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:

#BSHSPG2017 – Call for Paper is out!


The Call for Paper for  #BSHSPG2017 is out!

Annual British Society for the History of Science (BSHS) Postgraduate Conference in collaboration with the European University Institute Florence (EUI) and the Centre Alexandre-Koyré Paris (CAK), Florence, 5-7 April 2017

As the 2017 conveyor of the annual BSHS Postgraduate Conference, the EUI History of Science Working Group invites postgraduates to submit proposals for talks relating to topics concerned with the history of science, medicine, and technology. This conference is made by postgraduates for postgraduates, with the generous support of the BSHS, the EUI, and the CAK.

Places are limited. We invite abstracts for 15-20 minute papers, which will be arranged in concurrent panels.

Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) including your name, the title, a brief description of your academic affiliation and contact details in one pdf file to, by 15 November 2016.

Members of the BSHS may apply to the Butler-Eyles Fund for support to travel to this conference:

‘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:

BYOC with Historians

The History of Science Working Group is very pleased to invite you to a new
BYOC* with Historians
Prof. Pietro Corsi (University of Oxford)
Thursday, 21 January at 9:00am
in Sala Mansarda, Villa Schifanoia

Prof. Corsi will give a general lecture on Darwin, opening on a discussion of the place of Darwin in what is referred to as darwinism, and whether the latter can be considered a scientific revolution. 
The discussion will also approach the broader themes of leading figures and underdogs of the History of Science, revolution and continuity, science and religion.
A selection of suggested readings are attached to this message.
All are welcome !
* Bring Your Own Coffee

05/10/2015 — Introductory meeting

The History of Science Working Group is pleased to announce its


Introductory Meeting 

to the New Academic Year

 Monday, 5 October 2015, 14:00-15:00, sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, EUI


Agenda :

* General presentation and discussion of the group’s objectives and activities

* Introduction to our new blog

* Provisional calendar of activities

Everybody is welcome to attend !


For further information please refer to seminars and events


Conference in honour of Roger Chartier | The Author’s Hand and the Printer’s Mind

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Chartier_posterOn 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

See conference programme below:FINALProgrammeChartierSept2015

EUI | History of Science

The History of Science working group is a non-official, student-led group aimed at bringing together PhD researchers with similar interests in History of Science. Thus, the group’s members engage with a wide coverage of topics ranging from natural history over imperial science to amateur inventions, from seventeenth-century France to Interwar Russia. In our blog, we wish to bring forward the diversity of research in History of Science, to seek for a broader understanding of history of science and review available instruments, which includes reading of classics but also examining recent methodological approaches. As a student-led project, we wish to maintain a wide scope of the published material, with a nevertheless strong emphasis on the rich and necessary links with other historical fields, and with history in general.