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EUIHoS activities | Autumn Term

'Calendar' ©James Box
‘Calendar’ ©James Box

[last edit 03/11/2016]

The History of Science working group is pleased to announce its activities for the upcoming term. Stay tuned for updates! All welcome!

  • First BYO Coffee with Historians! — Friday 11/11/2016, 11:00-13:00
    Location: Sala del Torrino, Villa Salviati
    Pascal Brioist (University of Tours): ‘Towards a new history of Technology in Renaissance Italy’
  • November meeting — Monday 14/11/2016, 17:00-19:00
    Location: Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati
    Theme: “Lists” – with Catherine Gibson & Déborah Dubald.
    Lists can be a daunting source to manipulate. For this session, Catherine and Déborah will share their experience and issues encountered with respectively ethnographic inventories and museums’ inventories of natural objects in the nineteenth-century. 
  • Friends of EUIHoS activities — 02/12/2016
    Location: tbc
    Workshop:  ‘Working with Space’, organised by Pablo Hernandez (Third Year HEC Researcher) in collaboration with St. Andrews University (Prof. Bernard Struck).
    Follow the discussion with #WorkingWithSpace on Twitter.
  • December meeting — Monday 5/12/2016, 17:00-19:00
    Location: Sala dei Levrieri, Villa Salviati
    Theme: ‘Chasing Unicorns and Amassing Rhinos to Think About the History of Knowledge’ with Bruno A Martinho & Camille Sallé
    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.
  • ‘Science in Florence’ Excursion — Wednesday, 7/12/2016, 10:00-12:00
    Location: Museo Galileo, Piazza dei Giudici, 1, Firenze.
    Theme: Presentation and visit of the Biblioteca del Museo Galileo
    It has now become a tradition to introduce the library of Museo Galileo to the new researchers or to the curious. An incredible resource in the history of science, the Galileo library’s collection encompasses secondary literature in the History of Science, bu also the Medici and Lorena scientific collections of books and instruments, together with a significant amount of archival material. The library team has developed a cumulative database, accessible through the internet, which has re-built the lost connections between different types of objets. Alessandra Lenzi (Library Director) and Elisa Di Renzo (History of the Book Specialist) will welcome us once again this year to present their work and activities.

Coming up after December:

‘Viviani, Galileo, Ghiberti: the manuscript traces of Florentine science’

This year again, the History of Science Working Group is happy to invite you to ‘Science in Florence’ visits, which encourage the exploration of Florence’ very own institutions of the history of science.

The first visit will take us to the Manuscript Department of the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze: ‘Viviani, Galileo, Ghiberti: the manuscript traces of Florentine science’ on Friday, 11 March, 10 am.

Meeting point: front door of the BNCF, Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1 – 50122 Firenze, at 9:55am.

Everyone is welcome, but  places are limited. Please register with Simon Dumas Primbault: