Programme for a new seminar on the history of early modern science in Europe and its colonies, that will take place at the Institute of Historical Research, London this semester.

Convenor: Valentina Pugliano (University of Oxford/IHR) [email protected]

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Thursdays: 3-5pm

Room: Please inquire at Reception

4 February

Ms Iris Montero Sobrevilla (University of Cambridge, HPS)

“Of hummingbirds, hearts and epilepsy: natural knowledge and authority in the Hernandian corpus, 1571-1651”

18 February

Dr Surekha Davies (Birbeck College)

“Maps and the construction of the Brazilian cannibal in the sixteenth century: Martin Waldseemüller, Pierre Desceliers and Jean de Lery”

4 March

Mr Simon Pooley (University of Oxford)

“Ecological imperialism at the Cape of Good Hope”

18 March

Dr John McAleer (National Maritime Museum)

“Stargazers at the world’s end: observatories, telescopes and ‘views’ of empire in the nineteenth-century British world”

*(Wed 31 March) tbc

22 April

Ms Helen Cowie (University of Warwick)

“An American in Paris and a Spaniard in Paraguay: geographies of natural knowledge in the Hispanic World, 1750-1808”

29 April

Dr Rohan Deb-Roy (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)

“Burdwan fever and the making of a malarian locality, 1865-1875”

6 May

Ms Lowri Jones (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Title tbc

20 May

Ms Anna Winterbottom (Queen Mary, University of London)

“Botanical networks and materia medica of Madras 1660-1720”

3 June

Dr James Delbourgo (Rutgers University)

“Sir Hans Sloane’s milk chocolate and the whole history of the cacao”

10 June

Dr Fredrik Jonsson (University of Chicago)

“Rival ecologies of global commerce: Adam Smith and the natural historians”