Symposium Stichting Academisch Erfgoed en Dijksterhuislezing door Erik Kwakkel (Leiden, 13 oktober 2017)

Op 13 oktober 2017 organiseert de SAE haar jaarlijkse symposium en Dijksterhuislezing, in samenwerking met de Universiteit Leiden. De Dijksterhuislezing zal dit jaar worden uitgesproken door Scaligerhoogleraar Prof. dr.  Erik Kwakkel. Lees meer…

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…

Reminder: Conference & Exhibition “Histories of Healthy Ageing” (Groningen)

As Western populations grow increasingly older, ‘healthy ageing’ is presented as one of today’s greatest medical and societal challenges. However, contrary to what many policy makers want us to believe, the aspiration to live long, healthy and happy lives is not a problem specific to our times. On the contrary successful ageing has a long history.  Lees meer…

Public Lecture “Climate change and history in the Atlantic Enlightenment” by Jan Golinski (Utrecht, 28 June 2017)

How are beliefs about climate intersected with ideas about historical change in Europe and North America at the end of the eighteenth century? Professor Jan Golinsky’s (University of New Hampshire) lecture focuses on a period that has recently been identified as the dawn of the Anthropocene, when human activity began to cause changes in the global environment. Lees meer…

Registration reminder: Woudschoten Conference for the History of Science in the Netherlands: full programme and abstracts available (Zeist, 23 and 24 June 2017)

On 23 & 24 June 2017, the Society for the History of Science in the Low Countries, Gewina, is holding its seventh bi-annual meeting in the usual venue of the Woudschoten Conference Center, near Zeist. This two-day conference is intended to bring together those who share an interest in the history of science in the Netherlands, as well as discussing the current and future developments in the field. The 2017 meeting shall be devoted to Materiality, Museums and Media: History of Science, Presentation, and Outreach. Lees meer…

Symposium: Johannes Hudde: veelzijdig wetenschapper en regent (Den Haag, 1 juni 2017)

Op 1 juni 2017 vindt in de aula van de KB een symposium plaats over Johannes Hudde (1628-1704). Aanleiding is de recente verwerving door de KB van een uitermate belangrijk, verloren gewaand boekje van Hudde over de optica, Specilla circularia, Johannes Hudde over telescopen (1656). Lees meer…

Reminder – International Conference: Museums and (the Loss of) the Encyclopedic Ideal, 1785-2016 (Teylers Museum, Haarlem, 20-22 April 2017)

On April 20, 21 and 22 of this year, Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem shall be host to a two-day conference about museums and the loss of the encyclopedic ideal in the 19th and 20th centuries, taking its venue, a well-preserved 18th century museum as our point of reference.

About the conference

Today, Teyler’s Museum in Haarlem is one of the few public institutions in the world to display a wide variety of collections, including objects of both the arts and sciences, in its original building and original setting. Its roots lie in the last will of the wealthy Mennonite merchant and banker Pieter Teyler van der Hulst (1702-1778). In his testament Teyler had stipulated that a foundation was to be established which would employ his fortune to the support of theology on the one hand, and the arts and sciences on the other. Lees meer…

Call for Papers: Epistemic Vices; Continuities and Discontinuities, 1600-2000 (Leiden University, Institute for History, January 25-26, 2018; Deadline 15 June 2017)

Impartiality, objectivity, honesty, and accuracy are qualities that generations of scholars have regarded as necessary for the pursuit of scholarly inquiry. Philosophers call them epistemic virtues, because these virtues facilitate the pursuit of epistemic aims such as knowledge and understanding of reality. As such, epistemic virtues are supposed to help scholars overcome barriers of prejudice, ignorance, sloppiness, and dogmatism – dispositions known as epistemic vices. Lees meer…

Symposium: HBS: de beste school ooit? (Dordrecht, 22 april 2017)

De Hoogere Burgerschool (HBS) heeft een legendarische reputatie: de beste school die Nederland ooit heeft gehad, met veel aandacht voor exacte vakken en moderne talen. De school, in 1863 opgericht door Thorbecke, was bedoeld voor toekomstige ingenieurs en ondernemers. Die zijn er ook opgeleid: de generatie die het moderne Nederland heeft vormgegeven. Maar ook veel Nobelprijswinnaars, onder wie Lorentz en Kamerlingh Onnes, kwamen van de HBS – zoveel, dat de school wel verantwoordelijk is gehouden voor de bloei van de Nederlandse natuurwetenschappen rond 1900 (Ben Feringa is trouwens ook HBS-er). Het einde van de HBS in 1968 (door de Mammoetwet) wordt nog steeds door velen betreurd. Lees meer…

Call for Papers: Materia Medica on the Move II – Contextualizing Drug Components as Collectables, Commodities, and Cultural Markers in the Early Modern Period (Amsterdam, October 4-6, 2017; Deadline 19 June 2017)

After the successful Materia medica on the move conference in 2015, Utrecht University Descartes Centre, Huygens/ING, and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre will host a three-day follow-up conference, again devoted to the circulation of knowledge regarding non-native natural substances that were used in medicine in the early modern period (1500-1800). The conference will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 4 until 6 October 2017. Lees meer…