Natural History in the Age of Revolutions – CALL FOR PAPERS

Date / time: 8 March, 12:00 pm

Natural History in the Age of Revolutions - CALL FOR PAPERS


Conference | Linnean Society of London | 15 July 2024 | 10  am – 7 pm

Natural History in the Age of Revolutions

Call for Papers, deadline – 8 March 2024 | 12 pm

The full details can be found here:

The decades around 1800 are commonly known as the ‘age of revolutions’, witnessing momentous changes in politics, economics and the sciences on a global scale. This conference–part of the ongoing research project ‘Natural History in the Age of Revolutions’–seeks to understand the role of natural history in these changes. Natural history stimulated the emergence of new concepts such as evolution, deep time, and the so-called ‘natural’ system of classification, but their connection with political discourses and events is poorly understood.

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers to be presented at a day-long conference on 15th July 2024 at the Linnean Society of London. We welcome contributions on themes connected broadly to the revolution in nature that began to be witnessed on a global scale in the decades around 1800. Of particular interest are proposals that look beyond European institutions in an age that witnessed the recording of more new species than ever before or since. We are especially interested in the connections between what are often considered ‘Western’ concepts in natural history, Indigenous knowledge systems, and the multiple political agendas that shaped the age of revolutions on a global scale.

For those interested to present a 20-minute paper please send your title, a 200 word abstract and a short biography (150 words) in two separate word documents to Dr Edwin Rose on by 12 noon on Thursday 8th March 2024.

It is our intention to propose a selection of papers from this conference as a special issue of the journal History of Science. Please do indicate if you are interested in this.

There is some funding available to those speakers who do not already have institutional support. Coffee/tea and a sandwich lunch will be provided.


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