We are looking for one more panelist for our 2015 AHA Panel entitled, The state of naturalism: Negotiations in the field at the dawn of modern scientific taxonomy (1700-1850)
Panel Abstract: Systematic reorganization of the world by self-conscious 'naturalists' was a key project in the transition to modernity. Recent historiography has emphasized the appearance of early-modern taxonomical thinking in different areas of human experience – intersections between botanical classification, for example, and hierarchical schemata like race and empire (Schiebinger 2009; Miller&Reill 2011; Fara 2003).
In this emerging scholarly literature on the scientific “ordering of things” in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the intersection between local and international modes of taxonomical thought has received relatively little attention. How did early modern naturalists interact with, and rely on, observers in the far-flung locations of their research? How did the interests, intuitions, concepts and priorities of these individuals and networks affect the idea of science, on the one hand, and specific scientific works on the other? What light can this experience shed on the world as we know it today?
The proposed panel would elaborate this train of thought by looking at such negotiations from a regional perspective—focusing in particular on the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Latin America—as a disciplinary question, and in theoretical terms.
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