On Tuesday July 10th 2012 we are holding a one-day workshop at Plymouth University to develop a funding bid in relation to Natural History narratives and scientific material cultures of the colonial period. We begin our project with the founding of the Royal Society in London, and end it in 1808 with the wars of independence in Spanish America.
With a particular focus on the Atlantic World, this project explores the processes involved in the construction of natural and scientific knowledge in the years 1660-1808. The project examines the networks of correspondence that emerged between centres of scientific discussion in Europe, such as London, Paris and Madrid, and travellers and colonists situated in the Americas.
Suggested topics of interest
Strategies of scientific credibility
imperial/metropolitan and colonial/peripheral science
Empirical observation and dramatic encounters
collection and display of nature creole and national identities
Native American cultures
The literature of nature and material culture
Please send a brief biog and a short outline of research of around 300 words to Dr Kathryn Gray: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submissions is Friday 8thJune. All applicants will receive a response very shortly thereafter. If selected, we are able to fund travel within the UK and overnight accommodation.
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