What is the relationship of antiquarianism to science in early modern Europe? What is the relation between political and cultural centres? What kinds of exchanges took place among towns in England, France and the Southern Low Countries, circa 1580-1700? What were the dynamics of those exchanges? What was the social background of the actors of political and scientific networks? What gets exchanged and why? What were the uses of the exchanged objects; what the relation between exchanges of texts and artifacts, collections, and editorial genres, such as heraldry, biography, chorography, medical texts and diplomatic documents?
We shall suggest answers to these questions during our international colloquium ‘Political and Scientific Networks among Towns in England, France and the Southern Low Countries, ca 1580-1700’, which will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles on 16th and 17th November 2007.
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