Workshop "Colonial Science and its Histories" - 14 January 2011, London


14 January 2011

Institute of Historical Research
University of London
Senate House
Malet Street

With the generous support of the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Historical Society, and the
Institute for Historical Research, University of London.


14 January 2011

9:30 Doors open (Senate House, Room G37)

9:50-10:00 Welcome

Session One, Chaired by Emma Spary (University of Cambridge)

10:00-10:40 James Delbourgo (Rutgers University, NY)
"Animal Magic in Colonial Jamaica"

10:40-11:20 Staffan Müller-Wille (University of Exeter)
"Linnaeus and the Four Corners of the World"

11:20-12:00 Pratik Chakrabarti (Kent University)
"Materials and Medicine in the Age of Commerce"

12:05-13:00 Lunch

Session Two, Chair Tbc

13:00-13:40 Daniel Margócsy (Hunter College, NY)
"Creative Seeds and Monstrous Giraffes: Shipping Medicinal Plants and Curious Animals in
the Early Modern World"

13:40-14:20 Tbc

14:20-1500 Helen Cowie (Plymouth University)
"Sloth Bones and Anteater Tongues: Collecting Nature in the Spanish Empire, 1750-1808"

15:05-15:30 Coffee

Session Three, Chaired by John McAleer (National Maritime Museum)

15:30-16:10 Lowri Jones (University of Nottingham)
"Indigenous intermediaries in nineteenth-century scientific exploration"

16:10-16:50 Sadiah Qureshi (University of Cambridge)
"Model Peoples: Race, Empire and Anthropology in International Exhibitions, 1851-1886"

16:50-17:00 Concluding remarks

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Limited bursaries for graduate students from outside the greater London area are
available on a first-come first-served basis, please contact Valentina Pugliano