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Towards a Metropolitan History of Science? Rematerializing Science, Nature and the City 20.06.2019, 17:15 Uhr

Öffentlicher Vortrag von Professor Stéphane Van Damme im Forschungszentrum Gotha.

  • Ort: Forschungszentrum Gotha, Schlossberg 2
  • Referent(en): Professor Stéphane Van Damme
  • Veranstalter: Forschungszentrum Gotha (FZG)
  • Kategorie: Vortrag
  • Publikum: öffentlich

Van Damme ist einer der international führenden Historiker der Wissensgeschichte und hat seit 2013 den Lehrstuhl für History of Science am Europäischen Hochschulinstitut Florenz inne. In seinem Vortrag wird Van Damme über Wissen im urbanen Kontext sprechen und damit die Auswirkungen des Spatial Turns innerhalb der Urban History of Science thematisieren. Durch einen Vergleich zwischen Hauptstädten und Metropolen wird er diskutieren, wie das Wechselspiel zwischen verschiedenen Ebenen zu einem zentralen Untersuchungsgegenstand von Wissenshistorikerinnen und -historikern werden könnte.

Ankündigung des Forschungszentrums:

In the volume on “Sciences and the City” published by Osiris in 2003, the editors drew attention to the necessity to better restage sciences in their urban context. The city was no longer considered an empty or neutral framework but as shaping scientific activities. Moving from a structural and institutional perspective, urban historians of science developed research on urban knowledge (knowledge of the city but also knowledge about the city) as a form of archeology of urban studies. Metropolis was indeed, as I argued, a strategic object for a history of sciences eager to pose the interplay of scales as pivotal problem of the analysis. By addressing the metropolis in the article I finally wanted to call into question the obvious parallel between metropolis and capital city in terms of scientific domination. In the last decade, metropolitan issues were reshaped from an ecological perspective and the anthropocene debate also targeted the metropolis as mainly responsible for the “carbonization” of the modern societies. This paper will present the main trajectories of an urban history of science and propose to measure the effects of the spatial turn in the research agenda of urban history of science in the last two decades.

Prof. Dr. Stéphane Van Dammes research examines the origins of early modern scientific knowledge within European Culture during a long period (1650-1870) by looking at essential elements overlooked by historians of science and knowledge such as scientific centers (Lyon, Paris, London, Edinburgh, New York), founding fathers of the Scientific Revolution (Descartes), paradigmatic disciplines (philosophy, natural history, antiquarianism, geography, anthropology), and recently, imperial projects (mainly in North America and India).

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