Workshop: Intellectual History, Atlantic Dimensions

Location: MassachusettsUnited States
Workshop Date: 2010-04-10
Intellectual History, Atlantic Dimensions: New Findings, New Approaches, in the Study of Religion, Science, and Cultural Identity

April 10, 2010

This Workshop will concentrate on current innovations in the study of the intellectual history of the Atlantic world, the flow of ideas between Europe and the Americas, from José de Acosta to Jonathan Edwards – new findings on Biblicism, alchemy, science, architecture, critiques of idolatry, and approaches to the Enlightenment. The intention is not to present descriptive summaries of these subjects but for leading authorities to identify, from work in progress, innovative points of inquiry and to indicate profitable lines for future study.

The speakers will be: Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra (University of Texas), on “Provincial Architecture, Global Imaginations: The Bible and the Jesuit Temple of Quito 1650-1750”; Sarah Irving (Florida State University), on “Religion, Science and the Creation of the British Atlantic Public Sphere”; Sabine MacCormack (Notre Dame), on “Ancient Authorities and new cultural relativism: José de Acosta (1540-1600) in Spain, Peru and Mexico”; William R. Newman (Indiana University), on “Religious Motifs, Technical Skill, and the Concept of “Research” in Early New England Alchemy”; Reiner Smolinski (Georgia State University), on “Cotton Mather and the Transatlantic Enlightenment: Spinoza, Newtonian Science, Higher Criticism, and German Pietism”; and Stephen J. Stein (Indiana University), on “Jonathan Edwards’ Engagement with the Transatlantic Biblical Commentarial Tradition.”

There will be three sessions, running from 9:00 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Participants are invited to join in the discussions. Lunch will be provided and a reception will follow the afternoon session.

Attendance at the Workshop and participation in the discussion are open to the academic community. Historians at the beginning of their careers are especially encouraged to attend. Travel and accommodation expenses will be the responsibility of attendees, though the Workshop can provide local lodging information. Registration for the Workshop by April 1 is requested.

To register, and for additional information, please see our Web site or contact the Atlantic History Seminar, Emerson Hall 4th Floor, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138; Phone: 617-496-3066;

Emily LeBaron 
Atlantic History Seminar 
408 Emerson Hall 
Harvard University 
Cambridge, MA 02138
Email: [email protected]
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