Early Modern Science
The Early Modern Science Working Group meets monthly to discuss a colleague’s work in progress or to discuss readings that are of particular interest to participants.
Meetings are usually held at the Consortium offices in Philadelphia on first Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4:00pm Eastern Time. Scholars located anywhere can also participate online.
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Megan Piorko is a doctoral fellow at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine. Her dissertation project explores the materiality of speculative knowledge-making practices in seventeenth-century textual chymical collections. She has held a research fellowship at the Science History Institute and is the Student Representative to the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry.
Katherine Reinhart is the Consortium's 2019-2020 NEH Postdoctoral Fellow. She holds a Ph.D. in history of art from University of Cambridge. Her book project examines the epistemic and political functions of images in a pivotal early modern scientific institution – the Académie royale des sciences, the first scientific academy in France. It reveals how various types of visual material – from anatomical drawings to allegorical reliefs on coins – were an indispensible part of the Academy’s projects, as well as providing tangible evidence of the scientific ambitions of the French state.
Upcoming Meetings (all times Eastern)
There are no currently scheduled upcoming events.
October 7, 2015
The group joined the "Science Beyond the West" group for a special event: Dimitri Gutas and H. Floris Cohen discussed Cohen's recent book, How Modern Science Came Into the World: Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough (Amsterdam University Press, 2011).
April 9, 2015
Planning meeting for 2015-2016
March 12, 2015
Sue Wells of Temple University introduced her draft chapter, "'The Anatomy of Melancholy' and Early Modern Medicine."
February 12, 2015
Nahyan Fancy of Depauw University introduced his paper, "Avicenna, Ibn al-Nafis, and New Developments in Physiology in Western Eurasia, 1200-1560"
December 11, 2014
Harun Küçük of UPenn introduced his draft paper, "The Compass and the Astrolabe: Religion and Empirical Knowledge in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire."
November 13, 2014
Bruce Moran of the University of Nevada, Reno introduced his draft paper "Preserving the Cutting Edge: Traveling Woodblocks, Material Networks, and Visualizing Plants in Early Modern Europe"
October 9, 2014
Elly Truitt introduced chapter six, "The Trouble with Taxa," from Daryn Lehoux's What did the Romans Know? An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking.
April 10, 2014
Alisha Rankin of Tufts introduced her draft paper, "To Cure a Thief: Testing Poison Antidotes in Early Modern Europe."
March 13, 2014
Darin Hayton of Haverford College introduced his paper "Byzantium: the Other East."
December 12, 2013
Joel Klein of Indiana University introduced his "Daniel Sennert and the Quest for a (Nearly) Universal Medicine".