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.
To join this working group, click "Request group membership" at right. You will receive instructions for participating online or in person.
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.
March 7, 2012
"Politics and Astrology in Renaissance Hungary" by Darin Hayton, Haverford College
February 1, 2012
"'A very imperfect trial': Notes on Martin Lister's Book of Shells" by Jessica Rosenberg, UPenn
November 9, 2011
Elly Truitt introduced "The Empire of Observation, 1600-1800" by Lorraine Daston, and "Frogs on the Mantelpiece: the Practice of Observation in Daily Life" by Mary Terrall.
October 5, 2011
Elly Truitt introduced "Networks of Travel, Correspondence, and Exchange" by Steven J. Harris and selections from "Matters of Exchange" by Harold J. Cook
May 4, 2011
Elizabeth Coates Paschall's Scientific Revolution: Enlightened Experts and Healing Authority in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia by Susan Brandt, Temple University
April 6, 2011
Accountancy and Systole by Michael Neuss, Columbia University