Jobs: 3 PhD positions ERC Consolidator project ‘Sharing Knowledge in Literary and Learned Networks. The Republic of Letters as a Pan-European Knowledge Society, 1400-1800’ (Utrecht; Deadline 20 October 2017)

Thanks to a Consolidator Grant awarded by the European Research Council to Dr Dirk van Miert for his ‘Sharing Knowledge in Learned and Literary Networks: the Republic of Letters as a pan-European Knowledge Society’ project, the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University has vacancies for three salaried four-year PhD positions on networks in the Republic of Letters.   Lees meer…

Blog: Een pleidooi voor de Wet (Frans van Lunteren)

Nostalgie is zelden een goede raadgever. Pleiten voor de terugkeer van langverdwenen tradities is dan ook een twijfelachtige activiteit, die in de regel krachtig ontraden moet worden. Ik wil me er hier toch een keer aan bezondigen. Ik zou namelijk graag zien dat we nieuwe natuurkundige wetten weer ‘wetten’ gaan noemen. Lees meer…

REMINDER Huygens-Descartes Lecture 2017: Daniel Margócsy, “The Vesalius Census: The Politics of Reading in Early (and not so Early) Modern Europe” (Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 22 September 2017)

This year‘s Huygens-Descartes Lecture by Daniel Margocsy (Cambridge University) traces the reception history of Andreas Vesalius’ De humani corporis fabrica, the first illustrated atlas of anatomy. It relies on the recently completed census of the Fabrica, which has documented the surviving copies of the 1543 and 1555 editions of the work. Lees meer…

Symposium: Historie van Zeep en Wasmiddelen (Utrecht, 4 Oktober 2017)

Op woensdag 4 oktober organiseert de Chemie Historische Groep (CHG) een symposium “Historie van Zeep en Wasmiddelen”. Dit symposium zal worden gehouden in de Boothzaal (m.03) van de Universiteit Utrecht, Universiteitsbibliotheek Uithof, Heidelberglaan 3, 3584 CS Utrecht. Lees meer…

Reunion: History and Philosophy of Science, Utrecht (Utrecht, 7 October 2017)

The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. HPS has twice been judged ´best in category´ by the national Master guide (Keuzegids Masters): in the category ‘Science and Policy’ (Bèta en Beleid, 2012) and in the category ‘Philosophy’ (Wijsbegeerte, 2013).

After a more than decade-long existence, the programme offers a big HPS reunion on October 7 of this year. Lees meer…

Museums and (the loss of?) the Encyclopaedic Ideal (Haarlem, 20-22 April 2017). A conference report

By Lizzy Entjes. Photos by Kees-Jan Bakker

On April 20-22, 2017, the Teyler’s Museum hosted a very successful conference: Museums and (the loss of?) the Encyclopedic ideal. The conference kicked off on Thursday afternoon with a tour by museum Head of Collections, Herman Voogt and conference host Ilja Nieuwland, which underlined the importance of the conference location within academic research, whilst showing some of the museums finest objects like hoaxed fossils and the world famous electrostatic generator; the eighteenth century oval room; and the stunning library. Lees meer…

Symposium: Plant Science at Bogor Botanical Gardens, 1817-2017 (Leiden, 19 October 2017)

In 2017, the Botanical Gardens in Bogor, Indonesia, celebrate their 200th anniversary. This interdisciplinary symposium examines plant science at the garden in Bogor by asking how changing local and global alliances shaped the study of plants in Indonesia from the early 1800s under Dutch rule to the age of decolonization. What emerges is a picture of the Garden that constantly had to renew itself. Plant science at the Garden was the product of coordination and competition between different disciplines, institutes, communities and networks in Asia and beyond.

Read more on the web site of the Hortus Botanicus Leiden