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Aesthetic Enlightenments: Cultures of Natural Knowledge

When? 10-11 January 2014
Where? Huntington Library, San Marino, California

This two-day conference will examine the relationship between the aesthetic production and social circulation of knowledge about the natural world in the eighteenth century. It aims to connect literary, visual and discursive forms of analysis with approaches current within social history, in order to interrogate the relationship between social participation in science and the aesthetic and cultural forms of its making.

Conference speakers:

Alan BewellDaniela BleichmarJill CasidDeirdre ColemanMatthew EddyDena GoodmanJan GolinskiNoah HeringmanJonathan LambDahlia PorterAlan RichardsonLonda Schiebinger

Programme: Download the full programme here.

Friday, 10th Jan 2014

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Welcome: Steve Hindle (The Huntington)

Remarks: Sarah Easterby-Smith (University of St. Andrews) Emily Senior (Birkbeck, University of London)

10:00 Session 1: Knowledge Work and Circulation

Moderator: Margaret Jacob (University of California, Los Angeles)

Londa Schiebinger (Stanford University) “The Atlantic World Medical Complex”

Noah Heringman (University of Missouri) “Knowledge Work, or, Sciences from the Middle”

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 2: Hybrid Forms of Knowledge

Moderator: Lyle Massey (University of California, Irvine)

Daniela Bleichmar (University of Southern California) “Chronicles without Words: The Study of Mexican Codices and Amerindian Knowledge in the Eighteenth Century”

Jill H. Casid (University of Wisconsin, Madison) “Satyrosity”

3:00 Break

3:15 Session 3: Inscription, Translation, and Erasure

Moderator: Sarah Kareem (University of California, Los Angeles)

Alan Bewell (University of Toronto) “Natures Lost in Translation”

Matthew Daniel Eddy (Durham University) “How to Keep a Notebook: Inscription as a Visual Knowledge-Making Process for Early Modern Students”

Saturday, 11th Jan 2014

9:00 Registration & Coffee

9:30 Session 4: The Epistemology of Feeling

Moderator: Anne Mellor (University of California, Los Angeles)

Jonathan Lamb (Vanderbilt University) “Blushing and Tattooing”

Alan Richardson (Boston College) “Empathy for the Devil: From Mirror Neurons to Sympathy Theory to Shelley’s The Cenci”

11:30 Lunch

12:30 Session 5: Scholars and Communities

Moderator: Alexander Wragge-Morley (University of Oxford)

Deirdre Coleman (University of Melbourne) “Henry Smeathman and the Cultures of Natural Knowledge”

Dena Goodman (University of Michigan) “Collective Identity, Natural History, and Public Responsibility: Augustin-François Silvestre’s Eulogies for the French Society of Agriculture (1801-1841)”

2:30 Break

2:45 Session 6: Public Science, Education, and Professionalization

Moderator: Devin Griffiths (University of Southern California)

Dahlia Porter (University of North Texas) “Anatomical Inventories, Medical Aesthetics: Body Parts and the Life of Things”

Jan Golinski (University of New Hampshire) “Sublime Astronomy at the End of the Enlightenment: Adam Walker and the Eidouranion”

Organizers:

For registration details, please email: researchconference@huntington.org

Aesthetic Enlightenments is hosted by the Huntington Library.