as objects of scientific inquiry, as places for scientific activity, as historical spaces that have changed through time. In four papers that reach from the Early Modern period to the Cold War, we will investigate a set of large questions about the sea and science: How does one "know" the oceanic world? Its physical character and dynamics? Its denizens? Its shores and depths? Why has such knowledge mattered? How has "being at sea" affected the thinking and practice of natural philosophers, voyaging naturalists, twentieth-century geophysicists? This workshop, drawing on both established and rising historians of oceanography, will investigate knowledge of, and on, the seas.
Friday, March 7, 2003
211 Dickinson Hall
9:00 a.m. "Bringing the Sea Back In: Mapping Mobility and the Construction of State Sovereignty"
Philip Steinberg, Florida State University
Commentary: Michael Mahoney, Princeton University
10:40 a.m. "Kingdoms to be Discovered": Exploration and its Legacy for the Oceans"
Helen Rozwadowski, Georgia Institute of Technology
Commentary: Tania Munz, Princeton University
1:25 p.m. "The Oceanic Hunting Grounds of Roy Chapman Andrews: Whales as Resource and Whales as Game in Post-Frontier America"
Gary Kroll, State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Commentary: D. Graham Burnett, Princeton University
3:00 p.m. "A Context of Motivation: Navy Oceanographic Research and the Discovery of Sea-Floor Hydrothermal Vents"
Naomi Oreskes, University of California, San Diego
Commentary: Michael Gordin, Harvard University
4:30 p.m. Reflections and Final Discussion
Eric Mills, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Papers will be pre-circulated. Please contact Vicky Glosson via email or phone to request a set of papers.
Papers will also be available in G-13, 136, and 208 Dickinson Hall.
All are welcome. For further information visit: http://www.princeton.edu/~hos/
208 Dickinson Hall
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