CONF May 19, 2024

Collecting, Growing, and Exploring in Early Modernity (Paris, 11 Jun 24)

Paris, EPHE Sorbonne, salle J. Delamarre D059, Jun 11, 2024
Registration deadline: Jun 6, 2024

Maddalena Bellavitis, Università degli Studi di Padova

Collecting, Growing, and Exploring in Early Modernity.
International interdisciplinary workshop.


10.00: Welcome
Maddalena Bellavitis (Saprat, EPHE) and Catherine Powell-Warren (Ghent University/FWO)

Marie Bigotte, Durham University: Politics and Diplomacy in Early Modern Princely Garden Collections of Naturalia

Madeline White, University of Oxford: ‘Indian Maiz…in my Garden at Mitcham’: Global Networks, Local Gardens, and Oxford’s du Bois Herbarium

11.15: Coffee Break

Baijayanti Chatterjee, University of Calcutta: The Foundation and Growth of the Calcutta Botanical Garden: Plant Collecting and Botanical Science under the East India Company 1786-1815

Anil Paralkar, Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies, Ruprech-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, WittenLab, Witten/Herdecke University: The Datura in Gottorf: Botanizing, Ethnographing, and Imagining India in 17th c. Germany

13.30-15.00: Lunch Break

Seán Thomas Kane, Binghamton University: Cosmographic Singularities: André Thevet as a Collector of American Exotica (1556-1590)

India Cole, Queen Mary University of London: The Duchess of Beaufort’s Pioneering Collections

16.00: Coffee Break

Silvia Papini, Università di Firenze – Pisa – Siena: Exploring Nature in the Grand Duchy of Tuscany: Mercantile Perspectives in the Late 17th and Early 18th Centuries

Celia Rodriguez Tejuca, Johns Hopkins University: Stabilizing Materials Across Time and Space: A Natural History Cabinet in Eighteenth-Century Havana

17.15: Discussion and conclusions

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