Travel, Science, and the Question of Observation: 1580-1800

Friday, October 18, 2013 - Saturday, October 19, 2013 The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Cosponsors

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Heyman Center for the Humanities

Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway

In the early modern period, the emergence of travel as a means of information gathering on natural history, demography, government, and religion was accompanied by the use of questionnaires to orient observation. This conference investigates the development of techniques of information gathering of this kind and the networks on which they relied. Papers address the integral role of travel in the process of scientific exchange as well as to the ways that information itself traveled in British, French, Spanish, and Swedish contexts.

The conference is supported by generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (http://www.mellon.org) and by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, with the assistance of the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway. The “Texts, Contexts, Culture” project is funded under the Higher Education Authority, under PRTLI4.

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Participants

  • Daniel Carey

    Professor of English

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Eileen Gillooly

    Associate Director

    Heyman Center for the Humanities

  • Elizabeth Yale

    Assistant Professor of History

    Western Carolina University

  • Asheesh Siddique

    Doctoral Scholar in the Department of History

    Columbia University

  • Alan Stewart

    Professor of English and Comparative Literature

    Columbia University

  • Carl Wennerlind

    Associate Professor of History at Barnard College

    Columbia University

  • Dániel Margócsy

    Assistant Professor in the Department of History

    Hunter College, City Univsersity of New York

  • Nicholas Dew

    Associate Professor of History and Classical Studies

    McGill University

  • Matthew L.  Jones

    James R. Barker Professor of Contemporary Civilization

    Columbia University

  • Martin J. Burke

    Associate Professor of History and American Studies

    The Graduate Center, City University of New York

  • Ida Federica Pugliese

    Marie Curie Fellow

    National University of Ireland, Galway

  • Cameron Strang

    Doctoral Student in the Department of History

    University of Texas at Austin

  • Lynn Festa

    Associate Director of Graduate Program and Associate Professor of English

    Rutgers University

  • Ted McCormick

    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director in the Department of History

    Concordia University

  • Joyce Chaplin

    James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History

    Harvard University

  • Maria Portuondo

    Associate Professor in the Department of History of Science and Technology

    Johns Hopkins University

  • Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

    Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History

    The University of Texas at Austin

  • Paula Findlen

    Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History

    Stanford University

  • Ann Blair

    Henry Charles Lea Professor of History

    Harvard University

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