Call for papers: “Mapping the Territory: Exploring People and Nature, 1700-1830”, Bern, 21-23 september 2017

Mapping the Territory: Exploring People and Nature, 1700-1830

Closing conference of the SNF-Project: “Cultures of Natural History: Main Actors, Networks and Places of Scientific Communication in the Early-Modern Period” University of Berne, 21st-23th September 2017

Opening conference of the project: “Global Natural History around 1800: Collections, Media and Pedagogy” University of Göttingen, 7th – 9th December 2017

The conferences aim to analyse the exploration of the different “local natures” (natural history) and the discovery of “local inhabitants and their history” (ethnography and antiquarianism) from a comparative perspective in a period marked by an increase in scientific travels and expeditions around the world. It also wants to question the periodization of this “discovery of the indigenous”. To do so, the conferences will bring together historians of natural history, ethnology and archaeology, from Europe and outside, engaged in studying sources generated in different political contexts (republics, monarchies, colonial rule etc.).

We invite presentations on issues such as “Mapping Nature” and “Mapping People”, including but not limited to the following themes:

– Media, methods and tools used to collect and communicate information, for example maps, statistics, local floras as well as objects

– areas of interest concerning the natural world, e.g. minerals, flora and fauna, and/or demography, local people’s lifestyle, customs and history within a certain territory

– actors involved, and their specific interests, opportunities and resources, e.g. learned as well as amateur’s curiosity; the role of individual or public actors in this process

– concepts of the relationship of man and nature

– the universalisation of locally generated knowledge

We welcome contributions from early career as well as established scholars and we particularly encourage applications from researchers working on areas outside Europe. Travel and hotel expenses will be refunded.

If you wish to present a contribution, please send an abstract of your proposed paper in English or German (max. 250 words) and a short CV to Simona Boscani Leoni: and Dominik Hünniger:

Submission deadline: 20 January 2017

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