‘Chasing Unicorns and Amassing Rhinos to Think About the History of Knowledge’
with Bruno A Martinho (HEC3) & Camille Sallé (HEC1)
Monday 5/12/2016, 17:00-19:00 Location: Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati, European University Institute, Florence
How do historians of knowledge and science deal with materials? And what do materials do to the history of knowledge? Reversely, how are notions of science and knowledge approached by historians of material culture? This session will be centred on a case study presented by Bruno A. Martinho, and will aim at opening the discussion on these questions and some methodological issues encountered when approaching material culture. Especially, we will examine the extent to which those questions related to material culture and materiality can bring together and blur the lines between various fields of history. We will consider the possibility of thinking outside categories produced by material culturel/history of science approaches, as well as more powerful questionnaires obtained from crossed methodologies.
On September 17-18, the EUI will host the conference The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind: Towards a Connected History of Textual Practices (Teatro, Badia Fiesolana, 9h-18h), organized by the Chair of the History of Science at the Department of History and Civilization, Professor Stéphane Van Damme. In honor of the leading cultural and book historian Roger Chartier, professor at the Collège de France, the conference emerges from, and takes the name of, his most recent publication, The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2014). It will bring together book, literary, and art historians, as well as historians of science and knowledge in an exploration of the materiality of texts in the early modern period.
Part of the conference will be live-tweeted under hashtag #EUIChartier