Geographies of Nineteenth-Century Science: An International Interdisciplinary Conference

Institute of Geography, University of Edinburgh 18-21 July 2007

Conference themes:

• Production of scientific knowledge

• Mobility of scientific knowledge

• Consumption of scientific knowledge

The importance of space and the situated nature of knowledge in understanding the history of intellectual and social change have been increasingly acknowledged by scholars in a variety of disciplines. In this context, the ‘spatial turn’ evident in the history of science has been paralleled by work in geography which has paid attention to science’s discovery, the sites of its reception and justification and studies of the nature of science’s movement across space. In this regard, the time is right to reinforce interdisciplinary enquiry and establish new research frontiers by exploring the significance of geographical thinking to the making, movement and reception of science, here in the nineteenth century.

Speakers: Sam Alberti (University of Manchester) Lawrence Dritsas (University of Edinburgh) Diarmid Finnegan (Queen’s University Belfast) Aileen Fyfe (National University of Ireland, Galway) Graeme Gooday (University of Leeds) Sally Gregory Kohlstedt (University of Minnesota) Bernard Lightman (York University, Toronto) David Livingstone (Queen’s University Belfast) Iwan Morus (University of Aberystwyth) Simon Naylor (University of Exeter) Theodore Porter (University of California, Los Angeles) Nicholas Rupke (University of Göttingen) Anne Secord (University of Cambridge) Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge) Crosbie Smith (University of Kent) Jon Topham (University of Leeds) Charles Withers (University of Edinburgh)

Further details: See for programme, registration form and further details. Deadline for registration is 18 June 2007. Please send enquiries to Professor Charles W. J. Withers at [email protected].

Sponsors: The British Academy, The British Society for the History of Science, Queen’s University Belfast, The Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Historical Geography Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and The University of Edinburgh (Moray Endowment Fund).