Natural History in the Age of Revolutions – CONFERENCE

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Date / time: 15 July, 9:15 am - 7:00 pm

Linnean Society of London

Natural History in the Age of Revolutions - CONFERENCE


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.

This day-long conference (full agenda provided in the link below) will explore themes connected broadly to the revolution in nature that began to be witnessed on a global scale in the decades around 1800. Papers will discuss ideas that look beyond European institutions in an age that witnessed the recording of more new species than ever before or since, especially 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.