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London 1600-1800: Communities of Natural Knowledge and Artificial Practice Workshop

London 1600-1800: Communities of Natural Knowledge and Artificial Practice Workshop

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London 1600-1800: Communities of Natural Knowledge and Artificial Practice

An Open Workshop at the Science Museum, London, 16-17 June 2017

Location: Dana Research Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HD

This open workshop will launch and set the scene for the Metropolitan Science: Places, Objects and Cultures of Practice and Knowledge in London, 1600-1800 project, based at the Centre for the History of the Sciences at the University of Kent, in partnership with the Science Museum. Programmed by the project's consultant, Professor Jim Bennett, this meeting seeks to establish the current state of research on corporations, institutions and less formalised cultures of practice in early modern London. An impressive list of speakers, including senior and early career scholars, have been invited to give short presentations on different institutional settings, addressing questions such as:

  • Was this institution / group a repository of shared knowledge and skill, or did other interests predominate, or was it little more than a collection of individuals?
  • How was the shared knowledge or skill codified / managed / preserved / developed?
  • How did the ‘group’ see its own role in a knowledge culture?
  • What were its ambitions in relation to the wider context of London life?
  • Was it similar to, or seek to emulate, other groups?
  • Did it promote or to resist change?

At the end of the first day, Celina Fox will give a talk: ‘London: Networks of Connection, Structures of Support’.

The full programme is available here. There will be plenty of time for discussion within each session and at the end of the second day. We hope that it will be a stimulating and memorable event for all participants and attendees as well as the project team.

Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided on all days. 

If you are interested in being on a waiting list for this workshop please contact  R.Higgitt@kent.ac.uk.

Queries: r.higgitt@kent.ac.uk

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