mercredi 27 mars 2013

Carnets, médecine et sciences

Notebooks, medicine and the sciences in early modern Europe

12-13 July 2013

Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge

Organised by Lauren Kassell ( and Elaine Leong (

Participants are invited for a workshop on Notebooks, Medicine and the Sciences in Early Modern Europe. This is the first of a series of events organised as part of the Notebooks Network, a new research initiative to bring together scholars working on paper technologies, especially, but not exclusively in the early modern period and with a focus on medicine and the sciences. This initiative arises out of Lauren Kassell’s work on medical casebooks ( and Elaine Leong’s projects on recipe books and medical reading practices ( The Notebooks Network will comprise a series of workshops, a digital forum and, ultimately, an edited volume (c.2017). The digital forum will include shared news and queries (through a blog, twitter, facebook and/or a listserve), a register of current work in the field, and bibliographies of primary and secondary sources.

The inaugural workshop, Notebooks, Medicine and the Sciences in Early Modern Europe, aims to assess recent research in the field, facilitate conversations between scholars working in different disciplines and on a number of cognate large-scale projects, and foster future collaborations. Places are limited. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to participate. There will be a registration charge to cover the costs of tea, coffee and lunches, of £30 (£15 for students).

A draft programme is included below. See for more details about the Notebooks Network and the July 2013 workshop.

Lauren Kassell (


Friday, 12 July

Paper-books and the Reform of Learning
 Angus Vine, University of Stirling

Discussant: Peter Jones, University of Cambridge

Note-taking and the Rise of Empirical Observation in 16th-century Medical Practice
 Michael Stolberg, Universität Würzburg

Discussant: Hannah Murphy, University of Exeter

 Ulisse Aldrovandi, Francis Bacon, and the Use of Paper Technology inRenaissance Natural History
 Fabian Krämer, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Discussant: Valentina Pugliano, University of Cambridge


Word and Image in the Renaissance Notebook
 William Sherman, University of York

Discussant, Alexander Marr, University of Cambridge

Invention: Literary Creativity in a Network of Notebooks
 Adam Smyth, Birkbeck, University of London

Discussant: John Gallagher, University of Cambridge

Early Modern Attitudes Toward Delegating Copying and Note-taking
 Ann Blair, Harvard University

Discussant: Arnold Hunt, British Library

 Saturday, 13 July

John Locke’s Notes and Baconian Information
 Richard Yeo, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia

Discussant: Natalie Kaoukji, University of Cambridge

Students’ Notebooks in Early Modern Universities
 Nicholas Popper, College of William and Mary

Discussant, Renee Raphael, University of California, Irvine and I Tatti, Harvard University

 Note-taking for Health: Medical Notebooks in the Early Modern Household
 Elaine Leong, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Discussant: Alexandra Walsham, University of Cambridge

 Towards a History of the British Notebook, from Bacon to Wedgwood
 Jacob Soll, University of Southern California

Discussant: Lauren Kassell, University of Cambridge

 “Fragments of a Natural Method”: How Linnaeus Explored Plant Odours,Tastes, and Virtues on Paper
 Staffan Müller-Wille, University of Exeter

Discussant: Emma Spary, University of Cambridge

 Industrialization of the Medical Notebook
 Volker Hess, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Andrew Mendelsohn,
Queen Mary, University of London

Discussant: Silvia De Renzi, Open University

Roundtable – what’s next?

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