“Notebooks and Note-takers: da Vinci to Darwin”, 17-19 July, 2008, The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Sponsored by the ARC Network for Early European Research (NEER), with generous support from the State Library of Qld, and hosted by the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University.

A Public Lecture and Reception at 5 pm on Thursday, July 17 will open the Conference, followed by two days of papers and discussion. The State Library is situated on the south bank of the Brisbane River, close to the centre of the city, hotels and restaurants. ********************************************************************** In his essay, “Of Travel”, Francis Bacon commented that “It is a strange thing, that in sea voyages, where there is nothing to be seen but sky and sea, men should make diaries; but in land-travel, wherein so much is to be observed, for the most part they omit it; as if chance were fitter to be registered than observation. Let diaries therefore be brought in use.”

This remark is a clue to the ways in which note-taking was often a methodical practice in the early modern period. Of course, Bacon knew about the role of commonplace books in Renaissance education and scholarship. By comparison, the diary or journal ¯ arranged chronologically rather than thematically ¯ was a late-comer. Yet from the late 1600s this was arguably the dominant kind of notebook. Still, anyone who has worked on ship’s log books, merchants’ account books or physicians’ case books will protest that such generalizations need careful scrutiny, and that there is more to be said. Indeed, scholars working on the 18th and 19th centuries, when encyclopaedias, dictionaries, and public libraries were more obvious, may have other things to say about the changing function of personal notebooks.

The conference will be of interest to those working in the following fields… Renaissance humanist scholarship Medicine, Anatomy and Art Science: natural philosophy, natural history, experimentalism Commerce: population and medical surveys Philosophy, psychology; literature, music, and drama Travel, exploration, and navigation, especially in the South Pacific and Australasia ********************************************************************** Conference Website: www.neer.arts.uwa.edu.au/theme_symposium_2008 For other information: Jill Jones, +61 7 3735 7338; [email protected] Convenors: Prof. Michael Bennett (Tasmania) and Prof. Richard Yeo (Griffith) **********************************************************************

Speakers Peter Anstey (Otago) ‘Remembering and dismembering: John Locke as Note-taker’

Michael Bennett (Tasmania) ‘Case-books and data-sharing: Edward Jenner and vaccination networks in the early nineteenth-century’

Ann Blair (Harvard) ‘The New Status of Note-taking in early modern Europe’

Yasmin Haskell (UWA, Perth) ‘Notes in Prose versus Notes in Verse: a Dutch doctor’s observations of eighteenth-century Italy’

Paul Nelles (Carleton University, Ottowa) ‘Information and Anthropology: Observation and Notation in the Early Jesuit Missions’

Margaret Sankey (Sydney) ‘Writing the Voyage of Scientific Exploration: the notes and journals of the Baudin expedition (1800¯1804)’

Jacob Soll (Rutgers) ‘Erudite Notebooks and Absolute Power: The Mechanics of J. B. Colbert’s State Information System’

Richard Yeo (Griffith University) ‘Remembering and Thinking with Notes in early Modern England’

Lyn Tribble (Otago) Concluding Commentary