|16 Mar 2022||15:00 - 16:00||Online, via Zoom|
‘Ethno-Science’ Reading Group. Session Five: ethno-science and historiography
‘Ethno-Science’ is a reading group dedicated to programmatic and critical texts on the changing relationship between scientific knowledge and what is variously called local, ‘indigenous’ or ‘native’ knowledges. Our starting point is the eighteenth-century travel instructions that asked naturalists to routinely record indigenous names and knowledge. We explore economic botany, zoology, ethnography, and other strands of nineteenth-century natural history relying on systematic surveys of national and colonial territories, and the eventual consolidation of ethno-disciplines in the twentieth century. The aim is to understand the relationship between reifications and reinterpretations of ‘savage’, ‘indigenous’, ‘native’ or ‘primitive’ knowledge and corresponding field practices of interrogation and interaction with local informants. We are interested in the putative shifts towards increasingly global awareness and calls for the incorporation of ‘traditional’ knowledge in political and scientific discourses.
The meetings take place monthly, on Wednesdays from 15:00 to 16:00 in the 2021-22 academic year (7 meetings). All welcome.
This week, the group are meeting to discuss the following texts:
- Tilley, Helen. ‘Global Histories, Vernacular Science, and African Genealogies; or, Is the History of Science Ready for the World?’ Isis 101, no. 1 (1 March 2010): 110–19.
- Mukharji, Projit Bihari. ‘Vishalyakarani as Eupatorium Ayapana: Retro-Botanizing, Embedded Traditions, and Multiple Historicities of Plants in Colonial Bengal, 1890–1940’. The Journal of Asian Studies 73, no. 1 (2014): 65–87.
To join via Zoom, or if you have queries about the events or reading, please don’t hesitate to email Raphael Uchôa or Staffan Müller-Wille.
gloknos is initially funded for 5 years by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant awarded to Dr Inanna Hamati-Ataya for her project ARTEFACT (2017-2022). ARTEFACT is funded by the European Research Council under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (ERC grant agreement no. 724451). For information about gloknos or ARTEFACT please contact the administrator in the first instance.
|Wednesday 20 October 2021||
Session One: Nineteenth Century Travel Instructions
|Wednesday 24 November 2021||
Session Two: Economic Botany in the Nineteenth Century
|Wednesday 19 January 2022||
Session Three: Translations between Field and Lab
|Wednesday 16 February 2022||
Session Four: ‘Ethno-Science’ Guest Speaker
|Wednesday 16 March 2022||
Session Five: Ethno-Science and Historiography
|Wednesday 18 May 2022||
Session Six: ‘Ethno-Science’ Guest Speaker
|Wednesday 15 June 2022||
Session Seven: Recent Reflections on Bioprospecting