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Samedi 18 juin 2016
« This volume investigates processes of knowledge formation in the Iberian colonies by attempting to understand the Spanish and Portuguese contribution to the European scientific tradition, and by tracing the origins and history of this knowledge to find out how it was gained. The studies in this volume reconsider our understanding of what scientific knowledge is and introduce a variety of scientific cultures of European and non-European origin. They examine the mixing processes of scientific cultures and the role these cultures played in the colonial situation at the intersection of non-human processes and human action. The volume brings together contributions in the history of botany, art, materia medica, translation in the religious sphere of colonial missions as well as mining as a scientific, juridical and industrial endeavor. »
Helge Wendt is a Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, where he is associated with the project « Globalization of Knowledge ». He received his PhD from the University of Mannheim, where he taught early modern history. His research focuses on the history of Christian missions in different colonial contexts, the history and historiography of globalization and the global history of coal. He currently works on the analytic turn of mechanics in the eighteenth century, funded by the Collaborative Research Center « Transformations of Antiquity ». Wendt published a book on the global history of colonial missions Die missionarische Gesellschaft (Franz Steiner, 2011) and papers on different aspects of colonial mission history. He is co-editor of The History of Physics in Cuba (Springer, 2014). In his current book project, he studies the global history of knowledge of black coal (seventeenth to nineteenth century).
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