Astronomical Situation (Pacific Ocean)

15 October 2013, 12:00 - 14:00

CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Feeling between the Lines: Astronomical Situation and Global History in the Pacific

Eóin Phillips (University of Cambridge)

Sujit Sivasundaram (University of Cambridge)



This talk will seek to explore the potential problems and gains that might be had by thinking about the history of the sciences from a global perspective. It will suggest that while the idea of the global gives us room to trace material flows of goods/knowledge, the trend to conceptualise and represent global movement as homogenising and flat should be treated with caution. Instead, this talk will point to the importance of a global history of science in providing the conceptual room - with all its spatio-temporal possibilities - to explore the connection between physical movement of humans and materials and the role of feeling, reflection and contradiction that often attended attempts to make an enterprise global, but which can so easily be made silent by naturalising the idea of the global.

Open to all. No registration required 

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