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Exploring Traditions: Sources for a Global History of Science

An AHRC funded project convened by Dr Sujit Sivasundaram

 

 

Historians and philosophers of science are currently in the midst of a global turn.  They are asking fundamental questions about what science has meant on the global stage, and how sciences have come to take form through global confrontations, connections and politics.  This Research Network, convened by Dr. Sujit Sivasundaram in History and Prof. Simon Schaffer in History and Philosophy of Science, picks up on these developments, by aiming to link an international centre for the study of global histories of science, namely the University of Cambridge, with scholars working in South Asia and Africa. By aiming to interpret the artefacts, both archival and material, which have arisen out of science’s global histories, the project will come to terms with the status of the ‘indigenous’ in science, and also questions of ownership, expertise and truth-making when tied to inter-cultural contact.

The specific research questions which will drive the project are as follows:

1. How can sources which are variable with respect to genre, materiality and origin be read alongside each other? Can such cross-contextualisation of archival and material remains provide a different narrative of the global in science?

2. How was science consolidated as a form of intellectual property as a result of global processes? How did globalization generate a sense of what was unscientific, and in particular, how did it define and come to terms with the ‘indigenous’?

3. How have cultures and traditions been defined through science? How has the globalization of cultural forms impacted on the placement of science in the global? What is the relation between the globalisation of science and imperialist science?

4. What pathways has science travelled through, and can this be elucidated in relation to the pathways taken by archival and material remains? How did science become bound to empires and nations, and how have global narratives been missed by past scholars?

Information connected to the workshops held under the project can be found here:

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25007

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25203

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/25556

 

New joint degrees start October 2017

Funding Notices

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships (internal deadline, 21st August 2017)

Full information on this scheme is available on the Faculty website HERE. Although the scheme will not be opened by the British Academy (BA) until c.23rd August, institutions are directed to run internal selection competitions in advance. The relevant page of the BA website is HERE. Funding is available for early career scholars to join an institution of their choice (subject to the host’s agreement) for three years plus research expenses. The BA will award up to 45 Fellowships nationally

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