Workshop on the material cultures of urban knowledge communities, 1500-1800

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Date / time: 6 July, 9:45 am - 6:30 pm

Keynes College, University of Kent

Workshop on the material cultures of urban knowledge communities, 1500-1800

Histories of early modern science and technology have been transformed in recent decades by an engagement with artefacts, materials, and diverse practitioners and sites of knowledge production. This one-day workshop seeks to explore the connections between scientific knowledge – broadly understood as learned natural knowledge, experimental inquiry, technical know-how, and perhaps experiential craft skills – and material cultures in early modern cities. We are interested in how the built and material environments of cities impacted upon knowledge creation, display, and dissemination, and the ways in which scientific material cultures shaped contemporary understandings of the urban or civic.

Speakers include

  • Ann-Marie Akehurst
  • Veronica Balboni
  • Laia Portet i Codina
  • Pilar Gil
  • Emma Hart
  • Anna Kuslits
  • Alan Morton
  • Edwin Rose
  • Simona Valeriani
  • Andrew Wells.

Roundtable discussants are Jim Bennett, Rebekah Higgitt, and Simon Werrett.

A full programme can be viewed at:

This event will take place on Friday 6th July 2018 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, Keynes College, Seminar Room 15. This event is free, but registration on Eventbrite is required:

This workshop has been funded by the Centre for the History of Sciences, University of Kent. This research day is also part of the Leverhulme Trust-funded Metropolitan Science Project.Please direct any enquires to Jasmine Kilburn-Toppin []