José Beltran | Researcher

Coordinator of EUIHoS for 2014-2015

I am a PhD candidate at the Department of History and Civilization at the EUI, where I am completing a dissertation on the role that visual representation played in transatlantic enterprises of natural history in late-seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century France. Provisionally entitled “Nature in Draft: Images and Overseas Natural History in the Work of Charles Plumier (1646-1704),” the thesis focuses on the visual materials produced by the traveling friar and naturalist Charles Plumier on his journeys to the French West Indies. My general research interests revolve around three topics: graphic and textual practices in the making of natural knowledge, the emergence of natural history as a distinct discipline, and the role that these played in the European overseas projects during the early modern period. Before coming to the EUI, I studied history at the universities of Alicante and Aix-Marseille, and history of science at the Centre Koyré of the EHESS in Paris. I have been a visiting student at HPS, Cambridge, and worked during short-term periods at the CSIC in Madrid and Columbia University in New York City.

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