Launch of the History of Knowledge Seminar Series – Lecture by prof. Lorraine Daston (MPIWG), Utrecht – Thursday 12 March 2020

Start van de History of Knowledge Seminar Series @ Utrecht University en lezing door
prof. Lorraine Daston (MPIWG) op donderdag 12 maart 2020.

Deze tweemaandelijkse reeks biedt een platform voor kennisgeschiedenis in Nederland:
prominente academici – zowel gevestigde als opkomende namen met verschillende academische
achtergronden en perspectieven – worden uitgenodigd om een lezing te geven en om samen met
het publiek de toekomst van deze veelbelovende nieuwe discipline te verkennen.

De volgende sprekers staan in 2020 op het programma: Lorraine Daston, Jürgen Renn, Peter Burke
en Jim Secord. De reeks wordt georganiseerd door Lukas M. Verburgt met steun van o.a. het Descartes
Centre, Utrecht.

Zie www.historyofknowledge.nl voor het volledige programma en meer informatie.

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Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
‘Knowledge Has Its Own Rules – And They Have a History’

Donderdag 12 maart 2020
15:30-17:00
Academiegebouw (University Hall)

Domplein 29, Utrecht

 

“The promising new field of the history of knowledge has been mostly defined by what it is not, namely
the modern natural sciences. As a result, the history of knowledge threatens to become a miscellany,
embracing practical know-how, the academic humanities disciplines, various ethno-studies (ethnobotany,
ethnomusicology, etc.), and much, much else. The challenge is to give the history of knowledge its own shape
and coherence, without losing the scope and openness to new topics that are its main attractions. One possibility
might be to look at a form of rationality that is both ubiquitous but multifarious: attempts to order and codify
ways of doing and knowing by rules, whether the subject matter is the weather, carpentry, or grammar. Because
the modern natural sciences also formulate rules (e.g. natural laws), this approach might serve as a model for
investigating knowledge and science together, rather than in opposition to one another.”

(*Deze lezing wordt mede mogelijk gemaakt door het Descartes Centre en de Evert Willem Beth Stichting)

Registratie is niet verplicht, maar wordt wel aanbevolen. Er is een beperkt aantal plaatsen beschikbaar.
Registreren kan door een bericht te sturen naar historyofknowledge.utrecht@gmail.com.

 

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All are invited to the launch of the new History of Knowledge Seminar Series @ Utrecht University

and the lecture by prof. Lorraine Daston (MPIWG) on Thursday 12 March 2020.

Bringing together leading scholars of both older and younger generations with different backgrounds and
approaches, this bimonthly seminar series explores the past, present and future of the promising new
scholarly field of the history of knowledge. More than just an overview of state-of-the-art research, it offers
an opportunity to join the process of historiography in the making.

Among the speakers in the 2020-21 program are Lorraine Daston, Jürgen Renn, Peter Burke and Jim Secord.
The series is organized by Lukas M. Verburgt with the support of the Descartes Centre, Utrecht.

For the full program and more information see: www.historyofknowledge.nl.

 

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Lorraine Daston (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)
‘Knowledge Has Its Own Rules – And They Have A History’

 

Thursday 12 March 2020
15:30-17:00
Academiegebouw (University Hall)

Domplein 29, Utrecht

 

“The promising new field of the history of knowledge has been mostly defined by what it is not, namely
the modern natural sciences. As a result, the history of knowledge threatens to become a miscellany,
embracing practical know-how, the academic humanities disciplines, various ethno-studies (ethnobotany,
ethnomusicology, etc.), and much, much else. The challenge is to give the history of knowledge its own shape
and coherence, without losing the scope and openness to new topics that are its main attractions. One possibility
might be to look at a form of rationality that is both ubiquitous but multifarious: attempts to order and codify
ways of doing and knowing by rules, whether the subject matter is the weather, carpentry, or grammar. Because
the modern natural sciences also formulate rules (e.g. natural laws), this approach might serve as a model for
investigating knowledge and science together, rather than in opposition to one another.”

 

(*This lecture is co-sponsored by the Descartes Centre and the Evert Willem Beth Stichting)

Registration is not obligatory, but highly recommended as seating is limited. Please register by sending a
message to historyofknowledge.utrecht@gmail.com.