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Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World Presents

Beyond the 'Colonial Machine' and the 'French Global'

4/3/17, 12:15 PM

About this event

Stéphane Van Damme, Professor of History of Science at the European University Institute in Florence, will give a lecture on "Beyond the Colonial Machine and the French Global: Writing an anti-globalist narrative of the French Empire of Science (1660-1780)." 

Professor Van Damme’s research examines the origins of early modern scientific knowledge and European Culture between 1650 and 1850 by looking at essential elements overlooked by historians of science such as scientific centres (Paris, London, Edinburgh), founding fathers (Descartes), paradigmatic disciplines (philosophy, natural history, antiquarianism), and imperial projects. 

His research has given rise to three separate book projects:

A toutes voiles vers la vérité. Une autre histoire de la philosophie au temps des Lumières (Paris, Le Seuil, 2014).
Les voyageurs du doute. Une anthropologie des Libertins dans l'Europe moderne (Paris, Fayard, forthcoming 2016).
Exploring the Natures of the Metropolis: Disciplines, Frontiers and Practices. Towards an Archaeology of Urban Ecology (1650-1850).

This event is cosponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World and the Center for Early Modern History. Lunch will be provided.
Event Location
  • 1210 Heller Hall
  • 271 19th Ave S
  • Minneapolis MN
  • USA