Transmission and understanding in the sciences in Europe, 1730-1870

Maison Française, Norham Road, Oxford

30-31 May 2003

An international meeting organized under the auspices of the Maison Française, Oxford, with the support of the Institut Français du Royaume Uni, the Europaeum, the University of Bologna, the Royal Society, and the Modern History Faculty, University of Oxford

The present meeting is one in a cycle of international workshops devoted to the communication, reception, and appropriation of scientific ideas and practices in Europe since the Renaissance. Plans are currently being laid for future meetings at the University of Bologna (November 2003) and back at the Maison Française in the spring of 2004.

P R O G R A M M E ———————————————————————————- Friday afternoon, 30 May

2.00 p.m. Introduction

2.15 p.m. Pietro Corsi (Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and EHESS): National styles in geological maps: the case of Italy

3.00 p.m. Marta Cavazza (University of Bologna): ‘Per gli occhi e non per le orecchie’: demonstration and pedagogy in the Istituto delle Scienze of Bologna

3.45 p.m. Tea

4.00 p.m. Nicolaas Rupke (University of Göttingen): Humboldtianism in the German-speaking world, 1848-1871 4.45 p.m. Hain Tankler (University of Tartu): Tartu and the wider world: through international contacts to the peaks of science


Saturday 31 May

9.30 a.m. Introduction

9.40 a.m. Paola Bertucci (University of Bologna): Italian visions: prodigious cures and marvellous experiments south of the Alps

10.25 a.m. Ana Simoes (University of Lisbon), Crossing boundaries, communicating science: Portuguese participants in the eighteenth-century Republic of Letters

11.15 a.m. Coffee

11.30 a.m. Simon Schaffer (University of Cambridge): Transmission and misunderstanding in European meridian astronomy: a colonial view

2.00 p.m. Pratik Chakrabarti. and Mark Harrison (Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, Oxford): The Moravian connection: missionary networks and medico-botanical knowledge in late-eighteenth-century India

2.45 p.m. Laurence Brockliss (Magdalen College, Oxford): Spreading horticultural enlightenment: Pierre-Joseph Amoreux and botany in Languedoc in the second half of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries

3.30 p.m. Tea

4.00 p.m. General discussion

All welcome. There are no formal registration procedures for the meeting. For further details, please contact the Director’s secretary at the Maison Française, Norham Road, Oxford, OX2 6SE (tel. 01865 274222) or one of the joint organizers of the meeting:

Professor Robert Fox Modern History Faculty Broad Street Oxford OX1 3BD Tel. & Fax: 01865 277277 E-mail: [email protected]

Professor Ian Maclean All Souls College Oxford OX1 4AL Tel. 01865 279395 E-mail: [email protected]