Donnerstag, 29. Juni 2023, 10:00 - 18:15 iCal

Making Science of Things

Objects and Knowledge in and between the Natural and Human Sciences

Universität Wien, Green Lounge
Universitätsstrasse 1, 1010 Wien

Seminar, Workshop, Kurs

Weitere Termine

Freitag, 30. Juni 2023, 09:30 - 17:15

Samstag, 01. Juli 2023, 09:30 - 13:00

Collections-based research revealing how material objects are involved in the stabilization, transfer, loss, and transformation of knowledge has grown into one of the most vibrant spheres of inquiry in the history of science. Despite this, the scope of conversation is still overly determined by more contemporary disciplinary boundaries and enlightenment-mode preoccupations about what constitutes science. At the same time, there is a curious lack of discourse between scholars working on objects, specimens, and collections in natural history and the natural sciences on one hand, and the human sciences on the other. And while research into the former is increasingly becoming a mainstay in the history of science, the latter is still largely dismissed as the purview of anthropologists working on the history of museums and their own and auxiliary disciplines. This obscures vitally important information about how material-based ideas and practices intertwine different spheres of knowledge. The time is ripe to begin attending to how specimen- and collections-based practices and ideas function in relation to knowledge in, and more emphatically between, the history of the natural and human sciences broadly conceived.


This workshop gathers scholars working in the history of science and auxiliary fields to establish a forum for critical discussion about how objects, specimens, and collections are involved in the transfer, loss, and transformation of specialized knowledge across all eras and geographic regions. Special areas of interest include but are not limited to the ways and means by which objects: are transformed into specimens and then data in different fields of knowledge; in historical collections are utilized for new research in contexts other than those for which they were originally collected; can facilitate, mediate, or impede methodological, theoretical and or epistemic transfer; can help us reconstruct the cultivation of expertise and specialization and division of knowledge; as scientific evidence confound, transcend or complicate nature/culture dichotomies; are involved in the transfer of ways of learning, ordering, demonstrating, exhibiting and or recording between different fields of knowledge.



Brooke Penaloza-Patzak

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Brooke Penaloza-Patzak
"Beringia: Material Evidence, Praxis and the Shape of Science" (FWF Schrödinger Stipendium 2020-2023)
Institut für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte
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